Holy Cross Catholic Church held its annual Thanksgiving potluck luncheon after the 10:30 mass on Sunday, Nov. 19.  The church furnished the turkey and members of the congregation brought favorite side dishes.  Regina Hicks and Father Augustine coordinated the event.   Father Augustine gave the blessing before everyone went into the Parish Hall for a delicious meal shared with each other.

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Thanksgiving brought a very special visitor to the home of Romily and Marianne Enochs. Marianne's brother, Ronald Grenko, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, arrived at the Meridian airport on Wednesday afternoon to spend the holiday with the family which also included Candler and Bert Foster and Abbie, their soft coated wheaten terrier, from Dallas, and Bert's mother, Suzanne Foster from Natchez, Mississippi.  One best loved member was unable to spend Thanksgiving with the family. Romily spent the holiday in Rush hospital. We were so thankful that he was still with us.

Boo, who had been on a playcation at Furbabies for a few days, was thrilled to see Abbie.  He had enjoyed playing with Peanut Kilpatrick and was excited to run with Abbie again. They ran over the sofas, under the tables, outside in the backyard to chase Charlie Chipmunk, and a couple of cats, and had such fun.  Abbie is the size of a skyscraper compared to Boo in height, but he runs along next to her or under her and doesn't seem to notice!

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center held its Masters of Occupational Therapy Presentation Day on Nov. 17 on the Jackson Campus.  During this event, occupational therapy students present their Masters Projects in Occupational Therapy. Family and friends are invited to attend.  Two students from Philadelphia, Hannah Jones Beckham and Anna Leigh Whitney both successfully presented their projects.  This is a requirement for receiving a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy.  Students have one more semester until completing the masters program.  Congratulations!

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On the evening of Nov. 20, the stage at the Temple Theater in Meridian was transformed into a beautiful home in Russia when the Moscow Ballet Company performed the famous "Nutcracker" ballet. Colorful hand painted backdrops created with a 3-D effect and Russian theatrical traditional 10 foot tall playful puppets added to the charm. The Moscow Ballet Company performs different classical ballets all over the world, but at Christmas, they dance the "Nutcracker".

The Company has a unique "Dance with Us" program which provides an opportunity for an average of 100 local children from dance studios to perform side-by-side with the company in roles created just for them and at varying skill levels.  Moscow Ballet Audition Directors travel the United Stated each fall before the tour to personally audition and rehearse the student dancers to prepare them to perform with a professional company.  This is truly a once in a lifetime experience for aspiring young dancers.  

Two little girls from Philadelphia, Sara Kate Parsons and Reese McKay, auditioned and were given parts in the Meridian performance.  Sara Kate, wearing a fabulous mouse costume, danced as member of a group of ferocious mice.  Reese McKay danced a Chinese Variation Solo, wearing an exquisite Asian inspired costume.  Both girls had really worked hard for some time to prepare for this performance and they both did a fabulous job!   Their proud parents are Rusty and Kristen Parsons, and Ryan and Candace McKay.  

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  A very excited group of children and adults boarded an unusual train in Batesville for a trip to Christmas Town.  The children wore their Christmas pajamas and the adults wore Christmas T-shirts from Kademi.  They rode in a train car decorated with garlands of greenery and lights and staffed by a group of Santa's elves.  The elves served hot chocolate and cookies and sang and danced with the children in the aisles.    They had such fun!

When they arrived at Christmas Town, Santa Claus got on the train, much to the delight of the children.  They rode all of the way back to the depot singing, dancing, taking pictures with Santa, and having a wonderful time.  

This was an early Christmas gift from "the best aunt ever", Jo Carol King, to her nephews and nieces and their parents.  Those enjoying this early gift were Susanna Brooks and children, Simmons and Fletcher Brooks of Starkville, John and Leslie King and children, Cameron and Keller King, and of course, Aunt Jo Carole King of Philadelphia.