Vista Gatherings – May 17, 2016

Kayak Connection rolls on through summer

The kayak group started paddleing this month. Saturday, May 7 was just fantastic.The lakes are warming, fish are jumping, ducks are flying, eagles are diving.

They launch off from FFG lake docks on Saturdays at 8:30 am, sharp. Here is the lake schedule for the next few weeks:

May 21 – Lk Dartmoor (Rotherham dock)

May 28 – Lk Canterbury (parking space ltd)

June 4  – Lk Catherine

June 11- Lk Kirkstone (parking space limited)

June 18- Lk Malvern

June 25 -Lk Glastowbury

July 2 – Lk Pomeroy

Neighbors/Newcomers group to meet May 26

Neighbor’s and Newcomer’s of Cumberland County will have their last meeting of the season on May 26th.

This meeting will be at the Fairgrounds Community Center, 1391 Livingston St. Crossville.

Menu will be BBQ Chicken or Pork, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Chips, Strawberry Shortcake and Beverages.  As always Heart Smart Meals may be requested when making your reservation.

Program for this meeting will be distribution of checks to various organizations and installation of officers for 2016-2017.

To make reservations please call Pat at 210-3742 or Genie at 484-2369.

Lunch is $14 and if you do not cancel prior to May 21st you will be responsible for payment of lunch.

Their Motto is:  “Meet a Stranger-Make a Friend” so if they don’t see you at this meeting they hope to see you in September!

Hospice meeting set

The June monthly meeting of the Fairfield Glade Hospice Auxiliary will be held, Monday, June 6, at 2:30 P.M. at St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church Hall. We will be discussing our Butterfly Release Fundraiser that is scheduled for Saturday, June 11.

All current and prospective members are encouraged to attend.  Guests are especially welcome for the opportunity to learn more about the fund raising mission and work of the Hospice Auxiliary. All funds raised by these events support the ongoing operation of Cumberland House, a six bed, end of life facility, which accommodates all persons, without consideration of ability to pay.

For further information, please contact, Jo Templin, Membership Chairman, at 484-4182.

Next Celtic Circle Gathering set June 7

The Celtic Circle has had a busy month so far and it isn’t over yet. There is still time to attend the Smoky Mountain Highland Games at Maryland College on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22.

And, don’t miss the Medieval Faire being held in Harriman on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, and on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 28, 29, and 30; hours are 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

What is being planned for June?  Well, if you like taking short jaunts, say to Glasgow, Kentucky, mark your calendar now for Friday through Sunday, June 3 to 5, and attend the Highland Games and Celtic Festival at River Barren State Park.

Their June gathering will be an informal outdoor concert at Julianne’s house on Tuesday, June 7 starting at 6 P.M. and all Celtic Cousins are invited. Julianne’s friend, Barbie, a professional singer and musician, will play the guitar and  xylophone and lead us in singing.  Weather permitting, Julianne may play her harp too.

Of course, they’ll have light finger food refreshments … Celtic cousins love to nibble. Oh, yeah, bring a lawn chair or blanket.  In case of rain, we’ll move inside, so, let Barbara know if you plan to come. Contact her at [email protected] for directions and details.

They now have their very own website thanks to Sherri Manker. It’s not finished, but, is up and running, so check it out:  Sherry’s looking for pictures of cousins, past Celtic Circle activities and upcoming events to include on the site.  Please contact her at [email protected] if you have something to contribute.

The group had 23 cousins at our May 3 Gathering, including a new couple, George and Sara, whom we originally met at the Virginia International Military Tattoos in Norfolk last month. He plays the bagpipes, and guitar and is learning the banjo…(we just love having musicians in our group…it’s a Celtic-thing!)  They watched a slide presentation of the 20+ cousins who made that enjoyalbe trip to Virginia in April. they had a great time.  Thank you, Linda Yates for all the time and effort you put into making this trip a success. Note: Linda is making plans for a trip again next year, stay tuned for details.

To become a member, you just send her an email at [email protected] requesting it.

Ice Cream and More!

On Saturday, June 18th there will be an Ice Cream Social at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Pavilion.

Please come and join in on the fun.  Everyone is welcome to come from noon to 2:30 P.M. for a hot dog and beverage as well as some ice cream with the trimmings.

Bring your family and neighbors and enjoy the music of our Praise Band “Rev3lation” under the direction of Marty Gibson.

Cumberland County Democrats to Meet

The Cumberland County Democratic Party will have their monthly meeting, Monday, May 23,. The meeting will begin at 6 P.M. at the Crossville Housing Authority, 67 Irwin Avenue.

All area Democrats are encouraged to attend.  Please note new meeting time.

Cumberland County Republicans to Meet

The Cumberland County Republican Party will host a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, May 16th at 6 P.M. at St. George Marina, 127 Bradford Lane, Fairfield Glade.

The guest speakers will be State Senator Paul Bailey and State Representative Cameron Sexton who will be serving up  free Big Boy’s Barbecue and lots of news about the happenings in Tennessee’s State Government. So come on out and enjoy the evening with Paul and Cameron and bring your questions and concerns.We’ll see you there!

Bowlers finish season

The Monthenders Couples bowling league has completed their season. We want to thank  the Plateau Lanes staff. The league celebrated with an evening banquet at Vegas Steak House. Our thanks goes out to a hard working restaurant staff.

All teams were awarded various amounts of prize money. No one left unrewarded.

Top winners were Jim Boos, Jack Butler, Sandy Naruszewicz, Joan Radcliffe, Gary Chadwell, Mike Bojanzyk, Chris Summate, Judi Roth, teams whatever, O Wells, 4 C’s, and Split Happens. Congratsulations to a very fun season.

Returning 2016 league officers are Judi Kaines, Nancy Burleson, Terry Kaines, and Karen Sloboda. Have a great summer. See you in September.

Plateau Photography Club meets on May 19

The next meeting of the Plateau Photography Club will be on Thursday, May 19th at the Fairfield Glade Library Building, Room C.  They will meet at their usual 1 P.M. time.

They have all heard or said while looking at a good photograph  “I could do that”.  This is their chance to try.  The task for members will be to bring in photos that resemble two specific photos by a well known photographer.  They will try to capture the same design, color, light, reflection, etc. that exist in the original photos.

The Club is a Special Interest Group of the Plateau PC Users group.  Guests are always welcome for a one-time $3 fee which covers all meetings in the month.

For questions, call Jim Mansfield at 484-6920.

 Glade Church to host Creation Classes 

Do you have questions about Creation, such as: How long were Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden?  Where is the Garden of Eden now?  Who was Cain’s wife?  Did Abraham and Job know each other?  I could go on and on,  Will these questions be answered in the Scientific and Biblical Creationism Course?  We invite you to attend and find out.

Fellowship Baptist Church, 12 Westminster Court, Fairfield Glade, campus site for the ongoing Faith Bible Institute (college level) Bible program, is excited to offer this in-depth, three week Scientific and Biblical Creationism Elective Course.  It will run from Monday June 13, through the end of the month with two weekly attendance options: Monday mornings from 9 A.M. to noon or Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 P.M.

A test will be offered the fourth week to earn points toward a diploma. (The details will be explained at a meeting to be held in the Fellowship Hall of Fellowship Baptist Church, at 6 P.M. on Thursday, May 12.).

Call the church office at 931-456-2525 or, Sharon, the local FBI Director, at 931-456-0634 for an application. Check out Faith Bible Institute online at

The course is offered to all area adults. Church affiliation is not a requirement.

The cost is $40 per person and covers all needed materials (bring your own pencils) and for couples, the spouse’s cost is just $30. You can pay the entire amount when submitting the application, or just the $15 application fee at that time, with the balance due at the first class. The completed application and money must be received at Fellowship Baptist, by noon on Sunday, May 15. Make checks payable to Fellowship Baptist Church.

Fellowship Baptist Church is located at 12 Westminster Court, off Peavine Road, across from and 1/2 way between The Custard Cabin and Tuttle Lane.

Butterfly release slated by Glade Hospice

The Fairfield Glade Hospice Auxiliary will present its 5th Annual Hospice Benefit Celebration of Life Butterfly Release on Saturday, June 11, on the Courthouse Lawn in Crossville from 9: to 10 A.M.

The program will be an uplifting and joyful experience remembering those we have loved and lost, including a reading of names we are celebrating, a butterfly blessing, special music, commemorative readings, and the release of the butterflies to mingle with the crowd and the flowering plants.

The donation for the butterflies is $20 for one name to be remembered or $100 for six different names to be remembered.

They encourage you to attend our event, bring a lawn chair and wear brightly colored clothing.  Those unable to attend may still reserve butterflies in the name of a family member or friend and these will also be released.  Butterfly order forms are available at the Hospice Office at 30 E. Adams St., at area churches and businesses, or one can  be e-mailed to your from Kay Moyer at [email protected]

The deadline for ordering butterflies is May 28, 2016.

Wags & Whiskers Fundraiser is Back

The Wags and Whiskers “Spay-Ghetti” Dinner fundraiser runs throughout February (Lunch or Dinner) at the Genesis Italian Grille on Interstate Drive in Crossville.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the restaurant and include Genesis’ great spaghetti, meatballs, bread, salad and a drink.

Proceeds will benefit the Wags and Whiskers’ low-cost spay/neuter program, a community service that has “fixed” over 10,100 cats and dogs.

Tickets are available by calling 931-788-2201 or visiting Happy Hound Realty, Bed and Biscuit Kennel, Cat’s Meow Resale Store or the Duplicate Store.

Check for ticket locations and maps.

Attention all Ladies

The next bimonthly Cumberland Plateau Christian Women’s Connection luncheon will be a Teddy Bear Picnic held on June 16 from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Central Time at the Discovery Center at 5160 Peavine Road.

Lunch will be catered by Big Boys BBQ.  The speaker will be Arlene Grimes, “When All Else Fails, Read the Directions”.  Cumberland County Playhouse members will provide entertainment.

Meetings are fun and uplifting and provide a great opportunity to meet ladies from all around the county.

For more information contact Carolyn at 931-484-9556 or email [email protected]

Ecumenical lunch slated

Ladies of Fairfield Glade Churches Ecumenical  Lunch will be held June 8, at St. Francis Catholic Church, 7503 Peavine Rd. Doors open at 10 A.M.

Reservations may be made by mailing check  to Dianne Burling, 159 Havenridge Cir. FFG, 38558, For more information call Pam Brophy, 931-707-7234

The Bread of Life Appreciation event set

The Bread of Life Rescue Mission’s Annual Appreciation Dinner that is scheduled to be held at the Cumberland County Community Complex on May 19th starting at 5:30 P.M. with a catered dinner by Forte’s Restaurant beginning at 6 P.M.

A “Free Will Offering” will be taken at the end of the program.

You may call the Bread of Life Rescue Mission’s office (931-707-0503) or email [email protected] to reserve a seat or a table of 8 for the dinner.  Last year’s event was sold out, so reserve your place before the R.S.V.P. deadline of May 13th.

Strawberry Festival takes place on May 21

St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 1038 Sparta Hwy., Crossville, will be holding its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, May 21st from 11 S.M. to 3 P.M.