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BookFest set for November 22

From 11am till 2pm on Saturday, November 22, 11 regional authors and 1 illustrator will be appearing for book signings at 11 downtown shops.

November’s hosting locations are Alleghany Arts & Crafts, Alleghany Historical Museum, Becca’s Backwoods, Books N’ Friends, Farmer’s Hardware, Imaging Specialists, Inc., Mangum-Cater on Main, Sparky’s Coffeehouse, Studio Redwood, Touch of Grace, and The Vintage Cottage.

Authors are Doug Butler, Chris Cox, Karen Hall, Jeff Halsey, Suzanne Irwin & Zach Hamm, Illustrator, Ellie Kirby, Aaron McAlexander, Elva Sieg, Diane Trott, and Sam Williams.

Alleghany Arts & Crafts:
Ann Black
Ivy Rose
Alleghany Historical Museum:
Doug Butler
After Appomattox: NC Civil War Monuments
Becca’s Backwoods:
Karen Hall
Building the Blue Ridge Parkway
Books N Friends:
Elva Sieg
Celebrating the Underdog by Tom Sieg
Farmer’s Hardware:
Chris Cox
Waking Up in a Cornfield: A Selection of Columns
Imaging Specialists, Inc.:
Jeff Halsey
Star Route Books
Mangum Cater Pottery on Main:
Aaron McAlexander
The Last One Leaving Mayberry
Sparky’s Coffeehouse:
Diane Trott
Cherokee Inc.: The Case of the Incinerated Indian
Studio Redwood:
Ellie Kirby
The White Bear
Touch of Grace:
Sam Williams
Garden Snippets
The Vintage Cottage:
Suzanne Mellow-Irwin
and illustrator Zach Hamm

The Stratford Oaks Tales
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2014 NCSH Awards

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We attended the Annual Awards Banquet of the North Carolina Society of Historians in Mooresville, on October 25.

We won a Joe M. McLauren Newsletter award for the Alleghany Historical Genealogical Society newsletter we produce.

Our 2014 issue Emma Jean’s Blue Ridge Almanac also won Paul Green Multimedia Award. (The 2015 book will be available in November.)

Imaging Specialists, Inc. also redesigned the 14 NCSH award certificates and printed them, this year.


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Angel Street


Here’s a poster we drew for Angel Street, the play opening tomorrow night (Halloween) in Sparta. It’s based on the old movie Gaslight, where Charles Boyer tries to convince his new wife, Ingrid Bergman, she’s crazy. We used an actual gas flame for the lamp illustration and found the gradient made a nice, spooky evening background, also.

Plan to join us and the Alleghany Community Theatre at 8:45pm – NO ADMISSION charged, but mainly for adults- not really a kid’s event.

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