By Barbara Wells
The Meridian Star
The Hattiesburg Quilters held their annual three-day quilting expo this month, and two of our quilters entered quilts, "for the heck of it," not expecting to win.
But win they did!
Elizabeth was a winner with her double pink kaleidoscope quilt and Sue Davis for her two baby quilts.
An even bigger surprise: They won money!
Both ladies have been taking our hand quilting class taught by Marilynn Ponds, who has taught quilting for the city since 1976.
Besides the machine and hand quilting classes we offer, there are two clubs that meet at the Center to share their quilting techniques – The Magnolia Quilters and the Carousel Quilters. Last weekend, they brought noted quilter and author Kathy Seaman Shaw of Birmingham, Ala., to teach an all-day workshop on silk ribbon embroidery, which is often used in "crazy" quilting.
The Magnolia Quilters meet every second and fourth Thursday at 10 a.m., and the Carousel Quilters meet once a month, first Friday, at 6 p.m.. New members are welcome.
Our last set of eight-week classes begins Oct. 22. Because of the popularity of some of the classes, we have already closed registration on the following: all smocking classes, hand quilting and stained glass. A list of all other classes can be found online under our meridianms.org site or on Facebook at Meridian Activity Center.
One class we have held in the past is available in this winter session: pine needle basket weaving, which is taught by Millicent McGee. Basket weaving is the subject of a lot of jokes true, but it is also a well-respected art form. Next time you are in Laurel, be sure to visit the Lauren Rogers Museum and look at their wonderful basket collection. Arthritis in your hands, you say? Keeping your hands busy will help to ease the pain. This class will be held on Wednesday morning.
Speaking of hand work, Tillie Mattox of DeKalb wants to conduct another one-day workshop in chair caning. This class uses the wider (3/8” or 5/8”) flat reed, as in the old-fashioned chairs and stools. This wider cane is easier to work with and can be done in one day. We have samples of the wide cane at the Center if you want to see.
We will need to know how large an area you want to cover – chair seat or back, or a stool – so we can order enough material. This workshop will not be held until early November, as we will need to order the reed from Jackson. Students must have strong hands.
Open enrollment for Medicare – as well as to make any changes in your existing plan – is from Oct. 15- Dec. 7.
To discuss your options, Meridian Activity Center welcomes Mary Lou Hutchinson and a representative from Humana on Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. They will discuss Medicare Advantage. A Medicare Advantage Plan is a type of health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide you with all your Part A and Part B benefits. The representatives are not here to sell, but to show you how to choose the plan that is best for you.
If you plan to attend, please call the Center at (601)485-1812 to RSVP with me or Mary Lou Hutchinson at (601) 527-3673..
With your health in mind, we are again offering flu shots the next day, (Oct. 24), from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. These are being offered by the Lauderdale County Health Department. Shots are free with Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP. Be sure to bring your card.
Okay, granted there is nothing particularly scary about a baked potato – unless it is VERY hot! However, that is how Hospice Compassus is helping us celebrate on Oct. 31 – with loaded baked potatoes at noon.
Let’s hope for a very cold day that last Wednesday in the month – a little rain and dark clouds would help. Who knows what could come along with a loaded baked potato on the scariest day of the year? Be sure to RSVP by noon on Oct. 29 – we need to know how many to shove in the oven (next to the little girls and boys! Hee hee hee!) Phone (601) 485-1812.
And ... Otha Barham and The Daydreamers will entertain us on Oct. 27.
Meridian Activity Center is located at 3300 32nd Ave., in the middle of a residential area between Meridian High School and Northwest Middle School. The best cross-street is 36th Street, off 29th Avenue or Poplar Springs Drive.
Call (601) 485-1812 for information about any of our classes, ceramics, pool room, Bingo every first and third Thursday, retiree meetings, walking trail, neighborhood watch meeting, colored pencil drawing, painting workshops and more!!
• Barbara Wells is director of Meridian Activity Center. You may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org