Christmas Brunch draws crowd

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

More than 100 people attended the Christmas Brunch on December 8 at the Choctaw County Community Center that was sponsored by the Ackerman Twentieth Century Club.

The guest speaker for the brunch was Rita Sweatt who performed her monologue “The Innkeeper’s Wife.”

Donna McKay, 20th Century club reporter, said the monologue was from the perspective of the innkeeper’s wife on the night Jesus was born. “She painted such a vivid picture of that day,” said McKay.

Cortney Thomas-Hood of Tupelo performed special music for the brunch. Hood is the daughter of Mike and Dot Thomas of Ackerman.

“I cannot say ‘Thank You’ enough. To Rita Sweatt and Courtney Thomas- Hood, you both changed our Christmas Holidays with your powerful and beautiful talents. To the ladies that attended our brunch, we enjoyed hosting you. Thank you for spending your morning with us. And to my fellow club members, thank you for your hard work. I’m humbled to be counted among you,” said Susan Shurden, club president.

The “delicious” meal was catered Marina Loper while club members, individually, decorated each table with their own theme and dishes.

To help attendees with their Christmas shopping, the brunch featured four vendors selling hand made crafts.

“Our Christmas Brunch was everything we’d hoped for; great food and tablescapes, gracious hostesses, beautiful program, talented vendors, wonderful guests, seeing old friends and meeting new ones,” said Shurden about the brunch.

Many attendees commented at the brunch of how much they enjoyed it and would love to come again next year.

With that, Tinker Forrester, club historian and fund raising chairman, announces the Christmas brunch date for next year.

“The date has been set for the 2013 20th Century Club Christmas Brunch, it will be Saturday, December 7 with specific details to be determined and announced at a later date.”

Shurden added, “We have already started making improvements for next year. We hope to make this an annual event that will become a tradition in our community.”