Dash DeWitt

A Planksgiving Pageant to Remember By: Dash DeWitt




The reviews are in (well, my review), and all the critics (me) agree that this years Planksgiving Pageant (directed, produced and written by me) was a resounding success!

This year’s pageant followed the usual script. Reverend Mayfair played our town’s founder, Cyrus Lavinius Jeremiah Jones, who heroically fed the people of BlueBell in the wake of a devastating hurricane. Tom Long and Cody Strong played the seemingly fiendish but ultimately kind-hearted pirates that helped Cyrus Lavinius catch enough fish to feed the whole town. Wanda Lewis co-starred as Esmeralda, a role of my own creation, the saucy pirate wench that captures the hearts of BlueBell’s men with a sultry song.

Other original songs included “I am Cyrus Lavinius Jeremiah Jones,” “Thanks for these Planks,” and “Other Fish to Fry.” In the latter, the cast members actually fried fish onstage and fed them to the audience!

Other interactive elements were added to the show this year, inspired by last year’s treasure hunt for the Hilson family. Bits of “treasure” were hidden throughout town square, and lucky winners were invited to take a picture with the members of the cast!

Members of the town approached after the show for quotes were clearly overwhelmed and breath taken by what they had just seen. “I thought it was really great,” said Tom Long. While I stared at him, he added, “Really, really great.”

“Best show I’ve ever seen,” said resident Earl Kinsella, whose usual moniker of Crazy Earl does not apply here.

“To me it seemed like the same music from the Gilbert & Sullivan revue with the words changed to be about Planksgiving,” said Eugenia Todd, who obviously knows nothing about the nuances of musical theater.

Auditions for next year’s Planksgiving Pageant will commence tomorrow afternoon in Town Square. All roles are currently open, though maybe I’ll take a crack at CLJJ this year! Who knows? What I do know, is that this year’s will be hard to top. Though I say that every year, and always pull it off…

Mayor's Statement

Love and Politics By: Rose Hattenbarger



Ya’ll don’t know how relieved I am that this Election is over. I think I speak for many when I say this, especially Mayor Hayes. It has just seemed to consume all of the wonderful Bluebellian energy the past couple weeks. I, for one, am looking forward to the beginning of football season, and cool weather. Politics makes people so crazy.

Do you know what else makes people crazy? New love!! Unlike Justin and Selena, talk of a sprouting love in town is heating up – Lavon Hayes and Ruby Jeffries. Who knew that after all these years of not speaking and all these months of fighting, there was true love brewing underneath it all?! It’s really so very inspiring. Kind of like something you’d see on an episode of “Sex and the City”. I almost want to narrate their love story in my head a la Carrie Bradshaw. Oh, who am I kidding, I’ve totally been doing that already.

So, I guess this means Ruby is here to stay, which I don’t hate because Ruby is definitely a new type of style that this town needs. She’s smart, sassy, stylish, and a good female role model for us up-and-coming lady entrepreneurs. This excitement is like what I felt when Zoe came to town. Maybe we can be the new power trio in BlueBell!! You can never have enough big city ladies in small town BlueBell!

Mayor's Statement

Wanda’s Word on the Holidays By:




Hey everyone!  Thanks so much for checking back in on my little corner of Bluebell!  Well, as ya’ll know the holiday season is just around the corner, and like so many of you it ALWAYS puts me in a frenzy.  So many meals to cook, gifts to wrap, Planksgiving costumes to make, parties to throw- not to mention the Rammer Jammer gets crazy as ever when we start serving Earl’s Egg Nog (it’s Wade’s recipe).  With all this holiday talk getting so close it’s time to start planning now, so let’s go to an email.  This question comes from Tess W.  Tess writes:

“Hey There Wanda,

         I know you have a busy schedule being a working woman, a good citizen of Bluebell, and a sweet girlfriend to Tom Long (who is so dreamy btw), but I was hoping you could give me some advice on how to balance all that with a hectic holiday season.  How do you still find time to do all the necessary Holiday shopping, making goodies, etc?  Lots of love,


Tess, it’s not easy but it CAN be fun!  If you’re at all like me, you have at least twenty people to cook for over the next few months, a few special ones to buy gifts for, and at least 3 dozen neighbors to make treats for.  It can seem overwhelming, but if you make a schedule and stick to it, this holiday season will be a success.  For example- this year Tom (who I agree is VERY dreamy!) and I have decided we’re going to spend one whole weekend making my famous fruit cakes for all of our friends in Bluebell.  It’s a lot of work, especially since we have to drive all the way up to Jasper to get a truck load of my Uncle Gary’s cherries (that’s the secret to my recipe!), but when we get back we’re going to spend one whole night staying up late, drinking coca cola, eating popcorn and making our cakes for friends.  I already have it marked on the calendar!  This is how I do all of my holiday prepping- I write it down and I stick to it.  I also set aside time the same way to decorate the Christmas tree, wrap presents, cook dinners… it’s all in the planning!  So this holiday season, don’t just fly by the seat of your pants- put your important tasks on the calendar in advance and you’ll have a smooth-sailing, joyous holiday season!  I hope this helps.

Big hugs,



If ya’ll ever wanna ask me a question or even just say hi, write me at wandasword@gmail.com

Mayor's Statement

A Series of Election Haikus by Tom Long By: Tom Long




Exercising rights

In the great town of BlueBell

I vote Lavon Hayes


Watching Wanda vote

Makes me a happier guy

Democracy wins


Waiting in long lines

Isn’t a problem in town

Dash runs all the polls


Colorful designs

The ballot looks confusing.

How do I do this?


Antiquated laws

Ritual sacrifices

Glad we have moved on


It’s a happy day

When all the townsfolk are here

Yes! Bluebellians.

Magnolia's Stupid Mandatory Homework Blog

Waxing Poetic, whatever that means… By: Magnolia Breeland



I want to apologize to all my loyal readers for being away for a few weeks. But it was Halloween, and well, you know. Finding a costume is, like, so not easy. Because first I was gonna be Madonna. No, not the yoga-Buddha-mother-to-Lola Madonna. “Boy Toy” Madonna. Like legit. And then Lemon announces she’s going to be Marilyn Monroe. I mean, come on. So then, I had to go all the way back to the drawing board and think of something else, totally opposite of Lemon. But 180 degrees from Marilyn Monroe is all boring. What was I gonna be? A nun? No way. So I told Daddy that I would pass out candy instead. And that’s what I did.

(Sorry, Ms. Bradburn for rambling on about Halloween. But this is a national holiday and totally a current event, so it’s important. Plus, I think my readers would want to know.)

Anyway, back to boring-ville. This week in school, we had to write original poems. Which was actually quite the opposite of boring. And naturally, as a singer-songwriter in the making, my poems were the best. I won’t tell you who I wrote about (but his name rhymes with “Made”). My rhyme scheme was really something special. Unlike, my classmates who can be totally cheesy. I mean, “Love means never having to watch football. Now give me your all, my Jamal.” Ugh.)

I learned a lot about myself and the kind of relationship I want. For example, I want my guy to watch Gossip Girl with me but I don’t want him to talk during it. I want him to take me to concerts but I don’t want him singing in my ear. Of course, I can sing. In fact, the performer might even ask me to come on stage with him or her. One never knows. Things like that just happen to me.