The Mountain Spirits Festival has evolved from a one-day event into a series of events. Instead of one large festival, several smaller events will be held periodically at the Franklin County Library.
On October 4 from 8:30 AM until noon in the library’s upstairs meeting room, the first Mountain Spirits Series will showcase regional authors.
|A few of the non-fiction books available on Oct. 4|
Which authors will be there?
Michael Abraham, Lisa Chitwood, Rodger Doss, Ibby Greer, Dwight Hayes, Tom Howell, Shea LeMone, Louise Majeski, Marian McConnell, Beverly Merritt, Jim Morrison, Becky Mushko, Tina Peters, Jean Shaeffer, and Morris Stephenson will have books to sell and sign. Plus they'll be delighted to chat with any visitors. Tina Hanlon, who maintains the Ferrum College AppLit website, will have an exhibit of Appalachian literature.
|A few of the fiction books available on Oct. 4.|
What else is happening at this first event in the series?
Also at the library on Oct. 4, Friends of the Library will hold their monthly used book sale.
Also, other creative arts will be featured, including author/guitarist Marian McConnell and Dean Smith who teaches at Downtown Music. Their acoustic music is sure to entertain visitors.
Soap-maker Sherrie Mitchell will have her hand-made soap and artist Carol Yopp will have her note-cards and wildlife art. Photographers Dwight Hayes and Bill Mitchell will exhibit some of their work. Dwight Hayes’ old-fashioned camera was a big hit last year, so it will be back to provide hands-on experience for those who want to see what photography used to be like. Bill Mitchell will also have T-shirts with a Franklin county theme, art,and other creative stuff.
|Marian McConnell at last year's festival.|
|Bill Mitchell, Dwight Hayes, and Dwight's big camera|
at last year's festival.
This first event in the Mountain Spirits Series is a great opportunity to visit with creative people and talk to them about their creations. With books, music CDs, and art for sale, it’s also an opportunity to buy early Christmas presents.