Community Life in Northeast Georgia August 6, 2013 by WPPR published on 2013/08/06 08:39:33 +0000 Camp Barney Medintz celebrates its 50th anniversary in August. To discuss the history and upcoming celebration from her office in Atlanta is the Marcus Jewish Community Center’s Capital Campaign Director Staci Brill. Woodlands Camp and Retreat Centeris a non-denominational Christian camp for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 18. On a recent tour of the camp co-founder Jon Estes discussed its mission and future expansion. On August 10th the small town of Clermont, Georgia celebrates its 100th anniversary. Clermont’s historical society president Sandra Cantrell discusses its history and upcoming commemorative events. Born in the late 1800’s in the Mud Creek section of Habersham County Lemuel Payne passed on to his children the oral tradition of crooning old English ballads and little ditties. He would sing these songs in the evenings after a long hard work day on the farm from his favorite easy chair. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting two of the surviving daughters of Lemuel and Tressie Payne, Mary Lomax, age 86 and Bonnie Loggins, age 93 who still live in Habersham county in close proximity to the old family home in Alto. The author of The Mary Lomax Ballard Book, America’s Great 21st Century Traditional Singer, UGA Wheatley Professor Emeriti’s of Fine Arts, Art Rosenbaum states from his prospective Mary and Bonnie possess the finest and most varied body of American folk songs, learned in family oral tradition, to emerge in the 21st century.