Treadwell honored for service

Published 8:57 pm Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A woman who has given her all to preserving the history of Brundidge and giving the residents of this area a little taste of the arts was honored Tuesday night.

Jaine Treadwell received a proclamation for her efforts in the Pike Piddlers’ Storytelling Festival and her work to held preserve the city’s past.

Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage and the city council awarded Treadwell with a framed proclamation for her work and the Brundidge Historical Society honored her, as well.

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“There is one person we specially want to recognize, she made all of this possible,” said Brundidge Historical Society President Lawrence Bowden, who also serves on the city council.

“(Jaine) has done more in Brundidge than anyone at preserving our past,” Bowden said.

Bowden credited Treadwell with saving the current building the theater is housed in because she hounded the city council, who at the time wanted to demolish the building.

Eventually, the council gave in and put a roof on the building, Bowden said.

Treadwell has been a vital part of the storytelling festival.

The cast of “Come Home It’s Suppertime,” was on hand to see her receive her awards, as well as celebrate the ending of another season.

“Jaine is the initiator, she keeps it going. She gets the grants and is totally responsible for play scripts,” Bowden said.

Treadwell was presented with two awards, a gift certificate the Pig Café, a Wal-Mart gift card and the funds to attend a national storytelling festival.

Bowden encouraged Treadwell to bring back some more ideas for the storytelling festival.

In typical Jaine-fashion, she gave credit to everyone, taking none for herself.

She was quick to give all the credit to the cast, who put in long hours to make the play excellent.

“What makes us successful is that we’re family,” Treadwell said. “If we ever stop being family – we’ll stop doing this.”

“I thank you for everything you do. It’s not something I do – it’s something you do. Let’s keep it going.”