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Cold Sassy Treeby Carlisle FloydJuly 27–August 4, 2013
It is 1900. The citizens of Cold Sassy Tree, a small town in rural Georgia, are outraged when Rucker Lattimore, the recently widowed proprietor of the General Store, announces his intention to marry Love Simpson, a “Yankee” milliner half his age. Lattimore’s two grown daughters strongly disapprove. Miss Love explains to them the “marriage arrangement:” she will cook and clean in return for the deed to the house and its furnishings. Meanwhile, Lattimore’s grandson, Will Tweedy, befriends a classmate, Lightfoot McLendon, from the “wrong side of the tracks.“ The citizens of Cold Sassy Tree shun the new Mrs. Lattimore at church. Rucker responds by conducting an impromptu service in his parlor for Will, Love and himself. Rucker and Love grow closer, as do Will and Lightfoot. Love shares intimate details of her troubled past with Rucker and in a short time, they become closer than either of them imagined they ever would. Their relationship is eventually, and quite seriously, influenced by surprising and unforeseen events. Events that turn the heads of the citizens of Cold Sassy Tree.