Eighth annual Porterdale Reunion set for Saturday

PORTERDALE -- Residents of Porterdale past and present and those with an interest in the historic mill village are invited to attend the eighth annual Porterdale Reunion, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in downtown Porterdale.

The main purpose of the event is to bring together residents from yesteryear and today to tell their stories and celebrate the heritage of the city.

"This is for the town of Porterdale, everybody past and present. But you don't have to be a past or present resident. Anybody can come out. Our theme this year is 'Continuing the Legacy,'" said Kay Coggin, president of Friends of Porterdale Inc., the event sponsor, along with the city of Porterdale and the Porterdale Woman's Club.

In years past the reunion has drawn up to 400 people.

"We have people in their 90s come that grew up here and people come from all over just to see where they grew up," Coggin said. "It's a day that people really enjoy. They seem to like to get together with their old friends and sit around and talk."

All those who attend are asked to register in the Porterdale Mill Lofts when they arrive.

Porterdale native Betty Jaynes, founder of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, along with Beth Bass, CEO of the association, will be on hand to sell their new book, "The Butterfly Experience: Healthy Transitions in Athletic Hiring." Proceeds will benefit the Betty F. Jaynes Internship Program, which offers opportunities to qualified individuals interested in pursuing a career in athletics.

Also for sale will be Lucy Ivey Shaw's book "Diary of a Cotton Mill Girl," relating her experiences growing up in Porterdale.

Friends of Porterdale will sell bricks in memory or honor of loved ones for $50 or $100, depending on size, to be placed on a walkway near the Porterdale Memorial Gym. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the gym, which was destroyed by fire several years ago. A silent auction will also benefit the gym and will include framed historic photos and more. A memorabilia area including items from the old mill will be set up in the old cotton warehouse, now a part of the Porterdale Mill Lofts development.

The Porterdale Woman's Club will sell baked goods and the Alcovy Shriner's Club will sell pork rinds. Attendees will also be able to shop and eat at downtown restaurants and stores. For more information, visit www.friendsofporterdaleinc.org.