Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

July 17, 2014


How is your summer going? I can’t believe July is half over. We recently rode down to Tappahannock, crossed the bridge and went to Naylor’s Beach, on the Rappanannock River. A lot of folks and many church groups from Mechanicsville went there when we visited. We often took our children there when they were small up to teens. We found it still very nice. One of Jenkins’ daughters runs it now and said there was a rumor that Naylor’s was closed but it has never closed. There is a lot of shade. Picnic tables and shelters are plentiful and it is only 40 minutes from Mechanicsville. The water is shallow and there is a small sandy beach. We enjoyed seeing boats coming and going on the river. It’s certainly a different experience from a pool. If you haven’t been there you might want to try it. The fee for adults is $8 for daytrips now and the campground is still available.

Two Hanover scouts have done some great work to help MCEF. Isn’t it fabulous to know how many teens are thinking of others and putting their thoughts into action?

Andrew Bock, of Troop 533, organized a clothing drive in two neighborhoods and his team picked up an amazing number of bags of clothes of all types. Twenty campers and their counselors joined the members of the troop on Saturday at New Song United Methodist to sort clothes and distribute them to the four clothes closets. All are well-stocked now!

Ellie Burk, of Troop 373, is working toward her Silver Award by helping to organize and enhance the Teen Clothes Closet. She had a small group of campers from Camp Hanover helping to sort and organize new donations and also to start setting up a closet organization system donated by Home Depot. Ellie plans to set up a fitting room with a corner blocked off with a curtain for privacy.

Trinity Christian Church on Atlee Road in Mechanicsville celebrated “Christmas in July” Sunday, July12 with carols, nativities and more. This proves it’s never too early to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas.

I guess a lot of folks in the area will be having tomato dishes this week as they enjoy the bounty from Saturday’s huge tomato festival. We’ve had two very tiny ones from our vines.

What is your church, organization or family up to these days? Be sure to send your news to or call me at (804) 746-9142. Nothing is too small for this column.