Save the date!
The Byron Herbert Reece Society Annual Meeting will be June 1, 2019 at 10 am at the Reece Farm! Join us that day for a day of learning, music, fun and fellowship.
The keynote will be “A Voice That Was Thin and Pure: Reece and the Folk Ballad Tradition” brought by T.J. Smith. Smith is the executive director of The Foxfire Fund, Inc. and holds a Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He graduated from Young Harris College in 1997 and has the unique privilege of writing one of only two known Ph.D. dissertations on Byron Herbert Reece.
Members, watch your mail for the registration materials. If you are not a member of the Reece Society and would be interested in attending, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Spring comes new…stay tuned for updates from the Reece Society and the Reece Farm!
Save the date! Join us on Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the 5th Annual ‘Maters and Music at the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center. Enjoy FREE tomato sandwiches! Eat your sandwich beside the creek while enjoying music from the Shady Grove UMC Bluegrass Band and a cool mountain breeze. While you’re there tour the exhibits to learn more about the farm life in the Appalachian region in the early 20th century and the life and work of Byron Herbert Reece. Be sure to visit the gift shop for local crafts, foods, books, cards, and unique gift items. Admission is free. It’s a great time to spend a day in the mountains! Download a PDF flyer to share.
The Byron Herbert Reece Society Board of Directors will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, in the Community Room of the Union County Public Library in Blairsville.
The Daughters of the American Revolution Old Unicoi Trail Chapter presented its first National Historic Preservation Award to the Byron Herbert Reece Society during a picnic at the Farm and Heritage Center Saturday, Oct. 14.
The certificate was received by current Chairman Sanford Freeman and by president emeritus Dr. John Kay, who was also presented with a lapel pin representing his 12 years of leadership.
Representing Union County and its recreation department were Commissioner Lamar Paris and County Manager Larry Garrett. They received a native plant and marker in memory of Reece. The plant and marker were presented by Marty Woods, of Blairsville, who is chairman of the conservation committee.
Many thanks to DAR Regent Annette Hopgood for hosting this ceremony. A framed plaque will be displayed at the Farm and Heritage Center to commemorate this ceremony.
— Sanford Freeman
The Festival of Remembrance celebrating the 100th birthday of Byron Herbert Reece attracted over 100 participants on a beautiful Fall Saturday on Sept. 23rd. Attendees enjoyed speakers, music, and barbeque as the life of “Hub” Reece was celebrated. Highlights included music by Jackie Elsner, Terry Reece, Jim Clark and Friends, and the North Georgia Chamber Orchestra Quartet. Featured speakers included Dr. John Kay, Terry Reece, Ethelene Dyer Jones, Ruth Looper, and Jim Mitchell. The new memorial plaque at the Reece Trailhead on Blood Mountain was dedicated with prayer and flowers. A radio show from the 50s gave listeners a chance to hear Reece recite his own poetry. The pavilion was decorated with beautiful flowers donated by John and Patty Kay. Many thanks to the Union County Recreation Department for the use of the Reece Farm and pavilion.
Overall, it could hardly have been a better day for celebrating the life of one of Georgia’s greatest literary figures.
— Sanford Freeman
— Photos by Debra March
Sanford Freeman and John Kay
Audience and Bob (Terry) Reece
North Georgia Chamber Orchestra Quartet
Jim Clark and Friends
Bob (Terry) Reece
Audience and Chamber Quartet
Mountain Singer: Byron Herbert Reece: Georgia’s Appalachian Poet and Novelist, a Centennial Celebration with a Mountain Berry Dessert Potluck Picnic
Friday, September 29, 2017, 03:00 p.m.
Jackie Elsner will sing Byron Herbert Reece’s poems in the traditional way of the Old Country ballads that Reece heard in North Georgia at the beginning of the twentieth century. Born 100 years ago, we celebrate award-winning poet Byron Herbert Reece (1917 – 1958) who lived the life of a hill-and-bottomland farmer in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. He called himself “a farmer first, a writer second.” Plus bring your favorite fruit filled, covered, or smothered cobbler, pie, shortcake or other dessert to join our Mountain Berry Dessert Potluck Picnic. It will be a “sweet” experience for all the senses! All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.athenslibrary.org/Oconee
Posted with permission from the Athens Regional Library System website