According to an Airstream online forum,
that was the total number of Airstream
travel trailer enthusiasts who gathered
in Hershey, Pennsylvania, for the 13th
Wally Wyam Caravan Club International
(WWCCI) rally in 1970. I suppose it was
as good a place as any to fall in love. Christine Leslie Powell
had made the trip with her family from Ontario, Canada.
James Wooten had traveled with his family from Alamo,
Georgia. When they met, Christine was a professional ballet
dancer with credentials from the prestigious Royal Academy
of Dance, and James was studying to become an Optometrist
at the Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in Memphis,
Tennessee. Their lives could not have been more different.
But among all those shiny aluminum Airstream trailers, they
found one another, and their lives were forever changed.
Marrying James meant not only leaving her family and
country for Christine, but also the dance studio she had
started at the young age of fourteen. “The Leslie Powell
School of Dance was very successful. They were even on
Jennifer's mother Christine
Wooten was a professional
ballet dancer with the
prestigious Royal Academy
of Dance and also owned
a successful dance studio in
Canada, but when she met
Jennifer's father James, she
gave it up to move to Vidalia.lia.
Soon the call to teach dance
stirred her to open Vidalia
Academy of Ballet in 1976.
104 Toombs County Magazine