The Neighborhood Scoop by Dr. Cynthia L. Toles

December 19, 2014 chris
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Oh how the neighborhood was bustling with excitement and activities! 

On Friday, Dec. 12, the Gadsden Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority held its 14th Annual Peppermint-Scholarship Ball. The 101-year old sorority was founded on Jan. 13, 1913, on the campus of Howard University by 22 young ladies whose legacy lives on as a sisterhood of college woman. It is the distinction of the sorority to award young ladies graduating from high school a scholarship to the college of their choice. 

The two 2014 recipients are Kierra Embry, who attends the University of Auburn-Montgomery, and Chelsea Cummings, who attends the University of West Alabama.  The attendees of the ball enjoyed food and music by Daybreak Band of Gadsden.

On Dec. 13, the Gadsden Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity hosted a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s. The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was founded on Jan. 5, 1911, on the campus of Indiana University. Its goals are achievement and community service.    The men of Kappa Alpha Psi graciously served the guests large pancake and sausages. One of several projects to support activities in the community, the pancake breakfast was a great way to start the morning.

On Saturday evening, Gadsden Convention Hall was adorned with beautiful ladies and handsome gentlemen, as the First Ladies Connection Outreach celebrated its 2nd Annual Christmas Extravaganza. The theme for the evening was “The Ultimate Gift.” The keynote speaker was Dr. Peggy Scott of the Telling It Like It Is/Peggy Scott Ministries of Virginia Beach, Va. The Psalmist for the evening was Felecia Adams, the Cornerstone Praise-Worship Team and the Liturgical Dancers of Destiny Worship in dance. Dr. Peggy Scott encouraged everyone to look within and see the beauty that brings love, joy, peace and grace, which is Jesus Christ the ultimate gift. Elder Grace Kimble is the Visionary for the First Ladies Connection Outreach Ministry.

On Sunday, Dec. 14, the Lovelace Theatre Production Company presented a stage play.   The audience patiently anticipated the answer to the stage play, “That Is Why the Pews are Empty.” The actors, actresses, songbirds and musicians put on an excellent performance. The performers were local and did a superb job of depicting the changes that have taken place in the church. As always, renowned spoken word artist Elizabeth Wynn-Croft captivated the audience with her oration of “The Serum of Truth.” The play was about the restoration of the church. Church attendance has changed because people have changed was the plot of the story.