September 26, 2013
By G. Sam Piatt
ARGILLITE, Ky. – The Jesse Stuart Weekend will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28, at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park.
The first activity comes at 9 a.m. Friday with a guided tour of the site of Lonesome Valley School in Greenup County. Stuart taught there when first beginning his teaching career. The tour will be led by Bud Vanzant, an associate member of the Jesse Stuart Foundation, which was founded 35 years ago to promote Stuart’s works.
Following lunch on their own in the park lodge, participants will have the opportunity to loin Vanzant on a trip to hike the Jesse Stuart Nature Preserve – 714 acres that were one a part of the Stuart farm.
The trip includes a hike of about three-quarters of a mile up the gentle wooded slope of Seaton Ridge to Old Op’s Cabin, the setting for Stuart’s novel, “The Good Spirit of Laurel Ridge.”
The program that evening will begin at 7:30 in the lodge’s Conference Room No. 1. Scott Miller and the School of Appalachian Music will entertain with performances of traditional music and a demonstration of buck dancing.
A reception will follow at 8:30 in the same meeting room.
JSF authors will be available to sign books at that time.
The schedule for Saturday calls for a bus tour of W-Hollow led by board member David Palmore. Participants will meet Palmore at 8:45 a.m. in the lodge lobby.
At 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon a bus will leave the lodge for a trip to foundation headquarters in Ashland, Ky. The JSF Bookstore there will be open for sales.
Throughout the weekend, Palmore will be available to evaluate Stuart collections, including first editions and other hard-to-find copies of his work.
To make room reservations at the lodge, call the lodge desk at 606-473-7324.
G. Sam Piatt can be reached at 606-932-3619 or Gsamwriter@aol.com.