News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2005

Cathy D. Wahl

'Hospice-tality' event takes on Kentucky Derby theme

A horse race is just an excuse to wear a hat.

That's one way to look at the Kentucky Derby. On Derby day Saturday, Hospice of the Valley enthusiasts will clap on hats, cheer the nags and support their favorite charity. Hospice's traditional spring "Evening of Hospice-tality" changes into an afternoon at the races.

Fun begins at 4 p.m. at the home of Keith and Jacqueline Holdbrooks at 4115 Indian Hills Road in Decatur. Not coincidentally, the Holdbrooks' home is surrounded by horse pastures where their daughter, Lexi, and her friends will entertain guests with displays of their equestrian skills.

Guests will enjoy food donated by area restaurants and caterers while they wait for the Kentucky Derby to begin at 5 p.m. Whichever horse wins, the party continues until 7, with Lawrence County's well-connected "Judge and the Jury" band playing.

Tariff is $60 per person, with profits benefiting Hospice of the Valley. Send a check to Hospice at P.O. Box 2745, Decatur AL 35602, or call 350-5585. Park at Burningtree Country Club and ride a shuttle bus over to the Holdbrooks' home.

Hospice Guild is sponsoring this year's spring party. With Sally Batchelor leading, Kay South and Shelley Webster will decorate. Shannon Douthit, Carol Bryant, Anne Ledbetter and Kristen Propst chaired the food committee, while dependable Penny Haddock, Leslie Hofammann, Jeanette Dougherty, Britt Rawson, Joyce Torbert and Leesa Ray managed invitations. Dalinda Thomas and Mary Sturges chaired publicity, with Charlotte Gregory over reservations; Ali Propst and Amy Ratliff, special assignments; Carol Bolding and Kate Noble Purvis, parking.

This loosely organized group added several dozen new members to its rolls this year.

Newcomers include Kam Acupan, Mandy Backe, Pat Carl, Angie Harris, Laura Hellard, Leigh Ann Hurst, Jennifer McCain, Kathryn McClary, Tricia Mitchell, Alicia Nails, Debbie Nowlin, Melissa Penley, Susie Schoel, Dede Suggs, Beth Sweeny, Margie Thompson, Stefanie Underwood, Carrie Witt, Pat Woller, Louise Brown, Judy Brown, Carol Bolding, Amanda Scott, May Thomas, Jo Alfano, Jami Bucker, Katie Worthy and Gena Tolleson.

Gail Baggs and Barbi Belcher joined this year, along with Sylvia Betts, Claudia Blake, Hilary Blakely, Kale Dement, Jennifer Denton, Sharon Faison, Karen Gannaway, Elaine Gill, Sissy Graves, Kim Hallmark, Nicole Harris, Tikki Hubbard, Rosellen Jones, Katherine King, Katherine Lawson, Kim Mitchell, Sue Murphree, Bibi Pride, Jesslyn Reeves, Jennie Roberts, Wondall Shellhorse, Nicole Shelton, Adele Slaton, Wendy Smith, Janet South, Lisa Sturges, Lynn Thrasher, Melanie Warner, Leslie Weaver, Julie Waller, Melinda Woller and Suzanne Woller.

Makeover revealed

Just because the Derby party is over is no reason to go home.

Saturday frolics continue with "Mission Makeover's" big Reveal Party on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Burningtree Country Club.

Who is the lucky woman that the Mission Makeover team chose? They'll reveal all Saturday in a party to benefit the Community Free Clinic of Morgan County.

For months, the Mission Makeover team of Dr. Chris Teichmiller (optometrist), Dr. Stephanie Teichmiller (cosmetic dentist), Dr. Ben Light (plastic surgeon), Carole Foret (photographer), Glenn Mitchell Thwing (hair stylist) and Elizabeth McRae (hair, make-up and clothing) have been working together to give an unknown woman a fresh look at life.

Find out the lucky lady's identity and enjoy an evening of surprises, refreshment, music and a silent auction. Admission is $40 per person in advance and $50 at the door. Mail checks to Dr. Chris Teichmiller, P.O. Box 1329, Decatur AL 35602, or call 353-1871.

Spring gardening

One of our favorite spring treats is a cruise in the convertible through our old neighborhood of Old Decatur and its sister historical area of Albany.

This year, as always, the azaleas and dogwoods are breathtaking. Residents rush out and plant colorful impatiens, coleus, caladium and acuba. Even with the city cutting the two neighborhoods' old, tall trees every week, Old Decatur and Albany yards are leafy retreats this time of year.

Next weekend, residents invite you into their backyards for a peek.

On May 15 from 1 to 5 p.m., anyone may stroll through selected front and back yards in the Albany Heritage and Old Decatur neighborhoods. Simply look for the garden tour signs in the yard.

Cost? Why, nothing.

Unlike their Christmas tour of homes, Albany and Old Decatur invite you to visit yards for free. One of the pleasures of living in a historical area is sharing the fun with visitors.

Stroll through these Old Decatur yards: the home of Peggy and John Black, 601 Oak St. N.E.; Christie and Brent Burney, 612 Oak; Carol and Ellis Chenault, 417 Line N.E.; Trudy Grisham, 111 Cain N.E.; Barbara and John Mullins, 103 Vine N.E.; Alisa and Greg Poole, 507 Oak; Kate Noble and Mark Purvis, 511 Ferry N.E.; Lynn and Ken Schuppert, 618 Line; Pam Swanner, 505 Canal N.E.; and Cathy and Glynn Tubb's Shadowlawn at 504 Line.

In Albany, enjoy a visit to the yards of Teresa Donath, 837 Johnston St. S.E.; Gay and Mark Maloney, 1012 Gordon Drive S.E.; Astrid McIntosh, 645 E. Moulton St.; Beth and Hank Pearce, 808 Gordon; Kristen and Joe Propst, 824 Sherman St. S.E.; Sharon and Rex Rankin, 623 Sherman; Judy and Randy Templeton, 1047 Jackson St. S.E.; Margaret Ann and Jim Templeton, 506 Eighth Ave. S.E.; Michele and Bob Weesner, 822 Johnston St. S.E.; Margaret Wenzler, 1008 Gordon; and Chuck Woodbury, 824 Johnston.

Mary is 87

Former Decatur resident Mary Rice Gifford marked her 87th birthday at her home in Huntsville on April 17.

Mary lived in Decatur "forever," says niece Rosalind Porterfield of Ardmore, and still has plenty of family across the valley. Son Bob Gifford and his friend Mark Moorehead put together a luncheon with pickled shrimp and other canapés, and a gorgeous birthday cake decorated with fresh flowers.

Mary lives with Mark, who just bought a new home with a pool on Monte Sano Mountain. Rosalind tells us the weather was perfect for sitting out by the pool and enjoying the fantastic view.

Granddaughter Kelly Alexander and husband Mike drove from Chattanooga, with niece Menine Rice and husband David coming from Decatur, niece Rosalind and husband Reynold Porterfield from Elkmont and their children Allyson and Steve from Athens.

Mary was born at Valhermoso Springs and moved to Decatur. She and her husband, Everett Gifford, enjoyed traveling before his death.

Rosalind reports that Mary got lots of "sweet presents" for her birthday.

Brown-Roberts reunion

Brown and Roberts family members will gather for their annual reunion Saturday at 10 a.m. at Delano Park in Decatur.

Ila Lou Defenthaler encourages anyone named Brown or Roberts to join the party — they'll figure out how you're related later. Bring lawn chairs, along with food and pictures to share.

For information, call Ilva Lou at 355-6948.

Auburn Monday

If you're an Auburn University alumnus or friend, clear your calendar Monday for the 6:30 p.m. annual meeting of the Morgan County Auburn Club at Decatur Country Club.

Auburn Defensive Coach Don Dunn will talk football with help from former quarterbacks Ben Leard and Dr. Lloyd Nix. Special guest will be Jerraud Powers, Decatur High School senior who just signed to play football for the Tigers.

Enjoy hearty hors d'oeuvres and many chances to rip off a lusty "War Eagle!" amongst compatriots. Call club president Joseph Montgomery at 309-5857 or 351-7805 for information.

Add the club's June 13 golf tournament to your calendar. The tournament begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start at Burningtree Country Club. Tournament Chairman Wally Peyton promises a Chick-Fil-A lunch at 11:30 a.m. and plenty of door prizes for the $90-per-person entry fee. He's also seeking hole sponsors to help boost the bottom line to benefit scholarships for Morgan County students at Auburn. Last year's scholarship winner was David Hostios of Hartselle.

Call Wally at 350-2883.

Other Morgan County Auburn Club officers are Vice President Scott Belcher, Treasurer Jason Gantt, and board members Wally Peyton, Ben Leard, Lise Petty, Betsy Motsinger and David Ward.

Call your "Chatterbox" news to Cathy D. Wahl at 350-6983 or mail to 1225 Regency Blvd. S.E., Decatur, AL 35601. Fax to 350-6983 or e-mail to

Cathy D. Wahl Cathy D. Wahl
DAILY Staff Writer

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