With Farris Theatre lore and organic farm program, it’s a busy week

By Jo Ellen Dale

The regular meeting of Richmond Kiwanis Club was held at The 19th Hole restaurant with a large group of members and visitors present Oct. 18. A very interesting and informative program was given by James Wollard about his family’s chicken and egg farm.As he described their organic farming, free-range chicken raising and egg production, Shannon Wollard gave a slide show to illustrate his talk. Basically the program could be titled, “From the egg to the frying pan.” Chickens, eggs and even rabbits are for sale at their farm in Hardin.
The Wednesday Walker’s Breakfast Club celebrated Myra Hamann’s birthday complete with lovely cake Oct. 19. The weekend before, her family gave her a celebration, and I am sure something took place on her actual day, Oct. 22. Happy Birthday, Myra and we wish you many more.
Clare Flamank entertained Chapter CO, P.E.O. in her lovely home on Oct. 19. The program was given by Vickie McCalley on the improvements to the Farris Theatre.  She included some history of this historic building and plans for the Farris Arts District, which comprises the theater and two adjoining buildings.
I found the program on the Farris very interesting, as the Tuesday before the Allen-Morton-Watkins Chapter DAR was held at the Farris. Rob Swafford gave another interesting talk on the history and the improvements that are being made and then took members who were interested on a guided tour.We must all support the preservation of this historic opera house.
Last week I heard from my brother-in-law, Earle Dale, that he and his wife, Ann, were going on a cruise. This was especially good news as both of them have had serious health problems and now reside in a retirement home in Plantation, Fla. Earle sends his best greetings to his friends in Richmond.
Last Sunday I almost wished that I could be in two places at once. Miss Chloe Young was baptized at the United Christian Presbyterian Church and her family invited the congregation to a cake and punch reception afterwards. However, I was also invited to the United Methodist Church after services, as they were having an early celebration for Judy Watkins’ birthday. Judy and I are friends from way back and I wanted to attend that too.
Also on Sunday, the fourth session of the LOGOS program was held at the St. John’s CME Church. The theme was Mardi Gras and there were many costumes. Had there been a prize for the best ones, it surely would have gone to Teresa Haden and Nancy Wood. Our minister, Rev. John Johnson, has posted their picture on Facebook and you will see what I mean if you access it. Next Sunday the theme is Halloween, which should be easier in view of all the costumes available.
Jane Jones Hellmann and husband, Joe, of Plano, Texas arrived Monday to spend a few days with relatives. They stopped first at Aunt Myra Hamann’s when I happened to be there, as was Peggy Sullard, and we had another celebration of Myra’s birthday. Jane and Joe will be staying with her brother and his wife, Ernie and Nancy Jones, and then plan to stop at Jan Jorgensen’s home, south of Springfield before returning home. It was a joy to see them.
This will be a busy weekend with the American Legion chili dinner on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the first performance of Friends of the Farris Concert Series at 8 p.m. Featured will be “The Krazy Kats,” who have performed here before some years ago. I am sure that season tickets are still available.

Until next week,

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