GumTree Winter Daze

Hello Friends!

We have had such a busy winter so far!!!… and by the looks of our crazy Mississippi winter .. spring seems to be a distant promise.   We are wrapping up loose ends after our fun and fabulous “Blue Tie Affair”.  The evening, by all accounts, was a success.  They came, they danced, they ate delicious food, drank delicious drinks, and partied the night away.  We had a tremendous turn out of 145 people, and I want to give a heart felt thank you to each and everyone that played a roll in the success of our largest fundraiser.  The more time I spend at GumTree the more I realize how much these events are truly dependent on the giving nature of our community and our volunteers.  I also will admit that I so often took for granted the whole motto  “Tupelo is a great place to live.. we have so much to offer.. and on and on”  That we DO!… but I never stopped to realize the work, the volunteer hours and the level of commitment it takes by concerned citizens to create this homegrown, hometown feeling that we so dearly love.  Kudos to you all!  The smallest gestures did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.  It really does “Take a Village to Raise a Museum”.

But, alas, in Museum land the world doesn’t stop turning or take a break.  We are on to new horizons.  February is an action packed month.  I do think it is the month to fall in LOVE with art.  We have some very special dates, one of which is the “Remembering Julia” event on February 26 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  This event honors Mrs. Julia Blakey, and her gracious spirit.  Julia Blakey was a civic minded volunteer like no other, and for those who were fortunate enough to know her, she was much loved and respected.  We honor her memory by bringing two organizations she cared deeply about together; Salvation Army’s Empty Bowls & GumTree Museum of Art.  Whether you knew her or not, you are invited and welcomed… as Julia would have most definitely insisted.  She was no frills, no fuss, and open arms to all.

all my best,


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