Vista Gatherings – September 8, 2015

Simms to speak Glade Quilt Guild Sept. 18

Ami Simms, noted quilt teacher, national speaker and published author, will address the Fan-Tastic Quilt Guild on Friday, September 18 at 9:00 a.m. at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church (231 Westchester Drive).

She is perhaps best known for founding the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, a national grassroots, all-volunteer charity that raised $1.1 million for Alzheimer’s research.

Simms has presented lectures and workshops to more than 500 groups in 46 states and seven foreign countries. She will present a lecture, “How Not To Make A Prize-Winning Quilt,” on Friday and will teach a workshop on sewing patchwork on Saturday from 9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Multi-Purpose/Library Building at 455 Lakeview Drive.

The fee for the class is $32.50 plus $9 for the pattern.  Students must pre-register. Contact Judi Gerth at (981) 456-7038 ([email protected]) for more information.

The Fan-Tastic Quilt Guild is a local group of 100 quilters who meet on the third Friday of the month at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church to further the art of quilting through education, sharing, community outreach, and social camaraderie.  They have been meeting since 2002. New members and visitors are always welcome.

Garden Club speaker to address native plants

Margie Hunter, author of “Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee: The Spirit of Place,” is the featured speaker for the Fairfield Glade Garden Club Sept. 16 meeting.

The regular monthly meeting convenes at 9:30 A.M. in the Fairfield Glade Community Church large meeting room. Members and guests are welcome to arrive at 9 A.M. for pre-meeting refreshments and camaraderie.

Hunter is a writer, gardener, hiker, and amateur naturalist, who loves the natural history of Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains. In keeping with her love for native plants she notes that her current quest is to hike all the trails in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Hunter lives in Nashville, TN. where she is active as a volunteer Cheekwood Botanic Gardens.

The program will be followed by the usual business meeting and announcements, followed by an invitation to lunch at an off-site location where Hunters’ book will be available for sale. Guests are always welcome. More information is available from Karen Dunivan at [email protected] or 287-0621.

Celtic Club event nears

Celtic Circle announces that the Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival has found a new home and has moved to Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage in Nashville.

The September 12 event opens at 10 A.M., rain or shine.  Golf carts will provide transportation from the parking lots to the Games for those in need of help.  Advance tickets are available on the website

Up-to-date information is available on Facebook:  Middle Tennessee Highland Games. The Games will benefit Operation Restored Warrior

“How exciting to have the Games move to The Hermitage,” says Barbara Thornhill of Cumberland County’s Celtic Circle.  “If you have never attended a Games, then you are in for a treat.  There is something for everyone in the family.  Bagpipes, music and dance, men in kilts and ladies in arisaids, shopping, eating, and activities for the children.”

Celtic music as only Nashville can provide will be performed by Feckless Fear Dearg, Barrenhart, The Secret Commonwealth, and the featured group, Nashville Celts.

The Lassie of Ceremonies will be Scottish native Laura McGhee.  Enjoy the skirl of the bagpipes as Nashville Pipes & Drums and 17th Lancers Pipes & Drums perform.  Watch the precision steps as the Glengarry Highland Dancers perform.

The heavy Scottish athletics always draws a crowd.  Watch the athletes in their kilts as they compete in the caber toss, hammer throw, stone throw, weight for distance, weight for height, and sheaf toss.  Learn the rules in advance at

Irish Hurling, thought to be the world’s oldest field game, came to Ireland with the Celts as the last ice age was receding.

The Celts brought with them a unique culture, their own language, music, script and unique pastimes including a game called hurling.

For those curious about their Scottish heritage, information tents for Celtic Clans and organizations will be available with eager volunteers ready to offer hospitality and share information.

Food vendors will offer traditional and American foods.  Celtic vendors will showcase their arts and crafts, and you can bet there will be plenty of plaid to choose from.

Korean Vets to meet

Plateau Chapter #297, Korean War Veterans Association, will meet next on Wednesday, September 9th, at the Fairfield Glade Community & Conference Center on Stonehenge Drive.

The meeting starts at 1 P.M.. sharp and is open to members, members wives or significant others. family, and any others who are interested in joining or viewing our meetings.  For driving directions or questions please feel free to contact Vice Comdr Emil Zenk at 931-250-8370.

Topics for the good of the order will come before the members and we will start the sign up for the Christmas Party to take place at the Legends Dining Room, 12 Noon,on Saturday, December 12.  As a reminder, the trip lto the Nissan Assembly Plant, south of Nashville is set for the next day, Thursday, September 10th.

The Korean Veterans are a group of military veterans connected to the Korean War, which took place back in the early 1950’s, sponsored by a National Organization, and interested, through their efforts and hard work, in helping the Cumberland County Community.  We again thank all those citizens of Cumberland County who have participated in our spring fund raisers.

DAR looking for talent

Calling all talented folks on the Plateau…The Crab Orchard Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) needs you!

They are looking for guys and gals who can perform popular music from the World War II, Korean and Vietnam eras to participate in the Annual USO Show on Saturday, November 14.

The popularity of this patriotic event has grown and both an afternoon and evening performance now fill the beautiful Palace Theatre in Crossville.

This is your chance to share your talent and American Pride by participating.  Money raised from this annual sold-out event supports patriotic endeavors for our community,  schools and veterans.

Auditions will be held at the theatre on Tuesday, September 8, between the hours of 10 A.M. and 2 P.M.

Please call Linda Baker at 931-260-1372 to schedule a convenient time for your audition.

New GriefShare Series set for September 14

Christ Lutheran Church of Fairfield Glade invites new attendees and previous participants to join our new 13 week session of GriefShare, a special seminar and support group for people who are grieving the loss of someone close.

Seminar videos and materials have been updated and are appropriate for those who have attended previously, as well as newcomers.  GriefShare is a non-denominational group, which features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics.

Join us on September 14th at 10 A.M. in Christ Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 481 Snead Dr.   For more information, call the church office at 931-484-7273.

Kayak Connection

The 2015 FFG kayak season is winding down to the last six weeks. Join the Kayak Connection on Saturdays, ready to paddle, at 8:30 A.M.

They are an informal group without any membership contract or dues. Their main goals are fun, exercise, relaxation, enjoyment of outdoors, and safety. Weather does dictate whether/or not they paddle. Use your own judgment.

Interested in a rental? Kayak/ canoe/ paddleboat rentals are only available at Lake Dartmoor and Lake St George. For more rental information, please contact the marinas.

Own a kayak/ canoe, but need help to maneuver it? Please make your own arrangements prior to Saturdays.

Their last outing, Sept 26, will follow with a picnic pot luck. They’ll finish kayaking (about 10 A.M.), and meet at the picnic tables. Plan to bring a friend/spouse, your own table place setting, BYOB, and a breakfast pot luck dish to share.

Coordinators are Nancy Burleson, 484-6149 and Pat Kowalsky, 250-1159.

Here is our lake schedule:

Sept 12- Lake Canterbury

Sept 19- Lake Malvern

Sept 26- Lake St George/ breakfast pot luck

FFG Couples Bowling League to get started

The Fairfield Glade Month-Enders Couples league bowl the last Sunday of the month (except holidays).

The 2015-2016 bowling season starts on Sunday, September 27th, at 2 P.M.. Bowling continues through May, concluding with the awards banquet. We focus on FUN, with friendly competition!! (You need not be a superstar bowler).  If you do not own your bowling equipment, rental shoes and balls are available at the alley. Teams are forming, today. Pre-registration is necessary.

Please call Judi Kaines at 707-8597 or Nancy Burleson at 484-6149. Not sure you can commit each month? There is a need for substitute bowlers, too. Call soon to reserve your place with Month-Enders.

Republican meeting set

The Cumberland County Republican Party will be hosting their annual Reagan Day Dinner September 12th at Martin Elementary School. Doors open at 5:30 with dinner starting at 6 P.M.

With the event being the day after the 14th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the program will highlight and honor the sacrifices of our emergency personnel and military.

The keynote speaker this year will be former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who was with President George W. Bush on September 11, 2001 and was a key player in the American response to 9/11.

Tickets are $30 per person or a table of 8 can be purchased for $200.

For tickets or more information, please call 931-456-4414 or stop by the county trustee’s office located off of Main Street.

 Free Classes offered

Classes are being offered for family and friends of individuals with a major mental illness on eight consecutive Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8:30 P.M. beginning on September 16, and ending on November 4.

The With Hope in Mind is a FREE eight-session course provided by NAMI .

With Hope in Mind is support and education for family members and friends who have a loved one with bipolar disorder (manic depression), major depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and/or other disorders.

To register call John and Denise Ranger at (931) 707-0283

Bible Study Fall Class Begins in September

Register now for the upcoming fall Bible Study Tech class,  “Discerning the Voice of God-How to Recognize When God Speaks” with teacher, Priscilla Shirer will begin on Monday, September 14, from 1:30 to 4 P.M., and continue through Monday, November 2.

Bible Study Tech classes are held at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church at 231 Westchester Drive.

If you are interested in learning more about the Bible and interacting with a lot of very fun and interesting ladies, you might like to join us.

Please contact Cathy Muldoon, 456-9282, [email protected] or DeBe Wantzloeben, 456-8160, [email protected] for more information or send your registration to Bible Study Tech, 104 Prescott Lane, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558.

Hospice to meet Sept. 14

The monthly meeting of the Fairfield Glade Hospice Auxiliary will be held the second Monday of September, September 14, in the social hall of St. Francis Catholic Church, 7503  Peavine Rd. Fairfield Glade.

This change of date is necessary due to Labor Day being the first Monday.

This meeting will  begin at 2:30 (please note the change of time) and will be followed by the social gathering after the business meeting.

For further information, please contact Shirley Wilkinson, membership chairman at 456-0032.

Funds raised by these events help support the ongoing operation of Cumberland House, a six bed end of life facility, which accommodates all persons, without consideration of ability to pay.

Free Classes offered

Classes are being offered for family and friends of individuals with a major mental illness on eight consecutive Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8:30 P.M. beginning on September 16, and ending on November 4.

The With Hope in Mind is a FREE eight-session course provided by NAMI .

With Hope in Mind is support and education for family members and friends who have a loved one with bipolar disorder (manic depression), major depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and/or other disorders.

To register call John and Denise Ranger at (931) 707-0283