People & Places Sunday, Jan. 7
An evening with Norris and Ed on ‘G.I. Town’
KANNAPOLIS — Kannapolis History Associates host Norris Dearmon and Ed Robinette as they explore the history of G.I. Town from the post-World War II era. Learn why Kannapolis’ G.I. Town was created and also when and why it was dismantled.
The presentation will include period memorabilia, newspaper articles, photos and possibly a visit from a uniformed World War II soldier. There will be time for sharing your memories and experiences of G.I. Town. Guests are invited to bring photos or memorabilia to share.
The meeting is Monday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the A.L. Brown High School social room, 415 East First St. To learn more, call the History Room at 704-932-7518 or Phil Goodman at 704-796-0803.
Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society
The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society will begin rehearsals for its May concert “Seasons of Life” on Tiuesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church, 901 S. Church St.
All voice parts are welcome with a simple audition for new singers.
For more information, call 704-796-9683 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Salisbury.Rowan.Choral.Society/
The Carolina Artist Guild
The Carolina Artist Guild will meet Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 Martin Luther King Jr Ave S. This month’s program is Show and Tell. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring their recent artwork to share with the group.
Club news from the Kneeling Gardeners
KANNAPOLIS — The Kneeling Gardeners held their November meeting on Nov. 27 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Kannapolis. President Jean Kadela called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests. Janelle Murray, Chaplain had devotions entitled “Love and Loving One Another”. Our speaker for the evening was Alice Moody from Kannapolis on Holiday Décor. Born and raised in Cabarrus County, she has a BS degree in Textile Technology form NC State and worked for Cannon Mills until the mill was sold. After retirement she had time to tap her creative side. The topic for the evening was “Taking Something you have and Recycling it.” Have you ever wanted a fresh wreath and not known how to make one yourself? Alice took an artificial wreath and gathered up a small handful of pine, cedar, arbor bay boughs or trimmings from your Christmas Tree, and proceeded to lay them on the wreath and tie the bundle down with stems from the artificial wreath. Layering the boughs of fresh greenery in the same direction, she went all the way around the wreath. It was beautiful, fuller and larger than the artificial wreath she started with. The fresh greenery will not wilt much unless it is in the sun, but can be misted with water or replaced if it dries too much. The finished wreath makes a wonderful candle holder for the center of a table, around a punch bowl, or as a door wreath. If you want to use the wreath on a door, buy good ribbon with wire edges, and make yourself a bow. Her hand moved like magic as she began making loops all the same size with 4-5 loops on each side and twisting the ribbon for each new loop for the pattern to be on the right side. (This will probable take 4-5 yards of ribbon.) While still holding the bow, a small wire bent in half and twisted will secure the bow and allow you to wire it to the wreath. Pull the loops apart and arrange them as you wish. If a round wreath does not suit your fancy and a swag appeals more. Again, buy an artificial wreath and pull the wreath left to right and squeeze it close together to form an oval. Then again take small handfuls of longer pieces of the greenery you have gathered from your yard, the woods, or the neighbors, and tie them onto the swag with the bushy part of the greenery facing down. Add until the bottom is full and add shorted pieces to the top with the bushy part facing upward. A bow, ornaments and other Christmas decorations may be added into the center of the swag until you are pleased, Alice had flameless candles in small colored jars that were joined by hemp rope and she added them along with ornaments in coordinating colors. Especially watch the 4th of July sales at Hobby Lobby and Stein Mart for items that may be repurposed for Christmas. Wooden shadowbox frames can be painted and decorated for Christmas with the use of a hot glue gun and small ornaments and contact paper. They make special gifts for friends. Do you have a tall metal planter sitting around that you have used in the yard or home and need to redo it? Alice brought one from her home that she had painted red and filled the inside with foam like what you use to seal pipes and windows. When dry it is hard and an arrangement can be made. Long wooden dowels had been painted, one red, like the planter, one silver and one aqua the new color for Christmas. Then she went to the dollar store and bought a short metal candlestick. Turning it upside down, with power grab, glued the candlestick to the dowel and then a small rounded tea candle holder onto the top. Each dowel was done this way and the entire thing was painted the red, silver and aqua. The finished dowels were strategically placed into the planter. Long boughs of fresh greenery were inserted around, and then plain brown fruit tree limbs were arranged to add even more texture. Beautiful ornaments had been glued to additional dowels wrapped with florist tape to add among the greenery to make a gorgeous arrangement that could be used in the corner of a porch or foyer by adding a bow using the colors from the planter. How original. Always remember to add a spotlight to your porch. Alice Moody is so creative, and we always enjoy her wonderful ideas. Refreshments were served by Jill Roach, Diane Kane, Val Kane, and Gail Puntch. In you are interested in gardening, please join us Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. when Melanie Dwornik, from NCRC Nutrition and Health will be our speaker.