Wednesday, December 23

It's a Boy!

Mary Beth Lasseter and her husband, Ned Mitchell, welcomed David Allen Mitchell into the world (Vicksburg, MS, to be specific) on December 18. He was 7 lbs, 15 oz., 21" long. Looking forward to seeing him at the Symposium next year...until then, congrats Mary Beth! We celebrate with truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Tuesday, December 22


CARTS, a national teachers’ newsletter published by City Lore and Local Learning and edited by Amanda Dargan and Paddy Bowman, welcomes the submission of articles for its 2010 foodways issue, with special guest editor MakalĂ© Faber-Cullen.

Started in 1996, the CARTS (Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students) Newsletter highlights the people, places, and traditions that turn our communities into classrooms. As folklorists, we employ ethnographic tools to engage educators and students in exploring cultural expressions, uncovering personal traditions and knowledge, and meaningfully connecting classrooms with communities.

For the 2010 issue, we seek contributors who can share specific projects demonstrating how the study of foodways contributes to student learning across the curriculum. And beyond study, how involvement in food growing, harvesting, preparation, presentation, and eating contributes to student development. We are looking for stories, from both land and sea.

Submission Guidelines. Inquiries and questions are welcome prior to submission. Send them to our 2010 Outfielder aka our Guest Editor, MakalĂ© Faber-Cullen ( with “CARTS” in the subject line. Authors, if you’d like to submit your foodways-themed article directly, instructions are below. Deadline for COMPLETED submissions is March 29, 2010.

Tuesday, December 8

Tragic Fire for Carter Fold

Tragically, a fire destroyed the home of Rita Forrester this weekend and claimed the life of her husband, Bob Forrester. A link to the local news story is here.

Support is desperately needed to uplift and help the Forrester family at this time. An account has been set up by friends and supporters for your donations. No amount is too small in this time of need for this family. Please send contributions to:
The Rita Janette Forrester Fund
c/o BB&T Bank
110 Gateway Plaza
Gate City, Virginia 24251

As SFA members may remember, the Forrester's welcomed us to the Carter Fold this summer for our annual field trip, and shared their stories with us for an oral history project.