Thursday, March 17, 2011
Celebrate Southern culture in Holly Springs
Southern literature was born in Mississippi. The state’s literary greats have distinguished themselves the world over with a special talent for capturing the true South and the heart of America in their works. As a creative bedrock, Mississippi has also produced artists in every genre from painting and sculpture to stage and film. Nowhere is that more evident than in Holly Springs.
With so many talented artists, craftsmen, writers and more, Holly Springs offers a variety of attractions and events that showcase the rich cultural heritage of the area such as the Pilgrimage of Homes coming up soon (April 8-10). Our very own festival of art and architecture will be brimming with the stories of a bygone era while arts and crafts fill the downtown square.
The Native Plant Sale held at Audubon is also fast approaching (May 14), which offers a very different glimpse into the past by offering to the public native plants cultivated on the property, teaching us the importance of native planting. Visitors can also get a glimpse of a few of the nature craft vendors that are available at the Hummingbird Migration Celebration held September 9-11 this year.
Holly Springs is also home to famed writers such as Katherine Sherwood Bonner, who coined the Southern dialect of the area, as well as William Merritt Chase’s protégé Kate Freeman Clark, who left us a wonderful museum filled with her beautiful works of art.
Currently we have accomplished painters, potters and more who display their work at area businesses for those who wish to take home a true piece of Holly Springs. One such artist is Sherry Marshall with Marshall Pottery. At her home studio she creates one-of-a-kind pieces as well as glass painting and jewelry.
We also have Terry and Diane Gill next door in Red Banks who have been creating in clay for over 25 years. They’re “Loving” cups and “Thank You” bowls have become a Southern favorites and are a wonderful gift for anyone.
Like other Mississippi communities, Holly Springs has an array of creative spirits who can offer you their interpretation of the life in the most Southern of states and help you have an authentic Mississippi experience.
Come and explore the very heart of the true South right here, right now.
For more information about things to do, feel free to contact the Holly Springs Tourism and Recreation Bureau by calling 662-252-2515, dropping by our office at 148 East College Avenue or by visiting www.visithollysprings.com.
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