“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
By Dottie Dewberry For the WPT
STARKVILLE— For 364 days, the Maben Home and Garden Club long awaited for April 17 so they could travel out to Mississippi State University to view the rose garden. Well, it rained, so they let it rain and made a day out of dining in Starkville. They decided to let the roses wait until another day. While at the restaurant, it seemed appropriate to read the quirky quotes on the wall. This one appeared to be the most appropriate for the ladies: “One of the nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating (Luciano Pavarotti).” So they ate after President Holt blessed the food. While the ladies awaited the luncheon, they listened to a most inspiring devotion given by Jane Collins, which she took from “Creative Youth Ideas-Spiritual Gardening-Seasons of Life. “Then, they enjoyed a pleasurable luncheon in the rarified atmosphere of the upper level of The Grill. After the luncheon, President Joyce Holt asked for the reading of the minutes and for the financial statement before the club got down to serious business of how to mark the 50th anniversary of the club. Getting the proper and appropriate permission came first on the agenda, which has taken phone calls, emails and a visit from the Mississippi Department of Transportation to secure the permission forms, which has been done with some alterations to the original plan. Then the big decision had to be made: “What to do first?” Finally, the club decided to get bids on the removal and relocation of the shrubs at the four-way stop on MS Hwy 15 in Maben. The shrubs may possibly be relocated on the campus of West Oktibbeha County High School. Then the club will secure bids to re-landscape the corners on Ms Hwy 15 at the stop light. Progress will be slow, but hopefully sure. In the next year, plans are to do some additional landscaping at other corners on MS Hwy 15. Progress, of the best kind, is comparatively slow. Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step. http://thinkexist.com/quotation/ progress-of_the_best_kind-is_comparatively_slow/149501.html> ” Samuel Smiles The next step is to relocate some of the Adopt-A-Pots to other areas in town, where they may be viewed to their best advantage. The plan is to equalize the number of pots on Second Avenue and to create some uniformity in plant material. Then possibly move some of the planters down to The General Store area. After this discussion, it was announced that the Yard of the Month had been placed at the Maben Public Library, whose grounds are maintained by the club. Mrs. Jane Collins made two brief announcements pertaining to the Chamber of Commerce: The Farmer’s Market (reopened) on May 5. The Day in the Park will be the first Saturday in June. It was announced that Jackie Christopher and Dottie Dewberry served in the Hospitality Tent at the Garden Expo in Starkville. The membership was invited to volunteer their services for the upcoming year. Christopher reminded the club that we would be leaving at 9:30 a.m. on May 15 and we would be touring the garden of Mrs. Nina Ribenburgh, which is at 1303 Nottingham. Afterwards, lunch will be served at The Veranda in Starkville. The club decided to go Dutch treat for this end of the year luncheon. The door prizes were donated by Mrs. Marie Pinnix and Dewberry; they were won by Gladys Hendrix, Christopher and Kay Lewis. The club dismissed until May 15, when the group will travel to Starkville for a garden tour and for the installation of officers.