Yabba dabba doo and “The Old Rugged Cross”

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Tamara Wolk

Not many peo­ple would think about the theme song from “The Flint­stones” and a tra­di­tional hymn as com­pan­ion pieces, but the Mays fam­ily pulled it off seam­lessly the Tues­day be­fore Easter at a Se­niors and Friends of Fort Oglethorpe (SAFFO) meet­ing.

“The Mays Fam­ily has per­formed for us three times over the last seven months,” says SAFFO di­rec­tor Karon Parker. “This past Wednesday they first sang vin­tage TV theme songs, which was a hoot! The sec­ond half of the show was Chris­tian hymns which is the Mays Fam­ily’s forte.”

The fam­ily singing group, con­sist­ing of Mom, Dad and three of their six chil­dren, opened the SAFFO meet­ing with songs from “The Brady Bunch,” “The Ad­dams Fam­ily,” “Gil­li­gan’s Is­land,” “Mr. Ed,” “The Bev­erly Hill­bil­lies” and many other sit­coms of the 1960s and ‘70s as SAFFO mem­bers tapped their feet and some­times sang along.

They tran­si­tioned to hymns af­ter shar­ing a lit­tle about them­selves and wrapped up with a song called “Be­cause He Lives” as a cel­e­bra­tion of Easter.

In ad­di­tion to the mu­sic treat at their meet­ing, SAFFO mem­bers en­joyed an Easter meal of ham, dev­iled eggs de­signed to look like chicks hatch­ing from their shells, sal­ads, and dec­o­rated cakes and cook­ies.

Parker says SAFFO mem­ber­ship has grown by 30% over the past year. “I be­lieve that Judy O’Neal an­nounc­ing our meet­ings on her show and word of mouth has had this ef­fect. We also have mem­bers who have been com­ing each Wednesday for over twenty years. We love mak­ing new friends, mix­ing up the menu a bit and just en­joy­ing each other’s com­pany. If we grow another 30% we’ll need to add tables and chairs but that’s a good prob­lem to have!”

SAFFO meets ev­ery Wednesday, with the ex­cep­tion of a few hol­i­days, at Con­sti­tu­tion Hall, 201 For­rest Road, in Fort Oglethorpe. Meet­ings run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group plays games, has spe­cial guest speak­ers and en­ter­tain­ment, eats a meal to­gether and shares one another’s joys and strug­gles. Mem­bers of the Fort Oglethorpe Fire Depart­ment come to give free blood pres­sure and blood sugar tests.

Guests are wel­come to drop in to visit. Mem­ber­ship is $5 a year. For more in­for­ma­tion, call or text Karon Parker at 423-595-7109. Or drop in and see what’s go­ing on.

Long-time SAFFO mem­ber Bar­bara Stod­dard dressed the part for the group’s Easter meet­ing. (Ca­toosa News photo/Tamara Wolk)

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