Saturday, March 14, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
State Representative Vance Dennis was, quite literally, sweeping through McNairy County last week. County officials and Arts in McNairy board members presented a handmade broom to the district 71 representative at a Thursday gathering in Selmer. The broom will be displayed at his Nashville office.
Why a broom? Mr. Dennis has expressed a desire to do something more than just decorate his new office in the usual fashion. “Lots of people from across the state and country come to my office at the Capitol throughout the year,” he said, “and I intend to use this aspect of my position to promote the benefits of our community to the greatest extent possible."
In talking with county Mayor , Jai Templeton, the Representative mentioned that he was aware of McNairy County ’s recent focus on our region’s rich heritage and culture. The mayor in turn contacted Arts in McNairy members who are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of folk art and heritage craft traditions in Southwest Tennessee . Something from Hockaday Handmade Brooms seemed like the perfect fit since owner, Jack Martin, is a fourth generation McNairy County broom maker and local organizer of the annual Broomcorn Festival. He has been featured in national magazines, made numerous television appearances and even has a broom in the Smithsonian.
On receiving the broom the representative noted, "I am honored to have the opportunity to display part of the cultural heritage of our community in our State Capitol. I look forward to displaying many examples of the significant cultural, historical, commercial, and industrial aspects of our community that make this area a wonderful place to live, work, and visit.” Mr. Dennis’ wife Ashley noted the broom was a particularly appropriate choice since her great grandfather, like Mr. Martin’s, was a broom maker by trade.
The Dennis’ also said they plan to continue adding to the Representatives collection of handmade, McNairy County, items by attending the AiM Artisan Trail Spring Tour on March 21. The event features some of Southwest Tennessee ’s finest working artisans opening their studios between 10:00-5:00 for tours and demonstrations. Updated maps will be available on this blog by Saturday March 14.
Photo: McNairy County Mayor, Jai Templeton; Arts in McNairy Past President, Peggy Daniel; Representative Vance Dennis; Arts in McNairy Board Member, Barbara Tennyson; Ashley Dennis.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
The show is a dramatic adaptation of the classic children's novel that is, coincidentally, being celebrated for it's 100th year of publication in 2009. It tells the story of the plucky, Anne Shirley who is mistakenly sent by an orphanage to live at Green Gables with the Cuthbert family to fill the role of farmhand. The family's initial shock gives way to the development of warm relationships with the irrepressible Anne but not without many adventure and misadventures along the way.
Those included in the cast are:
Young Anne Shirley - Ryleigh Hilliard
Tickets are available only at the door. Don't miss the shows!