With an egg hunt, authors' presentation and museum exhibit transpiring in Euharlee, Katie Gobbi is delighted to help showcase the city to various audiences.
"This is an exciting time in Euharlee," Gobbi said. "We have … nicer weather on the horizon and a lot of things coming up.
"As the director of the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum, I help to plan and promote the programs at the museum with the volunteers and members of the Euharlee Historical Society," she said, adding she is employed by the city of Euharlee, which operates the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum in partnership with the Euharlee Historical Society. "The Euharlee city staff work together as a team to host many of our community events. Each of these events has an appeal to various members of our local community and visitors. Whether you are interested in our history or want to have fun as a family, our programs are here to serve that purpose. All of these are free and open to the public — it can’t get much better than that."
Presented by the city of Euharlee, the Euharlee Egg Hunt take place Saturday at Joe Cowan Park, 100 Euharlee Five Forks Road. Geared to children 11 and younger, the event's activities will start at 10 a.m. with the hunt following at 11 a.m.
"The Euharlee Egg Hunt has been hosted by [the] city for several years," Gobbi said. "The police department staff have headed it in the past and have been very helpful in the preparation this year. We think it is important to hold events that our community can enjoy — we have Food Truck Friday and festivals — and this is another opportunity for families with children to come out and have a great experience.
"We have activities before the hunt, including a bounce house, face painting, a fire truck and the Easter bunny. There will be free hot dogs [for] the children while supplies last, and Italian ice available for purchase."
Book lecture and signing
On April 7, Adairsville authors Danny and Wanda Pelfrey will deliver a presentation to attendees of the Euharlee Historical Society's spring quarterly meeting.
"When his first book was published several years ago, Danny Pelfrey spoke in Euharlee," Gobbi said. "Now that he and his wife have [released] several more, Betty Jane Tilley, EHS program chair, thought it was a great opportunity to have them back and speak to EHS and visitors. The Pelfreys are from Adairsville, and their stories have a local twist that EHS thinks many will find interesting."
The program will start at 10 a.m. and feature a light brunch at the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum.
"I will talk a little about our journey as writers — how we got started, how it became a passion, and the breaks and barriers that led us to where we are," Danny Pelfrey said. "Of course, I will put special emphasis on the creation of the Davis Morgan series and 'Life in Adairsville,' which was published in 2015."
Released in December 2017 by CrossLink Publishing, “On Level Ground” is the third book in the Pelfreys' Davis Morgan mystery series.
"After writing nonfiction for a while, I began to wonder if I could do fiction — if I could write natural dialogue," Pelfrey said. "I had for a long time been fascinated with a true story from Adairsville about little 'Dixie Adair,' the infant found alive, buried in a shallow grave beside the Dixie Highway near Adairsville — thus her name. That true story was the seed from which the first book came. I was hooked and fell in love with my characters and have for a long time loved Adairsville, where the story is set.
"That first effort just naturally grew into a series. 'On Level Ground' is a continuation of the development of the relationship of several characters, which stretches throughout the four-book series. The mystery story in each comes out of some historical fact, standing alone, not dependent on the previous book. The mystery in 'On Level Ground,' though in a contemporary setting, [stems] from events in the life of early 20th century Bartow County author Corra Harris. It has been described as a story of suspense about finding direction and accepting God’s will."
Along with their presentation, the Pelfreys will sign copies of their latest works, and their Davis Morgan books and "Life in Adairsville" also will be available for attendees to purchase.
In addition to obtaining Pelfreys' books online at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com, they are available locally at Bartow History Museum's gift shop in Cartersville and three Adairsville locations: General Store & Mercantile, Peacock [Junction Antique Mall] and the 1902 Stock Exchange.
King family exhibit
Titled “The Life and Work of the Horace King Family," the exhibit will be displayed in the Euharlee History Museum through April 29. Sponsored by the Euharlee Historical Society, the exhibit was installed last month.
"We often get questions about the covered bridge — and about the individuals who constructed it," Gobbi said. "Horace King did not build our bridge, but he taught Washington — his son who built [it] — the craft. The family has a compelling history. Horace King was born into slavery in 1807, and his family was comprised of prolific and successful master builders during and after the Civil War. One of my favorite details is about the work done on the Fort Gaines bridge in Georgia. Horace constructed it in 1868, and both Washington and his son Earnest were separately contracted to do repair work on the bridge in 1888 and 1913, respectively. This skill was passed down through the generations and was able to instill the legacy of the family in our history ..."
Along with an image of the Fort Gaines bridge, the exhibit also contains various items highlighting craftsmanship of King and his family.
"The exhibit entails prints of photographs and historic documents detailing the lives and work of the family," Gobbi said. "There are also pieces of the Euharlee bridge to provide tangible examples of the construction. My favorite photograph is that of the Fort Gaines bridge.
"I hope that visitors will learn about the King family and take away an appreciation for the breadth of their contributions during that period in history."
Located at 33 Covered Bridge Road, the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.
For more information about the King exhibit, egg hunt and EHS program, contact Gobbi at 770-607-2017 or visit www.euharleehistory.org.