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Celebration of Seagrove Potters gives back

Posted on 11/30/2009

In keeping with the spirit of the Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters - people of the Seagrove area working together to provide a future for their community, we applaud the following contributions that continue to give.

Mistletoe Meadows donated 3 large trees, wreaths and greenery for this year's event held at the Historic Luck's Cannery. Owner Joe Freeman says, "My NC Christmas Tree farm offers a way to build a thriving business with a positive economic future." Joe operates a retail lot on Dixie Drive in Asheboro, but the majority of the revenue generated by his acreage in Ashe County, Moore County and VA comes from wholesale business. "It's so much fun to make that personal contact with the customer...that's the heart of my business; families making lifetime memories." Seagrove potters feel the same way. It's no surprise that Joe achieved the highest honor awarded to a Christmas tree grower, in 2007 he was chosen to supply the official White House Tree.

The Mistletoe Meadows trees and greenery were decorated in an elegant, traditional fashion by Tom Williamson, owner of Flowers on Main in Troy, NC. Tom is a long-time pottery lover and collector who has volunteered to help create the décor at Celebration for the past 2 years. His inspiration was the ornamentation at the annual Catawba Valley Show, where a large number of Seagrove potters participate. It was his intention to achieve the same degree of beauty to appropriately reflect the level of professionalism that the Seagrove potters are proud to display. The trees will be re-used by the Shiloh Historical Association of Montgomery County, decorated once again by the very talented Tom.

In October 2009, Owen George, Co-founder of TreesNC, a citizen-based organization in Asheboro that emphasizes ecological stewardship and community collaboration gave two very well received presentations to the Seagrove Area Potters Association and the Seagrove Town Council. The overall theme is the formation of a new chapter of TreesNC, called Trees Seagrove. TreesNC donated trees and landscaping to the Seagrove Library in the past. This year they donated 2 live trees to help decorate the 2nd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters. The trees will be among those planted this Saturday, December 5th, 11 a.m. at the Seagrove Elementary School. States George, "Our vision is to provide support to Seagrove area residents interested in environmental service projects in their community. We are excited to partner with Modern Woodmen of America for the upcoming planting at Seagrove Elementary School. Modern Woodmen is providing both financial and volunteer support for the planting." Interested Seagrove residents can contact Owen George at 336-558-6966 or through their website www.treesnc.org.

The Celebration of Seagrove Potters is proud to partner with those whose philosophies compliment our own - people of the community working together in a positive manner to promote affirmative local change. Look for further news on the local economic impact made by the 2nd Annual Celebration of Seagrove to be released soon, with continued recognition of the many sponsors and volunteers that contribute a tremendous amount to the success of the show.

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