Conway Garden Club

The club, established in 1948, met March 1, in the home of Maire Caverly with Co-Hostess Vickie Repp. Due to the absence of President Norma Crass and Vice President Sandra Bradberry, former president Paulette Herring presided. Elizabeth Rose Black led the club in the Collect. Secretary Caverly read the minutes and Sue Benge gave the treasurer’s report.

All members who had attended the Arkansas State Flower and Garden Show gave a short report. Most liked the speakers as well as seeing new products, flower show winners, and all the beautiful flower arrangements. The Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs, along with the state master gardeners and florists, work together in putting on the show. This was the 25th anniversary for the show.

The program was "Daylilies" by Faulkner County Master Gardener Shelia Nash. The power point presentation was very informative, with Mrs. Nash starting out by saying she was a "hemeroholic," addicted to daylilies. They do not belong to the lily family Lilaceae but to the Hemerocallis family. In Greek this means beauty and day; the bloom of a daylily lasts one day. So to have lots of blooms you need to grow lots of daylilies. The most common ones are the yellow and the orange colors (sometimes referred to as "ditch lilies"). Now there are many colors as well as singles, doubles and spider daylilies. They are easy to grow. With the 80 acres Shelia lives on she can continue to be a "hemeroholic."

Great refreshments were served and we all enjoyed the view of the Arkansas River.

The April meeting will be held at the home of Joyce Musselman in Vilonia, who will be teaching us how to make flowerpots, "Hypertufa."

Alpha Iota Chapter, Kappa Kappa Iota

The chapter of met Monday night, March 7, after winter break. The meeting was held in the Conway Commons Conference Center — Dudeck building. The meeting had an educational and entertainment purpose. Bronnie Rose, an officer, gave the educational portion of the program about Parkinson’s disease. The purpose of the Parkinson’s disease presentation was twofold: to educate the public about Parkinson’s disease, its symptoms, strategies a person with Parkinson’s disease can use to have a better life, the latest medicines, treatments and surgery, and advancements being made in research; and to make persons aware of the support group that is very active here in this area and the benefits it provides.

A two-page handout was presented that included information about Parkinson’s disease and the date, time and location of the meeting. The support group meets the second Wednesday of each month at the McGee Center at 1:30 p.m.

An attractive, informative handout from the Michael J. Fox Foundation was also provided. The goal of the foundation is to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

The entertainment for the evening was provided by Dr. Steve Lance and his son, Harry Lance. Dr. Lance is a professor in the writing department at the University of Central Arkansas. Harry is a sixth grader at Ruth Doyle Middle School. Dr. Lance plays the lap dulcimer; Harry plays the hammer dulcimer, guitar, violin and piano. Harry played the dulcimer, guitar and violin during the meeting. Harry played "Wildwood Flower" by himself to begin the entertainment. Dr. Lance played "Black Mountain Ray" by himself.

Dr. Lance explained the different instruments and how they were made. As they played different songs, many times he would talk about the song, adding insight as he sang.

Some songs they played together were: "Flowers of Edenburgh," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" "Lorena" from "Gone With the Wind" and several others.

A cross pin and a jar of salsa were presented to Dr. Lance and a cross pin and a package of sneaker balls were presented to Harry as a gift of appreciation for the fun, entertaining program.

Elizabeth Humphrey won the prize of a shamrock dish cloth by guessing closest to the number of jelly beans in a jar.

Fellowship and refreshments were enjoyed by all. The serving table was covered with a white cloth and centered with a large, beautiful arrangement of daffodils and decorated with various St. Patrick’s Day decorations. Hostesses served pretzel dip with pretzels, party mix, mixed nuts, chocolate candy, strawberry cake, shamrock cookies, Sprite, coke and water.

Danette Fiddler won the door prize from the hostesses, which was a decorated Tervis tumbler.

Hostesses were Clara Rose Simon, Linda Wall and Mrs. Rose.

The next meeting of the chapter will be April 4 at 6 p.m. at the home of Doretta Bright. Hostesses will be Tricia Moix, Hilda Lovell and Mrs. Bright.