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2016 Events

We’re Closed for Christmas

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McRitchie-Hollis Museum will be closed for Christmas Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Dec. 26. Visit us next week, Tuesday through Friday. We have the art of Tiffany Thomas and a special exhibition of images from “Coweta County Remembered.”

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Make your bid on NCHS Festival of Trees items!

Extended through Wednesday at 5 p.m.

NCHS’s Festival of Trees fundraiser continues at McRitchie-Hollis Museum through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 with Christmas trees, nutcrackers, garlands and nativity scenes galore! All items are available for purchase as part of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s silent auction benefiting our scholarship fund given to deserving high school seniors! Stop by the museum at 74 Jackson St. and place your bids in order to take these items home! #festivaloftrees #newnanga #newnan #Christmas

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McRitchie-Hollis is on the Newnan Presbyterian Preschool Christmas tour!

Here is a sneak peek at decorations and some of the items for the NCHS Festival of Trees silent auction fundraiser this weekend. Visitors will also enjoy the current show “Spectrum” featuring the art of Newnan painter Tiffany Thomas.

McRitchie-Hollis Museum is a stop on the Saturday, Dec. 3 Christmas Tour of Homes organized this year by Newnan Presbyterian Church Preschool. Tickets are available at the preschool beside the church at Greenville Street and Salbide Ave. Or check their web page at www.nppk.org

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Christmas Tour of Homes
December 3,2016
Hosted by Newnan Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten

14441013_1514293271930736_8542830328485676673_nThere will be a continuous shuttle that runs all evening along the tour route. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nppk.org or at Newnan Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten. They will also be available at locations #1 and #2 the day of the event.

“Newnan Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten is proud to sponsor the Christmas Tour of Homes.
Tickets are available at Newnan Presbyterian Preschool Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or click
Buy Now on the preschool web site www.nppk.org to purchase tickets online and pick up
at Will Call starting Nov. 1. Tickets are
$20 in advance/$25 at the door. The tour will feature
8 different locations including 5 homes in the the
Historic College-Temple Neighborhood of Newnan.
A continuous shuttle will run all evening.”

For those that purchase tickets in advance, tour organizers recommend starting in the middle or the end of the tour to keep from congestion at the first few locations. You can pick up the shuttle along the route to take you to the locations that have a few blocks of separation. The shuttle is complimentary. A map will be in the brochure.

Here are details about the tour and the featured homes and stops, including McRitchie-Hollis Museum:

McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., will be among the stops for the Newnan Presbyterian Preschool Christmas Tour of Homes Dec. 3 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The museum, which serves as headquarters for Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, opened to the public in 2013 after extensive renovations to bring the structure back to an appearance that more closely reflected the era in which it was built, in 1937. It was originally the home of Mildred Arnall Peniston and Ellis Peniston. Mr. Peniston was president of Arnall Mills in Sargent. The museum features rotating exhibits reflecting the history and cultural heritage of Newnan and Coweta County. Currently upstairs is a selection of images from the Coweta County Remembered feature produced in cooperation with The Newnan Times-Hearld that ran once or twice a week for some three decades.
During the Tour of Homes, beautiful holiday decorations including trees, wreaths and a Nativity scene will be available for silent auction to benefit the NCHS scholarship program.

Proceeds from the tour tickets will go toward the Rudean King Memorial Playground as well as to upgrade the church preschool. A portion of the proceeds will help the Can’t Never Could Foundation, a non-profit established by Newnan resident Rob Estes to assist those facing personal or medical battles.

Tickets are $20 in advance, online at www.nppk.org or for $25 the day of the event. Stops include Newnan Presbyterian Church, 38 Greenville St. (tickets may be purchased at this location and refreshments will be provided); Green Home, 32 W. Washington St.; Lyles Labyrinth, 24 College St.; Strain Home, 52 College St.; Kookogey Home, 38 Temple Ave., Achee Home, 43 Temple Ave.; Malloy Home, 76 Temple Ave.; and McRitchie-Hollis. Details: call Newnan Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten, 770-253-5018 or go to www.nppk.org.

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New documentary ‘Mayhayley Lancaster: Legend of an Oracle’ has Newnan premiere Nov. 17 at Depot; Tickets on Eventbrite.com

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The Newnan premiere of new movie documentary “Mayhayley Lancaster, Legend of an Oracle” is 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Newnan Train Depot, 60 E. Broad St.

Tickets are $10 General Admission on Eventbrite.com or stop by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society offices at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson Street. There will be tickets at the door if any remain after pre-sales.

The new documentary is written, produced and directed by Rick Fowler, an Athens, Ga. musician who is originally from Bowden, Ga. The film premiered to a sold-out audience Oct. 22 in his Carroll County home town.
She did not like the term “fortune teller.” The Heard County legend, made famous by her testimony in the 1940s John Wallace murder trial in Newnan, called herself the “Oracle of the Ages” and considered her talent as a clairvoyant a gift from God.

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She was a pioneer in the struggle for women’s rights. In her early years Mayhayley Lancaster taught school, studied to be a lawyer, even ran for state office. But in later life this colorful figure attracted crowds to her home on a secluded road north of Franklin – people came to her seeking answers to their futures or how they might find something lost.
Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase, and there will be a reception with light refreshments.
Newnan educator, poet and author Melissa Dickson Jackson, who is among those featured in in the documentary, will speak on the life and times of Mayhayley Lancaster.

 

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Interviewed and appearing in the documentary are author Dot Moore, who wrote a book about Mayhayley titled “Oracle of the Ages”; Melissa Jackson; Johnnie Huey; Nellie Dunaway Duke; Chanell Lowery; W. Jeff Bishop, executive director of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and author of the original play “Flies at the Well” about the John Wallace trial; Jonathan Dorsey; and James Davis.
The movie runs 48 minutes.

For more information or to purchase DVDs ($20 with free shipping) go to mayhayleymovie.com . We also have some copies of the DVD ($20) in the McRitchie-Hollis Museum gift shop.

The Newnan Train Depot is at 60 East Broad Street in downtown Newnan. For more information contact the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 770-251-0207.

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Dr. Barbara Kawulich to discuss Creek Indian

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November is Native American Heritage Month, and Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will host an educational program on Creek Indian history 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
barbara_b_kawulichprofile_000035The presentation is free to members and the public. Barbara Kawulich Ph.D., will discuss land fraud and the Creeks before Indian removal from Georgia in the early 1800s.
Kawulich is a professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Technology and Foundations at the University of West Georgia. Her interests include evaluation and research methodology, particularly qualitative methodologies, and issues of interest to indigenous women.
Kawulich says that she has spent years studying Creek women because they are a group that has been traditionally overlooked.
In fact, Creek women have “sown the seeds of culture,” she said.
“Today Creek women are the backbone of the Muscogee Creek Nation,” she said. “They are responsible for continuing the culture.”

McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St., just north of downtown Newnan. There is ample free parking behind the museum off Clark Street. For more information call the museum at 770-251-0207.

 

Native American Heritage Month:

Land fraud of Creeks topic for
UWG Professor Barbara Kawulich
Nov. 10 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum

November is Native American Heritage Month, and Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will host an educational program on Creek Indian history 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
barbara_b_kawulichprofile_000035The presentation is free to members and the public. Barbara Kawulich Ph.D., will discuss land fraud and the Creeks before Indian removal from Georgia in the early 1800s.
Kawulich is a professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Technology and Foundations at the University of West Georgia. Her interests include evaluation and research methodology, particularly qualitative methodologies, and issues of interest to indigenous women.
Kawulich says that she has spent years studying Creek women because they are a group that has been traditionally overlooked.
In fact, Creek women have “sown the seeds of culture,” she said.
“Today Creek women are the backbone of the Muscogee Creek Nation,” she said. “They are responsible for continuing the culture.”

McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St., just north of downtown Newnan. There is ample free parking behind the museum off Clark Street. For more information call the museum at 770-251-0207.

For more information stop by McRitchie-Hollis at 74 Jackson Street, Newnan, or call us at 770-251-0207. We keep our web site at www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety updated, as well as regular posts on our Facebook page.

Native American Heritage Month:

Land fraud of Creeks topic for
UWG Professor Barbara Kawulich
Nov. 10 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum

November is Native American Heritage Month, and Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will host an educational program on Creek Indian history 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
barbara_b_kawulichprofile_000035The presentation is free to members and the public. Barbara Kawulich Ph.D., will discuss land fraud and the Creeks before Indian removal from Georgia in the early 1800s.
Kawulich is a professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Technology and Foundations at the University of West Georgia. Her interests include evaluation and research methodology, particularly qualitative methodologies, and issues of interest to indigenous women.
Kawulich says that she has spent years studying Creek women because they are a group that has been traditionally overlooked.
In fact, Creek women have “sown the seeds of culture,” she said.
“Today Creek women are the backbone of the Muscogee Creek Nation,” she said. “They are responsible for continuing the culture.”

One of the symbols of the tribe is the turtle, she said.
“That means good luck in Creek culture, but it is also a symbol of the women, because they wear turtle shells around their calves when they are dancing,” she said.
She said many people don’t understand that the early Creek Nation was really a confederacy of various remnants of earlier tribes.
“It was not one nation. It was a confederacy of independent chiefdoms,” she said. “There were 60 to 70 different towns.”
It was a matrilineal society, rather than a patrilineal one, like that of the Europeans, she said.
“The children belonged to the mother, and clans were grouped through the matrilineal lines,” said Kawulich. “And just because the women didn’t serve as chiefs doesn’t mean that they didn’t have power behind the scenes.”

The earliest written accounts of the people who later joined the Creek confederacy are recorded in the journals kept by the Hernando DeSoto expedition, she said.
“Those early encounters occurred in the 1500s,” said Kawulich. “Women are rarely mentioned throughout history, but this is one of the most well-documented expeditions.”
Among well-known Creek women from Georgia history is Mary Musgrove. She was “one of the most well-known women in Creek culture,” according to Kawulich.
In 1733, Musgrove began to serve as a translator for newly arrived Georgia Governor James Edward Oglethorpe, which she did for a number of years.

Among published work, Kawulich co-edited “Teaching Research Methods in the Social Sciences” and “Doing Social Research: A Global Context” with Drs. Claire Wagner (University of Pretoria) and Mark Garner (University of Aberdeen) and has numerous articles in such journals as Advancing Women in Leadership, Journal of Research in Education, Journal of STEM Education, Studies in Higher Education, Qualitative Sociology Review, Field Methods Journal, and Forum: Qualitative Social Research, among others.
She and her co-authors are pursuing further research in the area of gaps in the literature on learning and teaching research methodology.
Kawulich recently served as a visiting professor at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), where she gave several lectures related to reflexivity, qualitative research methods, and blended learning.
Kawulich earned her B.S., Bachelor of Science in Physiological Psychology, University of Georgia, 1975; her M.S., Master of Science in Human Resources, Georgia State University, 1983; and received her Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Development, Georgia State University, 1998. Her dissertation was on Muscogee (Creek) Women’s Perceptions of Work.

McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St., just north of downtown Newnan. There is ample free parking behind the museum off Clark Street. For more information call the museum at 770-251-0207.

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Opening reception for ‘Spectrum’ show Nov. 1 at McRitchie-Hollis

“Spectrum,” the art of Tiffany Thomas, opens with a reception this Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

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Tiffany Thomas

Tiffany Thomas attained a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from Valdosta State University in 2008. Afterwards she chose to grow her artistic roots in Newnan, and started her own custom art business several years ago. Her art is colorful and energetic with bold brush work, and she uses a variety of subjects as inspiration to move paint across a canvas. Tiffany shows her art regionally, and has art in private collections across the United States.

Her solo art exhibit, SPECTRUM, will feature a variety of oil and acrylic works on canvas, as well as a mix of plein air, still life, and vibrant abstract paintings. All of the artwork will be for sale. Come join us to celebrate local talent at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum!

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ALSO OPENING: 
Coweta County Remembered
A photographic journey through Coweta County’s rich past.
Opening Tuesday, Nov. 1 on the second floor of the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
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Simple Pleasures photography on display

Fall Simple Pleasures First Place and People's Choice winner Lisa Stephens with her entry "Silly Boys."

Fall Simple Pleasures First Place and People’s Choice winner Lisa Stephens with her entry “Silly Boys.”

Celebrate life’s simple pleasures with Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s bi-annual juried photography contest exhibition.

Photographs are juried by local photographers and experts in the field to be displayed at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum September and October 2016. First, Second, and Third place winners and the People’s Choice were just awarded at a reception Oct. 1.

Come see the work of these talented photographers and how they chose to interpret a “simple pleasure.”

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Walk With Newnan’s Old Souls … Story Tour of Oak Hill Cemetery

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Walk with Newnan’s old souls. Tour at dusk through Newnan’s Historic Oak Hill Cemetery on a guided walk of selected gravesites. Actors portraying some of Newnan’s most colorful citizens from the 19th and 20th centuries will beguile you with tales from Newnan’s past.

Timed tours begin every 20 minutes from Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson Street. Ample free parking behind museum. Enjoy refreshments and entertainment by “spirit dancers” from Southern Arc Dance before or after your tour.

For more about the tour see our What’s New page.

Tickets at eventbrite.com or call 770-251-0207.

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Walk With Newnan’s Old Souls … Story Tour of Oak Hill Cemetery

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Walk with Newnan’s old souls. Tour at dusk through Newnan’s Historic Oak Hill Cemetery on a guided walk of selected gravesites. Actors portraying some of Newnan’s most colorful citizens from the 19th and 20th centuries will beguile you with tales from Newnan’s past.

Timed tours begin every 20 minutes from Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson Street. Ample free parking behind museum. Enjoy refreshments and entertainment by “spirit dancers” from Southern Arc Dance before or after your tour.

Tickets at eventbrite.com or call 770-251-0207.

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Quilt Expo returns Oct. 6-8 at Newnan’s Historic Train Depot

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Second annual Quilt Expo will be coming to the Depot History Center, 60 East Broad Street October 6-8, 2016. It includes displays of colorful and creative quilts and vendors with quilting supplies and gear. Admission $5 at the door.

For more information and scenes from last year’s show see our What’s New page or call the McRitchie-Hollis Museum at 770-251-0207.

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Quilt Expo returns Oct. 6-8 at Depot

The second annual Quilt Expo is coming to the Historic Newnan Train Depot, 60 East Broad Street Oct. 6-8, 2016.

It will include displays of colorful and creative quilts and vendors with quilting supplies and gear. Admission is $5 at the door.
Attendees will get to view displays of contemporary and vintage quilts and shop for quilting supplies and equipment. Barbara Reed is helping NCHS organize this event again for 2016.
For future vendor information for this annual event, call NCHS at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum office, 770-251-0207.

Quilt Expo returns Oct. 6-8 at Newnan’s Historic Train Depot

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Second annual Quilt Expo returns to the Depot History Center, 60 East Broad Street October 6-8, 2016. It includes displays of colorful and creative quilts and vendors with quilting supplies and gear. Admission $5 at the door.

Hours 10 to 5 Thursday and Friday, and 10 to 4 Saturday of the Quilt Expo weekend.

Vendor space available. Call 770-251-0207.

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Fall 2016 Simple Pleasures Photography Contest winners’ work on display

Come vote during September for People’s Choice!

“Simple Pleasures” 2016 Fall Photography Show received 81 entries and about 25 went on display Sept. 1 in the downstairs rooms at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Entrants have been informed of their status by email and their entries are now being prepared for display. Visitors will be able to vote for a People’s Choice award through September. An awards reception is set for 3 p.m. Oct. 1 where judges’ awards and prizes for first, second and third places and the People’s Choice will be presented.

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Newly hung at McRitchie-Hollis Museum are the juried entries for the fall 2016 Simple Pleasures Photography Contest.

Entries represent the photographers’ interpretation of “simple pleasures” and reflect scenes familiar to families as well as from travels throughout the globe.

Visitors touring McRitchie-Hollis Museum during September are invited to view the photography exhibition and select their own favorite for the “People’s Choice” award, which will be presented with announcement of the other top winners at the Photographers’ Awards Reception Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. The public is invited to meet the photographers at this free awards reception.

Winners were selected in blind judging by a panel headed by well-known Newnan photographer Billy Newman. He will be on hand Oct. 1 to present the awards and talk to the photographers.

Simple Pleasures includes an annual fall show, as well as an annual spring “nature show.” It is now under the wing of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Be looking for the call for entries for the 2017 Spring Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show which focuses on images that are strictly nature photography with no human or man-made elements.

McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St., just north of downtown Newnan. There is ample free parking at the rear of the museum with driveway entry off Clark Street.

For more information call 770-251-0207.

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First Historic College Temple Storytelling Festival Sept. 24

Tickets $20/$10 on sale at Eventbrite.com

Look forward to a September evening of listening to great stories by great, great storytellers in lovely and historic Newnan, Georgia.
That is what you’ll find with the upcoming Sep. 24 Historic College Temple Storytelling Festival.

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Not only will there be an appearance by internationally famous storyteller and musician Helena Byrne from Ireland, but attendees will be treated to tales by nationally recognized storytellers Akbar Imhotep, Barry Stewart Mann, Betty Ann Wiley and Michael Scott.
You will listen as they weave their magic of stories starting in the garden at McRitchie-Hollis Museum and moving to two historic homes in the nearby College Temple neighborhood. At the homes storytellers will perform from the porches.
Mark your calendars for Sept. 24, from 4 -6:30 p.m. and get your tickets — $20 adults and $10 children 12 and under, which may be purchased at www.eventbrite.com, by calling 770-251-0207 or by visiting the NCHS office at McRitchie-Hollis museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan, GA 30263.
This event is family friendly but geared toward adults and is not recommended for very young children.
These storytellers from around the globe are ready to captivate Newnan audiences Sept. 24 at the College-Temple Storytelling Festival, the first local event of this kind.
NCHS is coordinating this event, which includes five dynamic storytellers. Each storyteller performing has his or her own uniquely developed style that is sure to enthrall those in attendance.

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The headliner of the festival is Irish storyteller Helena Byrne. “If you don’t get goosebumps when you hear her beautiful voice then you may need to consult a medical professional because chances are, you’re dead inside,” said Travel Ireland Magazine in March 2016.
“I didn’t want the stories to end, each one was more spellbinding than the last,” said The Celtic Connection Magazine USA. Byrne “bridges the gap between Irish legends and folk music,” says The Irish World Newspaper UK.
“We’re so fortunate to be able to bring an international storyteller of this caliber to Newnan,” said NCHS Executive Director Jeff Bishop. “Storytelling isn’t just for children. We have told stories as long as there have been human beings on this planet. We tell stories to tell ourselves who we are.”
Byrne will take the stage in the gazebo at NCHS’s courtyard at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum to delight the audience with tales and music from Ireland. After her performance, guests are to journey about two blocks to nearby Temple Avenue for the second part of the program which includes storytelling sessions at two historic College Temple homes. Accomplished storytellers Barry Stewart Mann and Betty Ann Wylie will perform at the first stop.
There will be a short break with light refreshments as guests arrive at the final Temple Avenue location. Restrooms and additional parking will be available at the nearby Male Academy/ ChildrenConnect children’s museum on the corner of College Street and Temple.
At the last stop, local storyteller and home owner Michael Scott performs along with lively “Akbar the Storyteller” who will share a concluding story that incorporates African drumming and singing.
The festival is scheduled from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and begins at the NCHS’s McRithchie-Hollis Museum at 74 Jackson Street, Newnan, GA 30263.

The idea to introduce a storytelling festival in Newnan was inspired by the success and popularity of the Azalea Storytelling Festival that takes place annually in LaGrange.
“The purpose of the storytelling festival being organized by NCHS is to perpetuate the art of oral storytelling,” said organizer Larisa McMichael, who heads up the local Newnan storytelling group as well as volunteering with NCHS. “We want to perpetuate the transformative experience of storytelling and to expose our community to quality, world-class storytellers.”
“This is a unique experience for citizens to be entertained and enthralled by five seriously talented individuals who have the proven ability to take audiences to other places and times via the art of storytelling,” said McMichael.
NCHS was able to secure Helena Byrne as the headliner because she is traveling to the Atlanta area from Ireland in September to headline another storytelling event. Byrne is a seasoned storyteller with a full repertoire of Irish stories, folklore and accompanying music. On her website,www.helenabyrne.com, it states that “Combining her love of Irish folklore and passion for Irish music, Helena Byrne regularly performs as a seanchaí (storyteller) and singer. Helena interweaves tales of the Other World and the mysterious Fairy Folk with traditional Irish songs and wonderful insights into the Irish life of days gone by.
Barry Stewart Mann, a popular Atlanta storyteller, has been captivating audiences for three decades with stories from other worlds and cultures. At his website, www.barrystewartmann.com, information about his many talents may be explored. Stewart Mann performances have a certain quality and level of vibrancy that are sure to engage. He is a graduate of Harvard University with an M.F.A. in Theatre from the University of San Diego and has delighted audiences at stages across the country.

Born into the storytelling tradition of the Deep South, Betty Ann Wylie was entertained and nurtured by the captivating stories of family. Starting in childhood, she developed a life¬long love of books, oral tradition, and storytelling of all kinds. A founding member of the Southern Order of Storytellers and recipient of the Seanachie Award for Service to Storytelling, Betty Ann is acclaimed for performances filled with stories, poetry, songs, and audience participation. Also familiar to Newnan audiences, she has performed extensively and recorded two CDs of stories, the Parents’ Choice award- winning “Mother Goose from Morning Till Night” and “Pass It On: A Storyteller’s Journey,” a collection of stories and reflections for adult listeners.
Wylie will perform a short story by Eudora Welty titled, “Why I live at the P.O.” at the Newnan festival. This colorful, eccentric and southern story includes characters such as “Papadaddy,” “Stella-Rondo” and “Sister.”

“Akbar the Storyteller” is also an accomplished, long-time Atlanta teller who has only become more fine with the passing of time and hundreds of performances. Akbar specializes in world stories, Br’er Rabbit Tales and other energetic, musically-fused tales. He has performed over the years at the Wren’s Nest in Atlanta as well as events in Newnan. Audiences can expect to be charmed by Akbar’s many talents as a teller, performer and musician. At his website,www.akbarstories.com, his background information includes the following, “Akbar Imhotep began his theatrical and storytelling career at Paine College. For four years, he was a very active member of the college drama club known as the J.C. PLAYERS. While studying to become a college professor at Georgia Tech, he became a member the Proposition Theatre Company and the rest is history.”
Longtime resident of Newnan and budding storyteller Michael Scott will warm up the audience for Akbar with a story about why as a child he thought his grandmother was a robot or the babysitting gig that got out of control. Scott, a member of the Newnan Carnegie Storytellers, is starting to make a name for himself as a solid storyteller capable of entertaining audiences with physical humor and lots of energy. He recently won second place in the Newnan Carnegie Library’s storytelling contest, “Go to Town, Stories of Newnan.”

NCHS hopes that with community interest and support that the festival will grow to become an annual event eagerly awaited and attended. “Our hope is that this festival will gain traction as the one in LaGrange has. That festival is solidly attended and looked forward to by hundreds each year. It attracts some of the world’s best storytellers and that’s what we would like to see happen with the festival here as well.” said McMichael.
The festival is being organized by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society to create a culturally significant event for the community that promotes and prolongs the historically significant benefits of oral storytelling.

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GET YOUR TICKETS at Eventbrite.com

First Historic College Temple Storytelling Festival Sept. 24

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Look forward to a September late afternoon of listening to great stories by great, great storytellers in lovely and historic Newnan, Georgia.

That is what you’ll find with the upcoming Sep. 24 Historic College Temple Storytelling Festival.

Not only will there be an appearance by internationally famous storyteller and musician Helena Byrne from Ireland, but attendees will be treated to tales by nationally recognized storytellers Akbar Imhotep, Barry Stewart Mann and Betty Ann Wiley, along with local budding storyteller Michael Scott.

You will listen as they weave their magic of stories starting in the garden at McRitchie-Hollis Museum and moving to two historic homes in the nearby College Temple neighborhood. At the homes storytellers will perform from the porches.

The storytelling festival winds up with a performance by well-known Atlanta performer “Akbar the Storyteller,” who is known for his tales from Joel Chandler Harris at the Wren’s Nest featuring such beloved characters as Br’er Rabbit

This event is family friendly but is geared toward adults and older children age 8 and up. It is not recommended for very young children.

Mark your calendars for Sept. 24, from 4 -6:30 p.m. and get your tickets — only $20 adults and $10 children 12 and under. Purchase at www.eventbrite.com (through 3 p.m. Friday), call NCHS at 770-251-0207 or visit the NCHS headquarters at McRitchie-Hollis museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan, GA 30263. TICKETS AVAILABLE DAY-OF AT THE McRITCHIE!

For more on the festival and artists see Events/Upcoming.

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College Temple Storytelling Festival Sept. 24

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Storytellers from around the globe are ready to captivate Newnan audiences September 24 at the College-Temple Storytelling Festival, the first local event of this kind, from 4-6:30 p.m.

NCHS is coordinating this event, which includes five dynamic storytellers. Each storyteller performing has his or her own uniquely developed style that is sure to enthrall those in attendance.

The headliner of the festival is Irish storyteller Helena Byrne. “If you don’t get goosebumps when you hear her beautiful voice then you may need to consult a medical professional because chances are, you’re dead inside,” said Travel Ireland Magazine in March, 2016.

“I didn’t want the stories to end, each one was more spellbinding than the last,” said The Celtic Connection Magazine USA. Byrne “bridges the gap between Irish legends and folk music,” says The Irish World Newspaper UK.

“We’re so fortunate to be able to bring an international storyteller of this caliber to Newnan,” said Executive Director Jeff Bishop. Local storytelling group leader Larisa McMichael is coordinating the event.

The festival is scheduled from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and begins at the NCHS’s McRithchie-Hollis Museum at 74 Jackson Street, Newnan, GA 30263.

Tickets are $20 adults and $10 children and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com, by calling 770-251-0207 or by visiting the NCHS McRitchie-Hollis Museum at 74 Jackson St, Newnan, GA 30263.

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Talk on Gen. Sherman’s Destruction of Georgia Railroads set at Depot Sept. 13

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A lecture on Georgia’s railroads as targets of attack during the Civil War is coming in September at Newnan’s Depot History Center.

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will host author Robert C. Jones, who will present “Sherman’s Destruction of Georgia’s Railroads” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Newnan Depot, 60 East Broad Street.

Jones is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics from Georgia history from its founding through the Civil War years, as well as various topics on the Civil War, Revolutionary War, World War I, the War of 1812, the Old West and American Railroads. He will have copies of his books on historical topics available for purchase that evening at the Depot.

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Jones served as president of the Kennesaw Historical Society for 21 years (1994-2015), and he also served as a member of the executive board of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation for 17 years (1998-2015). The Museum Foundation helped fund the 45,000-square-foot Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, GA.

Jones has written more than 40 books on Civil War and Revolutionary War themes, including “Lost Confederate Gold,” “A Guide to the Civil War in Georgia” and “Heroes and Heroines of the American Revolution.”

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Included is “McCook’s Raid and the Battle of Brown’s Mill”

In late July of 1864, William Tecumseh Sherman sent two large cavalry forces under Edward McCook and George Stoneman south of Atlanta to destroy the Macon & Western Railroad. On his way, McCook destroyed railroad infrastructure in Palmetto, Fayetteville and Lovejoy’s Station. McCook was supposed to meet up with Stoneman at Lovejoy‘s, but Stoneman never showed. McCook was forced to retreat through Newnan, chased by cavalry under the command of Joseph Wheeler. Wheeler soundly defeated McCook at the Battle of Brown’s Mill on July 30, 1864. The book contains 49 photos, maps and period newspaper articles.

For more on Jones go to http://rcjbooks.com/

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Talk on Gen. Sherman’s Destruction of Georgia Railroads set at Depot Sept. 13

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Robert C. Jones

A lecture on Georgia’s railroads as targets of attack during the Civil War is coming in September at Newnan’s Depot History Center.

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will host author Robert C. Jones, who will present “Sherman’s Destruction of Georgia’s Railroads” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Newnan Depot, 60 East Broad Street.

Jones is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics from Georgia history from its founding through the Civil War years, as well as various topics on the Civil War, Revolutionary War, World War I, the War of 1812, the Old West and American Railroads. He will have copies of his books on historical topics available for purchase that evening at the Depot.

Jones served as president of the Kennesaw Historical Society for 21 years (1994-2015), and he also served as a member of the executive board of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation for 17 years (1998-2015). The Museum Foundation helped fund the 45,000-square-foot Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, GA.

Jones has written more than 40 books on Civil War and Revolutionary War themes, including “Lost Confederate Gold,” “A Guide to the Civil War in Georgia” and “Heroes and Heroines of the American Revolution.”

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Past President Elizabeth Beers giving talk on Mayhayley

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One of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s founding members and presidents Elizabeth Beers is giving a September talk on famed Heard County fortune teller Mayhayley Lancaster.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. Mrs. Beers will have her monthly program at the Newnan Carnegie Library, 1 LaGrange St. at the Newnan Court Square. She will be speaking on legendary fortune teller Mayhayley Lancaster, who testified at the trial of John Wallace in the case made into book and movie “Murder in Coweta County.”

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Get a table for Rummage Sale!

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Got used items or crafts to sell?
Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is offering vendor spaces for a fall Community Rummage Sale Sept. 10 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan.
Bring your table, tent and chairs and set up on our lawn on busy Jackson Street.
Registration fee is only $25. Set-up begins 8:15 a.m. For info or to reserve space contact NCHS at 770-251-0207.

Get your space at our September Rummage Sale!

Reserve your space for our fall Community Rummage Sale on the lawn of McRitchie-Hollis Museum!

Got used items that need a new home? Or maybe you are a crafter and have items to sell.

Bring your table and/or tent. Spaces, 10 by 10, are only $25 for the day for a prime, visible spot on the musum lawn. To reserve your space call the McRitchie-Hollis Museum office, 74 Jackson St., 770-251-0207.

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Newly opened: Salute to Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics

Reception sharing memories 2 p.m. Sat., Aug. 6

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Just opened July 19 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is our salute to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the Torch Run that crisscrossed the U.S. mainland and made its way through Newnan and Coweta County.

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will be saluting the Olympics with a time to reflect about the ’96 Games during a free reception 2 p.m. Aug. 6 (date changed to Aug. 6 due to a scheduling conflict). John Thrasher plans to be on hand to share personal memories of his time with the 1996 Summer Olympics.

One of the local torch runners, John Thrasher, a member of the NCHS board of directors, has shared memorabilia including the torch he carried along Bullsoro Drive. The torches were manufactured from aluminum pieces made by William L Bonnell Co. in Newnan and wood milled by a local firm.

There are also pins, souvenirs and photographs from various events.

Included are uniforms worn by Thrasher as a volunteer at the opening and closing ceremonies, and a security uniform worn by Cowetan Frank Reece.

Come share memories of the Summer Games in Atlanta 20 years ago as U.S. athletes prepare to compete in Rio.

McRitchie-Hollis this summer also offers two other special exhibitions this summer. “Bathing Beauties” traces the evolution of swimwear from the late 1800s through the 1960s, featuring examples from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society textiles collection. There is also a special historical photo exhibition on development of the Dixie Highway, a traveling exhibition on loan from the Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia in Dalton. The cottage industry of the early 1900s making chenille bedspreads displayed along the highway route gave rise to the carpet industry that made Dalton the carpet capital of the world.

For more see our What’s New page.

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Travel the old Dixie Highway with exhibit at McRitchie-Hollis Museum

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Featured at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for July and August is a visiting exhibition on history of the old Dixie Highway through Georgia.

The exhibition is on loan from the Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia in Dalton. It traces development in the early 20th century of the highway that was a route for tourists from the North headed to the Florida and Georgia coast.

A cottage industry sprang up in northwest Georgia with colorful chenille bedspreads hand-made and displayed for sale to tourists along the route. The tufting process led to development of the carpet industry around Dalton, Ga.

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Entry deadline July 25 for the fall Simple Pleasures photo competition —

The fall contest is for images of any simple pleasure — and the photographs should have a human or animal element.

The show opens the first of September at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. An awards reception honoring the winning artists will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. During September visitors will be able to vote on the People’s Choice award, which will be presented Oct. 1 along with the awards from the panel of judges.

Go to the Simple Pleasures website www.simplepleasuresfoto.com and the NCHS Facebook page for more information on entry.

Entry forms may be downloaded below or at the Simple Pleasures website at  www.simplepleasuresfoto.com .

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Share Totally Nineties TV memories July 21

This summer, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society wants to take you on a blast from the past with our Decade Days! This event, Like Totally Nineties TV, will allow you to show off your mementos and share your memories of television shows and celebrities from the 1990s. Items can include anything relating to 1990s television such as collectibles, tapes, posters, and more. Come join us at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., at 6 p.m. July 21 for this free event that lets you be the star of the show!

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Beyond Cups & Bowls show, sale at Male Academy

Beyond Cups & Bowls fine art clay show is on display at the Male Academy Museum for June and July.

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The inaugural show for this juried fine art exhibit of clay works opened with a reception and preview sale Friday evening, June 3. The full show opened to include outdoor booths and pottery demonstrations Saturday, June 4 from 10 to 5.

Classes are planned in conjunction with the exhibition. For details download the flyer below or go to www.beyondcupsandbowls.com. To register stop by the Male Academy Museum, 30 Temple Ave., Newnan, or call the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society office at 770-251-0207.

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Classes offered by Artisans Heritage Guild

NCHS is teaming up with the Artisans Heritage Guild to offer the community some exciting new classes this summer!

Tina Persons is teaching classes on preserving family history in an entertaining and fun way. To join her, sign up for classes by emailing her tinasfav50@gmail.com.

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There are also classes in a variety of heritage crafts from metalwork to needlework to drawing. Most sessions are being held at our 27 Clark Street collections building. Contact the artists for registration.

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Drawing class continues June 21 and 28 at the Train Depot. Anyone interested in future sessions may contact Andrew Gaillard, 404-849-7499.

Drawing Classes June 7, 14, 21 AND 28

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Sounds of the 60s club starting June 23

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This summer, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society wants to take you on a blast from the past with our “Decade Days!”

Our first theme, Sounds of the 60s, will allow you to show off your mementos and share your memories of music, concerts, and television from the 1960s.

Items participants are encouraged to bring and share with the group can include anything relating to 1960s music such as records, photographs, concert tickets, advertisements, and many more. Come join us at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum at 2 p.m. on June 23 for this free event that lets you be the star of the show!

For more information call the NCHS office at 770-251-0207.

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It’s a Hip-Hop Summer Camp Offered

IS THIS YOUR SHOT? Come enjoy a week of KidsCamp by helping to re-invent the classic story of Chief McIntosh, “HAMILTON-style!” We hippin’ and hoppin’ and won’t stop rockin’ to the bang of the Indian Chief!

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The camp is all set for June 20-24 at the Depot, with certified teacher Peyton Bishop leading the kids through rap battles, making instruments, learning songs, and bringing history to a new generation. ONLY 12 SLOTS! Cost of the camp is $125 for a half-day, and $250 for a full day, with all camp materials provided. Blend music and history to tell a new story! The camp ends with a new, original show performance. You can’t SAY NO TO THIS! C’mon. For registration details call the NCHS office at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 770-251-0207.

Also, from July 25-29 is a session of Bumble Beads Extravaganza with Nancy Twomey, owner of Bumble Beads. She leads campers through a new beading project each day. Learn to create beautiful and fun pieces of jewelry and let your creativity shine! All materials are provided. Half-day Camp. Ages 6-14. Cost: $125.
For more information or to register, call Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, 770-251-0207, or stop by the office at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

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Sign up for NCHS Summer Camps

We’re offering fun summer camps at Newnan-Coweta Historical Society for 2016. Check out the offerings … you may want to sign up soon as they are expected to fill quickly!

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Next up is Adventures With Lewis and Clark June 13-17 — Join Peyton Bishop, certified teacher, on an adventure with America’s greatest explorers! Learn about map skills, scientific journaling, outdoor exploring, leather working and the amazing story of this great journey that changed our country. Full-day camp, Ages 7-11, Cost: $250. All materials included.

That will be followed by our hip-hop musical history camp in the style of hit Broadway show “Hamilton.” We’ll be creating a production on the life of Chief William McIntosh.

Call the NCHS office at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 770-251-0207.

For the full run-down see our Upcoming Events page.

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Author event Tea With Lee held June 9

Come join us 4 p.m. this Thursday, June 9 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Meet and hear local author Lee St. John, known locally as Joanna Webster, at TEA WITH LEE.

Her titles include “She’s A Keeper!: Confessions From A Southern Girl’s Closet,” and “She’s A Keeper!: Anecdotes From A Southern Girl’s Attic.” There will be a free raffle for one of her books, and there will be books available for purchase and autographing. Come enjoy an entertaining afternoon and have tea with us. McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St. in Newnan and there is plenty of free parking behind the museum off Clark Street. For information call the office at 770-251-0207.

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Webster, who writes under the pen name Lee St. John, combining the names of her two sons, is a retired educator who taught at Northgate High School here in Coweta County.
People have been asking for the last 20 years, “When is there going to be another Erma Bombeck?” Well, here is the edgier 2016 version…Lee St. John.
Like Erma, Lee had a weekly column in her hometown newspaper, “The Rockdale Citizen,” in Conyers, Georgia. She worked for this newspaper before, during, and after college. Lee graduated with a degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Georgia Southern University, worked in the Public Relations office of Clayton State University as an intern, and continued her undergraduate journalism studies at the University of Georgia until she landed her first real job.
Soon she found it at the Atlanta office of the international advertising agency, McCann-Erickson where she worked on the Coca-Cola, Buick, and Kentucky Fried Chicken accounts as a secretary. Her creative talents to be a copywriter for the agency didn’t come fast enough and she left to pursue her Master’s in English at Georgia State University and her Master’s in Secondary English Education at the University of Georgia. She added her Gifted endorsement in 1994 from Georgia State University as well.
With this addition to her teaching certificate, Lee taught every grade except 2nd grade finishing her teaching career in Coweta County. During her teaching tenure, she was selected as an Honor Teacher, was a presenter at state and national Gifted conferences, and became a Gifted educational consultant in Georgia.
Lee St. John took a break from teaching very early in her career and became a sales representative (her employer told her, ”Sales is teaching”) for the national men’s apparel company, Wembley Industries, Inc., and the Southern regional real estate company, John Wieland Homes.

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When she married and started her family, she came back around to education.
Now retired, Lee St. John continues to teach in her own way by writing and reading her warped life stories from each of these personal and professional pursuits. She is now the author of two books in her SHE’S A KEEPER! series: SHE’S A KEEPER! ~ Confessions from a Southern Girl’s Closet and SHE’S A KEEPER! ~ Anecdotes from a Southern Girl’s Attic. Both books are wild excursions about her deviated point of view regarding the life she has led so far. Nothing is sacred in her books – not her family, nor her jobs, nor her students, nor her friends, and not even herself. She pokes fun at everything and everybody. Lee calls it “equal opportunity mocking.”
Check out her website to learn more about Lee’s whereabouts and enjoy some of her wicked stories that she reads online every Sunday on her website www.leestjohnauthor.com in her St. John’s Sunday Soliloquies. You’ll see.
You can also find Lee St. John on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Busy weekend ahead for NCHS
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There is lots to do this weekend at NCHS museums from the grand opening reception Friday at 7 for Beyond Cups & Bowls fine art clay show at the Male Academy, to Summer Family Fun Day at McRitchie-Hollis Museum 11 a.m. to 1 Saturday and a full day Saturday at the Male Academy with the fine arts clay show, demos by the Artisans Heritage Guild, and food booths manned by local non-profits.

For the full run-down see our What’s Up page.

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Beyond Cups and Bowls at Male Academy

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Beyond Cups and Bowls fine clay art exhibition is at the Male Academy Museum, 30 Temple Avenue, through mid July. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. For details on the competition and show see www.beyondcupsandbowls.com .

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Beyond Cups & Bowls, a juried fine art clay competition, presents a summer show during June and July at the Male Academy Museum, 30 Temple Ave. in Newnan. Beyond Cups and Bowls Image BlockLOWRES

If you’re looking for high quality, creative, clay art, this is the answer. Beyond Cups & Bowls pushes the creative envelope in the world of muddy hands and clay.

Celebrate fine art clay creations featuring Janet McGregor Dunn and three other clay artists at the Beyond Cups and Bowls exhibit in Newnan at the Male Academy, 30 Temple Avenue. Opening reception Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m. In addition to the indoor exhibit, outdoor booths open from 10 to 5 Saturday June 4. The Cambridge House Newnan will be selling hot dogs. Senoia Optimist Club will sell beverages. Italian Ice by Sweet Sensations. Other nonprofits are welcome to free booth space. Contact director@beyondcupsandbowls.com

The opening reception with Artist Showcase & Preview Sale (inside artists) is 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, will include jazz music with Antoine Knight, great art, talent recognition and good food. The reception is free and open to the public.

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Saxophonist/Recording Artist Antoine Knight will perform at the opening reception of Beyond Cups & Bowls (a fine art clay exhibition) Friday, June 3rd at 7 pm, Male Academy Museum, 30 Temple Ave.

Additional parking available in the nearby parking lot behind the McRitchie-Hollis Museum (1 block away off Clark Street) next door to the West Georgia campus (old Newnan Hospital). For full information about the competition and show go to the website: http://www.beyondcupsandbowls.com/ or call 770-688-5844.

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Summer Family Fun Day helps kick off exhibition

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Come enjoy Summer Family Fun Day Saturday, June 4 to help celebrate our new “Bathing Beauties” exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
There will be summer/beach-themed games and activities for the kids, face painting, live music, food and free admission to the museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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McRitchie-Hollis Museum, one of three facilities operated by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, is at 74 Jackson St. There is plenty of free parking behind the museum with an entrance off Clark Street. For more information call 770-251-0207.
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The new “Bathing Beauties” exhibition chronicles the changing bathing suit styles with period examples from the NCHS textile collections!
This exhibition, being researched and organized by NCHS Curator Jessie Merrell, will share about the evolution of swimwear styles from the 1800s through the post WWII years.
We will celebrate the opening with a Summer Family Fun Day June 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with live music, summer-themed games and face painting for the kids, and summer food treats for sale from local food trucks.
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Summer Family Fun Day June 4

A Summer Family Fun Day will be held Saturday, June 4 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Face painting will be among kids’ activities offered at Summer Family Fun Day at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Bring the youngsters to enjoy a kickoff to summer with a variety of fun summer-themed games and activities, face painting and live music. Area food trucks will be on site selling their special menu items. Admission to McRitchie-Hollis Museum is free that day. We will be debuting our new exhibition of on the evolution of swimwear, “Bathing Beauties,” with some history on swimsuit styles from the 1800s through the 1940s and ’50s and vintage examples from the NCHS textiles collection. The exhibition has been created by NCHS Curator Jessie Merrell. Come enjoy the day with us! McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson Street. For more information call the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society office at 770-251-0207.

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ECHS students headed to History Day nationals

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With their state History Day winning project on smallpox, titled “The Speckled Monster,” are, from left, East Coweta High School rising seniors Kate Lee, Emma Helfers and Sarah Akbar. The display will be at McRitchie-Hollis Museum the next few weeks before heading with them to College Park, Maryland, for the National History Day national competition. They will be on hand to discuss the project and answer questions during our upcoming Summer Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4.

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Artisans Heritage Guild event Memorial Day at Depot

The local Artisans Heritage Guild will be demonstrating crafts from blacksmithing to weaving this Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, at the Newnan Historic Train Depot.

The event is free.  The guild will be taking registration for upcoming classes they plan to hold at the Male Academy Museum.

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Southern Crossroads concluding lecture May 19

Southern Crossroads literature series, a joint program of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and the Newnan Carnegie Library, concludes with a program 7:30 p.m. May 19 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. The topic will be “Is It True What They Say About Dixie? Southern History Through Song” presented by Dr. Steve Goodson, Ph.D, chair of the Department of History and professor of history at UWG.

For full details see our What’s New page.

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Art & Architecture walking tour May 7

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Art & Architecture will be offered by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, Newnan-Coweta Art Association and Main Street Newnan with a walk starting in downtown and ending at the Male Academy 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 in conjunction with the monthly Market Day event around the Court Square.

NCHS will have a booth on the East Court Square during Market Day. Pick up a walking tour brochure with a map and information about the historic buildings featured and the artists.

Artists from Newnan-Coweta Art Association will be painting historical spots of interest at selected locations on the Court Square. They will also be around the Male Academy Museum at Temple Avenue and College Street doing paintings of the former boys school and various historic homes in the area.

The local Artisans Guild will be at the Male Academy during Art & Architecture Saturday demonstrating “living history.” Clark Maxwell will be demonstrating large pattern print painting on canvas and will have a display of completed work. There will also be a textile art demonstration and a blacksmith will demonstrate how architectural elements used in balconies and railings were forged with a hammer and anvil.

Come enjoy the day with us!

The event kicks off the celebration of National Historic Preservation Month in May.

This year the celebration focuses on three words that say it all: This. Place. Matters.

Everyone has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter. This Place Matters is national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities.

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Southern Crossroads Part 4 April 28

Southern Crossroads literature series continues through May. Part 4 is 2:30 p.m. April 28 at the Carnegie with “The Female Aesthetic in the Modern South: A Confederacy of Water Moccasins” presented by Dr. Rebecca Harrison, Ph.D., associate professor of English. Concluding the series 7:30 p.m. May 19 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum will be “Is It True What They Say About Dixie? Southern History Through Song” presented by Dr. Steve Goodson, Ph.D, chair of the Department of History and professor of history at UWG.

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Get ready for Shakespeare Smackdown

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Join Newnan-Coweta Historical Society at the Depot 7:30 p.m. April 21 as we remember the accomplishments of English poet, playwright and actor William Shakespeare. April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of his death. Prepare your best Shakespeare reading or scene and compete for prizes. Teams will be introduced much like a wrestling match, performances are timed. Hosted by Dale Lyles.

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National Poetry Month Celebration 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14

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Celebrate poetry at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum this Thursday for National Poetry Month with a “Stone, River, Sky” reading and book signing.

Join Nick Norwood, Laura Beasley, Melanie Jordan, Melissa Dickson Jackson, Carey Scott Wilkerson and Michael Diebert on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. (rescheduled from April 7).

“Art just may save us all,” said Jackson.

For more on National Poetry Month and Thursday’s event see our posting in the What’s New section.

“Stone, River, Sky: an Anthology of Georgia Poems” brings together the work of more than 140 poets in a collection of sweeping diversity and joyous engagement with the muse. Reaching beyond the simple portraiture of Georgia as a location in time and space, these poems show us Georgia as a haunted reverie, a lyrical gesture, a storm of history, a shifting tableau of desire and imagination. They reveal Georgia, as only poetry can, through the language of its human conditions.

Edited by Carey Scott Wilkerson and Melissa Dickson, the 270 page volume features such celebrated poets as Natasha Trethewey, Jimmy Carter, Janisse Ray, Alice Friman, Lissa Kiernan, Jericho Brown, Kevin Young, Judson Mitcham, Keetje Kuipers, Beth Gylys and more.

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World Premiere of ‘Flies at the Well’ this Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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Cast of “Flies at the Well,” to debut April 1-3, 2016, at Wadsworth Auditorium.

Friday marks the world premiere of the new musical “Flies at the Well,” by W. Jeff Bishop, presented by the Newnan Theatre Company in association with the Newnan Cultural Arts Council and the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.

The play was also made possible through assistance from the Charter Foundation, Main Street, Newnan Utilities, the Coweta Community Foundation, and many local supporters.

The play stars Tom Grandpre as Meriwether County farmer John Wallace, who murdered a tenant farmer in Moreland in 1948 at the Sunset Café, and Bert Lyons as Coweta County Sheriff Lamar Potts, the lead investigative officer in the case. The events were made into a best-selling book in 1976, “Murder in Coweta County,” and a TV movie in 1983. “Flies at the Well” is a completely new take on the events.

“We hope that this story – this true story – sparks conversation and opens communication about the inherent value of human life,” said Director Jennifer Dorrell. “That in our American society, at least, we choose not to judge men and women based on their status, color, religion, wealth, or identity. That instead, we look to the content of their character. “We have come together to bring this amazing piece of theater to Newnan,” she said. “We hope that our production creates buzz for this work so that it is performed outside of our community as well.”

The play also stars Joe Arnotti as William “Wilson” Turner, the victim, and Taj Stephens and Lee White as Albert Brooks and Robert Lee Gates, respectively, the black farm hands who testified against Wallace at the trial, which was a regional sensation at the time.

Also starring are Dawn Campion as “Oracle of the Ages” Mayhayley Lancaster, another star witness; Anne-Marie Douglas as Josephine Wallace; Reid Clark as Steve Smith; Drake Strickland as Romulus Riley; Dean Jackson as Wallace’s attorney, Henson; Ralph Myers as the prosecutor, Wyatt; Michael Whiteside as Judge Boykin; Bruce Patterson as the Bailiff; Thomas Alexander as J.H.; Brian McKenzie as J.C.; and Madeline Sain as reporter Margaret Anne Sibley.

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The play also features a choir called the “Chattahoochee Circuit Singers,” who act as the jury and gallery. These include Matthew Bailey Jr., Amy Beaucham, Maurice Diamond, Katy Durham, Andi Laaker, Bailey Oliveira, and Ronni Powers.
Featured musicians are Patrick Thompson on the banjo, Kevin Walker on guitar, Michael Hoerger on string bass, and Becky Clark on percussion / harmonica. Caroline Abbey is the production manager.

Arnotti (Turner) said he is “excited and blessed to be a part of the world premiere of ‘Flies at the Well’.” Arnotti is a performer at Six Flags and at Stone Mountain park. He was the recipient of the Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Award.

Jackson said he appreciates the “great leadership that NTC, Dave and Jennifer Dorrell, and others have shown in ensuring this heritage story has been captured.”
“Jeff has done a remarkable job at capturing the events, history, sounds, and significance of the trial,” he said.

Stephens, a Newnan native, said he is “so excited to have joined this incredibly talented case of ‘Flies at the Well’ under the masterful direction of Jennifer Dorrell.” He has been a featured performer at the Cobb Energy Centre and has worked on several TV and film productions in the Atlanta area.

White observed that “the world has become a much better place since the setting of this show, but we still have a lot of work to do. Be kind to one another.”
“Some events in our history are transformative,” said Bishop, the playwright. “This is one of them.”

Tickets are available at www.fliesatthewell.org. Discounts are available at the door for law enforcement and, on Sunday only, for anyone bringing a church bulletin.

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Defendant John Wallace.

A fresh take on the historic 1948 trial of John Wallace for murder in Coweta County, this new play weaves the characters, the trial, and events leading up to the trial into an exciting story. Sharecroppers, moonshine and an eccentric Oracle are part of this tale of death, power, and justice in the rural South. The action is complemented by a fusion of music styles, traditional and Southern folk, gospel, Sacred Harp, and bluegrass. The performances will take place at the Wonderful Wadsworth, a beautifully restored Art Deco auditorium with excellent acoustics.

Tickets:
on Friday, April 1 (premiere night); 7:30 PM
(earlier start due to reception “Just Desserts” afterward at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St.)
$75 for patron tickets
(includes special seating area, gala afterwards, and name in program)
$35 for premiere night tickets
on Saturday evening, April 2; 8:00 PM
& Sunday matinee, April 3; 2:30 PM
$25 (open seating)

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New play ‘Flies at the Well’ recounts pivotal 1948 murder trial

“Flies at the Well,” a new musical drama presented by Newnan Theatre Company, sets the events of the 1948 Newnan murder trial of John Wallace against a score of Shape Note and gospel musical tradition.

The play premieres April 1-3 at Wadsworth Auditorium, with a special patrons night and reception at McRitchie-Hollis Museum opening night, April 1. Tickes available online via  www.fliesatthewell.org .

A new historical exhibition will open in the upstairs galleries at McRitchie-Hollis Museum April 1, the night of the premiere. It shares information on the actual case and trial that sent Wallace to Georgia’s electric chair and features artifacts and memorabilia on loan from Joe Crain Sr. of Newnan.

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Before the play, on Friday, April 1, enjoy a 2 p.m. “From Book to Box Office” program at the Newnan Carnegie Library, 1 LaGrange St. at the Court Square. Learn about the book on the Wallace murder case and trial by Margaret Anne Barnes, and see a screening of the made-for-TV movie starring Johnny Cash as Sheriff Lamar Potts and Andy Griffith as John Wallace.

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“Flies at the Well” incorporates 19th century Shape Note and gospel music as a background for the story of the 1948 murder and trial.

Learn some of the history of the Shape Note and black gospel music traditions that are a major part of the production … see our What’s New section or CLICK HERE.

And for more on the background of the new production “Flies at the Well” and April 2016 events related to the case, also see our What’s New section or CLICK HERE.

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For a digital version of our new brochure on area locations associated with the 1948 murder case and trial of John Wallace, go to our SELF-GUIDED TOURS page.

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Exhibition on 1948 John Wallace trial coming at McRitchie-Hollis in late March
Coincides with new play ‘Flies at the Well’
Look for a special exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis Museum opening in late March 2016 in conjunction with the world premiere of new play “Flies at the Well.”
The play is a new take on events surrounding the 1948 trial that sent John Wallace to Georgia’s electric chair. Written by our own NCHS Executive Director Jeff Bishop, the play will be presented at Wadsworth Auditorium April 1-3. Tickets are available via www.fliesatthewell.org or call Newnan Theatre Company at 770-683-6282.
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Artifacts from the sensational murder case will be in our upstairs space at McRitchie-Hollis. The John Wallace trial and murder investigation were inspiration for the best-selling Margaret Anne Barnes book, “Murder in Coweta County,” and a TV movie starring Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith.
Jeff grew up in Senoia, graduated from East Coweta High School, and worked for many years as a writer and editor for The Newnan Times-Herald newspaper. He has also served previously as president of the Newnan Theatre Company and in his youth had a number of his original plays produced there. His articles on items of local historic interest have appeared regularly in Newnan-Coweta Magazine. He is the author of two books, most recently “Newnan,” a pictorial history. He has a degree in journalism, with a minor in drama, from UGA, and soon a master’s in public history and museum studies at UWG.
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In 2010 his play, “Flies at the Well,” was commissioned by Newnan Theatre Company. He has memories of spending nights as a teenager in the log cabin on McIntosh Trail where Albert Brooks and his family sought refuge after testifying against Wallace, and remembers the excitement of watching the TV movie when it originally aired. His great-grandfather was a noted singer of the Sacred Harp music and he enjoyed delving into this part of his family’s past for this project.
Bishop  enjoys classic movies, hiking, genealogy, Shakespeare, and spending time at home in Newnan with wife, Barbara and their five children

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Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show opens April 2

2016 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show” displays its juried selections with an opening reception 3 p.m. April 2 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
Entry closed March 6. This is a juried photography exhibition comprised of strictly nature photography – no man made elements should be present within images submitted for judging. Photographers from across the globe compete for cash prizes and talent recognition.

“Winter Cottonwoods,” 2015 first place prize, by Lori Kolbenschlag of Senoia.

“Winter Cottonwoods,” 2015 first place prize, by Lori Kolbenschlag of Senoia.

The nature photography show was added to the Simple Pleasures calendar in 2015. Lori Kolbenschlag of Senoia was named as the inaugural winner, followed by Vinson Smith of Stockbridge whose work took second place. This year’s show has attracted more than 20 photographers with more than 70 entries.
For additional details see the Simple Pleasures website, www.simplepleasuresfoto.com . And look for updated posts on Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Facebook page.

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Join our inaugural Easter Egg Roll!

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Join the Spring fun at the inaugural NCHS Easter Egg Roll at McRitchie-Hollis Museum 10 a.m. to noon March 26.

This will be a fun event for the whole family! Join us for an egg roll race, Easter egg hunt on the lawn, face painting, hat contest, egg decorating, dance performance by Southern Arc Dance and much more.

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Get ready for Shakespeare Smackdown

Two “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” workshops March 22 and 29 at McRitchie-Hollis

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Join Newnan-Coweta Historical Society at the Depot 7:30 p.m. April 21 as we remember the accomplishments of English poet, playwright and actor William Shakespeare. April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of his death. Entry for the contest is under way. Prepare your best Shakespeare reading or scene and compete for prizes. Hosted by Dale Lyles, who will also have two “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” pre-event workshops 7:30 p.m. March 22 & 29 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

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Southern Crossroads: Where History and Literature Meet

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Melissa Dickson Jackson

Southern Crossroads literature series continues with Part 3 – “Between History and the Page: The Fugitive Moment,” with Melissa Dickson Jackson, MFA, Creative Writing, Poetry. Her program is 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at Newnan Carnegie Library, 1 LaGrange St. in downtown Newnan. The series continues through May. Part 4 is 2:30 p.m. April 28 at the Carnegie with “The Female Aesthetic in the Modern South: A Confederacy of Water Moccasins” presented by Dr. Rebecca Harrison, Ph.D., associate professor of English. Concluding the series 7:30 p.m. May 19 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum will be “Is It True What They Say About Dixie? Southern History Through Song” presented by Dr. Steve Goodson, Ph.D, chair of the Department of History and professor of history at UWG.

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NTC cast of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," photographed at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

NTC cast of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” photographed at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Make plans to see Newnan Theatre Company’s production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF March 10-13, 17-20.

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Premiere of movie project “The Red Letter”

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Tickets are on sale for the premiere screening Friday, March 18 of movie project “The Red Letter” by Emily Chandler Westergreen of Newnan and her father Joe Chandler.

The private screening event is being planned for the Depot History Center, 60 East Broad St. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com .

For a trailer go to: www.TheRedLetterFilm.com

According to the group’s Facebook page:

CHEATING IS HARD WORK! That’s what you learn from The Red Letter. This short film profiles a sly businessman who finds himself at a crossroad between losing his career and losing his marriage…until a crafty onlooker overhears his plight and offers some underhanded assistance.

It was written by Newnan natives Emily Chandler-Westergreen and Joe Chandler (aka Pilliard Dickle), and shot on the Georgia coast by up and coming flimmaker Brandon Herron. It’s been shown only once, at the Micro Film Festival in St. Mary’s GA, and already it’s beginning to create quite a buzz.

We’re gearing up to submit it to film festivals in America and Europe. Hence, this special screening, fundraiser and fun gala held in conjunction with the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, which benefits from the proceeds. There will be a beer and wine open bar, a vintage concession stand with complementary movie snacks and live music by music legend Doug Kees. Piliard Dickle will be performing a short version of his show that you don’t want to miss! You will also get to be involved with a live Q&A video uplink from the Georgia coast with the director.

The film will be shown at 8 and again at 9:45, so please come by and be a part of this exciting project and enjoy a fun night at the movies!

Only 100 tickets available!! This event is 21+ .Get your tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-red-letter-film-premiere-and-fundraiser-tickets-21978329776

Special thanks to the Newnan Country Club for providing a variety hors d’oeuvres for you to enjoy!

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Friends of Wadsworth Concert and Patrons Reception

The annual Friends of Wadsworth Concert will be March 12 at Wadsworth Auditorium. Newnan’s own Courtenay Budd has taken the reins as artistic director and host and is bringing a lineup of internationally-known talent from the classical music world. Begun by Newnan famous son Charles Wadsworth, the local concert series is going strong after more than two decades.

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On this year’s Friends of Wadsworth program are musicians Nokuthula Ngwenyama – viola, Wendy Sutter – cello, Laura Ward – piano and returning is a familiar face to Newnan audiences, Chee-Yun – violin. Budd, herself an accomplished soprano, will also be joined by internationally-known baritone Randall Scarlata. The “2016 Friends of Wadsworth Concert: The Legacy Continues” will be 7:30 p.m. March 12 at Charles Wadsworth Auditorium, 25 Jefferson St. in downtown Newnan. Patron ticket letters were sent in recent weeks and include an after-concert reception at McRitchie-Hollis Museum to meet the artists. General admission tickets, $20, are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com and at local outlets including: Let Them Eat Toffee downtown on North Court Square; the Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau in the historic Courthouse downtown; Matrix Insurance, 3111 Hwy. 34 E., Suite D, at Thomas Crossroads; and SouthTowne Motors, 695 Bullsboro Dr. For updates check the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission section on the City of Newnan website — ci.newnan.ga.us — or see their Facebook page.

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Poetry and art at McRitchie-Hollis March 10

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Join us Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. to see and hear selected works from Margee Bright Ragland’s new book “Bright Illuminations” at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St.

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Margee Bright Ragland’s paintings and collages are equally whimsical, eccentric, delightful, evocative, and transcendent. Ragland’s work invites viewers into an alternate reality of anchored stars and floating damsels where metaphor and reality jostle for attention. She crafts surrealistic visual poems, with Bright Illuminations she invites poets and writers to join the dialogue.

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With this latest endeavor, produced in collaboration with her colleague Gayle Langley of the Mystic Order of East Alabama Fiction Writers, she commissioned twenty-five regional writers to bounce text off her collages. The results range from flash fiction to intricate verse.

Featured Readers: Margee Bright Ragland (GPC), Nick Norwood (CSU), Scott Wilkerson (CSU), Melissa Dickson Jackson (UWG), Gayle Langley (Auburn), and Joanne Camp (Auburn).

Margee Bright Ragland earned her B.F.A. degree in 1970 from Auburn University and her master of visual arts degree in 1974 from Georgia State University in Atlanta. In 1975 she became a professor of art at Atlanta’s Georgia Perimeter College, teaching art appreciation, drawing, and watercolor. Bright-Ragland is also a professional artist and exhibitor whose works have been displayed throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Her fiber work Birds in a Landscape is part of Georgia’s State Art Collection.

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Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Competition entry deadline March 6

Entry is under way for “Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show,” which will be displaying its juried selections starting in April at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

For 2016, the Call for Entries closes at midnight, Sunday, March 6.

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This is a juried photography exhibition comprised of strictly nature photography — no man made elements should be present within images submitted for judging.

Entry will be available online. For full entry details go to the Simple Pleasures website:

http://www.simplepleasuresfoto.com/

Photographers across the globe compete for cash prizes and talent recognition.

The nature photography show was added to the Simple Pleasures calendar in 2015 with Lori Kolbenschlag of Senoia being named as the inaugural winner, followed by Vinson Smith of Stockbridge whose work was recognized with the 2nd place award.

"Winter Cottonwoods," photo by Lori Kolbenschlag of Senoia.

“Winter Cottonwoods,” photo by Lori Kolbenschlag of Senoia.

The competition is open annually in the spring and opens with a reception on the first Saturday of April at 3 o’clock in the afternoon at the McRitchie Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson Street, in historic downtown Newnan, Georgia.

Annually, the opening reception is held on the first Saturday of April which for 2016 will be April 2nd. All events related to Simple Pleasures are held at he McRitchie Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson Street in historic downtown Newnan, Georgia.

An entry form to download:

Simple Pleasures The Nature Show Entry Form 2016

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Farewell to Downton Abbey

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society hosted a tea and screening of the final episode of popular PBS show Downtown Abbey March 6, 2016, at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Guests, several wearing hats or period costumes, enjoyed a selection of tea, sandwiches and desserts at the afternoon event before gathering in the museum living room to view the final episode.

Click here to view a slideshow from the event.

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Saying goodbye to Downton Abbey

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Join us at the NCHS McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Sunday, March 6, from 4-7:30 p.m. for high tea and an advanced screening of the final two-hour episode of Downton Abbey. Tea will be served from 4 to 5 along with desserts and pastries. The DVD screening of the final episode will begin at 5 p.m.

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This event is free and open to the public –  but we do require reservations to plan refreshments. Please call the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society at (770) 251-0207 to save your spot!!

Clothing styles from the Downton Abbey time period will be on display for this special event only! Come see!

1920s dresses from the NCHS collection.

1920s dresses from the NCHS collection.

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Family Fun Day Feb. 27 at Male Academy for Black History Month

A Family Fun Day complete with storytelling will be held at the Male Academy Museum Feb. 27 to help celebrate Black History Month.

The FREE event will run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Male Academy located beside the city park on Temple Avenue at College Street near downtown Newnan.

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Newnan-Coweta Historical Society has arranged for “Sistah Olufemi” (Christine B. Arinze-Samuel) of Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia to entertain youngsters with a story session at 11 a.m. That will be followed by a craft time.

Sistah Olufemi will perform her story, “The Secrets of the Quilts — on The Underground Railroad as Harriet Tubman.” The theme ties into the continuing quilt exhibitions on display at the Male Academy.

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Sistah Olufemi

Following the performance, children and families will be invited to participate in African-American and quilt-themed crafts. Among the activities, youngsters will create their own quilt-inspired designs. They will also help assemble the NCHS Dream Quilt from colorful cards on which participants have shared their own dreams. The project is in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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In recent weeks NCHS Graduate Research Assistant Harvee White, a grad student at the University of West Georgia, has distributed boxes around town and at the historical society’s McRitchie-Hollis and Male Academy museums inviting the public to share their dreams. Anyone may stop by one of the participating downtown businesses or the museums to fill out a card. The cards will be gathered for assembly at the Feb. 27 event.

Sistah Olufemi considers herself to be a natural “storyteller.” She specializes in telling the Underground Railroad story as Harriet Tubman. She is a veteran educator with more than 30 years of service, having taught every grade level and adult education as well. Her stories are tailored for the family.

As an educator, she said, she understands the importance of keeping the history of her culture in the forefront as a storyteller as well as the inclusiveness of all humanity. It is her desire to continue the oral tradition of storytelling and loving to tell stories that are meaningful, uplifting, thought provoking, informative and most of all stories that can be enjoyed by a genre of audiences.

As a published poet, she understands the rhythm, rhyme and the power of words.

Sistah Olufemi is co-chairperson of the initial inception of The Metropolitan Atlanta Kwanzaa Association (MAKA). She also has performed for the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and was a part of the first NBAF parade.

For more information contact the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society at 770-251-0207.

Share Your Dreams honoring MLK for Black History Month!

Stop by the McRitchie-Hollis or Male Academy museums and decorate one of our colorful squares with your own dream for our “Newnan Dream Quilt” honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The project planned around the MLK birthday has been extended for our Black History Month activities at the Male Academy 11-2 Feb. 27.

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DeWaard art show rescheduled for Feb. 23

Ken DeWaard’s time as Newnan’s February Artist in Residence is winding down. His show is 5 p.m. today, Feb. 23, at the ArtRez cottage located on Clark Street behind McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Parking is behind the cottage.

Artist-in-Residence Ken DeWaard painting at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Artist-in-Residence Ken DeWaard painting at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

The ArtRez show and demo by Artist-in-Residence Ken DeWaard will now be just at the ArtRez cottage on Clark Street Tuesday evening, Feb. 23, starting at 5 p.m. The original art walk event planned for this Sunday afternoon, Feb. 21, that was to involve stops at UWG-Newnan and the McRitchie-Hollis Museum was canceled due to the memorial service set Sunday evening for Centre for Performing and Visual Arts Director Don Nixon.

DeWaard is the artist in residence for February 2016. He spent a rainy day on Feb. 3 painting interior views of the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

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Ken DeWaard painting of McRitchie-Hollis living room.

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Hank Williams tribute has great turnout

Via Facebook: The Hank Williams Reader
Feb. 21, 2016

Great turnout in Newnan, Georgia last night for “The Life and Music of Hank Williams”! Hank has been gone for more than sixty years now, but he can still draw a crowd!

Thanks to Emily Hunt for the photo!

Turnout at Wadsworth for Hank Williams Tribute.

Turnout at Wadsworth for Hank Williams Tribute.

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Dr. Steve Goodson

Dr. Steve Goodson

  • PROGRAM RESCHEDULED DUE TO RECENT WINTER WEATHER — Country singer Hank Williams remembered – The program planned for Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. at Wadsworth Auditorium will NOW BE FEB. 20. Dr. Steve Goodson, Chair of the History Department at UWG will be reading excerpts from his book, “The Hank Williams Reader.” A live performance by Daniel Williams and his band will also take place between readings. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at various locations in town as well as the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Dr. Steve Goodson, chair of the History Department at the University of West Georgia, and his co-authors will be reading excerpts from the recently published book, “The Hank Williams Reader,” in a program at the Wadsworth Auditorium, 25 Jefferson St. in Newnan, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20. (The program was moved due to the winter weather the weekend of Jan. 23rd.)

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Dr. Steve Goodson

Enjoy a live performance by Daniel Williams and his band between readings. Daniel accompanied Dr. Goodson during a program last summer on Hank Williams in the garden of McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

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Daniel Williams

Tickets for the Hank Williams Sr tribute event, $5, can be purchased at various locations in Newnan as well as the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

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Regional Textile Trail Event Slated for Feb. 19

“We are really hoping Coweta County folks will come, and we’re hoping everyone can help us reach out to groups in the county who might be interested,” said Dr. Ann McCleary, head of the public history department at the University of West Georgia and director of the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail.

“We have some great speakers, including Newnan’s Cindy Eidson, Director of Tourism Product Development at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, whose family has deep roots in the Arnco-Sargent mill villages!” said Dr. McCleary. Jeff Bishop, executive director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, will also be one of the speakers.

“We do need folks to pre-register so we can plan for and order lunch,” she said. “They can register on the Trail website at http://westgatextiletrail.com/ and bring either check or cash to the meeting.”

“We are pleased to report that we had a great start to our first Regional Meeting Series in Columbus (Southern Region) on February 5th! There was a great turn out from tourism, heritage, and preservation representatives from Thomaston up to Hogansville,” said Keri Adams, who is helping to organize the event.

“We hope to have the same experiences of learning and networking for our second Regional Meeting in Carrollton on Friday, February 19. Although this meeting is meant to serve the communities from Coweta to Paulding Counties (our Central Region), we welcome all who are interested in heritage tourism and the textile industry of the west Georgia Region.”

The Central Meeting features:
Storytelling Session with personal stories from Bowdon, Arnco-Sargent, and Douglasville
Marketing Panel with Cindy Eidson (GDEcD), Lorraine LaRue (Coweta CVB), Janet Cochran (GDEcD), and Jonthan Dorsey (Carrollton CVB)
Networking Lunch
Regional Roundtable
History Tour (optional)
Pre-reigistration is accepted until Wednesday, February 17th at 5:00pm — this will guarantee your lunch option. “We will accept day-of registrants, however, we cannot guarantee a lunch,” said Adams.

Registration forms are available both online. Cash or check only. Checks payable to: West Ga. Foundation/Textile Trail.

“Please share information with your co-workers, staff, board and committee members, volunteers, and friends and family as well. We hope to bring together scholars, stakeholders, tourism representatives, those interested in regional economic development, and others tied to the textile industry to brainstorm on opportunities to showcase these stories,” said Adams.

Please contact the Textile Trail, here at the Center for Public History, with any questions and concerns: (678) 839-6141 or wgtht@westga.edu

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Artist-In-Residence Ken DeWaard leads art workshop Feb. 18-20 at Male Academy Museum.

Artist-In-Residence Ken DeWaard leads art workshop Feb. 18-20 at Male Academy Museum.

February interiors painting workshop at Male Academy

We hope you’ll join February Artist-In-Residence Ken Dewaard’s three-day art workshop hosted by Newnan ArtRes and the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Feb. 18-20 at the Male Academy Museum. For registration information and payment contact Millie Gosch — milliegosch@gmail.com .

DATE CHANGE FOR ART SHOW: Due to memorial service plans Sunday evening for Centre for Performing and Visual Arts Director Don Nixon, the Ken DeWaard Art Walk and show originally planned for Sunday afternoon, Feb. 21, is being moved to Tuesday, Feb. 23. The art demo he planned for Tuesday evening at McRitchie-Hollis Museum has been canceled. The show and demo will now only be at the ArtRez cottage on Clark Street starting at 5 p.m.

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Second in Southern Crossroads literature series Feb. 11 at McRitchie-Hollis

After the Jan. 28 kickoff of the Southern Crossroads literature series at the Carnegie, the second program in the series will be 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 11, at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Part 2 features Dr. David Newton of UWG discussing Southern literature in the era of Reconstruction.

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Southern Crossroads: Where History and Literature Meet

The Southern Crossroads literature discussion series co-sponsored by NCHS and the Newnan Carnegie Library continues with Part 2 on Thursday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. at McRitchie-Hollis Museum featuring Dr. David Newton and the Reconstruction era.

Kicking off the series with Part 1 on Jan. 28 at the Carnegie was Dr. Stacy Boyd, English professor at the University of West Georgia, who focused on the antebellum period and the genre of the slave narrative.

Join Dr. Newton, English professor at UWG, who will present “Writing at the Crossroads: Southern Literature, Reconstruction, Old South and New South.”

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Dr. David Newton

In an effort for Southern writers to create an “American” literature, distinct from the literatures of England and Europe, Dr. Newton shares the life-long pursuits of Gilmore Simms, a South Carolinian, who before the Civil War was widely acknowledged by contemporary authors and literary critics alike as a writer of national stature and at the center of an emerging regional literary movement in the South, the Young American Movement.

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Robert Burns Scottish Heritage Weekend 2016 tickets on eventbrite.com

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This weekend, celebrate Newnan’s unique relationship to Ayr, Scotland. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Wadsworth performance – tickets available www.newnanburnsweekend.com and at the door. Saturday Supper & Ceilidh at the Train Depot. Thurs 1/28 last day to reserve spot to supper!

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Get your plaid on!

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is helping organize the 2016 Robert Burns Scottish Heritage Weekend events in Newnan, starting with a Scottish-flavored performance 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 at Wadsworth Auditorium, Jefferson Street in downtown Newnan.

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Jamie Laval

This is a two-day event saluting the life and poetry of Robert Burns, Scottish music and heritage, and the City of Newnan’s special status as “sister city” of Ayr, Scotland!

Wear your plaid and come enjoy the music of internationally-acclaimed fiddler Jamie Laval with Rusty Tate, and more on Friday, and on Saturday enjoy a FREE event at The Alamo with Atlanta group Craic’d Up, and later share some haggis with us at a special ticketed dinner/dance at the historic Train Depot — all co-sponsored by the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission, the Order of the Tartan, and the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.

Get all the updates and links for tickets at a new website: http://www.newnanburnsweekend.com/ or look on Facebook at Newnan Robert Burns Scottish Heritage Weekend.

For more on Jamie Laval see our post in What’s New.

On Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m., the Wadsworth hosts the passion-filled Robert Burns Scottish Heritage Concert. Individual tickets are $20. Continue the revelry at the after party at McRitchie-Hollis Museum — an additional $15.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, clasp the hand of your neighbor at a FREE Scottish Ceilidh –pronounced “kay-lee,” a Scottish dance and music event — taking place 3:30 p.m. at the Alamo downtown. That is followed at 6 p.m. by a Burns Supper and Traditional Ceilidh at the Train Depot — tickets for the evening event are $45.

All inclusive weekend event tickets are $80 — which includes the Friday Wadsworth show and after-party, and the Saturday evening dinner-dance.

For links to the various event tickets go to the Robert Burns Weekend website: http://www.newnanburnsweekend.com/

There is a small additional processing fee for online ticket purchases, handled through eventbrite.com .

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Don’t miss the evening Millie Gosch Gallery Talk!
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Gift shops at Male Academy and McRitchie-Hollis

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Don’t forget to stop by the re-opened and re-decorated Male Academy Museum gift shop. We still have a few of the Main Street Christmas ornaments. The 2015 edition features the NCHS Children’s Museum art project, “All Roads Lead to Newnan!”

We also still have our “History of Coweta County” on sale for half price, $25.

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Southern Crossroads kicks off at Carnegie

The first Southern Crossroads literature program is this Thursday, Jan. 28 – 2:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library in downtown Newnan. Dr. Stacy Boyd, English professor at the University of West Georgia, will be kicking off the first program in the Southern Crossroads series which runs January – May. The series is a joint effort of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and the Carnegie.

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Journey back in time with Dr. Boyd to the era of antebellum South. A form and style of literature many scholars recognize as one of the earliest authentic “American” genres was introduced by African Americans who perfected the slave narrative. Boyd will present “Frederick Douglass & Harriet Ann Jacobs: Narratives, Incidents of Race, Gender and Nation.”

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Millie Gosch to give gallery talk
A special show by plein air artist Millie Gosch  is currently on display in the main floor rooms at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

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Millie Gosch with two of her works on display at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

She will present two gallery talks at the museum, one on Jan. 21 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. and an evening talk on Jan. 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. They are free to the public.
It is a “homecoming” for Gosch, who is one of the four Thomasson children who grew up in the former residence at 74 Jackson Street. Ample parking is available behind the museum with entrance off Clark Street.

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Atlanta Concert Ringers program Jan. 16 honors Dr. King
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Newnan-Coweta Historical Society hosts Man of Peace, a handbell concert by The Atlanta Concert Ringers in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, January 16, 2016 at The Depot, 60 East Broad Street in downtown Newnan.
The one-hour concert will include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute arranged by Eileen Laurence which incorporates quotes from well-known speeches by Dr. King and settings of There is a Balm in Gilead, Battle Hymn of the Republic,and We Shall Overcome. This piece was premiered in New York City on March 26, 1995 and is still performed annually in the New York area. Also included in the concert is Peace in Our Time by Cathy Moklebust which honors Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Advance tickets, $15 plus processing, at eventbrite.com (added processing fee), or stop by to make advance purchase reservations at McRitchie-Hollis Museum or the Male Academy. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Here is the direct online purchase link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/man-of-peace-handbell-concert-in-celebration-of-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-tickets-19689020390?aff=ehomecard
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The Atlanta Concert Ringers to perform Jan. 16
Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is excited to offer “Man of Peace,” a concert by The Atlanta Concert Ringers in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at The Depot.
The one hour concert will include “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute” arranged by Eileen Laurence which incorporates quotes from well-known speeches by Dr. King and settings of “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “We Shall Overcome.” This piece was premiered in New York City March 26, 1995 and is still performed annually in New York.
Also included will be “Peace in Our Time” by Cathy Moklebust which honors Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, and Dr. King. This piece for violin and handbells will feature Justin Rawlings on violin. Justin is a sophomore Music Ed major at Kennesaw State University. A Lithonia, GA native, he began playing violin at age 9.
The Atlanta Concert Ringers began Sept. 22, 2002 as a result of a goal of Michael Bryant, a former chair of Area IV of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, to assemble a community based handbell performance group attracting experienced ringers from throughout the Atlanta Metro area. He wanted to prepare programs showcasing a wide variety of handbell music — secular to sacred to show tunes, old stand-bys to new compositions, whimsical favorites to notable classics — and share this music with a variety of audiences in Atlanta and beyond.
ACR has developed under the leadership of other directors since Michael Bryant and has been privileged to work with such notable handbell clinicians as David Davidson, Michael Helman and Kevin McChesney. ACR has also performed at Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC; AGEHR Area IV Festival in Orlando, FL; AGEHR Georgia Fall Festival in Decatur, GA; AGEHR Georgia Spring Ring in Marietta, GA; Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in Atlanta; and Spivey Hall in Morrow, GA. ACR has reached out to new audiences by performing in concert with noted vocal groups including Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and Southern Crescent Chorale.
This diverse group of musicians includes elementary school educators, a graduate student, information technologists, a neuroscience PhD, retirees, and a statistician.
Tickets are $15 and are available, with small processing fee, online at eventbrite.com .
Here is the full link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/man-of-peace-handbell-concert-in-celebration-of-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-tickets-19689020390?aff=ehomecard
Advance purchase reservations also available at McRitchie-Hollis Museum and the Male Academy, and tickets will be available at the door.
For details call 770-251-0207.
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