If we may be permitted a bit of a brag….and thank you Ms. Upchurch for the kind words!
Dear John Kay and staff ,
What an incredible day a group of 60 friends from Coosa UMC and Shady Grove UMC had at the BHR Center on September 10, 2013. All who attended were very impressed with the facilities and how the trail was set up with such detailed placards.
The gift shop was well stocked with beautiful Appalachian crafts and reading material. The video was expertly done. I was particularly fascinated with the presentations along the trail. Being a former school teacher, I saw endless opportunities for wonderful field trips on all grade levels. At this one place children could learn in detail about life in the mountains of North Georgia and information on what it took to be an author.
You, your staff and volunteers helped to create a wonderful day for our group. Many thnaks for all the special attention. We will speak highly of your facility and encourage others to come visit.
Beautiful. Even in the rain.
Sound file<a href="http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16768406/15%20Winter%20Solstice.mp3
“Winter Solstice” sung to the tune of the ballad: “His Bright Smile Haunts Me Still.”
Traditional singer, Jeff Warner, learned this ballad from his parents, who collected it in the 1930s from a woman of Scottish descent living on the Outer Banks, NC.
Arranged and sung by Jacqueline Elsner, a Reece Society member, who is preparing a CD of Reece poems set to the tunes of the Scots-Irish-English ballads, such as those heard by Reece in Choestoe. At the 2013 annual meeting of the Reece Society, Jacqueline will share some of these poems/songs. The CD will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Reece Society.
Jacqueline learned this tune, and many others, from Sheila Kay Adams, seventh generation ballad singer from Marshall, NC.”
The inclusion of the Reece Farm and Heritage Center in The Southern Literary Trail was celebrated on Friday, September 14 with members of the Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and members of the press present. Dr. John Kay, chair of the Byron Herbert Reece Society made remarks about the high honor, and then Mr. William Gantt of Birmingham, Director of the Southern Literary Trail was present and formally welcomed the Center into Literary Trail membership.
In his remarks Mr. Gantt said “When it comes to Byron Herbert Reece, both as a poet and an artist, he is unique among the writers of the Southern Literary Trail in a very significant way. We celebrate others…William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Erskin Caldwell and Borden Deal…who were born on farms and even lived on them for a part of their lives. But only Byron Herbert Reece dedicated his life to working the land that he wrote so passionately and poetically about… I have no doubt that the Southern writers whom we honor in our Literary Trail welcome him to their table.”
Click on the Southern Literary Trail logo to learn more about this prestigious organization.
The Reece Farm and Heritage Center is open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 1 pm until 5 pm. The site features a gift shop and museum at no charge, and a minimal admission fee for farming exhibits and access to the beautiful grounds along Wolf Creek.
Click The Pavilion above, or go here to find information about the beautiful pavilion by Wolf Creek!