Joyce Spencer: Community news for Friday, Jan. 4
HOLIDAY HOME CELEBRATION: For almost 20 years, Eddie and Vicky Smith have started decorating their home in East Pea Ridge for Christmas at the first of November and celebrate the holidays until the middle of January. The decorating consists of trimming 26 Christmas trees and decorating every room of their house including the utility room, bathrooms and deck. Each tree has a different theme, such as a teacher tree, a Dale Earnhardt tree, a Marshall University tree, a grandchildren’s tree, two Hallmark magical revolving trees, etc. They held an open house on Dec. 28 and have hosted several groups such as the Busy Bees Daycare from Steele Memorial United Methodist Church and the Barboursville Red Hat Divas.
VACATION: Danny and Ann Nguyen, of Barboursville, enjoyed a well-deserved three-week vacation during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. They visited family members in Texas and Australia where they traveled to Brisbane, Cairns and Sydney. They are the owners of Pro Nails on U.S. Route 60 East, Barboursville, that is open seven days a week.
HOLIDAY TRAVEL: During the holidays, Vernon and Beverly Howell, of Barboursville, traveled by train to Wilmington, Delaware, to visit their two daughters and their families in Pennsylvania. They visited their daughter, Robin, and her husband, Kevin O’Doud, and grandson Patrick in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and daughter, Jenny and her husband, Josiah Pierson, and granddaughter, Liz, in East Greenville, Pennsylvania. Both Robin and Jenny are graduates of Barboursville High School (1982 and ’84 ) and Marshall University. Grandson Patrick is majoring in electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and granddaughter Liz is majoring in economics at Temple University.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: 14-year old Brooklyn Nelson, an actress, singer and dancer from Barboursville, gave special performances in the upper lobby of The Greenbrier resort on Dec. 26 and 27. She recently played the role of Young Elsa in Disney’s “Frozen, the Broadway Musical”; originated the role of Young Elsa in the show’s pre-Broadway run in Denver in the spring of 2018; and voiced one of the main characters, Oikawa Nazuna, in the English version of the anime movie “Fireworks,” which was released in numerous theaters nationwide in July 2018. Brooklyn has also done voiceover and commercial work and has had roles in filming and vocal performances such as singing the national anthem at a New York Knicks game in Madison Square Garden. Her first performance locally was with First Stage Theatre in Huntington in the “Little Mermaid.” When she isn’t working, Brooklyn does her classwork at Barboursville Middle School and is tutored at the theater when she is working. She is the daughter of Todd and Tara Nelson, of Barboursville.
MEETING: Westmoreland Woman’s Club, 2962 Bradley Road, Huntington, meets at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 with Jan Rader, chief of the Huntington Fire Department, as the guest speaker. The devotion will be given by Candi Parsley, and Courtney Parsley will lead the pledge to the flag. The hostess committee is Freeda Crocett, Joyce Clark, Sandi Martin and Carole Boster. For more information, call 304-429-2108.
BIRTHDAYS: Happy birthday this week to Charles Racer, Logan Bryant, Howard Cobb, Neal Adkins, Sr., Courtney Dilcher, Chris Wilson, Irene Saxton, Parker Smith, Todd Strickland, Sarah Stultz, Grayson Kinner, Jordan Braley, Beverly Eden, Xavier Cory, Kayla Jo Byrd, Chuck Woods, Julie Ketchum, Judy Dean, Sabrina Martin, Mary Thomas, Craig Armstrong, Robert Leon Wood, Lisa Powers, Wilma Joyce, Vera Mae Fox, Greg Johnson, Amy Smith, Zinna Erwin, Shane Cartmill, Linda Shipley, Donna Flowers, Jackie Underwood, and Greg Bunn.
Special birthday wishes to Brittney Nicole Scarberry, who celebrated her 16th birthday Wednesday; to Audrey Adel Young, who blew out three candles Wednesday; to Chloe Elyse Maybin, who was 12 years old Wednesday; to my grandson, Jake Nash, whose 15th birthday was Thursday; and Stella Jane Moore, who will be 5 years old Sunday. Belated wishes to Melissa Stewart, whose birthday was Dec. 26.
ANNIVERSARIES: Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are Lou and Ken Morris, Howard and Sandy Pullin, Earnest and Wanda Davis, Jeff and Rosalene Black, Chris and Diana Black, Rossie and Marla White, Fred and Pat Mc Carty, and Caleb and Teresa Maybin.
Send items for this column to Joyce Spencer, 817 Main St., Barboursville, WV 25504, or fax 304-736-4522. Her email address is jcspencer@MSN.com.