The Dixie Melody Boys will be in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at the Winder Community Center, located at 113 E. Athens St., in Winder. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. You can also get tickets for Friday concert and the June 26 concert featuring The Inspirations for $25. Tickets are available at the office of The Barrow County News, located at 189 W. Athens St., in Winder, or call 770-867-7557.
Curious George made an appearance Friday at the Braselton Library. Everyone’s favorite monkey from the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey made a stop by the library during storytime just after the reading of one of the book — A Day at the Library — in which Curious George is the main character.
Curious George visits Braselton Library
Cathy Patrick has watched Parker Wood grow up and she is pleased that her shop, Little Hootie’s Cafe and Dippin’ Parlor on City Square in Hoschton, will be hosting a book signing on Saturday as Parker’s amazing adoption story is being told again in a new “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book focused on “The Joy of Adoption.”
The book, compiled by Amy Newmark and LeAnn Thieman, features 100 other stories plus Parker’s story which his mother, Linda, was contacted about republishing at the end of January.
“Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul: Stories Celebrating Forever Families” was published in 2008 and told of Linda and Brent Wood’s struggle to start a family – four years of fertility treatments and two adoption efforts which fell through. And then a miracle emerged from a tragic traffic accident which left brain dead a 42-year-old woman who was eight weeks pregnant. The woman’s sister asked that she be kept alive so the baby could be born but the baby had to be delivered by C-section when the mother died. The tiny baby was gravely ill and only given by doctors a 1 percent chance to survive.
That aunt contacted Brent with whom she had a work connection and he and Linda went to see the baby, who had a laundry list of health problems and a prognosis that make them question if they were ready to take on such a weighty task. Doctors said he may never breathe on his own and the future was uncertain.
“We put it in God’s hands,” says Linda.
They got their sign from God when little Parker pulled off the respirator and began breathing on his own. He showed he was a fighter – he was fighting for his family.
Eye surgeries and early intervention with speech and occupational therapy allowed Parker to flourish although he is legally blind and has some learning disabilities, he is on grade level at age 12. He utilizes enlarged type reading materials and does need a guide at night but “that doesn’t slow him down,” says his mom. He will turn 13 in December.
“We love this wonderful family,” said Patrick, who is looking for to Saturday’s book signing.
Learn more about the story and see the video aired on 11 Alive when Parker was 2-1/2 which will bring a tear to your eye at www.parkersstory.com where you can see more about the “inspiring journal of the boy who beat the odds.”
The boy with a will to survive and his family will be at Little Hootie’s from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday with a limited number of copies of the book available for Parker to sign. Books can be ordered through the family and from Amazon. The book retails for $15.
Little Hootie’s Cafe and Dippin’ Parlor is located at 73 City Square in downtown Hoschton.
Jefferson native Joe Ogletree, a veteran of the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, is the second member of the American Legion Post 56 to be honored with an Honor Flight to visit war memorials in Washington D.C. this year. Post Commander Gene Bennett said the Honor Flight through Honor Flights of Conyers is a chance to send a comrade – a hero – to see the monument for which he is partly responsible. His guardian for the Wednesday, April 29, flight from Atlanta with 24 other vets is fellow Legionnaire Mike Buffington and, on Tuesday, April 28,they were escorted from Jefferson by motorcylists of the Pendergrass and Braselton Police Departments, the Jefferson Police Department and Legion Riders. In the nation’s capital, the group will see the Korean Memorial, the Vietnam War, the Iwo Jima Memorial and the changing of the guards at Arlington National Cemetery. Chaplain Wayne Brown prayed for a safe trip before the convoy departed from the parking lot of First Baptist Church in Jefferson.
American Legion Honor Flight Joe Ogletree
By FARAH BOHANNON
The Braselton Antique and Garden Festival is just days away – taking place Friday, April 24, through Sunday, April 26. Enjoy the festival on Friday from 2-7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is the 12th semi-annual Antique and Gardening Festival, and each year it seems to grow and change a little bit more. There is no cost to enter, but it is important to bring wallets because there will be so many unique and beautiful items for sale — antiques, vintage, collectibles, local artwork, outdoor gardening, ironworks, statuaries, primitives, advertising, pottery, woodworking, folk art, jewelry, glassware, pottery, folk art, jewelry, glassware, textiles, rustics, up-cycle, salvage, furniture, shrubs, annuals, perennials, rare and unusual plants and more.