On an early autumn evening at Belhaven University, a medley of mixed-gray hair and the fresh faces of youth is present at the school’s annual homecoming celebration. It’s a decidedly well-behaved affair, a tapestry of buttoned plaids, modest dresses and mild manners. It feels postcard idyllic — exactly the place you wouldn’t mind leaving your child for a wholesome college experience. That’s just how Harrison Scott Key remembers it.

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Originally published in The ‘Sip, Winter 2016

Photo by Ron Blaylock Photography