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The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, July 19, 1990 11A The Garden Music & Dinner Theater At Fayette ie i, chard ! Leslie Price Shaver forgotten how gruesome they :-very year it's as if rye blocked out of my mind and surprise me. The Japanese attached -- the beetles are Japanese beetles are an ex- 3n to my love of living crea- • I join with my sons in charac- ing them as gross. Gross. s. Gross. iey are green and hardy and .'hy. They are greedy, lustful ters who copulate all day and eat up all the leaves and ~rs on my rose bushes just as are coming into their prime. come in droves and persist the most poisonous sprays. vilight last night I sprayed the bed until it was powdery gray of green. There, you little s, now rye got you. This morn- were crawling and mat- tit over them. I walked back in- defeated, crunching two under .~et on the patio. ve also tried the Japanese trap that's been on the mar- long time. Here the cure is than the disease. Now there's that the trap attracts these n things. The gaudy yellow ic container hangs from a tree or clothesline, baited with le aphrodisiac, and then drowns -'reatures in their own lust. The ;hake size plastic cup often fills bvernight. That's the problem. I deal with emptying the thing. ~s. Gross. Gross. Moreover, you up with more Japanese beetles. COme from all over the state be in your yard where the hangs. Yep, the trap kills them but instead of having a tred beetles to get rid of, you've a plague size population to Even though you can re- the Japanese beetles by add- to your compost pile, the whole process is too distasteful for me to even describe in a small fam- ily newspaper. Next to the Japanese Beetle I hate the slug the most. He is a fore- most coward, hiding in the daylight and slinking out to do his damage at night. I have ambushed them hiding in the roots of plants, wet and gray and amorphous. They are far more sinister than snakes, who are willing to show their faces during the day. By the light of the moon slugs eat the leaves off my plants, leaving tat- ters and shreds to greet me ~n the morning. They leave trails of spittle as they make their midnight jour- neys across my patio for me to wash away the next morning with the hose. They are particularly fond of my hosta patch that rve been nur- turing around my maple tree next to the patio. In the dark they eat big holes out of my shining wide green leaves. Slugs are more solitary than Japanese beetles, but they are just as pernicious• They both outrank the category of pest. Aphids fit that category well, how- ever. They congregate in their green huddles on my roses especially be- fore the beetles arrive to disturb them. They prefer the newest, most tender growth to chew on. I have to squint to see them they are so small, but they can do a formidable amount of damage in a very short time. They do respond to sprays, or sometimes I ward them off with a quick wash with a hose. Ladybugs feast on them. I'm always glad to see those happy red bugs in my yard because I know they'll go to work on the aphids. I battle these three enemies all summer, one skirmish after another. I know this war will never be won, but I glory in every small victory against these underworld combat- ants of my garden. WHAT YOU DO IS NEWS TO US (AND ABUT 50,000 OTHER FOLKS) CONTACT THE MOUNTAIN MESSENGER WITH YOUR NEWS 647-5724 122 North Court Street, Lewlsburg, W. Va. 24901 The 1990 Summer Celebration at Camp Washington-Carver at Clifftop, Fayette County, offers mu- sic festivals, classic cars, concerts, homestyle dinner theater and a country store• Through August 25 the season provides family enter- tainment at the Division of Culture and History's mountaintop cultural facility• Doo-Wop Saturday Night, one of the most popular events at Ca,ver, has been expanded to a three-day Golden Oldies Weekend July 20-22. A Blue Ribbon Festival of West Vir- ginia, Golden Oldies offers soul, rock 'n roli and folk music. Friday night's 7 p.m. concert features the soul sounds of Carla Thomas, Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave fame), and Percy Sledge backed by Doo-Wop regulars Rockin' Robin. Doo-Wop Saturday Night follows on July 2t at 7 p.m. with rock 'n roll under the stars featuring The Marvelettes, Danny and the Juniors, Lou Christie, and The Association. A 3 p.m. folk concert on Sunday features Ado Guthrie, cause-oriented folksinger and star of "Alice's Restaurant." Tickets are $10 per day for adults, $5 per day for seniors and children under 12. $25 buys a weekend pass. Gates open at noon each day. A favorite part of Doo-Wop Satur- day Night is the Classic Car Exhibi- tion. Step back to those cruisin' days with row upon row of restored classic cars on display Saturday, July 21. The Appalachian String Band Music Festival August 3-5, wilt bring together string band music lovers and performers for a weekend of contests, concerts, dancing and camping. Four well-known West Vir- ginia string band musicians will host the weekend activities. Hosts are John Blisard, Jim Costa, Joe Dobbs and Gerry Milnes. Seven string bands will be featured in on-stage performances, presenting a range of old time string band music traditions and techniques. Featured bands are Critton Hollow, Fiddle Puppets, The Red Hots, Spring Gap Hellbenders, Tunesmith, Ebenezer String Band and the Bing Brothers. The festival will sponsor three traditional con- tests -- old-time banjo, fiddle and string band -- plus one "nontradi- tionar' string band contest. On Sunday August 5, the festival will incorporate the traditional fun and games of Old Time Day into the three-day weekend. Concerts, con- tests and square dancing will be joined by traditional Appalachian games. The weekend's concerts are free, primitive camping is available for $10 per person for the entire weekend. Good food and showers are available and parking is $2 per car. Carver Goes County on August 18 at 7 p.m. Enjoy the country sounds of Brian James and Blue Country, Jeff Stevens and the Bul- lets and Sawyer Brown. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12. Gates open at noon. Homestyle Dinner Theater this year offers all-you-can-eat dinner buffet at 6 p.m. each show night and the performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children under 12. A re- duced rate of $10 per person is of- fered for groups of 20 or more. Michael Martin's one-man shows will be offered July 13 and July 14 with the chilling tales of Edgar Allen Poe on the :hirteenth and the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain on July 14. On July 27 and 28 Bluefield- based Afro-Appalachian Perform- ances Company wilt present "This One's For You," a musical revue featuring the works of Count Basle, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughn. Show stoppers from Broadway hits "Porgy and Bess" and "Dream Girls," as well as pop, rock and gospel favorites are in- cluded. The Kanawha Players, the official State Theater of West Virginia, is of- fering "The Odd Couple" in both male and female versions August 10 and 11. On August 24 and 25 The Everyday Players serve up "Social Security," a hit Broadway comedy. The 1990 Summer Celebration at Camp Washington-Carver is pro- duced by the Division of Culture and History. Except for the dinner theater se- ries, all events are outdoors. Take lawn chairs or blankets. Food and beverages concessions are avail- able. No alcoholic beverages are al- lowed. For more information call 438- 6429. Greenbrier Bank Seeks Building Permit From The Rainelle City Council By Jonathan Wright A building permit for Western Greenbrier National Bank was ap- proved July 9 by the Rainelte Town Council. Bank officials Carroll Flanagan and David Neff appeared before the group to explain their project. The building, located on Ka- nawha Avenue, will be remodeled. President Phil McLaughlin of Green- brier Valley National Bank, of which the Rainelle institution is a branch, is out of town this week and was un- available to provide further details of the Work. The Town Attorney will examine the building permit for final recommendations. In other business, Mayor John Hill said Monnie Christy had re- moved the basketball backboard from 8th Street and placed it on his property. The backboard had been a source of concern from the Council and area residents in regards to the safety of young people playing bas- ketball in the street. The Council voted to purchase an asphalt spreader from Lindsey Zickafoose for $1,000. The equip- ment will be used for city street pav- ing. The condition of a number of abandoned buildings in the down- town area was discussed, and coun- cilmembers suggested an ordinance similar to one recently enacted by the Ronceverte City Commission. The ordinance would mandate that buildings determined in bad condi- tion be repaired or demolished. Property owners failing to comply would be assessed for the costs in- volved in the work. Recorder W. H. 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