Thursday, November 16, 2006
Diane Greer and Susan Campbell attend Nutcracker Holiday Market in Houston
Jeanie Fant and her sister, Joy Potts of Corinth, attended a surprise retirement party for their brother, Pat Cox, in Jackson last week. Mollie Fant joined them there. Among the many guests were Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck, who presented Pat a plaque of appreciation for 32 years of service to the state of Mississippi. The following day the family had lunch at the Capitol Club.
Diane Greer and Suzanne Campbell returned Sunday from a long weekend in Houston, Texas, where they attended the Nutcracker Holiday Market. They were guests of Danny Campbell, Suzanne’s husband, who is currently working in Houston. The couple showed Diane all over Houston and Galveston and everyone had a wonderful time.
Happy birthday to Mary Lou Jones, who celebrated last week with a family birthday party.
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Latoka on Christmas Tour
For the Christmas in Holly Springs tour, an array of beautiful homes, dressed in holiday splendor, will be shown Dec. 2-3. The public is cordially invited to attend this wonderful tour of six homes and to enjoy two Christmas cantatas to be presented each afternoon at 2 p.m.
At St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, on Saturday, the Holly Springs High School choir, under the direction of Barbara Anderson, will be enjoyed. On Sunday afternoon, the Marshall Academy Patriot Performers, with Chris Mirante as leader, will be enjoyed.
One of the houses celebrated on this tour will be Latoka, home of C.E. and Eugenia Messick. It has a brick exterior and the walls inside are brick also. It is built like a fortress and the thresholds are worn down from the many footsteps that have walked there.
Latoka was built in 1839 by W.S. Randolph, one of the town’s founders, during the pre-Civil War boom years, when Greek Revival influence in Holly Springs is most conspicuous. Notable of Latoka’s features that pronounce her kinship with the larger, more illustrious examples of Greek Revival architecture are the brick pilasters, the entrance framed by sidelights and transom and segmental arches over windows.
Latoka was named for an Indian princess, who lived in this area before Holly Springs was founded. The house has undergone restoration and redecoration and the beautiful antique furniture is appropriate to the period in which the home was built.
This little, palatial house has gone through a lot of history. If it could only speak, it could tell tales of antebellum Holly Springs, of Confederates in gray, of General U.S. Grant’s army marching by, or the pestiferous Yellow Fever of 1878.
Latoka was once owned by Mrs. Shep Smith Sr., grandmother of Shep Smith III, Fox News anchor.
Tickets, if bought before Nov. 25, may be purchased at the Marshall County Historical Museum, sponsor of the tour. In groups of 10 or more, the tickets cost $22 each. If bought singly, the tickets cost $25. The week of the tour, all tickets will be $30 each.
The Square Museum is located at 111 Van Dorn Avenue. We accept Visa, Mastercard, checks or cash. The telephone number is 662-252-3669.
“Christmas in Dixie” pageant set for November 26
Oak Palace in Holly Springs, will be the site of the “Christmas in Dixie” pageant on Sunday afternoon, November 26 beginning at 2 p.m.
Competition is open to younger boys and girls, ages newborn through teens. Pageant attire will be flower girl type dress, dressy Christmas wear or Sunday best. Teen girls may wear long formals/prom dress. Two kings, two queens, prince/princess and three alternates will be chosen in each age division.
Winners may ride in local Christmas Parade with this title.
Awards include: trophies, rhinestone crowns, scepters, medallions, award certificates, Christmas gifts, Christmas treat bags and more.
Each contestant will receive a trophy and Christmas treat bag. The $45 entry fee includes: beauty competition, Most Beautiful/ Handsome, Best Dressed, Best Model/Most Adorable, Prettiest Hair, Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Smile and Best Personality to be awarded in each age division.
Registration and fees paid at door. For more information: (901) 870-6268. E-mail: annettemars@ hotmail.com.
Couple honored with chili and wine supper
Nancy Hutchens and Donna Malone entertained with a chili and wine supper at the Kate Freeman Clark Museum Saturday night honoring Mollie Fant and Billy Mack Kinard.
Many of Mollie’s friends and lifelong classmates from Marshall Academy attended.
Mollie and her mother Jeanie Fant were presented beautiful corsages of mums in yellows and bronze.
All of the tables were decorated with festive fall arrangements.
After dining on delicious Presidential chili with all the trimmings, the guests enjoyed watching the honorees open their many beautiful and useful gifts.
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