Ducking into fall

The shining light of generosity was evident during the Rubber Duckie Derby fund-raiser, for which more than 900 ducks were adopted.  All the prizes were donated and all the prize-winners gave all their winnings to charity.

The shining light of generosity was evident during the Rubber Duckie Derby fund-raiser, for which more than 900 ducks were adopted. All the prizes were donated and all the prize-winners gave all their winnings to charity.

The $500 first prize was won by Art Haupt and Lee Fay, who donated it back to the Foundation.  “The worm has turned!” claimed Art, who has never won anything before no matter how many times he sang the Rubber Duckie Anthem.  He insisted that part of his gift be set aside to fund a rubber duckie sanctuary “where the ducks can continue to enjoy life in the manner they’re clearly accustomed to…”

An anonymous Friend of Kinsale gave the $250 second prize, which was won by Rob and Barb Dickman of  Springfield and Plainview, who donated it back to the Foundation. The $100 third prize in the name of the Kinsale Cadre; that prize was won by John Deering, who donated it to Cople District VFD!

Runners-up received Kinsale Christmas ornaments or wood blocks: the Henshaws, Andrew Packett and Lily Padgett.  (Winsome Lily is the winningest child!  Ducks adopted by her have won cash or other prizes twice before!)

The sixth annual Derby was, as always, punctuated by John Lawler’s patriotic music and witty commentary.  There were some fears it might turn into an Air Show as a gale howled during the wee hours of Saturday morning prior to the event.  Instead, a slightly more sedate breeze and tide cooperated to send those wee yellow critters down the course at a breakneck speed which transcended by FAR their usual sluggish pace!  Thanks to the Mosses and Parkses who set up the course and dumped and collected the ducks, and to the kayaking Rebers, who utilized some fancy paddling skills to keep ahead of the pack and net the winners.

Alternately plaintive and exuberant music by Scuffletown stirred the crowd as a silent auction of donated items netted $790. The Masonic breakfast was tasty and filling.  The firemen’s softcrab sandwiches were totally addictive.

Master Naturalist Polly Ward enlisted crowd sympathy for Mother Nature.  She pointed out that our stewardship of our land affects our beloved nearby waters — where fishing, boating and wildlife can co-exist when we are careful with fertilizer, manure, pesticides, septic systems, and construction projects.

The calendar of historic pictures from the Kinsale archives sparked a lot of smiles and comments during the event.  These are available at the Museum or by emailing museumdirector@gmail.com. Visitors also enjoyed viewing new loans and gifts at the museum, such as a large and beautifully crafted skipjack by George Perry,

Following the event the summary of the 35th annual meeting of Kinsale Foundation on Sept. 15 can be found in two words: “thank you.”

Scuffletown brought tunes to the annual Kinsale Day, held last Saturday. See video report of the Rubber Duckie Derby online at www.westmorelandnews.net.

Board Chair Jimmy Moss saluted Cople District Volunteer Fire Department, the Foundation’s partner in community service, then went on to thank all who have helped at and contributed to the two organizations’ joint events to make a difference in giving back to our community.

Ministers Reggie Rumburg and Kaki Swann thanked God for “touching this unique place where land, water and sky come together to bring folks together in friendship fellowship, love and caring, drawn together by the bonds of Your love.”

Treasurer Hal Schuler’s report of a net gain of $11,400 represented by $36,775 in income and $25,391 in expenses made it clear that Foundation membership and friends near and far give and give and give throughout the year.

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 11:59 pm