My family extends to uncles and cousins which were and continue to be farmers.
Mostly hailing from Georgia, midwestern Tennessee and Kentucky, a good bit of faith was placed on knowing what to do and when and how to do it.
I spent many days as a youth pawned from the pace of military life to sharing time on the homestead. This is about the time I became acquainted with "Old Al"-- a name my Uncle Clennan branded to the Farmers Almanac.
The thin-paged paperback shared the mantle just to the right of the family Bible and a tad left of his stem-bitten and well-aged briar pipe.
Over the years I became dependant on the suggestive themes and planting schedules offered through its pages. There is much to be said of the tried and true and the reference is hard to set aside.
Even today I am bridled with much of what the book has to offer.
According to "Old Al" -- based on the 24th solar cycle which began in 2008, the prediction for the 2014 winter season is expected to be colder than normal. While some may disagree with a publication dating back to 1818, few will question its intent. An advocate of simpler times the publication has a pedigree of followers.
Beaufort Boat and Dock Supplies 1st Annual Event was a huge success. Mike Edmonds and Danny Rourke kept the tournament on track and the BBQ dinner provided by Duncan O' Quinn and family topped the festivities. With cash, prizes and raffles, plus dinner to boot, the competition seemed less a concern.
The awards presented were -- 1st Place, $1000, Adam Bazemore; 2nd Place, $250, Maci Dean; 3rd Place, $100, Jay Malphrus.
Future events with a family theme are scheduled and will be a welcome change from the ordinary fast-paced rush so many tournaments seem to inherit over time.