Jesse Stuart Foundation preserves the human and literary legacy of Jesse Stuart and other Kentucky and Appalachian writers.
‰The annual Jesse Stuart Weekend will be held Sept. 28 through 29 at the Jesse Stuart Lodge at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup County. Friday’s activities include a short hike through the Jesse Stuart Nature Preserve led by Bud Vanzant and Stacy Nelson; a talk on Stuart’s collection of poems, Songs of a Mountain Plowman by James Gifford; and a welcoming reception. Saturday’s activities include a bus tour of W-Hollow; a musical drama based on Songs of a Mountain Plowman, adapted by Anne Stephens, at the John P. Stephens Cultural Center in Raceland; and evaluations of Stuart’s first editions and other hard to find Stuart books. For more information about the Jesse Stuart Weekend, contact the Foundation at (606) 326-1667 or visit the website at jsfbooks.com; to make room reservations, contact the Park at (606) 473-7324.
‰The JSF Regional Readers book group meets the last Tuesday of the month at 5:45 p.m. September’s selection is “Velva Jean Learns to Drive” by Jennifer Niven. The book group is open to all and new members are always welcome. The complete reading list for 2012 is available at the JSF website at jsfbooks.com.
‰The Jesse Stuart Room features Stuart memorabilia, rare books and collectible items.
‰The Leming Art Gallery features works by area artists and photographs by William “Pictureman” Mullins.
‰The Book Store offers a wide variety of new, used and collectible books; fine art prints; pottery; gift items; and Ruth Hunt’s “Blue Monday” candy bars, assorted chocolates, and bourbon balls and mint julep bourbon balls. Also featured are books in the “Images of America” series of local pictorial histories.
‰The Young Readers’ Corner features Jesse Stuart’s junior books as well as books for children by Billy C. Clark and other regional authors; books in the “Childhood of Famous Americans” series; and resources for teachers of reading.
The Jesse Stuart Foundation is located at 1645 Winchester Avenue in downtown Ashland and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (606) 326-1667, visit jsfbooks.com, or friend us on Facebook.