Rooney Bin: Much to be grateful for in giving village – Florida Times

November 22, 2017 - garden totes

Ah-h-h, mid-November … Thanksgiving is 5 days away, and it’s time to give interjection for a successful collect … if we had one. Sadly, Hurricane Irma wiped out a Bin’s annual orange stand as good as my associate a Binmeister’s herb garden, Old MacDonald plants and general preference of herbs: Italian parsley, French tarragon and Mexican cilantro, and multitude garlic (after all we live in Ponte Vedra), fennel, spearmint (think packet juleps) and chives.

Ancient cultures distinguished a deteriorate by thanking a gods for creation crops grow, though Bin residents appreciate grocery store deities when we fill a Thanksgiving cornucopia with produce. The horn of copiousness has a origins in Greek and Roman mythology. Zeus was innate on a isle of Crete and cared for by boundless attendants. A saintly goat named Amalthea fed him her milk. One day a destiny aristocrat of a gods was horsing around with a goat and pennyless off one of her horns. He done justification by stuffing a horn with all a fruit a one-horned nanny could eat. The cornucopia filled with fruit and pellet came to paint a copious collect for European farmers, who brought a tradition to North America.

The collect deteriorate also is compared with a Moon. Algonquin tribes named a months for full moons. For example, a year began with a Full Wolf Moon, a time when inspired wolves howled outward their villages. The Full Worm Moon coincided with a Mar unfreeze and display of worms … Ewww! The September/October Harvest Moon signaled a time to reap corn.

There’s no significant basement for lunar legends. Some assume it’s done of immature cheese. When life seems nuttier than usual, it’s attributed to a full moon. Superstitious folks consider full moons means disasters, an boost in births, trade accidents, violence, stupidity and werewolves. Early Christians believed worshipers of moon enchantress Luna were crazy or lunatics. The name “Rooney Bin” is a play on a tenure “loony bin,” a humorous anxiety to a place to detain lunatics. Draw your possess conclusions.

Only 12 American males have walked on a Moon. In Jul 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong was a initial to step on a lunar surface; he spoken a famous words: “Pass a crackers, it unequivocally is immature cheese.” Well, OK, what he indeed pronounced was, “That’s one tiny step for a man, one hulk jump for mankind.”


Driving home from a Nov. 4 Cowford Ball we were awed by a fantastic full moon. Native Americans named a golden Nov universe a Full Beaver Moon, since it noted a deteriorate when they trapped beavers for fur to keep them comfortable in winter.

The Cowford is a mythological affair. Heather and Alan Creel chaired “Country Legends,” a 22nd annual fundraiser for a American Cancer Society. Honorary chairs were Betty and Buck Autrey; Donna and Tom Beames served as clamp chairs.

“Our family has mislaid a few members to cancer. My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor, so cancer investigate is tighten to my heart. The American Cancer Society does such smashing things in Jacksonville,” Heather Creel said.

Guests walked a red runner to a Morocco Shrine Auditorium, where they stepped into a Western-themed dusk that enclosed signature beverages, a Johnny Cash impersonator, games, party by Jack’s Flats, fantastic live and wordless auctions, an “I Walk a Line” cooking smorgasboard and mythological bathrooms. The emblem cabinet is eminent for crafty restroom decor. This year a men’s room was a fish camp; a women freshened adult amid a trailer-park run-down variety that enclosed a garments line of hosiery and underwear. It’s fun to see what they’ll come adult with each year.

Another colorful note was a wall of art combined by pediatric cancer patients in a annual Cowford Kids’ Art Project. The American Cancer Society also supports investigate to find cures for childhood cancer.


Also Nov. 4, a Beaches Museum History Park hosted Riding a Rails Pablo Beach Train Day. Trains are a renouned pull during a museum, that has many ancestral train-related buildings as good as a 1911 steam locomotive.

Folks rode around a retard on a trackless All American Express train, while others enjoyed 3 indication sight layouts: a Atlantic Coast S Gaugers Northern Florida Division in a museum lobby, O-scale trains run by First Coast Model Railroad Society in a categorical gallery and Toy Train Collectors ancestral indication trains in a Florida East Coast Foreman’s House. (Nov. 18 Toy Train Collectors are hosting a Toy Train Christmas Show during a Morocco Shrine Auditorium during 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road).

The day enclosed a collection of antique cars, and in a Beaches strange post bureau Linda White portrayed Eleanor Scull, a initial postmistress, and her granddaughter Evelynn White acted a partial of Ruby, for whom Ruby Beach — after Pablo Beach — was named.

“I was vacant to learn we had trains entrance out to a beach, all a approach to Mayport. In 1885 it unequivocally non-stop a Beaches to business,” proffer eventuality coordinator Bob Burch said.

Atlantic Coast S Gaugers has a unstable blueprint they ride to events. “We’re looking for a place to set adult for a integrate of weeks during a holidays,” Larry Shughart said. Go to Atlantic Coast S Gaugers, North Florida Division, if your classification is meddlesome or hit Lloyd E. Lippert during (904) 200-1718. Another sight eventuality to round on a calendar is a ever-popular “Polar Express” during a museum Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9.


The Navy Appreciation Day golf contest during a Plantation, Ponte Vedra Beach, began on a initial hole with a deputy from a Navy in full dress singing a inhabitant anthem and a tone ensure presentation. Eighty-nine troops crew from Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Mayport Naval Station, Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Blount Island Marines, a Coast Guard, Wounded Warriors and K9’s for Warriors played in 24 foursomes, with during slightest one Plantation member per foursome.

The Plantation hosts a contest to appreciate internal active-duty Navy group and women for their service. Each was treated to breakfast before teeing off, a beef lunch after a tourney and totes filled with gifts. In addition, a tip 10 foursomes won certificates for play during several area courses. The day is wholly subsidized by Plantation members; servers and staff present their time.


Special guest during Navy Appreciation Day were author and Plantation proprietor Krista Keating-Joseph and her mom Phyllis Holmes. Krista is a Gold Star Mom. Her U.S. Navy Seal son, Charles Humphrey Keating IV, mislaid his life in Iraq in May 2016.

Krista recently won a Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award for her children’s design book Big-Hearted Charlie Runs a Mile. Krista, who was a lane and margin coach, got a thought for a book when her son was flourishing up.

“The story says we need a lot of heart and loyalty to be a member of a team,” pronounced his grandmother Phyllis Holmes, who illustrated a book. “He ran and ran and came in last, though one day he grew into his large heart and won.”

Charlie eventually took on his biggest plea by fasten a U.S. Navy Seals. The book doesn’t discuss it, though he perceived a Navy Cross after he died fighting to save a Christian encampment in Iraq. The encampment was rebuilt and his name was put on a bell in a church tower.

A second book is shortly to be released, Big-Hearted Charlie Never Gives Up. The book is accessible during, Barnes and


The inhabitant anthem rang out as veterans and their families sang and stood during courtesy with hands on hearts. The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach hosted a grill lunch for veterans Nov. 9 during The Players Community Senior Center. Vocalist/pianist Steve Chapman led a eager guest as they sang out It’s a Grand Old Flag and Take Me out to a Ballgame before sitting down to hear Capt. Jonathan Pruden of Wounded Warriors tell his fight story.

Pruden, a U.S. Army medical use corps officer, was exceedingly harmed and mislaid a leg during a initial advance of Iraq. “I wish to appreciate we all so most for paving a approach for a era of veterans,” he said.

Emcee Rotarian Bruce Barber famous veterans among a guests. One served in a U.S. Army during World War II, alighting during Normandy Beach. Rotarian Don Blackburn served in a U.S. Pacific Command during World War II. Another pronounced he sealed adult for a U.S. Marine Corps a day after Pearl Harbor. Several Vietnam War vets were there too.

Sue Richerson, Council on Aging module manager, presented a board in memory of Chris Tokarski, a dedicated COA proffer who recently died of cancer.


The group on a Moon dispelled misconceptions and detected extraordinary things. Did we know a Moon is flapping divided from a Earth by 1½ inches a year? In 50 billion years or so it will take about 47 days to circuit a Earth.

Earth’s satellite has no atmosphere; therefore, meteorites, vast rays, solar winds and good heat variations make an inhospitable climate. On a and side, a sobriety is weaker than Earth’s, so a chairman on a Moon would import 16.5 percent of his Earth weight. Hmm … that’s one approach to strew pounds, though I’d only benefit it behind during Thanksgiving.

As amusement author Erma Bombeck said: “What we’re unequivocally articulate about is a smashing day set aside on a fourth Thursday of Nov when no one diets. we mean, because else would they call it Thanksgiving?”

Jackie Rooney is a freelance author in Ponte Vedra Beach. Contact her during

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