Octoberfest enjoyed on a chilly morning

Friday, October 10, 2014

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

It was sunny, but cold and windy, as people gathered on the square for the Octoberfest last Saturday. From tables of hand-crafted items to fall must-haves like wreaths and pumpkins, there was something for everyone. The Girl Scouts of Marshall County took up donations for veterans luncheons, and there were activity booths like balloon popping for the kids. A variety of performers provided music from a stage in front of the Dixie theatre.

Tracy Zemaitis-Webb, a Pink Ribbon artist and watercolor facepainter, had a face painting table set up. She currently lives in Belfast with husband of 12 years, Ted, who is retired from the military. The East Tennessee native was born virtually deaf, but doesn't let that hold her back. She attended the University of Miami at the young age of two or three for help with her speech, and in 2001 she had cochlear implant surgery. Zemaitis-Webb enjoys painting nature scenes, animals, streams, and trees in a folk art or rustic style.

"We have grown a great friendship with Tracy, she has a true gift. She does face paintings, greeting cards, and paintings with no training what so ever. She always has a smile on her face," said Ann Jarrett, a friend of Zemaitis-Webb.

She and her husband plan to move to their hometown of Madisonville, Tenn. where she will open Tracy's Cafe, a bakery/coffee house.