Terry Kay, distinguished Southern writer and long-time member of the Reece Society’s Advisory Council, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Reece Society Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in the pavilion of the Reece Farm and Heritage Center, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1st. Kay will speak on the topic, “A Harvest of Words.”
Kay is the author of some 12 published novels and has received many awards over the years, including being named four times “Author of the Year” by the Georgia Writers Association. In 2006, he was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. He has also received the Townsend Award, the Lindberg Award, the Appalachian Heritage Award, and in 2009 was selected for the Governor’s Award in the Humanities. Three of Kay’s novels have been produced as Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, including the award-winning “To Dance with the White Dog.”
The musical portion of the program for the day will be provided by Jackie Elsner, a Reece Society member who has created a CD of Reece poems set to the tunes of Scots-Irish-English ballads, such as those heard by Reece in Choestoe. Jackie will share some of these poems/songs, a cappela. The CD will be available for purchase, with proceeds to benefit the Reece Society.
Stephen Corey, a poet and editor of The Georgia Review, will make a short presentation on the connection between Reece and the Review.
The business session will be brief and will include the election of directors and officers for the 2013-2014 membership year. The meeting will again conclude with lunch under the big tent, provided by Sodexo of Young Harris College. The gift shop and museum will be open for visitation, as well as all of the recently improved exhibit areas.
The public is invited to participate, along with members of the Society. Those planning to stay for lunch are asked to pre-register no later than Friday, May 24th. Registration with lunch is $15 per person, while registration alone is $5.00. Please contact the Society’s membership secretary, Teresa Sampson, at firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register. Payment may be made at the registration tent on the day of the meeting, but we need a firm count for the luncheon.