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Monday, May 28, 2012

Big Spring Weekend in Fayetteville, GA!

Big Spring Weekend in Fayetteville, GA!

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The weekend of May 19-20, was action-packed in Fayetteville! The 44th Annual "Old Courthouse Art Show," the annual "Taste of Fayette," and the Living History Exhibit at the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum were among other activities taking place around town.

The Old Courthouse Art Show again attracted an eclectic and elite group of artists for their juried fine art show. The weather was perfect for enjoying the artists, vendors and visiting with friends and neighbors.

This piece, by Kyle Brooks, called my name: "Love--We should love one another A Lot"

Heading home with their treasures!
The Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum rotating exhibit is currently featuring hats throughout the years, including mourning garb, from Fayette County. Quilts were also on display, with local quilters doing demonstrations. Docents dressed in period costumes gave tours of the house. Among other things, the museum has an impressive Civil War Collection, Gone With The Wind memorabilia, local history collections, local authors' room, and more. This museum is one of the hidden jewels of South Metro-Atlanta!

On the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife grounds, Civil War re-enactors, a blacksmith, a woodcarver, and others were doing "living history" demonstrations. The loud "POWS" from black powder pistols and rifles made people jump all day long--even when you were expecting the noise!

At 11:30 on Saturday, there was a ceremony at The Gazebo at the corner of Georgia highway 85 (Glynn Street) and Stonewall, in front of the County Complex. The Gazebo was named in memory of Lane Brown, who died in November from complications of cancer. 

Brown was a commercial real estate developer in the Atlanta area for over 40 years. He was instrumental in the redevelopment of Downtown Fayetteville while serving over the last fifteen years on Fayetteville's Main Street Board and Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority. Brown was serving as Chairman of the Main Street Board at the time of his death.
Lane Brown's wife, Sheila, with the temporary gazebo sign. 
Here is a video of Fayetteville City Councilman, Larry Dell's, tribute to Lane Brown: 

After leaving the Square, we drove a block south on Highway 54 to the annual "Masonic Chicken Q." We picked up smoked chicken, with all the trimmings, for supper.

Our last stop of the afternoon was at J. Sam Burch's Barber Shop. Sam, a long-time property appraiser in Fayetteville, decided to become a Master Barber. This will be a retirement "hobby" that generates income.  Sam's Fayetteville Barber Shop, and his second location, in downtown LaFayette, Alabama, bring to mind neighborhood barber shops, that were gathering places, in a bygone era.  Sam's service includes hot towels, and a neck shave with a straight razor! The stories about Sam's historic barber chairs, furniture, and accessories, and the Fayetteville shop's location in an historic family home, make for an entertaining visit. To contact Sam, call 678-457-7237.

Husband, Ed, with Sam Burch at Sam's Fayetteville Barber Shop Location
If you haven't been to Fayetteville lately, you need to! Our Courthouse square and downtown area is vibrant with businesses, both old and new, including art, consignment stores, fine jewelry, collectibles, and restaurants! 

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