Channel 2 News

Here's a link to the great piece that WKRN came out and did today on the last day of camp.

They've even included the video... check it out!


We have all been personally invited to attend this meeting next Thursday, and I am going to STRONGLY encourage you to all be there dressed out in your 18th Century clothing. The meeting will be held at Goodlettsville City Hall and it starts at 6:30... be there early!

There will be an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for us to stand up and have our say... but they're not going to listen to us if we are all passion and anger and not talking sense. We need to go in there and speak the language that they'll understand... dollars and cents and propose intelligent ways to save the sites.

Having spoken to most of the critical guys involved, the Mayor, Vice Mayor, Commissioners and the City Manager yesterday... I know that many of them are willing to listen to options for keeping the sites open.

They weren't ALL happy to speak to me... several were a little peeved that I was calling them on their cell phones in the middle of their dinner. ;)

I've come up with a proposal that will save the sites... and keep the volunteers and city happy at the same time. I really DO believe that it's a business model that can work for all parties involved AND even potentially be a money maker.

I will be talking more about this at the Red River event tomorrow! Be there if you can!

In the meantime, the commissioners and Mayor are starting to really feel the heat, several of them mentioned this to me yesterday on the phone... keep those calls and e-mails rolling in! Keep up the good work everyone, we can do this!


A sample of what my girls will be sending.

Channel 4 News report

They just ran a really good piece about the closing of the station. This little blurb of text would seem to accompany it.


Hey guys, just left colonial camp and here's the latest... I'll be coming out to the Red River event in an attempt to rally the troops, and to share information and to discuss some of the plans we have so far for the SAVE MANSKER'S campaign. It'll also be a great time for you guys to share ideas and discuss additional courses of action.

Today at camp, I handed out fliers to the parents and children attending the camp, talked to and posed for pictures for a fellow from the Goodlettsville City Newspaper, and even gave an interview to a photojournalist from channel 4 News.

Hopefully they won't cut it up too badly, but he told me that it ought to be on at either 5-6pm. Here's hoping!

Additionally, in case you missed it, they ran an article in the Tennessean this morning that included bits from an interview I gave yesterday afternoon.

Here's a link to that story:

We've gotten ALOT of much needed publicity on this so far... but I have it from a high up source in the city itself that there has been "very little" outcry against the city's decision to close down the sites.


I will be writing my e-mail tonight and having my children write letters as well that can be faxed in to city hall first thing in the morning. I will be making personal phone calls as well. Leave a voice mail if you must... but it is VITAL that you do it TODAY!
If there is no public outcry, the sites are doomed for certain.

And last but not least, I have one more little present for everyone... :)

Jerry Garrett, Mayor
Home 859-1818
Biz 859-1138
Cell 478-2660
Mayor's Fax 851-2182

John Finch, Vice Mayor
Home 859-3999
Biz 256-2200 ext 250
cell 714-1011

Jeff Cordell
Home 859-5649
Biz 672-3761
cell 305-8077

Gary Manning
Home 851-1571
Cell 708-2161

John Coombs
Home 851-5432
Cell 973-0724

Jim Thomas
Home 859-7456
Biz 851-2231
Cell 477-4387

Tim Ellis
Biz 851-2203
Fax 851-2254

Faulty E-mail

Gary Manning, Commissioner

I have been made aware that Mr. Manning's e-mail seems NOT to be a valid email address. I'll make corrections to the flier.

The Moore-Bowen wedding part 3

We ended up on the front of the June 11th issue of the Goodlettsville city newspaper in a big photo spread.

Lucy even got a picture in there all her own! Please make note that she looks COMPLETELY put out about having her picture made AGAIN. :) That's my girl!

The Moore-Bowen wedding part 2

More images from the wedding Saturday last:

The Moore-Bowen wedding

On Saturday May 31st, we held a reenactment of the Armstead Moore/Tabitha Bowen wedding that occurred in 1796. Tabitha was the eldest of Capt. Bowen's daughters and the first to marry. I got pegged to play Moore, and Samantha, one of our other volunteers, got picked to play Tabitha. Frank Jarboe was the parson that performed the cerimony from his 1720's bible.

I wore slightly different clothing than usual, and Samantha and her friend made their own dresses of the occasion. Nice job girls! We had a good bit of the public brave the heat for the event, and afterward they stayed to eat and dance. I took my two oldest, Lucy and Molly to the event, they got a chance to wear their new dresses and hats for the occasion.

In this picture, Molly (in purple) leaps with excitement while Lucy (in red) looks slightly put out by her little sister's enthusiasm.

The girls had fun. They were the youngest kids at this event and got star treatment from all the older girls in attendance.