National Grits Festival Mural, Warwick

national grits festival mural warwick ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2008

I’m told (31 March 2016) that the National Grits Festival is no longer being held in Warwick due to the loss of the sponsorship of the Quaker Oats Company. I believe it’s been defunct for several  years. The building pictured here is the old Warwick Masonic Lodge.Dan Aultman and Lee Lucas shared memories of the building. Dan wrote: Sixty years ago when I was a young fellow, this old Masonic Lodge was an old wood building . The kids in Warwick, lacking safe places to play, used the bottom floor to roller skate. I don’t remember if we were given permission or if we assumed it was okay. The one police officer never threw us out, but life was different back then. Lee recalled: In the middle to late 60’s, upstairs in the Masonic building was where we held the Boy Scouts meetings. The Scout Master was Mr. Grady West, who would take us on hikes and camp outs through out the surrounding countryside. We even went on canoe trips down the Flint River from just below the power dam (where Mr. West worked) to downtown Albany Ga. This was during the heyday of Turner Air Field, an U.S. Air Force B-52 airfield. You have not lived until a B-52 takes off just feet above your head while you are in a canoe. The way our troop scattered INTO the river,you would have thought we were being strafed! Fun memories!

natioanl grits festival warwick ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2008


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2 responses to “National Grits Festival Mural, Warwick

  1. Until last Monday, I had not been to Warwick in ages–in its day, it must have been an interesting village.

    I left my camera in the car–on a dark day, I’m hopeless with photographs.

    However, your shot is great.

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