By Jan Vaughn
Recently, Debra Wood and her sister, Barbara Cockrum, returned from a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. They met Barbara’s daughter, Stephanie; son-in-law John; and grandson Brock at their timeshare in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. They visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where they toured the mountain and picnicked near a beautiful river in the mountain range. They also visited Pigeon Forge, with all the shops.
On Tuesday, they attended the Pirates Voyage dinner theater, where they were served a delicious meal and were entertained by diving Pirates and live animals.
While John and Brock played golf in the nearby mountains on Wednesday, the girls enjoyed a day of shopping at various Christmas stores and the nearby outlet mall.
On Thursday night, the group went to the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud, where they enjoyed the show and a “delicious meal of fried chicken, pulled pork and all the fixins.” The “Hatfields & McCoys” entertained the audience with singing and clogging.
This was Debra’s first visit to the Great Smoky Mountains and she is ready to go back. The rest of the group had been there several times and enjoyed the mountains once again. It was a great trip for Debra to end her summer vacation, as she begins her 30th year in education and her 24th year at North Hopkins.
Joyce Dodd reports that the “angels” donated five bags of groceries for the Tira Food Pantry. She added that a $25 contribution was received for the cause. We are always grateful for help with the pantry needs.
Our great-grandchildren, Dixie, Rylan, Brailon and Slaiden visited with us on Friday evening. Dixie was returning to her home in Sour Lake on Saturday, after spending three weeks with Landon, Laiken, and the boys.
Chip went to the car show in Sulphur Springs on Saturday morning. That evening Jim and Sandra Vaughn, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, came by for a visit. On Sunday, Chip’s mother and sister, Grace and Linda Ellen Vaughn, joined us for lunch.
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