Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

November 15, 2013

Boots, Bangles and Barbecue

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Boot-scootin’, boogie and a whole lot of line dancing was just part of the fun enjoyed by about 300 “over 50’s” at the IOOF Event Center Thursday evening, when the fifth anniversary of Navarro Regional Hospital’s Senior Circle was celebrated.

Boots and Bangles featured entertainment by veteran performer Byron Haynie, and sparkling up-and-comer Taylor Parks, who is headed to Nashville in December to select songs for a new CD. This duo has been delighting audiences in Navarro County and the surrounding areas for some time, and Parks has a “family” connection to Navarro Regional by way of her grandfather, Jimbo Parks.

A delightful meal of barbecue, beans, potato salad, rolls and tea was accompanied by peach cobbler and a S’mores bar with hot cider, all prepared by the culinary staff of Navarro Regional Hospital (Morrison Food Services) and its leader, David Bridges.

In addition to the music, dancing, and fabulous food, there was an expo prior to the meal, with vendors such as Cleita’s Crafts, Initials, Inc., Montana West, Norma Gayle’s Designs, Origami Owl, Scentsy, Sharon Thomas and C&E Designs, Sweet M’s Treats, and Tastefully Simple providing unique shopping opportunities for Christmas. There was a photo booth with charming “dress up” items such as feather boas, hats and glasses to take fun photos, and twinkly lights were suspended from the ceilings to add to the ambiance created by holiday Christmas decorations. Each place setting had a gift bag, hand-sewn by volunteers, which contained “bangles,” pens, candy and other goodies.

In it’s fifth year in Navarro County, Senior Circle boasts a membership of over 600 men and women. The mission of Senior Circle is to “encourage the healthiest, most active lifestyle possible through meaningful eduction, wellness, health, volunteer opportunities and social activities at our hospital and throughout the community, while providing a forum for fellowship, valuable member-only discounts and priviledges,” according to the program for the evening.

“We have belonged to Senior Circle for about three years,” said Roger Warner of he and his wife, KathAnn. “My wife said they were going to South Dakota, and we hadn’t been anywhere in a while, so I thought, ‘why not?’ We’ve been to Santa Fe and Albuquerque with them, New Orleans, and Colorado Springs. We’ll go with them to Mackinaw Island, Mich. soon ... but I’m not sure if we’re going to Chicago or not.

“We have dinner once a month as a group. It’s fun, we enjoy it. Connie (Beale) is real nice, lots of fun and a good leader.”

Ricky Villarreal, assistant administrator of NRH, said the hospital has had a wonderful year in 2013. In addition to adding six new physicians, it has also added a cardiac rehab unit, something that had been requested by residents for a time, as well as CompCare of Navarro County, a new occupational medicine clinic which opened Nov. 11.

“I thank Connie for putting all this together, and thank Anna Paul for her help, as well,” Villarreal said. “We thank David and his staff for the excellent meal, and thank all of you for your continued support of our hospital.”

The program portion of the evening concluded with giving away many nice door prizes. Marsha Thomas was given a special “Thank you” for her efforts in the decorating.

“This evening wouldn’t look like it does without her,” Beale said.


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