Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 25, 2014

Duo entertains seniors with country music and stories

By Elaine Mumme
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — Again, on Feb. 21, the 127 Senior Center members gathered to socialize with coffee, goodies and chit chat. They played billiards, dominos and bingo, which was called by Arlene Simmons, and gifts were provided by Buckeye Home Health.

Fred Zoeller, president, opened the general meeting, with Helen Lord saying the opening prayer and Ron Lord leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Jan Neitzke gave her report on the 2014 trips. Do not forget that the Corvette assembly plant trip has been changed to March 19. The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. The New Orleans trip in April is sold out. The money for the May 7 trip to the Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, which costs $65 and includes dinner, is due March 7. The bus will leave at noon and return approximately at 8:30 p.m. The June trip to the Wisconsin Dells may not be a go at the present time if they do not get more passengers. The July 9 trip to Tennessee River Gorge Boat Ride in Chattanooga is sold out. The Aug. 16 trip is a Chattanooga to Chickamauga, GA, train ride. Cost is $65 each. Money is due April 18, and the bus leaves at 6:30 a.m. and returns approximately at 8:30 p.m.

The September trip to Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine is sold out. The Oct. 8 trip will be to Danridge, TN, to tour Bush’s Beans Museum and Visitor Center and Knoxville's Mast General Store. Lunch (on your own) will be at Market Square or Gay St. Cost is $40, and the money is due Aug. 1. The bus will leave at 7 a.m. and return at approximately 5 p.m. The Nov. 5 trip to the 3 p.m. Country Tonight Theater Show, which includes dinner, costs $65. The last trip of 2014 will be Dec. 13 to see Christmas in the Renfro Valley at 2 p.m. EST with dinner. Cost is $70. For  more information regarding the trips, call Jan at 788-3667.

Sunshine Lady Nancy Fincher is still under the weather and is missed by all the members. Everyone wishes her well and hope she returns real soon. Also on the sick list are Gabby Gambaccini, Betty LeDuc and Bob and Phyllis Jones — the members will keep them in their prayers. Do not forget the brave military men and women. The members welcomed Charlie Ferguson back after a long illness. Fred announced the new members, Richard Gadwell and Doug Lock. Welcome aboard! Fred also reminded the members to bring in their items for the 127 Corridor Sale. Do not forget the great bluegrass music every Thursday evening at the center — it is open to the public and it is free.

The entertainment was provided by Chuck Tallent and Rob Baker. They played classic country music and share some humorous stories. Baker sang "Danny Boy,” which was terrific. The members thanked them and hope they return real soon.

After the dinner prayer, a delicious “Italian dish" was prepared by Brenda Williams and her helpers, Marietta, Velma and Anna. The members furnished the side dishes and the desserts. Next week, do not bring in desserts being there will be a special dessert furnished. Have a wonderful and blessed week.