A lively group of community members over age 55 and over. They lead exciting personal lives, and this carries over into their monthly meetings, social activities and excursions. They also provide a “prayer chain” for special needs.
It was a cool and rainy day when Epiphany’s Sages, “like a band of gypsies goin’ down the highway,” set out on yet another major adventure – this time to San Antonio, Texas. As usual, camaraderie abounded – lots of chatter, laughter, games, movies, magazine and newspaper sharing to break any possible monotony (like we’d ever let THAT happen). Primarily, our six “first-timers” and 41 “seasoned” travelers were looking forward to the sun, warmth, and excitement of the Lone Star State!
Our first overnight stop (in Southaven, MS) afforded us an opportunity to attend Saturday evening Mass at Christ the King Church, still adorned for the Easter season, and to witness a young Hispanic girl’s Quinceanera, or “coming of age”. What a moving experience!
A hale and hearty group of Epiphany Sages set out for yet another life experience – north to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. While Louisvillians were enjoying just the beginning of what would become a record-breaking hot summer, we motored into typical Northern Michigan late Spring weather – breezy, cloudy, cool, and occasionally drizzly, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of this adventurous group!
Our first and most inspirational experience was the National Shrine of “The Cross in the Woods” – absolutely amazing – standing 55 feet high by 22 feet across, made from one Oregon Redwood tree, with a bronze corpus weighing seven TONS, measuring 28 feet high by 21 feet wide. It’s the focal point of a grounds containing a huge church, outdoor chapel, wooded pathways through the Stations of the Cross, and assorted hand-sculpted statuary. Located in Indian River, MI, you can click here and see for yourself these outstanding pieces of artistic sculpture.
“A Lonely Life Ends on Elvis Presley Boulevard”
By Bobbe Moutray
…front page headline of the Memphis Press Scimitar on Wednesday, August 17, 1977. I know this. I lived not ten minutes away from “the house” as locals referred to Graceland, home of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Fast forward: Monday, April 19, 2010, a cool and overcast day didn’t deter a hale and hearty group of Sages and friends (mostly Elvis fans) from embarking on a whirlwind trip to Tunica, MS - casino capitol of the south –including tours of Memphis, Graceland and the burial site of the Presley family, St. Jude Children’s Hospital – where we delivered Healing Blankets on behalf of the Epiphany Community – Martin Luther King Memorial at Larraine Motel, Beale Street, home of the Blues, Smithsonian Rock ‘N’ Soul museum, and Tunica Museum, where we learned firsthand what life was like long before casinos arrived, and much more!!
The tour was arranged by Judy Pessolano and Suzanne Mosley.
The opening stop was the Palace Theater. The ornate theater dates back to 1928 and designed by John Eberson. The construction cost then was one & half million dollars and featured ornate Spanish styling. The patrons were met with a ceiling depicting faces of Shakespeare, Bach, Wagner & Dante and then entered the theater that seated 2851 persons.
Besides talking movies the theater offered vaudeville. It is a must see.
Due to stormy weather, the Sages tour of Cathedral Gardens, Henryville, IN, has been rescheduled for Friday, May 29. Admission is $15.00, payable upon entry to the Gardens. Cost for bus fare is $10. Make checks payable to Church of the Epiphany and give to George Hagman at time of boarding bus, which will depart Epiphany’s parking lot at 10am.