The Adventures of Ociee Nash

Saturday, June 8th at 6:00 pm

Venue Details

Baker Book House I 2768 East Paris Ave SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49546 I (616) 957-3110

Ociee nash

Venue Details

Baker Book House I 2768 East Paris Ave SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49546 I (616) 957-3110

Event Details

For the young, spirited nine-year-old Ociee Nash, nothing could be more exciting than romping through her beloved Mississippi countryside with her brother Ben and her faithful four-legged companion, “Woofer.” However, Ociee’s idyllic life is thrown into a tailspin when her Papa realizes that because of the death of Ociee’s mother, and Ociee’s run-in with a mysterious Gypsy, the rough-and-tumble world of their rural farm is not the place for Ociee to be growing up. Papa decides it is time to send Ociee to Asheville, N.C. where her Aunt Mamie can teach her to become “a young lady.” Sadly, Ociee boards the train to Asheville.

Once on her way, it’s not long before Ociee meets an array of interesting characters: Nellie Bly, Orville and Wilbur Wright (TY PENNINGTON of Trading Spaces in his feature film debut), and even the President of the United States, William McKinley, for whom Ociee inspires a campaign slogan.

In Asheville, Ociee and Aunt Mamie quickly find there are two sides to every story. Trading in dungarees for dresses, Ociee tries her best to adjust, but finds herself compelled to hold onto her spirited heart. Ociee befriends the proper young Elizabeth Murphy, but a trip to the creek and a meeting with young Harry Vanderbilt and the creek boys, finds Ociee and Elizabeth in over their heads. Aunt Mamie is more determined than ever that Ociee now conform to her strict standards. However, Aunt Mamie’s soft heart is revealed when Ociee invites her childhood friend, Mr. Lynch, over for Sunday dinner.

Ociee’s true bravery, character and spirit come to the forefront when a fire at the Murphy house threatens the life of young Elizabeth Murphy