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Labor Day, long a harbinger of summer’s end and the start of football season, is often marked by car sales and the closing of public swimming pools. The fanfare of a three-day vacation, however, has obscured the holiday’s beginnings commemorating the struggles and achievements of American workers.

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Bridge, the game of cards, is not for the faint of heart. I know this because I once tried my hand at the game. It’s complicated, exasperating and mentally demanding. Bridge is like work, only worse, because you don’t get paid and you can actually lose money. I never played bridge without go…

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The August Pine Needle Quilters meeting brought members and their sewing machines out for a day dedicated to our veterans. Machines buzzed as many members enjoyed sewing the kits prepared by Christine Twiss and Randy Case. Red, white and blue fabric on every table was skillfully pieced toget…

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Globus Tours Marketing Manager Eric Kelly stated he was excited to be at the Big Canoe Travel Club July 28 meeting. Due to COVID restrictions, it had been 556 days since he had been allowed to present to a live audience! He was happy to report, “People are definitely traveling again. The las…

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Ridgerunners, the oldest and largest women’s social club in Big Canoe, extends a warm greeting and invitation to women 21 years and older who reside within its gates. This welcoming group of women takes its inspiration and motto, “A Bridge to Friendship,” from the iconic covered bridge at th…

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My column, “Wayne On Wine,” is now well into year 14. My overarching aim in each article is to expose readers to new grapes and production styles and emerging wine trends. That said, I always find particular pleasure in revisiting America's cult red grape: Zinfandel.

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In the late 19th century, college football was nothing like the game we know today. There were 15 to 20 men on a side. Equipment was primitive. Mass motion plays, called the Flying Wedge, were popular and violent. Gang-tackling, late hits, gouging eyes and breaking bones were common—and enco…

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Truth be told, it's our first Plummer cabin drop-in since the start of the pandemic of 2020. Oct. 8 is the date to put on your calendar to visit the homes on the tour.

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Lit Lunch will meet Friday, Sept. 3, at The Clubhouse At Lake Sconti to discuss “Children are Bored on Sunday,” a short story by Jean Stafford set at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Arriving in Big Canoe eight years ago, one of the activities my husband and I knew we would partake of was walking. The trails were, after all, one of the things that attracted us to this woodland wonderland. With map in hand, we began with the walk around Choctaw. We enjoyed its natural set…

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As a fair-to-middlin’ tennis player, it is important to have quick reactions and good eyesight especially if you are playing close to the net. Good knees, hips and coordination also help, but I digress. As we age, many things start going wrong with our bodies, and that is especially the case…

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One day it wasn’t there. Sometime later I noticed it. How and when it got there I cannot say. I wasn’t watching. I wasn’t paying attention. It was half the size of the back seat of my car, but I never noticed it. It took days, if not weeks, to construct. It was directly in my line of sight, …

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Big Canoe Panhellenic Organization is getting back on track after the long COVID-19 shutdown. Panhellenic is the umbrella organization that includes all national college sorority members.

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At the heart of most men lies the deep desire to know God and to be known by Him, to experience the abundant life we hear about. At this retreat, you will have the opportunity to experience the power and presence of God through worship, teaching, intimate small groups and dynamic personal ministry.

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Big Canoe Artists Club members were treated to a special demonstration by one of their own at its August meeting. Prepared to roll up their sleeves and get dirty, club members followed the lead of potter Cindy Bonner in creating clay birds. Cindy, the proprietor of Mud Hut Pottery and a well…

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Faced with a choice of getting vaccinated against COVID-19, many Americans have decided in the negative. So many, in fact, the U.S. missed the goal set by President Biden to have 70% of the population receive at least one shot by July 4.

Faced with a choice of getting vaccinated against COVID-19, many Americans have decided in the negative. So many, in fact, the U.S. missed the goal set by President Biden to have 70% of the population receive at least one shot by July 4.

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Big Canoe will be talking about this festival for a long time. The Women’s Fellowship invites all to the Festival @ The Terraces, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Terraces. Enjoy the entire day while helping the Women’s Fellowship’s fundraising efforts. Proceeds from this event are used to…

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The July Acoustic Showcase was another exciting success. The Beach Club (formerly the Swim Club) was at capacity again. The enthusiastic audience was treated to love songs, bawdy ballads, a song about a squeeze box, and patriotic tunes in celebration of July 4. For the grand finale, the audi…

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