Updated: August 27, 2012 11:06AM
It’s time for the Wearin’ of the Green at Sharing Meadows, a residential community in Rolling Prairie for people with disabilities sponsored by the SHARE Foundation, whose mission is to give our handicapped neighbors an opportunity to live in a beautiful area, in a lovely home, where they are valued and safe.
The 18th annual Leprechaun Hunt and Family Fun Day begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5.
It is a day you will enjoy from start to finish. The highlight of the day is the hunt, which begins at noon and continues until all leprechauns are found, or until 6 p.m. The goal is to find one of the 33 leprechauns filled from the pot of gold, with prizes from $50 to $1,500.
But that is far from all the fun of the day. Jump into a rowboat and start fishing for the tagged fish worth $200, or take a hay ride around the lovely surroundings, or listen to the music of the New Element, The Doolin Clan and The Ploughboys, and even dance the day away.
Or enjoy many of the other activities offered throughout the afternoon. And that’s still not all!
Food and drink is yours to devour all day long, featuring barbecued ribs, corned beef, pulled pork, hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, nachos, and even fresh roasted corn, thanks to Phillippe’s Catering & Deli Fame, Ruge and Sons Meats, and Top Dog/Great Lakes Catering.
All of these are included with admission. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors older than 65, free for children up to age 13 accompanied by parents or grandparents.
Wow, what a great mini vacation for a Sunday afternoon. Advance tickets must be purchased by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. Cost at the gate is $10 more.
There are several ways to purchase tickets: call 778-2585; buy online at www.leprchaunhunt.com; or order by mail at Sharing Meadows, 6357 N. County Road 300E, Rolling Prairie, IN, 46371.
Sharing Meadows is about 10 miles off Interstate 94, exit 40 (near New Buffalo, Mich.). It is a trip you will be so glad you took.
For more information about Share Foundation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great big accolades and congratulations to 9-year-old Robert VanderWerf, who qualified for the International Soap Box Derby after winning the Super Kids race in Valparaiso (for children with special needs).
Why? Because he came home mighty excited form Akron, Ohio hoisting his trophy and wearing his medal after placing seventh overall in his category. There were 63 racers in his event, and although Robert was just happy to be part of it, it really made his summer by being one of the “top dogs.”
When I talked to him, he said that someday, when he is an adult, he wants to win the Demolition Derby at the county fair. YIKES!
We are all very proud of you, Robert, and there is no doubt you are my pet person of the week.
Have a great day because you deserve it. Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.