Historical Society’s Spring Heritage Day Roundup Set Saturday, April 30

Arts and crafts, music, storytelling, book sales, displays, genealogy research,  a silent auction with some really great items up for bid, fantastic door prizes and much more, including a delicious lunch that will be available between 11-11:45 am.

What better way to spend a beautiful spring day than at the Fentress County Historical Society’s 26th annual Heritage Day Spring Roundup at York Elementary School, this Saturday, April 30, from 9am to 3pm.

Add to that the introduction of Fentress County’s First Families and the Historical Society’s scholarship winner for this year and the Roundup will be an event that you won’t want to miss.

There will be music throughout the day, performed by some very talented local groups and individuals.  These are:

Leonard Anderson:  Folk musician.  He will also have a music display and will sell his CDs.

Alice Bowden:  Heartstrings.  Will also have folk music instruments and marionettes.

Denise Reagan:  Folk and ballad singer/musician

Casey Crabtree and Fentress County Bluegrass Boys:  Bluegrass and folk music group

Singing Rexroats:  Southern Gospel

Justin Miller:  ELVIS: King of Rock N’ Roll  — Will also provide sound for Roundup

Several of the artists and craft artists who will be exhibiting and demonstrating their skills and talents will also be offering their  works for sale at the Roundup.   

Here is a list of those creative individuals and a sneak peak of what you might expect to find when you stop by to check out their exhibits.

Debbie Bilbrey:  Jewelry

Sheila Hall:  Embroidery, hand sewing

Wanda Hatfield:    Sewing

Debby Johnson:  Quill pens, parchment-like paper

Ben King:  Chainsaw art

Doris King:  Oil painting, pottery

Pauline King:  Quilting

Angie McLain:  Painting, pastels, watercolors, handmade greeting cards

Nelson Matthews:  Outdoor photography

Kerry McLaughlin:  Glass art, yard art, shepherd’s hooks, birdfeeders

Denise Reagan:  Photography

Johnny Roysden:  Chainsaw art

Cliff Thacker:  Blacksmithing tools and works

Kenny Tompkins:  Shave horse and woodworking

Jeff and Pam Wilson:  Handmade mosaics, tiles

Lester Wilson:  Chair maker, small wood products, refinisher

Mrs. Lester Wilson:  Corn shuck dolls, handcrafted soaps

Nancy Upchurch:  Paintings and prints

There will be several historical displays.  A rare and very special display, created especially for this year’s Roundup, by Martha Wiley, will be of memorabilia and photographs from the  collections of her cousins, Miss Edith Smith and Miss Ella Grace Smith, who taught at Allardt, Pine Haven and York Elementary schools for many years.  She will also have costumes from some of their school programs.  This will be of special interest to their former students.

Several authors will be on hand to talk about, sell and autograph their books.  Among them will be:

Dr. Lynwood Montell, noted folklorist, who has written many books about the Upper Cumberland of Tennessee and Kentucky.  He will also tell stories from his book,  Ghosts Along the Cumberland.

Janice Smith, who, with Fay Wheeler, authored High Noon at Zenith.  She will also have a display of historical items.

Linda Brooks Jones, Rugby, Tennessee, native and owner of Grey Gables Bed and Breakfast Inn at Rugby.  She will have her two books, The Table at Grey Gables and A Full Taste of Grey Gables.  These books include her recipes and those given to her by relatives, friends and guests, as well as her writings about her  family and the Rugby community.  She will also show attire worn by the British lady colonists during the late 1800s.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.