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Welcome to the May issue of LouisaOnline.Com! Warmer weather is finally here and I am “happy, happy, happy!” Did you know that May is not only “Clean Air Month”, “Get Caught Reading Month”, but also “National Hamburger Month”, “National Salad Month”, “National Sweet Vidalia Onion Month” and “National Barbecue Month”? Daily celebrations in May include Cinco de Mayo on May 5th, Memorial Day on May 27th (Louisa Aquatic Center opens!) and last but certainly not least, Mother’s Day is May 12th.
This is such a busy time of year in our area with the Mineral Farmer’s Market opening, the Annual Mineral Fireman’s Fair and Parade, the “It’s Finally Friday!” concerts and the B2B Music Weekend at Small Country Campground to benefit the Louisa Earthquake Housing Foundation. Whatever you do, have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. Here’s to another great spring season here in Central Virginia!
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My Other Mother
It’s May once again and along with thoughts of beautiful springtime flowers and the summer to come; my thoughts turn to Mother’s Day. We all have a mother, that goes without saying; we literally wouldn’t be here without them! But have you ever considered all the different types of mothers we have? Of course all mothers are different and wonderful in their own special way, but did you ever consider that you might have more than one mother?
It may seem like a strange thought to some of you, but some of us are lucky enough to have multiple mothers. Well, not multiple biological mothers. But, those of us with them call them by various names; I will simply refer to them as “other mothers.”
The Master Gardener - May Gardening Tips
When May comes around it’s time to plant your main summer garden!
Thin your beets and carrots two weeks after they emerge to give them space and keep them growing vigorously. Early May is a good time to direct sow your first rows of green beans. To keep summer time weeds under control and save your aching back, hoe regularly on sunny days and hand weed when the ground is wet.
It’s time to harvest rhubarb and asparagus. At the same time, give them a quick weeding and maintain a thick mulch. Mulching now saves time and trouble later.
What a list of things to do in May! Plan your month carefully so you don’t miss anything! Kick the month off with a visit to the old-fashioned Mineral Fireman’s Fair and don’t forget about the parade! There’s music of all kinds this month; the “Fridays After Five” music series begins in Charlottesville and a little closer to home, the “It’s Finally Friday!” music and fun begins on May 31 right here in Walton Park in Mineral.
As always, the Louisa Parks and Recreation has loads of activities planned this month. From jewelry making to line dancing, Zumba and much more LCPR can help you add some excitement and loads of fun to your summer without breaking the bank! Want to learn how to handle a firearm safely? LCPR has a class for that, too! Don’t forget that the Louisa County Aquatic Facility opens on Memorial Day, May 27th for another season of summer fun. You can even purchase discounted tickets for Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens and Water Country U.S.A.! Check out their website for all the details on these events and many, many more!
Joe Pine Builders Inc.
Take a drive down Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania County and when you see a beautiful log cabin building with a bright red metal roof, you know you’ve arrived at Joe Pine Builders Inc. From the moment you walk into the huge combination model log home and office, you know Joe Pine is no ordinary builder. There is a real Joe Pine and he’s very hands-on with his custom building company. Joe Pine Builders takes pride in achieving customer satisfaction with every project.
Joe Pine Builders specializes in custom designed log homes and has over 40 years of experience in home building. Primarily serving the Lake Anna, Louisa, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg and Caroline County areas, Joe Pine Builders will go anywhere to build your dream home. They pride themselves on using only materials designed to give you the best quality and value for your money. Joe Pine Builders has chosen to be an Appalachian Log Structure dealer for these very reasons. The Appalachian Log homes are available in many various sizes and floor plans to suit anyone’s needs.
Your Health & Wellness Advice
Eating Fast Foods… The Healthy Way
As a parent, you have a strong influence over how much fast food your child eats. Find out how to set some guidelines to follow when eating out that will teach them how to make healthy choices as adults.
In the ‘olden days’ there were no video games or televisions. People ate all their meals at home or sometimes at another family’s home. All the food was prepared from scratch and a lot was home grown. Most families would only go out to eat if it was a very special occasion. Times have changed and now we are often referred to as the ‘fast food nation.’ Everyday, one out of every four children eat fast food and nearly half of all of us eat fast food more than once a week. We do this primarily because of convenience and because it’s less expensive than going to a restaurant. Let’s face it, children love fast food meals because it comes in a colorful box, it’s served quickly and, most importantly, it comes with a toy!
Lake Anna in May
Time to get out and play! The weather is fine and Lake Anna’s siren song is playing loud and clear, calling out to our winter-weary souls. The Lake is brimming (I know… bad) with activities for the outdoor lover. Whether you like to let the lake carry you where it may while fishing on a lazy afternoon, or whether you would rather have the wind and spray in your face as you sport around with your friends on your jet ski, the Lake is ready for you. Get out there and enjoy it!
Speaking of fun and merriment, the Virginia Renaissance Faire is returning to the Central Virginia area. Once again holding court on the grounds of the lovely Lake Anna Winery, the Faire brings you the chance to go back in time to late 16th century Staffordshire, England. The Faire is scheduled to run from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday from May 11th through June 9th. Wandering minstrels, jugglers, musicians and dancers will entertain you while you learn from various period craftsman. Let the purveyors of fine foods tempt you with many sumptuous foods and, of course, cool beverages to quench your hearty thirst. And, what kind of Faire wouldn’t have a busy market?
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