Get ready for WELSHFest 2019 coming next weekend
Annual spring Rockmart event celebrates area’s Welsh heritage
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.
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.
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.