Jan Todd
Jan Todd
OctoberFest is Saturday and no one is geared up more than Jan Todd who co-chairs the Kids' Zone!

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in DeWitt DeWeese Park across from the public library.

The Kids' Zone, featuring numerous "jumper bounce houses," will be set up on the western lower end of the park near the clothesline art section. There will also be face painting and bottle art for the children.

OctoberFest will also include musical entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and plenty of grilled food!

A member of the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Arts Council Board of Directors, Jan has been active with OctoberFest for about 10 years.

"Volunteers are always welcome," she said.

A nurse practitioner at Bogue Chitto Clinic, Jan is one of the Arts Council's biggest supporters.

She is excited about the upcoming play "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" around Thanksgiving and then "Seussical the Musical" in March in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.

"The Christmas play is going to be cute, cute," Jan said, noting the number of child actors.

"What I really like about our plays is seeing everybody come together. It starts out as just a thought. It's amazing to watch a child at first too afraid to stand on stage and then see him on stage during the play. At first they are too timid and then they come on stage and shine in the end."

Numerous volunteers come together to make the Arts Council's plays a success, Jan said.

"We are always looking for volunteers: stage, lights, sound, ticket sales and concessions!" she said.

After OctoberFest, the Arts Council will host a Bluegrass Festival in the Ellis Theater on Oct. 26. Tickets are available from the Arts Council office or the depot.

In her free time, Jan can be found in her home on Country Lane. She and husband, Gary, have two children and two grandchildren. Their sons are Marcus and Riley. Marcus and his wife, Kristy, have two children, Trevor, 15, and Abbe, 13.

Jan was a nurse for about 12 years before returning to school to become a nurse practitioner.

Her hobbies including reading, crocheting and doing crafts.

She enjoys decorating their country home especially during the holidays.

She also likes to cook and was happy to share a few of her favorite recipes with our readers.


1 loaf white bread, remove crust and then flatten bread

8 ounces cream cheese

1 stick of butter, melted



Spread cream cheese over bread and then roll jellyroll style.

Dip rolled bread in butter and then in sugar and cinnamon combination.

Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until hot throughout.


2 15-ounce cans of corn, drained

2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup green pepper, chopped fine

1/2 cup red onion, chopped fine

10 1/2 ounces Fritos chili cheese corn chips, coarsely chopped

Mix all ingredients together except corn chips. Refrigerate.

Before serving, add corn chips.


1 1/2 pounds ground beef, browned

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

15-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained

1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup

2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 cup milk

4 teaspoons sour cream

30-ounce bag of frozen tater tots, defrosted

Brown beef, onion and garlic in skillet and drain. In small bowl combine soup, milk and sour cream.

Whisk until smooth. Add to hamburger mixture. Add corn and one cup of cheese. Mix.

Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer 1/2 tater tots on bottom. Pour on hamburger mixture, then layer of cheese, then tater tots.

Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until brown.


1 pound ground sausage

1 cabbage

Brown sausage in skillet. Do not drain. Cut cabbage into bite size pieces and add to sausage.

Cook until cabbage softens. May add onion if desired.