Tallassee Now! - Events, memories and community | News
French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss pointed out that while science takes structure and builds events, mythology (our faith system) takes events and builds structure. Unfortunately, his statement is very difficult to understand. We tend to minimize or destroy the things we don’t understand. Let me make it clearer.
The Tallassee Community Development Corporation is struggling to build a community structure with events. The Veterans Day celebrations were important events in Tallassee. Numerous World War II Veterans gathered at Southside Middle School last Thursday for a magnificent celebration. Veterans were honored at the Senior Center on Friday, and recognized at Friday night’s football game. On Saturday, the CDC assisted Post 5035 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in a successful Tailgate fund-raiser. Mayor Bobby Payne his bride Mary Carol, showed their support by dropping by and making purchases. The Sons of the Confederate Veterans put on the Battle for the Armory event that day. At the Friday night football event, Tallassee advanced in the play-offs, conjuring up memories of Hot O’Brien but building memories for the players.
This Saturday—November 17th—the Prom Committee will be working to build beautiful memories for THS Juniors and Seniors. To enable Juniors and Seniors to build beautiful memories of a prom, the CDC will be assisting the Prom Committee in a fund-raiser, selling briskets, Boston butts, ribs, camp stew, and sandwiches, and at the same time bringing people into Downtown Tallassee.
On Sunday, the community will be celebrating Thanksgiving in a special worship service at East Tallassee Baptist Church. The Kingdom of God is built on a series of events that really happened. Memory of events builds the structure of community. Children of Israel were instructed to teach their children to remember the meaning of the Passover. It is not just events that build structure; it is the collective memory of the events.
The ACTS Ministry is part of the structure of Tallassee, providing meaningful support to those in need. On Saturday, November 24th, the CDC will be assisting ACTS with a Tailgate fund-raiser in Downtown, promoting Tallassee while helping ACTS prepare for Christmas in Tallassee.
The Tailgate season for 2012 will end December 1st with a fund-raiser for McCraney-Cottle Arts Council. It will coincide with the Chamber’s Christmas Parade. The McCraney-Cottle Arts Council sponsors many memorable events during the course of a year. The Community Development Corporation works directly and indirectly with many events in Tallassee. Perhaps this short article helps to explain what Claude Lévi-Strauss means with his statement that events build structure! We build the structure of our community with events.
Events build powerful memories. So, this weekend, let’s begin to build memories for those who will enjoy the Prom. Let’s give them something to talk about at their 50th Reunion in 2062. In the process, let’s build a community that they will be proud of--that will employ them, entertain them, and be a great place for them to raise families of their own!
Information Source: Tallassee Community Development Corporation