The desk set, consisting of a pen, letter opener and magnifying glass, were all turned from wood from a wild cherry tree that once stood on Chilhowee Mountain in Blount County. It’s another of my contributions to the silent auction for the Front Page Follies, which is happening in a couple of weeks.
The presentation box is made of the same cherry, and the top has a bit of Blount County walnut on it.
The Front Page Follies is the annual musical revue and roast of politicians and events from the previous year. It is sponsored by the East Tennessee chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and raises money for scholarships for journalism students at the University of Tennessee and Pellissippi State.
This year’s Follies is set for June 11, 2016.
The Follies always honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to journalism in East Tennessee, and this year’s honoree is Jean Ash.
I have many friends involved with the Front Page Follies including David Lauver, who writes much of the script and many of the songs, Jean Ash, Georgiana Vines, Mark Harmon, Vince Staten, Susan Barnes and others. I’m always honored that they ask me to make a a contribution.
The Follies is operated by the Front Page Foundation.
Part 1 of my contributions was posted a couple of days ago, and I’ll post Part 3 soon.