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Dr. Janet Gritzner: Tabby Revisited

At the Sugar Mill in Tolomato  Version 2Dr. Janet Gritzner, Professor Emerita at South Dakota State University,  discussed her extensive research into tabby, the historic building material revived by Thomas Spalding. 

After a reception, there was a field trip to the ruins of the Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery at Tolomato.



Churn Off 2019 Rescheduled!

 Hurricane Dorian forced the Churn Off to be rescheduled! It was moved to October, and all Churners still participated! It was a great turnout and attendants were entertained by Doc Thornton, the “Wizard of the South” magical and musical world-renowned Wonder Show! Board member, David Dickerson, constructed new Corn Hole games for all to play and work off some of that ice cream!


Book signing for Buddy Sullivan.

Buddy spoke briefly about his new books.


Buddy has been busy since he retired, completing four new books! A reception was held at Ashantilly and Buddy spoke briefly about the books, and then signed books for those who purchased them. Ashantilly still has some copies available if you missed the signing.




2019 Fall Native Plant Sale.Beautiful Native Plants were available at this annual sale.



Informative speakers relayed knowledge to help grow natives in a home environment. Wonderful food and noninvasive Mimosas rounded out the day! 


Ashantilly's 2019 Artist Residency Completed.

Katherine on the platen press.


Katherine Taylor completed her residency with Ashantilly Press on September 12. Although Hurricane Dorian interrupted her work, she nonetheless was able to find direction in her art. Side note: although we avoided Dorian, Katherine's hometown, Halifax, Nova Scotia did not!

The residency opened with a "Meet and Greet" gathering and a showing of the Letterpress film "Pressing On", complete with popcorn! A closing reception at the Print Shop offered opportunity to print a small broadside that Katherine had set on the Vandercook.






The walkway project is nearly complete, just lacking a few replacement plants and some filldirt and sod. If you haven't seen it yet, do ride by! It is especially lovely at night with the new lighting! We are very grateful to the Watson-Brown Foundation for the grant that funded this project, and to Thomas Angell and Jessica Higgins of Verdant Enterprises for their incredible design!



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