Small Talk: Candy was dandy at the Revelers Ball
by Annette Maddox
Special to The Star
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Guests at the 2012 Revelers Ball on Feb. 17 enjoyed a colorful evening of confectionary delights, from candy lanterns hanging from the ceiling to brightly striped walls and a candy bar, as the “Sweet Treats” theme was brought to life at the Anniston Country Club.

As usual, the ladies of Revelers pulled out all the stops, putting lots of planning into their skits.

In “Candy Comes to Church,” Laura Pratt, Alice Abernathy, Alyson Orth, Samantha Hughston and Lisa Rast put a whole new sugary spin on the “Church Lady.”

Kelli Roberts, Gail Tillman and Ginger Munroe were “Twinkies in the Closet,” junk-food junkies who only wanted to party. Oh, and eat.

In “A Witch’s Welcome to Lollipop Land,” frisky witches Toni Christopher, Becky Simmons, Michelle Whitelaw and Jennifer Downey broke out the Laffy Taffy for the boys in the Lollipop Guild. Naughty or nice? We’ll never know.

“Candy Radio” featured sweeties Layne Allen, Kim Flannagan and Allison Ortiz, who let their tootsies roll, doing the peppermint twist and more for their candy men.

The candy factory’s assembly line would never be the same after Karen Connell, Cindy Cater and Crystal Mashburn finished their shift in “I Love Lucy.”

Everyone loves a carnival – especially a “Sweet Treats Carnival” – and Dawn Wilczek, Angie Reaves, Anna Coley and Laura Knighton entertained onlookers with their sweet skills.

“Sugar Daddy & the Candy Girls” – need I say more? JJ Nichols, Treacy Hunter and Brittany Heath wowed the crowd with some “pour some sugar on me” action.

“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” featured Sheri Ballard, Jennifer Farrell, Kathy Pope and Wendy Kitchen, who frolicked in Oompa-Loompa land and managed to narrowly escape falling into the river of chocolate.

Judges Ashley Bass Martin, Melanie Hendrix, Vaughan Benkwith, Amy Askew and Lindsay Waits certainly had their work cut out for them, but managed (between peals of laughter) to get the job done.

After the skits, the band “Just a Few Cats” from Leeds cranked up, and the dancing began.

Out-of-town guests included Pete and Barbara Thompson of Decatur, along with Melanie Hendrix of Heflin, all guests of Laura Alexander; Lisa Rast’s guests Randall and Laura Rigsby of Heflin, and Patrick and former Reveler Barbara Cushman of Birmingham; Dr. and Mrs. Josh Conley of Albertville, and Brandon McNeal and Dr. Jessica Alvarez of Atlanta, all guests of Kim Flannagan; Casey Smith of Pelham, guest of Angie Reaves; Peyton Roberts and Wesley Roll, both of Tuscaloosa, guests of Kelli Roberts; Brittany Heath’s guest, Brittany Golson of Sterrett; William Mullendore of Columbia, S.C., guest of Abby Bass; and 2012 Revelers Ball Queen Michelle Love’s guests Whitney and Steven Weaver of Birmingham; Pam and Jere VanEtten of Tallassee; Clay and Lesley Jones of Mableton, Ga.; Kim and David Bodne and Paul and Vicki Free, all of Fayetteville, Ga.; along with Joy and Gary Steed of Lincoln. Other members of the court included Abby Bass, Jennifer Tucker, Wendy Draper and Lesley Hudson.

Revelers Krewe officers this year include Laura Alexander, president; Julie Hansek, vice president; Claire Caballero, secretary; and Sandy Rothwell, treasurer.

Back in November, Revelers’ new members (Anna Coley, Jennifer Downey, Kim Flannagan, Brittany Heath, Treacy Hunter, Crystal Mashburn, Allison Ortiz, Angie Reaves, Jamey Robertson and Michelle Whitelaw) were welcomed at the organization’s annual new member/sustainer party, which was hosted by Edith Couch at her gorgeous Sunset Drive home.

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