Saturday, September 12, 2009

Day 28 - Saturday in the Park

I've just returned from a full day of sun and fun at the annual St. John's picnic in Lone Oak (just outside of Paducah). A friend from MSU invited me to attend a singles gathering with her today at this event, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm so glad I did.

The politicians were out stumping in force; the live music was good and the people-watching was top notch. With a nice breeze blowing and mostly sunny skies, it was a great day to be outdoors. St. John's is a gorgeous church. I recently learned that my cousin, Father John Thomas, was instrumental is getting the structure built years ago, so that was another reason for me to want to participate today.

The picnic offered all things one would expect, and a few I had not seen before. We checked out everything from games and raffles, to the cake walk, bingo, flea market and a wonderful all-you-can-eat buffet across the street at the Knights of Columbus. Our little group of six enjoyed the meal together and got better acquainted, then we walked the picnic grounds and finally set up lawn chairs so we could relax and enjoy the entertainment. When the politician's started the evening's speeches at about 5:00 pm, we decided to call it a day. For me, it was far too pleasant an afternoon to listen to people argue politics. But, that's just me.

I am so happy that I had the chance to get a bit of sun and make new friends. I am already looking forward to receiving my invitation to this group's different activities on the second Saturday of every month going forward (which is about all the free time I'll have to spare as the semester progresses).

A great college town like Murray, KY really does offer something for everyone - whether you're married, single, younger or older, you need look no further than the campus, the court square, Central Park or any of the neighboring towns for a wealth of activities, people and options.

In the coming week, I plan to post about the top five greatest challenges facing non-traditional students, the top 10 reasons to go back to school, and more. Surely, there will also be some new adventure, challenge or dilemma as my personal adventure continues. If you know someone thinking about going back to school, or currently attending MSU, please feel free to share the link and ask them to tune in. I am open to comments and suggestions, as always!

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