Carrying on her father’s legacy, Joy Hill Watson is busy organizing the late Rev. Matthew Hill’s 32nd annual Wild Feast that will be presented at St. Luke A.M.E. Church on Sunday. Hill — a retired Cartersville educator and school board member — passed away in 2009.
“Matthew Hill started it with Mrs. Rosa Billups after he retired from the Cartersville City School system,” Watson said. “Daddy said he learned to cook out of necessity. He said it’s a sport at this point, but when he was growing up they ate wild game for food.“My role is to collect, cook and coordinate the Wild Feast. This year, in addition to the wild game offerings, we will also have a black history skit and an African dancer. I wanted to carry on the tradition, because Daddy looked forward to it every year. It was our thing that we did together. Cecil McConnell would often help him cook.”In preparing for the offering, Watson revealed she enjoys cooking the various kinds of meat.“I’m not that good with cooking side dishes, but [I] can do just about anything with meat,” she said. “Typical of the wild feast, we will have groundhog, raccoon, rabbit, goat and opossum. I even have bear this year. Of course, I’ll have chicken. The thing I like most is when somebody says they liked the food. You never know until you try it.”The free gathering will immediately follow the church’s 11 a.m. service featuring the Rev. Charles Ramsey Jr.’s sermon. Both offerings at 130 Jones St. in Cartersville will be open to the public.“The Sunday sermon is a new series [titled] ‘An Instagram of Jesus’ — a picture view of the cross,” Ramsey said. “This Sunday, I will be preaching from the subject Fighting Temptation from Matthew 4:1-11. My hope and goal to the listener is to understand that we have the ultimate power over temptation with the help of the power of Christ. If we listen and follow Christ, we will be able to tap into the blessings that God has for us.“What I enjoy the most ... [about] the Wild Feast is the fellowship and the love shared [during] this occasion and the many exotic foods we will eat. The spirit of unity that Coach Hill brought to Wild Feast and St. Luke A.M.E. Church shows the love of our church and community.”For more information, call Watson at 770-873-3146 or visit St. Luke A.M.E. Church’s website, http://www.saintlukeame.org.