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Giles Society is having great festival day

Festival continues through 4:00pmCT today
Several photos accompany this article

Compiled from Clara Metzmeier narrative and CM files

Good fall weather is creating successful 2008 Arts and Crafts Festival at the Giles House today, Saturday, October 4, 2008, one of the major Kentucky cultural events of the Fall Season.

A large number of vendors are on hand, the weather is cooperating beautifully, and great food is being offered by the Giles Society, prepared by grill chief cook Chris Watts and co-chef Charles Sparks.


This morning they were brewing coffee; Chef Watts was cooking thick slices of country ham assembled on fork split biscuits by Charles Sparks. During the day they were transitioning to grilled hamburgers.

Among the many notables seen early at the festival were Kentucky author/folklorist Lynnwood Montell, Mayor and Mrs. Pat Bell of Columbia, and Adair County Journalist Paul Hayes.

Author Mike Watson has a booth and is selling his own books and a wide range of books on Adair County history.

Famed Kentucky artists Henrietta and Jeff Scott have a pottery display.

The sculpture and pottery of Wyman Rice are on display and the artist is creating sculpture on the scene.

Quilts and hooked rugs by Josephine Hubbard are at another booth.

Don Parrish of Bardstown Booksellers will be available to appraise books and small antiques for $5 per item. Mr. Parrish donates the proceeds from appraisals to The Giles Society.Lloyd French has art work on display and for sale.

Mike Huddleston of Greensburg is offering prints of Pansy Phillips paintings as well as his own unique walking sticks. Pansy Phillips was a good friend of Janice Giles and illustrated Janice Giles' books.Musical performances, which began at 10:30amCT, and feature feature The Rich Family, Royal Heirs Gospel Singers, students from Taylor County Show Choir, Living Waters Bluegrass group, and Adair County High School Chorus.

The Giles Society is selling Giles Books and 2008 Giles Christmas ornaments.

The Festival, cosponsored by The Giles Society, Bank of Columbia, and First Farmers and National Bank, began at 9:00amCT/10amET and ends at 4:00pmCT/5:00pmET. A drawing for a Penn's Ham, a Penn's gift box, and a Margaret Dunn basket will be at 3:00pmCT/4:00pmET.

The Giles Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Giles legacy and to the enrichment of all lives through informal educational opportunities.

The next event at the Giles House will be October 11 when ghost stories will be told by Lynwood Montell, folklorist. For more information call (270) 465-6104, (270) 789-1713, or visit www.gilessociety.org.


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2008 Giles House Arts, Crafts Festival: The Mike Watsons



2008-10-04 - Giles House, Spouts Springs, Knifley, KY .
AMONG THE EARLIEST VENDORS on the groups for the 10th Annual Giles House Arts & Crafts Festival were historian Mike Watson and his wife, Renee Watson. Watson will be offering his history books at the festival. His next work, "An Adair County History, Vol. II: Pioneers," will be presented at a book signing at the Adair County Public Library on November 3, 2008. He'll be back in Columbia on October 27, 2008, to appear in the 2nd Annual Silent City program at the Columbia City Cemetery, when he will be an enactor. "This is our favorite time to be at the Giles House," Mrs. Watson said. "We like the first light and the shadows before the sun comes over the hill," Mr. Watson added. The festival continues until 4:00pmCT today.

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2008 Giles House: Unique walking sticks



2008-10-04 - Giles House, Spout Springs, Knifley, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener.
MIKE HUDDLESTON, Greensburg, KY, is one of the vendors at the 10th Annual Giles House Arts & Crafts Fair now underway at Spouts Springs, KY. Huddleston has a variety of unique handmade walking sticks and also has a number of prints from the the watercolor prints of Greensburg artist Pansy Phillips, on of Janice Holt Giles' closest friends.

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2008 Giles Festival: Sculptor Wyman Rice carves a whale



2008-10-04 - Giles House, Spout Springs, Knifley, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener.
ADAIR COUNTY NATIVE WYMAN RICE, who now has a pottery/sculpture studio in Lexington, KY, was carving a whale from stone this morning at the 10th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival. Among the other beautiful carvings he is offering is a stylized work based on a 50s automobile hood ornament. His pottery is on sale today, too. The pottery is created using the handbuilt coil method, with the clay being shaped from coils of clay by hand, rather than using a potter's wheel. The festival continues today, Saturday, October 4, 2008, until 4:00pmCT.

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2008 Giles Festival: Making cane baskets



2008-10-04 - Giles House, Spout Springs, Knifley, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener.
MARGARET DUNN and daughter CONNIE BROCKMAN
are making homemade white oak baskets at the 10th Annual Giles House Arts and Crafts Festival at Spout Springs, Knifley, KY today, Saturday, October 4, 2008. Mrs. Dunn gets the material from trees on her farm nearby. The basket underway is called a "buttocks basket" from the shape of its bottom. The festival continues until 4:00pmCT today.

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2008 Giles Festival: Society President Metzmeier, Donna Loy



2008-10-04 - Giles House, Spout Springs, Knifley, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener.
DONNA LOY, Knifley, KY, owner of White Butterflies in Key Village Shopping Center in Russell Springs, chats with Giles Society President Clara Metzmeier during the 10th Annual Giles Society Arts and Crafts Fair today. The festival continues today, Saturday, October 4, 2008, until 4:00pmCT.

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2008 Giles Festival: Visiting fellow vendors



2008-10-04 - Giles House, Spout Springs, Knifley, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener.
Artists, writers, and craftsmen were visiting neighbor's booths before the official opening of the 2008 Giles House Arts and Crafts Festival this morning, Saturday, October 4, 2008. In the center is artist Lloyd French, talking with Mr. and Mrs. Michael Watson of Harrodsburg, KY.

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2008 Giles Festival: Relaxing before crowds arrive



2008-10-04 - Giles House, Spout Springs, Knifley, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener.
Roger Burton and Josephine Hubbard rest and visit after setting up booths before the Giles Festival opened. Roger Burton is selling prints, Josephine Hubbard is selling hand made hooked rugs and other items at the show.

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