My year as Miss Wayne County has been off to a running start. Sheila and I have been spending a lot of time together lately. Last weekend I attended my first appearance at the Our Lady of Loretto Fun Fair. I had the opportunity to meet all of the wonderful volunteers that work so hard all year long to make this event happen, and I loved meeting all of the kids. There's something magic about the look on a child's face when they meet a "real princess" that I will never grow tired of. One of the highlights of the weekend was performing a few fiddle tunes in the entertainment tent. The main attraction on Friday evening was a polka band called the Kielbasa Kings. Well, apparently violin is the new "thing" to hit the polka scene, and they have asked me to record a few songs with them on their next record! Of course, the weekend only got better because our Miss Michigan and former Miss Wayne County, Octavia Reese, was able to join in the festivities on Sunday. She has the coolest new electric cello from Yamaha, which she has affectionately named Electra. We attempted an electric duet of Aladdin's "A Whole New World" that was almost successful. Fortunately, we were wearing our crowns so no one really noticed what we were playing. Many thanks to Sheila and Bob Bender of OLL for making the weekend
The exciting times continued this past weekend when I attended a benefit for an organization called HAPS (Help Appalachian People Survive). I was invited to speak about my experience volunteering in Harlan, Kentucky and to perform some good ol' country fiddle. Coincidentally, one of the tunes I usually play, Old Joe Clark, is actually a mountain ballad that originated in eastern Kentucky. I enjoyed a wonderful meal with some amazing volunteers and saw a moving video about the incredible work HAPS does in Kentucky. The organization is currently seeking volunteers to sponsor families this holiday season. You can check out their website at www.haps-mi.org. After dinner they held an auction for a slow dance with yours truly. I'm very proud to report that a lovely young firefighter paid $100 to dance with me! Thank you, Jason, for being such a good sport. Thank you also to HAPS for inviting me to take part in this event, as well as to Sharon Lee for being my date.
Since one of the four points of the crown happens to be scholarship, I should probably get to some of that homework I've been putting off. If only Miss Wayne County were a full time job... Keep checking the website for upcoming appearances and updates.
Until next time,