Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sweetness (and Puppets) at Horse Cave

Sweet, Sweet Sorghum goes on a road trip on June 30. By invitation, we will be part of the Horse Cave Bookfest in historic Horse Cave, Kentucky, from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT, at 112 East Main Street. We will join more than 100 authors, including lots of other Kentucky writers and lots of cookbook writers. We plan to have fun, and we plan to include you in that fun if you can come.

Bonus: Horse Cave is less then 20 miles from that "grand, gloomy, and peculiar place," Mammoth Cave, at Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave is the world's longest known cave system.

Don't like caves? Just find a shady spot under a tree, or a cozy spot in a small café, and indulge in reading Sweet, Sweet Sorghum.

I'm intrigued, too, because a lot of American music is going to be happening all around this book event. Here is information about the festival organizers have provided about that:

Horse Cave’s merchants, The Bookstore and Two Bears and a Dog Books are pleased
to announce their joint collaboration in producing Horse Cave BookFest 2012, featuring
Kentucky author and national author book signings, publishers and book dealers.
Horse Cave BookFest 2012 is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, 2012 and will take
place in conjunction with the New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music.

The City of Horse Cave, in cooperation with the Kentucky Humanities Council, will
explore this and other aspects of America’s roots music as it hosts the local showing of
New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, a Smithsonian Institution traveling
exhibition. New Harmonies will be on view beginning June 16, 2012 and continuing
through July 28, 2012.

When you stop and listen, you quickly realize that music is all around us -- at a local
festival, at a dance hall on a Saturday night, or on your radio or your .mp3 player.
Whether you’re hearing blues, country western, folk, or gospel, American roots music
reveals the American story – peoples reshaping themselves in a new and changing
world. As Americans from a variety of heritages shared cultural influences, musicians
found new ways to play unique sounds learned from new neighbors on traditional
instruments. The inevitable intermingling of musical influences created exciting new
sounds – new American music.

Horse Cave and the surrounding community have been expressly chosen by the
Kentucky Humanities Council to host New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots
Music as part of the Museum on Main Street project – a national/state/local partnership
to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.

Through a selection of photographs, recordings, instruments, lyrics and artist profiles,
New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music will explore the distinct cultural
identities of American roots music forms. The exhibition will examine the progression of
American roots music, as rich and eclectic as our country itself. Other musical genres
profiled include zydeco, tejano, bluegrass and klezmer.