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Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson enjoys amateur photography and captured the spirit of the holidays in this photo from Downtown Paris.


No Place Like PARIS! for the Holidays

I love the song, "There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays.” Perry Como may be “oh, so 1950s,” but the man could croon a tune that made listeners yearn for home.

During the holidays, our home community is alive with the opportunities to make memories with your loved ones, and they are as close as the Krider Performing Arts Center, Santa’s Gingerbread House, Paris Landing and local churches.

PARIS! for the Holidays highlights plenty of these activities. First, we offer a Q and A featuring Kathy Ray, the executive director of the Downtown Paris Association. Second, we highlight a new downtown app that covers community activities, merchants and more. Finally, we’ve compiled a good, old-fashioned calendar of events.

Speaking of events, many local activities have been chronicled in an exciting, new book from the Paris Photography Club. Through the Lens is a colorful combination of local festivals, landmarks, people, wildlife and landscapes.

Much of what makes the holidays special revolves around memories from childhood. John McDougal and Bill Neese entertain us with stories from the kitchen and countryside that will, no doubt, cause many readers to say, “You know, I remember when….”

The amazing Jane Chenoweth and Pastor Leon White, both incredible individuals, round out this issue’s profi les, while Gardening Guru John Watkins gives us a hearty laugh with his piece, “The Thankful Gardener.” Susan Jones brings us up to date on Plus Endowment and yes, Virginia, there’s more.

As always, I’m thankful for our loyal readers, writers, photographers, advertisers, and subscribers and for the gift that is Henry County, Tennessee. As the song says, “When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze, for the holidays, you can’t beat home, sweet home.”

From the Parker Family to your family – “Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.”

Smantha Parker
Editor and Publisher of PARIS! Magazine

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