Stories: Sharing Stories From Lives That Matter
fifth class in our Life Stories series will present three people, all of whom
share the distinction of making an indelible mark in our community and schools:
Barry Wright, John Ware and Norman Fletcher.
Wright is a native Roman who graduated from Darlington and Vanderbilt, where he
majored in English literature and history. He spent the majority of his career
in the banking industry. Barry has a long-time interest in Southern history,
which was boosted by inheriting family documents that brought to life the
cotton industry and mills from the 1880s forward. This led to a renewed
interest in, and a better understanding of, cotton and the mills in context of
the cotton revival in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Ware graduated from Columbia College and received his master’s degree from
Webster College. His first career was 23 years in the military, first starting
in Vietnam as a Green Beret and a helicopter pilot. When most men would have
retired, John’s next career was with Temple Inland as a Training/Human Resource
Specialist. John comes from a family of educators. Education is the reoccurring
theme when it comes to his commitment to our community. To name just a few
highlights: Board of Directors for Redmond Regional, Founding member of the 100
Black Men of Rome, Board of Directors of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce,
President and Board of Directors of Rome Rotary Club, Charter Member of Tau Mu
Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity as well as a recipient of the 2008 Heart
of the Community Awards of Honor.
Norman S. Fletcher was born in Fitzgerald, Ga., in 1934. He graduated from
Fitzgerald High School in 1952, received a B.A. in 1956 and a J.D. in 1958 from
the University of Georgia, and an LL.M. in 1995 from the University of
Virginia. In 1958 he commenced practicing law in Rome and moved to LaFayette in
1963 where he continued his law practice through 1989. In December 1989 he was
appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court by Governor Joe Frank Harris, and he
served as a Justice from January 1990 through June 2005, the last four years as
Chief Justice. Since retiring from the Court he has been of counsel with the
Rome firm of Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson & Davis. Perhaps
his greatest accomplishment was leading the successful campaign that resulted
in the creation of the statewide Georgia Public Defenders System in 2004.
Dates: Tuesdays, February 21, 28 & March 7
Time: 11 a.m. - Noon
A North Georgia Historical Odyssey
are taking the show on the road! Every other week we will take a bus trip
through Floyd County’s rural roads to investigate firsthand the lives and
places of a bygone era. Dan Roper, author and Georgia Backroads editor, will
lead each tour — stories guaranteed to be inspiring, humorous, difficult or
tragic. Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. Be prepared to hike on uneven
before it was Berry – Our first tour includes stops at Possum Trot, Mountain
Springs Church, the Road of Remembrance, and Beulah Buchanan’s grave site.
Pocket - Next we will visit a CCC camp where the coldest temperature was ever
recorded in Georgia and Mount Vernon Church, which holds the graves of seven
children killed on March 13, 1913, during the Rosedale Cyclone.
Cemetery has a Story — This tour will stop at the graveyards of Oostanaula
Methodist Church, Farmers Cemetery (for a story about the 1919 Spanish Flu
Pandemic), and Bethel Presbyterian Church.
final tour will take us to the ruins of an eerie “mini-castle,” Corpsewood,
seated high on Taylors Ridge, where a bizarre double murder occurred on
December 12, 1982. Expect a 20-minute hike down a mostly level road.
Dates: Wednesdays, February 22, March 8 & 22, & April
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m..
Painting in the Gardens
plein-air (French for “in the open air”) landscape oil-painting workshop will
take advantage of the natural beauty of the gardens surrounding Oak Hill. The
morning will begin with a brief demonstration/lecture by Suzanne Royal.
Students will learn how to select plein-air subject matter to form a good
composition, how to work with a limited palette of oil paints, how to deal with
rapidly changing light conditions, how to block in subject matter and how to
stay focused to complete a strong landscape painting. Afterwards students will
set up and paint their own paintings during which time the instructor will move
from easel to easel to work one-on-one with each student. At the end of the
day, students will gather for some refreshments and to share their work. The
workshop is for students who have some previous experience and knowledge of oil
painting materials. Bring your lunch and be prepared for weather associated
with painting outdoors. Supply list will be sent upon registration.
Royal is a well-known portrait artist and has paintings hanging in many private
and public collections throughout the southeast including the Georgia State
Capitol, Berry College, The University of Georgia and Emory University.
Dates: Saturday, April 29
Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Expression through Clay
Stevenson, visiting assistant professor, fine-arts, Berry College Evans School
of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, will teach an introduction to ceramic
artwork by using clay materials and hand building techniques. Hand building is
working with clay by hand using simple tools instead of the pottery wheel.
Students will explore a diverse range of approaches that can be taken towards
building and shaping the clay and the ways that personal ideas can be embodied
in the material. Students are offered the experience to work with a variety of
different clays and diverse range of approaches. This class will encourage
students to use a variety of approaches to the clay ranging from texture
development, glazing techniques and firing. Each participant is strongly
encouraged to integrate other interests, ideas and materials into the work they
make in this course. The class fee covers the clay and tools needed for the
Dates: Tuesdays, February 21 – April 4 (no class on March 14)
Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
the inaugural year of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College by participating
in group tennis lessons. A USPTA certified instructor will cover the basics
such as grip, stance and proper technique that will help enhance your tennis
game for years to come. As students progress so will the types of drills and
instruction. Bring your racket and tennis shoes! Demo rackets will be available
March 30 – April 20
Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
and Masterpieces from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century
will analyze significant works of art and stylistic periods, discuss
historical contexts, and explore important museum collections and travel
destinations for art connoisseurs. Scholars will learn about iconography,
elements and principles of design, and the lives of important art figures. Join
Virginia Troy, associate professor, fine arts, Berry College Evans School of
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, as she leads students through different
stylistic periods of art history starting with the 15th century Renaissance
period through the architecture and design of The Bauhaus movement.
Dates: Wednesdays, February 22 – April 19 (no class on March
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Yin Yoga for Seniors
Yoga is a unique type of yoga that is slower paced, so that poses can be held
for longer periods of time in a non-resistant, non-aggressive way. It is a more
passive yoga practice that allows the pose to move deeper beyond just
stretching the muscle into joints, ligament and bone. This practice can bring
benefits of rebuilding joint mobility and flexibility, improve organ function,
and can sooth chronic pain. We will also balance this more passive practice
with some “yang” active poses during each class to allow you to feel balanced
and harmonious at the close of class. Bring a yoga mat. Consider bringing a
yoga blanket (throw blanket) and a pillow or two to help with poses.
Date: Tuesdays, February 21 – April 18 (no class on March
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
Stitching with the Stitchery
a great way to learn the most updated methods in today’s sewing world! During
the four-week class, you will create a self-binding quilt, a unique zippered
pouch and a quilt block pillow, all taught by one of The Stitchery’s award
winning instructors. All fabric and notions are included in the price and
precut for optimum sewing time. Bring your sewing machine and be prepared to
have a whole new world opened up to you.
Dates: Tuesdays, February 21 – March 14
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.