The Athens Schoolhouse Antique Show is making its debut this weekend. After 22 years at the Lexington Loose Leaf Tobacco Warehouse on Angliana Avenue, the Rose family is continuing the monthly show at a new location: the former Athens School property, 6270 Athens Walnut Hill Road. Take Interstate 75 to exit 104, then go one mile east on Athens-Boonesboro Road, or go straight out Richmond Road from Lexington.To celebrate, there will be a $1,000 drawing. Admission, which is $2, can be used as credit in the snack area and, yes, bean soup is on the menu. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.See www.bigblueantiques.com or call (859) 255-7309.
Earth Hour 20088 p.m. March 29. That’s when Earth Hour, as designated by the World Wildlife Fund, begins. As that time crosses the globe, businesses and individuals are asked to turn off lights as a message to heed the need to reduce global warming. In the United States, Chicago’s 110-floor Sears Tower will go dark, as will the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. See the global statistics and join the movement by going to www.earthhour.org.What will you do with your hour?
Introducing eXtensionThere’s a new way to access information from the Cooperative Extension Service. On Feb. 21, an interactive Web site, eXtension.org (pronounced e-extension), was launched in Washington, D.C. The site, a collaborative workspace supported by a partnership of more than 70 land-grant universities nationwide, is designed to instantly connect you with a wealth of extension information. I found some timely information on the care of Easter lilies. You’ll find topics ranging from horticulture and entomology to horses and financial security, with answers and educational information available with the click of your mouse; further questions are answered by experts via e-mail. So, go eXplore! St. Patrick’s Day and shamrocksMonday is St. Patrick’s Day, and people already are starting to get their green on. Shamrocks, aka trifolium or clover, usually appear as three-lobed leaflets chosen to signify the Holy Trinity or as their lucky four-leafed cousins. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture maintains the National Plant Germplasm Repository for clover, safeguarding the genetic diversity of more than 200 species. Norman Taylor, who began the collection in 1953, has traveled the world searching for unique species. Kentucky rare native running buffalo clover is being preserved at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate. See www.uky.edu/Ag/Agronomy/Department/CloverGC and www.henryclay.org/flora.htm for more information. New organic greensThe first day of spring this year is Thursday. That is a sure signal to home gardeners that it’s time to get going with cool-weather greens planted under row covers. Organic Gardening magazine has tested 70 new varieties in gardens across the country. Recommendations for greens mixed with other colors include brightly ribbed Orange Chiffon chard and heat-tolerant Danyelle red oak-leaf lettuce, both from John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds (www.kitchengardenseeds.com), and Purple Peacock broccoli/kale, with green florets on purple stalks from Wild Garden Seed (www.wildgardenseed.com). Find Organic Gardening online at www.organicgardening.com.