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Lynn Horton is a freelance writer and editor who in another lifetime taught English and Creative Writing at McIntosh High School and later worked in the Starr’s Mill High School Media Center.

Yikes. I am knee deep in Fairy Crowns, life-size posters, and color-coordinated Lanyards with ticket inserts! The Fairy Crowns are fun. I love crafty things, and my friend Sheridan (the florist) helped me get started before she flew off to Nova Scotia. Some friend. Anyway, I am grateful for all the help she and others have offered in getting this Storytelling Festival off the ground.
What? You haven’t heard about the Southern Crescent Storytellers’ First Ever Storytelling Festival to be held on September 16 at the beautiful and historic Veranda Inn on the corner of Barnes and Seavy Street?? How have you missed the gorgeous multi-colored flyers and large posters at various shops? Even City Hall is displaying a sign for us. They are also very good to allow the Senoia Area Historical Museum (also a non-profit organization) to announce the dates and speakers we have there each month.
What? You didn’t know that Daryl Johnson, the very excellent Park Ranger from Whitesburg, will be at the Museum on Couch Street on September 14, the Thursday before the September 16th First Ever Storytelling Event? Daryl Johnson is pretty much an expert in the stories of Chief William McIntosh, and is incredibly knowledgeable concerning the Creek and the Cherokee Indians who were the original owners of this land most of us have some sort of deed to.
If you missed last month’s meeting, you missed hearing Jeff Bishop, local author and Director of the Newnan Historical Museum. Oh boy, did you ever miss a great presentation. Jeff told not just of the Trail of Tears (he has a new book out on that sad, sad event), but Jeff went all the way back to the history of the Spaniards’ occupation and destruction of the Native American Nation! Did you know that 95 percent of the peoples indigenous to this country were Wiped Out from diseases that were introduced by this conquering people, if not enslaved or murdered? Tragic. But, I am getting off the subject. Do some research. Fascinating, if it were not so horrible. We really do need to know the Truth of our history. But, oh please, don’t get me started on that. I cannot even think about the statues being defaced, vandalized, and torn apart by those who do not know what they are doing, who have no idea how complicated the issues surrounding that period in our shared history are. No, I will just end up weeping. Oh, dear. I am doing it again.
So back to the summer of 2017. Last month there was standing room only, so come early if you want to get a seat for Ranger Johnson’s talk. We hope to clear up some questions about that courtship between an Indian Princess and a handsome Scottish soldier, too. Refreshments at 6:30. Program at 7 p.m. Sharp! It will be fun, and you can also get your discounted tickets to the First Ever Storytelling Event there. Look for me. I will be the one wearing a Ticket Lanyard, and I will have a handful just for you. Now, what was I going to tell you?
Ah. I remember. The Ice Cream Social on Saturday at that very same Historical Society at #6 Couch Street was just beyond fun! Everyone had such a great time. Susan and Evan Stitt, decked out like Soda Jerks—scooping that ice cream, adding “Jimmies” or “Sprinkles” as we call them—were absolutely the Cutest Couple this side of “Happy Days.” The Line Creek Blue Grass Band entertained guests at this free event with some really terrific music. Rocky Top has always been one of my favorites—I think I may have danced on a table to that tune one late night a few years back—and Maureen Schuyler, Museum Director, was caught on my phone video doing a little dancing Saturday afternoon. So good to see Maureen kicking up her heels. She has worked very hard this year, given so much time and energy. Folks, this is just to say, we have a really good time over at #6 Couch Street, and some of you are missing it!
I loved running into my friend Laura Dzwigalski (not a typo) there who, with her handsome husband, was sitting next to the Drama teacher from Whitewater High School, Susan Simich. I have been trying to get in touch with Susan for just ages and Voila! She shows up at the Museum! Now, come full circle—my friend Sheridan who is “as we speak” lolling around in Nova Scotia, told me about Susan in June and that she would be an absolutely excellent contact. That is all I knew. No last name. Nothing.
Providence? Fate? Chance, maybe? Nah. It was Destiny that brought us together. And it was my extreme Good Fortune that will allow the Fairies from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Whitewater High School’s production last year) to grace the grounds of The Veranda Inn during the first ever “Stories Come Alive” Festival presented by The Southern Crescent Storytellers on September 16, 2017. Sigh!
I just love it when a plan comes together.

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