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ANNUAL MEETING HELD ON JANUARY 18!

Ashantilly Center held their Annual Meeting on January 18th. New Officers and Board Members were elected.

Board Members re-elected were: Harriet Langford, David Dickerson, and Allen Perkins. All Officers agreed to serve another year: Harriet Langford, President, Sara Blocker, Vice President, Donna Bassett, Secretary, and Marty Carnes, Treasurer. 

A summary of the events and accomplishments of the Center for 2016 was presented by Pres. Langford. New County Extension Agent, Geoffrey Duesterbeck, presented the Board with suggestions for the Vegetable garden on the property, including possible Bee Hives. 

All concluded that the Center and Ashantilly Press continues to grow and expand our outreach!

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THE ELVES HAVE BEEN BUSY!

Ashantilly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Noel Gieleghem, Brandon Tyson, and Bill Bolin worked tirelessly decorating the house, inside and out, with natural materials from our coastal region. Boondoggles and grape vine wreaths were decked out with shells, pecans, citrus, and greenery. Carol Gaither, Gigi Stratton and Donna Bassett did their annual decorating of the tree, beautiful! 

 

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HOLIDAY CARD WORKSHOP HAD A FULL CLASS!

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Oh, what fun in the Print Shop! Students printed their own cards that had been set by their instructor, Nicholas Silberg. After learning the basics about setting type, they composed their lines for the inside of their cards. Ashantilly Press's wide collection of typefaces offered many choices. The cards look great!

 

 

 

 

 

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JANISSE RAY SPEAKS ABOUT HER BOOK, THE SEED UNDERGROUND

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Janisse Ray spoke about her latest book, The Seed Underground to a very interested audience. There is a growing revolution to save food and heirloom seeds. Janisse is a very large part of this movement and is very passionate about farming. A reception and book-signing followed the talk.

 

 

 

 

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Darien Fall Festival Was Well Attended!

Lots of activities took place during the Darien Fall Festival! Downtown Darien had arts and crafts, live music and a doggie parade! Local artist, Carly Hardy, donated 50% of her sales of her art at Ashantilly's booth, thank you so much, Carly! Also at the booth, Noel Gieleghem demonstrated the heritage craft known as boondoggle. Woven from palm, the boondoggle brings good luck to the household and wards off lightning. Noel will be using these handmade beauties for decorating for Christmas at Ashantilly (Dec. 5th).

Tours of Ashantilly and print demonstrations at Ashantilly Press began at 11:00. At 1:00 pm, Buddy Sullivan gave a lecture on the Antebellum South. Light refreshments rounded out the activities.

 

 

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