Highland News Leader

There’s plenty to do in the Highland area this weekend

Children enjoy the youth Ferris wheel at last year’s Alhambra Homecoming.
Children enjoy the youth Ferris wheel at last year’s Alhambra Homecoming. News Leader

Three area towns will hold festivities and the Highland Community Chorus will give a spring concert, all this weekend.

The annual Alhambra Homecoming will be held at Alhambra Township Park on Friday and Saturday, June 5-6.

New Douglas Community Day, a town-wide effort to support local organizations and businesses and showcase what they have to offer, will be on Saturday, June 6. The event will be held in conjunction with a community-wide yard sale.

Alhambra Homecoming

This year’s festival is the 20th homecoming since being resurrected by the Alhambra Firemen-Legion Park Association, Alhambra Volunteer Fire Department and the Alhambra Jaycees in 1996. Rides and games will be provided by Clay County Amusements.

As in previous years, you will be able to purchase ride armbands for $20 each. Let your kids ride all night while you listen to the awesome bands that are lined up for this year.

Blacktop Boulevard will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday night, and Agent99 will be rocking the park on Saturday night. You won’t want to miss either of these exciting bands this year.

The parade will step off at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 5 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. For more information on the parade, contact Greg Nihiser at (618) 946-3432.

New to this year’s event will be Mouse Races. On Saturday night, report to the beer tent after the parade to watch the rodent review.

The main food stand will feature fried chicken, fish, pork steaks, burgers, bratwurst, French fries and hot dogs. Soda, water and beer may also be purchased on the handicap-accessible grounds.

Stop by the Community Club Cake Walk and win a cake for a dollar.

For more information, contact Don Maine at 488-7368 or via email at alhjc2@gmail.com.

Highland Community Chorus spring concert

The Highland Community Chorus invites you to a spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7 at St. Paul Church in Highland.

This concert, following the Memorial Day holiday, will offer a message of healing, hope and comfort to listeners. The centerpiece of the program is the beautiful “Requiem” of John Rutter, an English composer who celebrates his 70th birthday in 2015.

The 40-voice chorus will be accompanied by a small ensemble of instruments: pipe organ, harp, flute, oboe, cello and percussion. The instrumentalists are all professional musicians from the area. Also featured in the “Requiem” is a part for soprano soloist, which will be sung by Emily Ottwein, director of music at Troy United Methodist Church.

Director Luanne Murphy is excited to present the piece to the community, which was last performed in Highland in 1993 by the Highland Civic Choral Society. Several members of the chorus, including Murphy, also sang in that concert.

Tickets are available from chorus members and on the website highlandcommunitychorus.org. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Tickets will be $12 at the door. There will be a pre-concert talk by the director at 2:20 p.m.

Jakey in June

The Jakey in June barbecue competition and festival will be Friday through Sunday, June 5-7.

Teams will compete for $6,000 in total prize money in seven categories: ribs, chicken, pork shoulder, brisket, chef’s choice, dessert and margaritas. Judging starts at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

But unlike other BBQ contests, a Jakey in June, competitors are encouraged to sell their wares. Barbecue teams will be selling on Friday from 6 p.m. until it’s gone, on Saturday from 4 p.m. until it’s gone, and on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Most cooks sold out last year.

To wash it down, a wine and beer garden will be open during the festival.

Entertainment will include The Robert Perry Band with the Original Mojos 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday; Zydeco Crawdaddys from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and the Jason David Cooper Band on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m.

There also will be a Kids-Q BBQ Cook-Off at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

New Douglas Community Day

The former Town-Wide Yard Sale day is now “New Douglas Community Day.”

Participating organizations include the New Douglas Volunteer Fire Department (NDVFD), the New Douglas Old Firehouse Restoration Crew, the New Douglas Rec Plex, and the New Douglas Girl Scouts, Masons, American Legion and Senior Citizens Club. The New Douglas Christian School and Baptist church will have an information booth at the Community Center.

Community Day is being organized by the New Douglas Annual Yard Sale Committee, and yard sales will still be part of the day’s events. They will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you would like to list your yard sale on our map and event flier, contact committee chair Linda Hunsinger at (618) 402-1726, by text or phone. You can also send an email to linda.hunsinger@gmail.com.

The New Douglas Rec Plex has plans to offer a rummage sale in the old school gym during yard sale hours. Contact Tonya Yetter at (217) 456-1234 to set up inside the gym.

The New Douglas Farmers Market will have room for those who live out of town, but would like to be included in the sales. Contact Rachel Beckett by phone at (618) 823-8944 or via email at newdouglasfarmersmarket@gmail.com for more information on how to rent an area of the outdoor market for the day.

Daytime shoppers can enjoy donuts from B&K Bakery in Mt. Olive ($8 per box or $1 for one) for breakfast, pork burgers, hamburgers, chili and hot dogs for lunch at the Community Center, where they can also pick up a yard sale map. There will also be numerous displays at the community center with all the exciting events that New Douglas hosts throughout the year.

NDVFD will serve as a cooling station with free water, blood pressure readings and will also have an open house for children to get up close to the fire trucks and equipment.

In the evening, from 5 to 9 p.m., there will be a free concert at 103 S. Main (the Farmers’ Market), sponsored by the owners of the upcoming “Flyers Grill” opening later in the summer. The band Hard Drive will be playing. There will be giveaways, like T-shirts, cup coolers, and gift certificates to concert-goers. NDVFD will host a beer tent. Soft drinks, water, grilled hot dogs and barbecue pork steak sandwiches will also be available for purchase.