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Good day, Mountain Springs Community!

On Saturday, April 13, 2024 MSCC was a hopping place as vendors sold their wares, garage sellers relinquished their goods, musicians crooned, and folks visited with neighbors. Our first market of 2024 was a success, and we are happy for those who were able to participate. Appreciation goes to the crew who sold the lunches, and our musical acts, combo Doyce Whitworth and Dave Hollowell , and the Common Tators. The weather was a perfect blue-sky spring day!

The next market is Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 8am-3pm. If you are interested in becoming a vendor go to our website and fill out our Market Vendor Application with your information. Indoor space is limited and is on a first come first serve basis with approval from our market coordinator.

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Mountain Springs Reunion Cookbook and Oral History Book

Mountain Springs Books

MSCC has reprints for sale of the 1980 cookbook and The Oral History of Mountain Springs and the surrounding communities. The cookbooks are $20 and history books $25. They will be sold at each of our markets. Did you know that at one time, this area contained at least ten separate communities? One interesting event to read about was the tornado in Hemming and the damage to the residents’ livelihoods. The late Odessa Isbell conducted many oral interviews of the “ole timers.” We are indebted to a former board member and a current board member who generously donated the cost of reprinting these treasured books. You know who you are!

April 2024 Recap

The Garden Club met Tuesday, April 23, 2024 and embarked on a field trip to identify our native plants and weeds. Eight members explored milkweed, plantain, yarrow, curly dock and many more. A trip to the Thomsen Foundation south of Forestburg is the planned adventure in May.

The club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am.

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The Book Club meets at the community center on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. This past week, the members discussed Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver. Set in southern Appalachia, it’s the coming-of-age story of red-headed Damon/Demon, who desires to overcome his situation of poverty and drugs. The story was inspired by the novel, David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens, but brought into the 21st century. The members had a resounding, in-depth discussion about the character of Demon and his friends, and their relationships in tough situations.

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There have been several celebrations at the community center this past month, birthday parties, reunions, and more. If you are interested in reserving the center, email mountainspringstx@gmail.com to request a date.

Our next board meeting is Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 6:00 pm.

On May 25, 2024 we are having a dessert auction beginning at 5:00 pm. Bring your dessert donations and enjoy the auction! Proceeds go to MSCC as we continue to update our building and grounds.

Newsletter

As we move forward with the newsletter, we would love to hear stories and memories of MSCC. We plan to highlight many of those people who kept the community center alive so we can enjoy companionship today.  If you are interested in being interviewed, or submitting your recollections, email us at mountainspringstx@gmail.com. To subscribe click Get The Drip button below.
Mountain Springs Quilters

Mountain Springs Quilters

By Deri David

I had the pleasure of interviewing long-time member, Annice Burkhalter, about the Mountain Springs Quilting Club. No one knows exactly when the quilting club began. According to an article in the Gainesville Daily Register in 1988, a Friendship quilt owned by the late Mildred Cooley, is embroidered with the signatures of the members and the year “1937.” When Annice joined in 1996, the quilters met at the community center. At one time, the quilters were meeting at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. I can remember as a young girl, going into the fellowship hall at the church and seeing the circle of quilters, which included my grandmother, Mary Alexander. 

The quilters of today meet every Wednesday, except during the hot days of summer and holidays. Their claim to fame is the quilt donation to the North Shore and Valley View Fire Departments spring and fall raffles each year. They donate two quilts; tickets for the raffles can be bought at MSCC events throughout the year. We believe the raffle of quilts, first, for the Valley View Fire Department, begin in the 1980s. At one time, MSCC held a bluegrass festival each year and the fire department volunteers cooked the barbeque. The proceeds for the quilt raffle were given to the fire department. This tradition has continued! Currently, the quilters have been raising about $700 they split for each volunteer fire department.

Along with the two raffle quilts, they sew two member quilts, and one paid quilt. If you’d like to get on the member list for a quilt, join the quilting club. Annice says, “If you can do a basting stitch, you can quilt.” And then they will teach you what you don’t know! Currently, the club has ten members, and usually five to eight members attend each Wednesday. They welcome and will teach all ages. The youngest member right now is 55 years old, and oldest, 94. At one time, the Quebe Sisters, a Denton bluegrass band, who played at the MSCC bluegrass festivals, were members! 

If you’d like a paid quilt, the price depends upon the size of the quilt. In addition, they will charge extra if there are big blocks and it needs marking. The piece must be ready to quilt, with the batting and basting completed. Quilt shops will do this step for about $40. 

Linda Gleason is the president of the MSCC Quilting Club. They meet each Wednesday around 9:00 am and set up the quilt frames. Annice says they begin quilting, solve the problems of the world, break for lunch, then quilt until it’s time for a nap!

The previously mentioned article about the quilting club was published in the Gainesville Daily Register on Sun., May 8, 1988 and is framed and hangs on the wall at the community center: Mountain Springs quilters take stitch in time by Dainah Bullard. You might recognize the names of some of the former members who are no longer with us:  Nell Cason, Joan Smith, Lucille Hall, Bobbye Hampton, Dorothy Hickman, Jewell Hammons, Lola Marshall, Dorothy Jones, Odessa Isbell, Essie Morrow, Fritzie Haynie, Mildred Cooley, Hazel West, McRee Hickman. These women, and so many more, will be forever connected to the Mountain Springs Quilting Club. We are happy that the members today carry on the tradition. If anyone reading this has any historical knowledge about the quilting club, please reach out to us. 

I’m very proud to proclaim that my grandmother and mother both belonged to the Mountain Springs Quilters! My grandmother, Mary Alexander (d. September 1972), along with her fellow quilters, sewed a quilt for me, but sadly, I wore it out by using it for too many sunbathing outings at Lake Texoma! My sisters still have theirs though. If you have a quilt sewn by the Mountain Spring Quilters, post a comment on our Facebook page.

Thank you for reading and for being a part of the Mountain Springs community!