Fall story Time at the Beverly Public Library returns this Wednesday at 10:30. Children ages 2-5, along with a parent or caregiver who is requested to remain with the child during the story time, are invited to the library for an hour of stories, movies, crafts, games, snacks and fun. This week's theme is "Australia" and will highlight boomerangs.
With the start of another school year comes another season of marching band. Fort Frye's Marching Cadets have already participated in the Waterford County Fair and the Washington County Fair as well as varsity football games. Their competition season kicked off with a ratings only performance at Philo. The group continues with competitions through October. Their competition schedule includes competitions Sept. 15 at the Cambridge Cavalcade of Bands; Sept. 29 at Meadowbrook's Festival of Bands; Oct. 6 at Marietta's Band-o-Rama; and Oct. 20 at the Tri-Valley Classic.
The director of the Fort Frye Marching Cadets is Fort Frye alumna Casey Mercer. Flag corps adviser Tina Bohl is also an alumna of Fort Frye.
This year's show theme is "Batman." Music includes the "Batman" theme song from the movie "The Dark Knight," which includes a percussion feature; the "Batman" theme song from the 1960s TV show; and it concludes with "The Batmobile Chase." The flag corps highlights the theme in costume with six of the guard wearing Batgirl costumes and three wearing Robin costumes.
The backdrops feature a cityscape of Gotham City and the Batmobile. The scenery was painted by Kathy Allen, Fort Frye High School art teacher and her Art 3 students. Also included is a spotlight to flash the Bat signal into the sky a flag draped behind the Gotham City scenery.
This year's group includes seniors Lindsey Gorrell, saxophone, and Nikki Hall, baritone.
CHURCH WOMEN'S FALL RETREAT
Tomorrow is the last day to register for the Beverly United Methodist Church Women's Fall Retreat, "Life: What a Trip" with keynote speaker Rev. Kimberly Arbaugh and members of the Kilgore/Harsh Memorial United Methodist Churches speaking about their trip to Senegal to help install water lines. The retreat is Sept. 15 from 9 a.m-3 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Beverly United Methodist Church is at 700 Park St. in Beverly. This non-denominational event is open to all area women. Morning and afternoon workshop sessions are planned on a variety of topics, with a luncheon being served. Contact the church at (740) 984-2100 for more questions about the retreat. To register, phone the church.
Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.