Previous NCHS Events — 2018
For Black History Month, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will feature Atlanta storyteller Christine B. Arinze, better known as “Sistah Olufemi,” this Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. She will present a locally-tailored program called “Unburied,” focusing on little-known stories of the original slaves of Newnan and Coweta County.
The program will coincide with the opening in the McRitchie-Hollis Museum courtyard of a the new “Unburied” exhibit, which will also focus on telling these stories.
Sistah Olufemi is a member of Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia, an affiliate of the National Association of Black Storytellers. She considers herself to be a natural storyteller and specializes in telling the Story of “The Secrets of the Quilts…on The Underground Railroad as Harriet Tubman,” which she previously presented at the Male Academy Museum two years ago to accompany a quilt exhibit mounted by NCHS. Olufemi is a veteran educator with 30-plus years of service, having taught every grade level and adult education as well. Her stories are tailored for the family.
As an educator, Olufemi 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 has performed for National Black Arts Festival and was instrumental in organizing the Hammonds House Museum.
Get ready to celebrate Newnan and Coweta County’s Scottish heritage!
Shake off the snow and celebrate Newnan and Coweta County’s sister city/county partnership with Ayr and Ayrshire, Scotland with the annual Newnan Robert Burns Scottish Heritage Weekend events Jan. 26 & 27. The 2018 edition features traditional Scottish / Celtic music trio The Sound of Sleat at a Friday stage show as well as a Saturday afternoon community celebration and traditional Burns Supper/ dance Saturday evening, Jan. 27.
The Sound of Sleat hails from the Washington, D.C./ Maryland area where musicians Pat Egan, Karin Loya and Robert Mitchell recently performed in the George Washington Masonic Memorial, First Night Alexandria event. Their music — the rich blend of ancient instruments in these musicians’ hands, with their original and imaginative interpretations of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes and songs –captures the vibrancy, subtlety, and excitement of Celtic music, reawakening the Celtic spirit in each listener.
Newnan Robert Burns Weekend Celebration returns Jan. 26-27, 2018.
Tickets online via Eventbrite.com at:
* * *
A Scottish heritage weekend of activities to celebrate Newnan’s ties to sister city Ayr, Scotland. Enjoy Celtic music, dance, food, drink and more — A not-to-miss lively event for the community!
2018 event hosted by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, Newnan Theatre Company, Newnan Cultural Arts Commission and Order of the Tartan.
Enjoy a Friday night stage show and after party at Newnan Theatre Company, Saturday afternoon ticketed Whisky Tasting followed by a free Ceilidh Celtic Concert – both at The Cellar, a Saturday evening free Community Auld Lang Syne Sing A Long on the Court Square, and the ticketed annual Burns Supper and Dance Saturday night at the Newnan Historic Train Depot.
Event tickets include:
— A Newnan Outlander Adventure Stage Show and After Party — Friday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. at Newnan Theatre Company, 24 1st Ave, Newnan, GA 30263. Tickets $20 (ages 12 and under $10)
— Whisky Tasting — Saturday, Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m. at The Cellar at Firestone, 20 Jefferson St., Newnan,GA 30263. Tickets $25.
— Ceilidh Celtic Concert — Saturday, Jan. 27, 4:30 p.m. at The Cellar. FREE.
— Community Auld Lang Syne Sing A Long — Saturday, Jan. 27, 6:15 p.m., Newnan Court Square, FREE.
— Burns Supper and Dance — Saturday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., Newnan Historic Train Depot. Tickets $48.
For more information or tickets stop by McRitchie-Hollis at 74 Jackson Street or call us at 770-251-0207. We keep our web site here at www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety updated, as well as regular posts on our Facebook page. Also, look for more details at newnanrobertburns.com or newnanburnsweekend.com