Betty Fred hornMy parents, Betty & Fred Horn, were married on Valentine’s Day in 1946 after meeting at a USO dance on the top floor of the old Citizens Bank Building in downtown Americus, Georgia on New Year’s Eve, 6 weeks before!!  That leap of faith has always astounded me, but apparently, love at first sight was the way to go for them, as they were happily married for 54 years before my father passed away in 2000.  3 Senior Powells Graduate003When my husband Rick asked me to marry him, I knew Valentine’s Day was our date, but it ended up being February 21st so we celebrate all week long!!!

I’m so excited to be helping people that are celebrating love and sharing the love story of Sally Run!  Not only brides & grooms, but also new moms with baby showers, families with reunions, & all kinds of groups who love to be together & want a beautiful place to gather!  I often think about the love and events that will be celebrated at Sally Run in the coming years.  I hope that it will be something that Sally Run’s first love story, Richard & Eleanor Powell, as well as my loving parents, Betty & Fred Horn, can be proud of.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all and may love always be in the air!!!  Believe in love…it is our infinite purpose!!!

Rick Genie Powell FamilySally Run and I go way back. 20+ years to be exact. When I was 10 years old, I was lucky enough to become part of the Powell family. My mom (Genie Powell) married my now dad (Rick Powell) and they, along with me and Rick’s 2 boys, became one-big-happy family! At the time, Rick’s dad, aka Big Daddy, owned and lived in Sally Run. Back when our parents were dating, their “date nights” would consist of hanging out at Sally Run with me and my now brothers running around like wild animals. Very romantic! Sally Run was also our go-to spot whenever Rick’s brother, Ken, and his family came to Americus to visit. Some of my best childhood memories were made there. During the holidays, we would sit around the massive fireplace in the family room, summer days were spent hanging out in our treehouse, and rainy days were spent roller blading in the basement…because hey, it was the 90’s. I even learned how to drive on Sally Run’s 150 acres.

Jump forward 20 years, and Sally Run is still incredibly near and dear to my heart. After our beloved Big Daddy passed away and the house was empty, my mom came up with the brilliant plan to turn Sally Run into an event venue for other families and loved ones to enjoy. I was lucky enough to be a part of one such event last winter. My lifelong friend, Ansley Evans, chose Sally Run for her wedding weekend. She herself had grown up with the property; she was like part of our family. Many of the memories I mentioned earlier include her, and celebrating her wedding at Sally Run was so incredibly special to us all.

Sally Run also played a small part in my wedding. My bridesmaids threw my now husband and I an engagement party there. It was the perfect fall evening – friends and family from near and far, football on the big screen in the family room (a must for any southern, fall party), and a fire going in the fire pit outside.

Whatever the occasion, Sally Run is the perfect space to celebrate, she has been a symbol of love from the very beginning!

Written By: Hanna Richards
January 8, 2018