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JUNE HALL MCCASH

Ashantilly welcomed Jekyll Island’s historian June Hall McCash, the author of twelve books, including three novels, eight nonfiction works, and a book of poetry. Her novel, Almost to Eden, won the Georgia Author of the Year award for first novel in 2011. It was followed by a second novel, Plum Orchard, which was the recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year Award for best novel in 2013. McCash’s new historical novel, Marguerite’s Landing, tells the story of the duBignon family of Jekyll in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A book-signing and reception followed the talk.

 

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LONGLEAF PINE WORKSHOP

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This educational workshop focused on USDA EQIP and other programs that promote the planting of Longleaf Pines, the importance of the ecosystem

for wildlife, and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.  Sponsored by Athens Land Trust, USDA NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service), and Ashantilly Center.

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CAROL DENHOF LEADS LUNCH &LEARN!

Carol Denhof of the Longleaf Alliance, presented this lunch-time lecture focused on the importance of restoring the rich diversity of the Longleaf Pine groundcover. Ashantilly and Coastal Wildscapes collaborate to provide this series of Lunch & Learn sessions to heighten awareness of our natural environment. 

 

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NATIONAL REGISTER PLAQUE

IMG 0803The National Register of Historic Places plaque was unveiled in a ceremony led by Buddy Sullivan. The work done to achieve this designation was applauded by those in attendance.

 

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ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE FLEET!

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Ashantilly once again set up in Art in the Park during the Blessing of the Fleet. New this year were T-Shirts and Tote Bags printed on a small etching press donated to the Print Shop. Thanks to Nicholas Silberg, Chair of the Art Department at Savannah State University, who carved a beautiful wood block with a shrimp image for us to use. Board members Cathy and Sara turned Print Shop into Sweat Shop and printed many items prior to the festival. They were a huge success and the design won Honorable Mention in the judging!

 

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ASHANTILLY ATTENDS JAZZ & ART FESTIVAL IN WOODBINE!

Ashantilly set up a booth at Woodbine's annual Jazz & Art Festival.  Letterpress printing was demonstrated with the small Kelsey tabletop press, and visitors to the booth were given a momento of the event! Arts and crafts were displayed and great jazz played! A beautiful setting along the Satilla Riverwalk added to the atmosphere.

 

Donna and Sara pose at Jazz & Art Festival 2016.

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NATIVE AND WILDFLOWERS SEEDS COLLABORATION

DNR, Coastal Wildscapes, 4H, Keep McIntosh Beautiful and Ashantilly came together to plant seeds for native flowers and wildflowers. 4th and 5th grade 4H students spread seed on 20 different prepared beds along GA Hwy 99 near the new bike path!

Board member Allen Perkins is watering, but join us in wishing for some rain!

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ANNUAL SCOTCH TASTING

Once again, Tim Rutherford brought  wonderful selections for participants to try, including some very hard-to-get distilleries! This was Tim’s last tasting with us, as he has moved to Asheville. We are grateful for all his help!

 Scotch Whisky tasting during Scottish Heritage Month!

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