PARIS!

FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2018

 

On The Cover: WONDER & JOY: Kylee LaGrange and Jackson Boyd portray the Holy Couple during last year’s
Living Nativity at New Harmony Baptist Church. – Photo by Karen Geary

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Editor’s Notes

When we start working on PARIS! for the Holidays, I have to admit that I get a little giddy. But I come from a long line of folks who love to decorate, celebrate, shop and worship, so it’s no wonder Christmas is our favorite holiday, and my family wants to do it ALL!

The good news is that PARIS! is here to help our readers decide what to see and do between now and Christmas. Several articles are tailor-made to learn more about specific activities and firm up that holiday schedule.

Parents will want to pay close attention to “Elf Wisdom,” which offers a list of free offerings from Polar Express Night to visiting with Santa. (Remember, activities are free, but a donation is always welcome.)

Other helpful pieces when making your holiday calendar are New Harmony Baptist Church’s Living Nativity and the Atkins-Porter Lighting Contest.

Of course, there is nothing more joyful than the beauty of Mother Nature. Whether it’s Trim-A-Tree at the Refuge, attending the Wings of Winter Birding Festival or being a thankful gardener, these pieces offer inspiration for bundling up and getting outside.

Need a break from the merriment? I get that! Check out our intriguing story about CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and their new chapter. There’s interesting local history in Reminiscence about the town’s first female photographer, as well as a piece on Corporal Madison Dinwiddie in When Bullets Flew.

Bill Neese has the Christmas Pig and I’m in charge of the side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner. What would I do without the delicious recipe column in Paris Cuisine?

Please remember to patronize our loyal advertisers as you EAT, SHOP AND LIVE LOCAL this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas from the Parker Family!,

In This Issue

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REMINISCENCE | Through the Camera Lens of Sue Fox
REMINISCENCE | Through the Camera Lens of Sue Fox

By Shannon McFarlin

To say that Sue Fox was ahead of her time would be an understatement. She was the first female photographer in Paris, and
for a very long time, the ONLY female photographer in Paris. Early in her life, she realized…  >>>>

BACK IN THE DAY | The Coon Dogs and the Christmas Pig
BACK IN THE DAY | The Coon Dogs and the Christmas Pig

By Bill Neese

One of the many good things about Paris and Henry County is the program called Helping Hand. Folks bring in treasures which are auctioned on the radio, and others call in their bids. The proceeds go to local charities. The workers are volunteers, and the auction goes on for days. >>>>

FEATURE | Favorite Ornaments: A Happy Stroll Down Memory Lane
FEATURE | Favorite Ornaments: A Happy Stroll Down Memory Lane

What’s your favorite Christmas ornament? Whether they are made by hand or by Hallmark, they all have one thing in common – fond memories. Here are a few adorable ones.  >>>>

AROUND OUR TOWN | Lighting Up the Neighborhood
AROUND OUR TOWN | Lighting Up the Neighborhood

Families have as many Christmas traditions as Santa has elves. From watching the Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade, to winding their way through New Harmony’s Live Nativity, to attending Christmas Eve services, Henry Countians love this holiday. Last year, a new tradition was added to the list…  >>>>

FEATURE | Living Nativity; New Harmony Church's Gift to the Community
FEATURE | Living Nativity; New Harmony Church's Gift to the Community

By Karen Geary

In 1998, New Harmony Baptist Church made the decision to depict the Christ story in a unique way for our community – the “Our Savior is Born: A Living Nativity” presentation on the grounds of their church. The first nativity began with seven scenes…  >>>>

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Free Holiday Fun Plus Elf Wisdom
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Free Holiday Fun Plus Elf Wisdom

By Becky the Elf

There are a lot of things I like about Christmas, but getting to fly to Paris last year was one of the highlights of my life. I was one of the first five elves to finish making all the toys at my workbench, and Paris was our prize!  >>>>

FEATURE | Wings of Winter Birding Festival
FEATURE | Wings of Winter Birding Festival

By Susan Jones

There are all kinds of festivals in Henry County. From crafts to Christmas to catfish, this town knows how to draw a crowd and throw a party. So why not a birding festival? Why not, indeed! Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge are the hosts for Wings of Winter Birding Festival, which is the largest multi-bird festival in the state.  >>>>

FACES & PLACES |
FACES & PLACES |

Must-see snapshots of people and places about town.  >>>>

A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS | Christmas and Kiddos and Model Trains
A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS | Christmas and Kiddos and Model Trains

By John Nichols & Susan Jones

Too often, travelers miss extraordinary attractions which are just a few hours away from their homes. We hope this series encourages you to visit some of our nearby jewels.  >>>>

SPOTLIGHT | Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children
SPOTLIGHT | Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

By Karen Geary

For many children, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays provide a chance be home from school on break, staying up late, playing with friends all day, or even decorating the Christmas tree. But for some children, the holidays are not a joyous time. For many, it’s like most every day of their life — being around an abusive or neglectful parent.  >>>>

WHEN BULLETS FLEW | Corporal Madison Dinwiddie
WHEN BULLETS FLEW | Corporal Madison Dinwiddie

By Larry Ray

Madison Bagby Dinwiddie, or “Matt” as he was called by his family and friends, was a descendant of the
British Colonial Governor of Virginia, Robert Dinwiddie, who served from 1751 to 1758.  >>>>

PARIS CUISINE | Thanksgiving: We Gather Together
PARIS CUISINE | Thanksgiving: We Gather Together

Thanksgiving is a day for families to get together, talk about food, memories, argue about what really happened at last year’s family reunion, watch football, laugh and make room for more memories.  >>>>

IN THE GARDEN | The Thankful Gardener
IN THE GARDEN | The Thankful Gardener

By John Watkins

Wow! Where has the year gone? Seems like only yesterday that I was wishing for that first warm spring day when I could get out and play in the dirt. And now here we are with cooler weather and the holidays upon us.  >>>>

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