NewGraceNews.com - Bastille Park Memorial Day

by Shannon Longneck

The town of Rosemeade celebrated memorial day with a parade ending in Bastille Park. Middle school children read thank you notes to the servicepeople in the audience.  Elementary students from throughout New Grace added pictures and thank you notes to care packages which will be sent to servicepeople over seas.

 NEWGRACENEWS.COM - Rosemeade memorial day

Mayor Titus Tomes kept his promise of a wonderful surprise. Grammy winner and hometown band The Copperheads took time out of touring to perform as part of the Memorial Day festivities in Bastille Park.  No one was more surprised than drummer Gene Ryan’s mother, “We weren’t expecting him home. My husband and I almost called the police when we woke to the smell of bacon cooking.”

NEWGRACENEWS Jalapeno Maple Glazed Chicken

Jalapeno Maple Glazed Chicken

The band played two hour long sets and in between guitarist Patrick Simmons joined New Grace New’s own Lizzie Linton and five others as a judge of the amature barbecue chicken contest. Elizabeth Shelly took first place with her Jalapeno Maple Glazed Chicken and won a weekend stay at The Blair Hotel. George Thistle took second place, receiving a hundred dollar gift certificate to Paulie’s Steakhouse. A fifty dollar prepaid MasterCard went to Lem Sammons for the third best chicken.

The evening ended with a fireworks displayed provided by The Galley Family Fireworks Company.