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Wendy N. McDougal

View art, sample tomato pies Thursday

Hello Decatur! Hope everyone is having a good week. Many thanks to each of you who have taken the time to drop me a note of encouragement or to share with me about all the exciting "news" around our community. I truly appreciate your kind words and will look forward to the great responsibility of keeping you up to date on the area's latest "chatter."

Here's the "chit chat" around town for today . . .

Willis Gray celebration

What do fine art and tomato pie have in common? If you want to find out, make plans to attend the second anniversary celebration at Willis Gray Gallery & Albany Framing on Thursday evening at 7. The gallery is at 211-B Second Avenue S.E. Organizers say this is a night you won't want to miss. The open house will feature renowned Nashville artist Paul Proctor and new works from 50 other artists.

In addition to a taste of fine art, local cooks will bring their best attempt at a tomato pie, leaving the winning choice up to those in attendance. All pie entries need to be there promptly at 7 for the "taster's choice award." The winning chef will be awarded a painting.

For those who would like to further explore their personal artistic talents or take in the exceptional techniques of Paul Proctor, attend one of the Friday art classes. Two sessions are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Classes are $75.

So whether you have a love for fine art or just some good Southern tomato pie, come check out this party. For more information on the open house or to register for the art class, call Scott Willis or Kristin Haynes, 355-7616.

Mom/Daughter Breakfast

More than 80 mothers and daughters were honored at a June 12 breakfast given by the Council of Catholic Women of the Annunciation of the Lord Church. Ann Curbow served as chairwoman of this annual breakfast.

The crowd gathered at the St. Ann School cafeteria and enjoyed sausage, eggs, biscuits, fruit and muffins. Tracy Drane created beautiful table decorations of fresh cut flowers, while Patsy Bruce collected door prizes that included Domino's Pizza and Morgan Price Candy. Musical entertainment was provided by Maureen and Kimberly Redler and Sam Drake.

What a wonderful day for these mothers and daughters, as they are honored and celebrated for the special bond that they share.

Pride of Decatur

Jessica Wheeler, competing as Miss Mid-South, made Decatur proud Saturday night at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, Tenn., when she was named first runner-up to Miss Tennessee. Earlier in the week, she was honored with preliminary talent and swimsuit awards, as well as the prestigious Miss America Community Service Award. Her scholarship winnings came to $9,000.

Jessica recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in neuroscience and plans to attend medical school.

A job well done, Jessica! Congratulations!

Music director needed

Do you love musicals? Do you have any directing experience? If so, you may want to check this out. Sue VanLandingham, executive director of the Decatur Civic Chorus, says the chorus is currently seeking a director for its 2006 spring musical "The King and I." Anyone interested and wishing to inquire should submit a resume by July 15. Mail to Decatur Civic Chorus, P.O. Box 394, Decatur, AL 35602-0394.

The chorus presents two concerts a year and produces a Broadway musical. If you would like more information about this directing opportunity, contact Sue at 301-9620.

That's all for now. Enjoy your Wednesday. It's been great "chattin' " with ya!

I would love to hear about your events, programs, family reunions or anything else you may want to share with the community.

Family reunions, graduation parties, summer stories . . . all are great Chatterbox items. Mail your "Chatterbox" news to Wendy McDougal at 2001 Katie Drive S.W., Decatur, AL 35603, or e-mail to

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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