with Melea Beshires
Condolences go out to the family of Winna Cupples. She passed away on Sept. 22 at the age of 68. She and her husband David Cupples recently celebrated 50 years of marriage on Sept. 11. Winna grew up in the Silerton community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband David, her three children, eight grandchildren and extended friends and family.
Willard and Linda Beshires visited Townsend for an extended weekend getaway. They reported that Gatlinburg and the Outlet Malls were flooded with visitors that surpassed even the Christmas crowds. The Beshires enjoyed some mountain views by hiking Clingmans Dome. Afterwards they enjoyed a cup of coffee in the Apple Valley and ice cream in Townsend. Cades Cove is one of Willard’s favorite scenic places to visit. He spotted a bear running into the woods while they were driving through Cades Cove. The next day, he and Linda spotted a baby bear in the Wears Valley area running alongside the road.
Frankie and Mary Lynn Lambert traveled to Cookeville this week and returned along the Natchez Trace. If you have never driven the Natchez Trace, it is a gorgeous alternative to the interstate.
Last week, Kevin, Willard, Linda and I took Otto to Jared Farms to pick out some pumpkins. He was too young last year to participate, so we picked them out for him. It was such a treat to see him explore the selections and discover what caught his eye. We gave Jared Farms some good business that day thanks to Otto’s generous grandparents. We left with two chrysanthemums, two gourds, a traditional orange pumpkin and Otto’s three selections: a giant orange pumpkin worthy of starring in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, a dark green pumpkin with two stems and a bright yellow pumpkin.
Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner. If you have a fun or unique family tradition for these holidays, I would love to share it with Silerton.