Kimberly Seniors by Jody Newman

The North Jefferson News

Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?

November was spent, for the most part, in preparation for four big events at our center.

On Nov. 10, our seniors were invited to the Veterans Day program at the North Jefferson Middle School. Stars were placed in the school recognizing our center’s veterans. We also participated in Wal-Mart’s Veterans Day festivities by furnishing our veterans’ pictures to be sent to Washington, D.C., for the Wall of Honor. Our own Dick Nail donated not only his time but the time of several other great musicians for Wal-Mart’s event.

On Nov. 14, our center hosted a “meet and greet” as an avenue for our community to interact with our new mayor, Ralph Lindsey, and all members of the city council. Sandy Waid, our town clerk, did a fantastic job of putting this function together. Our senior building was overflowing with wonderful people welcoming our new town leaders.

Nov. 22 was the culmination of months of work for our center fund-raiser which consisted of a car show, bake sale, craft sale, yard sale, barbecue sale and music at the North Jefferson Middle School. What fun!

Peggy Poe and Dean Allison headed up the sale of our beautiful Christmas crafts. The orders continue to pour in as people appreciate these unique Christmas gifts. Thanks to so many who donated baked goods — we had lots of delicious goodies for sale.

Davis and Edna Godsey took over the yard sale and did a great job. Don Mosley not only prepared the best-tasting barbecue you’ve ever eaten for that day, but also found time to smoke the turkeys for our Thanksgiving dinner at the center.

During the event, we were fortunate enough to have Buddy Doss and friends perform music and were followed by Digger Dan Dennis, Linda White and friends. The music was great and drew a crowd, which included some dancers.

Also, thanks to Randy Doss and his friends who showed up with their beautiful antique cars. We hope you’ll join us again next year and maybe it won’t be cold.

We hadn’t even gotten rested until it was time to prepare a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner at the center. We invited our Kimberly city employees to make it even a more festive occasion. We are so fortunate to have in our center a writer, Jeanne Holloway. I asked her for just the right Thanksgiving prayer for our first Thanksgiving at the center. Her words were so inspiring that several members asked for a copy of her prayer to share with others during this Thanksgiving.

The day after Thanksgiving, Dick Nail hosted the first “Guitar Pull” at our center. Local musicians, along with some from other parts of the southeast, came bearing acoustic instruments ready to do some heavy pickin’ and grinnin.’ There was bluegrass, country, gospel and fa-so-la. What a night of great music. Our center was busting at the seams. We must get more room!

The center is a great place for musicians to jam, no matter what your musical experience. On Tuesdays, whoever shows up can play, so if you think that sounds good to you, join us. By the way, every Saturday night at 6:30, pickers gather at our center to enjoy jamming. Stop by and check it out.

Well, I must go for now and get ready to build a float for the Kimberly Christmas Parade on Saturday. May God continue to richly bless all of you during this joyous holiday season.

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