February 21, 2014
SILVERSTREET — The annual Valentines social hosted by the women of the WELCA, Circle IV was a spiritually filled afternoon which fed and entertained 105 people ranging in ages from one to 95.
In addition to the usual catered meal, decorated tables adorned with back linen cloth overlaid with burlap, centerpieces of red roses, served by the men of the church who dressed as well as any maître-de; special honor was given to Mabel Nichols who celebrated her 95th birthday on Feb. 17.
Entertainment was provided by Frank Cannon who worked at the Grand Ole Opry in the early eighties with the likes of Minnie Pear and Roy Acuff. Cannon entertained everyone with songs that touched each generation, allowing for a sing a long and dancing. The list included “My Maria,” “Unforgettable,” “My Girl,” “Sweet Caroline” and “Live Like You Were Dying.”
Cannon shared his God given talent in music and stories of experiences in Nashville, his wife Laurie, two daughters and his father bringing laughter, looks of compassion and tears to all that were there. He and his family attend Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia and he travels throughout the United States sharing his dynamic voice and stories of inspiration to the Glory of God. He left us with this thought, “Don’t ever forget to give back.”
Kim Crone described the event as “very interactive.” Susan Heydt said it was “awesome and delicious.” Mable Nichols said, “Everything is wonderful, I’m having a great time.”
Pastor Crout was especially surprised when Frank had an impromptu request of him to join in singing “Sweet Caroline,” a favorite of Mrs. Crouts. Katherine Hawkins summed it up best with a lovely smile when she said. “We really are one big happy family.”