Preparation is underway here in the final days before our wonderful antique show at the historic Museum of Appalachia, we’re working hard to bring every detail to life so that your experience is the best it can possibly be. While I feel it is the best Antique Show in our Country (truly I am a tad prejudiced!) –  it is so much more than that. It is a family event and everyone in your house will find something they love about it. Please watch this short 10 minute video that shows all there is to do and see during The Days of the Pioneer !!!   Just 10 minutes north of Knoxville, TN on Sept. 9th and 10th – SEE YOU THERE !!!!

Market, Good Reads and Tunes!

Hello! Happy Friday to those of you who have weekends! Around here everyday is pretty much the same no matter the name. But actually, Friday nights do feel a little bit different. Tonight is nacho night. That’s our go-to meal for something quick. Keep in mind in our humble abode that is not really a house but an office I have a microwave, hot plate and Crock Pot that my pal Josh gave me to save the day!

So tomorrow is pack day – I’m headed to Springfield, Ohio for Market Square’s Cash and Carry Wholesale show. Shop owners in the area – come see me! I’ll have lots of great Folk Art and great show specials on books!

Since I’m always telling you about the tunes I listen to on my trips – I thought I would show you that I don’t ALWAYS listen to Old-Time Music (although I really do most of the time!) But I have other tastes in music too that might surprise you. I’ll probably be listening to this on my way to O-HI-O, at least a couple of times ~

And quite possibly this:

A million years or so ago I promised you more good reads from my favorite book list. I’ve been remiss in giving you those so here are six that should be at the top of your list for the dog days of summer.  I absolutely, highly recommend all of them.

One of my all time favorites is “Fair and Tender Ladies” by Lee Smith. Smith is a superb Appalachian writer, and while I don’t like literally everything she writes, I do most. But this one is her very best for my taste.

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While I would guess that most of you have read “Widow of the South,” (it’s a must read if you haven’t) I doubt many of you have read Robert Hicks sophomore book, “A Separate Country.” I had the supreme honor and joy to interview Mr. Hicks for an article in the magazine and he is passionate, intelligent, intuitive, sensitive and creative. He can turn a phrase like no one else.

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Sandra Dallas is another favorite author of mine. She has written a lot of great books, although I have to say that I like her earlier stuff better. But her all time best is, “The Dairy of Mattie Spenser.” This one could easily go to the top of your must read list.

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And two more very, very good books are, “Jubilee Trail,” by Gwen Bristow   and “The Widows’s  War,” by Sally Gunning.

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This should get you through summer, and don’t worry – I have plenty more for you for the cool days of fall and cold winter months when you will want to snuggle up with a good read!

Come see me in O-HI-O !!!!