When Marty Stuart was just a little boy "and things were not as they seemed," he played his guitar on his Grandpa Stuart's front porch "and went ahead and dreamed" of playing on the Grand Old Opry stage in Nashville. Saturday night, Aug. 31, 2013, Marty Stuart's stage resonated across America as RFD-TV viewers watched the Marty Stuart Show as recorded on June 10 right here in Philadelphia in our historic Ellis Theater.

And the Marty Parties continued as Marty's fans formed their own parties to watch the show. Kaye and Bou Rowell's expansive home on Golf Course Road provided hospitable seating for their "depot and 5:30 a.m. Bible study friends" and their spouses.

Concessions provided grilled hamburgers with all the trimmings, followed by birthday cake and homemade ice cream in celebration of Douglas, Bou and Rachel's birthdays.

Special guests were Kaye and Bou's 11-year-old grandson, Gabe, and his parents, Douglas and Amber Rowell of Hernando. Others sharing the fun- evening were Brenda and Larry Mills, Brenda and David Vowell, Kathy and Al Posey, Kay and Stanley Salter, Andrea and Tim Moore, Lynda Stribling and Rachel Evans.


You know she's special when you hear her name. M. E. Clark. Now that's not the name of an ordinary girl! Perhaps you saw M. E., along with Caleb Gamblin, Colby McLain and Megan Peebles, in a two-page shoot in the August/September edition of "393 magazine" modeling for Steve's On The Square. But M.E.'s modeling career does not stop there.

Now in her second year at Mississippi State University, M.E. is a member of the MSU Fashion Board. The president of the Board, who happens to be from Memphis, told Board members of Memphis' upcoming Fashion Week.

"That's all it took. Five of us jumped in the car and headed for Memphis," M.E. told me, explaining that Fashion Week in Memphis compares with Fashion Week in New York City. "We modeled clothes designed by headline designers in New York, as well as those of emerging designers. It was very, very exciting!"

And then M.E.'s dreams came true! She was called to Nashville and signed a contract with MACS/AMAX Modeling Agency.

"My first assignment was for "Justine Magazine," a teen magazine. Three other girls and I did a four-page shoot. They made us look fifteen years old, but it was fun, and it was a start," said this nineteen-year-old Neshoba Central graduate who was elected "Most Beautiful" by her classmates.

M.E., a member of Kappa Delta Sorority at State, is majoring in broadcasting.

While she can see herself as a fashion commentator for perhaps Country Music Television or Entertainment TV, M.E. laughed and said her future plans, "Depend on how far Daddy will let me get away from home!"

She was quick to acknowledge the support she has always received from her parents, Barry and Melissa Clark, her brothers, Garrett and Peyton, and her grandmothers, Vivian Gray and Lou Clark. Add your "Friends" friends to your cheering section, M.E., and keep us posted.


Marvin and Mary Louise Blanks have returned from a visit last month with their son, Adam, who lives in Colorado.

While there, they attended the 29th annual Ridgeway Arts Rendezvous, a gathering which attracted 130 artists to this mountain community where the films, "True Grit" and "How the West Was Won" were filmed. At the Rendezvous, Adam was judged the best new artist in the show.

Adam received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University and specializes now in impressionist oil painting. In the evening of Friday, Oct. 18, Adam will be presenting his work in a one-man show at the Philadelphia Depot. Come join us there!


Every birthday should be special, and for Dudley Warren his 80th was one of the best! Helping him celebrate with a shrimp supper and all the trimmings (his favorite!), followed by a birthday cake, of course, were his wife, Pat, his children, Patti W. Flake and husband, Randy, Bud Warren and Stephanie Warren. Grandchildren, Alan Flake, Katie W. Fitzhugh and husband, Joseph, and Warren and Jessie Flake, and great-granddaughters Sadie and Sophie Flake.

The only family members missing the party were Jay (Dudley E. Warren III) and wife, Ashley, who live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Hailey Flake who was working. Dudley said that his birthday shows just how blessed he is.

We thank Dudley for sharing the joy of his birthday with us, and add our good wishes for a wonderful year.