Events Photos Dorothy Elliott and Phillip Pierce listen attentively to guest speaker Lt. Col. (retired) Charles Nowlin during the 2016 Veterans Day observance. Lt. Col. (retired) Charles Nowlin, a Taylor native who was seriously burned while flying helicopters in Vietnam, was the guest speaker for the 2016 Veterans Day program. Valentine Gala, Thursday before Valentine’s Day The piano at the museum belonged to Miss Mary Moody and every February during the annual Valentine’s Gala fundraiser local pianists are invited to perform. The night of the Valentine’s Gala the museum is filled with music and laughter as those in attendance enjoy refreshments and tours of the museum. Elizabeth Matzen was the youngest of the pianist who played for the assembled guests at the Valentine Gala in 2016. Pounds of Plenty Food Drive in June Every June the museum host a Pounds of Plenty food drive for the local Shepherds Heart food pantry. The large box truck from Shepherds Heart is positioned in front of the museum to receive the donated food items. Each donation is weighed and recorded. Taylor Fire Department personnel help unload food donations. They also provide children with the chance to learn more about the firetruck and equipment. Kunisch Wellness Center is one of the many local businesses that act as collection points for the food drive. The business that brings in the most pounds each year is honored with a trophy. Monetary donations are also welcomed. These can then be used to purchase more items to help those in need. The Pounds of Plenty food drive is held in June in commemoration of Gov. Dan Moody’s birthday. Volunteers serve birthday cake and lemonade to all who attend. Veterans Day Observance, Sunday before Veterans Day each year The first year that the Moody Museum hosted a Veterans Day observance in 2013, Glenn Barrows, 94 and a decorated WWII veteran, observed the Veterans Day ceremony from the front porch of the museum. Photo by Kelly Eddleman, http://kmephotography5600.zenfolio.com/ Veterans shadow boxes are on display throughout the downstairs area of the museum during the afternoon ceremonies honoring local veterans. The event is held the Sunday before Veterans Day each year. Local veterans or their families are invited to make and display shadow boxes that tell of their military service. The museum loans shadow boxes to those who do not have them. Phil Pierce, a Korean War veteran, spoke at the 2015 Veterans Day observance. He told of former Taylor classmates and the sacrifices they made serving their country. The local VFW Hall is named in honor of Pierce’s brother, Sidney Pierce, who was killed in WWII. Veterans shadow boxes are each unique with veterans and/or their families choosing to tell the story of their military service in their own way. Christmas at the Moody, first Saturday in December At Christmas the museum is decorated in a style reminiscent of the era when the Moody family lived in the home. Local families sometimes stop by for photos by the Christmas tree. The first Saturday in December local school children from kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to the museum to make Victorian Christmas ornaments. Volunteers, including local high school students, often help the children. Parents sometime help their young children in making decorations which they then take home with them.