FOL meeting features entertainer, celebration

By Derik Vanderford dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

January 30, 2014

UNION — The annual meeting of the Friends of the Library will include a guest speaker and celebrate the donation of a building.

The Friends of the Library (FOL) will hold its annual meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Fellowship Hall of Grace United Methodist Church.

The FOL is a group of community members who support, promote and extend the services of the Union County Carnegie Library. Annually, the group holds a special meeting — featuring a cultural program — to install library board officers. This year’s meeting will feature guest speaker Philip Cheney.

Cheney — a folk singer who resides in Anderson — has performed for audiences for over 40 years, and he is a member of the South Carolina Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau. At the upcoming FOL meeting, Cheney will perform one several historical and cultural shows in his repertoire entitled “Ballads, Songs, and Stories of the Southern Appalachians.” Dressed in overalls and hat, Cheney will present traditional tales and songs while accompanying himself on guitar and five-string banjo.

In addition to Cheney’s performance, the FOL meeting will also include a special presentation to Tug Carter and Art Sutton, who recently donated the former Green’s Salvage building, located at 128 E. Main St., Union, to the FOL.

Tugart Properties, LLC, based in Toccoa, Ga., donated the building which measures over 5,000 square feet. The company is owned by Carter and Sutton, who purchased the property in 2001 from the late C.B. Jeter and Provident Community Bank. Carter and Sutton were the spearheads and financial backers of the first Boogaloo Folklife production, “Turn the Washpot Down.”

Sutton is best known locally as the owner/operator of WBCU Radio from 1993-2005. In 2001, he and Carter built Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting Companies, a group of 15 radio stations, which they continue to operate from their home base in Toccoa.

Sutton commented about their choice to donate to the FOL.

“Ed and Dot Osborne, who owned WBCU when I came to Union, were passionate supporters of the Union County Carnegie Library and were leaders in the first large expansion project in the 1980s, so it seems appropriate we could provide this building in memory of their support — for not just the library but the entire Union County community,” Sutton said. “We hope the Friends are able to take this opportunity to provide even greater financial and community support for the Library.”

Those who are interested in joining the Friends of the Library may do so at the annual meeting or stop by the Union County Carnegie Library to pick up a membership envelope. Additional information including membership levels can be found online by visiting www.unionlibrary.org and selecting the “Friends” tab on the bar at the top of the page.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234.