The forecast looks good for Saturday, June 5 so make plans to come out to Spring Bluff Campground/Retreat Center and enjoy the annual Spring Bluff Heritage Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The free event will be held rain or shine and will only be postponed if severe weather. There are plenty of crafters and displays to see or buy homemade items including wreaths, watercolor paintings, kitchen needs, jams and jellies, unique items including clay pot figures, reversible signs, and much more.
History of the community will be displayed in a wall of old photos, and Information about the old churches of the area including Evergreen and Spring Bluff Baptist Churches. There is also scheduled old small engines, antique tools, including a corn shredder, a quilt display. LaVada Schulte dressed in true attire comes every year with some vintage items, this year it is music boxes. The old classic cars are also on the grounds. New this year, Terry Lipe will have information about the McAlister family, who were known to be early musicians at the surrounding dance halls. She will be singing and playing the old time music on the claw hammer banjo, fiddle and dulcimer like they used in the early 1900’s. Sometimes Civil War characters show upon the grounds. There are also a lot of old timers who are willing to share their stories.
The Evergreen Rhythm Band and singers will start the day with gospel music from 10-11 a.m. in the pavilion. Terry Lipe will perform the whole day featuring the old ballads and songs on the grounds, and back again the popular James Grus and Friends Band to sing and play old song and popular songs, songs to dance to in the pavilion from noon to 4 p.m., taking a break for the auction of a large variety of items or gift certificates from local merchants and some of the local ladies homemade pies and goodies.
At noon the old camp bell will ring for lunch with plenty of food on hand. The special meal by Chris will be BBQ hamburgers, corn on the cob and baked beans. She also has her famous turkey legs, apple cobbler and lemonade. The Spring Bluff Baptist Church will have in their tent hot dogs, juicy burgers, chips, snacks, cookies, etc, plus cold water and sodas.
Be sure to bring your lawn chairs to sit back and enjoy the fellowship, family get togethers, meet new folk, and you can gaze or stroll the intimate atmosphere in the beautiful manicured campground that has a Vesper Garden, lake, wooded trail, volleyball and tennis courts, pool, kitchen in addition to their cabins, and chapel which is where you will see the photographs. This might be a good time to talk to Bro. Bob about getting the kids signed up for VBS or camp.
There is no admission charge so come join us and enjoy the entire day at the Retreat Center (Baptist Camp) which is located just over a mile west of Hwy. 185 on County Road AC, 10 miles south of Beaufort and 6 miles north of Sullivan. For more information you can call Sandy Koppelmann at 573-259-6296 or Mary Vieten at 573-690-8424.