Chillabration to blend pork, fun for new year


Kaiya Hill, left, and Clair Lynn Kight put up a poster promoting Chillabration, which will be held at the Moreland Mill on Jan. 18.

Pork, greens and peas are part of good luck traditions at New Year's - and the fare for a new event in Moreland.

Chillabration will be held Jan. 18 at the Moreland Mill. The menu for the Good Luck Dinner will include smoked pork, fresh greens, blackeyed peas and cornbread.

Tickets for plates are $8 and can be purchased in advance from the Historic Moreland Mill, the Huddle House at Exit 41 on I-85, Moreland Surplus Sales and Auction House and the Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tickets will also be sold at the mill the day of the event.

The meal will be served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and Chillabration will also include live music, hayrides and a bonfire. Proceeds will benefit Team Georgia - Transplant Games of America and the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance.

The ticket price will include the meal, a drink and the entertainment and activities. There also will be a dessert bar prepared by members from Allen­Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak.

'We're featuring greens because that's the traditional New Year's good luck food,' said Carol Chancey of MCAA.

Dick Ford, Moreland's new mayor, has had a heart transplant and is a Transplant Games athlete. He joined forces with Chancey and other MCAA volunteers to put together the idea for a January event.

Volunteers are getting out the word to 'encourage all organ recipients and donors to come,' Ford said. 'There are a lot of recipients - and donors. I run into them all the time.'

Ford said mid-January is a good time for an event like Chillabration. People have gotten over the Christmas rush. They have been indoors because of the cold, and they are ready for something to do.

'We want to make this an annual event where you can come and meet your family and friends,' he said. 'It will be a fun thing for us just to get together.'

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