Summer means the return of Robin Hood
- Keith Mays
- Sherwood Gazette - Opinion
Congratulations to the Bowmen baseball team, second in the state this year. You certainly surprised teams across the state. Great Job!!
It is hard to believe July is already here. It's time to get out and enjoy the warmer weather, have family outings and maybe take a family vacation somewhere.
Once again, this month there are plenty of great things to do here in Sherwood.
Music on the Green starts this week. For those of you who might be new to Sherwood, this is a seven-week summer concert series at Stella Olsen Park, held on Wednesdays. The first concert is July 5 with Sherwood's own Melody Guy. The music style changes each week. Look for ads in this Gazette paper, look for posters around town, or go to www.cityofsherwood.org for more information. Music on the Green is made possible due to the many business sponsors and the City of Sherwood.
The Robin Hood Festival is July 14 and 15 with the parade on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. - don't miss it. This two-day festival (dating back more than 50 years) is a wonderful event for the entire family. There is live music almost non-stop over the two days with dozens of booths and activities to check out. Kids - see if you can find King Richard, Robin Hood, Little John, the Sherriff of Nottingham, or one of the many other characters wandering the streets during the festival. Friday afternoon is the Knighting ceremony, an event to recognize community leaders for their work in Sherwood. Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers that work to make this happen each year.
While at the Robin Hood Festival (or on another weekend) don't forget to stop by to tour the historic Morback House and Smock House. They are next to each other on Park St, between First and Second St. in Historic Downtown. Hundreds, if not thousands of volunteer hours have been spent; see what they have been up to.
June was a great time in Sherwood. There was a great turnout for the grand opening of our Refuge (I have already gone back a second time for a relaxing walk on the trails and observing wildlife). We also had the largest crowd ever for Crusin' Sherwood, special thanks to the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, the car clubs and all the volunteers who make Crusin' such a successful event. Also a thank you to Mother Nature - good weather is always a blessing. Members of the Sherwood High class of 2006 are now graduates and are poised for greatness in their next chapter in life. They have worked hard with their teachers, parents and classmates to achieve a solid academic foundation to build upon. The third annual Run for the Roses, a benefit for the Sherwood Senior Center, was a success, with its largest group of participants to date.
Sherwood was not selected as one of the 10 All America City winners at the competition last month. The 10 were selected from about 30 outstanding communities across America that were named as finalists from the close to 600 communities that started the application process. After reading and listening to many of the presentations from other communities, it was clear the 9 judges has a hard job on their hands as each finalist should be proud of what is happening in their community. For me, Sherwood was already a winner. We were well represented, as close to 40 made the trip from Sherwood. The group included both individuals and families, young and old, truly a wide cross section of our community. Another special thank you to the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, its members (including Adams Screenprint for providing shirts for the delegates), and President Jim Haynes for their support of the All America City competition. Their efforts in conjunction with Julia Hajduk, Senior Planner with City of Sherwood, produced an outstanding presentation and display booth at the competition. Robin Hood (Phil McGuigan) and the Sherriff of Nottingham (John Tucker), and our Robin Hood hats were a big hit with other city delegates, and everyone was impressed with our community.
Garage Sale season is starting to hit. As a reminder, it is against the law to attach signs to community poles. Yes, there is a fine for violating this law (fines go toward the maintenance of the poles). If you have any question about the sign code for yard/garage sales, please visit the city Web site or contact city hall (503-625-5522). Attach your sign to a stick and avoid the fine.