A host of Cashiers Historical Society activities coming up
By Ansley Pridgen and Sandi Rogers / Guest Columnists
CASHIERS -- Welcome to a brand new Crossroads Chronicle column affectionately named “Elvira’s Back Porch,” after the late Elvira Zachary who was the original owner of the Zachary-Tolbert House. With summer approaching, this new column written by the Cashiers Historical Society (CHS) will highlight the many activities hosted by the society.
This past week, one of the major activities was “good old-fashioned” house cleaning, just as Elvira would have done. This was done in anticipation of the opening of this year’s season and the special event on May 25, “Biscuits and Bluegrass.” This event will celebrate phase four of “Faces and Places.” Come join us for this event of food, music and friendship.
Spring and summer time always brings the children to the campus. On April 27, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Plateau came for an afternoon of activities and dinner. The group of children and mentors will return on May 18. Other groups coming this summer include Blue Ridge School’s summer reading program on June 15and Jackson County Recreation Department on July 11.
Coming in June will be the beginning of our three part Mountain Heritage Lecture Series. Jane Nardy will be the first guest lecturer on June 7beginning at 11 a.m. If you enjoy her Rambles, you are sure to enjoy her lecture -- “Mountain Myths Debunked”! Another June event hosted by CHS will be the annual Jan Wyatt Symposium. The theme this year will highlight mountain music and features Joe Newberry, Will Peeples, Jane Nardy and JAM (the Junior Appalachian Musicians) from Blue Ridge School under the direction of Sara Hall and Jennifer McKee. Rounding out the month of June will be another annual event, Music on the Grounds. This year the event will be expanded, beginning at 3 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. More information about June activities will be in the next column.
Another annual event is the Showhouse, which takes place from July 27through Aug. 5this year. Check out each of the days’ activities on the CHS website. Each day offers many interesting demonstrations or lectures in addition to the tour of the house and an historical cabin.
To conclude the first Elvira’s Back Porch column, we would like to remind all of the new lecture series, a two day adventure for girls in July, and the Preservation Dinner that is planned for October. Be sure to join us for Biscuits and Bluegrass on May 25 and purchase your tickets at cashiershistoricalsociety.org/events.
Continue to check Elvira’s Back Porch every other week for more information about all the happenings at CHS. For a complete calendar of events, please visit our website at cashiershistoricalsociety.org and you can always call our office at 828-743-7710. See you next time at Elvira’s Back Porch!
(Ansley Pridgen and Sandi Rogers are with the Cashiers Historical Society. Pridgen is the executive director and Rogers is chairman of the Education and Events Committee. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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