In their monthly meeting, members of the Jonesville Historical Society continued to plan ahead for spring and summer events, and finalized plans for the most recent one, the upcoming Jonesville Jubilee.
Amid all the serious planning, the everyday group of people that meets together on a monthly basis because of a love of Jonesville history, heritage and their town, often took time out in the meeting to share a laugh or chuckle. “We have a good time,” some of them said.
Others noted how member Edna Martin’s dog, described as a “Heinz 57” and their mascot, frequently adjourned each monthly meeting with a well-timed bark.
The JHS will sponsor Art in the Park in its debut event of 2014 in May. It is a vintage craft series and will run through August, held every third Saturday. The series will be put on by the Vintage Craft Art Guild of Yadkin Valley.
“We are going for the timeless,” Historical Society Chair Judy Wolfe said.
Jonesville Historical Society member, owner of Elkin store, Remembering When, and leader of Art in the Park series, Allison Walters added, “The traditional is distinguishable from the contemporary.”
Historical Society member Virginia Montgomery-Wagoner will exhibit her unique constructed bird houses during the Art in the Park exhibits.
The Vintage Craft Guild is located on the Yadkin County quilt trail. Wolfe, Walters and Montgomery-Wagoner said they believe there are enough traditional artists and quilters in the area to have a good showing of the timeless beginning this May.
The Jonesville History Center also will host a July 4 Family Freedom Float on the Yadkin River, where one may rent canoes or bring his or her own. In addition, the JHS will sponsor a three-day Labor Day Weekend Festival and Flea Market with vendors and live entertainment.
Members of the group often volunteer their own time and efforts behind the scenes. Several members pointed out how for years fellow member, Ruby Vryan, has planted flowers at the Lila Swaim Memorial Park.
The group said at this year’s Jubilee they are planning to have an area dedicated to recognizing Jonesville Historical Society members and their contributions throughout the years.
Sponsors who want contribute to the Jonesville Historical Society’s efforts to preserve and document history and celebrate its heritage may do so in amounts of $100 to $1,000. The group expressed an immediate need for support.
Sponsor names may be printed on T-shirts at events sponsored by the group, the most recent ones being the Jubilee, and the Brushy Mountain 5K or 3.1-mile run, an extension of the Jubilee festivities. The run is the first of its kind in Jonesville, and the Jonesville Historical Society has been actively involved in sponsoring it. The fees, an application and route of the run have been finalized. Go Sports of Mount Airy will time the Brushy Mountain 5K.
Some members of the Jonesville Historical Society are part of the Mass Choir Gospel group and will kick off the Jubilee at 10 a.m. “They are unbelievable,” said Wolfe.
The Brushy Mountain 5K awards will be presented at the Park Bandstand during the Jubilee. “It is a really pretty route,” said Wolfe.
On May 2, the night before the run and Jonesville Jubilee are set to begin at the Lila Swaim Park, the Brushy Mountain Winery will host an open house for sponsors and those participating in the run. The winery will offer finger foods and beverages at the downtown Elkin location.
In addition, the historical society said it will hold a silent auction at the Jubilee and continues to seek items that local businesses could possibly donate for the occasion. Possible donations include cases or bottles of wine, dinner certificates, etc. Churches also are invited to participate, said the group. Last year, the historical society gave away at the silent auction a signed basketball from area native Dic Hemric (Celtics).
Yadtel and Foothills Meat Center already have agreed to be a sponsor for the silent auction.
Sonny and Derrick Privette will head up a large rummage sale on the hillside located just outside of the senior center. Anyone may donate items and drop them off at the Jonesville History or possibly have the items picked up. Contact the Jonesville Historical Society at 835-0077 for details.
The members will have vehicles to transport people to and from the senior center and the park and rummage sale festivities.
Butch Casstevens may be reached at 526-5825 and is the contact for the classic car show. Anyone can enter a classic car in the show, he added.
A 2014 exhibitor/vendor application is now available for the events. For the Jubilee, applications are requested to be completed by April 20. Vendors may pay either $10 or donate a non-clothing item of comparable value for the Jonesville Jubilee.
Arts/crafts vendors may join the Vintage Craft Guild for a $15 annual fee to receive free exhibit space for Art in the Park.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.