Lions District Governor and Past District Governor are guests at January 19 Satsuma Lions Club meeting
The Satsuma Lions Club meeting was Monday, January 19, and among the guests were Lions District Governor Glen Elmore and Past District Governor Ron Mitchell. Three new members were recognized and welcomed by President Tom Williams; they were Herman Wood, Justin McNellage and Jean McCutchen. On the Satsuma Lions' agenda is participation in Friends for Satsuma Schools Swamp Fest March 7--they'll be selling their famous jambalaya. The Lions are also planning their Spring Roadblock May 2nd. Members selected Linda Robbins as their candidate for Satsuma Citizen of the Year. The winner of this prestigious award will be announced at a banquet March 26; all candidates are recognized and honored for their community service at this banquet.
Pictured above are Past District Governor Ron Mitchell, Lions District Governor Glen Elmore and Satsuma Lions Club president, Tom Williams
Saturday, January 10 marked the 21st year Cecil McGuire had directed the Annual Disc Golf Tournament in Chickasaw. Ninety athletes competed in the event, sponsored by Chickasaw Kiwanis Club with help from the City of Chickasaw. Proceeds amounted to $2,500, most of which will be added to the $35,000 the tournament has raised for the University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital over the past two decades.
McGuire, a 32-year employee with Chickasaw Parks and Recreation Department, not only set up the disc golf course in Chickasaw, but also has volunteered his time to help create a course in Satsuma and one in Creola.
In addition to promoting and directing disc golf, McGuire helps with the Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast the first Monday of each month--he's the bacon cooker, he said. He also works with the City's youth activities such as Pumpkin Carving in October and is a volunteer coach for youth sports teams, about which he says, "If I can teach young people the benefit of teamwork and good sportsmanship, they will pass it on to their children and so on."
With the yearly disc golf tournament being one of McGuire's biggest and most expensive undertakings, he's always looking for nice door prizes to give away on the day of the event. He praised Chickasaw's seniors, who, he said, often give him their "white elephants"--new items they've won or received as gifts but that they simply can't use, but which may be very useful to someone else.
The Light in the Piazza opens at Chickasaw Civic Theatre January 23; well-known Mobile soprano Sarah Wright plays Margaret Johnson, one of the lead roles
"The Light in the Piazza" opens January 23 at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street in Chickasaw. It will continue its run January 24, 25, 30 and 31 and February 1. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Stacey Driskell is stage director of this production with Scott Wright serving as musical director. For reservations, call 457-8887.
Among the lead players in Light in the Piazza, which blends romantic, classical and opera themes, is soprano Sarah Wright. She is described by Driskell as having performed "in almost every other opera and classical music venue on the Central Gulf Coast, but (in this play) brings her prodigious talents to the CCT stage for the first time."
In Piazza, Wright fills the role of Margaret Johnson, the overly protective mother of the innocent Clara. The two are on vacation in Florence, Italy, when love begins for both. Clara is transformed; Margaret is slow to accept that the chance for happiness outweighs the risk of failure.
About Wright's considerable talent and experience (and a little about her personal life), Driskell said that "Sarah began her singing career at First Presbyterian Church in Talladega, Alabama." She moved to Mobile in 1979 and, in addition to her many performances on stage in this area, "she has introduced thousands of elementary school children to the magic of opera through Mobile Opera's education programs." Driskell added that "Her passion for music education led Wright to the Mobile Symphony where she helped develop their nationally recognized education programs."
The singer's love of 1940s music resulted in two CDs of World War II love songs, which she recorded with her husband, baritone Scott Wright, and with the late Ira Swingle at the piano. "Sarah is a tireless arts advocate and believes that music enriches us all," Driskelll said.
(Some information on other performers to come)
Kelby Smith, a 6th grade student at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Satsuma, won both the Satsuma Lions Club and District 34-C Peace Poster Contest. The son of Lat.Sha and Carl Smith, Kelby was honored at the January 19 Satsuma Lions Club meeting when District Governor Glen Elmore presented him with a certificate of recognition and a check for $100. In the photo above are, from left, Dana Price, principal at Lee Elementary School; Lat.Sha Smith; Carl Smith; Kelby; District Governor Elmore and Past District Governor Ron Mitchell.
Dauphin Island Parkway Ministerial Association sponsors Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Monday, January 19, the Dauphin Island Parkway Ministerial Association sponsored a Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. About 75 volunteers signed in at 8 a.m.at base headquarters, Parkway SAIL Senior Center, 1600 Boykin Boulevard, to be assigned various community projects. When they returned to the Center upon completion of their assignments, a nice, hot lunch, prepared by parishioners from South Brookley United Methodist Church, was waiting for them. Manning the dessert cart in the photo above are, from left, Ted Eddy, Beth Hopper, Jackie Jenkins, Marie Slawson and Judy Burnham. Also on food detail but not pictured were Joan Holland and Betty Hammons. Pastor Doug Jolly from South Brookley UMC coordinated the event.
Approximately 100 volunteers participated in MLK Day of Service at St. John United Methodist Church in Mobile
Working on updating and refreshing the Thrift Hut at St. John United Methodist Church on Overlook Road in Mobile on January 19, Martin Luther King Day of Service, was Barbara Bell, volunteer mentor with RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) and the young woman she is mentoring, Royesha Vaile. Dozens of workers from St. John UMC, Georgetown-Chunchula UMC, University of South Alabama, RSVP and other community-oriented organizations and individuals volunteered on this day of community service.
St. John United Methodist Church on Overlook Road in Mobile abuzz with volunteer activity on January 19, MLK Day of Service
On Monday, January 19, some 100 volunteers turned out at St. John United Methodist Church, 6215 Overlook Road, to particupate in a Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers assembled playground equipment, organized the Thrift Hut and packaged personal care kits for the homeless. Among those working on slides and swings and assorted other play equipment were, from left, Mark Byrd, Georgetown-Chunchula UMC; Paul Palmer, St. John UMC and Alyah Lee from the University of South Alabama.
The Semmes Camellia Festival, first begun in 1949, was revived in 2013, And among the many visitors and participants that year were: Lib Dodd, who, with her husband, Tom Dodd, was a pioneer in the Semmes nursery business; Sarah Wilson of Semmes; 2013-2014 Camellia Maids Paige Warren and Mila Dixon; Walter Creighton, past president of Camellia Club of Mobile and Alice Creighton, holding a photo of the "Alice Creighton" bloom that Walter Creighton developed a few years ago and named for her.
Semmes Camellia Festival 2015 is Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road.
For more information, call Chair Jeanette Byrd, 649-1647.
A camellia-inspired art show in the Semmesonian Art Space at Semmes Public Library is one feature of Semmes Camellia Festival January 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Visitors to the Semmes Camellia Festival January 24 at Semmes Public Library can enjoy a camellia-inspired art show, as well as live camellias and table-scapes featuring the Alabama State Flower. One of the paintings in the Semmesonian Art Space is rendered by talented water-colorist Jaime Lee (pictured at left.)
A new facet of this free, annual event is the awarding of door prizes of camellias. Sponsored by Alumni & Friends of Semmes Inc. and Mobile Public Library, the Festival is chaired by Jeanette Byrd, who can be reached at 649-1647 for information.
Martin Luther King Day of Service for the Dauphin Island Parkway community is on Monday, January 19, 8:30 a.m. until noon. The event is sponsored by Dauphin Island Ministerial Association. Volunteers are asked to meet at Parkway S.A.I.L Center, 1600 Boykin Boulevard at DIP. They will depart at 9 a.m. to the various service project sites, which will include trash pickup on the Parkway, painting a room at the Community Action Center, clipping coupons for Women's Shelters, touch-up painting at B. C. Rain High School, sorting supplies and working with children at the Salvation Army Women's & Children's Shelter and other activities. All will return to the S.A.I.L Center for lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Chickasaw senior adults' Night out with a Movie and Dinner is Tuesday, January 20. Call 452-6462 for reservations. The seniors meet for bingo every Wednesday noon at Chickasaw Civic Center--snacks and prizes are included. Call 452-6464 for transportation.
On Wednesday, January 21, 1-2 p.m., members at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center can enjoy coffee and cake, compliments of CHMRSCC. That would be a good time to pick up a calendar that shows the many fitness, educational, informational arts and crafts and other fun events and activities going on at the Center--and to register for a couple. For information, call 602-4963.
LifeSouth Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive at Semmes Senior Center on Thursday, January 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by the facility at 9635 Moffett Road and donate blood to save lives. Lunch that day is by House of Pizza; cost is $5.50 and sign-up is required. That afternoon at 1, those with January birthdays will celebrate with cake and ice cream.
Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is hosting an Acrylic Painting Class with artist Benno Kollegger on Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is a $10 donation to the Gallery for each class. Call 861-3300 for information.
"The Light in the Piazza," with stage direction by Stacey Driskell and musical direction by Scott Wrigh, opens January 23 at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street in Chickasaw. To secure reservations call 457-8887 or visit Chickasaw Civic Center online.
Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. is the 3rd Annual Semmes Camellia Festival at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road. This free event celebrates Semmes nursery history by featuring camellias in bloom, both in art and table-scapes. It is sponsored by Alumni & Friends of Semmes School Inc. and the Mobile Public Library. Call Jeanette Byrd, 649-1647 for information.
Diners can help fight child abuse in our community by eating out on Tuesday, January 27. About 35 area restaurants and specialty shops are participating in Cuisine for Kids, billed as "A Day of Food and Fundraising for the Child Advocacy Center." For more information on Cuisine for Kids or CAC, call 432-1101.
Future events suitable for "Save the Date" status or that may require reservations or registration are noted below:
"Breakfast with the Babies," a morning event to celebrate the arrival of the first baby chicks at St. Elmo Feed & Seed, is Friday, February 6, 7:30 a.m. The store is at 9001 Highway West. 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 St. Elmo Feed & Seed online.
Satsuma Reunited is hosting a Mother/Son Valentine Dinner and Dance on Friday, February 13, 6-9 p.m. at Satsuma Community Center at the entrance to Steele Creek Lodge. The menu consists of spaghetti and meat sauce, green salad, bread and dessert. 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. All 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. Refreshments and a photo of father and daughter are included in the price of the ticket. For information, call Brent Rawson, 675-1280. Proceeds from the event benefit the First Baptist Church of Satsuma's Uganda Team.
Docent/Volunteer Training for the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, is Saturday, February 21, 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration by February 14 is encouraged by phone at 861-2141 Extension 7545 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
"Celebrate Heart Month" at Tillman's Corner Center for Seniors, 5863 Nevius Road, is scheduled for Friday, February 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors can apply for a space ($25) by calling Jackie Woodward Barnett, 660-4000 or 222-0551.The health fair is sponsored by Homecare Companions.
Tillman's Corner Citizen(s) of the Year, Dumas and Delores McLaney, will be honored at a banquet at Tillman's Corner Community Center February 27, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person; call 666-2488 for reservations.
Swamp Fest, sponsored by Friends for Satsuma Schools, is Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will include a car show and arts and crafts vendors (call Shirley Presnall, 675-0421 or 680-1311 for applications.) This is a family event featuring live music, food, fun activities for children, an art display and raffles.
Dauphin Way Baptist Church Spring Expo is Friday, March 6. Call Ginger McCracken, 341-0773 for information.
The Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce is now officially "SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce. The name change was announced at the organization's annual board meeting.
The Chamber incorporated in 1988, encompassing members mostly in the Tillman's Corner area. Now, said President Alesia Davis in a letter announcing the change, there are members from west Mobile, midtown and downtown Mobile, Grand Bay, Irvington, Semmes, Saraland and Satsuma.
"The new identity can satisfy all of the existing expectations of our Chamber and at the same time move forward to acknowledge new businesses surrounding our community," Davis said.
The 2015 Chamber officers are, in addition to Davis, Donna Abercrombie, 1st vice president; Ruth Robinson, 2nd vice president; Kay Peace, secretary and Theresa Orrell, treasurer. Board of Directors members include Della Wade, Sharon Murrill, Maranda Hance, Matt Garner, Tiffany Ginn, Pete Riehm, Russanne Howell, Delores McLaney, Johnny Antley, Teresa Taylor, Ed Murphy and Kelle Flynt. Honorary board members are Larry Kent and Lois Rockhold.
The Chamber of Commerce meets at noon the first Wednesday of each month for a business luncheon at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. For more information, call 666-2488.
(Photo above is Alesia Davis, president of SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, formerly Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce)
Satsuma High School recently recognized the students who achieved honor roll status for the 1st semester of school. They are, according to Algebra I teacher Cathy Taylor, the following students:
A Honor Roll:
7th Grade, Reagan Nolfe, Angel White and Jenna Wilson
8th Grade, Bennett Luker, Madilyn Robertson, Sharon Sawyer, Bradley Swinney and Kelli West
9th Grade, Mechaela Andry, Kennedy Booth, Alexander Caylor, Stephanie Cochran, Star Connolly, Caitlin Crownover, Brantli Dennis, Kathryn Eubanks, Emily Henderson, Katlyn Hicks, Emma Holm, MaKenzie McDaniel, Jada Price, Talesha Rembert and Ashley Weaver
10th Grade, Madyson Caffman, Valerie Dickson, Hannah Evans, Savannah Flott, Luke Montalvo and Austin Parden
11th Grade, Seth Benson, Kelley Brown, Katherine Brunson, Kalyn Cotton and Keith Griffith
12th Grade, Dustin Arden, Thomas Bazor, Amy Boren, Taylor Carpenter, Joshua Collins, Chase Crownover, Madison Douville, Jeremy Duke, Joshua Fillingim, Matthew Gatlin, Kaylee Jemison, William Parden, Elizabeth Simon and Mary Strong
A/B Honor Roll:
7th Grade, Antonio Balangue, Maddux Bruns, Zachary Cochran, Raina Daniels, Kyle Douville, Katherine Duke, Mallori Garner, Lindsey Hawkins, Mackenzie Jackson, Baileigh Jay, Amy Jernigan, Briley Johnston, Mary Joy, Avery Kelley, Alexis Mayhugh, Nathan Pierce, Emma Rawls, Daniel Rigsby, Luke Taylor and Lauren Thompson
8th Grade, Zachary Brown, Newell Byrd, Katelyn Chandler, Justin Duke, Skylar Gray, Karolina Holm, Benjamin Holman, Malena Honeycutt, Andrew Hooper, Taylor Jackson, Madison Johnston, Abigail Kirby, Brinkley Little, Bailey Ludt, Conner Pierce, Isabella Pitzulo, Zachary Price, Hunter Richie, Kade Richie, Emily Smith, Jymaria Smith, Jeremy Stanley, Reagan Stewart, Noah Toxey, Alyssa Wallace and Ty Williams
9th Grade. Elizabeth Bedgood, Peyton Champion, Savannah Charles, Mary Paige Cooley, Elizabeth Cowart, Callie Holmes, Leah Jackson, Chandler Knapp, Grady Mercier, Carley Miller, Savannah Moore, Taylor Rester, Camryn Rice, Kaitlyn Sanders, Ethan Senn, Andrew Strong , Jana Taylor and Ryleigh Williams
10th Grade, Andrew Barfoot, Dustin Burton, Mason Copeland, Taylor Cross, Alex Crownover, Scarlett Dotson, Courtney Douglas, Kaylin Driskell, Chelsea Evans, Dylan Fisher, Madison Green, Olivia Hardee, Hunter Harris, Rileigh Hawkins, Allie Honeycutt, Jacob Howard, Tyler Rockwell, Isabella Savell, Krista Taylor, Courtney Weaver, Cirsten Whigham and Brelee Yarber
11th Grade, Michael Allen, Tamia Andry, Mary Layne Barfoot, Mekala Bonner, Clinton Chalker, Kymberly Champagne, Jordan Clark, Amanda Daniels, Terra Dumas, Kaitlyn Goram, Morgan Hardegree, Takumi Kanaya, Katlyn Kelly, Laura Logsdon, Courtney Lucas, Branisha Mills, Nickolas Montana, Kendall Pledger, Anna Pope, Sidney Stephens, Kimberlyn Taylor, Madison Verkouille, McKayla Wiggins and Jalesia York
12th Grade, Victoria Baskin, Sharon Beesley, Sean Benson, Noel Brockmiller, Lauren Brunson, Joseph Clancy, Alexandria Coleman, Megan Duke, August Ellis, Blaine Glisson, Mary Clare Hagood, Anna Heathcoe, Madison Knowles, Jordan Lollar, Jordan Lowe, Whitney Murphy, Courtney Parker, Cody Parmer, Travis Parnell, Leith Rawson, Reid Rials, Katherine Stolee, Nathan Tadlock, Justin Taylor, Emily Tomlinson, Anthony Weaver, Josh Webb, Bailey White and Jessica Wright
(Photo of some of the A Honor Roll students and list of honorees provided by Cathy Taylor)
"The Light in the Piazza" is the next production at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street in Chickasaw. The show will run two weekends beginning January 23. Friday and Saturday performances on January 23, 24, 30 and 31 begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees on January 25 and February 1 will be at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens, military personnel and students. Reservations can be made by calling 251-457-8887 or online at www.cctshows.com.
The play is based on a novel by Elizabeth Spencer and is the story of Margaret Johnson, the overly protective mother of Clara, an innocent young woman who sees the world through the eyes of a child due to an accident she suffered as a child. The two are on vacation in Florence, Italy when love begins for both mother and daughter.
The CCT production is directed by Stacey Driskell (pictured above.) Scott Wright is musical director; music is by Adam Guettel. Daniel Driskell serves as rehearsal accompanist and principal keyboardist.
Among the lead players in this unusual coming-of-age story are Sarah Wright and Tommy Rowell, described by Driskell as "Mobile Opera stars and local theater legends" Wright plays Margaret Johnson; Rowell is Signor Naccarelli. These two veterans lead a talented cast including Breanna Smith and Myles Garver as the young couple in love, Clara Johnson and Fabrizio Nacarelli; Tjaden O'Dowd Cox as Franca Naccarelli; Blake Waters as Giuseppe Naccarelli and Linda Grill as Signora Naccarelli. Others in the cast are Steve Alsip, Monica Ganoe, Lea Johnson, Elizabeth Anderson, Jackson Henson, Ken Austin and Glen Vanderbeek.
The Light in the Piazza had its world premiere in 2003 at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle and the original Broadway production was by Lincoln Center Theater, New York City in 2005.
Semmes Camellia Festival, January 24 at Semmes Public Library, will feature beautiful table-scapes among other camellia-inspired exhibits
At the 2014 Semmes Camellia Festival, table-scape designers Pat Thing, left, and Jeanne Bradley showed off their creation to Sen. Rusty Glover. The table cloth of antique lace was dressed in 20 or so camellias (including a couple of Pink Perfections), which were exhibited in containers of different sizes and heights to give dimension to the overall view.
Table-scapes are one of the most beautiful aspects of the Festival, which includes exhibits of dozens of individual camellias, a Camellia Art Show, a display of china plates with paintings of camellias and informational displays.
This year's Semmes Camellia Festival is Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road at McCrary Road. Call Jeanette Byrd, 649-1647 for additional information.
At Semmes Camellia Festival January 24, Carol Jarvis will show her collection of china plates with camellias painted in 1850s by Nicholas Liex
One outstanding exhibit at the 2015 Semmes Camellia Festival on Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. will be Carol Jarvis' collection of camellia plates.
The china plates show camellias painted in the 1850s by artist Nicholas Liex and given by Villeroy & Boch as "thank you" gifts to their distributors.
In the photo at left, taken at last year's event, Jarvis shows one of the plates to Toni Davis of Semmes. Visitors to the Festival at Semmes Public Library can also receive tips on growing camellias from Jarvis Nursery at 10 a.m.
For details on Semmes Camellia Festival, call chair Jeanette Byrd, 649-1647.
The 75th Annual Camellia Show, presented by Camellia Club of Mobile, is Saturday and Sunday, January 17 and 18 at Bel Air Mall in Mobile
Since 1949, the Camellia Club of Mobile has been bringing in exhibitors from all over the U.S. to display their prized camellias for the public to enjoy. And on Saturday, January 17, 2-7 p.m. and Sunday, January 18, noon-4 p.m. at the Target entrance at Colonial Mall Bel Air, approximately 100 tables filled with more than a hundred different varieties of Alabama's state flower will be on display.
For more information on this 75-year-old event, call 649-1426.
Table-scapes are a beautiful part of Semmes Camellia Festival, coming January 24 to Semmes Public Library
The beautiful table-scapes at Semmes Camellia Festival tell a story or paint a scene, always using camellias as a visible presence within the context of the presentation. In the photo from 2014 Camellia Festival, Carolyn Owens of Semmes discusses her 'scape, which honored her mother, with Mobilian Vecie Tait.
This year's Camellia Festival is Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m. at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road. Camellia growers are invited to show their blooms and dozens of displays will delight visitors with the many variations of camellias.
Also featured at the Fest is a Camellia Art Show in the Semmesonian, the art space just inside the library doors.
For more information on this event, call chair Jeanette Byrd, 649-1647.
Semmes Camellia Festival January 24th will be the last duty for these Camellia Maids--Mila Dixon, Haleigh Chappell and Paige Warren
Saturday, January 24 marks the 3rd Semmes Camellia Festival since its revival in 2013. That will also be the day that Camellia Maids Mila Dixon, Haleigh Chappell and Paige Warren (pictured) will give up their camellia-colored gowns and their "job" of telling others about the long history and rich heritage that ties Semmes with the nursery industry. They will pass that opportunity to three new Maids--Briley Kerns, Kaitlyn Reed and Lydia Noel Smith--who'll be introduced to the public at the Festival.
This free event features camellia blossoms, table-scapes including camellias and a Semmesonian Art Space exhibit of original camellia art. The Festival is presented by Alumni & Friends of Semmes School, Inc. and Mobile Public Library and begins at 10 a.m. at Semmes Library, 9150 Moffett Road
For information, call Jeanette Byrd, 649-1647.
The original purpose for the organization of Friends for Satsuma Schools in May 2011 was to inform citizens of the need to vote for a tax increase to help fund a city school system. That task accomplished, the group joined with other citizens in the community to support the new school system, which consists of Robert E. Lee Elementary and Satsuma High School.
The current officers of FFSS are Shirley Presnall, president; Sharron Upton, vice president; Marie Butler, secretary and Sue Speights, treasurer.
And Presnall said that since the organization was formed, "We have donated more than $10,000 to Lee Elementary and Satsuma High School and assisted in collecting an additional $5,.000 for REL from the Box Tops for Education program." Beginning this year, she said, FFSS will fund a scholarship for a Satsuma High School senior.
FFSS members are not afraid of hard work. To help the schools, they've painted curbs, cut down trees, helped organize school supplies, washed windows, power-washed school buildings and painted classrooms. They continue to help with the copying duties for REL teachers on a regular basis. The group has hosted three teacher/staff brunches to show their support of those personnel at REL and Satsuma High Schools. And they have also provided meals for the Satsuma Gators and band members before home football games.
On Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., FFSS will sponsor the 3rd Annual Swamp Fest on the main campus of Satsuma High School. "This is our major fundraiser and accounts for the majority of our operating funds," Presnall said.
This year, Swamp Fest will include a car show, arts and crafts booths, live music and other entertainment, food, children's activities, an art display from Satsuma High students and raffles.
To support Friends for Satsuma Schools with monetary or goods donations or volunteerism, or for more information on the organization or Swamp Fest, call Presnall at 675-0421 or Sue Speights, 377-2747.
Mark your calendar: Breakfast with the Babies, introducing the public to the first shipment of baby chicks, is February 6, 7:30 a.m. at St. Elmo Feed & Seed
For anyone who has lived on a farm or raised a flock of backyard chickens, nothing says "Spring" more emphatically than the chirping of newly hatched baby chicks, so soft and furry, warm, alive--and loud.
And on Friday morning, February 6 at 7:30, local country farmers, Midtown Mobile chicken enthusiasts and ordinary people who like the sight, feel and sound of coops full of such breeds as Silver Pencial Egyptian Fayoumis or Rhode Island Reds are invited to "Breakfast with the Babies" at St. Elmo Feed & Seed, 9001 Highway 90 West.
The event lets customers enjoy doughnuts and coffee, fruit and juice as they visit with each other and check out the 2-day-old chicks. Tracy McCarter of the St. Elmo store will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance in raising chicks in south Alabama. Her parents, Fred and Madelyn, now retired, began selling baby chicks, ducks, geese, guineas, bantams and turkeys more than a decade ago, generally about 3,000 each year.
McCarter said the south Mobile County store is one of the few state-licensed poultry dealers on the Gulf Coast and that information and a list of which breeds will be arriving each Friday through mid-April will be available on website www.stelmofeed.com or by calling 957-2177.