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Scrapbook: Natchez Women's Book Society
2014 Holiday Dinner
2013 Holiday Dinner
2012 Holiday Dinner
2011 Holiday Dinner
2010 Holiday Dinner
2009 Holiday Dinner
2008 Holiday Dinner
2007 Holiday Dinner
2006 Holiday Dinner
2005 Holiday Dinner
2004 Holiday Dinner
The Races
2003 Holiday Dinner
2002 Holiday Dinner
2001 Holiday Dinner
Visit From a Real Author

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2014 Holiday Dinner

This year we went out to dinner, and we chose Pearl Street Pasta.

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2013 Holiday Dinner

Mary Emrick was the hostess, and her husband Fred gave us a talk on the history of their house, The Gardens, which has been in his family since the 1800s.

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2012 Holiday Dinner

Sue Fountain was the hostess.

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2011 Holiday Dinner

We broke with tradition and went to a restaurant this year - Roux 61.

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2010 Holiday Dinner

Karen Foley was the hostess

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2009 Holiday Dinner

Casey Ann Hughes was the hostess.

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Oops! We forgot to take pictures!

2008 Holiday Dinner

Rosemary Hall was the hostess.

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Holiday Dinner 2007

Virginia Newby was our hostess this year, and the food was delicious, as usual.

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No pictures! The webmaster/photographer was out of the country and no one thought to take pictures.

2006 Holiday Dinner

Karen Callaway the hostess.

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2005 Holiday Dinner

Joyce Borum invited us to her home this year. Being the incredible hostess that she is, she outdid herself, She set up the dining room table, so we could eat together. She "prayed" her daughter home from Iraq, just so she could sing to us. She arranged for Santa to visit us with goodies - Santa bore a strange resemblance to her son. Finally, she prepared extra food - Joyce just has to cook!

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2004 Holiday Dinner

This year we met at Judy Stahlman's home, which is high on the bluffs with a beautiful view of the river. The food was divine, and the conversation scintillating!

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The Races

We were famous! It all started with Diana Glaze's Top of the Morning in the Natchez Democrat. Then Angus Lind wrote us up in the New Orleans Times Picayune. Finally, the Natchez Democrat, not wanting to be upstaged by a New Orleans paper, also wrote an article.

2003 Holiday Dinner

What a difference live music makes! Jeannie Lanneau, famed organist at the Presbyterian Church came with Christmas songbooks and played the piano. The hostess with the mostest, Jack Kelly, provided participants with various percussion instruments and costume accessories. And of course, everyone sang - even those of us who can't carry a tune. It goes without saying that the food was out of this world. The first ever NWBS field trip was planned. In honor of the wonderful book Seabiscuit, we're going to the Natchez Race in New Orleans in March.

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2002 Holiday Dinner

The highlight of the holiday season in Natchez is the Society's Holiday Dinner. This year the infamous Diana Glaza (aka Louise) allowed the members to see how the stars live by inviting them into her home. As per tradition, each lady brought a dish, and they really outdid themselves this year. Many agreed to share their culinary secrets - and thus the Recipes page was born. As one member said, "These ladies not only know how to read, but they can cook as well!" Amazing!

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2001 Holiday Dinner

Every December, the Society meets for its traditional Holiday Dinner at the home of one of its members. It is a must-attend event in the social calendar of Natchez. In 2001, Karen Foley graciously and bravely opened her home to the scrutiny of the ladies. Each lady was required to bring a dish, carefully selected from her family's treasured collection. In addition to enjoying the divine food, the ladies also prepare the program for the upcoming year. Of course, they also indulge in a little gossip - especially about those who do not attend. Needless to say, a lovely time was had by all.

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Visit From a Real Author

At our August meeting, two members arrived early and were browsing in the store, when a woman walked in. She thought we worked at the bookstore, and we though she was a new book club member. After a few minutes of confusion, we discovered that she was a real author. Her book had recently been published, she had been on a promotional tour, and she was returning home. Her book had just been reviewed by 'O' magazine, and she was looking for a copy of the magazine. We weren't able to find the magazine, but we sure were fascinated with her. Her name is Marsha Recknagel, and her book is If Nights Could Talk. The book is a memoir about her experiences with her nephew. We invited her to come to one of our meetings, and the owner of Cover to Cover arranged for her to come to the November meeting. It was a happening! She read from her book, told us stories, answered all our questions, signed our books, and even posed for photographs. We were mesmerized! We all decided that, in addition to her writing talents, Marsha has a future as a stand up comic. She had us alternating between laughter and tears and totally enthralled. We were there until almost 10 pm (a NWBC record!).

We also formed the First Marsha Recknagel Fan Club. If you haven't read her book, please do so. Be sure to buy (not borrow) a copy of her book. We want her to get rich and famous, so our pictures and autographs will be more valuable.

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