Owings Pioneer Days 2008

5 thoughts on “Owings Pioneer Days 2008”

  1. I am ashamed to say I live a couple of miles from Owings and missed this years events.

    I do frequent the music hall on Saturday Nights for the local bluegrass gathering from time to time. Actually picked a little guitar with these folks one night. I own a banjo, but I would be better off using it for a paddle.

    I recognize the gentleman in the yellow shirt playing with the trio in your image above. His name is Gary Garland and he plays the Dobro. Very well I might add. This gentleman also does much of the restoration work on the buildings in Owings. He is a bit reserved in talking to strangers, but fascinating to listen to when you break the ice. He helped restore the music hall to its current condition from an old railroad storage building and is the current caretaker, or the guy with the keys anyway.

    I will make a note on the calendar now so I don’t forget this next year. Who knows, maybe I will get the hang of that banjo by then, right after I win the lottery.

  2. I can see where the Confederate groups might have become overbearing at this event but you seem to come down pretty hard on them all together.

    The history of the Confederacy and the soldiers that died for that cause is important, especially in the South. I don’t have a problem with children seeing the flag or the stickers. It’s about history and heritage, not racism. It’s not fair to assume the children are being taught to be racist, is it?

    I agree with your other comments, it’s unfortunate that other groups were not equally represented. There are so many stories to be told and history of many groups here.

    By the way, several states already observe Confederate History Month. Many more, including SC, have a Confederate Memorial Day (May 10 in SC).

  3. Thank you for your wonderful pictures.
    I wish we had more representation from all groups who were part of our history. We have invited everyone. We have a wonderful inclusive relationship here. Several years our good friend Gene Smith told stories at Pioneer Day. His health prevented it this year.
    At the Back Country Settlement in Gray Court we have restored an African-American one room school. Our friend Gladys Stoddard Henderson has helped so much with that, her sister was the last teacher in that school. We are having “Thanksgiving at the Settlement” on Saturday, Nov. 22. There will be a Thanksgiving service in the church at 11:00, followed by dinner on the grounds. Everyone brings a covered dish and we will cook over an open fire. The log cabins, school, and church will be open. We invite you to come.
    Also, we have worked with the Town of Gray Court and have nominated Gray Court as a Preserve America Community. It was designated as such on July 11, 2008 by the White House. You might want to look at that on line.
    Thank you for your interest.

  4. Diane,

    You guys always put on a wonderful presentation and are doing a fantastic job with the Historical Society there. . I don’t know if I can make it to the Nov. 22 event, but I’ll try.

    I do know that you make every effort to be inclusive, and I do appreciate that.

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