Annual Cookie Walk, Craft Fair Dec. 6

Faith Lutheran Church organizers expect 9,000 cookies, thousands of one-of-a-kind crafts

Suzie Dulaney, left, of the Lovell Road area has some assistance choosing cookies from Faith Lutheran Church members Cristina Goethert, 8, and Bridget Edwards, 9, during the church’s 2013 Cookie Walk and Craft Sale. Farragut and metropolitan area cookie lovers can grab their fill of homemade holiday cookies and shop for Christmas gifts when they attend the 13th annual Faith Lutheran Church Cookie Walk and Craft Fair.

“We expect about 9,000 cookies this year,” Caroline Erickson, church member, said.

This year’s event is slated to run from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 6, in the church, at 225 Jamestowne Blvd., in Farragut. Church members make the cookies by hand and bring them to the church, where they fill trays from which shoppers will choose.

“This annual event features thousands of homemade cookies and unique, one-of-a-kind handmade crafts,” Erickson said.

No reservations are required, but she advised it is best to arrive early as cookies sell out quickly. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. to buy boxes and go to the craft fair, she said. “The cookie choosing will begin at 9 a.m. with 10 shoppers at a time.”
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Turkey hangover

The feast is over and I won’t be going on that scale for a few more days.

It’s Sunday and the family that traveled over the river and through the woods to visit “Grandma’s house” is back home and there’s a Ziplock bag in my fridge screaming at me to be creative with its contents: one dried out turkey leg, part of a wi-ng and bits and pieces of light and dark meat. I gave most of the turkey, all the gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, rolls, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes away in take home goody boxes for all my guests, but kept sort of a martyr bag of leftovers for us.

Why’d I do that? Why didn’t I just get rid of all of it? I asked Nelly (my inner child).
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Farragut Presbyterian abounds with musical talent

Four brothers, from left, Nolan, Jackson, Ei and Aaron Sharp, practice at Farragut Presbyterian Church. They were drawn to the cello by watching the oldest brother, Jackson, play. They are among several sets of siblings who play musical instruments or sing at the church. Children attending Farragut Presbyterian Church have found a musical outlet at the church.

“We have a very musically talented church, and this church is very dedicated to music excellence as a vital part of how we worship,” Katina Sharp, Farragut Presbyterian’s director of children’s and youth ministries, said, adding there are children who play violin, piano, guitar and some sing.

As director, Sharp is in charge of a range from nursery children to college adults totalling 30. Farragut Presbyterian’s children’s choir is ages 4-to-12, and the church has a pre-school music program, she said.

“We’re in the process of starting a string orchestra because we have so many string players here,” Sharp said.

Among those Farragut Presbyterian children who are active musically are Sharp’s sons, 10-year-old Jackson, 9-year-old Ei, 6-year-old Aaron and 4-year-old Nolan. All four boys play the cello.
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Rotary Club of Farragut donates translation machine

Elizabeth Choi, FMS English as a Second Language teacher, shows seventh-grade student Alice Sun the Chinese-to-English translation machine she is using. A $168 electronic device, courtesy of The Rotary Club of Farragut, is expected to help two

Chinese students at Farragut Middle School realize their full potential.

Farragut Rotary quickly responded to a request for an electronic translation device from Mary Sue Pruitt, FMS seventh-grade teacher, to help seventh grade students Xuyan Cheng and Alice Sun who were struggling with English.

“We have a deficit in what is called our gap scores, and our English Language Learners are not advancing at the rate that our other learners are,” Pruitt said. “So we noticed that some of the ELL students that use electronic translators are able to participate more in class. So we wanted the students who didn’t have access to one or resources to get one to have one. So the Rotary Club stepped in and is sponsoring one that these two Chinese students can use.”

Alice and Xuyan are among 25 students, representing nine nationalities “and maybe a few more languages than that,” at FMS who currently attend an English as a Second Language class taught by Eliz-abeth Choi.

These Chinese students were pinpointed for the electronic translators “because they have very limited English,” Pruitt said.
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West Portrait Group keeps art alive

Debbie Barnes of Concord, right, stands in front of her portrait works displayed during Barbara West Portrait Group's "A Show of Their Work" in Farragut Town Hall, which ran Oct. 6-17. Her model is Sarah Williams. Charter members of Barbara West Portrait Group from more than 15 years ago, Debbie Barnes and her daughter, Carrie Ellen Barnes of Concord fought to save the twice-weekly gathering of Farragut area artists.

“My daughter and I decided to not let the group disappear when Barbara died in May 2011,” Debbie Barnes said. “… We had been doing art in her home for 12 years. So we started finding places to have the art class. My house is not really fixed to facilitate it.”

The group “of about 20” meets 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays, at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Farragut, and 2 to 4 p.m., Saturdays, at Ball Camp Baptist Church. They also were part of “A Show of Their Work,” a group display of art in Farragut Town Hall Oct. 6-17.

“Sometimes, when the church has an event, we meet in Far-ragut library, in their classroom,” said Debbie, who along with Carrie are “four or five” charter members of the group.
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Grandparents Day

Barbara and Bob Janowski with grandson, Garrett Campbell at Grandparents Day at FIS Farragut Intermediate School third-graders had a chance to spend some quality time with their grandparents at lunch time during the school’s annual

Grandparents Day Friday, Sept. 26, in the school.

Eighteen third-grade classes participating in this year’s program. For more than two decades, the school has held a Grandparents Day, where students had lunch with their grandparents.

For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.