Thursday, April 20, 2006
The dogwoods are blooming, the azaleas are gorgeous and rain is predicted. It must be Pilgrimage time in Holly Springs again.
Pilgrimage this year, as always, promises to be wonderful.
I’ve never been inside Airliewood before, so I’m very anxious to see that estate. Walter Place is always spectacular and the new gardens are incredible.
There are several other notable events this weekend also. The Topp family is gathering at Airliewood for a family reunion there -- first time “back” since the late 1800s.
Let’s not forget the first “annual” quilt exhibit at the First Presbyterian Church education building. Lots of beautiful quilts! And several equally beautiful young ladies in period dress to show them off! (Hmmmm, wonder if any are my granddaughters?)
Books are a big item this year also! Lois Swanee’s book about growing up in Holly Springs is freshly available at the Museum.
Robert Greenwalt, author of “1861 - A Time For Glory,” will be signing his book about the 17th Mississippi and the Civil War at the Museum Saturday morning. Many young men from Holly Springs were in the 17th. This book begins with the opening conflicts of the War and is portrayed from both the Confederate and Union viewpoints.
Another fascinating book that will be available beginning this weekend is simply titled “Holly Springs -- Images of America,” by Alice Long and Mark L. Ridge.
This book is filled with photos of the past and wonderful little bits of “history” to go along with the pictures. I’d never seen photos of Natalie Doxey or Kate Freeman Clark before. And in one particular photo, a young Kay Thompson in Pilgrimage dress could easily be mistaken for her granddaughter Caitlyn Brooks.
Even for us “jaded” locals, Pilgrimage time in Holly Springs is always a good time! Let’s just hope it doesn’t rain on our parade!
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