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Pickens writing, theater groups gear up for new year

Tater Patch Players, Sassafras Literary Exchange announce plans for 2024, seek members

 Tater Patch annual meeting Jan. 21: “Big Happenings” at community theater

            Tater Patch Players’ Annual meeting will be January 21 at 2 p.m. at the theater, 95 Philadelphia Ln, Jasper. It’s open to the public. And we’re gearing up for a brilliant 2024 season!

            First, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie has been cast! We’ll have more info and pics soon, but we are ready to roll.

            This play is at the same time one of the most durable and changeable of all Tennessee Williams’ works. He called it a “memory play”,  told by a main character from his or her memories. Williams said it was a format that allowed for flexibility and creativity.

            Director Stan O’Kelley has plan for plenty of both. From the unique staging to the creative casting, this poignant work will move you. We’ll be introducing some new actors and a familiar one who’s not been on our stage in too long. 

            Please come out and enjoy this timeless play on March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23. More details and a ticket link coming soon to FB and our website.

            The TPP Homeschool Drama Group Spring Semester enrolment forms will be available very soon on the website,

            Technical difficulties have arisen with the clickable  links on our website.  They will also be on the Tater Patch Players’ FB page. Get ready to let the kids enjoy learning about acting, stage presence and presentation. Fun for them, but full of information to help the be a poised and confident person in front of others. 

            Class is starting in February, so get signed up now!  This semester the classes will be offered twice a week.  With questions, or to have a form emailed to you,

Sassafras writing group invites new members for new year

By William Young

 President Sassafras, Literary Exchange

            “You need to write your memoirs,” a longtime friend said. Others in the room, along with myself, laughed.  Thinking about it later, I realized that he was right. 

            I have lived an interesting life, found myself in unusual situations and have a lot of stories to tell. That’s why I am involved with the Sassafras Literary Exchange. 

            I get to rub shoulders with others interested in writing and I get both positive feedback and constructive criticism on my efforts. This empowers  me to surge ahead with my writing and to rewrite and smooth out flawed efforts. But the one thing that keeps me coming back to Sassafras is that I feel a little bit more like writing when I leave the meeting than when I got there.

            The next club meeting will be held on Thursday, January 18th at 1 p.m. in the side room of Johnny’s Pizza, 744 Noah Drive in Jasper.  Officers for the new year will be elected.  The beginning of the new year could be the perfect time for anyone who has an interest in writing to come by and check out the club.  Further information is available on

            The one goal of the Sassafras Literary Exchange is to empower and promote creative writing in the adults and youth of Pickens County.  The group took pride in the successful completion of its 42nd annual Creative Writing for Youth contest last year.  It gave Pickens County students in grades 6 through 8 and 9  through 12 an opportunity to flex their literary muscle. From time to time, an adult contest is offered. This will also be discussed at January’s meeting.

            Members bring several copies of a sample of their work (usually two or 3 pages) to be read and discussed at the meeting.  Anyone in the community is invited to do the same, or just come by and observe.  Sassafras has an excellent premise for a club.  And its members try to have fun.

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