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The Grady County Historical Society’s first-ever “Tastings of Yesteryear” fundraiser will be held tomorrow night, Thursday, April 18, at the Grady County Museum and History Center.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the museum, which suffered roof damage from Hurricane Michael. The Historical Society is doubling its efforts to raise funds not only to finance building repairs but also to maintain and operate the downtown county museum.
Only 200 tickets will be sold and to check on availability call the museum at 229-377-5142. Tickets are $25 each.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and participants are urged to enter the museum through the “red” door at the front of the building. However, officials encourage those planning to attend to take advantage of the ample parking behind the museum in the city parking lots west of Broad Street.
Popular items from throughout the county’s history will be served. Participants can stop by at their leisure and enjoy the samplings and fellowship. The attire for the affair will be casual.
“Lots of food will be prepared by some of Grady County’s best cooks. It promises to be an enjoyable evening, and you will not leave this event hungry,” said organizer Yvonne Childs.
The sampling menu includes, meats: fried chicken, sausage, chicken and rice, catfish, chicken and dumplings, and Brunswick Stew; vegetables: butterbeans, black eye peas, string beans, mustard greens, and rutabagas; casseroles: squash, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole; salads: apple/raisin salad, and cabbage slaw; breads: lacy cornbread, homemade rolls, and cracklin’ bread; miscellaneous items: deviled eggs and assorted home-made pickles; and desserts: three flavors of homemade ice cream, pound cake, blueberry cobbler, blackberry cobbler, and peach cobbler. The Historical Society will also be serving sweet and unsweetened tea as well as lemonade, ice water and coffee.
Historical Society member Donna Powell will be performing throughout the evening on the 1867 vintage Mathushek square grand piano, which was a gift to the Historical Society last year from Prentiss and Patricia Mitchell.