OCTOBER LITERARY FESTIVAL
I've recently updated my website with news of the upcoming Lowcountry Arts and Literary Festival on Saturday, October 24. I'll be there with my antebellum books, which are tailor-made for the Festival's location on Frampton Plantation at Yemassee, SC. The current big house, which dates back to 1868, replaces the one General Sherman's troops burned.
The Festival takes place on the plantation grounds under grand old oaks. In the back yard, you can see Civil War earthworks that General Lee's Army erected to defend the Confederate RR supply line between Savannah and Charleston.
The building has been renovated to add electricity and plumbing and now houses the Lowcountry Visitor's Center as well as the local tourism commission.
It promises to be a day of immersion in our history. Because many of us have mixed feelings about our Confederate past, we don't celebrate it. However, as a way of recognizing the courage of slaves and the inhumane system of law our state once upheld, we preserve the memory of that time. Beautiful old Lowcountry houses, such as the one at Frampton Plantation, are testaments to the skillful handiwork of slaves and freed blacks.
You can bookend the Lowcountry Arts & Literary Festival with the Beaufort Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens, which takes place the same weekend. It's a three-day event beginning on Friday evening and ending Sunday midday. I'm planning to wrap up the weekend at the Sunday Kitchens & Cuisine tour (five chefs at five houses). Beaufort is a short drive from Yemassee, maybe 20 minutes.
Till Next Time
A copy of the literary journal Kestrel containing my short story "Till Next Time" came in the mail. I'm pleased to see my work included with the outstanding quality of stories and poems that appear in this issue (Number 34). A copy of Kestrel is $15 and available from the Department of Language & Literature, Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV 26554.