“Tobias MacIvey was 30 years old and had been in the Florida scrub for five years. He had come south out of Georgia in 1858. In his horse-drawn wagon there was a sack of corn and a sack of sweet potatoes, a few packets of seeds, a shotgun and a few shells, a frying pan, several pewter dishes, forks, and a cast-iron pot. There were also the tools he would need to clear the land and build a house: two chopping axes, a broadaxe foot, crosscut saw, auger bit, and drawing knife.”
That is a little bit of what you may hear at the Bartow Public Library when Patrick Smith’s son Rick takes the stage at 3 p.m. Oct. 26 to read from his father’s book “A Land Remembered.”
The library’s staff says to bring your friends and family. Few if any books have captured the spirit and colorful history of Florida as has Smith’s novel. It has been said many times that people should be issued a copy of A Land Remember- ed when they cross the Florida state line.
Rick’s show is a multimedia event that highlights the experiences he had which caused him to write with such authority of Florida pioneers, the Seminoles, migrant workers, “river rats” of Mississippi, the social injustices of the South and the challenges of the present.
There will be a monster on the wall
In celebration of the holiday this Friday’s outdoor movie is Mel Brooks’ classic comedy, “Young Frankenstein.”
Playing in the empty lot at the corner of Main Street and Wilson Avenue shortly after dark, the movie stars Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle in a parody of Frankenstein. It tells the story of Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson who after years of living down the family’s reputation, inherits the castle and repeats the experiments.
The movie is free, but you should bring blankets, chairs and mosquito repellent. For information about the event, call 863-519-0508.
Cornucopia reception is Saturday
The Bartow Art Guild’s members showcase art show, Cornucopia, is open and this weekend is the reception for the annual event.
The artworks have been hung in the Pamplin Art Gallery on the second floor and will be open to public viewing during special hours only.
Holly Sailors, professor of Fine Arts at Polk State College judged the entries and the awards will be presented at the Cornucopia reception from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. There will be refreshments and music along with the opportunity for the public to view the artworks.
Rummage sale Saturday
On Saturday, Oct. 26 there will be a rummage sale — Trinkets-to-Treasures —with money raised going to the church’s mission.
The sale is from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and there will be household items, furniture, clothing and lots of hidden treasures, the church said. There will also be a hot dog lunch with baked goods available for sale.
Also from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on that date the Blood Mobile will be at the church.
And for anyone who needs a pumpkin, look no further. The annual pumpkin sale on the front lawn of the church is filled.
For more information, contact the church office at 862-533-2301. The church is at 1650 S. Jackson Ave, Bartow.
On Oct. 30 at the church, Mary Tomlinson will tell stories to preschool children. She will have a story time at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct 30 for community and home schooled students ages 4 and 5 and their parents.
Jail tour this weekend
A trip through the old Polk County Jail has its final showings this weekend.
From 6-11 p.m., on Oct. 25 and 26 at 455 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office has the Haunted Jail Tour.
The cost is a $5 donation with proceeds benefiting the United Way of Central Florida.
A new kid friendly Trick-Or-Treat is offered from 6-8 p.m. each night of the Jail Tour.
Hot dogs and hamburgers will be on sale every night.
For information, contact Deputy Stacy Bishop, or Deputy Ashley Bates at 863-534-6123.
Father-Daughter dance time coming
Fathers and daughters can spend the night together and remember it in pictures on Nov. 9.
the annual Father-Daughter Dance is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland.
The event, sponsored by Girls Inc. and by the United Way of Central Florida will feature live music, games and a photo booth. Also this year there will first, second and third place prizes awarded for the best essay on “Why I Love my Daddy,” contest.
Tickets for the event is $50 per couple and $30 for an additional daughter or guest. Tickets can be bought at Girls Inc., at either 650 W. Main St., Bartow or 1220 W. Highlands St., Lakeland, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For information about the event, call Kay Fields or Charndra Frederick at 863-682-3002, ext. 222 or 226, respectively.