Jesse Stuart Weekend

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The Jesse Stuart Weekend at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is almost here!!!

The annual Jesse Stuart Weekend will be Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26 at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. To make room reservations, contact the Park at 606-473-7324. Here is the agenda for the weekend:

Friday, September 25
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Quilt Display
Nancy Osborne will display and discuss quilts that are related to Jesse Stuart’s life.

1:30 pm
Jesse Stuart Nature Preserve
Join Bud Vanzant for a trip to the Jesse Stuart Nature Preserve (JSNP). The preserve consists of 714 acres, which were originally part of Stuart’s farm. Bud will conduct a hike to Seaton Ridge, a part of JSNP inaccessible by car. There you’ll explore Stuart’s world and visit such sites as “Old Opp’s Cabin,” made famous in Stuart’s The Good Sprit of Laurel Ridge. Wear shoes suitable for hiking.

5:00 pm
Dinner on your own at the Jesse Stuart Lodge

7:30 pm
Evening Presentation
Jesse Stuart, a one-man show by Jimmy Lowe. Following Mr. Lowe’s presentation, the audience can ask questions about Jesse Stuart from a panel consisting of Jimmy Lowe, Jim Gifford, David Palmore, and Sam Piatt.

8:30 pm
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park welcomes you to Jesse Stuart Weekend 2015! JSF authors will be available to sign copies of their books.

Saturday, September 26
9:00 am
W-Hollow Tour
JSF Board member David Palmore will guide an informative (and fun!) bus tour of the land that inspired Stuart’s literary creations.

12:00 noon
Lunch on your own at the Jesse Stuart Lodge

1:30 pm
Tour of the JSF headquarters
Visit the new JSF headquarters building at 4440 13th Street in Ashland.

5:00 pm
Dinner on your own at the Jesse Stuart Lodge

7:30 pm
The Carlisle Brothers: Country Music Duo
Enjoy a performance by Greg Breeding and Martin Harley portraying the legendary pioneers of early country music. Clifford (1904-1983) teamed with his younger brother Bill (1908-2003) to form The Carlisle Brothers in the 1930s. They performed on Louisville radio in an early version of the barn-dance format. In 1938, they signed with Decca Records and during a stint on a Knoxville radio station they became the stars of two barn-dance programs. After World War II, the brothers signed with the King label in Cincinnati where they had a huge hit, Rainbow at Midnight, in 1946. Enjoying both group and individual success, Clifford wrote more than 300 songs and Bill was invited to
join the Grand Ole Opry in 1953. Born in Wakefield, Kentucky, Clifford and Bill Carlisle are among the pioneers of early country music. Their songwriting, recordings, and instrumental abilities became a part of country music history. They remain a cherished link between old-time country music and today’s modern sounds.

Book Evaluations
Throughout the Jesse Stuart Weekend, David Palmore, Don Miller, and Jim Gifford will be available to evaluate your Stuart first editions and other hard-to-find Stuart books. If you have duplicates of first editions, we may be able to accept them as trade-ins on other books. This is a good time to expand your Stuart Collection and do some old fashioned trading.

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