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‘Storytelling’ event plans finalized

Farragut’s 30th Anniversary Committee finalized plans for its storytelling event, set for Jan. 16, 2010.

The storytelling festival will focus on the story of the Town’s incorporation, which was certified by the state Jan. 16, 1980.

Seven people associated with the Town’s incorporation will speak at the approximately hour-long event, providing a short history and highlights of the incorporation progress.

“We’ll talk about why each one of us was for incorporation,” committee member and former Alderman Betty Dick said.

Other speakers will include Mayor Ralph McGill, Gene McNalley, David Rodgers, Ron Simandl, Eric Johnson and George Dorsey.

Attendees will receive a pamphlet about the incorporation.

A small exhibit of incorporation-themed artifacts, including maps, editorial cartoons, newspaper clippings and art will be hung at the back of the boardroom at Town Hall.

Marianne McGill, the mayor’s wife, requested a copy of the minutes of the Town’s first Board meeting be posted.

“It’d be interesting to see what we were discussing,” she said.

“I look forward to hearing and seeing it all,” committee member Carolyn Coker said.

The Town is inviting local school history classes to the event, which is open to the general public.

A larger exhibit will be held in Farragut Folklife Museum in July of next year.

Also in January, the Town will host an event celebrating Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday.

May 2, the Town will unveil the Admiral David Glasgow Farragut statue.

The committee discussed giveaways for this event: a keepsake program for adults, and perhaps rubber bracelets for children.

“It’d be nice to have something for kids too,” Parks and Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said.

“That could be very cute to have as a kid thing,” she added.

The committee also discussed Farragut’s annual Independence Day parade, which will be held Saturday, July 3, 2010.

The committee is planning to have anniversary-themed giveaways for parade attendees, perhaps pencils and small bags.

Finally, the committee discussed a public picnic to be held Sept. 10, 2010 on land adjacent to farragutpress off Kingston Pike.

“The picnic is in another budget year,” Stuhl said.

“We should at least ask for a little bit more money,” she added.

The committee said a little additional money could fund giveaways at this event too.

“I want something practical,” Coker said, advocating a flat-bottomed tote bag.

“The grocery bag is not a bad idea,” Stuhl said.

The committee’s entire budget for this year is $5,000.

The group’s next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010.


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