Wesson News

Wesson News PO Box 1028 Wesson, MS 39191 Volume 7, Number 11 “Good News You Can Use” November 12, 2019 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID WESSON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 INSIDE: New Band Leaders .............................. 2 Alumni Honored................................... 3 Sports Shorts....................................... 4 Community Calendar .......................... 6 Area Arts. ........................................... 10 News Nuggets.................................... 11 Thanksgiving Meditation Page 8 Decorating & parade usher in Christmas Feasting throughout the month in Wesson Special to Wesson News With the ghosts and goblins of Hal- loween season gone and the coming November festivities setting the stage, Wesson is preparing for the Christmas season. On the Sunday afternoon, Decem- ber 1, following Thanksgiving, mem- bers of the Wesson Volunteer Fire De- partment will climb their ladders and install ornaments on downtown lamp posts. Last year, Wesson Garden Club purchased a variety of new ornaments, which are replacing some of the older traditional decorations. Then on December 6, the annual Christmas parade kicks off the season, during which a host of activities will turn Wesson into a unique southern holiday setting, with merriment, con- viviality, food, sounds and colors that create a special community spirit at this time every year. Planners are still at work on lining up parade participants and developing related events, but one thing is certain: Special to Wesson News There is ample opportunity this month for Wesson residents to partic- ipate in the fellowship, feasting and worshipful experiences of traditional fall festivals and Thanksgiving cele- brations. The biggest event comes this Thurs- day, when Co-Lin will welcome more than 300 persons to its seventeenth holiday community luncheon at the Thames Conference Center on its Wesson campus. Co-Lin employees, members of community social and civic organizations, employees of area businesses, families and individuals will be on hand at the buffet luncheon featuring turkey, ham, country vege- tables, salads and a variety of desserts from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The community event evolved from a 2002 marketing showcase of the Santa Claus will be coming to town as a highlight. The parade will roll at 4 p.m., and planners hope the Wesson High School and Co-Lin marching bands can participate, accompanied by the usual array dignitaries and special townspeople in cars and floats created by local organizations. Hundreds of persons, including children and youth who are released Thames Conference Center facilities and food service oriented to prospec- tive profit and not-for-profit users. As more and more individuals and orga- nizations asked Co-Lin for invitations to the luncheon, it became a venue for food, fun and fellowship involving an increasingly wider community. At the luncheon on Thursday, Wes- son town workers, employees of Co- piah and Lincoln County government, King's Daughters Hospital, its therapy unit and Co-Lin's Career Education Division business partners; faculty and staff from the college, members of area churches and clubs and unaffiliated individuals who want to be part of the affair will eat and mingle. Reservations are recommended. Contact Brenda Orr (601-643-8671) or Tricia Russell (601-643-8702/tri- cia.russell@colin.edu ). Local churches are also reaching out early from school to attend, will line both sides of Highway 51 from the south stop light north to Wesson Bap- tist Church. The parade is expected to include football homecoming Queens and maidens and members of cheerlead- ing squads from Co-Lin and Wesson High School, children from the Wes- son Baptist Pre-School and Precious Moments Day Care Center programs, to special populations with Thanksgiv- ing meals. This past Saturday, members of Decell Memorial United Methodist Church prepared meals for shut-ins, the needy and others known to the congregation, delivered them, and re- turned to the church for a special meal together. Nena Smith Studio dancers and Co- Lin Colettes, Wesson Attendance Center beauty and beau winners, local business leaders, community service volunteers from Keep Copiah County Beautiful, Wesson Chamber of Com- merce, Wesson Volunteer Fire Depart- ment and Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. City officials are tentatively plan- ning the annual Christmas tree light- ing ceremony in the municipal park on the evening before the parade. Af- ter the parade, Santa will again meet children, hear their Christmas wish- es and give them gifts of candy and fruit at the Wesson Volunteer Fire De- partment fire house on Spring Street. Friends of the Library will meet later this month on a possible open house following the parade. In the past, its open house at the Public Library fea- tured Mrs. Claus reading The Night Before Christmas , cookies and hot chocolate, face painting, other chil- dren's activities, caroling and a movie with popcorn. "It's a beautiful tradition," said De- cell pastor Rev. Heather Hensarling. "Caring for others first, then returning for a celebration meal." At Wesson Baptist Church, Sharon Ashley is coordinating a special com- munity Thanksgiving Day meal on November 28. Ashley says it's for the lonely -- "anyone who hates to spend another Thanksgiving dinner alone." The old fashion meal will feature turkey with dressing, vegetables and dessert. There is no charge. The feast starts at noon. "We are reaching out to people who hate to spend another Thanksgiving dinner alone," says Ashley. "Come join others for an old fashion meal at Wesson Baptist Church . Turkey and dressing with vegetables and dessert . We will serve at 12 noon and there is no charge and no take out. 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