A group of friends and family with ties to the Neshoba County Fair and Cabin 245 traveled to Seaside, Fla., the weekend of Feb. 28, for the half-marathon being held there. (The girls really know how to pick their locations.) Lee and Shannon Adams, Melanie and Rob Yates, Laura and Taylor Harris, Leigh and Will Wade, Tracy and Eric White, and Kyle and Stacy Curran enjoyed a great weekend of visiting together in the large beach house they had rented.

On Saturday, the guys went inshore fishing and caught an 18 pound redfish; and, on Sunday, they were the best cheerleaders when the wives all ran in the half-marathon. The girls all did well and made their husbands proud. This was the second year they have made the trip, and they hope to go back again next year! The weather was amazing and the company was even better.

Their beach house was located on Sea Grove Beach right next to Seaside. The couples enjoyed walking the quaint streets of Seaside each night after dinner. They had several delicious meals, one of which was at Christianos on Highway 90. (Their "special soup" is not to be missed.) The last night, they ate at the Great Southern Café in Seaside. Those who ordered the Shrimp "ya-ya" said it was the best shrimp and grits they had ever put in their mouths.


The M & M (Modern and Mature) Club from the First United Methodist Church met last week for their first Tuesday luncheon and program. The centerpieces on the tables glittered with Mardi Gras decorations, and as the group gathered, Laura Bryan played some music from the CD "Pete Fountain's New Orleans." (The crowd's favorite was "When the Saints go Marching In.") The meeting was called to order by Janice Williamson. The group joined together in the Pledge of Allegiance and followed by the blessing of the food by Brother Fred Britton.

The buffet table was covered with mouth-watering dishes prepared by members of the club (it was Fat Tuesday, you know.) The dessert table was also full, complete with a "King Cake."

After the group finished eating, Sarah McKay introduced the guest speaker, Brother Chris Vowell. Chris is the son of David and Brenda Vowell and is no stranger to First United Methodist Church where he attended while growing up. He is now the pastor at Crossway Church on Holland Avenue. Brother Chris spoke mainly about the Open Arms Ministry that is becoming active in Neshoba County.

Open Arms, Inc., is a feeding ministry that is focused on meeting the needs of people, while bringing our community together. It was started by several individuals from several different churches about a year and a half ago and serves every fourth Saturday of each month at the West Side Park Community Center. Volunteers from various backgrounds have been a part of this ministry.

Local Girl Scouts have entertained with carols at Christmas time, nurses have checked blood pressures and blood sugars, bibles and tracts have been distributed, people have received ministry in the prayer room, inmates at the jail have been fed, children's Christmases have been made a lot more special, and people have been sent home with bags of food after receiving a hot lunch.

It has brought together the Knights of Columbus from the Catholic Church, Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Pentecostals, as well as other denominations.

Those attending were: Brenda Matthews, Yvonne Smith, Ray Marshall, Jean Marshall, Ricky Bengs, Virginia West, Bobbie Holley, Sarah McKay, Glenda Green, Marvelle Bolinger, Sara Hutcheson, Jan Williamson, Bettye Edwards, Ben Edwards, Mary John Turnage, Robert Turnage, Betty Prince, Jo Lynn Parker, Janice Williamson, Susan Powell, Mary Marshall, Shirley Cox, Tom Cox, Kay Salter, Kay Rowell, Stanley Salter, Fred Britton, Laura Bryan, Andrew Windham, Kenny Hillman, Patt Fiedler, Shelley King, and Mac Posey.

The meeting was adjourned, but not before Janice Williamson urged members to invite others to join or to simply come and enjoy the M & M luncheons. As a side note, anyone is welcome. You don't have to be modern, mature, or even a Methodist.


Mary Marshall recently celebrated her birthday with family and friends. Alfred and Ranae Breeland and Karen Arseneau of Biloxi arrived Friday Afternoon for a weekend celebration. Also, helping Mary celebrate were R.B., Jean Marshall, Vicky Marshall, Brenda Matthews, and Ricky Bengs. They all met Gary and Robin Thompson at Weidmann's for dinner and then went to see "Driving Miss Daisy" at the Riley Theater. A cookout was held on Saturday and lunch as served on Sunday at Jean's. Mary was born on Feb. 29 and usually celebrates her birthday every four years. Since this was her 70th, she allowed family and friends to celebrate a "non birthday."

It was her first birthday celebration in Philadelphia and was a great one. Believe it or not, the story doesn't end here. It just happened to be Karen Arseneau's birthday also, so it turned out to be a double celebration.


Yes! The street in front of the Ellis Theater was closed for one day last week Marty Stuart and his crew were using it!! Marty serves as one of the spokesmen for advertising for MDA (Mississippi Development Authority) tourism division. He was at the Ellis Theater doing several lines that will be used in commercials. Amy VanDevender catered the event. In addition to the meal, Amy made some pimento cheese sandwiches for the crew. One of the crew members from Chicago had never eaten pimento cheese and "fell in love with it." Wonders never cease!


The Philadelphia Arts Council is busy as usual. Tim Moore is directing the next arts council production "Seussical," the musical which will hit the stage April second through the sixth. The cast (ranging in age from five to adult) has been busy learning music, dance steps and lines. It should be a real treat for both old and young. If you noticed the "Cat in the Hat" roaming the streets of Philadelphia, you weren't seeing things. You'll just have to keep wondering who it really was.