Nothing to do Saturday? Here are some options

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 21, 2008

Saturday is shaping up to be one of the busier days this spring, with activities for pretty much everyone.

* Fishing tournament: The Franklin Parks & Recreation Department, in support of the Albemarle-Chowan Watershed & Rivers Day, will sponsor a fishing tournament at Barrett's Landing from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ages 18 and under are invited to attend to contend for prizes for catching the most fish, the heaviest fish, and the organization bringing the most participants. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate in support of the youth. A limited number of fishing rods will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Local fishermen are welcome to volunteer and offer their expertise to participants who are trying for the first time. The event is free to the public. For more information contact Waverly Lawrence, 562-8789.

* Herring fish breakfast: The Young Farmer Club Helping Hands will sponsor a herring fish breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon April 18 at Young Farmer Club Ivor. The cost is $6. It is a fund-raiser for Franklin-Southampton Relay for Life.

* Science Saturday: Science Saturday will be held at Ruth Camp Campbell Memorial Library from 10 a.m. to noon. Dr. John Adam, math professor from Old Dominion University, will present &uot;Math in Nature.&uot; All ages are welcome. An art activity will follow the presentation.

* Horse in the Library: Come see a horse at Rawls Library at 10 a.m. All ages are welcome. A short program will be given. This event is possible through a partnership with 4-H. For more information call 653-2821 or visit

* Touring Courtland: The 75th Historic Garden Week in Virginia is being celebrated with an &uot;Escape to Historic Courtland&uot; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walkers can visit a variety of historic homes and properties in and around downtown Courtland. Block tickets are $15 and single tickets are $8 and are available at any of the participating stops. The event is sponsored by the Franklin Garden Club.

* Battle of Marching Bands: The annual battle of the marching bands will be held from 1 p.m.. to 3 p.m. at Southampton High School. It will feature Southampton High School’s band vs. Northampton East of North Carolina. Food and refreshments will be sold. All tickets are $5 at the gate.

* Down Home Day: Sponsored by the Southampton Historical Society, the festival will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ag Museum in Courtland. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for kids over 5. There will be an old saw mill and grist mill at work, a petting zoo, antique cars, tractors, old-fashioned rug weaving and spinning, demonstration of printing press and Jimmy Ricks and the Shiloh Grass Bluegrass Band.