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“Art has been my passion my entire life, and photography is my favorite way to express myself. I enjoy capturing life in it’s most pure and raw moments with my camera. When I am not taking pictures, you can find me spending time on the farm with my husband and our three dogs. My grandparents will be so surprised when they see this cover, and I know it will mean so much to them.” — Mary Kate Paschall


Ahhh, Spring!

If spring were a person, I’d bake her a cake. I am so happy to see my trees, shrubs and flowers bursting with color. Occasionally, I ponder the names of some of those beauties, and as it turns out, so does John Watkins, our gardening guru. In this issue, John explains what mythology had to do with those scientific names and explains which gods and goddesses we have to thank.

Along with blooming flowers and the World’s Biggest Fish Fry, one of my favorite events of the season is Spring Gathering at First United Methodist Church. Martha Campbell offers some delicious recipes and a little history of this annual luncheon, bake and plant sale that has been raising money for missions for decades.

There are other meaningful causes in our community, and we feature two of them in the Arts and Entertainment and Around Our Town sections. These pieces highlight what happens when Easton’s Angels supporters take to the streets and Doreen Bates takes to her sewing machine. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Travis McLeese fills us in on an exciting online travel tool, the Tennessee River Valley Geotourism map guide. This partnership between TVA and National Geographic helps tourists explore the communities of the Tennessee River Valley, including our own.

For another popular destination in the Valley, hop in the car with The Two Travelers and head east to Dayton, Tennessee where they check out the Scopes Monkey Trial Festival and first state park in Tennessee.

There’s lots more great reading, including Golden Anniversaries of the remarkable Hamlin family, a spotlight on educator, commissioner and pastor Kenneth Humphreys, some hilarious antics from Bill Neese, and two local history tales that were news to me.

See you at all the Fish Fry festivities the last week of April!

Smantha Parker
Editor and Publisher of PARIS! Magazine

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