The Southern Afternoon Tea and Book Event

The Auburn Arts Association invites the public to join us to sip tea, enjoy heirloom desserts and refreshments and be transported to another time in the rich history of Alabama during the Southern Afternoon Tea and Book Event from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center in honor of Betty McMurtry, who will be reading from her new book “A Planting Season: The Cotton Chronicles, Volume 1.”

Set in the 1920s and 1930s in Geneva County, Alabama, “A Planting Season: The Cotton Chronicles, Volume 1” is a work of fiction that tells the story of Olivia Turner, her family and the small rural community of which they are a part. The story has been
praised by Debra Webb, a USA Today best-selling author, for the McMurtry's putting “so much heart and soul” into the story of the Turner and Ward families and their complex ties and times.

Betty McMurtry grew up in Hartford, Alabama (located in Geneva County) and attended Auburn University. Her lengthy list of accomplishments includes working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, forming her own management consulting firm and serving as a certified contract advisor to regional football stars who played in the National Football League (NFL). Ms. McMurtry now resides in Auburn, Alabama, and is enjoying her retirement and a newfound career as an author.

The Southern Afternoon Tea and Book Event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, with the Auburn Arts Association serving a variety of tea-themed refreshments – including Russian and fruit teas, teacakes, tea sandwiches, tea
cookies and more! A reading by Ms. McMurtry will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing. The Auburn Arts Association provides quality art experiences for young persons, professional opportunities for area artists and performers, technical assistance and financial support to encourage community – based arts initiatives, scholarships, cooperative arts education projects, an exhibition program and a variety of arts services and social activities in the Auburn area.


The Southern Afternoon Tea and Book Event, hosted by the Auburn Arts Association and Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center is a designated Alabama Bicentennial event. For questions about endorsements, please email alabama200leeco@gmail.com. Emails regarding event endorsements should have “Endorsement Application” in the subject. To learn more about the Auburn Arts Association, visit auburnartsassociation.org. For more information about the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center and arts programs offered through the City of Auburn, visit auburnalabama.org/arts. To learn more about Lee County’s participation in the Alabama Bicentennial, visit Alabama200leeco.org or our Facebook page (facebook.com/alabama.leeco). To learn more about bicentennial events across the state or at the state level, visit alabama200.org.

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