In recognition of National Scrapbook Day on April 5, Martha Ogren, our local Creative Memories consultant hosted a two-day scrapbooking event at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center this past weekend.
One happy scrapper who attended the scrapbook workshop on Saturday was Serelda Tatum, affectionately known as "Aunt Sissy." Sissy said she loves scrapbooking and is working on several mini scrapbooks for her nieces and other family members. Sissy grew up in Houston, Texas and was the daughter of a tugboat captain in the Port of Houston.
In December of 2003, Sissy's niece, Helen McCoy, invited her to come live with her family in Anchorage.
"As soon as I stepped off the plane and saw all that beautiful snow, I just loved it here," Sissy said.
She said she could only recall having snow twice in Houston since she was born in 1943, so snow was a real treat.
After living in Anchorage for a few years, she moved with her niece and family to North Carolina, where Helen's husband, Rick, attended medical school, and they all returned to Alaska last year.
In early March this year, Sissy moved to Ninilchik and jumped right into life in our small town. She attended our community health fair, became a member of the Kenai Peninsula Fair Association, volunteered to help with decorating for the KPF fundraiser and began attending the scrapbook classes that are held at the senior center each Tuesday.
"I love living here, and I just love small towns!" she said.
She also said that besides scrapbooking, she also enjoys reading Christian romance novels. Sissy is very close to her nieces and said that when they used to ask her why she never got married, she would reply, "I could never find a man rich enough!"
She is a self-proclaimed optimist and if you are ever in need for some encouragement, a visit with Aunt Sissy surely will brighten your day.
The Kenai Peninsulawide Tack Swap, sponsored by the Trail Blazers 4-H club, will be held at the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. If you are a vendor, the doors will open for setup at 8 a.m. Educational workshops will be going on throughout the day, and food concessions will be available. For more information, call 567-3373.
Jerri Wood, Kevin Zimmerman's sister who lives in Washington state, said she keeps informed about our community through reading this column. She sent an e-mail and wrote that it was great having Kevin and his family down for a visit during spring break. She also wanted to make sure I acknowledged her niece, Sarah Zimmerman's birthday, which was April 6.
Other birthdays are Martesue Chapman, today; Ted Tolva, Jonathan Self and Mary Chihuly on April 8; Julie Brooke Hanson on April 9; David Bear Jr., Amber Self, April Cline, T.J. Amato and Tayler Lee on April 10; Helena Bock, Keith Presley and Dennis Ogren on April 12; and Monica Vanek and Greg Fann on April 13.
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