By GARY ABERNATHY
A packed house of
more than 500 was entertained and enlightened Friday night at The
Times-Gazette's Homemakers Show, enjoying catered food, tons of prize
giveaways and lots of laughter as local celebrities and business owners
demonstrated their culinary talents.
When attendees began
arriving at 4:30 p.m. they were greeted by booths and displays from
local vendors and a variety of food choices.
By 6:30 p.m., the
audience had filed into the main auditorium at SSCC, which was packed
wall to wall as co-hosts Leslie Ramsey of WVNU and Sharon Hughes of The
Times-Gazette greeted the crowd.
The proprietors of TwentyFour
Exchange began the evening's cooking demonstrations, showing how to make
"Batter Up" chocolate chip cookies, and the audience laughed as Ann
Morris mostly unsuccessfully attempted to walk her daughters Amy
Robinson and Jo Sanborn through the process, while Robinson's daughter,
Scarlett, rounded the bases for each successful step completed.
up were Real Living Classic Real Estate's Jenny Cameron, Brigette
Waggoner and Melissa Riffee, who demonstrated how to make eggplant
parmesan - and the recipe eventually went well even considering
Cameron's unique version of grated cheese.
Last came Bob Lambert and Drew Hastings,
and the audience roared as Lambert did his best to complete the recipe
in spite of Hastings' futile efforts to understand or help in the
Local singer Tanner
Ayres entertained the audience with two numbers and demonstrated why he
has been asked to perform as an opening act at the Festival of the Bells.
advertising director Mickey Parrott said she was thrilled with the show
and appreciated the support from sponsors, attendees and Southern
State, and thanked ad reps Sharon Hughes, Chuck Miller and Tracie
Guisinger for making the show a success.
Among this year's sponsors and participants were Kroger, Walmart, Rent-2-Own, WVNU radio, The Laurels, Community Care Hospice, 31 Purses by Bobby Jean Howard, Tastefully Simple by Jessica Bailey, Brad's Garden Center , Eat Restaurant, Highland District Hospital
, Merchants National Bank, Phillips Insurance, Premier Design Jewelry
by Stacie McKee, Tupperware by Tiffany Barnett , State Farm Insurance/
Amatha Farrens, US Bank, Modern Woodmen/ Angela Fleak, Seniors Helping
Seniors, Highland County Hearing Aid Center, the Highland County
Homeless Shelter and Our Daily Bread.
The homeless shelter collected nonperishable food items brought by many of those who attended.
Split-Man Productions handled the sound and lighting for Friday's event.