Dianne Lively Yost

Dianne Lively Yost

By Dianne Lively Yost

What in the Sam Hill are all y’all doin’ out here at Town Park at midnight? I mean really! Well y’all can stay if you promise to hush IT UP! Momma and I are flat gonna catch us a flaky fairy tonight and get rich, rich, rich! That’s right! Listen up little children of Morgan County: Fairies are REAL! And, sometimes they flit around masqueradin’ as fluorescent fireflies! That’s why those dang flirty Fairies love, love, love the annual Firefly Festival in Town Park! Shhhhhh! Did y’all see that? What the? Momma! A huge flock of freakish fairies just lifted Momma up off the ground! SPLASH! Those furious, foolish fairies flat threw Momma in the ding dang Town Park Fountain! Now that’s mean as a hornet! OK little children! Y’all have got to help us catch these mean fairies but we need to know what they look like so keep your eyes peeled and bring or send us your pictures or drawings! If you do The Citizen will give you a fab prize from our very own Antique Sweets!

Madison Artists Guild Executive Director Elizabeth Collins, pottery artist Chuck Hanes and leather artisan Wendy Butler, all members of the Madison Artists Guild, show their art that is on sale at the MAG's new retail location at 217 West Jefferson St. in Madison across from Town Park. Elizabeth is holding one of her mixed media mermaids, while Chuck displays his unique pottery. Wendy shows off one of her hand-made leather bags. Photo by Dianne Yost

Madison Artists Guild Executive Director Elizabeth Collins, pottery artist Chuck Hanes and leather artisan Wendy Butler, all members of the Madison Artists Guild, show their art that is on sale at the MAG’s new retail location at 217 West Jefferson St. in Madison across from Town Park. Elizabeth is holding one of her mixed media mermaids, while Chuck displays his unique pottery. Wendy shows off one of her hand-made leather bags. Photo by Dianne Yost

Speakin’ of bein’ wringin’ wet, this weekend is the fabulous Firefly Festival and Jamie Williams wants all y’all to know that Main Street Vet is hostin’ a great ole big fat dunkin’ booth at their tent on Family Night, which is this Friday, July 26! Right so here’s the deal y’all! Jamie has roped in a bunch of notorious locals to sit in the ding dang dunkin’ booth and y’all are all gonna be able to flat DUNK ‘EM GOOD for just a tiny donation that will go to help the Morgan County Humane Society! Right so, I’m talkin’ Dr. James Williams himself is plannin’ to be a dunkee as is the beautiful and slightly-shorter-than-Biz-Buzz Babs Johnson! Oh and Jim Winkler too – now Jim we know you don’t know that you’ve agreed to be a dunkee but honey you have! We can’t wait! And, Jep Paschal! Is that you laughin’? Well honey you can wipe that smile right off your face ‘cause you also agreed to be a dunkee! Thank you Jep! Now all you kids start getting’ your softball arms in shape so you can hit the target!

Hey y’all all plan to come out for the Fantastic Firefly Festival this weekend! Remember: Friday Night is kid’s night and Saturday night is date night! I’ll see all y’all there!

Oh and I almost forgot! We have a new fantastic shop in Madison! I’m talkin’ ‘bout the new location and expanded space for the Madison Artists Guild Shop located at 217 West Jefferson St., in downtown Madison across from Town Park! I popped in there the other day to visit with the Guild’s Executive Director Elizabeth Collins! Honey the shop is beautiful! Plus the art for sale is flat fabulous! In fact some 25 artists are sellin’ their work from pottery, jewelry, paintings and artisan leather bags to stained glass pieces, photography and hand-painted scarves. Oh and the best part is that Elizabeth says they now have plenty of room to host art classes! Love it! Y’all get over there and check it out! You’re gonna flip ‘cause the art is beautiful and is affordable!

Last up! Y’all mark your calendars for the Thirteenth Annual Festival of Friends hosted by the Morgan Memorial Hospital Auxiliary! All the fun is slated for Saturday, August 24! OK so here’s the deal! The Opening Cocktail Party at the James Madison Conference Center kicks off the night and this year in addition to the silent auction there’s gonna be a ritzy raffle! Honey, Ben Whidby has flat donated a pair of white 18Kt Drop Earrings with Pear Cut Emeralds and diamonds from Whidby Jewelers! What! My handsome husband is gonna buy me a ticket TODAY! Oh and then there are eight parties to choose from: “Chilling & Grilling in the Country” hosted by Sue Ellen and Alan Verner, Rose Mary and Bob Hughes and Rae and Charles Merritt; “Cleared for Takeoff” hosted by Babs and Hiram Johnston, Celia and Paul Visscher, Cathy and Roland Lewan and Joan and Larry Taylor; “Dinner at the Mahoney’s on Irish Fare” hosted by Karen and Kelly Mahoney, Sarah and Sam Ball, Monica and Ken Kocher, Rob Hanselman and Christine McCauley; “Authentically Maryland” hosted by Connie Cooke and Betsy Carlson; “Thai One On” hosted by Suzie and David Moore, Laura and Gary Jones and Amber and William Moore; “Down at the Swimming Hole” hosted by Valley Farm Friends of Morgan Memorial Hospital; “Get a lei with Elvis!” hosted by Dena and Brad Good; and “Uptown Downtown Abbey” hosted by Rosemary Buttermore, Chris Lambert, Linda Redford and Joyce Thomas! Y’all get your tickets! Visit www.mmh.org/fof for more info!

Yikes! I’m outta space and time! Y’all check back next week for a look at what that skinny Keith Rex is cookin’ up next for Madison! Oh and we’ll have all the scoop on Dana Kibbey’s new downtown theater in Madison!

Y’all be sweet and SHOP LOCAL! Oh and all you little children: find those felonious fairies!