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Trash Treasures and Trinkets Village in Ida

Sale 06

Don’t you just love a Sale? I don’t mean just any kind of Sale…. But a sale where your able to buy all of the latest and greatest new stuff as well as all kinds of hand crafted items….. You may also find…all mixed in between a collection of STUFF…Exactly what you have been looking for.
The Ida Civic Club hosts the Trash Treasure and Trinket Village at Ida Community Day. This event is from 9am 3am and is set up along the walking path in the Ida Township Park. The location has proven to be the perfect spot for people to show off their wares. This is a fundraiser for the Ida Civic Club’s scholarship fund.

This is just one of several events happening on Ida Community Day.
You can read about other events here….. Ida Community Day

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Celestial Blues at Ida Community Day

guitar-76458__180A day in the park with great music is always something to look forward to…… Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to kick back and listen to the sounds of Celestial Blues.

You can just tell that Gene and the boys love to play music. Don’t let the name fool you these guys play all types of music… Something for everyone to enjoy.

When I first started posting about this years Ida Community Day… Gene asked if I would once again like their band to play… Gotta love a guy like that…. Stepping up and offering to bring music to the park….

Celestial Blues will be playing from noon till 3 …… Come out and enjoy their great sound.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale


If you have never been to the Friends of the Library book sale in Ida before you simply must attend this event. This book sale has been going on for many years…. It just keeps getting bigger and better year after year.

The Friends group has a huge tent put up outside the entrance to the Ida Branch of the Monroe County Library. Tables are brought in… lots of tables….. and then come the books. WHO KNOWS where these books have been stored but they just keep coming and coming. Any kind of book that you can imagine as well as many magazines. One of the nice things about this book sale is time is taken to put all these books into different categories. As in all of the cookbooks are put into an area, all of the children’s books are put into an area.. you get the idea.

These books are ALL DONATED from the community. What a great way to recycle your reading material. You can simply donate it to the Ida Library for the annual book sale. As I said I don’t know where they store all of these books before the sale but on the day of the event….. You will have tons  of books to go through…. and I do think that “TONS” is the exact word that I am looking for.

It is always nice to have lots of books to be able to choose from. … but let me tell you the very best thing about this book sale…..and that would be the COST of the books that you buy. The cost is a donation. Yes, that is correct….. you can simple make a donation of any amount that you want and take as many books as you would like…. all for a donation to the Friends of the Library.

The Friends of the Ida Library is a group that does many nice things for the community, just to name a couple… they offer a school scholarship, they recently purchased books for the “Big Read” program.

The Ida Friends group is always looking for new members to support the community. You can contact a member for more information or you can inquire about all that they do at the Ida Library.

I am so looking forward to going through those books…
The sale starts at 9 am and goes till 3 pm…. that might be just enough time to find a couple of perfect books.

The FIRST Ida Community Day

zeebuThe first Ida Community Day was held June 26, 1999. The event was just one of several fundraiser that the Ida Civic Club was doing to help raise funds to build a new library. Ida now has a beautiful new library and township office building but back then it was not like that…. the library was a trailer. I am sure that many are able to remember those days… no running water meant no bathroom. I always wondered how Barb Drodt managed that… must of been a tougher gal than me.

The fist thing that comes to mind when I think about the very first Community day is the HEAT… I know I know that is probably NOT what should be most memorable but let me tell you WHY the heat was such a BIG deal.

One of the events that the Ida Civic Club held was the cow drop contest…. Larry Parks from Parks Paradise was gracious enough to help us out by supplying the cow that we needed. Larry didn’t just supply a cow but he supplied a Zebu…. Perfect…. we named the event.. “Zeek the Zebu does his Do Do” Catchy right?

I asked Dr. Deland the elder to be the judge for our event. He being a farm vet I thought he was the perfect choice.. besides I thought the world of that man. I do not think if he had known that it would be 130 degrees in the shade he would not of been so eager to say that he would help. OK OK maybe NOT quite 130 but close enough. Maybe I have exaggerated by a few degree but not to many.

Anyway the idea of a cow drop contest is to have spaces marked off in grid fashion inside a roped in area. At HIGH NOON (Yes, I waited till it was nice and HOT) we let Zeek the Zebu into the pen and waited.
We were waiting for Zeek to do his Do Do, on what ever number that happened to be that was the winner. Lets say it landed on number 21… we then pulled out 21 tickets and who ever had that ticket was declared the winner. Of course we had to have a judge…. what if the do do was on a line….? or what if the do do landed on more than one number. You get the idea Dr. Deland had a very important job and of course he accepted this position with the utmost respect for the rules of the contest.

After about 2 minutes of watching this Zebu in this gridded pen, in 130 degree heat with people gather all around WAITING…. it was so quite you could of heard a pin drop…. a lady from the crowd said…. “can you believe we are all standing here in this heat waiting for this cow to poop… where but in Ida would that be something to do?” She was Right….!

The rules of our contest were that if the cow didn’t drop within 1 hour the contest was over and the first number pulled out of the hat was declared the winner…..Zeek didn’t co-operate, we all stood in that 130 degree heat for an entire hour… Dr. Deland asked me about 30 minutes if I couldn’t of picked a hotter day….. I think he may of been kidding me as I saw him wiping sweat from his brow.

The first ticket out of the hat was Tom R….. the winner of $500.00. Not bad for a one dollar ticket entry. After it was all done it was a fun event…. but in the years that followed we always held that event under the shade of the trees. Having it set up in the open Fireman’s field sounded like a good idea at the time.

Ida Farmer’s Co-Op

Cop op signI would personally like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful people of the Ida Farmer’s Co-Op. Over the years I have contacted them many times, for many things and I have always gotten what I had asked for.

When Lonnie sees me coming with the look of need on my face…. he knows that I am about to ask him for another favor. It is so nice to have people who are behind you in ANYTHING that you try to do but I must tell you my friend Lonnie Arnold has always gone out of his way to do what he can for me… and for this I want to thank him.

The first Ida Community Day that the Ida Civic Club hosted was is 1999. One of the events that the ICC was able to offer Ida was the Michigan Calvary Brigade. Local resident Bob Robar was so helpful in bringing his wonderful gang of horsemen to our community. They set up camp in the back of the park… just as the riders of the Michigan Calvary Brigade would have done many years ago…..

For those of you who know me, know I love critters it does not matter what they are.. I love them, some just more than others. I especially love horses and to see these magnificent creatures up close as Bob had them was really a wonderful thing to see. After they had set up their camp they mounted up and rode through the streets of Ida all dressed in their handsome uniforms and on those beautiful houses…. Ida was indeed the place to be. A Calvary parade.. There is indeed something about a man in uniform!….Gotta love it!

My job of getting these guys here was easy.. I just asked them to come. But my friend Lonnie was the one who actually made it possible for them to make the park their home for the evening and the next day. Lonnie arranged to have the fencing put up as well as the trough and supply the back up water. Anything that Bob and his men needed was provided. Lori Green, who also works at the Co-Op supplied the hay and the straw that Bob had asked us to have on hand for the horses.

When the Ida Civic Club asked to put the beautiful flag up on top the Ida Co-Op Elevators…. once again there was no question about doing that, if I recall the only question was, “when do you want to do that, and how can we help?”

It does indeed take people working together to make a strong community…. The Ida Farmer’s Co-Op has always gone above and beyond when asked to help our Close Knit Community… grow and prosper..

Thanks to the people at the Ida Co-Op and especially to my friend Lonnie.