UPCOMING EVENTS – updated July 21



Tuesday, August 8  –

Story Supper: Working With Our “Enemies”

We know we need to work together to tackle the problems we’re facing: jobs, economy, addiction, and so many more. But how can we talk with people whose views on coal, prisons, Trump, abortion, etc., make us feel threatened? That’s what this dinner, story-sharing, and discussion is about. In the face of social and network media that encourages us to yell at each other and hunker down with the people who agree with us, we will explore ways we can work with people and groups who might seem like “the enemy”: how to build enough trust to come together and work toward a better Appalachia, without ignoring the real differences we may have. Our guest facilitator will be Ben Fink, organizer at the Appalshop, who grew up in Connecticut and moved to East Kentucky two years ago. Since then he has played a key role in organizing the Letcher County Culture Hub, a network of 19 grassroots organizations that work together across political, ideological, and religious lines to build a people-powered economy in the county and beyond.




This is stuff we already did. Sorry you missed it! Since most of these are annual, you can come

Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 – 8 am until we’re tired – Appalachian Feline Friends will hold a fundraising yard sale and bake sale on the bookstore lawn. Multiple family donations and many unusual items. All proceeds go to AFF.

Saturday, April 8, 2 pm – Poets and Pizza Day. Join members of the Poetry Society of Tennessee – Northeast Chapter as they celebrate National Poetry Month. Readings and workshops and discussion along with purchasable pizza from the Second Story Cafe. If

you’re interested in the poetry society, members will be on hand to answer your questions. A nice, low-key, high-fun, word-pleasure event.

Sat April 15th – 5 pm Mountain Music and Medicinals! Join Willie Dodson, Annie Jane Cotten and the gang for an evening of herbs and harmonies on the theme of “KITCHEN HERBS FOR HEALTH.”  Vegan meal provided by Second Story Cafe will be $15; please advise of any dietary restrictions by April 8.

Friday May 5th – 7 pm Stolen Apples house concert – enjoy the eclectic mix of Celtic and Mountain music with Marc Merz and his new group of fine musicians. Pass-the-hat. Desserts available for purchase.

Friday, Jan 27th, 6.30 pm – Burns Night – An evening of traditional entertainment and foods themed around Scotland’s most famous bard. Enjoy the Toast to and Response from the Lasses, the Immortal Memory, the Piping in of the Haggis, and more. Early reservation is strongly recommended for this very popular event as well.
$15 includes food and entertainment.

Saturday, Dec. 17th, 6.30 pm – Celtic Christmas – Our annual gathering features song, stories, and foods from the seven Celtic nations. Make your reservation early because space around the communal table is limited.
$15 includes food and entertainment.

Saturday, Nov. 5 – Anthony Flaccavento, author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up will share stories about innovators who are creating thriving local economies and offer information for those interested in doing the same. In the US, enterprising communities have transitioned from tobacco farming to growing organic produce, from nonrenewable energy consumption to solar cooperatives, and from impoverished neighborhoods into green zones.

Flaccavento will be available for discussion and book purchase following his talk.


14171927_10210243057703490_265347840_nSaturday, Dec. 3, noon-5 pm – The Little Bookstore, Second Story Cafe, and Appalachian Feline Friends will particpate in the NORTON COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS event, offering handmade items donated for sale to support AFF, free samples of Second Story Cafe’s fabulous food, and books signed by authors Willie Dalton and Wendy Welch.





Saturday, June 4 – ARM CROCHETING workshop at the bookstore at 3 pm. It will last about an hour and a half and you will be 100% yarn-prepared about 1/3 done with your afghan by then. Workshop fee is $5 and limit is four people (five max). You will need to bring ten 7- or 8-ounce skeins of worsted weight yarn (Red Heart, e.g.) or six-7 skeins of bulky weight. Choose complimentary shades of a solid color for best effect. (Like if you want cream, go from bright white to tan.) If you have any questions or to reserve a spot, PM me.

June 9 – Myra Lewis Williams was the child bride of famous rock n’ roller Jerry Lee Lewis. She has written two books about her life and will be doing a presentation on the latest one ‘The Spark that Survived’ in the Tales of the Lonesome Pine bookstore on Thursday June 9th at 6 pm.

Myra was just 13 years old when she married Jerry Lee and shortly afterwards accompanied him on a concert tour of Britain. As soon as the news of the marriage came out they were both drummed out of the country and the rest of the tour was cancelled. This resulted in lots of adverse news coverage in the US.

This is not a ‘kiss and tell’ book, however; it’s actually the remarkable story of how Myra dealt with the aftermath, came to terms with years of abuse and rebuilt her life post-Jerry.

For anyone like me who came of age during the late 1950s and early 1960s, or for anyone interested in the history of rock and roll in America, this is an event not to be missed!

The author will have books available for sale and signing. This is a free event. Desserts will be available for purchase.

June 18 – YARD SALE in which Jack, Wendy, and a few friends divest themselves of the interesting things they bought on vacation and other places because they thought they’d use them…

Coming in August – Anthony Flaccovento’s new book on rural economies and towns will be the theme of a discussion and signing. We’ll let you know when the dates are settled.

Sept. 23 and 24 Friday night and all day Saturday, don’t miss the CELTIC CROSSROADS festival. Vendors welcome; contact Elizabeth Cooperstein via the Big Stone Celtic Facebook Page.