Get ready for WELSHFest 2019 com­ing next week­end

An­nual spring Rock­mart event cel­e­brates area’s Welsh her­itage

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff re­ports

The time is com­ing soon for a cel­e­bra­tion of Rock­mart’s her­itage with WELSHFest 2019 right around the cor­ner.

Next Satur­day, March 16 the dragon ban­ners will adorn down­town Rock­mart and ven­dors will be setup and ready for a crowd rain or shine for the an­nual event, which be­gins with a Fri­day night gath­er­ing ahead of the main event the fol­low­ing day.

The an­nual Hymn Singing at Van Wert Church will be held on Fri­day, March 15 at 7 p.m., and the pub­lic is in­vited to come and join in wor­ship and fel­low­ship.

WELSHFest will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and in­cludes per­for­mances from lo­cal dancers, the an­nual Bon­ni­est Knees of Rock­mart Kilt Con­test, along with mu­sic from Isaac Street­man, the Luther Moun­tain Blue­grass Band, Them Mixon Boys, Scar­let Wool and the Dale Brum­be­low quar­tet all across the com­mu­nity.

Bas­kets and sweets were on the auc­tion block in re­cent days and lo­cal book lovers got a chance to hear from area writ­ers as Ferst Read­ers of Polk County cel­e­brated their ef­forts to con­tinue to raise lit­er­acy rates with their Af­ter­noon with the Au­thors fundraiser.

The Feb. 24 event saw lit­er­ary lovers of­fer­ing up their bids in silent auc­tions for gift bas­kets that in­cluded signed copies of books and even some sweets as well with a sep­a­rate silent auc­tion held for cakes too.

Or­ga­niz­ers thanked those who par­tic­i­pated in load­ing bas­kets and col­lect­ing items to auc­tion off in an ef­fort to en­sure that the more than 1,100 chil­dren in Polk County who are reg­is­tered con­tinue re­ceiv­ing a book a month in their early years of life.

This year’s event also drew au­thors Janet By­ing­ton and Mer­rill Davies, both of Rome, and area writ­ers Su­san Sands and Vickie McEn­tire for the 2019 gath­er­ing.

Ferst Read­ers Re­gional Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor Deb­bie Ross said do­na­tions were still com­ing in from the event at mid-week, and that a fi­nal tally of how much was raised would be forth­com­ing in the days to come.

This year’s small busi­ness and civic group spon­sors for Ferst Read­ers of Polk County in­clude but aren’t lim­ited to Anna Kresge Memo­rial United Methodist Church, Blue Moon Stor­age, Carolina But­ler Cir­cle, the Cedar­town Ki­wa­nis Club, the Cedar­town Op­ti­mist Club, Home­town Realty, State Rep. Trey Kel­ley (R-Cedar­town,) the Polk County Ro­tary Club, the Rock­mart Ki­wa­nis Club, the Rock­mart Slate Cor­po­ra­tion, Sher­man Ross — State Farm In­sur­ance and Smith and Miller Fu­neral Home.

Cor­po­rate spon­sors in­cluded Car­roll EMC, the Doc Ay­er­sRay Beck Foun­da­tion, Ge­or­gia Power, Husser and Husser, P.C., the Jamie and Darcy Mor­ris Foun­da­tion, North­west Ge­or­gia RESA, Oglethorpe Power, the Polk School Dis­trict, Polk County Pub­lic Ser­vice, Inc., the Polk County Wa­ter Au­thor­ity, the Wal­mart of Cedar­town and the Winn Foun­da­tion.

/ kevin Myrick

left: Sam­ples of some of the cakes up for auc­tion were avail­able for those who en­joyed the 2019 Af­ter­noon with the Au­thors fundraiser for Ferst Read­ers of Polk County. right: Read­ers and writ­ers alike joined the fun for the Ferst Read­ers of Polk County’s Af­ter­noon with the Au­thors 2019 fundraiser.

/ kevin Myrick

Ch­eryl Riner Hodge and Janet By­ing­ton, who have worked to­gether on sev­eral books, were just some of the fea­tured au­thors at this year’s Ferst Read­ers Af­ter­noon with the Au­thors fundraiser.

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