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Fill up at the Greenwood Art Show

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, April 7, 2012

Beans and cornbread – one of the most basic meals, but some would argue it’s the best.

Greenwood Masonic Lodge 779 AF & AM has served a free beans and cornbread lunch at the Greenwood Art Show since it started 13 years ago. This year’s event is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14, at the pavilion in Greenwood.

BEANS ARE ON - Greenwood Masonic Lodge 779 AF & AM has served a free beans and cornbread lunch at the Greenwood Art Show since it started 13 years ago. This year's event is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Junior Warden Tom Goode said the lodge has provided lunch all these years as a community service.

“It also lets people know who we are,” he said. “If they want to look in the building or go upstairs, they can. It’s a way to be involved in the community.”

Goode said the lodge has a collection of photos that includes a picture of every Past Master since the lodge was founded in 1895.

Lunch is usually served beginning “around 11:30 or noon,” but “if someone comes by at 11 and wants a bowl of beans, and they’re ready … we’ll give’em a bowl of beans.”

Goode has been a Mason for 22 years, and he said he enjoys the show because it’s a chance to visit with old friends.

“You get to meet a lot of good people, and people born and raised there often come in for it,” he said. “And it’s good to see them.”

This year’s show will feature the work of woodcarver Charlie Cole and his sons, who practice flint knapping, as well as the artwork of Bill Lester, carver and knife maker.

Jodie and Anne Marie Wells will also display their artwork, and Robert England will show his carvings. Conda Goode will have a quilt display.

“It’s really more of a show-and-tell,” said organizer Dale Burks. “Nothing is for sale, but there are door prizes.”

If it rains, the show will move to the Fire Hall.

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