On Thursday, January 24th at 6 p.m., the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture will host a special director’s screening of “Sunlight Makes it Sweeter: A Story of Sorghum" by Fred Sauceman. Tickets are free for museum members and $5 for non-members.

The documentary looks at a family's sorghum mill located in Overton County in the predominantly-Mennonite community known as Muddy Pond. The main characters in the film are the Guenther family ,who after moving to Tennessee in the mid-1960s, began growing and harvesting sorghum cane. Since 1981, members of the Guenther family have partnered to operate the Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill in Monterey, which is located between Knoxville and Nashville.

Director Fred Sauceman said, "I've kind of followed the family ever since 2004 and kept track of where their product is being used across the country, and I've also admired sorghum makers in general because this is a labor-intensive product. It takes a lot of work to make sorghum syrup. Every time I eat a tablespoon of sorghum, I think of all the work that went into that jar."

About the Speaker

Fred W. Sauceman celebrates the foodways and culture of his native Appalachia through books, magazine articles, newspaper columns, radio, television and documentary films. His home base is the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City where he is a Senior Writer and Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies and News Director for WETS-FM.