By Rachel Harper, columnist
I feel like I am in the children’s game of “Hide and Seek!” Christmas is coming, ready or not !! My house is decorated, but other than that, I really need to get myself in gear!
When the girls were here during Thanksgiving week, they really wanted to put up the tree and get everything out then, but I was very firm…..”No, we are not doing that until after Thanksgiving.” Well, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, they came over and we did put up the tree.
It is the earliest that I have ever done that! They will help you get festive in no time! This past Monday I went with Maggie’s class on a field trip to Rock Eagle. It was a fun, packed day; as you know the weather was very “iffy” that day. We all got off the bus and went into a building where they divided us up into smaller groups for the day.
Lo, and behold, they started us out on a hike to go see Pioneer Camp; a mini-settlement they have built that shows how the pioneers really lived and worked. I told our guide that I knew all about Pioneer Camp because when my sister, Bertie, her husband, Leon, and Frank Maddox were counselors at Rock Eagle, they were the first ones to start Pioneer Camp. They had one little lean-to house and they did ALL of their cooking over a fire and slept out in tents.
They really roughed it! Now they have several tenant houses there they have moved in. By the way, the hike was at least a mile there and back with it misting rain from time to time. While we were at the camp, the bottom fell out and we had to really seek shelter! It really crossed my mind to call some of “my people” (Mama and Daddy were just up the road!) to come and get me and Maggie.
I know Rock Eagle and I am pretty sure we were not too far from a paved road. It was quite miserable there for a time and we were stranded, so to speak! The children had a good time, but they were tired and hungry by the time we hiked back. Then we toured the Dianne Davies Natural History Museum, which is very nice, and of course climbed the tower to look at “Rock Eagle.” What a day! My hat is off to teachers; they have to have a divine calling from God to do what they do!
We extend our sympathy to the Bonner family as Winston Bonner passed away on last Wednesday after an extended illness. We also extend our sympathy to the Mitchem family as John Paul Mitchem also passed away on this past Sunday morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families during this time.
We re glad to report that Allie Nash is making great progress everyday which we are so glad to hear! We are also happy to hear that Peggy Mitchem Wood is still doing good after her transplant procedure. I have also checked about Mike Lankford and he still can’t put any weight on his legs, but the Dr. says he is healing according to schedule; it is just going to take time. Mike is staying with his sister, Gay, in Eatonton, while he recuperates.
Continue to pray for all of these for continued healing. We also need to remember Janice Philippi in our prayers as she is due to have surgery on this Wednesday, Dec. 11th. Billy Brewer wanted me to thank everyone for all their prayers concerning his surgery that he underwent in November.
We are thankful that he is able to be up and about now, too. Anitoch Baptist Church in Godfrey had their annual Thanksgiving/ Christmas dinner on Saturday night in the fellowship hall. They all enjoyed a wonderful meal that was catered by Adrians Restaurant here in town.
Yvonne Briscoe and Juanelle Leaville had done a beautiful job in decorating. Anticoh is also looking forward to their annual Christmas Eve service to be held at 6:00 that night at the church. The Bethany Fire Department is selling fruit this holiday season. Everyone says it is the best they have ever had. If you would like to order a box or even more, please contact Ben Bruce at 706-342-4012 or any of the other firemen and they will be glad to help you out.
It is for a good cause. Bonners Restaurant had their annual employee Christmas dinner and party on this past Tuesday night. Everyone had an enjoyable time! We had our annual Harper Thanksgiving/Christmas get-together on Saturday night down at Carrie and Mark Wilkin’s home.
I think there were around 25 that came and there were LOTS of little children with GeorgiaAnn Morgan being the youngest that came. Jake and Blanche Wilson also joined us. We all enjoyed the food and fellowship. Tommy, Raynor and Michelle Cathey attended the play, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Friday night which was held at Providence Christian School near Lawrenceville. Their grandson, Jack Leo had a part as one of the Herdman boys and did a great job!
The children of Bethany Baptist Church put on a wonderful program on this past Sunday morning. Their program was entitled, “The Origin of the Christmas Tree.” The children had readings and sang songs. They are all good singers! Afterwards, Annette Eaton catered a wonderful Christmas lunch for the church family in the fellowship hall with turkey, dressing and all the trimmings.
Some from Bethany will be visiting the shut-ins on Saturday night where they will be caroling and delivering fruit baskets. Don, Carole, and Blake Gilbert from Baxley were up visiting the Raymond Gilbert’s during the weekend. They also attended services at Bethany on Sunday morning and enjoyed the lunch afterward. Mary and Frank Eaton had all of their children and grandchildren during the Thanksgiving holidays.
On Saturday, Mary’s cousin, Mary Leona Moses, and her friend, Jean Aiken from Mountville, SC visited with them as they were in town for the Madison Tour of Homes. All the Bearden children, Mary and Frank Eaton, Jim and Carrie Bearden, Guy and Elizabeth Thurmond, Joyce Bearden and Barbara Walker all met in Commerce for their Thanksgiving get-together. Jim Bearden’s son-in-law, continues to improve from his deer hunting accident and also Rosemary Tribble’s daughter-in-law is also continuing to improve from her car accident ordeal of which we are thankful.
Steve and Sarah Nell Craig hosted their adult Sunday School class Christmas party at their home on Porter Road on this past Saturday night. They attend Calvary Baptist Church in Eatonton. Everyone enjoyed food, fun, and fellowship! Sandra and Jerry Brown enjoyed getting away this past week to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. with a group from their church to see the sights and sounds of Christmas.
The Fairview Club members are reminded of their Christmas get-together on next Wednesday, Dec, 18th, It will be held at the home of Pat Stinchcomb on the Eatonton Hwy. Please check with Pat or look at your notes to remind you of what you are to bring.