NGS Conference – Pig Pickn’

I was recently talking to some North Carolina folks about the Pig Pickin’ dinner offered through the NGS Conference.  I was told it was an event to attend and that North Carolinians really knew how throw a barbeque.  I was worried since I am quite allergic to pork but after reading the menu description I found that the menu consisted of pork, fish (another allergy), and chicken!.  Sides include fried okra, mac and cheese, collard greens, hush puppies, rolls, cornbread, and desserts!  They also have a vegetarian option for those that request it during registration.  I happily have signed up for the dinner.

Also at the Pig Pickn’ will be an award winning bluegrass band called The Grass Cats.  Artisans will have their wares for sale.  So far there will be a glass blower, goat soap maker, wooden bowls, painter, glass blower, metal worker, tinsmith and so much more.

The cost of the outing is $45 which includes round trip transportation, food. and the entertainment.  All and all, a wonderful price for all that is included.  I am happy that I chose to go back into my registration and add this wonderful event.  Additional information about the event may be found on the NGS site, the registration brochure and the NGS blog.  Hope to see you there!
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Leo Otis Clark 1942-2017

My Uncle Leo “Otis” Clark passed away 10 March 2017.  My Dad is now the only surviving child of  Otis Elmer Clark and Ruby Pearl Poundstone.  Uncle Odie and the Clark family from Stonington has suffered many losses in the family.  In 1968, Bruce Wyman Clark, older brother of Otis, was murdered.  The sheriff took my cousin William Damery and my Uncle Otis into custody for interrogation for the murder. The sheriff played one against the other – hurt feelings ran rapid and the family was divided.  After many years William and Otis discovered what the Sheriff had done and went about repairing their relationship.  In 2009 the real killer of Bruce was arrested and convicted of his murder.  Otis and William both monitored the courtroom during the trial.  Grandpa Otis had before his death had forgiven Bruce’s killer.  Many other family members struggled with their feelings when John Joynt was arrested forty years later.  My greatest hope is that Uncle Otis is now in the care of heaven where he can meet up with his brothers, sisters, parents, my daughter, and other family members.  Saturday we will honor our dear Uncle.  Here are a few pictures from his life.

Otis and his dog

1952 Bruce, Odie, Kent Clark

Odies school picture 
Odie and Uncle Julius

Leo Otis (seated) and MaryEllen Clark
Lloyd and Lorraine Clark. March 2017

Otis age 15