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Wendy N. McDougal

Vintage Princess Chairwoman Joan Barksdale and Princess Theatre Development coordinator Sara Owen prepare for Friday's wine and beer tasting by gathering items for the silent auction. Some auction items include an original photograph of the theatre by David Higginbotham, stained-glass artwork by Tracey Sykes and wine and wine accessories donated by local merchants and individuals. Vintage Princess is an annual fundraiser, held at The Sexton Building, that helps support Decatur's historic theatre.
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Vintage Princess Chairwoman Joan Barksdale and Princess Theatre Development coordinator Sara Owen prepare for Friday’s wine and beer tasting by gathering items for the silent auction. Some auction items include an original photograph of the theatre by David Higginbotham, stained-glass artwork by Tracey Sykes and wine and wine accessories donated by local merchants and individuals. Vintage Princess is an annual fundraiser, held at The Sexton Building, that helps support Decatur’s historic theatre.

Princess goes vintage for benefit

Wendy's word

Is grass greener on the other side? If you are like me you have wondered. At different points in our lives I am sure we have all thought about how our lives could be different. What if we lived in another place, what if we went to work at a different place or what if our lives had taken a different course? It's only natural that we daydream a bit, and simply wonder.

In chatting with a sweet friend recently, we pondered this very question, laughing about all the "what ifs" in life. She made an awesome point that really hit home with me, and I wanted to pass it along.

Yes, grass may appear greener on the other side, but that grass, just like what's beneath our feet, also needs to be mowed, edged and watered. The point is this: Care for the grass where your life is planted. Nurture it and beautify it. Pretty soon, it will become the green grass that everyone else notices. Be proud and thankful for where you are standing today.

Now let's see what the "chatter" is around town ...

Vintage Princess

The historic Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts is gearing up for its 4th annual benefit event, Vintage Princess, a beer and wine tasting and silent auction, Friday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., at the Sexton Building at 400 Water St. on the river.

Working hard to coordinate the upcoming festivities are Special Events chairwoman Joan Barksdale and co-chairwomen Kate Klepper and Jennie-Marie McMasters.

A mouthwatering menu is being organized by Shelly Ross of Lagniappe's Coffee Café and Giovanni's. Giovannis' award-winning crab cakes with chile lime aioli, bacon-wrapped barbecue shrimp, Asian meatballs, nori stacks with smoked salmon, wasabi and pickled ginger, pepper-crusted tenderloin, fruit skewers and assorted desserts will be featured menu items. Another highlight will be a coffee mocktini bar. Rick Paler is arranging the wine, and Matt Duke is helping with the beer selection.

Dianna Appleton of Apple's Florist and Amy Lovelace of Sugar Magnolia's will create floral and greenery decorations.

Volunteers include Rita and Gary Baker, Carl Cole, Penny Haddock, Barbara Inscho, Anne Marshall, Carlton McMasters Jr., Jim Page, Rick Paler, Jeanne Payne, Jim and Doris Ridgeway, Marlynn Rhyne, Rose and Steve Strickland, Loretta Teague, Karen Tidwell, Stuart Tubb, Melissa Craig, Betty Rocha, Willa Dockery and Derrick Shull.

All proceeds will benefit the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $50 per person, and reservations are required. For tickets and information, call Sara Owen, 350-1745.

Hostages for education

If you ride by the West Bryan Shopping Center parking lot (across from Holloway's at 2208 Danville Road) Saturday, you may see some ladies in handcuffs. Don't worry. An arrest is not under way, but Hostages for Education is definitely taking place.

Sponsored by the Decatur Cupidette Club, this second annual fundraiser will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Annie Powell, Carol Harris and Julia Cater will be detained by Decatur police until donations can be raised, thus, earning their release.

Last year, $1,000 was raised, allowing the group to offer two $500 cash scholarships to area high school students. This year's goal is $2,000, with four $500 cash awards up for grabs.

For more information, call Powell at 355-7145.

Girl Scout Camp

Plans are under way for Morgan County's 2006 Day Camp for Girl Scouts, June 5 through 9 at Point Mallard Park. Activities will run daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Under the direction of Kathy Sapp, girls, grades K through sixth, will meet each morning at the Spirit of America stage and enjoy swimming at the Point Mallard water park, a camp T-shirt, a camp patch and daily snacks.

The deadline is May 19. The cost is $60 for registered Girl Scouts, $35 for program aides and staff members. Scholarships, sibling rates and non-Girl Scout rates are available.

Call Cambia Bailey, troop leader and day camp assistant, for more information at 351-9456, or contact Sapp at 345-4405.

AARP

The Morgan County AARP Chapter 234 met recently at Central United Methodist Church. President Norma Jean Melder presided.

Thirty-two members were present and joined in the Pledge of Allegiance, inspirational reading and prayer. New members and guests Jinny Mack, Pat Latham and Ray Holton were welcomed. The meeting was hosted by Helen Barnes and Don and Ann Thomas.

Susan Scott and Mae Garner shared background sketches as part of the chapter's "getting to know you" effort.

Special guest speaker was Capt. David Singletary of The Salvation Army. He shared how the well-known organization began, some of the current services provided and that volunteers are always needed.

Treasurer Stella White offered the report, reminding members that 2006 dues should be paid. Betty Cromeans reported on new members. Garner offered recommendations, which were approved. Jacque Harvell discussed the May 11 Day of Service. Members were asked to advise Richie Patterson of those who were sick and bereaved.

Derby correction

The Annual Derby Party benefiting Hospice of the Valley is May 6 at the home of Keith and Jacqueline Holdbrooks beginning at 4 p.m. The Kentucky Derby will run at 5 p.m. in Louisville, Ky. For more information, call Jill Barran at 318-1154.

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

Let me know what is going on in your little corner of the world. If it's special to you and features any of the great people who live in our community, then it will make a great Chatterbox item.

Just e-mail me at ddchatterbox@yahoo.com, or call me at 350-5730.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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