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SpringHouse speaker James Farmer relates gardening, cooking

Published 11:03am Monday, June 11, 2012

The uber-stylish and plaid clad James Farmer of Kathleen, Georgia, spoke to around 30 members of the SpringHouse Garden Club and friends last Friday about the relationship between gardening and cooking. A landscape designer with a passion for interiors, gardening, cooking, and entertaining, the Auburn grad started his own design firm back in 2005.

Farmer emphasized the farm to table lifestyle and its present resurgence. He mentioned the scene in To Kill A Mockingbird when Scout asks Atticus why Mr. Cunningham brought them chestnuts in exchange for legal work. Atticus proceeds to explain the concept of trading and bartering. Farmer humorously applied this in college when he taught a roommate how to cook in exchange for the boy’s mother doing his laundry. Farmer proceeded to give another presentation Friday evening at Willow Point Country Club.

Spotted: Sara Neighbors, Hugh Neighbors, Sandy Thompson, Honey Haynes, Duffy Stewart, Susan Nolen, Earle Wilkes, Debrah Jones, Nancy Hodges, Kay Thomas, Peggy Clayton, Laurie Sturdivant, Pat Day, Mary Laura Day, Mary McKissack, Judy Sims, Jennifer Bartlett, Barbara Barnes, Mary Madison Griswold, Barbara Strain, Betty Larson, and Marsha Bankston.

The Brian Olive Band with special guest Heath Green and The Martyrs took the backyard stage last Friday at The Standard Deluxe in the quaint village of Waverly to nearly 200 revelers. The camp lights twinkled beneath the stars as those settled in camp chairs tapped their feet in time to the music. Mark your calendars for the next concert at the Standard Deluxe on July 7 – Patterson Hood & Downtown Rumblers with Pollies will begin at 7 p.m. If you still have not experienced the Deluxe, I encourage you to do so.

The local cancer support group T.O.U.C.H. met Wednesday at noon in the RMC Community Room. The group shares prayer requests and partake in a potluck lunch. Robbie Atkisson was pleased to see several new faces and is excited to see the program grow. Wednesday’s meeting was light and fun as the group discussed their many funny experiences throughout all the treatment, surgeries, and doctor’s visits they have endured.

“It is true that laughter is the best medicine!” Atkisson said.

Due to the Fourth of July holiday, T.O.U.C.H. will meet on Tuesday July 10 at noon but going forward will meet the first Wednesday of each month per usual.

Spotted:  Willie Davis, Billy Yates, Elizabeth McMillon, Betty Voss, Phillip Robinson, Joyce Robinson, Daphine O’Neal, Virginia Dunning, Synethia Price, Robin Fuller, Susan Foy, Sandra Patten, Mabry Cook, Rita Barry, Robbie Atkisson, Henry Walczak, Martha Loyd, Frances Bishop, Elinor Roberts, Johnnie Thomas, Joyce Alford, Dorothy Rice, Celia Graham, LaRue Spates, Lizzie Washington, Martha Walton, Jean Yates, and Susie Davis. 

Once again we have another action packed weekend in Alex City and on the lake.  Jazz Fest will be in Strand Park tonight and at The Amp Saturday night. Lil Calypso will be happening at Chuck’s Marina on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Get out and let your soul shine.

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