Storytime for Big People with Tim Lowry – Sept. 17th, 2015

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On September 17th at 6:30 pm, the McCormick County Library will host nationally-known storyteller Tim Lowry. In what Lowry calls a “Southern Fried Tent Revival – stories that ain’t in the Bible, but they should be!,” he will regale his audience with tales of growing up Baptist, miraculous mules, Southern funeral customs, a Sunday school teaching chicken, and other curiosities. Admission is free and seating is first come, first served. Light refreshments will be available. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the McCormick Library.

About Tim Lowry:

Tim Lowry has been telling stories of the People, by the People, and for the People for 15 years, making his way to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. When Tim is not on the road, he is at home in Summerville, SC, where he often performs stories of southern culture and history from the “Sweet Tea Trail.” Tim grew up in southeastern Kentucky where he learned the art of storytelling from Appalachian folk who spun yarns and told tales to entertain, teach morals, and pass along local history. He studied drama in high school and toured the East Coast in 1987 with a drama school from Greenville, SC. After earning a degree in Theater, Tim taught English language arts for five years. He left the classroom in 2000 to become a full-time professional performer. He has made several television appearances, recorded a number of storytelling CDs, filmed a DVD, and written a storytelling handbook.

Southern Writer Shirley Twiss Returns Aug 20th, 2015

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South Georgia writer Shirley Twiss, author of “Cotton in Augusta” and “Joy in the Morning” will return to the McCormick County Library on Thursday, August 20th at 6:30 pm to discuss her new book, “From Myra to Laura.” Although fictional, this story lets readers see that times may have changed, but people still search for the same things in life—love, justice and peace. The final novel in the series depicts a woman  who never loses her optimism or faith.  

The evening will include a presentation by Twiss, a question-and-answer session and book signing. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Shirley Twiss grew up in Swainsboro, Georgia. She was an avid listener to the great storytellers of her family. Writing was always a dream, but for many years this took a back seat to her happy life as a wife, mother and teacher. She is now retired, a widow and living in Greenville, SC.  Her first book, “Cotton in Augusta,” was published in 2008 and was recognized as a book of merit and nominated for a SIBA award. It is the story of a sharecropper’s daughter who struggles  against poverty, prejudice, class and the status of women to raise a strong and successful family. It is a story of love, faith and a woman’s search for meaning in an unjust world. Her second novel, “Joy in the Morning,” continues that  story into the Great Depression and World War II.  Her third novel completes the life story of Myra who, now a widow, is hurled into the turbulent decades of the fifties, sixties and seventies.  Just as she becomes comfortable in her new life, the world she has known faces drastic changes: changes that she must face and accept. The story then transitions from the prominence of Myra to the emergence of her granddaughter, Laura.  Even though she leads a different lifestyle, readers will recognize how Laura emulates her grandmother who never lacked optimism and courage in facing the ever changing world.

Copies of her books will be available for purchase. For more information call the McCormick County Library at 852-2821 or email mccormicklibrary@hotmail.com

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Book signing July 9th: A Culture Lost to Thurmond Lake

Thurmond Dam

Between December 20, 1951 and March 2, 1952, people looked out over the rolling hills and prime bottomland along the Savannah River and its tributaries as the waters, backed up by a massive new concrete dam at Clarks Hill, began to swell, slowly inching streams out of their banks. Different people viewed the man-made transformation with different emotions – sadness, indignation, awe, excitement, reverence, amazement, nostalgia, and anticipation – as 70,000+ acres of countryside was forever changed into an eternal body of water. The Clark Hill Project, later renamed Thurmond Lake, consumed 20% of the land area of McCormick County.

What exactly was lost when the lake was created? What homes, barns, gardens, orchards, farms, places of worship, cemeteries, ferry sites, country stores, and other commercial buildings were given up to create the third-largest artificial lake east of the Mississippi River?

Local historian, Bobby F. Edmonds has recently recovered and published some answers to that question in his new book entitled A Culture Lost to Thurmond Lake. Edmonds discovered that during the course of the land acquisitions phase for the dam and lake in 1948-49, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers created and preserved files for the project that included more than 500 photographs of the area accompanied by written documentation that sheds light on the living conditions and activities of the people who lived there. Although these files were not intended to be used as architectural, cultural or historic documentation, they now provide a fascinating view of western McCormick County in the early twentieth century.

On Thursday, July 9th at 6:30 pm in the McCormick County Library, Bobby F. Edmonds will discuss and sign copies of his book. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the McCormick Library. You can also find a copy at Strom Drug, Books on Main, Chamber of Commerce, McCormick Messenger, Willington Book Store, McCaslan’s in Greenwood, or from the author at cedarhill@wctel.net.

A Culture Lost, cover scanBobby Edmonds