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OCTOBER 18 & 19, 2017 AT THE MILL AT PLEIN AIR IN TAYLOR, MS

Because it’s not just a place; it’s a state of mind.

 

This is the second annual Conference on the Front Porch.  The conference aims to explore the significance of the front porch in the American South, both from an architectural, as well as a sociological, perspective.  The two day conference explores the origins of the front porch, its role in building and sustaining community, the porch and food, the porch and music, and the porch and its impact on the story-telling tradition in the South. We’ll explore in detail all this and more.

This two day conference is held at The Mill at Plein Air – a 12,000 square foot venue built from entirely reclaimed materials and located in the Plein Air neighborhood in Taylor, MS.  Taylor is a seven minute drive from Oxford and Ole Miss.  

In addition to the lectures and panels, registration includes six meals, and includes a one evening porch concert and a one evening porch play.  The conference is open to architects, developers, planners, social historians, and lovers of all things porch.

 
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JOHN T. EDGE

John T. Edge is a writer, commentator, and, since its founding in 1999, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. He has written several books on southern food. He contributes to the Oxford American and the New York Times, and has written for Garden & Gun and Afar.[2] His most recent book, The Potlikker Papers, a personal history of Southern food, has been a New York Times best selling book since its launch in May of 2017.

 


 

SCOTT BARRETTA

Scott Barretta is the host of Highway 61 Radio, a noted blues historian, and adjunct instructor of sociology and anthropology at Ole Miss. He was the 2016 recipient of the Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for Mississippi heritage. Barretta, originally from Virginia, came to Mississippi from Sweden in 1999 to serve as editor of Living Bluesmagazine, a bimonthly publication from the University of Mississippi Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and stayed for the state’s blues music and culture.


 


 

WILLIAM DUNLAP

William Dunlap has distinguished himself as an artist, arts commentator and educator, during a career that has spanned more than three decades. His paintings, sculpture and constructions are included in prestigious collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Lauren Rogers Museum, Mobil Corporation, Riggs Bank, IBM Corporation, Federal Express, The Equitable Collection, Rogers Ogden Collection, Arkansas Art Center, the United States State Department, and United States Embassies throughout the world. While his work is collected across the globe, he never forgets his home is Mississippi.


 


 

JAY WATSON

Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies Jay Watson, a native of Athens, Georgia, received his B.A. degree from the University of Georgia (1983) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University (1985, 1989). He joined the English department in 1989 and was promoted to Professor of English in 2007. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost living scholars on the work of William Faulkner.


 


 

COOTER RAMSEY

Wayne “Cooter” Ramsey, Jr., AIA is a partner with the noted Allison Ramsey Architects in Beaufort, SC.    Allison Ramsey has worked extensively in New Urbanist developments, building up a large library of house plans designed for Traditional Neighborhood Developments.  Allison Ramsey has a nationwide practice, but their work is showcased in particular in Newpoint, Habersham, WaterSound, WaterColor and I’On. 


 


 

GARLAN GUDGER, JR

Garlan Gudger, Jr is the owner of Southern Accents – the South’s largest collection of architectural antiques – in Cullman, AL. Southern Accents scours the country to find the most unique salvage material and pieces available anywhere. Garlan has been featured on American Pickers, in Garden & Gun Magazine, and scores of other magazine and newspaper stories.


 


 

JOHN MAXWELL

For over 35 years John Maxwell has been touring with “Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?” after premiering it at New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi. Since that time, he has toured the show all over the world, taking it to twelve countries and almost all of the United States. He has performed at venues that include The Bottom Line (New York), The Smithsonian, Picolo Spoleto Festival, The Alliance Theatre, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and many others. He was honored to present the show at the Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta for an audience including nine Nobel Laureates and former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn.


 


 

TRICIA WALKER

Tricia Walker is a singer and songwriter whose songs are steeped in the passion, pain and grace of the American South. Born and raised in Mississippi, Tricia has become one of the clearest voices of her own time and place. Her music has been recorded by Faith Hill, Patty Loveless and Alison Krauss, whose performance of Tricia’s Looking in the Eyes of Love earned a Grammy. A recording artist herself, Tricia’s newest CD, The Heart of Dixie, thoughtfully captures the songwriter’s view of the South with well-placed lyrics and music reflecting her folk, R & B and storytelling influences.


 

FEES & REGISTRATION

The cost to attend The Conference on The Front Porch is $275.

This fee includes all lectures / conferences / panels and discussions.  It also includes the porch concert and porch play.  Lastly, six meals will be included with your registration.  The first evening meal is at Grit Restaurant and the second is a community table on the lawn dinner.  Breakfast and lunch are included each day of the conference.

To register fill out required fields and press register you will receive a confirmation email and a ticket once we’ve received your check in the mail. Please make your check to:

Main Street Taylor – Porch Conference
PO Box 118
Taylor, MS 38673
attn:  Risa Darby

Please do not send cash and we are not set up to take credit cards at this time.

*Attendance in year two is limited to the first 180 people who sign up.

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

8:00am – Continental Breakfast in The Mill
9:00am – Keynote Address – John T. Edge “Potlikker and the Porch”
10:00am – Cooter Ramsey – “The Front Porch in the Age of Facebook”
11:00am – Bill Dunlap – “The Front Porch and the Mississippi’s Story Telling Tradition”
Noon – Lunch in The Mill
1:30pm – Porch Tour of Oxford, MS homes
3:30pm – Guided Tour of Rowan Oak – Historic Home of William Faulkner 
6:00pm – Seated Dinner at Grit Restaurant
8:00pm – John Maxwell’s “Oh Mr. Faulkner Do You Write?” – Porch Play
9:00pm – Afterglow at Private Residence in Plein Air

 

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

8:30am – Breakfast in The Mill
9:15am – Jay Watson – “The Front Porch in Southern Literature”
10:15am – Scott Baretta – “Blues and The Front Porch”
11:15am – Garlan Gudger – “The Front Porch and Pickin’ Architectural Elements”
12:30pm – Lunch in The Mill
2:00pm – Tour of the Blues Collection at The Center for the Study 
3:30pm – Mississippi author and journalist Curtis Wilkie talks about politicians, assassins and other people he’s covered
6:30pm – Dinner in the Field at Plein Air
8:30pm – Porch concert by singer-songwriter Tricia Walker
9:30pm – Afterglow at Private Residence in Plein Air