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Party Time on the Farm!

And a wonderful time was had by all...

Guests enjoy a bountiful feast
at the Stop I-3 Picnic.

The Stop I-3 Picnic held on October 27, 2007 on the Ezzard Farms behind the Tiger Mountain Vineyards combined good food, good music, and good friends to make an enjoyable Saturday. Perfect October weather and the hint of fall color greeted attendees as they climbed the hill to party beneath the oak trees. Hank Bellew and the Carmel Ridge Band and guests played great music, the silent auction provided real bargains, and the food from the various vendors was excellent.

Hank Belew and his
Carmel Ridge Band and guests.

We were particularly pleased that Sandy Lyndon sang her lovely composition that reminds us all of why we are fighting this unneeded, unwanted, environmentally and economically disastrous highway. Many enjoyed the tour of the Clyde Arrendale Pleasants English home, and the opportunity to see a bit of the history of this special place.

Holly Demuth, Executive Director, addressing the crowd at the
Stop I-3 picnic.

The Board of Directors wishes to thank each of you who attended as well as all who helped in so many ways to make the party a success. We estimate 125 to 150 people attended and over $1500 was raised to help with expenses for Stop I-3. If you were unable to attend, we invite you to add your donation. As Stop I-3 expands its mission to promote sustainable transportation practices, while protecting the unique heritage and environment of the Southern Appalachians, we need help from all of you.

Lucy Bartlett
Chair, Stop I-3 Board of Directors


Thank You to All!

Appreciation for major donations of food from: The Dillard House (Dillard), The Fortune House (Tiger), Grapes and Beans (Clayton), Tallulah Gorge Grill (Tallulah Falls), Tomlin Barbeque and Catering (Rabun Gap). Also thanks to individuals who prepared coleslaw, pound cakes, brownies, and other delectibles...and to those who brought bright flowers!

And our thanks to all generous contributors to our silent auction: Babbling Brook Log Cabin Rentals (Clarkesville), Bags by Karyn (Helen), Baker Place Originals Jewelry (Asheville, N.C.), David Goldhagen's Art Glass Studio (Hayesville, N.C.), Killearn, Inc./Kingwood Golf Club and Resort (Clayton), Lee Johnson Galleries (Clayton), The Old Sautee Store (Sautee-Nacoochee), Sherwood Enterprises (Cumming), Sunny Side Studio (Lakemont), Tekakwitha, American Indian Tribal Arts (Helen), Tiger Mountain Vineyards (Tiger)...and additional treasures: map by Hugh (Asheville, N.C.), collector printed feed sacks from Janie (Tiger), chutney by Joe, photos by Skip (Tiger) and a John Kollock print from Ted (Sautee).

Special thanks to George Sloan of george sloan productions for videotaping our event for his Channel 4 show, "Art in the Mountains!"

Last but far from least, bows to Hank Bellew and his Carmel Ridge Band who provided delightful music as well as inspiring words focused on preserving our Appalachian mountains and heritage as well as to Sandy Lyndon who composed and sang a beautiful, inspiring song to remind us of why we're doing this work, what's important in our lives and those of our families.


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