Thursday, March 29, 2012
Halie Riley and Justin Huey to wed April 7 in Olive Branch
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Nelson II of Olive Branch announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Halie Danielle Riley of Olive Branch. She is also the daughter of the late Danny Lynn Riley.
The prospective groom, Justin Wilder Huey of Holly Springs, is the son of Brenda Bragg and Samuel and Carol Huey.
Halie is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Frank Jr., the late Theresa Frank; Frances Riley and the late Harold “Big Foot” Riley and step-grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Nelson.
She attended St. Anne Elementary, St. Agnes High School, the University of Mississippi, Northwest Community College and is currently employed in nursing at Health 1st Medical in Byhalia.
Justin is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Edwards, the late Mr. and Mrs. Wilder Huey and step-grandparents Jane Algee and the late Maynard Algee Sr.
He is a graduate of Marshall Academy and received an associate’s degree from Northwest Community College. He is currently employed with DLS Logistics, Inc. as a freight broker.
The wedding ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on April 7, 2012 at the Fountain South Inn in Olive Branch. Family and friends are cordially invited.
Local artists will perform during Pilgrimage
We are planning to have great local entertainment on the hour during the Pilgrimage days at the Marshall County Historical Museum.
On the agenda will be Civil War re-inactor, Gary Adams playing Civil War songs on his magic fiddle. Also there will be a fiber artist, Jeanette Stone, with her antique spinning wheel showing us a lost art.
Next our own Mitch Stone will perform with his enchanting guitar, gospel, country, folk, and a variety of great music. Then we’ll have two authors, Brandon Beck and Johnnie Love, with their Holly Springs books which are a must for each library in the county. Johnnie Love is originally from Hickory Flat and we are so proud of her.
In addition to all of this, we will have a world-famous musician, Kenny Brown, give us a mini-concert of his hill country blues music. In addition to all of this we will continuously run the first movies ever made.
The movies, made in 1890, are of real Federal and Confederate soldiers, real ex-slaves and the first real silent epic ever made, “Birth of a Nation,” made in 1925. “Talkies” didn’t come in until 1927.
Equinox just comes twice a year. I enjoy it as the sun beams into different rooms of my house where it normally doesn’t come. My house faces exactly east and west and at this time sun shines all through the house to the front door from the back door. My great-great -grandfather built a house with columns on the front porch facing south. He could tell the time of day by the shadows the sun cast from the columns. If it rained, it was like time was at a standstill – no time, I guess.
The history tour last week was marvelous and the day was absolutely a glorious day on the earth. The springtime trees were in bloom. These Marshall County hills were rolling with a new coat of green grass and the early spring trees were budding and now the history tour is history.
Local friend Allen Klomps told me that his son is curator of the oldest museum in the United States, the Maritime Museum in Salem, Mass., which goes back to the 1600s. They have a budget of $600,000,000. What a problem! It’s different from ours.
Would those of you who love us and would like to help us, please send us donations of any denomination? We need it and would appreciate all the help we can get.
Last week some of our visitors were two couples from the Silicon Valley in California. They enjoy going to museums as each one is unique and different from any other.
One said her favorite thing in here was the 1850 wedding dress with the 12-inch waist. Another said his favorite was the tool room. Another liked the uranium glass lemonade set (it is probably radioactive), the other said he liked one of the first aviator hats ever made best of all.
The state archives from Jackson called the other day. They said in 1890 three important women from Mississippi worked diligently on the “Save Mount Vernon” committee (George Washington’s home) on the Potomac River. One of the women was Sally Govan Mott Billups, of Marshall County and Columbus; another was Lilian Kirk McDowell Hammond, Sherwood Bonner’s daughter; and the other was Emma Balfour, whose house I used to live in in Vicksburg.
We had a visitor who excitedly came down and said her relative was the man in the photo with General Eisenhower addressing the troops of the 101st Airborne division in England just prior to the jump off for the invasion of Normandy. She was thrilled about it and we couldn’t have identified him if she had not told us who he was.
This week my grandson Dylan went to Caulk Island in the middle of the Mississippi River with his grandfather, Larry McAlexander, and he killed 40 poisonous snakes with his rifle. He let go all the “good” snakes who eat the rodents and varmints that need to be eradicated. Dylan is the one who killed two wild hogs with one shot when he was 7. Now he is ten.
If you don’t want to be sick, if you feel something coming on, if you’ve been exposed to sickness, there is a miraculous new preventative that’s been sweeping Europe called Oscillococcinum. It has no side effects and blends with all other medicines. Also, don’t forget your selenium to prevent cancer. When we find the cure, it will put the drug business out of business so there is no rush for them.
We invite all locals to come see us if you have any curiosity about the Wonder of the World you are passing each day that has been here for 40 years. Come see us.
While admiring new flowers that have just emerged from the ground, one of the little granddaughters said, “If they came out of the dirt, why aren’t they dirty?”
Book launch party to be held at Montrose April 1; Wakefield returns to Pilgrimage
On April 1, Camel Press will release “Shore Excursion,” a cozy mystery by Marie Moore about a New York-based travel agent whose senior citizen charges are being targeted by a killer. “Shore Excursion” is the first book in a new series featuring amateur sleuth Sidney Marsh.
Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand series, writes, “An appealing heroine tangles with murder and romantic interludes gone wrong in a tartly funny take-off on tour travel, with more twists than a conga line. Readers will be enthralled.”
Travel agents may be a vanishing breed, but in “Shore Excursion,” Sidney Marsh, a New York transplant from Mississippi, is holding her ground — at least on land. She is the tour leader on a cruise through Scandinavia to Russia for a group of eccentric senior citizens who call themselves the High Steppers.
Sidney expects her days to be filled with long meals, shopping expeditions and visits to museums, churches and fjords. But this cruise is anything but routine. There is a killer on board, targeting the High Steppers and quite possibly herself. The closer Sidney gets to the truth, the less she understands.
Marie Moore is a native Mississippian. She attended MUW and Mississippi College, and graduated from Ole Miss. Then she married a lawyer in her hometown of Holly Springs, taught junior high science, raised a family, and worked for a newspaper, The South Reporter — first as a writer and later as managing editor of their satellite weekly, The Pigeon Roost News. She wrote hard news, features and a weekly column, and won a couple of MS Press Association awards for her stories.
In 1985, Moore left the newspaper to open a retail travel agency, which she managed for the next 15 years, until she and her husband Rook moved to Jackson, then New York, N.Y.; Anna Maria Island, Fla.; Arlington, Va.; and Memphis, Tenn. Much of “Shore Excursion” was inspired by those experiences.
Several events that are open to the public will celebrate the release of “Shore Excursion” including a book launch party at historic Montrose in Holly Springs, on April 1, from 2-4 pm. Moore will also be speaking and signing her book at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis, Tenn., on April 19 at 6 p.m., and at Lemuria in Jackson, on May 17, at 5 p.m.
Moore’s Holly Springs home, Wakefield (1858), will be open to visitors April 13-15 as part of the Holly Springs Pilgrimage. Marie has also been selected to speak as a program panelist for the 24th annual Malice Domestic Mystery Conference in Bethesda, Md., on April 29 with the topic: If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium: Travel Mysteries. You can find more information on these and other events online at www.MarieMooreMysteries.com.
“I have always loved to write,” said Moore, “beginning in Mrs. Thorne’s third grade class with poems scribbled in my Blue Horse notebook. I continued to write stories and poems, but most of them ended up in the bottom drawer. Love, life, and responsibility took precedence. I was always busy, too busy. For a time, a job writing for a newspaper and some awards garnered in that work stirred the old embers, but not enough to create much of a flame. As time passed, the idea of writing a novel began to seem ridiculous, a silly dream that I was embarrassed to mention. Then one day my very special husband gave me a gift, a book about pursuing old dreams in midlife. That burning desire, long banked, rekindled. I got down to business, made myself write, made the time to work, snatching 15 minutes here, 30 minutes there. Before I knew it, a book was taking shape. The Sidney Marsh mystery series is the result.”
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