Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

October 16, 2013

Pat Smith's return to potpourri

By Pat Smith
Daily News

---- — Congratulations to John Pratt! Remember the Bobby Kennedy Re-enactment that Pratt’s class did on the square? He won the Indiana Historical Society’s Top Historic Event or Project of the Year. We can all feel proud that Bobby Kennedy came to Greensburg and that Pratt re-created such an event for us as well as for his students.

*And speaking of Pratt, word is that the Chautauqua this year is an all music event November 5 at 7 p.m. Names of all the singers coming are impressive. The next day, November 6, the theme shifts to the Civil War, with a lecture and a piano concert in the morning, then the students will be hosting a community three hour Civil War tour. Pratt, the Historical Society and Museum are working in partnership for the exhibit to run at the same time, “Decatur County History in 100 Objects.” Pratt and the society are asking us to loan our unique items for the first three weeks in November. You’ll see fliers for the Chautauqua soon. Better put the dates on your calendar.

*You’ve probably seen the notice on the left side of the Greensburg Daily News front page about the Children’s Spook Tour from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum on North Franklin Street Saturday, October 26. From what I hear there’s going to be lots of games, some storytelling, a fortune teller, face painting, and a Hansel and Gretel performance. As if that isn’t enough – it’s free and fun for the whole family. You can call 663-2764 with any questions.

This is the first time the Historical Society has done a Ghost Walk. Marilyn Beaver is in charge and probably the only one who knows how much work it is. The rest are having a good time preparing for it. It’s $5 for the 7 p.m. Walk or the 8 p.m. Walk. After the 8 p.m. Walk there’s a party at the museum with “Frightening Finger Foods” and a cash wine bar. The party is $10 and for that we get stories, a Witch that tells our fortunes, we can paint a pumpkin, and other great stuff. It’s going to be fun and I’m not bragging ‘cause I have nothing to do with any of it except for writing a few fun stories for the Ghost Walk.

* You may remember that Ian Markham went to Russia last summer. Ian is a former student at St. Mary’s, son of Dan and Kem Markham and grandson of Phil and Mary Lou Marciniak Thanks to The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program Ian spent several weeks in Russia. I asked Dan what Ian has been asked to do since his return because of the trip. Dan said he had to complete two tests to demonstrate his proficiency in Russian. He passed both. “He’s been focused on his other activities- the cross country team, the school play and applying to colleges, specifically Georgetown University, which is his first choice. He wants to study International Relations, though he’ll probably minor in Russian wherever he goes.”

Dan said whenever possible, Ian tries to keep up with his Russian so he doesn’t lose the gains he made. He writes letters to both his former classmates and some of the Russian friends he made. He remains in close contact with many of his fellow students. “One student will be visiting us this weekend. She’s coming in from Ohio to see Ian and another girl from the trip who lives on the other side of Chicago.”

Ian will be expected to serve as an ambassador to the NSLI-Y program in some capacity, which he’ll likely do when his extracurricular schedule slows down in the winter. The NSLI-Y is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

* Jerry lee was interested in last week’s column about Nathan Cull’s sale bill offering a harpoon fork, hillside rake and other items. Jerry could explain how they worked because he’s seen them work. The sale bill was given by June Tumilty and I didn’t mention that Nathan Cull was June’s Great, Great Grandpa on her daddy’s side. June’s dad was WW I veteran Emmett Taylor. John said he and June visited Cull Ridge and found the home place where her daddy was raised. “There is a family cemetery there,” said John, “and the actual house where June’s daddy was born.”

* This Saturday, at the Baptist Church, is the “Women Just Want to Have Fun Day.” Rita Helmich showed our quilt group some items she is presenting. Alice Woodhull suggested we might not want to miss it. For $6 we can get lunch with soup, sandwich and dessert.