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Life Stories: Sharing Stories From Lives That Matter

The 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.

Barry 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.

John 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.

Justice 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
Cost: $30

A North Georgia Historical Odyssey

We 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 terrain. 

Berry 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.

The 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.

Every 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.

The 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 5
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m..
Cost: $125

Plein-Air Painting in the Gardens

This 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.

Suzanne 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.
Cost: $135

Creative Expression through Clay

Kelly 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 class.  

Dates: Tuesdays, February 21 – April 4 (no class on March 14)
Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $120

Beginning Tennis Lessons

Celebrate 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 but limited.

Dates: Thursdays, March 30 – April 20
Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $68

Monuments and Masterpieces from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century 

We 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 15)
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Cost: $80

Yin Yoga for Seniors

Yin 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 14)
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $80

Stitching with the Stitchery

What 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.
Cost: $169