Thursday, April 5, 2012
Magical night for prom goers
Saturday night, Marshall Academy hosted its Junior-Senior prom. Sponsors, Sarah Taylor and Dwana McAlexander, transformed the gym into an Alice in Wonderland paradise! They had live music provided by The Plaintiffs, who brought the house down with their groovy sound. A plethora of sweets and other goodies were provided for the attendees to enjoy.
Many of the students had dates from out of town, as well as from other schools. Those who accompanied some of Marshall Academy’s young men were Raegan Barnhart, Raychel Durdin and Ashley Shinholt, all from Magnolia Heights, Jessica Churchill from Olive Branch; Taylor Carson from Oxford and Caroline Goodwin from Booneville. Neil Murphy wins the prize for his date living the furthest, Dallas, Texas. He escorted Alexis Waxman, niece of Tammy and Billy Cupp. She flew in for the weekend for this special event.
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Pilgrimage Weekend April 13-15
During Pilgrimage the Marshall County Historical Museum is showcasing the incredible local talent we have here — on the hour, every hour. It will be awesome. You only pay the door fee at the museum and you are paid for the day.
On the agenda, world renown Kenny Brown will give us a mini-concert which will be a real treat for all who are fortunate enough to hear him. He will be playing Mississippi Hill Country blues.
Fabulous Gary Adams will play his magic fiddle with songs of the Civil War. He will be dressed in Confederate garb. You will be enchanted by his haunting, spell-binding music.
Amazing Mitch Stone is bringing his guitar and will sing gospel, country, folk and big band music. Mitch’s wife, a living history fiber artist, will spin cotton, wool and flax on her spinning wheel, showing us a lost art. She is gifted with her talent.
We will be mesmerized with tales of yesteryear by great storyteller Rebecca Jernigan and her Civil War tales. Storytelling is becoming a lost art and Rebecca has mastered the art of storytelling. It is old-fashioned entertainment at its best.
We will have a book signing for Johnnie Gadd Love, who has written three books, similar to “Gone With The Wind.” All have a Holly Springs historical setting. They are our incredible stories put to literary symphony — a joy to read.
We also have a book signing for Brandon Beck, who has written a rare book about Van Dorn’s raid on Hilly Springs. It is the most historic event that ever happened here and is written superbly.
Willie Mallory, who wrote “Strawberry Plains Church,” will be here with his books to sign for you. The Davis family of Strawberry Plains gave a corner of land for the slaves a church. Today, the church has evolved into an eight-sided architectural wonder.
Silent movies of some of the first movies ever made, including “Birth of a Nation,” circa 1915, will be shown for you to go back in time and enjoy. One movie shows real Civil War soldiers, of both sides, and real ex-slaves.
Holly Springs and Marshall County are really proud of these bright, talented people. It is a privilege to show them off to the locals and tourists.
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