The March 2013 meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will be held on Saturday March 9th, at 10:30 am. The meeting will be held at the Chief Vann House State Historic Site in Chatsworth, Ga. The Chief Vann House is the beautifully restored Federal Home of one of the wealthiest and most well known Cherokee Chieftains.
The guest speaker at this month’s meeting will be Tony Harris. Harris is an ethnobotanist specializing in Cherokee plants who in 2011, began sharing his vision for a Cherokee garden at Green Meadows Preserve in Cobb County. This property belonged to the Cherokees prior to the 1832 Georgia Land Grant, and Harris believed it was a perfect spot to use for an educational Cherokee Garden. The Cherokee Garden was designed to preserve- and teach the community about -the plants that were historically significant to the Cherokee. The over 600 native plants there were chosen because they were used for medicine, food, weapons, crafts, lodging, canoes and basketry.
Also at the meeting will be Ron Cooper, author of “It’s My Trail, Too”, written about his personal journey along the Trail of Tears. Meetings are free and open to the public. You need not have Native American ancestry to join, just an interest and desire to learn more about this fascinating and tragic event.
The Chief Vann House is located west of Chatsworth at the intersection of Georgia Hwys. 225 and 52-A. (Northeast of Calhoun and almost due east of Dalton. The phone number for the Chief Vann House is 706-695-2598. For more information about the Trail of Tears Association, visit the National website here, the Georgia website here or contact Linda Baker at 770-704-6338 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find out more about Trail of Tears Association activities by visiting the TOTA blog here.
Once again in Roswell at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, their Kingfisher Hall with be adorned in the colors of spring! Yellow, pink and white blooms will glow all around at the Georgia Daffodil Society’s Annual Daffodil Show on March 2nd, which is known as the Southeast Regional Daffodil Show.
The show will be held from noon until 5 pm and the cost if free to CNC members and included with the cost of admission for non-members. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience spring in all her glory!
If you would like to enter the competition, you can also do so on Friday the 1st from 7:30 am to 9:30 am. For more information on visiting the show, or on entering, visit the Georgia Daffodil Society online or the Chattahoochee Nature Center here.
By guest blogger Farris Yawn
Jim McFarland is a native of Canton, Ga., and he has lived in the Buffington community for almost all of his life. He is a graduate of Buffington Elementary School, Cherokee High School, Reinhardt College and the University of Georgia. For many years he has collected the art and antiques of his beloved Cherokee County. At the urging of others, he is now sharing his talent and love of pottery and especially of the Potters of Orange in his first book: “The Potters of Orange: 100 Years of Pottery Making in East-Central Cherokee County, Georgia 1913-2013.
A groundbreaking tour de force, presenting a revealing glimpse into the world of an obscure group of potters who have lived and worked for more than a century in east-central Cherokee County, Georgia. This is a comprehensive volume of fresh, insightful and a unique perspective into the lives and works of ceramic artists, who serendipitously worked their way from distant places to a place called “Orange.”
Replete with almost 400 photographs, the vast majority in full color, readers will not only be able to read the captivating and inspiring — and at times heartbreaking — stories of the potters, but can also view many never-before published photographs of the potters and their families and associates, and their works. Local readers will be surprised to find a world of art and history right in their own backyard.
Farris Yawn is the owner of Yawn’s Books in Canton where you can purchase this fascinating book here.
The Weather Channel’s headline reads “Another Nasty Weekend.” So what are you to do in all of the muck and mire? Luckily, here in North Georgia, there is lots of great live theater to watch this weekend.
At the Cumming Playhouse: Steel Magnolias
The Gypsy Theatre Company is producing this version of the hilarious and touching story of the ladies in Chinquapin, Louisiana who “get done” at Truvy’s salon. If you’ve never seen Steel Magnolias, don’t miss it now. For more visit here.
At Tater Patch in Jasper: Driving Miss Daisy
The heart-warming story of Daisy Werthan, a wealthy Atlanta Jewish matron and her black chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, told through their relationship from 1948 to 1973. A truly wonderful play from a great community playhouse. For more visit the Tater Patch Players here.
At Elm Street Cultural Arts Center in Woodstock: Once Upon a Mattress
This is the enduring play that made Carol Burnett into a star. A hilarious musical fantasy suitable for all ages. For more visit here.
At the Historic Holly Theatre in Dahlonega: The Little Mermaid
Produced by the Holly Children’s Theatre, this is the classic story of Ariel the Mermaid. For more see here.
At Kennesaw State: Red Hanrahan
This brand new and original production based on the works of Irish poet William Butler Yeats has already been tapped for a performance at the Fringe Festival in Scotland in August. For more, visit here.
At Young Harris College: The Producers
Based on one of the funniest movies ever made (also called The Producers by Mel Brooks) this is the story of a down-and-out theatrical producer and his accountant. The two plot to bilk old ladies out of money by producing a sure-fire flop with the hilariously offensive name of “Springtime for Hitler.” It succeeds, of course, and insanity ensues. For more see here.
The British have had some great bands…and they have had some great cars. How could you combine the two? They’ve figured that out in Alpharetta and on Saturday, February 23rd, you can enjoy them both.
Frm 10 am to 2:30 pm you can enjoy the Great British Car Fayre, where some fabulous British cars will be on display including Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Jaguar, MG, Lotus, Morgan, Triumph, Peeler, Sunbeam, Landrover, Mini Cooper and DeLorean –and there are more, including the original white Lotus Esprit driven by James Bond (Roger Moore) in the movie, “The Spy Who Loved Me”, the 2nd oldest E-Type Jaguar in existence, and the original Lotus Esprit given to Mario Andretti for winning the Daytona 500.
There will be food, too, and family fun for everyone.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, at 2:30 pm, Abbey Road LIVE! will be performing until 4:30. This band will be performing some of their more than 100 Beatles songs for you and the family to enjoy!
The event is free; for more call 678-925-4736 or visit here.