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Donna Summerall: Busy, busy, busy

March 2, 2013

I have to be totally honest and say that sometimes I’m at a loss for something to do. It doesn’t happen often, or not often enough. This week was not one. I spent almost every morning at the high school taking pictures of the kids for the anti-bullying campaign. I thought it was a great way to make kids think about how they treat one another. I was very pleased that Principal Mario Willis asked me to come and was so gracious in helping me find the right kids. I had a good time with students.
I spent an afternoon with Rev. Quincy Patterson and Shelia Fair talking about Spring Break Day for the kids. These two people are putting so much of themselves into a special day for area children. Spring Break Day will once again be at the East side of town at the fairgrounds and recreation center. They are bringing the love of God to every child who comes to Spring Break Day.
It is always great to talk with Richard Ramsey to find out how the expanded Howlin’ Wolf Black Prairie Blues Museum is coming along. I know few people who are as passionate about keeping the work and memory of someone alive who is not a member of their family. You can’t help but feel his enthusiasm and be filled with it yourself while he shows precious mementos, photos, albums that have roots deep into this town and the birth of American music. When he achieves his dream for the museum I truly think everyone will be amazed.
The ladies from the West Point Arts Council had me running all over town taking photos of local merchants who are going to be hosting the work of different artists during the Art Walk on April 13. The air is buzzing with enthusiasm about the Art Walk. Cathy Dyess introduced me to several local artists who will have their work on display. I was introduced to some business owners I had not met and visited their downtown shops. It is amazing how much downtown West Point has to offer. We still have more photos to take and more people to talk to. Cathy may be tired of me before we get everything done.
Maybe some people sneer at our small Southern town. That we have no taste, no culture, no understanding of the finer things. I saw this week that West Point is overflowing with talented artists and those who wish to spotlight them in their endeavours, people who appreciate the origins of music and want to share the experiences of a lifetime with everyone, those who wish to show our young people the path to righteousness and people who want to show our kids how to think of others and their feelings. All these things that I saw in just a normal week make our town somewhere really special to live.

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