The Pike Road Kiwanis Club sells Christmas decorations to fund scholarships for Pike Road students.
Two ornaments created by Pike Road artist Bruce Brannen will be available during the holidays and at community events. This is the second year of the Kiwanis Ornament Project, which also helps preserve the history of the community.
“The 2021 ornament represents the historic Marks House, owned by the Bartlett family. The family allows the Community Club and the Pike Road Civic Club to maintain the house as a venue for community activities such as the Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair, ”said Sandy Cowen, President of the Kiwanis Club. . “The Ornamental Art Series is an opportunity to have a piece of history, each telling a story about our community. This is especially sentimental for longtime residents like myself who know firsthand the importance of each site depicted on each year’s ornament and will help teach newcomers to Pike Road an important story they are not yet aware of.
The 2021 etched glass ornament features Brannen’s design of the Marks House, which was built circa 1825 by William Mathews Marks. The house has been preserved by the late Dr Haywood ‘Woody’ Bartlett. The house was used as the setting for Truman Capote’s film “The Thanksgiving Visitor” in 1967.
Ornaments are available for $ 20 each at Buttermilk Farmhouse, Local and Bloom Gift Shop, Cara’s Trattoria, Feed Lot in Pike Road, and Meraki Salon in Montgomery.
Members of the Kiwanis Club will sell the ornaments at the Open House on First Thursday at the Water House Gallery in Pike Road on December 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and at the Pike Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Road to Town Hall on December 3 at 5:30 pm Anyone wishing an ornament delivered can call Phil Rawls at 334-303-1579.
Cowen said the Kiwanis Club is in the second year of a 10-year adornment series featuring Brannen’s work. Brannen is well known for his drawings of historic Pike Road sites, cowboy art, and western performances on the 2B Ranch Wild West Show.
The Pike Road Kiwanis Club was established in the fall of 2019 and is looking to increase its current membership by 17 people.
“We welcome and actively recruit and invite anyone interested in joining Kiwanis to join us,” said Cowen. “We welcome the new members. We will contact those interested in becoming a member of Pike Road Kiwanis when they are contacted via our community Facebook page or who join us on the first and third Tuesday during our lunch meetings at Cuco’s restaurant in Chantilly.
The 2020 ornament featured Brannen’s design from the John Hall store. Some of the 2020 ornaments remain available for $ 15 each at Buttermilk Farmhouse and by calling Rawls. Proceeds from the sale of ornaments will provide scholarships for high school students in Pike Road schools.
Cowen said the scholarships promote Kiwanis’ goals. “The main goal of the Kiwanis organization is to meet the needs of children in our community. This includes facilitating and providing activities that ultimately influence their abilities to feel their value and contributions in their community, state, country and the world, ”she said.