Twenty-five years ago this week Weymouth lost its greatest advocate and supporter, Sam Ragan. If it weren’t for Mr. Ragan, I wonder if we would have the wonderful Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities today. He led the charge in saving the Boyd house.
In creating the nonprofit, Friends of Weymouth, he was successful in molding the workspace for creative arts that he envisioned. His dream flourishes to this day and I bet he would be so thrilled to see all the events and programs going on just this week. In the past week we have hosted writers in residence, the sold-out Ladies Wine Out, The Habitat for Humanity private dinner for 8, The Weymouth Garden Club luncheon, Pinehurst Picnic Co. outings, and this list goes on. This Monday, the Women of Weymouth are hosting another (sold out!) event: the Annual Strawberry Festival. To top it all off, pun intended, Mike Malone and his crew have put down new blue stone in places where it was sparse. It looks fantastic!
Sam Ragan would be so proud that his love of Weymouth is being passed on and it is our duty to be certain his legacy endures. The plaque pictured above is located at Weymouth on the garden "island" in the middle of the parking lot, which has been lovingly tended by Martha Parsons and the Weymouth Dirt Gardeners.
Yours for Weymouth,
Ashley Van Camp President, Friends of Weymouth
Even driveways need a little TLC!
Last week, 18 tons of bluestone was delivered by the good folks at Harris Trucking. They very kindly gave Weymouth a generous discount on the cost. Continuing the effort, Forever Green Landscaping and Maintenance, led by Eric Weldy, donated time and equipment to spread the gravel both in the front circular drive and in various areas near the back parking areas.
Volunteers finished the job by raking and smoothing the bluestone. They are pictured below: Mike Malone, Shane English, Bill Mountcastle and David Drummond. Other costs for this project were covered anonymously.
What a tremendous savings on labor and materials. Thanks to all! The driveways are neatly refreshed.
Coming soon to Weymouth Center-
WoW Strawberry Festival
May 17 at 10:30AM. Reservations are sold out but if you already purchased your ticket we'll see you this Monday! Sandwiches, brunch bites, strawberry shortcake, iced tea, lemonade, water. Raffles and other fun stuff!
James Boyd Book Club
May 18 at 2PM. Attendees are invited talk to the group about a book by a North Carolina writer that they recommend. Bring your face mask, please.
Writers-in-Residence Reading : June 7 Mildred Barya
Our Writers-in-Residence program is honored to welcome Mildred Barya, North Carolina Humanities Council’s 2019 Linda Flowers Award winner. About Mildred Barya.
Join us for a special reading from her work in progress. Masks: following CDC guidelines.
5:30-6:30PM. Free event.
Book signing by Artist Patrick Dougherty on June 9
Patrick will be signing copies of his book, Stickwork, featuring over 200 pages of photos, anecdotes, and insights into his methods and his art, which uses tree saplings as construction material. The Country Bookshop will be on site selling this Limited-Edition monograph. Masks Mandatory. Registration Required. Visit TicketMeSandhills.com.
Musician's Jam Sessions are back!
The Boyd House Great Room is the place for Song Circle have started again. Come on and make a joyful sound on the last Tuesday of each month from 6 to 9PM. Free to attend. No registration required. All attendees are required to have had the covid vaccine.
Weymouth Center has opened the Writers-In-Residence application process. Please visit the website for information and online: click here.
The Moore County Writer's Competition
The Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities is proud to launch its 2021 Moore County Writer's Competition. This event has been hosted by Weymouth Center since 1986 and is underwritten by the Donald and Elizabeth Cooke Foundation.
Entry levels are: Elementary (Grades 1-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), and Adult. Monetary prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place authors in each category and entry level. Click here for detailed guidelines. Good luck!
Your membership is a vital part of preserving Weymouth Center for our community and future generations. To renew your membership or for more ways to become a monthly donor or sustaining member, please call or visit the membership page on the Weymouth website. weymouthcenter.org/join Thank you for your support!
Ladies Wine Out was a wonderful time!
It was a perfect evening with a turn-out of over 200 members, guests, businesses and many essential workers and teachers. Delectable appetizers were prepared by Broad Street Bakery & Café along with Karefree Farms & Produce, C-Cups Cupcakes and several Weymouth members.
We had wine-pourers courtesy of our WOW husbands…and what a hoot they were, thank you so much, Kurt Kreuger, Larry Westerly, Charlie Zuhone, George Arno and Phil Reynolds.
Delightful music throughout the evening with Kaye Pierson singing and playing the guitar.
Special thanks to Beverley Reynolds and her crew of the fantastic Women Of Weymouth! Photos courtesy of Diane McKay Photography.