So, about a Day in the Country 2020 …
Remember the beautiful entrance to last year’s Day in the Country? Now look to the far left of the picture – remember that guy? Looking back, it’s starting to seem like that purple, wacky, waving, wailing, inflatable tube-man was a bit of foreshadowing as to how the next Day in the Country would be – WACKY!
This year’s Day in the Country is on, but will be very different. As Ben put it, more of a “taste of the country”.
We want to share a brief overview with all of our fellow parishioners of what to expect this year. Day in the Country 2020 will be virtual, meaning that we will still make the staples (breads, jams, jellies, sauces, 11 egg cakes, gumbo, red beans & rice, as well as adding smoked meats) and you can buy them TODAY at adayinthecountry.org! Folks must complete pre-orders (with payment included) by a certain date so that the volunteers will have plenty of time to prepare. A fellow parishioner, Marshall Ramsey, has graciously offered to provide the art for the t-shirts which will also be available for purchase by the public. The Silent Auction, including a few items from the Chapel Attic, will continue virtually as well.
Throughout the actual pick-up day (October 10, 2020) there will be a line-up, if you will, of different musicians playing as our guests ride through our beautiful campus grounds with their windows down. We will be sending out forms soon for you to sign up in the areas you wish to donate your time for our virtual Day in the Country.
Lauren and Russell Bain, 2020 Chairs
A Day in the Country is an annual community festival held on the Chapel grounds the first Saturday in October. It draws more than 10,000 visitors annually with families enjoying food, music, artisans, crafts, tours of the Chapel, beer and wine tasting, the famous 63-Egg Cake, and children’s games and rides.
A Day in the Country was born in 1979 out of the necessity to restore the nineteenth century Chapel before it was forever lost to decay and vandalism. The Department of the Interior offered a $50,000 grant to assist in the restoration of the church which was listed on the National Historic Register. The congregation had to match the grant, so the festival was created. In recent years, proceeds have gone for various servant ministries as well as ongoing maintenance of the historic building.
Many thanks to our friends at Mississippi Public Broadcasting for allowing us to share this segment from “Mississippi Roads” about a Day in the Country!
And here is another segment from “Mississippi Roads” about our Gravediggers Guild, as well as Day in the Country!
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Vendors will not be part of a Day in the Country 2020. Watch this page for more information about this year’s event.