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Chesapeake band benefits from flea market

CHESAPEAKE — The early morning rains on Saturday may have kept away some of the vendors at the first flea market on the parking lot at the Chesapeake High School.

But those who came to buy were undaunted by the overcast skies.

“A little bit of rain won’t scare them away,” Tammy Roy, a vendor, said. “They’re a tough bunch.”

Roy was also there in her role as Chesapeake Band Booster, the organization that was sponsoring the flea market, a first-time event for the band supporters. Her son, Cody, who will be a freshman in the fall, has played the tuba with the school band for the past three years.

“They’re always helping,” he said about the parents’ organization.

There were four families participating as vendors at Roy’s table, where the proceeds from their sales were going to their church, Mended Hearts Baptist in Ironton.

“People are coming to look,” Tammy Ellis, another parent, said. “It’s been very good.”

The idea behind the flea market was for the band boosters to sell space to vendors. Those proceeds will go to help pay for band uniforms.

Nearby was a table filled with towel cakes, an idea Lisa Pine of Proctorville, saw on the Internet and refined. Taking terry cloth towels, she wraps and twists them into elaborate three tier “cakes,” each with a theme. There was a cake for

Halloween, a 50th wedding anniversary, a baby shower, spring and the Chesapeake school.

“You can get really elaborate or real simple,” she said.

Miranda Eastham, who will be a senior at Chesapeake in the fall, conceded the weather was a challenge.

“It’s not the best weather but people are coming out,” the band member said.

And that was a fact her band colleague Shea Roy, also an upcoming senior, was grateful for.

“We just got new uniforms and we need all the money we can get,” she said.