Peppers present Maben Home, Garden Club program

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they (Matthew 6:26).”

By Dottie Dewberry
For the WPT

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it,” which the ladies of the Maben Home and Garden Club did as they traveled to Cumberland Baptist Church for their monthly meeting.

Hostesses Jackie Christopher and Polly Miller welcomed everyone, visitor and guest alike, to the beautifully decorated fellowship hall. A gorgeous array of color captured the eye as soon as the doors were opened: brilliant green table toppers over white floor-length cloths that were centered with crystal vases filled with colorful tissue paper and encircled with traditional English holiday poppers and candy dishes filled with jelly beans. Around the tables were place settings of china topped with napkins ringed with napkin holders tied with colorful raffia snips, which held the utensils.

The decorated fellowship hall at Cumberland Baptist

The decorated fellowship hall at Cumberland Baptist

The focal point of the decorations was the beautiful backdrop created from columns draped with white tablecloths all topped with gorgeous green ferns. Fronting the backdrop was a collection of crystal vases filled with various layers of colored tissue paper tied with raffia ribbon. Balancing each end were fabulously beautiful birdhouses that were probably secretly coveted by birdhouse collectors.

On one wall was a collection of green pottery urns, vases and jugs that Jackie said she borrowed from the family. Behind this gorgeous display of vases was a unique painting as the focal point for the wall. Atop one cabinet was another beautiful collection of birdhouses that will never see a bird or feel the breath of spring slipping around it.

The day’s hostesses, Jackie, Polly and Jackie’s sister Sherry Shackleford, had prepared a traditional Southern meal: fried chicken, chicken a`la king, baked potato quarters, cream corn, green beans, broccoli salad, fruit salad cups, strawberry Jell-O salad, a bowl of trifle, a plate of candy, coconut cake, coconut pie, crescent rolls, all served with tea, water and sodas.

Before the meal, Jackie introduced the guest speakers and her other quests: Dorothy and Jeep Pepper, Helen Bowen, Dorothy Schmitz, Margarite Miles, Sherry Shackleford, Sue Cooper and Loretta Norris. She then presented the devotion which she took from Matthew chapter five and then she blessed the food.

The guests were invited to serve themselves first and were soon followed up by the membership.

DOTTIE DEWBERRY Jackie Christopher with her decorated birdhouse

Jackie Christopher with her decorated birdhouse

As the group ate, Jackie showed off her jazzed-up birdhouse that she had built along with membership back at the January meeting. It was decorated with buttons, old broken jewelry, brooches, marbles and beads. A real work of art! She then issued an invitation to stop off at Cumberland’s newest business: The Vine.

The program, presented by Dorothy and Jeep Pepper, was a PowerPoint presentation of songbirds, birds of prey, plus other birds, beautifully colored butterflies, wild and domesticated flowers, wild animals from other areas of the United States, and famous landmarks of nature throughout the USA: Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley, Bad water Basin, Crater Lake, Petrified Forest, and shots of some petroglyphs. In addition to these photos of other areas of the United States, they had local shots also: Oktibbeha County Lake, and places in Columbus, Starkville, Webster County and Bellefontaine. It was an amazing collection of pictures across the nation. In addition to the pictures, they had large bound books of their photos to pass around.

After the program, a short break was held so the guests could depart and the club could regroup for dessert and the business meeting to follow.

It was announced that the Garden Expo was to be held March 22 at the Horse Park in Starkville.

With a motion by Jackie Christopher and a second by Suretha Brooks, the slate of officers for the 2014-15 club year was approved by a show of hands.

The Yard of the Month sign was placed at the Maben Public Library. A correction of dates in the yearbook was made: May 20, 2014, instead of the May 21, 2014.

The door prizes, which were given by the afternoon hostesses, were won by Sandra Bishop, Suretha Brooks, Cathy Lollar and Dottie Dewberry.

The group will travel to visit the Hughes Plantation Rose Garden in Louisville on April 15. Members will leave at 10:30 a.m. from the parking lot of the First Baptist Church.