charm THANKSGIVING FEAST
Local chef helps you get ready for turkey day TA B L E S C A P E
I NSPI RATION COMMUNITY EVENTS +
HOLI DAY OUTFITS
A M A N DA B E L L
TAKES HER SEAT AT THE HEAD OF THE TABLE
New You W inter 2019
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Chef Frank shares tips & tricks for Thanksgiving
Style & Go
Where, When and What to Wear. We’ve combined a holiday calendar with event-worthy styles
Wreath Making 101
Kid’s Book Recommendations
Join a local workshop for a hands-on experience
Gift ideas from an expert! Plus, a special treat...
Teacher Gift Ideas Students asked. Teachers answered.
Fitness: Making Healthy Fun Again
T h a n k s g i v i n g Ta b l e s c a p e 2
helps you plan for the New Year
PAGE Family Friendly New Year’s Eve
Publisher Kyle Stephens Editorial Jenny White Kesha Williams Photography Alan Campbell Sarah Louya Garry Hodges Advertising Kelly Ayscue Lewis Smith Chris Taylor Bryan Wilson Design & Layout Becky Wetherington
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STAFF & CONTRIBUTERS
SEASON’S GREETINGS! Right on time, the holiday season is here. Everyone is bustling and the rush to enjoy every second, make everything memorable, purchase
beautifully and turn out holiday meals and adorable special cookies and snacks has begun. We hope a few of the stories in this edition of Charm can help relieve some of your stress and offer a few moments to sit and read – and breathe. No matter what your goals are for this holiday season, remember to remember others – it will make the season brighter. Katie Kos, 10, knows the reason for the season. The Rocky Mount Academy 5th grader is collecting coats, hats, scarves and gloves for Koats for Kids. There are donation boxes at Almand’s Drugs on Sunset and at Pet’s Best Friend. Items will be accepted through Dec. 2 and all donations will be distributed in Nash and Edgecombe counties. Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year! J E N N Y
Our coverwoman Linda Davis is holiday-ready at the Rocky Mount Mills with a little sparkle and a little fur, both by Frank Lyman from The Boutique at John’s.
Photo by Sarah Louya
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ost anyone that cooks a big
Thanksgiving meal for loved ones will tell you it’s a labor of love. Adding a little extra to your holiday table is like adding a pretty bow to your culinary gift to your loved ones. Carolyn Atkinson, owner of John’s Gifts and Furniture on Winstead Road, has built a business offering décor and design assistance to Twin Counties residents. She said decorating your table for a holiday meal can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it.
“You don’t have to do something super fancy,” she said, “Just a little something to dress the table up a bit for such a nice occasion and celebrate
tablescape by Jenny White
everyone being together. That can be a tablecloth, fabric napkins, or maybe some nicer dishes than what you usually use. Whatever you typically do, take it up one notch.” Atkinson said for Thanksgiving, you may be able to head outside and find some pretty fall leaves and put in a vase for a simple solution for color on your table. “I love the fall colors from outside on a table and you can bring them indoors or buy a garland of fall leaves and wind it around some candles in the middle of the table,” Atkinson said, “There’s not a right or wrong way to do it. Whatever you think is pretty – go with that.”
Carolyn Atkinson at John’s Gifts and Furniture designed this Thanksgiving tablescape that features a large Tom Turkey in the middle, flanked by two vases of leaves and blooms in fall hues. A garland of faux leaves and faux gourds is used to add more color. A neutral table runner serves as a backdrop for the cornucopia of colors. Simple white china and linen napkins complete the look with leafy napkin rings.
T hanksgiving C ooking with
Chef Frank by Jenny White
of things to do two days ahead; a list of things to do the day of meal; a list of who is bringing what. “Lists are your friends,” Bookhardt said. • Use recyclable, disposable aluminum pans to cook in. Bookhardt said this is a must unless there is someone in your family who LIKES to wash and dry dishes. • Pre-cut and prep as much as you can before the actual day of cooking. “Go through each recipe or dish and pre-cut and measure what you can,” Bookhardt said, “Label it and store in the refrigerator.” • Use simple math to help figure out how to have as much of the dishes done and hot at Nash Community College Continuing Education Chef Instructor Frank Bookhardt
turkey, the stuffing, most of the sides and the desserts,” he said.
has plenty of experience cooking for a crowd.
Getting creative with a traditional meal
He frequently cooks for school functions and
can be tricky, Bookhardt said, but he tries to
events and teaches students how to cook for
incorporate a few new twists every few years.
“My ideas for a big family meal like
“Cooking for your family on big holidays
Thanksgiving go through a vetting process, I
can be as stressful as preparing for a big
guess you’d call it – a committee,” Bookhardt
banquet,” Bookhardt said.
said. “A few years ago, I had an idea to serve
“If you’re cooking on a major eating holiday
little individual guinea hens to everyone and
like Thanksgiving, there is a certain expectation
that died in committee. No one was up for
that you can deliver,” he said laughing. “If not,
that,” he said.
the same time. • Cook desserts the day before. “It always helps me to not have to worry about cooking dessert when I’ve got ten other things going,” Bookhardt said. “Typically, desserts are the best thing to make ahead.” Bookhardt offered us two of his favorite recipes to add a little oomph to our holiday table this Thanksgiving. “These have been tried and tested by my family. One’s a twist on a pecan pie and the other puts a veggie not
Chef Bookhardt said the key to a successful
always seen at Thanksgiving – brussel sprouts
Bookhardt said he typically prepares the
big family meal – whether you’re serving
– front and center,” he said. “People will go for
majority of the Thanksgiving meal for his
traditional staples or mixing it up -- is to have
seconds with these two dishes.”
family. “There are some things my mom
a good plan and prep as much ahead of time
traditionally prepares, that I am not allowed
as possible. Some of his top tips include:
you’re going to be in trouble.”
to do, and that’s fine. But I usually do the
• Make lists. Have a list of groceries; a list
Photographer Sarah Louya and I can attest that you will want seconds when trying these two recipes.
Brussels Sprouts with Cheese and Chorizo
Pecan and Coconut Pie with Dark Rum INGREDIENTS: For the crust:
• 15 shortbread cookies, Pecan sandies are great • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 1 tablespoon for buttering
the pie plate
For the filling:
• 6 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
• ½ cup dark corn syrup
• ½ cup white corn syrup
• 2-pound Brussels sprouts, washed
• 3 tablespoons Dark Rum (Meyer’s Rum or something equivalent)
• 4 garlic cloves minced
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 12 ounces Mexican chorizo
• 3 large eggs
• 2 large lemons, zested and juiced
• 1 ½ cups (6 ounces) toasted and chopped pecans
• 2-4 Green chilies or jalapenos, diced
• 1 cup of shredded coconut
(seeds and membrane removed if you don’t want it too spicy)
• ¾ cup Monterey jack or pepper jack cheese. • Salt and pepper to taste
• 1-2 tablespoons olive oil as needed • Fresh parsley chopped PROCEDURE:
1. Trim the stem-end of the sprouts. Cut them in half. 2. In a large heavy skillet, cook the chorizo over
medium heat. Break up the sausage with a wooden
1. For the crust - Preheat the oven to 350℉. Butter a nine-inch
plate or 9X9 square baking dish
2. In a food processor, pulse the cookies and flour together until
pulverized. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles
wet sand. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie plate. Bake until lightly browned, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
3. For the filling - Add butter, brown sugar, and salt in a saucepan
spoon, stirring occasionally until cooked through,
and cook over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is melted, about
3. Keep about 2 tablespoons of the sausage grease
4. In a bowl, whisk the eggs together. You have to temper the
about 5-8 minutes. Remove from pan.
2 minutes. Whisk in the syrup, Rum, and vanilla.
in the pan, and add olive oil if needed. Add the Brussels
egg mixture: slowly whisk ½ cup of the warm mixture into the eggs.
until cooked through and browned on both sides.
heat to medium-low. Cook, and stir continuously, until the mixture is
add lemon juice.
sprouts, garlic, zest and cook over medium-high heat
Pour the tempered egg mixture back into the saucepan and reduce
Careful not to overcook the sprouts when almost done
shiny, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the pecans
4. Return the chorizo to the sprouts and toss. Add
chili peppers. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Place shredded cheese
on top and put in oven at 350℉ until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with
parsley and serve.
5. Pour the mixture into the crust and bake until the center feels
set yet soft, 30 to
40 minutes, I like to check the center with a
should read around 200
cool. Serve at room temperature.
Takes on new
challenges for 2020
By Jenny White Photos by Garry Hodges
hen Amanda Bell came to
love Amanda has from anywhere,” Dolberry
town 17 years ago, Rocky
said. “She is always the cheerleader, not only
Mount hit the jackpot.
our Chamber and Family Medical Center, but
Melding her business acumen, marketing
for the region in general.”
skills for days, friendly personality, true love
Dolberry said Bell is an awesome fit to
for Rocky Mount and her incessant belief that
be the next Chairwoman at the Chamber.
everyone she meets is a good friend, Bell has
“Amanda understands why the Chamber
emerged as one of the most respected and
is important in the community and how to
devoted advocates for the city on the rise.
make that work with all of our members from
In February, Bell’s unofficial title of top
the entrepreneurs to the large corporations.
advocate for Rocky Mount becomes official.
She has the type of leadership skills that I
Bell is set to become the third woman to be appointed 2020 chairperson of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce (RMACC) at its annual meeting in February. Rocky Mount Area Chamber president David Farris said the previous female chairpersons were Betsy Strandberg in 1989 and Jean Almand Kitchin in 2000. Bell said her love for Rocky Mount has combined with her love for what the RMACC does to create the perfect opportunity for her to give back to the community. “I am a huge believer in our area and I believe what the Rocky Mount Area Chamber does is important. And I’ve wanted to be a part of that since I became a volunteer at the Chamber 15 years ago,” Bell said. “The Chamber is not about a punch number of how many new customers you get to come into your door. It’s about fostering and cultivating
know will make 2020 an awesome year,” Dolberry added. Bell said one of her most important goals as chairwoman of the RMACC is to make more people aware of what the Chamber is about and to make sure all area businesses know they are invited to a seat at the table. “Whether you own your own office or whether you work at your kitchen table; whether you have a staff of employees or whether you’re struggling to pay your oneroom office rent, the Chamber is here for you,” Bell said. “The Chamber creates a community -- a family -- for all businesses and every perspective is necessary to create the best
foc us an d passi o n to any projec t sh e is i nvo l ved in an d expec ts n o l ess f rom th ose sh e par t n ers with. Her goal in l i fe an d busin ess is to i m p rove th e lives of a l l p eo p l e an d th e com m uni ty. - D av i d Farri s , R ocky M o unt Area C h am b e r Pre sid ent & C EO
version of Rocky Mount.” Farris said one of the things he admires the most about Bell is how she sees the positive in all people and most situations. “Amanda
an environment for businesses to succeed
has that special way of making one feel
and making the area a great place to live and
important, respected and loved. Like you are
work. It’s about community-building.”
the person she was so hoping to see today,”
Bell is the customer service and marketing
Farris said. “Amanda brings energy, focus and
manager at Rocky Mount Family Medical and
passion to any project she is involved in and
is involved in numerous civic and non-profit
expects no less from those she partners with.
Her goal in life and business is to improve the
Desiree Dolberry, marketing coordinator
lives of all people and the community. I am
for the RMACC, said she thinks what makes
excited for the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of
Bell so successful is her love of people and
Commerce to have Amanda Bell as our next
the community. “You can’t buy the type of
Aman da brin gs en erg y,
Style & Go We’ve gathered together two of the best parts of the holiday season: Fun, holiday-themed events and fashion options from the area’s most fabulous small boutique businesses. So sit back, sync your calendars and find the perfect outfit to wear!
WHERE TO: Christmas with the Celts
Nikki Brewster is looking forward to
at the Dunn Center for Performing Arts at
some lively Irish music and dancing at the
N.C. Wesleyan College at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13.
Christmas with the Celts performance at the
The world renowned Celts mix Irish dancing with traditional Irish Christmas songs, as well as beloved American holiday music. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 9855197. Tickets are $25 for adults.
Dunn Center. Here, she’s ready for a night out with a holiday(ish) top by Sail to Sable,
Holiday Pops Concert To the Holiday Pops Concert with the N.C. Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Keihin Auditorium on the campus of Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro. The concert features beloved traditional and popular holiday music. Tickets are available on etix and are $25 for adults, $10 for students. Linda Davis is ready for a fancy dinner and date night. She’s wearing a dressy sleeveless top with subtle sparkle and a pretty faux fur wrap coat, both by Frank Lyman. Earrings are by Julie Vos. All from The Boutique at John’s.
a great pair of versatile Frank Lyman black pants and a faux fur jacket by Katydid. Clutch by Hobo; earrings by Allie Beads, bracelets by Julie Vos. All from The Boutique at John’s.
A Red Oak Christmas A Red Oak Christmas is a free afternoonto-evening affair celebrating the season in Red Oak. Held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Nov. 30, there will be a Christmas parade, craft vendors, carriage rides, train rides, live music and a tree lighting with special guest Santa Claus. Food will be available for purchase at the concession area in the park.
WHERE TO: Swingin’ Around the Christmas Tree Concert with the Tar River Swing Band will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Dunn Center for Performing Arts at N.C. Wesleyan College. Tickets are available by calling 985-5197. Kayla Macklin is perfectly dressed for a fun concert featuring the Tar River Swing Band. Her muted plaid shift dress can easily go from work to night out. Dress by Sail To Sable, clutch by Hobo and jewelry by Julie Vos. All from The Boutique at John’s.
Kayla Macklin is ready to spend the day celebrating the holidays in this casual and comfy look from The Boutique at John’s. She’s wearing a tunic by Haley and the Hound; vest by Katydid; leggings by Coco and Carmen; bracelets by Julie Vos; and bag by Coco and Carmen. All from The Boutique at John’s.
Go to one or go to all!
Rocky Mount Christmas Parade – Dec. 1 Tarboro Christmas Parade – Dec. 8 Pinetops Christmas Parade – Dec. 7 Nashville Christmas Celebration and Bicycle Parade – Dec. 7
WHERE TO: The Rocky Mount Mills annual Tower Lighting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7. There will be live music and special guest WRAL anchor and reporter Jeff Hogan. Nikki Brewster will stay warm in this outfit featuring a long-sleeve top by Tyler Boe; vest by Katydid; necklace by Susan Shaw; plaid bag by Coco and Carmen and black gloves, all sold at The Boutique at John’s.
Georgia Lawson is ready to enjoy the MANY Christmas parades in the Twin Counties, in a pair of comfy animal-print leggings, black flat booties and warm and cozy black cape with faux fur, all from Ginger’s in Tarboro.
A Christmas Carol Nash Arts’ annual production of “A Christmas Carol” is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. This year the show will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14 and at 2:30 pm. Dec. 8 and 15. For ticket information, call Nash Arts at 459-4734.
WHERE TO: “Black Nativity” at the Imperial Centre, 7:30 p.m. December 6-7 and 13-14, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. This play is the Christmas story told in dialogue, narrative, pantomime, gospel song and folk spiritual. A unique creation of the poet and playwright Langston Hughes, portraying the inspiring story of the Holy Family. We love this top by Gretchen Scott on Linda Davis. Its colors are perfect for the holiday season and seeing a Christmas play with the family. Jeans are by Frank Lyman; bag is Joy Susan; earrings are from Allie Beads; and bracelets are by John Medeiros. All from The Boutique at John’s. We love this slightly-dressy-with-ourfavorite-jeans look on Georgia. Her printed blouse and cream vest pair with dark skinny jeans and black bootie boots, offering a great look for a night at the local playhouse. All from Ginger’s in Tarboro.
Wreath Making 101 by
For those that love a do-it-
the best workshops ever,” said
a lot of time in collecting these
U-pins from a craft store and start
yourself holiday project, creating
Williams. “We’ve been collecting
things and getting a wide variety
sticking the greenery on until the
a live evergreen Christmas wreath
items to decorate the wreathes
of natural items for people to use.
base is completely covered.”
offers an opportunity to test your
all year long, from the mountains
We’ve got so many vibrant colors
Holly berries, nandina berries,
holiday craft skills.
to the coast. We are so excited to
and interesting textures – people
show the participants this year
at the workshops are going to
pinecones or magnolia leaves can
Carole Williams says she and
what we’ve got.”
be impressed by the options we
other MG volunteers are ready
Nash County Master Gardener
have for them.” If you can’t make it to a
be added as your bling – all easily found outside in our area. “If a wreath isn’t your thing, go
to help residents create their
first work on making the base of
evergreen masterpieces at three
their wreath with a straw form
upcoming wreath workshops. The
and evergreen greenery. Once
encourages you to make your
workshops will be held at 2 p.m.
the base is covered in foliage,
own wreath at home. “You start
on Dec. 8 and at noon and 5 p.m.
participants can add extras like
with a wire or straw base and
on Dec. 9 at the Farmers Market
berries, pinecones, dried flowers,
simply cover it with greenery. You
you can put together from a
in Rocky Mount.
dried berries and seed pods.
can go by a tree lot and get some,
walk in your neighborhood,” said Williams.
The cost of the workshop is
“We call this part of the class,
go to a nursery and pick some up
$35 and includes all the supplies.
‘adding the bling,’ and it’s the most
or try looking in your back yard,”
“We plan on making these
fun,” Williams said. “We really put
Williams said. “Get a pack of
outside and pick some greenery, a few sprigs of berries and create an arrangement for your kitchen table. You’d be surprised what
To register for a workshop, call 252-459-9810.
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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
s for kids, by kid
ocal owner of Beans and Brews, Etaf Rum, isn’t the only bookworm in her family. Her daughter, Reyann, attends Englewood Elementary and loves
to read as much as her book-writing mother does. “Reading books is an important part of our life – my kids have grown up in the Storytime room at Braswell Library and now look forward to picking out their own books,” Rum said. Rum and Reyann put together this list of great books to give your favorite young adult reader. “It’s a diverse group of books, which we encourage in our house so she has a diverse and varied picture of the world around her.”
...and a special treat!
Reyann’s Top Book Picks
Here is Etaf and Isah’s favorite recipe for hot chocolate to make at home, as made and served at Books and Beans in the Rocky Mount Mill Village. There are few gifts better than a good book and a yummy cup of hot chocolate. • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you prefer) • Pinch of salt • 1 cup milk or milk alternative
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Hunt
• 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Whisk together cocoa, sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and sugar are dissolved. Whisk in the rest of the milk and heat it over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until it is hot. Stir in the vanilla and serve. Top
marshmallows, if desired. Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Hunt
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar
Farah Rocks by Susan Muaddi Darraj
Ungifted by Gordan Korman
TEACHER gift ideas
With the holiday season almost here, it’s time to begin the dreaded task of finding your child’s teacher the perfect holiday gift. Finding the best way to say “Thank you” to some of the most important people in your child’s life can be stressful, but here is some advice from some of our favorite real-life teachers to help you make a decision. We asked them to tell us their worst present received and the best present they ever got. Read and learn! Jami
Kim Lehnes (High School Science):
Jo Green (3rd grade ) Worst: None are
Best: A very thoughtful note.
bad and all are appreciated because it
Starbucks card with no money on it;
“During my teaching career I had
moldy popcorn; ABC, 123 earrings.
received many presents and all
Best: Spa treatment.
are precious to me, from candy to
Erin O’Brien (French): Best: A candle
Ennis Wooten (1st grade): Worst:
a simple card. I do not remember
with the students face on it; a
Tacky teacher jewelry; mugs. Best:
receiving a bad one or a funny one
handwritten note. Worst: A pancake
really. Saying that, I remember
wrapped in toilet paper.
Spa treatment. Cheryl Locke (2nd grade): Worst: A pie that had been eaten by the student. Best: Dunkin Donuts gift card; cash. Libba Weaver (2nd grade): “The bad gift I can think of is one that I received
may be all they have. Best: Money. Coy Herbert (Middle School History): Best: Good candy. Worst: Bad candy. Amanda Harrell (Head of Middle School): Best: A lantern from Pier 1.
the present that touches my heart the most. I had a student and one
Scott Fritschel (High School Science):
Christmas she gave me a necklace
that belonged to her grandma, by that time deceased, as an appreciation
Angela Davis (Middle School Math):
present for my work and to show how
Best: Gift cards. Worst: A moldy fruit
much she has enjoyed having me as
Worst: A regifted mug with the to/ from card still on it. Deborah Keel (High School Math): Best: A Tiffany necklace from a group of students the year of her divorce. Amy Knox (High School English):
years ago. It was one of those plastic
her teacher. Of course, I cried, and
placemats. However, I have received
told her and her mom that that was
Shawn Leonard (Music): Best: Coffee
so many great gifts at the Academy.
very special to me and if they were
The best is always cash! The most
sure they wanted me to have it. They
out-of-the-box gift I have received
said yes. It is those moments when
Casey Wells (High School Science):
ones because any gift shows the
was a one-pound Hershey Kiss.”
you know it is all worth it.”
student cares for her.
Best: Cat earrings. Jennifer Baker (High School English): Best: Food gift cards. Worst: No bad
No matter what you end up giving your child’s
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teachers, always remember the cliche, “It’s the thought that counts.” Teachers are grateful and appreciative that you think of them during this season of giving.
, By Eric Xue, Mary-Edith Cox, Emory Pittman and Jack Pittman, Rocky Mount Academy Media Office students
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the 8:00 rule will still apply at your house, there are on-line
Year’s Eve sneaks up on weary parents and is oftentimes
options for watching a pre-recorded New Year’s Eve Ball
overlooked. With simple planning and thoughtful prep
Drop or even streaming the ball dropping from across the
work, New Year’s Eve can become a holiday tradition that
pond where it will happen at 7:00 pm EST.
all family members enjoy as we excitedly launch ourselves into a new year.
For those brave souls that decide to let the bedtime rule slide, keeping your kiddos busy as each hour ticks by is the
As caregivers, one of the first things to decide is what
key to a successful night for all. A creative way to do this
to do about New Year’s Eve bedtime. Having one night out
is by making Family Countdown Bags. Starting in the early
of the year where you could stay up past midnight was a
evening, the family opens the bag marked with that hour’s
highly anticipated event at our house, but that may not be
activity, including all needed items. Keep the outside of the
for everyone! New Year’s Eve bedtime rules will change
bags simple or summon you inner Pinterest passionista!
based on your child’s age, temperament and whether you
Possible ideas for bag themes can include:
Simply take a used paper towel
the cut ends spread out like a fan.
roll and cut four inch long slits up one
Then let the creativity flow as you
end of the roll, spacing them about 1
stamp fireworks onto a separate sheet
centimeter apart. Dip the cut ends of
the paper towel roll into paint poured
embellish their fireworks with glitter,
onto a plate, pushing down so that
sequins or plastic jewels.
Older kids might like to
FAMILY INTERVIEW Create a list of questions for each family member to fill out and share. The questions can range from simple (What is your favorite TV show?) to introspective (“What is something you did this past year that made you proud?”). Not only will you learn more about each other, but the interview can also become a holiday tradition. Save the interviews from year to year to document how your family grows and to share a laugh or two as you read previous years’ responses.
FAMILY PICTURE Break out the selfie stick and photo props for a family picture. Fill this bag with fun photo props from around the house (hats, glasses, scarves) or seasonal items from your local dollar store and snap away.
MAKE A TREAT
Have family members think of what their resolution for the upcoming year will be. Take turns sharing your resolution in the form of a family game. This could happen using Hang Man or even Charades where you act out/draw your resolution and family members have to guess what it is. Time family member to go on a scavenger hunt around the house for items related to their resolution and then see if everybody can figure it out! 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Happy New Year! Another New Year’s Eve is in the books. Whether you end up with a New Year’s Eve hi-five from your teen, a sweet kiss from your 10-year-old or scooping a sleeping toddler Pick a salty or sweet treat to make that is simple enough to include kids of different ages yet involved enough to help pass
from the couch, fun memories were made by all. And that’s really what it’s all about.
the time. Layered appetizers and desserts are usually fun to do together as a family and are not too labor intensive. One possible treat would be “Countdown Cookies.” A twist on the traditional s’mores made while camping, you can create this classic easily inside. Layer graham crackers, chocolate squares and marshmallows, ending with a graham cracker layer on top. Raid the pantry to see what other fun things the kids (or adults) may want to include . . . sprinkles, peanut butter, caramel chips . . . you name it! Bake at 350 degrees until the layers are melted. Cool for 10 minutes then cut into squares and enjoy.
PARTY HATS & NOISEMAKERS As
approaches, make some fun items to help ring in the new year.
Embellish party hats
from the dollar store with construction paper, glitter and feathers to make a New Year’s Eve hat. Fill an empty metal coffee can with beans or rice and then seal with hot glue for a simple noise maker. |
MAKING HEALTHY FUN AGAIN
NEW YEAR CAN MEAN NEW START FOR FITNESS GOALS by
T TODAY, SOME WOMEN ARE SHOWING UP AT FITNESS CENTERS GIDDY AS SCHOOL KIDS TO LAUNCH AN HOUR OF FITNESS AND FUN. 22
ravel back in time and you’ll recall those days when kids rushed to the school playground eager to enjoy daily recess from school classes. Today, some women are showing up at fitness centers giddy as school kids to launch an hour of fitness and fun. Elizabeth “Liz” Lord, member and community engagement director at Harrison Family YMCA, has worked there for more than three years. She has witnessed the enthusiasm of members and learned from conversations with her colleagues that women are taking full advantage of today’s fitness options. “Women are looking for high intense fitness routines and they are
not afraid of being strong or bulking up. We’ve seen an increase in the use of free weights, the use of personal training and weight training sessions in general,” Lord said. “Senior women over age 60 are expressing interest in creating regular workout routines, some schedule sessions up to three times a week. When health research reports hit the news, it affects people’s behavior. They are learning more about the ways exercise can help them maintain their mobility and their independence,” Lord said. Lord said the Harrison Family YMCA has approximately 8,100 members and 52 percent are women. Their ages span from their 20s to years beyond
are reaching their goals.
of technological devices. Having
the traditional retirement age of
cardio fusion sessions and group
65. General fitness is important
cycling are some of the popular
There is no peer pressure to
somewhere like the YMCA where
to most of their clients but many
options. For clients who want
wear a specific brand of fitness
they can work out side by side is
aim to meet personal goals.
apparel or sneaker. Members
like having a special community.
suggests they slip on a cap and
are simply looking for the best
It creates a sense of belonging,”
results from their fitness plans.
Some mothers aim to retain the level of fitness they had prior
to giving birth. Some women
“Water fitness classes are
Lord said the joy of working at
“We understand some people
are building their stamina for
a great way for folks to get a
Harrison Family YMCA is seeing
who have never used a fitness
future activities with kids, nieces
cardiovascular workout without
people from all different parts of
center, taken group fitness classes
and nephews. Some of their
stressing knees, hips and the back.
the community, different races,
or they’ve noticed changes in their
clients need to exercise away
There is a sense of community
different economic backgrounds
body shape may be reluctant. Our
the stress and strain of working
in water fitness classes. Try
together in one place focusing on
staff works to engage members
too many hours in a restrictive
mind, body and spirit. Best of all,
and to orient them. We want
shallow water fitness class or a
they are enjoying the process.
them to come in and find
Too little movement on the job
water arthritis fitness class,” Lord
can contribute to stiffness, back
and neck pain. Many women
deep-water fitness class, a
“People talk about the chances of
reach that conclusion on their
exercise is primarily a routine
own, but others are nudged to
reserved for people aiming to lose
launch an exercise plan.
weight has been replaced. Weight
“More women are coming in
management may be a common
on a doctor’s recommendation
short-term goal but Lord meets
due to changes in their health such
clients who view memberships
as diabetes and hypertension.
as a commitment to a healthy
Today’s seniors have led active
lifestyle. Whether members are
lives with their families and
recovering from accidents or
worked several years. So they
altering a fitness plan
understand a plan of good
launched five years
nutrition and fitness reduces the
the right activities,” Lord said.
isolated due to increased uses
THE OLD PERCEPTION THAT EXERCISE IS PRIMARILY A ROUTINE RESERVED FOR PEOPLE AIMING TO LOSE WEIGHT HAS BEEN REPLACED.
need for medications.” Lord said. No matter the ages, Lord said their facility maintains a full calendar to meet members’ needs -- yoga classes, dance
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