Winner, winner! Turkey dinner

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 7, 2015

Crawford Street United Methodist Church will hold its annual turkey dinner on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wesley Hall, 900 Crawford St., and the more than 100-year-old, time honored tradition also boasts another institution.

CSUMC member Jo Glyn Hunt has been in charge of decorating the tables for more than 40 years.

“It is a pleasure to decorate the tables, and I do it with joy and love, Hunt said.

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The dinner is a fundraiser held by the United Methodist Women and the proceeds support missions locally and abroad, Hunt said.

Last year, close to $2,000 was donated to the Heifer International, which is an organization that empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity by providing animals to those in need.

Animals are not just used as a food source, but also as sustainable income by producing milk, eggs and honey, which can be sold in markets.

The remaining proceeds from the dinner were used to support Service Over Self, Grace Christian Counseling Center, the local food pantry and kitchen items for the church.

In years past, Hunt said money was spent to decorate the tables for the dinner, but the women’s group decided it was time to forgo the added cost.

Hunt stepped up and now she uses gourds that her husband grew for the centerpieces for the tables, she said.

“George raised the gourds,” she said which were then spray painted silver and gold by the couple.

Hunt also added a touch of glitter to the gourds after they were painted to give them a festive look.

The decorations are not complete without fresh greenery and ribbon.

“I saw the idea (for the table decorations) at a women’s group luncheon in Jackson, and I liked it,” Hunt said.

Hunt said she decorates 24 tables, and it takes her approximately two hours with the help of her husband to complete the project.

After the turkey dinner, Hunt said she packs the gourds up and stores them in her basement for the next year.

“I have a basement where I store everything,” she laughed.

Tickets for the CSUMC turkey dinner are $10 and include turkey, dressing, corn pudding, green beans, roll, dessert and tea. Take-outs are also available.

In addition to the dinner the UMW will also sponsor a bake sale and bazaar. For more information or tickets, call 601-636-5612.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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