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Voice of the people: Brenda Caradine




Another successful tribute to Tennessee 


The Commercial Dispatch was a great impetus to the success of the Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes this year. Jan Swoope out did herself in giving feature attention to all the events. Her stories and the calendar in the Sunday paper made the region aware of the 11th annual event to honor America's greatest playwright and his home/welcome center at 300 Main Street. Every event was packed with attendees from Columbus and around the USA. 


The two Victorian homes, Griffin Eyrie owned by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bullock and La Vie Dansante owned by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kacho were splendid additions as first-time tour participants with the TWT. Thanks to the support of citizens donations, our city and county government, local businesses, and sponsors too numerous to mention. We must recognize the help of the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mississippi University for Women, the Columbus Public Library Tennessee Williams Exhibit (Sept-Oct),the Columbus Arts Council, Main Street Columbus, St. Paul's Episcopal Church and many more.  


Over 700 from Columbus and around the country and the USA attended the play--The Rose Tattoo at MUW and all students in the region were admitted FREE which gave the future generations of actors and poetry readers a new enthusiasm for Tennessee Williams' works. Thank you again for recognizing the importance of Tennessee Williams to Columbus' tourism as he is seen all over the world as the most recognizable person ever born in Columbus. 


See you next year. 


Brenda Caradine, TWT and Tour 




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