Was small-town life ever like Mayberry, where little boys shot marbles for fun and mothers were always home after school with a plate of warm cookies and a pitcher of cold milk?
The folks in Satsuma think so.
And from October 5-10, their 100-year-old town will turn back the hands of time for a Centennial Celebration to rival any festival held in the fictional Mayberry or the real Satsuma of the early 20th century.
Just as in Andy's hometown, the church has always played an important role in Satsuma. So fittingly, the week-long Centennial event begins on Monday, October 5, 7:30 a.m. with a "Bless the Tie that Binds" Prayer Breakfast at First Baptist Church of Satsuma. Featured will be three Satsuma High School alumni, soprano Dr. Kimberly M. Davis, and keynote speakers, Dewanna Banks and Dan McConaghy. The speakers will share an historical event, and then, three long-time residents will be honored. All Satsuma ministers are invited to participate in prayer for Satsuma. This community breakfast is open to all current residents of Satsuma and all members of Satsuma churches; it is sponsored by A Little Shoppe and Little's Auto Sales.
On Tuesday, October 6, 10 a.m., Satsuma Reunited will sponsor an open-to-all City Hall activity, a "Profile in Courage" tribute to two 1973 graduates of Satsuma High School. After they are honored for their role in the town's history, everyone is invited to stay and watch the movie, "The Help," complete with Coke and popcorn.
The Wednesday, October 7th event is closed to the public. All former Miss Satsumas will be honored at this reunion of the town's beauty queens. "There She Is--Miss Satsuma through the Years" is sponsored by Alpha Kappa.
The Thursday, October 8th offering could put Andy's Mayberry to shame. It's a "Home Sweet Home Southern Supper" at Steel Creek Lodge at 6 p.m. and it is open to all paying guests. The cost is $15 per person, which includes the sumptuous meal and entertainment by the Kempters, a family who plays both gospel and contemporary music. Mary Atchison said that during this evening, the two oldest families still living in Satsuma and the oldest continuously operating business will be honored. Tickets are available at McConaghy Drug Store.
The Women's Club of Satsuma is sponsoring "Life in 1915--Ladies Porch Party" recognizing the First Ladies of Satsuma on Friday, October 9. The hostess of the event is Megan Wyatt and the party is open to forty women who are current residents of Satsuma.
Saturday, October 10, 9 a.m.-12:05 p.m. is the BIG day. Titled "It Must be Mayberry 'Cause Aunt Bee, Andy, Opie, Barney and Floyd Are Here," the event in Baldwin Square is a town party and field day. There will be games with cash awards--Barney's 100-Yard Dash at 9 a.m.; Opie's Sack Race at 9:30 a.m. (both carry a $2 entry fee), and Aunt Bee's Pie Contest at 10 a.m. Miss Centennial will be crowned at 11 a.m. Satsuma Community Development Organization is sponsoring this activity, which should bring out the hometown spirit and appreciation for some of the simpler things in life.
For more information, contact Mary Atchison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-626-0630.
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