Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

July 24, 2014


Did you get your fill of tomatoes last week? The Hanover Tomato Festival had a nice, clear day, if a little hot and was successful as usual. That festival gets larger every year and our county is fortunate to host it.

Mechanicsville Branch Library has more in store for you. On Tuesday, July 29 from 7 to 8 p.m. there will be a bingo. Aug. l at 1 p.m. for ages 11 – 16 there is a “Divergent” Trivia Contest from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Bat World takes place Monday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. Ending the Mechanicsville Summer Reading program will be a “Back to School Celebration” Saturday, Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 23:30 p.m. If you go to another branch of the wonderful Pamunkey Library System, you are likely to find the same or similar programs. We are so thankful for our great library system and the Friends’ organizations that help out with planning and refreshments. I say it a lot — “Our libraries are the best deal we can get free for wonderful entertainment and culture.”

Local author, Harvey Tate’s latest book is sci-fi, a favorite genre from his youth. It is entitled, Tentacles of Time. Harvey, a retired high school principal, from Maryland, has kept busy writing and now has five books published. Harvey says, “After retiring, my wife Susan and I moved to Mechanicsville. I began writing to answer the question, ‘What are you doing now?’ I answer that I am the author of five novels and former president of the Hanover Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. I eventually admit to the guilty pleasure of searching for the ultimate coffee shop and enjoying every minute of retirement. For the past decade and one half I’ve been indulging myself by putting words together into readable bits.” Harvey and Susan are also proud grandparents of a pretty little redhead Miss Madilyn Paige Crowder, age four, and eight grandsons. Chase Davies, Tate Davies, Andrew Davies, Maximus Tate, Mason Tate, Miles Tate, Marcus Tate, and Michael Chapman.

The Hanover Writers Club has announced that the 2014 Hanover Book Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, at Liberty Christian School Gym and will include workshops and seminars of interest to writers and the general public. In the past, all workshops have been geared toward authors and writers, but this year there are several general topics being presented. There are two workshops for each of the four time-slots, Call Joanne Liggan at (804) 514-1446 or email for more information.

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Be sure to enjoy some, especially in this hot weather. Heaven knows, I’m doing my part to celebrate ice cream. If you have any more revealing trivia to pass on please send it here. What is your organization or family up to these days? Be sure to send your news to or call me at (804) 746-9142.

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