Wendy N. McDougal
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The Decatur Women’s Chamber of Commerce recently honored three students in Gary Evans’ art classes at Decatur High School who sketched houses on its Spring Pilgrimage Tour of Homes. From left are sophomore Katherine Looney, senior Nathan Roche and junior Megan Keith. The students’ work was framed by the chamber and presented to the homeowners. The home tour raised funds for the cancer center serenity garden.
Get ready for Spirit Kick-Off Gala
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Getting in the spirit
Decatur residents are gearing up for the annual July 4 Spirit of America celebration, with planning under way for a “Kick-Off Gala” on July 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Burningtree Country Club.
You can attend and help support Parents and Children Together, which fights child abuse in Decatur and Morgan County. PACT will be the beneficiary of this gala cocktail party, which will follow a day of golfing.
Entertainment will feature Michael Dean with “Elvis and Memphis.” Organizers say this gala will have a different twist on what is usually associated with the word “Gala.”
“The food and entertainment is quality, but the attire is golf casual for players coming off the course and business casual for all other attendees,” said Juanita Healy of the planning committee.
For just $15 per person, guests will enjoy a cocktail party featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes, including a 50/50 cash drawing, airline tickets, a weekend at Foxy Den in Gatlinburg, golf memorabilia and merchandise.
The 2007 Tyler Williamson Spirit of America Gala will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Spirit of America Golf Classic and is open to the public. All are welcome to attend to have a great evening of fun while helping support PACT, said Healy. For reservations, call the Burningtree Country Club office, 355-5827.
For info on the golf events, call Jim Settles at 355-5982.
‘High School Musical’
DreamWeavers is working on its summer stage production of the Disney hit “High School Musical.” Production dates are July 13 at 7 p.m. and July 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts.
Featuring a cast and crew of talented young people from Decatur, Hartselle, Danville, Huntsville and Falkville, the production is under the direction of Susan Thompson, who is drama instructor at Austin High School during the school year.
Cast members are divided into several groups. “Jocks” include Andrew Sybert as Troy, Kirk Averitt as Chad, Ryan Williams as Zeke, Cline Thompson, Jack Palmer, Will Hampton, Ethan Boggs and Jimmy Rath.
Thespians are Anna Laura Bryan as Sharpay, Russell Stephens as Ryan, Jalen Brown as James, Ashley White as Susan, Brooke Higdon as Cathy, Mackenzie Grover as Alan and Brittany Johnson as Cyndra. Performance Arts Kids include Taylor Martin, Grace Oaks, Amanda Johnson and Emerald Hammon.
“Brainiacs” are Judith Roberts as Gabriella, Caroline Godwin as Taylor, Meghan Hill as Martha, Daniel Walker as Kratnoff, Ashley Thompson, William Walker, Hunter Richardson, Rachel Walker, Shane Sieweke, Sheniqua Trotman, Katie Gilhooly, April McKleroy and Elizabeth Hammon.
“Skater Dudes and Chicks” are Roy Chase as Ripper, Chaz Hargrove as Mongo, Ayla Schmidt, Rachel Hutchens and Katie Gillespie. Cheerleaders include Jade Wagner, Ashley Wilkes, Jahleesa King, Alishia Birdsong, Leah Brown and Rebekah Roberts.
Other students are portrayed by Kendall Nelson as Jack Scott and Kathleen O’Hara as Kelsi Neilson. Adults are Leah Craft as Ms. Darbus and David Hill as Coach Bolton.
Joe Wheeler Chapter 291, United Daughters of the Confederacy, met recently for the last regular meeting until September. Hostesses were Clara Sandy and Rita Birdsong. During the social hour, “A Southern Son” by Ross Moore provided period music.
President Glendora James called the meeting to order. Kay McCarley, vice president, read the president general’s message from the UDC magazine. Bettye Moore read the poem “The Blue and the Gray.” Judy Blackwell gave an informative program titled “Chaplains and Spies.”
A certificate of appreciation was given to Moore for her displays in the Decatur Public Library during Confederate month. A supplemental certificate was presented to Blackwell for her ancestor, Pvt. John McMasters, Company G, 48th Alabama Infantry. The 2007 coloring contest winners at Walter Jackson Elementary School were announced.
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