Archive - Outlook
November 8th, 2010
The Green Room Community Theatre will open its second show of the 2010-11 season Friday, Nov. 5.
â€śWelcome to Mitfordâ€ť is based on the Mitford novels by Jan Karon and adapted for the stage by Robert Inman.
Father Tim Kavanagh is the much-loved rector in the close-knit mountain community of Mitford.
Father Timâ€™s life is absorbed with the life of his town and the pastoring of his lively congregation.
But things change radically when Father Tim takes in teenager Dooley Barlow, the unruly orphaned grandson of the church gardener.
Robert Inman, 63, grew up in a small town in Alabama, population 4,000. And, with a grin, he added, “The population is still 4,000 people.”
In Elba, Ala., grownups thought children were the most important things coming and going.
“We could feel that then – the love,” Inman said. “They let us know we mattered.
“One of the most important things we do in this life is invest in someone younger,” he added.
Life is about community, and the small-town flavor of being connected to each other.
Helen Brooks, millinery shopkeeper, was one of many volunteers at Hart Square. Many of the volunteers are skilled in an art or craft.
Comfortable chairs and a sofa surround a coffee table to form an area for conversation and knitting that lends a warm-hearted ambience to Wildskeins Yarn Co.
Owner Ann Dobbins, 60, works in the shop and graciously welcomes everyone who walks in — new customers as well as old.
The warmth and coziness is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the newspaper newsroom. where Dobbins worked for almost 10 years — the Catawba Valley Neighbors, a bureau of the Charlotte Observer.