Member Appreciation Day, November 6th
Cold but sunny weather greeted the hardy individuals who attended the first Friends of Historic Rosedale Member Appreciation Day. Ample refreshments were provided by our Membership Committee chaired by Margaret Glover Schrimsher. Heaters generously on loan from The Comet Grill along with a roaring fire in our Pavilion fireplace (the first!) helped to spread warmth among the attendees. Garden Tours and an overview of our Haunted History program were provided by staff. We offer a huge thank you to Andrea Mumm, Charlotte Symphony harpist, who donated her time and talent to provide amazing music for the afternoon.
The day ended with the dedication of the Ann and Jim Williams Lending Library. The Library honors the Williams’ many contributions to Historic Rosedale. Members may borrow books and the general public may utilize books on site. Relevant book donations will be accepted and greatly appreciated. We were fortunate to have all three of the Williams’ children, Jim, Doug, and Scotty Reiss, present. It was a nice opportunity to express memories of Ann and Jim. Additionally, a wonderful “reunion” of sorts happened when Rosedale Board Member and MHA Docent Co-Chair Barbara Jackson took photos holding hands with the Williams children. The cover of Anne’s book “The Uncommon Bond of Julia and Rose “, features Ann and Barbara grasping hands; it was special to see the Williams children and Barbara recreating this moment.