Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 4, 2013

Pleasant Hill Ramblings: Bid on time, talents and experiences

By Jean Clark
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — A unique event will take place Saturday, March 9 in the Pleasant Hill Community House with a long title: the annual Sara and Fred Morrison Time, Talent and Experiences Auction. This auction memorializes the tremendous dedication that Sara and Fred Morrison had for the Pleasant Hill Child Enrichment Center. Sara taught nutrition at Georgia State University in Atlanta, retiring to Knoxville, where she was the first ever doctor of nutritional sciences and taught part-time at the University of Tennessee. Fred managed Latin American operations for a major shoe manufacturing company for 28 years.

It was only natural that Sara would be pressed into service as the food and nutrition guru for the Pleasant Hill Child Enrichment Center, where she worked daily from 1991 until 2006. Fred was president of the center’s board for 10 years. Together, they founded and developed the yearly service auction to benefit the center. Sara’s cakes and Fred’s homemade ice cream were always the hit of the event. The May Cravath Wharton Association in Pleasant Hill has held service auctions honoring them to benefit the local food pantry and scholarship funds after the Child Enrichment Center closed in 2008. The Morrisons moved to Georgia in 2010, and Fred has since passed away.

Gaithereux Pettibull (aka Bill Carrell) and his henchmen, Cajun Joe (Gittings) and Quick Willie (Rabert) will put on a show as they extol the proffered services and talents. Don’t scratch your nose, wave to a friend or wiggle a finger unless you want to be the owner of someone’s labor or talent. Neighbors Together, a local self-help group, co-sponsors the auction with the Wharton Association. The actual auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. Prior to that attendees will be treated to homemade cake, pie and ice cream furnished by Neighbors Together.

More than 20 temptations will be offered for auction. Need a trip to the airport? Interested in excursions to Granville, a Turkish restaurant in Nashville or interesting East Tennessee sites? Pleasant Hill chefs are offering lunches and dinners of a mouth-watering variety of ethnic cuisine. Want to toot around town environmentally correct on a ZIP Hybrid Electric Bicycle? Need services such as window washing, wallpapering, home repair or financial assistance? Want to relax with a reflexology session, a picnic, walk in the woods, Edo top spinning or bird walk?

Even the mayor of Pleasant Hill is offering “story telling” and hospitality. Pleasant Hill crafts people are providing quilting, greeting cards, jewelry and treasures from Zimbabwe. Pies, breads and fudge will be offered. There will also be a “cash and carry” table of other items, including some of those delicious homemade goodies.

Come for the excitement, for the fun of watching Gaithereux Pettibull in action, but also for the knowledge that every dollar raised at this auction will be used to support the Neighbors Together Food Pantry or the Scholarship Fund of the May Cravath Wharton Association. This event is guaranteed to chase away the winter blahs. So plan now to attend and to contribute generously to this important cause.

The auction will be held in the Pleasant Hill Community House at the corner of Main and Church Streets across from the post office. Come early for those homemade desserts. For information and directions to the auction call, Bill Carrell at 277-5114.