UNION — The Fair Forest Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution met on Tuesday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. The meeting was called to order by Mrs. Margret McCarley, Regent. There followed the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States, the American’s Creed, and the salute to the flag of South Carolina. Mrs. Jane Owenby gave the devotional and prayer.
Mrs. McCarley welcomed our guests, Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, Mrs. Vickie Shields, Mrs. Martha Girz, and her daughter, Miss Katherine Smith, who is state president of the Children of the American Revolution.
Miss Smith told about her state president’s project for the 2017-18 year, which is the preservation of the Blackstock Battlefield. The battlefield is located in Union County off Highway 49 and Blackstock Road. She has three project goals: 1) Help people find the site with directional road signage; 2) Secure the park after hours with a security gate for the access road entrance to the battlefield; 3) Provide education to visitors with an educational kiosk at this important battlefield.
Mrs. Shields was introduced as the coordinator of the artisans for the Ag+Art Tour to be held in Union County on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, June 25, from 1-5 p.m. The Ag+Art Tours in South Carolina are the largest in the nation. They began in South Carolina in 2011. This year there are 11 counties participating. This is the third year for Union County.
Mrs. Elise Arrington is the overall coordinator. The tour is coordinated by Clemson Cooperative Extension Service, the Old English District, and the Catawba Farm and Food Coalition.
This year there are 6 tour sites: Fowken Farms, Jackson Farm Garden, Piedmont Physic Garden, Three Horse Milling Company, Union County Farmer’s Market, and Jonesville Veggie Patch.
There will be auxiliary sites this year. One will be the Carnegie Library, which will have activities for children.
A kickoff dinner will be held Thursday, June 22 at Main Street Junction. Tickets are $25.
One unique event this year will be a community wide art project in which anyone wishing may take part. This will be a mosaic of the Union County Tree Logo picture. The mosaic will be made using glass and other materials. There will be an art contest for students. The winners will be announced at the kickoff dinner.
The new officers for the Fair Forrest Chapter NSDAR were installed by Mrs. Jane Owenby, chaplain. They are:
• Regent — Kathleen Read
• Recording and Corresponding Secretary — Margaret McCarley
• Treasurer, Registrar, and Historian — Margie Ruff
• Chaplain and Parliamentarian — Jane Owenby.
The meeting was adjourned by Margret McCarley.