Bethesda News: Take a break from political bickering and enjoy Pumpkinfest

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the weekWhen tough times arrive and you’re tempted to give in or give up, don’t. Instead, work hard and pray harder. Better days may be just around the corner. 

I hope the above advice proves to be true with our country. It seems as though each time I turn on TV, something bad is happening.  

I pray that our president, as well as our U.S. senators and representatives, will forget about the different parties and do what is best for the people.  

These remind me of days when I taught students who were bickering back and forth with each other. Although I think they did a better job of solving their differences than our leaders are doing. We can all pray for better days ahead. 

The 38th annual Pumpkinfest, sponsored by the Heritage Foundation, will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in our beautiful, historic downtown Franklin. Pumpkinfest is everything that is great about a small-town fall festival. Painted faces, fun costumes and great food and entertainment can be enjoyed by all. Such a great family event. 

If you have an interest in estate sales, you will want to head to 1011 Buckworth Ave., to the home of the late Pete and Paula Flaugher, today through Saturday. The sale will be 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day. I can assure that you will be able to find a variety of different items as well as beautiful furniture, etc.  

Those of us who knew Paula are aware of the many activities she was involved in, so I am sure that each company she represented will be represented in this sale. If you need more information, call me at 615-790-1833. 

Do you have children who enjoy being read to? If so, you may want to bring them to the Bethesda Public Library for a special Halloween story time at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Let them wear their costume and enjoy the stories, activities, games and treats. Then on Halloween, you are invited to let them trick-or-treat at the library any time from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. 

Members of FiftyForward College Grove will be leaving at 10 this morning for the FiftyForward Martin Center. They will enjoy activities and a food truck as they mix and mingle with other FiftyForward members. The fee for the van ride is $5. 

The annual country ham breakfast at Harpeth Lick Cumberland Presbyterian Church is scheduled for 6-10 a.m. Nov. 2. You will be able to enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast of country ham, sausage, bacon, eggs, casseroles, pastries, homemade biscuits, gravy, coffee and juice as well as homemade jellies and jams for only $10. The church is along Arno-Allisona Road. 

You are all invited to the 19th annual community Veterans Day service at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Spring Hill Memorial Funeral Home. They will be honoring all U.S. veterans. State Rep. Sam Whitson will be the guest speaker. Special recognitions and music will be a part of this celebration. Refreshments will be served after the program. (We appreciate the Stephens family for honoring our heroes on this special day.) 

The annual country ham breakfast at Bethesda United Methodist Church will be 7-9 a.m. Nov. 9. They, too, will have bacon, sausages, breakfast casseroles, eggs, homemade biscuits, gravy, juice and coffee, as well as homemade jellies and jams. For a donation, this is an all-you-can-eat event. They also will have fresh pecans, pieces and halves, for sale for only $11 per pound. If you need more information, call me. 

Congratulations are in order for Patrick and Corbie (Horton) Hood, who were recently married. They exchanged their vows in the presence of family and friends at the Saddle Woods Farm venue. We wish them the best of luck in the years ahead. (Corbie is the daughter of Shelly and William Horton.) 

Have you ever tried to have a surprise birthday party for someone who is special in your life? That is just what Lydia Bradley and her sister-in-law, Elaine Thompson, did this past weekend for her husband, Bobby Bradley. He was celebrating his 70th, and they wanted to do something special for him.  

With the help of Barry and Jackie Alexander, they were able to do just that. Family members and friends gathered at the Carriage House to help him celebrate. It is my understanding that he did not know anything about it, so they were very happy. We wish for him many more to come. 

Congratulations are on order for Ellie Driver, a Summit High School senior who was recently selected as the first John Maher Builders Scholar Athletes of the Month for the 2019-20 school year. She was an All-District 12-AAA captain for the Lady Spartans. Not only is she a great athlete, but she also has excelled in her studies and is at the top of her class with a 4.3 GPA.  

Ellie also volunteers as a peer tutor as well as with the Make a Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and on the United Way Youth Leadership Council. She is the daughter of Terri and John Driver as well as my neighbor on Byrd Lane. Way to go, Ellie! 

Franklin Riverside Antiques invites you to its annual open house for fall/Christmas on Nov. 9. Store hours that day will be 10 a.m.-5p.m. You can enjoy refreshments while you browse and purchase items from their great selection of antiques, jewelry, clothes and more. Linda and Tommy McGuire would love to have you to drop in and say hello. 

Members of Ash Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church invite you to bring your children to the church this Saturday evening for their trunk-or-treat event. It will begin at 5:30 and continue until 7. You can enjoy chili, hot dogs, chips, drinks and desserts. 

Happy birthday to Judy Hayesvery special cousin, friend to many and former county commissioner. She will celebrate on Wednesday. We wish for her many more to come. 

Don’t forget to “fall back” with your clocks on the night of Nov. 2 before you go to bed.  

Once againour friends and loved ones ae in need of our prayers for healing. Please continue to pray for “Ma” Jessie and Charlie Bennett, Connie Marlin, Polly Mangrum, Stan Hardcastle, Donnie Cameron, Emy Jo Bilbrey, Jean Mangrum, Stan Hardcastle, Charles Gore, May Johnson, Annie Lee Farrar, Delores Gilreath, Joel Pedrick, Doris Pedrick, Joe Farrar, Pam Evans, Faye Lindsey, Ronnie and Judy Pitt, Billy and Katie Giles, Peggy Yancy, Teresa Locke, Cleo Cowan, Malcolm Hazelwood, who has been moved to NHC Fairground Street, and Annie Lee Neal, as well as others. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families who have recently lost loved ones. Some of whom we are aware of are Janice Buford, Janie Skinner Dickinson, Brenda Sweeney Kennedy, Barbara Gentry, Joey Dale Mangrum, Floyd Hunter, Dottie Huff McLemore, Walter Bennett, Hazel Warf Robinson, Rusty Garrison, Jewel Hargrove, R.C. Edmondson and Edward Baines.  

Please continue to send me the dates for events as well as the names of those whowe need to have on our prayer chain. 

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