[The Brazil Times nameplate] Fair ~ 66°F  
High: 74°F ~ Low: 49°F
Friday, May 6, 2016

Harmony Happenings

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Harmony United Methodist Women will have a Pie Auction immediately following the Worship Service this Sunday. Chris Pell of Butts/Pell Auction will be the auctioneer. Ladies are asked to bring tasty baked goods to help raise money for missions.

The list that circulated last Sunday had pies, cookies, cakes, cobblers, and other desserts listed.

More would be even better. Bring your sweet tooth and your wallet this Sunday.

HUMC will also have special guests during the Worship Service.

The group "Standing By" will present a Gospel Concert. The service starts at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and stay for the auction afterward.

Jana Sinders from Clay City's Outback Garden Center gave a talk on "Companion Gardening" at the Clay County Retired Teachers Association Meeting last Friday evening. The group met for a Pitch-In Dinner at the YMCA.

Ms. Sinders talked about plants that are positioned next to each other to provide mutual benefit. The oldest and best-known example would be the Three Sisters planting of Native Americans. Beans were planted next to and supported on the corn stalks while itchy squash vined up the outer rows of corn. The squash along the perimeter discouraged the raccoons from eating the beans. All three grew together in one garden.

Jana said that some companions were actually planted at a distance from the desired plant in order to draw insects away from the garden. She also showed several container gardens and presented a list of plants that do well in those vessels. Some were really fun looking displays like the little red wagon full of lettuce. Another gardener had used bales of straw to create a raised garden.

Outback Gardens at Clay City has some new products this year. Jana talked about the topsy-turvy hanging tomato cages that the plants grow from the bottom.

They are supposed to work.

She also had a pad that was to be placed in the bottom of a flower pot that would absorb a large amount of water and then release as needed.

A pebble type mixture has been available for some time but the sheet-type is fairly new. Ms. Sinders showed some new gardening books and her favorite brand of gardening gloves.

Jana gave us a short lesson on reading fertilizer packages, knowing which plants must be rotated each year, and which must have new soil if planted in a container.

She gave us packets of flower seeds and the website for information on insect problems: the website is whatsthatbug.com.

Maria Tyler, Manager of Volunteer Services at Vista Care, asked for people to sit with terminally ill patients. They are in need of two types of volunteers. One requires 30 minutes per week to basically visit with the patient. Another volunteer position asks the person to provide a two-hour span to give some relief to the patient's caregiver.

Volunteers are not expected to provide any medical care. They attend class and then go to homes or to long-term facilities.

Andy Thomas, Executive Director of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, encouraged us to contact former colleagues to increase our membership and have more clout in arranging for various benefits. Retired teacher members have access to insurance programs and discounts on many products and services: cell phones, computers, travel, books, flowers, etc. The larger the membership numbers, the better the benefits.

CCRTA elected officers for the coming year that begins in the fall. The new President will be LeRoy Sedgwick, Vice-President Jesse Pitts, Secretary Carolyn Ledgerwood, and Treasurer Gail Roach. Odena Harper will move to the advisory position as Past-President. Tommy Dale Thompson will remain as the backup on the Treasurer position.

Several folks won door prizes and raffle prizes at the CCRTA meeting. Doris Romas won the lovely green bowl donated by Clay City Pottery.

Other raffle winners included: Carolyn Ledgerwood-stadium chair and garden lantern, Gail Roach-hanging planter donated by Yankee Rose Gardens and Stones. Hazel Miller won the $25 gift certificate for Red Lobster or Olive Garden. Jana Sinders won the American flag.

Riddell Bank donated three coffee mugs, three tote bags, three umbrellas, and enough notepads and pens for everyone. My pen was flying on the notepad but I still did not get all the names of all the winners.

Mary Fulk, Dave Morgie, and Anna Long had their names drawn for the coffee mugs. Clara Lou Thompson won one of the umbrellas but I did not see who received the other two. Alice Romas and Pat Wilkinson each had a canvas tote. Arlene Meyers was given one of the three penlights donated by Pell's Shopping Center.

Sorry to the other folks that I did not get their names. Thanks to the individuals and businesses that donated items for the door prizes. They were much appreciated.

CCRTA is also planning a trip to Boggstown on Tuesday, May 19. As of the meeting last Friday, the bus was already half full. Boggstown is well-known for comedy, Ragtime, and Dixieland music. Riddell National Bank is providing the transportation and making the arrangements.

The group will leave the Forest Park Pool area at 9 a.m., and return about 5 p.m.

Send Riddell National Bank a check for $68 per person. Address it to Robin Swalls at the bank. This covers the meal, entertainment, and transportation. Reservations must be in to her by May 1.

Cousin Debbie (Killion) Akers and I attended the Art and Wine Festival at Hulman Center last Saturday evening. It was such a nice evening. The folks who did the planning and preparations had outdone themselves.

The Terre Haute Women's Club uses this event to raise money for the Shoe Bus that helps provide footwear for needy children. Many individuals and businesses contributed to the success of the evening.

Flowers from Apple House lined the entryway both upstairs and on the stadium floor. Huge beautiful arrangements towered over the buffet tables. The artist's booths circled the perimeter and tables for the attendees were arranged in the middle.

One room was used to display the door prizes. Hulman Company provided a table of aromatic coffees and tea. Young people circulated trays laden with cucumber sandwiches and tortilla bites.

Each artist had been given a booth space to set up his/her work. Some had traveled from Ohio and Wisconsin. There were quite a variety of accomplished professionals. The different media included glass, wood, metal, jewelry (and silver mobiles), limestone resin (very handsome), pottery (intense red colors), and painting. I talked to the watercolor artist for quite a while.

Peggy Engsburg Furlin uses a special canvas made for watercolor artists. She had painted around the edges and eliminated the need for frames, mats, and glass. Although the subject was generally flowers or buildings, she enclosed them in multiple boxes as if the images were repeating themselves or being mirrored. Her paintings were sprayed with a fixative to preserve them.

The buffet seemed to have an international flair. There were huge trays of bourbon chicken, jambalaya, tortellini, mini quiche, sushi, and Mexican wedding cakes displayed with the more traditional cheeses from Coldstone Creamery, tiers of fresh strawberries, and delicious chocolates shaped like little shoes.

I assumed the candy would taste like sweet cardboard and took only one white and one brown one. I was wrong and wished for more. The trays of hors d'ouvres continued to circulate throughout the evening. I satisfied my craving for more chocolate with a very tasty cucumber sandwich.

We saw a few familiar faces at the Art Festival. Jim and Luann Grey were seated at a nearby table with a group of friends. Connie (France?) from old Van Buren High School was just ahead of us in the buffet line.

We shared our table with Mike Rader and his entourage.

We must have talked education and politics with him for over an hour. Good, lively discussion.

Happy Birthdays to Gail Weaver (27th), Mitch Maurer (28th), and Damien Tackett (29th).

Don't forget: House of Hope Yard Sale this Saturday and Fish Fry from noon-6 p.m., and then Habitat for Humanity Fish Fry at the Armory from 4-8 p.m.

Harmony United Methodist Calendar

April 26 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., HUMW Pie Auction after church, Sunday School

April 29 -- Women's Bible Study 9-10 a.m., Christian Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

April 27 -- HUMW Meeting 7 p.m.