Esther Nicholson of Grand Bay, on left in photo, was recognized Saturday, January 31, 2015 for her contributions in making the 2014 Grand Bay Country Christmas a success.
Nicholson was very instrumental in securing sponsorships to support the event, and was commended by Aleta Boudreaux, president of Citizens for a Better Grand Bay, which produces Country Christmas the first weekend in December each year.
Since 1919, Zonta International has been a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. And the efforts of Zonta organizations at the local level cover a variety of topics and issues, such as equal rights and domestic violence. Currently, a new Zonta Club is being organized in Mobile; an informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 6 p.m. at the Golden Bowl restaurant, 309 Bel Air Boulevard, Mobile.
Charlene Rains, membership chair of the Zonta District 11 club, asked that those who plan to attend the meeting RSVP no later than February 15 by emailing her at Charlene@zonta-district11.org or by calling 251-533-9144.
For several months, Ruth Guidroz and other Grand Bay Star Stitchers worked on piecing and quilting a Bow Tie Pattern quilt, 82" by 73", which fits a queen-sized bed.
The group, which meets at the Grand Bay Community Center at 12:15 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, have also been selling opportunity tickets on the quilt as a way to raise funds for senior activities. And on Friday, February 13, they will draw the winning ticket. For more information on the quilt fundraiser or the quilters' meeting, call the Community Center, 865-4010 .
In the photo above, senior Tom Mize aids Guidroz in showing off the quilt.
The Dauphin Island Parkway Ministerial Association would like to say, "Thank You" to all who helped make the 2nd Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service to the Parkway a resounding success. Those who pitched in to work on projects included some from Parkway Southern Baptist Church, Hollinger's Island Baptist Church, Way of Life Community Church, the National Honor Society from B.C. Rain High School and two groups of volunteers from the University of South Alabama.
Also, appreciation is extended to Judy Burnham and others from South Brookley United Methodist Church, who prepared and served lunch. "Together, we blessed a lot of people and demonstrated the unity of the Body of Christ," said Pastor Doug Jolly of South Brookley UMC.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce (formerly Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce) will meet Wednesday, February 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for the monthly business luncheon. Guest speaker will be Bill Tunnell, Executive Director of the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. Neighbor's will provide the lunch at a cost of $8 for members and $10 for non-members. RSVP at 666-2488.
Mobile Bay Sierra Club's presentation, "Preserving Mobile's Horticultural Heritage and History" by members of Mobile Botanical Gardens is Tuesday, February 3, 7 p.m. at 5 Rivers. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Roast and Ribs fundraiser is scheduled for SNAP (Special Needs Athletes Program, Inc.) Cost of the roast is $30 and for ribs, $25. Orders can be picked up Saturday, February 14, 9 a.m. until noon at AMF Skyline Bowling Lanes, 4120 Government Boulevard. Call Carolyn Cain, 251-455-6748 before February 7 to place order; money is due that day, also. Cain said that she will deliver 5 or more_ prepaid orders on February 14 after 9 a.m.
Bingo is scheduled Sunday, February 8, 2-5 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 251 North Craft Highway in Chickasaw (old cafeteria on the same grounds as the church.) Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of St. Thomas Council #13174. There will be sandwiches, desserts and soft drinks on sale for $1 each item. Attendees can play the entire time for $10 and can receive 1 extra card free if they bring any kind of baby gift to be donated to St. Mary's Catholic Home, Penelope House or 2BePregnancy. For information, call Mary Coate, 251-675-2271.
"Breakfast with the Babies," a celebration of the arrival of the first baby chicks at St. Elmo Feed & Seed, 9001 Highway 90 West, is Friday, February 6, 7:30 a.m. Customers can enjoy coffee and doughnuts as they make their choices from the crates of newly hatched "babies." Arrivals of different breeds continue on Fridays through mid-April. For more information, call Tracy McCarter at 957-2177 or visit www.stelmofeed.com.
Sons of the Desert, a group of Laurel and Hardy devotees, will meet Sunday, February 8, 2:30 p.m. at Playhouse in the Park. "The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy" will be the featured attraction.
Chickasaw Garden Club meeting is Tuesday, February 3, 2 p.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center. Prospective members are encouraged to attend. The topic for presentation will be the City of Chickasaw Wetlands.
The Mobile Country Music Association Building Fund Benefit is Saturday, February 7, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the MCMA Concert Hall, 310 South Craft Highway in Chickasaw. The Spotlight Performer will be Bo Grant of the 1950s singing group, "The Platters." He'll be on stage 1-2 p.m. For information, call Marshall Fillingim, 457-0762 or Carolyn Cain, 455-6748..
Valentine's Day is February 14, and many, both young and not so young, are celebrating with dances, dinners and parties, and not all are waiting until the 14th.
At Creola Assembly of God Church, 9580 Old Highway 43, a Valentine's Steak Dinner and Mystery Show is February 14, 6 p.m. The event is hosted by Elevate Student Ministries. Cost per ticket is $20 per person with proceeds going to support missions through Speed the Light. The tickets are available from pastoral staff or any youth member Information can be had by calling the church phone, 675-6009 or Barbara Enzor, 422-2356.. Child care will be available for $5 per child.
Satsuma Reunited is hosting a Mother/Son Valentine Dinner and Dance on Friday, February 13, 6-9 p.m. at Satsuma Community Center. Tickets are $20 per couple and $5 for each extra son; tickets are available from any member of Satsuma Reunited, the dispatch office at Satsuma Police Department or by calling 463-4734. Proceeds go toward Christmas decorations for the City of Satsuma.
The 2nd Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance in Satsuma is Thursday, February 12 at Steele Creek Lodge. Tickets are $25 for father and daughter and $5 for each additional child. Tickets are available at First Baptist Church of Satsuma or Robert E. Lee Elementary School. For information, call Brent Rawson, 675-1280. Proceeds benefit the First Baptist Church of Satsuma's Uganda Team.
A "Glow in the Dark Valentine's Bash" for children 5-11 years old will be held at Creola Assembly of God Church on Friday, February 14, 6-8 p.m. There'll be food, drinks, games and music, and children are encouraged to wear neon or white clothing. The cost is a $5 donation. Tickets will be available until February 11; call Barbara Enzor, 422-2356 for reservations or information.
Valentine's Day will be celebrated at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, with a soup-and-salad luncheon on Thursday, February 12, 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6 per person, and proceeds go to the Center. Entertainment will be by the Semmes Senior Pickers.
Parkway SAIL seniors will have a "Valentine Surprise" on Friday, February 13. For a calendar of events, call 471-2503.
Semmes seniors will have lunch with Mayor Judy Hale at noon on Thursday, February 5. Sign-up for the $5 Hickory Pit lunch is required. Call 649-2010 for information.
Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast, sponsored by Chickasaw Parks and Recreation, is Monday, February 2, 7:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. Cost of the meal is $3 per person.
The Creola SAIL Center for Seniors, 9618 Old Highway 43, will have a ballroom dancing demonstration February 10 and celebrate Valentine's Day on February 12. Call 675-7661 for information on other activities.
At the Satsuma Community Center, seniors meet Tuesdays and Thursdays to play cards and table games--and socialize. They, too, celebrate major holidays. Call Doreen Robinson, 675-1444 for information.
Faye White, site director at Bayou La Batre Senior Center, said that the place is once more open five days a week. About 40 seniors come early and stay all day at the Center at 12745 Padgett Switch Road. They play bingo, wii games, walk in the gym, and of course, have celebrations as other seniors do on holidays such as Valentine's Day. White said that the seniors enjoy an outside trip every so often, yard-saling, eating at Sydney's, going to the park in the Bayou or one on the water in Pascagoula. One thing they are all looking forward to is the arrival of a new, handicapped-accessible van, which should be delivered in the next few months, White said. For information on other activities, call 824-4616.
Several races are coming up soon, so runners, Get ready, Get set . . . .
On February 14, 2015, the 19th Annual Battle of Mobile Bay 5K Race takes place on Dauphin Island. Sponsored by the Port City Pacers, the run begins at 9 a.m. with a cannon blast, then participants--usually about 300 of them--will wind their way through east end neighborhoods to finish at historic Fort Gaines, site of the awards ceremony. Proceeds from the event will go toward preservation of the Fort. Visit the Port City Pacers website for registration and information.
The Habitat for Humanity Hammerin' for Habitat 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, February 28 at University of South Alabama SGA Pavilion. Check in begins at 7 a.m.; the race is at 8 a.m. The event is aimed at raising awareness about the work and mission of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama. For information, visit http://www.habitatswalabama.org.
Runners not quite ready to take the plunge in these upcoming races still have time to train for the Dauphin Island Sunset Bridge 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 7 at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the South Mobile County Tourism Authority, this "out and back" course will begin and end at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Headquarters. Visit the Tourism Authority website or call 861-8747 for additional information.
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay sponsors a Community Breakfast on the last Saturday morning of each month. Among the 80-100 guests at the Grand Bay Community Center on January 31 was, standing, Bayou La Batre City Council member, Annette Johnson; her father, Walter Elmore and seated, Charles and Jean Taylor. The next Community Breakfast will be Saturday, February 28, 8:30 a.m.
Grand Bay residents enjoy Last-Saturday Community Breakfast sponsored by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay, January 31, 2015
Enjoying Citizens for a Better Grand Bay sponsored Community Breakfast on Saturday morning, January 31, were, seated from left, CBGB member Ann Bennett and Grand Bay resident, Ted Stevens; standing is Alabama State Representative David Sessions.
After a 2-month hiatus because of the holidays, Citizens for a Better Grand Bay held its Last-Saturday Community Breakfast at the Grand Bay-St. Elmo Community Center on January 31. Between 80-100 people enjoyed Kimon Brown's made-to-order omelets and an array of other breakfast foods, juice, coffee--and conversation. Also helping in the kitchen were CBGB president, Aleta Boudreaux, and other volunteers.
The ever-pleasant Ms. Gertrude Webb was on hand to greet the guests, encourage them to sign the register and collect the donations, which go toward renovation of the 100-year-old Grand Bay State Bank into the Grand Bay Library and Museum.
Photo above includes Ms. Gertrude Webb, seated, and behind her, Bayou La Batre mayor, Brett Dungan, chef and CBGB member Kimon Brown and Wanda Overstreet, the mayor's assistant
Mobile Bay Sierra Club presents "Preserving Mobile's Horticultural Heritage and History" at 5 Rivers on Tuesday, February 3
Mobile Bay Sierra Club invites area citizens to attend a free event entitled "Preserving Mobile's Horticultural Heritage and History," a presentation by Andrew Saunders, Maarten van der Glessen and Robin Krchek of the Mobile Botanical Gardens.
The presentation is Tuesday, February 3, 7 p.m. at 5 Rivers, Tensaw Theater, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, Al. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Carol Adams-Davis of the Sierra Club said of Mobile Botanical Gardens that they "provide experiences that help visitors of all ages appreciate and benefit from our unique Gulf Coast environment (and) serves as a living classroom for residents and visitors." By providing a sense of place, Mobile Botanical Gardens endeavor "to instill passion for nature and promote interest in gardening, conservation and outdoor activities."
For more information, contact Carol Adams-Davis at 702-496-5050 or email email@example.com.
Though St. Elmo Feed & Seed owners Fred and Madelyn Leonard have retired, their daughter Tracy McCarter, continues the annual "Breakfast with the Babies," this year on Friday, February 6, 7:30 a.m.
The store has been selling chicks, ducks, geese, guineas, bantams and turkeys for more than a decade, and usually sells around 3,000 babies per season. McCarter said the south Mobile County store is one of the few state-licensed poultry dealers on the Gulf Coast. All their poultry comes from a U.S. Pullorium Typhoid Clean hatchery, she said.
But it's this annual "Breakfast with the Babies" that gives folks a chance to pick their chicks and visit with other chicken owners, both new and veteran. The breakfast has become a community event that everyone looks forward to with pleasure. For more information, call McCarter at 251-957-2177 or visit St. Elmo Feed & Seed website.
In the photo above, Curtiss Ann and Jim Matlock of Theodore were among those who enjoyed Breakfast with the Babies at St. Elmo Feed & Seed a couple of years ago.
Saraland Lions Club presents plaques of appreciation to several Saraland businesses for help with Annual Fruit Sale fundraiser
(In the plaque presentation photo above, provided by Martin Walker, from left to right, are Ben Smith. vice president and general manager of S/M Transportation; Randy Herring; warehouse manager of S/M Transportation; Martin Walker, Lions Club fruit sale chairman; Jim Moore, owner Moore Properties and Joe Leach, president, Saraland Lions Club)
At a recent meeting, the Saraland Lions Club presented plaques of appreciation to Jim Moore, owner of Moore Properties; Ben Smith, vice president of S/M transportation and Randy Herring, warehouse manager.
"Saraland Lions have used Mr. Moore's warehouse for the last three years for our annual fruit sale," said Martin Walker, spokesman for the Lions. And, he said, S/M transportation has, also for the last three years, loaded their forklift onto a trailer, unloaded it into Moore's warehouse and unloaded the cases of fruit off a 40-foot trailer, all at no charge to Saraland Lions Club.
The annual fruit sale is a fundraiser for Saraland Lions, and Walker said, "It's businesses in Saraland helping the Lions Club that make projects like like fruit sale a success each year." Because of their generosity, "We are able to help a lot of needy people with the profit from our projects," he said.
At a Sunday afternoon gathering of friends, educators and fellow writers, Mobile County author Betty Spence launched her latest book of poetry, "Traces of Presence."
The salon to celebrate the publication of Traces was held January 25 at the home of Drs. Sue and Ron Walker. The book is published by Sue Walker's Negative Capability Press; the cover and interior design is by Ngim Tang.
At the congenial meeting, Spence paid particular homage to Dr Walt Darring, her professor and mentor from the University of South Alabama. And to the enjoyment of the crowd, she read several of her favorite selections from the book, including "Hospital Volunteer" and "Ghost Bike."
One delightful entry, "The Richer for It," is a composition that Spence termed a "found poem" because, she said, "I haven't traveled much or seen a lot of things," so poems like these are musings created after her study of the works of other artists (this one is subtitled After May Sarton, "Coming into Eighty.")
Spence lives in the Crawford community near Semmes. In addition to her writing, she is a public speaker and workshop presenter; she can be reached at 251-649-4892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sons of the Desert, a group devoted to the lives and films of Laurel and Hardy, will meet Sunday, February 8, 2:30 p.m. at Playhouse in the Park
The next meeting of the Sons of the Desert (an international fraternal organization devoted to the lives and films of comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy) will meet Sunday, February 8, 2:30 p.m. at Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive across from Mobile Museum of Art in Langan Park.
According to Tent leader Richard Ward, the featured attraction will be "the Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy," one of the compilation features from the 1960s that presented the best of the boys' work to a new generation of fans.
All those devoted to the humor and art of Laurel and Hardy films are invited to attend.
The Playhouse in the Park will present “The Miracle Worker,” the powerful story of Alabama’s own Helen Keller, February 27-March 8 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. The play is recommended for those in grade 4 through adult. Students currently in the fourth grade will particularly enjoy this show, as it is typically an integral part of most fourth grade Alabama History studies.
School show performances are Thursdays and Fridays, February 26 and 27, and March 5 and 6 at 9:00 a. m., 10:30 a.m. or noon. Contact Pamela Mollise at 251-422-0079 to book seats for class attendance.
Public performances are February 27-March 8 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens. Call 602-0630 for reservations.
All performances will be at the Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive, across from the Mobile Museum of Art in Langan Park in Mobile.
The Playhouse in the Park press release describes "The Miracle Worker" in the following paragraphs:
(It) "is the inspiring story of young Helen Keller, a native of Tuscumbia, Alabama who is rendered blind and deaf after a bout of scarlet fever as an infant. Her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek help from teacher Annie Sullivan; partially blind herself, to tutor their daughter. Through months of persistence, love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate. Helen later becomes a pioneer in the field of sign language, bringing it to the forefront as a means of communication for millions.
"Scripted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize winner William Gibson, based on Helen Keller’s 1902 autobiography, 'The Story of My Life,' this powerfully emotional story has garnered Tony and Academy Awards for its Broadway, film and television productions."
“The Miracle Worker” is directed by Playhouse Manager Danny Mollise and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Assistant Manager Pamela Mollise is the Scene and Costume designer.
Call 602-0630 for details or visit www.playhouseinthepark.org.
"I always knew, even as a child, that I wanted to do something that would make the world a better place," said Meighan Ayers Harton, a first-grade teacher at Dodge Elementary School. She chose education because her mother was a teacher and because her parents instilled in her the attitude that "the gift of knowledge is the best, most important gift that you can possibly give someone," she said.
Meighan met a kindred spirit in fellow Dodge teacher, Caryn Hyatt Suthoff, whose love for her kindergarten students and her aspirations for them matched Meighan's dreams for her own students.
But Caryn, 24, a newlywed and first-year teacher, was diagnosed with cancer in September 2014 and died December 12.
"Caryn was passionate about life," Meighan said. "Even when she was so sick, none of us at school even knew it or suspected anything at all. She never let her smile fall or her positive attitude go away." Caryn, she said, always thought of others and did random, kind acts, even when she was sick. "That is what I loved about her; she was truly an angel."
And that is why Meighan Harton organized and oversaw the first Run with a Dot/Caryn's Kids (www.CarynsKids2027.com) benefit 5-K and 1-Mile Fun Run at the University of South Alabama January 10, 2015. Meighan belongs to a Mobile mystic society, and she was planning a run for her room. But with Caryn's illness, Meighan saw a greater priority for the fundraiser.
"As soon as I found out Caryn was sick, I knew I wanted to do a BIG something. I swear the moment I heard it was cancer, God said to me, 'Meighan, that race needs to be about Caryn,'" Harton said.
With the realization that Caryn might not make it, "I thought about Rusty (Caryn's husband), her family, her friends and our school, and all the pain they would go through losing someone so wonderful," Harton said. The race, she thought, might help ease everyone's pain, and with aid from others, she went on to plan the race.
Two hundred and fifty-six people participated on one of the coldest days of the winter. Many wore Mardi Gras costumes or remembrances of Caryn. And when it was all over, when the bills had been paid and some portion of the proceeds given to Caryn's family for medical expenses, there was enough left--$2,000--to begin a scholarship fund for one or more of Caryn's students when the child reaches college age.
Another race will be planned for next year and for years to come and Harton said that other fundraisers will be held to add to the fund.
These kindergartners were Caryn Hyatt Suthoff's first and only class, and Harton said, "I want them to know what a special person she was . . . It is my hope that these students will learn to use their talents and skills to give to others and make the world a better place."
The Run with a Dot/Caryn's Kids run also honored Caryn, about whom Harton said: "She was a light in our community . . . I wear my 'Caring for Caryn' bracelet every single day and I probably will always. It reminds me that even when times get tough, I need to continue to shine as brightly as she did, and to pass that light on to others."
Cleveland House "Kids" and CUBBS Bowlers to ride in Bayport Mardi Gras Parade Saturday, January 31, 2:30 p.m.
Robert McGhee's Cleveland House "Kids" and CUBBS Bowlers will ride in the Bayport Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Mobile on Saturday, January 31, 2:30 p.m..
The "Mobile's Challenged Revelers" parade will include other special needs riders, particularly the Down Syndrome Society of Mobile County.
For information on the parade, call 408-1395. For information on the Cleveland House socialization program for special needs adults, which meets on Thursdays for fun and lunch at Cleveland House in Saraland, call McGhee, 675-6425.
Auditions for Disney's Mary Poppins will be Sunday, February 1 and Monday, February 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street in Chickasaw. Callbacks, if needed, will be Thursday, February 5.
Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a short song with CD or bring sheet music; an accompanist will be available.. English and Cockney accents are encouraged. Auditioners may be asked to read for certain parts.
Those interested in the dance company chorus are requested to audition Sunday, February 1. A large cast of actors and dancers is needed, as well as two children, ages 8-14.
The show will run May 29 - June 14, for three weekends. Rehearsals begin in early March. Please bring a list of conflicts to the audition.
For more information, please email Steve Alsip, email@example.com.
The current Chickasaw Civic Theatre production, The Light in the Piazza, directed by Stacey Driskell (pictured), continues its run Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 30 and 31 and February 1.
Last Friday Art Night at Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Center January 30, 6-8 p.m. will celebrate Mardi Gras
Last Friday Art Night at Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Center is January 30, 6-8 p.m. This particular Friday Art Night is a celebration of Mardi Gras, and visitors are invited to put on their masks, feathers and beads and come Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!
Those who attend can enjoy food and refreshments, shop for local art, hear stories of Old Dauphin Island and peruse a special art exhibit by featured artist, Terri Keller. The event is free and open to the public, though donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.
The Center is at 1008 Alabama Avenue, behind Dauphin Island Town Hall. For additional information, call 251-861-3300 or visit the Dauphin Island Arts website.
The Semmes Camellia Festival is over for another year, but visitors to Semmes Public Library have a second chance to enjoy the beauty of Alabama's State Flower. On display through February 28 is the Camellia Art Show in the Semmesonian Art Space just inside the the library's front doors.
There one can find camellias rendered in many media--watercolors, oils, pen and ink, origami and plastic lids. Yes; plastic lids. The largest piece of artwork in the gallery is one created by students at Semmes Boys & Girls Club, under the art instruction of Lucy Gafford. The lids, the sort that come on the tops of deli containers, are painted in varying hues of pink, green and yellow and arranged to form a blossom.
Other eye-catching works include the display of white origami camellias by Mary Rodning, volunteer curator at the Semmesonian, and a painting of a bee (or hummingbird?) at the yellow center of a white camellia "Searching for the Sweet Spot" by Carol Wiggins. Also capturing the beauty of the snowy blooms is Karen McGahagin with "Winter White" and Patty Loebig with a cluster called "Camellia."
For many camellia lovers, the pink stands out as most representative, and Jeanette Byrd's "A Cup of Tea" not only captures the beauty of the pale pink camellia but adds a touch of other pastels with a grouping of purple pansies and a lavendar violet and a china teacup with a blue flowers, set on a crisp white table cloth. T. J. Wilson Jr.'s simple pink camellia is entitled "For Paw Paw."
There are perhaps two dozen or more outstanding artworks in the show and some of the other exhibitors include Elizabeth Barnes, Lori Riley, Phillippe and Cynthia Oczuscik and Robert McKinney. The exhibit is well worth a special trip to the library, 9150 Moffett Road at McCrary Road.
As a matter of information for artists or those aspiring to be, the Mary Ellen Ward Art Guild sponsors a free painting class for adults on Tuesdays, noon-3 p.m. at Semmes Public Library. For information, call Jeanette Byrd at 649-1647.
Pictured with the art created by Semmes Boys & Girls Club are Lydia Smith and Kaitlyn Read
2015 Camellia Maid Kaitlyn Read shows City of Semmes tablescape at Semmes Camellia Festival January 24
The City of Semmes had a beautiful tablescape at Semmes Camellia Festival January 24. Showing it off to visitors was Kaitlyn Read, one of the three 2015 Camellia Maids.
Visitors to Semmes Camellia Festival January 24 were treated to delicious refreshments, along with tablescapes featuring camellias, a camellia art show, many displays of individual camellia blossoms and an exhibit of Carol Jarvis' camellia china plates. Manning the refreshment table in the photo above are, from left, Linda Smith, Tonya Read and Heather Williams. Williams of the Semmes Branch Library represented Mobile Public Library, which, along with Alumni & Friends of Semmes School, Inc., sponsored the Semmes Camellia Festival.