Letter: Historic site thanks donors to bicentennial

To the editor:

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, T.C. Steele State Historic Site hosted the Bicentennial Torch Relay reception for Brown County torchbearers. Torch relay participants and their families were able to enjoy pies, cobblers and coffee donated by Nashville businesses including the Abe Martin Lodge, Artist Colony Inn, Brown County Coffee, Brown County IGA, Brown County KOA, Fourth Sister Vintage, Hobnob Corner, Hotel Nashville, The Nashville General Store and Bakery and The Story Inn.

Steele’s Large Studio was open for relay participants and visitors to see the newest rotation of paintings from the Indiana State Museum collection, and to view Steele’s own centennial medal, purchased by him during the 1916 celebrations. It will be on display through the end of the year.

T.C. Steele State Historic Site would like to thank all the local businesses who donated the pies, coffee and supplies that made the reception possible.

When we were approached by the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau to begin planning this reception in February, we knew we wanted to offer pie and coffee at the reception, since the state dessert is the sugar cream pie. But the reception, what we’ve lovingly referred to as “the pie-centennial,” was so generously supported by the community, we were overwhelmed by Brown County generosity and by the variety of pies and cobblers we were able to offer: apple, peach, pecan, cherry, sugar cream and zucchini.

Brown County Coffee was served to accompany the pie — the perfect end to the afternoon.

Cate Whetzel, program developer, T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Send letters to newsroom@bcdemocrat.com by noon Thursday before the date of intended publication.

Letters are the opinions of the writer.

Letters must be signed by the author and include the writer’s town of residence and a contact number in case of questions. Only one letter every two weeks, per writer, to allow for diversity of voices in the opinions section.

Please be considerate of sharing space with other letter-writers and keep your comments concise and to the point.

Avoid name-calling, accusations of criminal activity and second- and third-hand statements of “fact.”