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Trailfest 2017: Georgia Events

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The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians

Columbus State University
Columbus, Georgia

The Wren's Nest The writing of Carson McCullers includes novels, short stories, and poetry. Like other acclaimed Southern Writers, she drew inspiration from the people and places of her childhood. In 2017, her hometown celebrates the centennial year of her birth with film screenings, lectures, art exhibits, and performances at locations throughout Columbus.

See below listings for locations.

McCullers Collection Archives Exhibition
Schwob Memorial Library, CSU Main Campus
Film Screenings
Arnold Hall 113
CSU Main Campus
"The Member of the Wedding" - Oct. 12, 7:30 pm
"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" - Nov. 10, 7:30 pm

Art Exhibition
Bay Gallery, Corn Center for the Visual Arts
January 17-February 25
Opening Reception, February 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

New Yorker Critic Hilton Als
Columbus Museum
January 25, 7 pm

"Carson's Columbus" - Lecture by Historian Dr. Virginia Causey
Columbus Library
February 9, 7 pm

The We of Me: The Chosen Families of Carson McCullers-Exhibition
Columbus Museum
January 31-May 21
Opening Reception, February 2, 5:30-7:30 pm
Lunchtime Lecture by Nick Norwood, February 7

Showcase Event: Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts
February 19, 4 pm
- Actress/Director Karen Allen unveils her short film "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud."
- Dramatic Excerpt from A Member of the Wedding under the direction of Larry Dooley
- Monologues by CSU actress in the role of Carson McCullers, written by Scott Wilkerson

Actress/Director Karen Allen keynote address, CSU's Common Read Assembly: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
University Hall, CSU Main Campus
February 20, noon

Concert and Reading
Nyack Library, Nyack, NY
February 19
- Original music inspired by "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud." composed by CSU Alumna Liliya Ugay
   Reception to follow at The Carson McCullers House, 131 S. Broadway, Nyack


Carson McCullers in the World: A Centenary Conference
John Cabot University - Rome, Italy
July 14-16, 2017

Carson's Columbus
Interactive web-based map
Spring 2017

Plus more film screenings on CSU Main Campus
Spring 2017 (TBA)

For further information, contact:
The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians
1519 Stark Avenue
706.565.4021
www.mccullerscenter.org  


 

Margaret Mitchell at the typewriter on which she wrote GWTWMargaret Mitchell House Tours

Daily in Atlanta, Georgia
990 Peachtree Street NE

Margaret Mitchell wrote the definitive Civil War epic "Gone With The Wind" in a Tudor Revival house, built in 1899, on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Her apartment with husband John Marsh is the only interior space of the house that has been preserved with its original architectural features. One of them includes the famous leaded glass window from which Mitchell gazed on Atlanta passers-by as she wrote her beloved book. Tours are available daily during Trailfest 2017 and year-round.

Place: The Margaret Mitchell House
Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday
Info and Admissions: Call 404.249.7015 or visit www.atlantahistorycenter.com

 
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Tours of The Wren's Nest

Daily, Tuesday through Saturday
Atlanta, Georgia

The Wren's NestOne of the South's most treasured authors, Joel Chandler Harris gained national prominence for his numerous volumes of Uncle Remus folktales. Winning new appreciation in recent decades, Harris influences society today from his long-standing legacies as a "New South" journalist, folklorist, fiction writer, and author of children's books. He is honored by the Southern Literary Trail in which his home, The Wren's Nest, was a founding partner.

Tours of The Wren's Nest are available year-round and throughout Trailfest 2017 from February through May. The enchanting house serves as a theatre for storytellers every Saturday at 1 p.m.

Place: The Wren's Nest, 1050 Ralph Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta
Days and Times: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Admission: Prices vary depending upon walk-in or group tours, check www.wrensnest.org/visit
Info: Call 404.753.7735

 
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Storytelling at The Wren's Nest

Storytelling at The Wren's Nest Atlanta, Georgia

Among its many missions, The Wren's Nest preserves the legacy of Trail writer Joel Chandler Harris and the influence of African-American folklore through storytelling. Wren's Nest Storytellers will enchant audiences at Harris's home in Atlanta with the yarns they spin for children of all ages. The Ramblers cast of acclaimed storytellers has included Akhar Imhotep, Curtis Richardson, Josie Bailey, and Mama Koku.

Place: The Wren's Nest, 1050 Ralph Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta
Admission costs and Info: Call The Wren's Nest at 404.753.7735 or visit its website at www.wrensnestonline.com

 
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Andalusia Farm Tours

Thursday to Sunday during Trailfest and Year-Round
Milledgeville, Georgia

Andalusia Farm hosts 2013 Georgia RambleVisitors to the home of writer Flannery O'Connor are welcomed into her main house, dining room, kitchen and sitting room. The back parlor features installations and exhibits, and the shop in the main house offers unique souvenirs for purchase along with books by and about O'Connor. Strolls are encouraged around the farm complex with its dairy workers' house, barns, water tower, old pump house, milk processing shed and outbuildings. The Farm's Lower Tobler Creek Trail is part of the Dr. Bernard Cline Outdoor Learning Center at Andalusia.

Place: Andalusia Farm, Milledgeville, Georgia
Days and Times: Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Suggested donation of $5.00
Info: Call 478.454.4029 or visit www.andalusiafarm.org

 
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A young Flannery O'Connor with her bookThe Flannery O'Connor Book Trail

Current and Continuing
Savannah to Milledgeville, Georgia

Just in time for Trailfest 2017 and continuing into the future, partners including the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home in Savannah and the writer's Andalusia Farm in Milledgeville have established The Flannery O'Connor Book Trail extending between the two Georgia towns so important in the life of the Southern Literary Trail author. Ground was broken on Saturday, December 20, 2014, for the first of many "Little Free Libraries" that will dot the pathways between the towns with a goal to increase access by all people for free books in memory of O'Connor. The "Little Free Libraries" program enables participants to build small roadside shelters that allow readers to share by "taking a book and leaving a book" for others. For more on the program, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.

Place: The Flannery O'Connor Book Trail, Savannah to Milledgeville
Info: Call the Childhood Home at 912.233.6014 or Andalusia Farm at 478.454.4029

 
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The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home

Current and Continuing
Savannah, Georgia

O'Connor Childhood Home (left)The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home in Savannah, one of the country's most atmospheric and unforgettable cities, is dedicated to the work and life of the acclaimed novelist and short story writer, now widely considered to be among the most important writers of the 20th Century. Tours are available year-round inclusive of this year's Trailfest season from February through May, 2015. One highlight will be a visit by the Jane Austen Society of Australia to the Museum on April 8, 2015, as a launch to the Society's complete tour of the Southern Literary Trail.

Place: 207 East Charlton Street, Savannah, Georgia
Days and Times: 1 to 4 p.m., Friday through Wednesday
Admission: Adults, $6.00, with discounts for students and active military
Info: Call 912.233.6014 or visit www.flanneryoconnorhome.org for event and admission updates

 
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The Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center

April 2015 and Continuing
Blairsville, Georgia

Byron Herbert ReeceNestled within the scenic beauty of Georgia's Appalachian Mountains, the Byron Herbert Reece Farm preserves the home and inspiration for the work of poet and novelist Reece to welcome contemporary visitors. A member of the Southern Literary Trail, which honors Reece among its Georgia writers, the Farm presents pathways into the simple and hard-working lifestyle of the talented author. It also offers visitors poetry islands and farming exhibits along the way. The Byron Herbert Reece Farm has become a destination near Blairsville for poetry readings, musical recitals, and art exhibitions. During Trailfest 2017, it will open to visitors from April through the summer months.

Place: The Reece Farm and Heritage Center, nine miles south of Blairsville on US Hwy 129 in Union Co., Georgia
Days and Times: Re-opening in April 2015. Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free on Thursday and $3.00 on all other days
Info: Call 706.745.2034 or 706.379.3219

 
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