The Sedalia Center exists because of the vision of Bill and Annis McCabe.

The couple purchased the former school building from the county at an auction more than 20 years ago with the idea of turning it into an arts center in a rural setting. They shortly got it rolling, setting it up as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a board of directors. It runs entirely on donations, the proceeds of festivals and volunteers — lots of volunteers.

Bill McCabe, a noted area equine enthusiast, died in 2010. Annis, a noted area artist, followed him in 2011. The McCabe family, however, is still involved. Virginia McCabe, the daughter of Bill and Annis, supports the center in various ways and their daughter-in-law, Doris McCabe, came on board as the center’s director in 2011-2012. Terri Forte succeeded her until ??. Doris now serves at the centers Chairman of the Board.

Doris McCabe, married to the McCabes son, Tom, moved down here from New York State. She described the area where she lived, in the Hudson River valley, as much like Bedford County. Prior to moving here, she taught freshman-level college English classes and English as a second language. She’s also been involved with horses all her life and has been “horse crazy” for as long as she can remember. At present, she has a mare, named Mystery, that her father-in-law bred.

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Sedalia Center continues the legacy set by Bill and Annis McCabe

By John Barnhart Wednesday, May 9, 2012