Leaf & String features music, books and art

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By Staff Reports

The annual Galax Leaf & String Festival in downtown Galax highlights the best our region has to offer, from music and literature to dance, art and crafts.
This year’s festival is June 13-14. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
The event is a featured venue on The Crooked Road, Virginia’s official heritage music driving trail. The event features bluegrass and old-time music on multiple stages, youth bands, clogging groups, a Friday Night Square Dance, crafts and food vendors. Chestnut Creek School of the Arts will be front and center promoting classes for all ages.
Part of Leaf & String is the annual “Authors On Grayson” event, sponsored by Chapters Book Shop. The two-day event will feature an authors’ tent on East Grayson Street, in front of the book store, where authors will talk with readers, sign books and share ideas.
Bands performing downtown will include The White Top Mountain Band, Dry Hill Draggers, Mountain Park Old Time Band, Roan Mountain Ramblers, Crooked Road Ramblers, Backstep, New Cabin Creek Boys, Zephyr Lightning Bolts and the New Spring Valley Boys.
Cloggers will also perform during the day. All music will be in front of Barr’s Fiddle Shop on South Main Street.
Friday night at the historic Rex Theater on Grayson Street is the Jeff Little Trio at 8 p.m., followed by a dance on the street beginning at 9:30 p.m. with the White Top Mountain Band and a square dance caller.
Saturday night at the Rex, beginning at 7 p.m., will be the Old Time Jamboree with five top old-time bands — Mountain Park Old Time Band, The Dry Hill Draggers, Crooked Road Ramblers, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers and the Slate Mountain Ramblers.
Advance tickets are available at the Galax Visitors Center on E. Grayson Street and Barr’s Fiddle Shop on South Main Street.

Authors on Grayson
Fans of local and regional fiction and non-fiction will have the chance to meet and chat with more than 30 authors on Friday and Saturday during Chapters Bookshop’s annual book festival, Authors on Grayson.
Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free, but attendees will have the chance to purchase autographed books from a wide variety of the area’s most popular fiction and non-fiction authors.
Meet cozy mystery author Gayle Trent on Saturday. Entertainment Weekly described Trent’s cake decorating mystery series as a “tasty read.”
Mystery fans will also be pleased by the return of festival favorite Leanna Sain, along with “Fancy Gap” author C. David Gelly.
More festival favorites and a few new faces also plan appearances. Authors include: Michael Abraham, representatives of the late Pastor David Aldred, Judy Nunn Alley, Besty Ashton, Oma Boyd, Ronda L. Caudill, Hal H. Eaton and Carolyn Tyree Feagans.
Also, Karen J. Hall, Sharon Halsey, Michael Howlett, Susan Kroupa, Jayme Moore Llewellyn, D.S. Lliteras, Charles Harman Lytton, M.D. Martin and Aaron McAlexander.
Also, Ken Metz, Larry G. Morgan, John Nunn, Thomas D. Perry, Donna G. Smith, Greg Spencer, Phyllis Stump, Sheri L. Swift, Tom Taylor, Joe Tennis, Art Theocles, Vicky Town and Wanda Wingler. Pocahontas Press will also attend.
In addition, Chapters Bookshop will host journalist and author Beth Macy beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. Attendees will meet and chat with Macy about her book, “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local and Helped Save an American Town.” The book releases July 15 and chronicles John Bassett III’s battle to save hundreds of jobs by taking on China and demonstrating the greatness of American business.
Chapters Bookshop will celebrate its 18th birthday Friday. Enjoy free cupcakes Friday afternoon, as well as a free wine tasting at The Wine Cellar at Chapters.
The Wine Cellar at Chapters will host Coltsfoot Winery, a Southwest Virginia winery known for its country wines and unique wine jellies, for a free tasting on Saturday.
Chapters Bookshop is located at 101 E. Grayson St. For more information, call (276) 236-9703.