What I found in Carrollton, GA

May 19, 2023


I'm not picky about much (ha-ha), but I am selective about the groups I speak to.  I want to know they are the kind of people I'd like to be with and that I would support their causes. I hit the jackpot with The Community Foundation of West Georgia and their Power of the Purse luncheon. I felt at home the moment I sloshed through the pouring rain and found women smiling and laughing as if it was the sunniest day of the year. I was with my people.

First of all, they told me our event would be held in their School Performing Arts Center. "Oh, an old school building. How quaint that will be." But, ummm,  as I turned into the parking lot, I pulled over to double check my directions. It was the most gorgeous county school building I've ever seen. The inside held a beautiful auditorium and several meeting rooms. Our group of about 100 ladies filled the luncheon area. 

The Power of the Purse raises funds to benefit women and children's issues throughout their area.  I said the women all brought different gifts to blend together like a beautiful quilt. I also sang a few bars of an Elvis song. (You had to be there). Wait . . . did I say "Quilt?"

Carrollton, GA just happens to be the home of the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum. The director of the Museum happened to be at the luncheon. "Sorry, we're closed on Wednesdays." (sad face from me). "Don't worry, I have a key and will be there after lunch. Stop by and see me." (private tour? Yay!!!). Back through the rain I ran. 

The quilt images above should open to full size if you click them.

Joanna Browning, Director of Operations, is a wealth of knowledge about the art and history of quilting and showed me the latest exhibits as well as the classroom where children and adults learn the process of creating quilts. I wasn't surprised when Joanna told me people travel from all over the country to visit the museum and Power of the Purse has actually helped fund some of the class supplies. 

Although I wanted to stay longer and explore their beautiful downtown, the rain grew stronger, so I headed home. The photo below is from their website, proving they really do have sunny days, which is what I'll aim for on my next visit. There are so many good things to do in Carrollton, that I can't wait to return. 

Many thanks to the wonderful women who planned, prepared and attended the luncheon. Your city is fabulous and it's all because of hard working groups like the Community Foundation and Power of the Purse. 

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