Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Check out RDL's Peach Festival Displays

It's Almost Peach Fest Time!

Stop into the Graubner and Kezar libraries to check out our Peach Festival Displays. The photographs, programs, and other materials highlight events of past years and are just a small sampling of the items that are part of the Romeo Peach Festival Collection.

Graubner Library Display

Did you know the Peach Festival began in 1931? Do you know the name of the 25th Anniversary Peach Queen? Who was the Peach Queen fifty years ago in 1969? What year was the Peach Queen Homecoming Celebration held? The answers to these questions can be found in the displays and in the collection finding aid HERE.

Kezar Library Display

You can also download a digital copy of the first-ever Peach Festival program HERE. Learn about the history of the Festival, the sponsoring Orchards, and get some yummy peach recipes!

The Romeo Peach Festival Collection is open and available to the public for research at the Romeo Community Archives, Romeo Kezar Library. For more information click HERE.

Enjoy the Peach Festival!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

RCA Photo of the Week - July 23, 2019

"10..., 9..., 8..."  No lift-off for this machine, or at least not anything above skimming the surface of the water. Pictured here is a boat that "was ordered off the highway... when a highway inspector found that the driver was not carrying a permit to transport the 12-foot wide racing craft."  The boat was impounded until the owner obtained the correct permits. Apparently, it caught the attention of the local reporter and it was published in the May 5, 1956 edition of The Romeo Observer

It certainly does look like a rocket, and I'm guessing it was significantly fast on the water. Do you have any additional information about this craft? Send an email to rca@romeodistrictlibrary.org or leave a comment if you do.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

RCA Photo of the Week - July 9, 2019

Beating the heat on this July 2nd in 1970, swimmers are enjoying a refreshing dip in cool waters. Silhouetted against the blazing sun at Stony Creek Metropark, the waters look choppy but add to the sparkle and contrast of a bright summer day. It's a reminder of how fleeting good weather can be in Michigan--so get out there and enjoy it while you can!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

RCA Photo of the Week - July 2, 2019

Camping, a cookout, and a good old-fashion sing along--these Girl Scouts are certainly enjoying themselves! Get the fire started, have a good time, and enjoy your 4th of July holiday!

Source: The Romeo Observer, May 26, 1960

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Horsepower! Photo of the Week June 18, 2019

Pictured above is a gorgeous team of horses owned by John Marsh from Oxford, pulling in the heavyweight class.  All that horsepower kicked up a cloud, that unfortunately for John, has resulted in a face full of dirt. The pulling contest was held in September of 1948, in Romeo, and unfortunately, we do not know the results or how well the team performed. 

Do you have any information about John and his team, or do you know what other well known Romeo event horse pulling contests were once a part of? Send an email to rca@romeodistrictlibrary.org or leave a comment if you do.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

School's Out! Photo of the Week - June 11, 2019

These Romeo High School students are getting ready to head out for their senior class trip. Pictured left to right are Pat Perkins, Bill Zurgable, Ron Mosher, and Bob Sulkowki. It seems a fitting photo for this week as June 12th is the last day for all Romeo Community Schools. Goodbye school days and hello summer! 

Do you know what year this photo was taken? Send an email to rca@romeodistrictlibrary.org or leave a comment if you do.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

RCA Photo of the Week - June 4, 2019

The Washington Lion in the photograph is demonstrating that there is more than one way to cook a chicken! Preparing food for the crowds during the Washington Historical Society's Art & Craft Show and Antique Flea Market, the unnamed gentleman donned a gas mask to escape the smoke. The event was photographed for the June 5, 1985 edition of The Romeo Observer. 

Do you know who the masked man is? Send us an email at rca@romeodistrictlibrary.org, or leave a comment if you can identify him.