April 22, 2010
A picture perfect pilgrimage
Happy birthday wishes go out to Laura Wheeler, who celebrated Monday.
Pilgrimage weekend in Holly Springs was a large success, thanks to the Holly Springs Garden Club. The members worked tirelessly to pull off this event and with Mother Nature agreeing, it was picture perfect!
One of the best things was Sunset on Salem. Grady decided he wanted to go on the tour. He hopped up on one of the carriages with complete strangers and off he went. He came back telling tales even I had never heard before, which were told by characters in front of homes chosen on Salem Avenue. Everyone raved about what a neat thing it was to be able to experience and hear the tales. Kudos to Sherry Childers for a job very well done!
The Sunday afternoon Sweet Potato Queen Fling event was discussed all over town! Cars were lined up and down the street, as the gates to Montrose opened, flooded with women and men dressed in costumes. There was standing room only for the event, which was hysterical, having much truth to her words.
A job well done by all of the ladies who helped Holly Springs have another successful year. This year will be a hard one to beat!
Sheri Rishel of Moselle, was the guest of Kay and Laura Wheeler Monday night. Last year, Sheri was involved in a near fatal accident, losing her left leg. She was a friend of mine from college and we lost touch through the years. We happened upon one another on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. She told me her tale and I just could not imagine what she had been through, all with three young children.
I was unaware of the cost of prosthetics. They are, apparently, very expensive and out of her price range. Needless to say, her insurance would not cover one unless she was under 18. I contacted CFI Orthopedics in Memphis and told them of her predicament. They arranged for her to meet with the owner and his son, agreeing to help her get a leg. She came up to stay so she could make the trip to see them. Please keep Sheri in your prayers, as well as her family.
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Remonica Moore to wed Dewayne Garrison April 24
You are cordially invited to the wedding ceremony of Remonica Moore and Dewayne Garrison on April 24, 2010.
Remonica is the daughter of Pearlie Mae and the late Emery C. “Dave” Moore of Red Banks.
Dewayne is the son of Mae Willie and Isacc Truman Garrison of Cayce.
Come join us at Mt. Zion Taska MB Church at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow at Oak Palace.
Miss Tiffany Thomas to wed Boyce Hollingsworth June 12
Mr. and Mrs. William Hank Thomas II of Cherokee, Ala., formerly of Holly Springs, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Tiffany Brooke, to Boyce McCrary Hollingsworth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hollingsworth of Byhalia.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hutchens of Holly Springs and Mr. and Mrs. William Hank Thomas of Waterloo, Ala. She is the great-granddaughter of Bernice Roland and the late Christopher Roland of Holly Springs, and Lucille Hutchens and the late Lemley Hutchens of Winborn.
She is a 2005 honor graduate of Marshall Academy. In 2009, she graduated cum laude from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in professional biology. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, where she served as vice-president and rush chair. She is currently employed by Dr. Wall Family Dentistry in Florence, Ala., and is pursuing a career in dentistry.
The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Hollingsworth of Ashland, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Claude P. Locke of Byhalia.
He is a 2005 graduate of Marshall Academy. In 2009, he graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, where he served as grand treasurer. He is currently employed by Terminix in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
The wedding will take place in Holly Springs at First Baptist Church on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
Family and friends are invited to attend.
Pilgrim offers museum new artifact
Wasn’t last week great in every way? The town looked so festive and beautiful. The Pilgrimage has been spreading fame and joy since 1936. In 1936 we were deeply in the Depression which was nation-wide. Natchez was hit hard so the ladies of the garden club decided to try something new by opening some of the older homes. The charge was eleven dollars a house and it was very successful. Holly Springs Garden Club was new but they decided to copy Natchez. The first celebration was in the centennial year of 1936. Fourteen houses were selected; those were the ones with the most interesting history. A horse show itself was added to create interest in a second direction. For years the horse show was a big social event here. Beautiful Margaret Smith, daughter of Dederick and his wife, was the queen. Two homes in Red Banks, Maplewood and Summer Trees, were part of the tour. Another was Strickland Place, the first two-story house in Marshall County. It was torn down when bought by the Catholics when they built their church on Van Dorn Avenue in 1968.
I served at Airliewood and was a hostess; as all of Jean Dean’s piano students did. Mrs. Egbert Jones was president. Montrose wasn’t on the tour as it was in a crumpled condition about to fall down at that time.
In 1937 there could be no pilgrimage as Highway 78 was being built in 1936; the road to Memphis was gravel. However, the pilgrimage resumed in 1938 only to be cancelled again during World War II as gas was rationed and the public wasn’t in a festive mood. The pilgrimage resumed at the end of the war and has been an awesome event ever after.
If you have the opportunity to visit with some of the pilgrims, it is interesting. They come from all over the world. One of them, while I was chatting with her, said she wanted to give us another artifact – it was an outhouse, as we don’t have one. But where will we put it as we are out of space?
We want to plant a cotton crop as our exhibit, but we need help from a farmer, please.
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