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Dinner on the Grounds: A Soul Reviving Feast

My daughter, Sarah Simonson, had a movie in the Oxford Film Festival this weekend.  It’s called “Dinner on the Grounds: A Soul Reviving Feast,” is about 17 minutes long, and is about traditions involving dinners for all-day sacred harp sings, decoration days, and memorial days in Mississippi and Alabama.  Here it is on Vimeo; if you click through to the Vimeo link you can also see her short piece on William Faulkner and Phil Stone.  Watch for the picture of the little girl standing on a gravestone; that’s my wife Joyce.

3 comments to Dinner on the Grounds: A Soul Reviving Feast

  • WaySouth

    Very good job she did. Thanks for posting the video. It brought back many fond memories.

    My mother, now 90, was a notoriously good cook and the folks would try to locate her dishes before the meal as her food was always gone first.

    Before I hit the play button I was expecting to see Warren. It has been about 20 years since I last saw him. Good to see he is doing well.



  • I enjoyed the film. Well researched. I remember in Leland several of these ‘diner on the grounds’ before the parking lot covered the green area in the 1960s. Natchez story was new 2 me…very interesting.

  • That was great–a slice of regional American life that I knew nothing about until now.

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