Bicentennial planners adding fund raisers
Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 9:01 pm
By: Kevin Bowden, Staff Reporter
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Organizers of the 200th anniversary of Reelfoot Lake are continuing to plan the bicentennial celebration and have added a few new elements to their plans.
The bicentennial committee met Monday afternoon and a discussion of various fund-raising efforts dominated the meeting.
Plans have been finalized for an online auction of artist Frank Baggett’s painting. The painting is valued at $5,000 and will be auctioned online with a $2,500 minimum bid.
Baggett’s painting will be one of several donated items that will be auctioned to help finance bicentennial events. His painting is expected to be auctioned online in May.
All the items that are being offered will be featured on the new Reelfoot Bicentennial’s Facebook page and on the Reelfoot Tourism Council’s website — www.reelfoottourism.com.
Other items that will be auctioned off include a hand-thrown pottery bowl and a Tennessee state flag, both of which have already been donated to the committee.
It was revealed at Mon-day’s meeting the committee has raised $950.
Another fund raiser planned by the committee is moving forward with the planned acquisition of 30 Sabin images that have been ordered from the state archives. The images are expected within the next few weeks and will be used on postcards that will be offered through the bicentennial committee.
Also, local artist David Flood has provided a copy of his donated bicentennial logo to the Sewing Room in Hornbeak, which is applying the logo to special T-shirts and caps for the bicentennial. A commemorative quilt featuring lake scenes is also being created by the Sewing Room and is expected to be auctioned this fall.
The committee discussed several other developments taking place in connection with the bicentennial celebration, including a proposal that would create a pictorial postmark for the bicentennial, a planned primitive campout at the lake and fliers and brochures promoting the celebration.
The bicentennial committee will meet again at 1 p.m. April 25 at the Reelfoot Tourism Council’s office on Highway 22.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at kmbowden @ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 3.29.11