Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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December 9, 2012

Authors showcase to be at McConnell House

Wurtland — Authors from across the region will gather at the McConnell House for the third annual Christmas Showcase of Authors and living history event.

The showcase will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event is free and will be hosted by Greenup County Tourism and historic McConnell House.

Approximately 20 authors will be on hand selling and signing books. They include:  Jarrod Stephens, Cathie Shaffer, Karen Newman, Susan Brown, Patricia West, Leonard Hilley, Darrell Smith, Annetta Molter, Fonda Warnock, Soc Clay, Leonard Montel, John David Preston, Darl Skaggs, Sam Piatt, David Chaltas, Mary Shortridge and Col. Charles Dahnmon Whitt.  

In addition, a number of historical characters will be featured by re-enactors. General Lee will be portrayed by David Chaltas and Mrs. Lee will be portrayed by Mary Anna O’Neal. Confederate General Lomax will be portrayed by Dan Carr.

Shawn Brayden will also be in Civil War uniform, and will demonstrate his collection of Civil War medical tools and weapons.

Whitt will be in his Confederate colonel uniform and will be joined by his wife, Sharon, who will also be in period dress.

“The people who come there, when you walk into the old McConnell House, you just step back 100 years,” said Whitt.

The annual authors showcase has been growing every year since its inception, said Bobby Allen, director of Greenup County Tourism. “Colonel Whitt and I started this project a few years ago, to not only help the McConnell House, but to expose to the public what a rich writing community we have around here.”

The McConnell House has been decorated for Christmas and features four unique Christmas trees. Free tours will also be given of the home, which dates to the early 1800s.

The house in Wurtland, just off U.S. 23 at the intersection of U.S. 23 and the Industrial Parkway.

For more  information about the showcase, call Whitt at (606) 836-7997.

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

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