meet in sunny Florida
Nearly 60 folks originally from Delmar gather in 85-degree temperature
By Tommy Young
For the eighth consecutive year, Delmar Days in Florida was held on
March 1 as the "old and restless" gathered at the Sun 'N Lake Country
Club in Sebring, Fla. Evidently, Alvin and Irene and their co-hosts
Carl and Betty Wilkins did their usual good job of taking care of
the 57 folks who attended this year.
You see, I was down there, but became ill the day before the gathering
and had to come home, missing not only this event but "spring training"
and other things I had planned.
However, I did manage to get the Delmar memorabilia, including pictures
of the new high school construction that I had taken down for this
celebration, in Alvin's hands before I had to leave.
This week, Alvin Culver mailed me his account of this event. His account
At high noon with the temperature reading 85, we found the "old and
restless" when 57 people gathered to celebrate "Delmar Days in Florida"
at the Sun 'N Lake Country Club.
The common thread that seems to bind these folks together is their
past experience of having lived in Delmar. Since Delmar means everything
to them, they are always eager to hear of the latest happenings.
Two of the old delivery boys recalled how they had one of their first
jobs: Allen Hearn at Caldwell's Market and Tommy Young at Herman Wootten's
Store. You would have thought you were in the Bank of Delmar on Friday
night with Betty Wilkins and Irene Culver acting as cashiers.
Those coming a great distance were Irma Wootten Aydelotte from Michigan
and Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Hearn from Arizona.
Betty Blades Neves was thrilled to report on her recent trip to China
and found the Great Wall of China fascinating. She reported being
well received by the Chinese people.
Among those attending for the first time were Clifford and Phyllis
Beach. Special messages were sent by some Delmar folks like Nancy
Schumaker and Oris Horsey to help us, along with Tommy's "stuff,"
to reminisce of days gone by.
As Sebring is in the center of the state, several people had to come
quite some distance only to learn more about the Sebring International
Raceway, which features sports car racing. This year's featured race
is scheduled for March 15-19 with attendance of more than 100,000
coming from all over the world. A new hotel with 81 rooms is being
built adjacent to the raceway.
planning of the gathering was mastered by Alvin and Irene Culver and
Carl and Betty Wilkins. Some Delmar folks never get done giving of
Carl Wilkins will not be forgotten for his support of sports for his
four boys and his years of service on the Delmar, Del., Board of Education.
Betty will be remembered for her help in the school system wherever
it was needed.
Alvin Culver will not be forgotten because of his community and church
service to the town of Delmar.
Irene's contribution of producing nine plays for the local schools
and her presidency of the Boosters Club will long be recalled.
The love for the town of Delmar lingers on in spite of the fact that
these two couples now reside in Florida. It was their pleasure to
welcome everyone for this annual event.
Church to sell sandwiches
The Church of God of Prophecy, US 13 North and Whitesville Road, Delmar,
will sell oyster sandwiches, soft crabs, chicken salad, hamburgers
hot dogs, chili, homemade soups and baked goods on Saturday, March
28, beginning at 9 a.m.
Chamber to discuss growth
The Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce will be holding a public session
Tuesday, March 21, at 7 p.m., at the Delmar Town Hall. All chamber
members and the general public are invited to attend. The session
is entitled "Delmar - Goals for Growth." Speakers will be Delmar,
Md., Mayor Doug Niblett, Delmar, Del., Mayor John McDonnell; and Delmar
town manager Roberta Glenn. They will present an update on business
development in Delmar and on goals the town has set for growth.
Immediately following the session, the chamber will hold its regular
monthly meeting, during which it will review the town's proposed sign
Journey for Sight, April 9
The Delmar Lions Club will sponsor a Journey for Sight fund-raiser
April 9 at State Street Park, Delmar. There will be a 5K Race/Walkathon
with food, drinks and prizes. Cost is $15 on Journey Day or pledges
to equal $15. Walk starts at 1:37 p.m. For details, call 410-896-9118.