ShowTime!
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.

ShowTime!

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.

I am officially a Wallflower! Remember how when we were in junior High and the teachers/chaperones lined chairs up against the wall of the gym in preparation for the Friday Night Sock Hop? And you thought you would DIE if you had to sit in one of those seats reserved for those girls and boys who had no partner? I, personally, made sure I had a date, or I stayed home!
Well, Thursday night I had a date, but I ended up on the Wall anyway, and Bill had to sit behind me in an empty doorway. I guess he was a Doorflower. Lol. We were sort of “hosts” at the Senoia Historical Museum along with Maureen and Jim Schuyler for the monthly meeting, and we had a crowd! Sixty-plus folks showed up to hear the Pengellys speak about the history of #1 Main Street, Senoia. It was impossible to seat more than 45 in the Meeting Room, so we had to scramble to find chairs for folks who continued to arrive past the Meet, Greet, and Eat time. When the program began at 7 o’clock we had filled all available seats, even in the hall, and there was Standing Room Only. This is an exciting problem to have; it means people are getting the message. The Senoia Area Historical Society is a great place to spend an evening!
I totally missed the slide show, pictures that showed the diverse history of what is now a popular coffee shop, lunch stop, and dinner destination on special evenings, and has always been the hub of this community—once even the “mouthpiece” of the town, a newspaper, the Gazette. But I could hear the Pengelly’s lively talk, and I could hear the bursts of laughter from those who weren’t Wallflowers. And I was jealous! The couple has happily promised to return for Part Two, and I will take my seat up front and early. I’ll let you know when.
A great place to be during the daytime is on Barnes Street. There is so much new stuff going on in Senoia; businesses popping up like mushrooms. If I stay home three days, I find a new shop has opened without my knowing. They need to do a better job with Grand Openings; too few balloons and not enough coupons maybe. Ha! I took my granddaughter Erin who is 15 1/2 shopping early Thursday and both of us loved the new Pink Chair. When I can shop for clothing in the same store as my very cute and trendy granddaughter, that is a good thing. The new owner has done a terrific job incorporating some of the elements of the old Main Street shop, (love those painted doors used for dressing rooms), adding her and her partner’s special touches, while keeping similar styles and accessories. She hinted the Barnes Street Merchants just might have a big ole “special opening” in September.
Now that’s about the same time as the first ever, most amazing, Southern Crescent Storytellers-sponsored festival called “Stories Come Alive!” How convenient for patrons who will be just a stone’s throw from the shops. The event will take place on the grounds of the historic Veranda Inn. Why, they can visit the shops prior to checking in at the Will Call ticket window, (the first stories will be told at 1 pm), or step over to Unhinged, the Lighting Gallery, Eklektik, or The Pink Chair for a little retail therapy during the two hour dinner break from 5 to 7 p.m. Isn’t that handy? They can also slip into the Barnes Street Market, a charming retail space and spa escape especially for the ladies. Oh my gosh, wait til you see the **sparkle** on those cowboy boots at Boots N Bling. I personally love the Pear-fragranced body butter that is a staple of the shop. And “Hey Jo” has women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry for just about anyone over 12. Good stuff.
Do I sound like one of those carnival barkers trying to lure innocents in to a show with bearded ladies and snake charmers? No, no. Nothing like that. But I am, most definitely, calling on all of my friends and neighbors to be sure and purchase tickets (there are a limited number available) to what promises to be a great day and evening in Senoia!
Guest “teller” David Moreland from Manchester has won numerous awards for performances as Mark Twain, as a costumed Victorian gentleman, or as a historically-correct Confederate General, and will certainly delight the audience with his hilarious “Itinerant Preacher” story. Recent student of renowned professional teller and author Donald Davis’ workshops, member Neal Peeples will charm guests in the genre of Folk Tales and Children’s Stories, as will David Hobson who plays an authentic dulcimer.
A popular children’s workshop leader, Anne Wallace, has an excellent reputation in area libraries and schools both teaching and telling; so does professional teller Verna Muthoni, aka Sensemaya, whose Kuumba tales come from her Jamaican background. Betty English, a favorite each year at the Cemetery Tour in Fayetteville, will be among the twenty or more experienced storytellers who will entertain guests on the grounds of The Veranda Inn on September 16. Check with Laura Reynolds at the Inn for early discounted tickets, reservations or just holler at me. Be sure to get a seat for this “show.” Till then . . . .