For the Daily News
Trish Mohan, formerly of Maben, entertained the Maben Home and Garden Club with an array of tablescapes: one for all seasons. Ms. Mohan, the daughter of Sandra Bishop and the late Peck Bishop, was like a breath of fresh air with her southern charm and graciousness as she demonstrated her unique table embellishments.
She advised the club ladies and the invited guests to use what you have but use it in a different way; for example, use martini glasses to hold tapers. She also recommended that under each grouping to use some type of cloth; something like, left over material that compliments the other decorative units. Her decorative pieces were predominately crystal clear glassware that she says can be purchased at Dollar General or Dollar Tree-just be on the lookout for unique pieces. Several of her pieces used as candle holders were filled with clear pebbles, which can be obtained from Dollar Tree. One of the larger decorative units was the tiered/footed cake plates that were filled with Christmas ornaments that complimented each other and the material that served as its base. She had on display several distinctive footed pieces, as well as a cornucopia, filled with pine cones or beaded fruit, which would be appropriate for Thanksgiving or for Christmas.
The audience was drawn to the large crystal vase filled with lemon slices that floated in water, which, according to Trish, is simple to make but most attractive.
On a smaller scale, she used some old fashioned bar glasses encircled with black and white ribbon and then filled with some water and a white daisy. This could be used as an inexpensive table decoration for luncheons. Trish also used beaded and/or fake fruit in some of her decorative pieces; if you see some available at market go ahead and get it, you will find a use for it.
She advised the ladies to not criticize yourself too harshly, to do what you like, and to enjoy being creative. She assured the group that she didnâ€™t have a creative bone in her body; that she was just recently realizing that she had talent in the decorating business. Watch out-Martha Stewart.
After the lunch and the program, the civic minded ladies got right down to business with Ms. Joyce Holt presiding.
The devotion for the afternoon session was delivered by Catherine Gardner, who took her message from Meditations for my Window; after which the group enjoyed a pot luck luncheon.
The club agreed to assist the Maben Public Library with some new lighting supplies. This was good news for Maben Librarian Mary Boutwell, who was one of the special guests for the day.
According to Jane Collins, the club is in the final stages of completing the Memorial Plaque Markers, which will mark the trees planted over the years for deceased members of the club.
The nominating committee submitted their list of officers for the upcoming year as follows: President-Joyce Holt; Vice-President-Anne Earnest, Secretary-Dottie Dewberry; and Treasurer-Jackie Christopher. These nominations will be voted on in April.
Ms. Collins told the group about the Lionâ€™s Club sponsored Leadership Conference for girls in Morton, MS, which is open to tenth through twelfth grade students. Names of possible nominations of girls could be turned in to Jane Collins.
The recently acquired flags were shown and a committee composed of Gladys Hendrix, Pat Harpole, and Anne Earnest was selected to oversee the display of these flags on Patriotic Days.
Thank you notes from West Oktibbeha County High School and the Palmer Home were read.
It was also announced that the Garden Expo would be held March 5th and 6th at the Horse Park in Starkville and that two of the Maben Home and Garden Club members would be assisting visitors on Saturday: Marie Pinnix and Dottie Dewberry.
The Yard of the Month Committee spokesperson Gladys Hendrix announced that the sign had been placed in the yard of Glenn and June Turner for the month of February.
Before adjournment, Jane Collins handed out Three Generation menus from which the club members are to select a choice before the March 15, 2011, luncheon meeting. Members were reminded that the group will depart from First Baptist Church parking lot at eleven oâ€™clock on the 15th.
The door prizes, which were donated by June Turner, were won by Polly Miller, Scarlett Shepherd, and Fronie Stephenson.
The meeting adjourned until March 15.