‘Hysteria’ reigns at ECA awards night


By Bill Colvard - bcolvard@MtAiryNews.com



“The Housewives of Hysteria Lane” were, from left, Whitney Sprinkle (Jeanette), Nicole Vernon (Eve), Jean Hardy (Abby), Joy Hemmings (Sue Ann), Juanita Gillespie (Mrs. Pulaski), Tommie Smith (Ruthie), Carmen Long (Dee) and Joanna Radford (Betsey).


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Payge Hardy, Agnes Carlyle and Joyce Ingram are members of Siloam ECA who were honored for 55 years of service.


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Joy Hemmings (left), ECA past president and current advisor, is presented a bouquet of roses by Pat Crissman, co-president Siloam ECA Club.


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“Who done it?” was the big question on June 1, when Surry County Extension and Community Association (ECA) members gathered to celebrate the 80th annual achievement program with a murder mystery dinner theater at Surry Community College’s Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology.

Interspersed with the evening’s awards and recognitions, the floor was taken by a motley parade of suspected merry murderesses performing “The Housewives of Hysteria Lane,” a comic take on the classic “whodunit.”

“We hope it will be a night of comedy as well as celebration,” said Carmen Long, area agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, before the event.

The ECA actresses threw themselves into their roles with gusto and had there been scenery, it would have been thoroughly chewed by the time the murder was solved at the end of the evening. “Our cast of characters did a superb job of all sounding guilty,” said Marilyn Geiger, ECA County Council president. “I heard so many positive comments. Of course, laughter speaks for itself. It was a real change of pace, but added some delightful fun to our event.”

As the murderous housewives told their story of murder and mayhem, it became clear that they were not the only ones who had “done” something recently. While the audience kept track of who was guiltiest, Surry County ECA members were presented with awards for their achievements and hard work. ECA members performed a combined 12,964 hours of volunteer service to the community during the past year.

Youth scholarships were awarded to Michael “Blake” Flinchum who plans to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Grace Leann Wall who plans to attend Surry Community College for two years and transfer to continue studying grief counseling.

Adult scholarship was won by Sally Southard who is enrolled in an online program at East Carolina University.

The evening concluded with the solving of the Hysteria Lane murder and closing comments by Bryan Cave.

Anyone interested in participating in ECA should contact Carmen Long, Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, for information on the ECA club in your area. She can be reached at 336-401-8025 or by email at carmen_long@ncsu.edu

“The Housewives of Hysteria Lane” were, from left, Whitney Sprinkle (Jeanette), Nicole Vernon (Eve), Jean Hardy (Abby), Joy Hemmings (Sue Ann), Juanita Gillespie (Mrs. Pulaski), Tommie Smith (Ruthie), Carmen Long (Dee) and Joanna Radford (Betsey).
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_ECA-Awards-9.jpg“The Housewives of Hysteria Lane” were, from left, Whitney Sprinkle (Jeanette), Nicole Vernon (Eve), Jean Hardy (Abby), Joy Hemmings (Sue Ann), Juanita Gillespie (Mrs. Pulaski), Tommie Smith (Ruthie), Carmen Long (Dee) and Joanna Radford (Betsey). Bill Colvard | The News

Payge Hardy, Agnes Carlyle and Joyce Ingram are members of Siloam ECA who were honored for 55 years of service.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_ECA-Awards-7.jpgPayge Hardy, Agnes Carlyle and Joyce Ingram are members of Siloam ECA who were honored for 55 years of service. Bill Colvard | The News

Joy Hemmings (left), ECA past president and current advisor, is presented a bouquet of roses by Pat Crissman, co-president Siloam ECA Club.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_ECA-Awards-5.jpgJoy Hemmings (left), ECA past president and current advisor, is presented a bouquet of roses by Pat Crissman, co-president Siloam ECA Club. Bill Colvard | The News

By Bill Colvard

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