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Arts & Entertainment Anniversary celebration at Rickman Store Saturday

Rickman StoreA special celebration with the presentation of the recently released book of Cynthia Schumacher at 11 a.m. will be held at the Rickman Store this Saturday, Aug. 24, to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the purchase of the store by LTLT. An Ice Cream Social and a Music Jam at 1:30 p.m. will continue the celebration. The Friends of the Rickman Store invite the community, and especially teachers and families with school age children, to be active participants in the presentation of the children’s book “Willebron and the Gralumpy” written by poet/author Cynthia Schumacher and illustrated by David White.

A native from Florida, Schumacher is a retired elementary and secondary public school teacher who spends each summer and fall at her mountain retreat in Otto. She is one of the founders of the Association for Creative Expression (ACE), a group of writers and artists in the surrounding area who meets several times a year in Otto.

This is the first official presentation of the book in North Carolina. With interactive activities to motivate creativity, Schumacher will share a beautiful story inspired in these mountains where the author first saw a carved wooden figure of a Smoky Mountain troll. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

It was in August 2007 that the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) purchased the historic Rickman General Store in Cowee, and since then, volunteer neighbors organized as the Friends of the Rickman Store (FORS) have kept their doors open to neighbors and visitors to the region, have restored the traditional interior of the store and have offered a variety of educational and cultural programs. Thanks to their efforts and the support and contributions of many, the Rickman Store continues being the heart of the Cowee-West’s Mill Historic District.

The Rickman Store is located on 259 Cowee Creek Road, seven miles north of Franklin by Hwy. NC 28. Doors open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the program and how to get involved with the Rickman Store, call (828)369-5595.

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