75 guests for 75 years: Cobb woman celebrates birthday
by Sally Litchfield
October 12, 2013 10:38 PM | 1413 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Boyd McKeown told his wife, Sybil Parr, that she could invite 75 people to her 75th birthday and that is just what she did.

Last week — on Sybil’s birthday — friends and family gathered at the Top of Shillings on the Square to celebrate the milestone. The festive event was hosted by Boyd and their children; Lori and Billy Brackett, Karen and Todd Carper and Kelly and Russ Waits. Adding to the fun were all their grandchildren who attended: Ansley and Matt Sand, Will Brackett, Camilla Waits, and Kristin and Justin McNeal.

Sybil is known for her “words of wisdom” and favorite Southern sayings she imparts freely. Guests were asked to send in some of these famous witticisms that were framed and displayed for all to enjoy.

Black, white and silver balloons decorated the ceiling. Silver cases were adorned with beautiful white lilies and snapdragons, adding the perfect touch. Guests munched on delicious hors d’oeuvres and tasty birthday cake as they enjoyed the melodic strains of the fantastic Kaylor Taylor Jazz Quartet.

Since Boyd will be celebrating his 90th birthday next year, perhaps Sybil has already started planning — 90 at 90?


The Marietta Civitan Club held its annual Awards and Installation Banquet on Sept. 27 at The Georgian Club, where the 2013-14 officers were installed. The club looks forward to another great year of service under the leadership of President Louise Crapps.

Civitan is a worldwide, all volunteer service organization, emphasizing service to those with developmental disabilities. Local clubs are supported by Civitan International, which was organized in 1917 and spans more than 24 countries. The Marietta Civitan Club meets every first, second and third Tuesday at the Marietta Conference Center at noon. Guests are welcome. To learn more, visit www.civitan.net/marietta.


Marietta Wine Market will have its 7th annual Art of Wine Expo on Oct. 20 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Marietta Educational Gardens.

The event features more than 200 wines for tasting as well as exquisite food, live jazz, and a host of exhibits from local artists. Purchase tickets by calling Marietta Wine Market at (770) 919-1574. Cost is $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

Marietta Education Gardens is at 505 Kennesaw Ave.


Fashion spotlight of the week: Welcoming the fall season in classic tan pants, rust sweater and coordinating scarf — Diane Brock of east Cobb.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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