The December meeting of the Spring River Branch of the National League of American Pen Women will be held 10 a.m. Dec. 7 in the fellowship room of Cherokee Village Lutheran Church, located on Okmulgee Drive in Cherokee Village.
Guests for this annual Christmas-time meeting will be Elizabeth Reed, the 2005 recipient of the Spring River Branch of the Pen Women's "Mature Woman" grant. Elizabeth is a musician, she plays the piano, sings and writes songs. The Reeds have six children who are home schooled. Three of her daughters will lend their talents to the program.
Laura,16, like her mother, writes music and she will perform one of her selections; Katie, 7, has also written a song that she will perform; Christi, 11, and will exhibit some of her artwork. They call Mammoth Springs home.
Also on the program is a friend of Elizabeth and her family, Katherine Benson from Thayer. Katherine was widowed early in her life and turned to selling real estate and was an accountant in California. She and her second husband retired and moved to the foothills of Missouri. In her spare time she has turned to the arts. She not only writes music, but paints in watercolor and oil and writes poetry. She has written a Sonata in three parts, "I Did This All For You." This inspirational work prompted her to paint a picture using oils, which describes the hills of the Ozarks.
Katherine thoroughly enjoys mentoring young people and watching them develop their given talents.
The ladies of the Pen Women group will be serving refreshments, and for those who wish to participate, there will be a small gift exchange.
Women interested in becoming members of the Pen Women or are interested in the fine arts are welcome to attend the meetings. Pen Women encompass all fields of the fine arts, which include writing of all styles, music and art. For further information, call Nancy Thurston at 870-966-4704.