"Let it be said of the country people from whom I come, and whose heirs are
everywhere 'Down East,' as of Agee's now famous men and women, that they
have worked too hard and endured too much ever to be forgotten. Documenting
their lives was an obligation and an honor; the quality of their suffering
sustains me, even as I am forever shamed for the awful and pervading
differences in our lives."
-- from "The Way It Was, the Way It Still Is: Documenting My own Life in a Tenant Farmer's Family," North Carolina Literary Review, summer 1992:181
Gathering to be held at the R.A. Fountain General Store on 11 June 2005
2-7 p.m. Including dinner: eastern NC barbecue, cole slaw, potatoes, Brunswick stew, iced tea, & homemade desserts.
On June 11, friends of Linda and admirers of her work will gather at R.A. Fountain for a day of remembering and celebrating the life and work of our good friend.
We'll start the afternoon off at about 2 p.m. with an open reading from Linda's work, followed by our collective recollections of her life.
Dinner will feature a Brunswick stew by Henry "Pot" Bailey, who'll cook on site in an iron pot, stirring his stew with an oar and serving it with a gourd dipper.
At 7:30, R.A. Fountain will host a bluegrass show and concert by the Triangle-based White Pine Hollow, whom we hope will be celebrating the release of their debut CD. They are an outstanding band, and though none of its members knew Linda, their performance will be a fine way to continue our celebration of Linda's life.
We hope with this event to accomplish much more than bringing together many of those for whom knowing Linda is a common link. This web page will remain dedicated to her life and work, and we invite all who read it to help us fill this cyberspace with poetry, prose, art and photographs that will keep Linda alive in our world.
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