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Jo’s Jottings: Take off our ‘Hats!’ to the abundance of theatrical ability in the community

By Jo Ellen Dale

The Ray County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held a luncheon meeting on Thursday, Aug. 9 at Hometown Pizza with a large group in attendance. The program was presented by Vickie McCalley about the Ray County Community Arts Association and the many events they have sponsored. She emphasized especially those put on at the historic Farris Theatre. She also commented on the addition of the two buildings behind the original and what help they have been, especially the dressing rooms and practice stage.  I well remember the days of Kiwanis Theatre Guild productions when cast and chorus had to change in the dank basement. Ugh! Last weekend, of course, was the musical “Hats!”.  Among upcoming events will be the Tommy Dorsey band, which delighted all of us who danced to that music in 1940s.
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I just had an online visit with my niece in Savannah, Ga. and she says that their weather is also unusually cool for this time of year.  I am sure that we will have more triple-digit temperatures before fall sets in and the drought doesn’t seem to be abating much.
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Once again, I attended Rotary Club at the invitation of a former student, Scott Farmer, aka “La Bas.”  I enjoyed especially the program given by Amanda Guy on seminars to be held concerning money management. Her husband Mark was also in attendance. In particular, she talked of agreement on the subject between spouses. Mark was nodding in assent.  My late husband solved the problem for us by leaving the paying of bills and balancing the checkbook up to me.  I was very glad because when I became a widow I was already versed in day-to- day money management and now my son, Chuck, who is a Certified Financial Planner, takes care of everything else for me.
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Barbara Pierce was a special guest at the farewell party given in honor of Dr. Kevin Hubbard, oncologist, on Tuesday, Aug. 7.  The party was held by the NKC office of which he was a founding member.  Dr. Hubbard is leaving private practice and becoming a full-time professor of oncology/hematology at the University of Health Services College of Osteopathic Medicine.  His parents, Dr. Tom and Mrs. (Reba) Hubbard and his wife, Roxanne were also in attendance.
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Today I attended the memorial service of yet another old friend, Bernard Cordray. The large number of people there was of itself a tribute to the wonderful man he was.  Bernard and Marjorie were friends of my late husband and me from 1953 on. Their children, Vickie Cordray Green and Dennis Cordray gave moving tributes to their father. His grandson, Mark Cordray, read scripture and Victoria Hill sang “The Lord’s Prayer”.  During the service the congregation sang some of Bernard’s favorite hymns in loving memory of a fine man who was an inspiration to many.  Farewell, until we meet again.
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Karen King writes that she and husband, Royce, provided music for the worship service at Berean Baptist Church in Independence on Sunday, Aug. 12.  They enjoyed a potluck lunch after the service and she concludes that it was a very enjoyable time.
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Alice Neely and I spent a very entertaining Sunday afternoon at the last performance of the musical, “Hats!” put on by the Ray County Community Arts Association.  The cast was made up of all local people and I remarked that I never cease to be amazed by the generations of talent that I have observed through the years in this relatively small town.  The only disappointing thing was the mediocre attendance at the three performances, due partly to a  lack of sufficient advance promotion.  As I stated before, I look forward eagerly to future performances.
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This past weekend, Myra Hamann had many visitors including her son Herb and granddaughter Lindsay, Bob Jones, Ernie Jones, Milton Rose, and of course, yours truly.  The Hamann and Jones girls had all gone to Texas to visit with Jane Jones Hellmann.  I am sure that a great time was had by all.
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Enjoy the cooler weather and keep sending.     Dale...@aol.com

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