The M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center at Mark Twain Lake was the setting for the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of Alan and Loralee Adam on Sunday, August 14.
Eighty close friends and family were present for the 12:30 p.m. catered and plated dinner and program at the visitor’s center and 10 a.m. worship hour at the Vandalia First Presbyterian Church.
Karol Kristofferson, of Mexico, introduced the former Loralee Lynch to Alan Adam at a Sunday School class in the Vandalia Presbyterian Church. Ms. Kristofferson subsequently served as Maid of Honor at the couple’s wedding on Sunday, August 14, 1966 at the First Lutheran Church Neosho, Missouri. Averil Beshears, Jr. was the groomsman and the best man was the late Arnold Gatson with Susan Hahlbeck, of Arlington, Nebraska as bridesmaid.
The couple’s son Andy and Jennifer Adam welcomed guests at the 50th wedding anniversary celebration on Sunday, August 14, with an invocation given by Muriel Beshears and a blessing sung by Brian and Amy Adam Meiser and their children Alena, Nicklaus, and Adam.
After dinner, “Pachelbels Cannon” was performed by the couple’s grandchildren with Alec Adam, playing trumpet; Madeline Patton, on cello; Zachary Patton, on bass; and son-in-law and director, Steve Patton, on violin. Alice Adam Patton narrated a Power Point of memories of the couple’s 50 years.
Laura Adam, MD, played “The Holy City” that was used as the bride made her entrance on her father’s arm fifty years ago.
The long-ago wedding text was Psalm 23 and Laura Morrison, the couple’s daughter-in-law, paraphrased its message first given by the late Dr. Theodore Weinhold, First Lutheran Church, Neosho, Missouri pastor.
For their wedding, Alan and Loralee were given a flow blue earthenware gravy boat from Loralee’s grandmother, the late Amelia Dickmeyer.
This led to the couple collecting additional pieces of flow blue earthenware and Madeline Patton, granddaughter, pointed out the flow blue centerpieces on the dining tables with fresh floral pieces by Janie Pease, of Vandalia Floral. Granddaughter Taryn Adam gave a short history of the Gordon Scottish tartan worn by the anniversary couple and decorating each table. Alan’s father, the late Will M. Adam, was born at Bannockburn, Scotland and the Adam clan wore the Gordon tartan.
An ice sculpture of a Scottish thistle centered the 50th anniversary dessert table. The thistle is the national symbol of Scotland and legend has it an invading army stepped on the thistle and cries of pain alerted the sleeping Scotsmen to a possible invasion. Amy Adam Meiser and Alena Meiser explained the wedding cake and punch tradition.
With an antique Scottish knife used by four generations of Adam family members at their weddings, Loralee and Alan cut the first slice of anniversary cake.
They invited Rex and Debby Moore to also cut and share anniversary cake, as August 14 was their 45th wedding anniversary. Averil and Muriel Beshears also cut and shared anniversary cake marking their upcoming 50th anniversary on August 20, 2016. Serving cake and punch to guests were Muriel Beshears, Karol Kristofferson, Shirley Morris, and Flora Mae Northcutt.
The after-dinner program’s conclusion was violinist Steve Patton playing “Arkansas Traveler” with accompaniment by Zachary Patton on the bass.
Special guests for the weekend anniversary celebration were Lou and Marg and Katie Favrin, Toronto, Canada. Other out-of-town guests were Cindy and Garry Pirch, Summersville, Mo.; Judy and Larry Scovel, Bloomington, Ill.; Jana and Mike Moran, Rudolph, Wis.; Dick and Arlene Elkins, Manhatten, Kan.; and Paula and Dan Schmit, Naperville, Ill. Guests stayed at the Timber Ridge Resort in Perry. A Saturday evening picnic prepared by Loralee Adam had Brian and Amy Adam Meiser and family as hosts at the resort’s pavilion. A Saturday luncheon was prepared and served by hosts Laura Adam, MD and Laura Morrison.