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Giles Foundation celebrating ten years since group first organized

By Beverly England

In March 1996 a group of preservationists and readers of Kentucky literature met for the first time to discuss the buying of Janice Holt and Henry Giles' log home and its surrounding acres; the home is located in the northern part of Adair County, Kentucky. The log home was bought and the group incorporated to establish The Giles Society.

For the last 10 years, The Giles Society has sponsored activities during the summer months at the Giles House. The events planned for 2006 are as follows:June 17 James C. Claypool presenting "Kentucky Blue: The Story of Bluegrass Music." The Kentucky Humanities Council presentation will begin at 10 AM CT (11 AM ET).

June 24 Pottery workshops for young students ages 7-12. Henrietta Scott, acclaimed potter and artist from Columbia, will instruct the students. The fee is $5 per student. For further information contact Clara Metzmeier at 270-465-6104 or

August 12 Kentuckians Reading Kentuckians. This event provides an opportunity for budding and experienced writers to read their works. For further information contact Jan Sparkman at 606-878-6257 or

October 7 The Eighth Annual Arts and Crafts Day. A fun filled day of great arts and crafts, bluegrass music, great food, and activities for the whole family. Contact Beverly England at 270-384-5906. The event starts at 9 AM CT.

October 14 Ghost stories told by acclaimed folklorist and collector of ghost stories, Mr. Lynwood Montell. This event starts at 5:30 PM CT.

All events mentioned will be held at the Giles house located in Knifley, KY.

In honor of Janice Holt Giles' birth date March was designated as membership month. Membership is the same as it was ten years ago. Basic membership is $25; Friends, $25 to $50; 40 Acres and No Mule, $50 TO $100; Shady Grove, $100-$250; Around Our House, $250-$500; A Little Better Than Pub, $500 to $1000; The Enduring Hills, $1000 to $5000; and The Believers, $5000 OR MORE. Mail your membership renewal or new membership to The Gile Society, PO Box 932, Columbia, KY 42728

The Giles Society is a non-profit organization that endeavors to preserve and promote the legacy of Janice Holt Giles and Henry Giles, to collect materials pertinent to the hertiage and legacy of Janice Holt Giles, to offer opportunities for the education of the public with respect to literature, authors, and writers and other humanities subjects, and to raise money to carry out the above purpose.

For further information about the Giles Society visit or contact Clara Metzmeier 270-465-6104 or

We also have paper weights by Mr. Loyd French a local Adair County artist. The paper weights are $20 and all proceeds go toward the up keep of the house and property. You may purchase the paper weights at the Adair County Public Library or at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce office.

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