Jo’s Jottings: A season of turkey dinners, visits and raves for the Farris ‘Alice’ production

By Jo Ellen Dale

Last Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club meeting, Donny Fowler gave a very interesting program on the school bus program nationwide and locally  I had heard it before when he was at Rotary, but was able to pick up more facts this time.  There were several Key Club members present as well and I am sure some of the facts were an eye-opener for them.  They heard that they are safer on the bus than on any other mode of transportation such as being driven in a car or walking. At the end of his talk, Fowler gave out key rings with a miniature school bus on them.
I was told that Jo Cole and Patti Bammann took a trip to Wilmington, N.C. recently to visit with former Richmondite Margaret Cook.  They spent two days with her and she sends greetings to all old friends here.
I had a long day Wednesday as I volunteered in the hospital gift shop morning and afternoon shifts.  As I have mentioned before, the gift shop is a great place to shop.  Many items are on sale and new merchandize is coming in all the time.  An added bonus is that there is no sales tax and Ray County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary members are given 15 percent off on all they buy above $10. New Christmas items are on display and I highly recommend that you go in and browse.  A hospital Auxiliary luncheon will be held Nov. 14 at Hometown Pizza.
Friday I was happy to have a visit from my son Chuck and we had lunch at the 19th Hole where he saw many old friends.  He could not stay long as he was on his way to the Lake of the Ozarks to visit a former colleague from his days in St. Louis.  I went on to the Mason’s fish fry to get take out for my evening meal.
Saturday I went to Ward Chapel AME Church to get a delicious Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and apple pie.  As we approach the Thanksgiving season, I am sure there will be many more dinners.
Sunday I went to the afternoon performance at the Historic Farris Theatre of “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Words fail me.  Everything about it was absolutely perfect. My warm congratulations to the cast, the production staff, the directors and those in charge of the spectacular costumes.  The choreography was perfect and all the young actors and actresses were obviously enjoying themselves.  I wish that I had been able to see it more than once as I always miss something.  Bravo and brava!

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