Friends of New Echota (FONE) will host the first annual Three Sisters Dinner and Auction to benefit New Echota State Historic Site Saturday, August 13 at The Velo Vineyard in Calhoun. Doors open at 5:00p.m. for social hour and review of auction items. The dinner buffet will begin at 6:00p.m., and auction and giveaways begin at 6:30p.m. Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 after August 5. Tickets are available from any FONE board member and at New Echota.
Native Americans devised the ingenious Three Sisters garden, a method whereby corn, beans and squash plants are grown together in a mutually beneficial arrangement. Tall corn provides stalks for climbing beans, while squash spreads across the ground shading out the weeds. Not only do these plants grow well together, they provide complete nutrition. These three – corn, beans, and squash – will provide the basis for the Three Sisters Dinner. “The Three Sisters are symbolic of Cherokee culture and we hope this event becomes an annual fundraiser to support educational programming at New Echota State Historic Site,” said Donna Myers, President of FONE.
The highlight of the dinner is an auction to benefit the Historic Site. Many of the auction items are one-of-a-kind collector’s items donated by Cherokee and local artisans. However, there will be something for everyone’s budget during the evening with a live auction, silent auction and giveaways.
“The staff and I are very appreciative of those who provide critical support to help maintain the New Echota Historic Site,” David Gomez, Site Manager, said. “Along with a strong increase in the number of visitors and money generated, the success of FONE has produced an increase in new advocates that will return to New Echota and other State Historic Sites and provide a strong political voice for us in today‘s economic climate and in the future. The special events and interpretive efforts sponsored by our Friends organization have been some of the best ever held at New Echota. We look forward to the success of this inaugural Three Sisters Dinner and Auction.”
Some of the items available to be auctioned or given away during the evening include:
- Original painting by watercolor artist Billy Mack Steele
- Two-night stay at a State Park Lodge
- Baskets made by local artisans
- Original framed photography
- Spa makeover
- Handmade lap quilt
FONE’s Board of Directors would like to thank The Velo Vineyard and Wall Street Catering for co-sponsoring this event. Our success would not be possible without their generous support.
Friends of New Echota State Historic Site (FONE), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was formed in 2009 to assist the site staff to carry out the mission and to reach the goals of the Georgia State Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites (PRHS) Division of the Department of Natural Resources. FONE assists the site manager with planning, organizing, and implementing special events and projects. FONE also promotes public awareness and public support of and involvement in New Echota State Historic Site.