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Floresville Musical Club enjoys festival pageantry

Floresville Musical Club enjoys festival pageantry
Hostesses Jan Eddins (from left), Jacqui Jenkins, Ruby Manen, and Sarah Gella visit prior to the Nov. 12 Floresville Musical Club meeting.

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November 27, 2013
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The Floresville Musical Club met Nov. 12 for its monthly meeting in the First Lutheran Church in Floresville. This month is always special because the Peanut Festival queen and princesses display their beautiful gowns.

President Peggy Tipton called the meeting to order. Sarah Gella introduced her hostesses for the month, Ruby Manen, Jacqui Jenkins, Rita Gardner, Avanell Titus, Judy Whitley, JoAnn Munoz, Carolyn Hill, Dorothy Uhlig, Margaret Tollefson, Lillie De Los Santos, Lea Popham, and Jan Eddins.

Peggy introduced the guests present and recognized anniversaries and birthdays for the month. We were also reminded to remember those who are sick, and also those who have experienced a loss in their family.

Sarah Gella, our club representative on the Peanut Festival board, informed us that the Queen’s Dinner had been a huge success. She thanked all of the members who helped and a special thanks to Paul and Nancy Traeger for hosting the event in their beautiful home.

Musical Club representative Lauren Estrada will be invited to our next meeting. The members were urged to be thinking of our nominee for 2014.

Program chairman Lydia Martinez introduced Jim Helmke and Peanut Festival Association President Michelle Tackitt. Jim explained some of what he does to coordinate the beautiful coronation that is presented every year. Apart from being Lord High Chamberlain to the court, his duties are many. He coordinates and orchestrates the entire event, from selecting the music to match each girl’s theme and dress to handling all the publicity for radio spots. He is the voice that is heard on the public service announcements.

Michelle informed us of the many duties in store for the royal court. They have already been in parades in other towns, and in December, they will participate in a couple of Christmas parades. They will attend parades through July 2014.

Michelle also introduced the dress designers, Hilary and Pat Reile. Year after year, they delight us with their creations. Lydia then presented the Peanut Festival royalty, the “Court of Broadway Lights.”

Queen Tunaep Corinne Morkovsky was resplendent in her beautiful gown. This year the princesses’ dresses represented Broadway shows. Alyssa Farias’ dress depicted “The Phantom of the Opera”; Kaitlin Labus, “Les Miserables”; Shelby Madden, “The King and I”; and Kaitlyn Reile, “My Fair Lady.” The girls were given a warm welcome and the ladies really enjoyed having their own “mini-coronation.”

Monica Flores thanked Michelle, Jim, and all of the association for all of the work that they do. Through the years, the Peanut Festival has evolved into a masterpiece.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned by a prayer led by Betsy Leifeste.

The members then adjourned to a wonderful reception provided by this month’s hostesses. The tables were beautifully set with various fall decorations. The members enjoyed refreshments of Turkey Waldorf Salad, fresh cranberries, rolls, and a delicious pumpkin dessert. Tea and coffee were also served.

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