ROGERSVILLE — The Rogersville Arts Council will present the 2019 Appalachian Festival Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8.

This family and friends, free event is presented to provide the community with exposure to the arts and encourage an appreciation for our Appalachian heritage.

The Festival will host a kick-off dinner on Friday at 6 p.m., at Price Public Community Center, 203 W. Spring Street, Rogersville. The dinner will be provided by Sweet Tooth Café with keynote speaker, Katie Hoffman.

Katie is the founder of Appalworks and is passionate about helping others understand the beauty, depth and substance of Appalachia and its people.

A college professor by training, she puts her skills in writing, editing, speaking, and performing to the service of her clients, including artists, artisans, chefs, farmers, non-profits, and cultural institutions.

Tickets for the dinner are $25 and can be purchased online at www.rogartscouncil.org.

Saturday, from 10 a.m. — 3 p.m., the Festival will be in full swing at Crockett Spring Park, 200 Crockett St., Rogersville.

A poetry workshop will be offered from 10 — 11 a.m., with Winnie Seals and a storytelling workshop will be offered from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. with Hanna Gillenwater. The workshops are $15 for one or $25 for two and can be paid the day of the festival.

Teachers are able to earn credit for outside in-service hours by participating in the workshops.

Along with the workshops on Saturday will be demonstrators of Appalachian arts including folk art, jewelry, hand carding, yarn spinning, homesteading, honey making, leather, barn quilts, woodcarving and more.

Live entertainment will begin at 11 a.m., with local talent Cris Griffin followed by poetry and storytelling at noon.

Starting at 1 p.m., and headlining Saturday’s festival is special guest Beth Snapp, sponsored by Holston Medical Group.

Beth is known throughout the region for her fusion of folk, bluegrass and roots. Leah Ross, Executive Director of the ever-popular Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion festival, described her as a “local jewel.” Tim Stafford insists that of all the artists coming out of East Tennessee in the past two decades, “Beth is easily the most original and talented.”

This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a great day in the park. Food will be available for purchase by Mel’s Riverside Bar & Grill.

The Rogersville Arts Council is dedicated to helping establish programs that stimulate and support the development and appreciation of the arts for citizens of Rogersville and Hawkins County.

For more information, please visit www.rogartscouncil.org or visit the Rogersville Arts Council on facebook at @rogartscouncil.