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May 1 was a perfect date

My Opinion
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor

To put a twist on a line from the movie ‘Miss Congeniality,’ Friday, May 1, was a perfect date. It wasn’t too hot, not too cold and a light jacket felt pretty good by the time the sun was setting below the horizon.
But what else made it nearly perfect was the noticeable activity, especially in downtown Corydon.
I first sensed it as I traveled south on Capitol Avenue and turned west on Walnut Street on my way to work; traffic seemed a little heavier than usual for that time of day.
Then I saw why.
Set up near Emery’s Premium Ice Cream were several yard sale booths. They were part of the Scenic 62 Long Yard Sale between Lanesville and Leavenworth. Plenty more booths could be found in other areas of downtown Corydon. And the inaugural yard sale continued through Sunday.
As I went to lunch Friday, there continued to be an excitement in the air as many people were walking along Capitol Avenue. Most of them likely were from the tour bus or two parked in front of the First State Capitol Building. (Yes, despite the ominous-looking fence around the square, the building is still open for tours. The fence serves as protection from work that is being done to renovate the square and the old capitol building prior to next year’s statewide bicentennial celebration that will see plenty of activities in Harrison County.)
Then, at 4, when I ventured over to the opening of the Fred Cammack Corydon Farmers Market along South Mulberry Street near Poplar Street, I was met with the smells of grilling meat and the sight of people checking out the vendors, making purchases, listening to music, taking advantage of free chair massages and visiting with one another.
And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street. Well, with apologies to Dr. Seuss, it was all just off of Mulberry Street, where parking spots were hard to come by.
Tom Fields, director of communications and business expansion for the Harrison County Economic Development Corp., and I talked about the parking situation for the farmers market, which will be open each Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. through October. (Plans are in the works to convert the old Harrison County Annex building for year-round use for the market.) He pointed out that there are 16 parking spots on the south side of the old Annex building, the municipal lot, about a half block to the west, offers 75 spots and parking also is available along Mulberry and Chestnut streets.
‘Going forward, there will be access to eight handicap and eight short-term parking spots on the east side of the farmers market parking lot,’ Fields said. ‘Access to that lot will be on the east only.’
Incidentally, it was Fields who suggested obtaining the Annex property and using it for a farmers market.
‘The outpouring of support for the farmers and artisans from the community has been tremendous,’ Fields said.
Several of those set up at the farmers market reported selling out of some of their offerings. Others, like the Harrison County Master Gardeners, had left to get additional items and returned. And when half of the Over the Hill Gang, which was playing music at the market, had to leave early, Fields’ brother, Adam, picked up an extra banjo and filled in.
I hope others experienced the enthusiasm of May 1. I know I carried it home with me to the outskirts of Harrison County, where I’ve noticed other activities taking place.
I know not all Fridays will be as picture-perfect as this past one, but our best days of being outdoors for 2015 have just started. In less than a month, the Friday Night Band Concerts series will begin a new season, for this summer only, at a new location, the grounds of the First State Office Building, at 417 N. Mulberry St.
And Fridays are not the only day when exciting things are happening.
This week is National Travel and Tourism Week. The Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau is having an open house at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center, located at 310 N. Elm St. in downtown Corydon, through Sunday and has discounts to area attractions for local residents during the month of May. Why not revisit what your home county has to offer?
Corydon and Harrison County may have been in a rut, but things are looking up.
As Dr. Seuss says in ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’, ‘When you’re in a slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.’
Well, I say we’re coming out of our slump. Good things are happening. We just have to take advantage of them and work together.
Who’s with me for the next perfect date?