Eighty six years ago, in the winter of 1925, the young Tom Rickman opened for the first time the doors of a general store that has become a historic landmark in Macon County, and a special gathering place for the Cowee community.
To celebrate its anniversary, the Friends of the Rickman Store (FORS) are inviting neighbors and visitors to share an evening of Poetry and Music at the Store on Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m.
Cowee poet Brent Martin will share poems from his latest book “A Shout in the Woods.”
“It is an honor for us to have Brent reading at the store,” says FORS member Elena Carlson who says that Martin’s literary work embraces and represents not only the beauty of this community but also its history and its simple lifestyle. Martin is also author of the book “Poems from Snow Hill Road,” published in 2007.
Storyteller Gary Carden, Angela Faye Martin and other artists will also appear. Admission is free. Neighbors and visitors are welcome to bring their own creations to share.
The historic Rickman Store was purchased in 2007 by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee as part of their efforts to protect the historic landscape and heritage of the community. The Store is located on Cowee Creek Road next to Cowee Elementary School, seven miles north of Franklin off of Hwy. NC 28.
For more information about this event and future activities at the Store, contact Elena Carlson at (828)369-5595.