Members of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club gathered at Willow Creek Cafe on the square in Mason on the evening of December 8 to celebrate Christmas.
Hostess of the event, Julia Pepper, welcomed all in attendance and introduced musicians Petra and Daryl Watson and Don Bradshaw. Each one attending was then asked to introduce himself or herself and tell a little about where they live, etc.
Edna Earle Benton distributed bells on cords to hang around each one’s neck. The bells had been sent by her daughter for the occasion.
Table grace was led by Roger Luckenbach which was followed by a delicious dinner served by the staff of Willow Creek.
When dessert was finished, the band provided some wonderful music and led the group in singing carols. To get all singers warmed to the task, the first song was a rousing rendition of "Jingle Bells" with the added music of shaking bells. This was followed by "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Deck the Halls," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Away in a Manger," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," and "O Holy Night." Thinking that the group was ready, the musicians then led off on "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree," which definitely needed a rehearsal of some kind. After that effort, a few standards were sang to end the musical adventure. All in attendance expressed enjoyment and enrichment from taking part in the music.
Members of the choir were Mary and Jerry Carlman, Edna Earle Benton, Tonya Lamoreaux, Mary Ellen Merkel, Janice Ponder, Julia Pepper, Carol and Ray Jordan, Brinda and Raymond Pape, Charlotte Powers, Tommie and Roger Luckenbach, and Betty Meyer.
Instead of giving each other gifts, those attending made a monetary donation to the Ruby Kettner Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Picture: The musical group consisting of Don Bradshaw, Petra and Daryl Watson entertained members of Mason Bluebonnet Study Club at the annual Christmas Party.