How do you not have a grateful and joyous feeling this time of year? From the Downtown Paris Candlelight Open Houses and Festival of Trees, to the North Pole Family Fun Day and the Holly Jolly Electric Parade, to Santa’s last day in his gingerbread house, our town really gets in the holiday spirit.
And to help our readers, PARIS! is here to cover all the great things happening in our community. Even Santa Claus himself found time from making toys to write a story about all the fun events in Downtown Paris during the season. Another guest writer, Lilly Geary, passes along advice to pet owners for a less pet-stressful holiday. Travis McLeese provides a guide to party venues, places to relax, and shop local ideas in his article.
Arthur and Mary Lodge along with other local ministers share their fond Christmas memories, and Bill Neese recalls his first toy train set under the tree. The delightful smell of cakes baking brings back remembrances and brightens the spirit this time of the year in Paris Cuisine! Yum!
In other articles, Shannon McFarlin introduces us to the new Madrigals director, Deanna Cook, an alumni of the program herself. Susan Jones says, “Birds of a feather flock together,” and so do bird watchers coming to Wings of Winter Birding Festival. John Watkins is re-gifting some of his holiday poetry for us.
Barry Hart reflects on going back to Vietnam with his son, Nathan, and to the battlefields of his youth. Larry Ray pens his 40th article for PARIS! about Asa Cox and his importance to the Battle of Paris. Shannon also has a story about Andrew Jackson visiting the Carter House in Paris.
Yes, PARIS! is packed like a present from Santa! Our staff wishes you and yours a Grateful Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
BACK IN THE DAY | The Christmas Train: “Billy, Stop Blowing That Whistle!”
By Bill Neese
I think most little boys like trains. Those who do, also like electric trains. For those of you who got an electric train set for Christmas, my bet is that you have a clear memory of that train set no matter how many years ago you received it. I do.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Downtown Holiday Fun
By Santa Claus
SPOTLIGHT | The Student Becomes The Teacher
By Shannon McFarlin
It takes a great deal of talent, time and toil. Being a member of the Henry County High School Madrigals is hard work, plain and simple. But it’s also rewarding, and over the years, it has become a chosen destination for many music-minded students.
FEATURE | Fond Christmas Memories by Local Ministers
By Arthur & Mary Lodge
For ministers and those who work in the church, the season of Advent and Christmas are a blessed time of the year and an exhausting time, too. But most will tell you the blessings and revelations far outweigh any secular gift they might receive. A few local ministers share with PARIS! some meaningful remembrances from their past.
AROUND OUR TOWN | Christmas! Get By With A Little Help From Your Friends
By Travis McLeese
Looking for somewhere to host your holiday party, family reunion, or simply somewhere to escape? Check out a few local destinations that are perfect for any occasion.
ALL ABOUT PETS | Why I Hate The Holidays: Advice From A Nervous Little Dog
By Lilly Geary
PARIS CUISINE | Holiday Cakes
By Smantha Parker
from Lee School everyday? That young people in Paris and Henry County were treated to classical education from a wide variety of foreign noblemen – at the same time that wooden sidewalks were used to get around the downtown area? >>>>
FACES & PLACES | People and Events About Town
FEATURE | Birders Flocking To Paris: No Pun Intended!
FEATURE | Going Back: A Marine’s Refl ection on Returning to the Battlefi elds of His Youth
By Barry Hart
The words, “Fly me away on a green helicopter, I’m going back to Vietnam,” kept running through my mind as I boarded Delta Flight #1269 on June 9, 2019, at Nashville’s airport, heading to Vietnam. Fifty years have passed since
I first stepped foot on the tarmac at the Danang Air Base, and now I was going back!
WHEN BULLETS FLEW | Asa Cox, Cavalry Scout
By Larry Ray
REMINISCENCE | Carter House: Site of Andew Jackson’s Stay in Henry County
By Shannon McFarlin
In the 1820s, Paris was little more than a very tiny oasis in the wilderness, but its founders had big dreams and they knew a good opportunity when they saw one.
IN THE GARDEN | Holiday Garden Poetry
By John Watkins
So, the holidays are here again. By the time this article is printed, Christmas trees and decorations have already been
on the shelves for a month or two and many of us may wish the season was over already.
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