Monthly luncheons bring friends together

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Peggy Hunter tells her friends about her recent paintings and the upcoming Arts A Poppin Show in Lewisburg.

High ceilings in the dining room lent an air of spaciousness for the luncheon recently when long-time associates gathered again to share a meal and update each other on their lives of leisure.

Peggy Hunter is telling her friends about an art show this month when she hoped to be displaying some of her recent water colors of seascapes, adding that it seems so out of place to paint such scenes while living in Tennessee.

"You wouldn't think that being landlocked here... that such scenery would be my favorite to paint," Hunter says with a flair for the ironic and a taste for a hot meal in a cool room on a warm day in late spring.

Hunter's friends discuss their tastes in culinary delights during the luncheon that started with piano selections rendered by Frankie Compton, who was featured last winter on WSMV-TV Nashville after the disheartening damage done to her Sunday venue.

That unpleasantness aside, Compton commented, "The luncheon is delicious." And she allows that it would be fair to say that she's come to the monthly luncheon for more than several years.

Wilma Rogers, another lady in pink for the third spring repast this year, is not necessarily more loyal to the luncheon. Apparently, she's just more experienced, according to Compton's observations.

Meanwhile, L.L. McClure of South Marshall Volunteer Fire Department shares insights on the nature of a recent tragedy for a family that received rapid attendance from friendly folks at Five Points, Belfast and Cornersville as well as McClure's associates at South Marshall County.

That unpleasantness was suppressed, McClure said, with a private resolution. Apparently, a media representative had rushed to the scene. Pap-arazzi aside, there was a return to peaceful country living with less ado about the family matter.

More important messages were shared after Compton's concert and before the monthly meal was served.

Emily Hill, at 28-years-young, presented a luncheon address on practicality, given the alleged effects of Global Warming. Offering a "path to serenity," the speaker from the Behavioral Healthcare Center at Columbia shared a dozen tips to beat the heat this summer so as to advise her audience how to avoid falling victim of overly hot weather. There were approximately 18,000 fatalities from such conditions during a recent 12-month period, Hill said.

After the luncheon speaker completed her list of helpful hints, the luncheon conversation turned personal and soon thereafter the gentlemen retired to the billiards room for an afternoon of eight ball. The ladies' discussion dispersed and their afternoon was filled with a competitive exchange of playing cards. Rook is their game.

Such were the scenes to be found at the Marshall County Senior Citizens Center in the Hardison Office Annex in the northeast quadrant where College Street and Franklin Avenue intersect.

The meal is inexpensive. It could be seen as about half, or less than half the price of a meal at any of the fine restaurants in Lewisburg. The fee is waived for those who contribute to the potluck dinner.

"Last time," Compton said, "I brought an apple pie. This time I just paid ... and ate."

A variety of homegrown vegetables, casseroles, other culinary offerings were available with program-provided southern fried chicken, iced sweet tea and plain ol' refreshing beverages.

No one was found lacking. Brenda Sue Crane, 53, of Silver Creek Road, daughter of Freight Train Wilson (as she named her father), had plenty of leftovers to take home to her two dogs.

A number of the luncheon guests came to the Senior Center on the Marshall County Transportation Service.

"I like it fine," said Ann McElhaney who added: "My kids have stopped me from driving because of my eyes... We've got some good drivers. They help us in and out and buckle our seatbelts."

As for the speaker's luncheon address, McElhaney said, "I couldn't hear her because of all the noise."

Nearby a white-haired lady is talking about groundhogs and that, actually, she likes the "fat little things."