Sunday, March 1, 2009


Last night the hardworking and literary minded folks in Alamance County wrapped up their 3rd annual community wide read with a party at Captain White House in Graham, NC. Above: Susan Holland (l.) initiated the Alamance Reads Program three years ago and chaired the committee the first two years. Margaret Blanchard (ctr) and Lennie Stout (r.) co-chaired this year's committee.
Since Blue was this year's selection and blackberries figure into the story, we celebrated with a Blackberry Cobbler and Ice-Cream party. Yum!
The artwork on the walls is BLUE related. Local students (especially homeschoolers) entered art and writing contests.
I didn't get a chance to photograph nearly all the art but here's a slide show of the few I came home with.
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Judy Cobb, (Alamance County Public Library Director) wore overalls for the occasion!
Cooper Morton won one of the coloring contests at the local libraries. His prize was Polio Pete as seen above. But this particular Pete is not Cooper's. No indeed. This one is mine and I couldn't be more thrilled! Many thanks to the committee. How did you know I needed one of these?

I finally got to see the sculpture created by young people under the direction of Ann Hobgood.

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The entire evening was pure delight for me - from meeting the folks who planned so many events, to chatting with students, to listening to FDR's voice speaking to the nation. The decor was stunning in shades of blue. And when I stepped onto the porch of the Captain White House I heard strains of "In The Garden". While we chatted and ate blackberry cobbler we listened to all the songs mentioned in Blue.

Oh, and did I mention that contest winners received US Savings Bonds? I love that the themes of the book were so prominent in all aspects of Alamance Reads!

Alamance County has a special place in my heart and I will be back!


  1. Joyce, Alamance County also loved you and Blue. Thanks for writing a book that did so much to bring us all together with a common interest and a love of learning. Your book, your style of writing, and your enthusiastic participation in Alamance Reads is what it is all about. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
    Linda Barron

  2. Oh, thanks so much Linda! You are too kind. I am so grateful for all the hard work that both you and John put into making it a success!