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Optic-Herald 2008 coloring contest

Second place Optic coloring contest winner by  Karlee Jo Fielden.Karlee Jo Fielden, age eight was the second place winner of the Optic-Herald Coloring Contest.

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Optic-Herald 2008 coloring contest

Third place Optic coloring contest winner by Jami Reed.Jami Reed, age five, was the third place winner of the Optic-Herald Coloring Contest.

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Crepes and Crape Myrtles

Crepes and Crape MyrtlesTeresia Wims and Peggy Lowery, members of the Main Street and VIP committees, gave away freshly baked crepes and 60 crape myrtles prior to the Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Christmas performance

Christmas performanceClassical Christmas music dating from the 14-17th centuries formed the basis of a private piano performance by Lynda Davidson.  The first piece was The First Noel in the setting of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor.

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Shafer discusses audiobook

Shafer discusses audiobook Charles Shafer, a 1960 Mount Vernon High School graduate, was at the Mount Vernon Library on Dec. 5 to talk about his audio book, The View from the Chinaberry Tree.   The audiobook features the author reading his stories about growing up in Winfield in the 1940’s and 50’s.

Caroling

CarolingMarsha and Garry Romines sang solos during the Franklin County Arts Alliance’s annual Christmas caroling party. Jermekie Fountain also performed a solo during the event. Approximately 30 people celebrated the season with songs and refreshments at the Cultural Arts Center on Thursday, Dec. 11.

Cook wins quilt

Cook wins quiltKim Cook of Scroggins won this blue, yellow, green and white baby quilt. It was given away in a fund raising event to benefit the Northeast Texas Child Sdvocacy Center. Saree Witson of Mount Pleasant was the winner of a second quilt given away in the fund-raiser. The quilts were made by volunteers from Quitman and supplies from Stitchin Heaven.

A capella concert

Suzi Byrd, left, Jason Awbrey, with accordian, C. Michael Hawn, and Jeanine Thames presented an a capella concert at the Mount Vernon Music Hall on Saturday, Dec. 13 to a crowd of approximately 85 people. Sacred songs from England, Germany, France, Brazil, and the Caribbean were performed at the concert.

MVM concert

MVM concertBaritone Jason Awbrey, left, and tenor Michael Hawn, right, are two of the featured performers for the “A Cappella Christmas” concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 in the Mount Vernon Music Hall. See the full story in the Dec. 4 edition of the Optic-Herald.