Southern Traditions Reflect A Love of Family


Many times, I've heard how the traditions of the South reflect only the ugliness of a past many want to forget or rewrite. Yet, after having lived in Georgia for nearly twenty years, I can say I have found far too many things there are to celebrate, especially the festivals.



Period costumes worn by men and women hosting these events take the viewer immediately back to that time.



Visitors often have the opportunity to observe crafts such as
Basket weaving



Woodworking




Sweet tea, cornbread, and hush puppies aside, there are events around every Southern town year round, to look back and never forget what our past ways. These are a coming together of the community, a way to celebrate both the good and bad of our history.


Heritage Days, a festival conducted during the fall of each year is more than a celebration of the past. It's also for the present, and the future.

For two hours, visitors are treated to that famous Southern barbecue, done right there on the grounds of Marsh House.

There is one of the biggest attractions - barbecue done right there on the grounds!







What would those barbecued ribs or brisket be without any of the other Southern food traditions such as:
Cornbread


Sweet Tea



And Hush Puppies



Music plays a huge part of our Southern traditions, almost as important as the food. The preferred music are the old songs, the rich melodies that praise the birth of a Savior.


One of these rich festivals is the backdrop for An Ordinary House. This story appears in both the print and e-book editions of Mystery Times Ten 2013.




A curse brought about by a shallow, bigoted ancestor for refusing the hand of a French Creole man in 1838, and then keeping his ring haunts Kylie Swanson. To enable her family to gain access to the ancestral home, Kylie must find the ring, as no Swanson woman can enter without being caught between the living and non-living. But Kylie is busy with an annual festival, and can't think of anything else, until someone entices her mama to go inside Delilah's House. Now, Kylie, and her guy, Michel, must find the ring, so she can return it to him, as he is one of the last of Henri DuBlucet's ancestors. Can Kylie do this, and all else expected of her, before the sun sets and her mama is doomed to stay in the house until another member of her family steps forth and vows to break the curse.
KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.


Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Six anthologies feature other short stories. She has three books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, Where U @, The Wrong One, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Who Am I?, Grace, and Secret From The Flames.


Please come back next week, when we'll talk about another of my books, Grace. 

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