Tallahatchie RiverFest

The Tallahatchie RiverFest goes beyond a typical arts and crafts festival.
Sure, there are arts and crafts, food and kids games at the festival, but there’s a little extra – especially for music fans and bookworms.
“It’s an arts and crafts and music festival, along with a literary emphasis. With New Albany being the home of William Faulkner, we work toward that goal,” said Phil Nanney, executive director of the Union County Development Association.
This year’s literary speaker is gardener Felder Rushing, who will speak twice at the festival.
The festival hosted a one-act play competition, and the Tallahatchie River Players will present the winning play at 2 p.m. Sept. 25.

Sweet sounds
“We’ve had a lot of groups over the 20-plus years of the festival, and in recent years we’ve chosen up-and-coming artists. We’ve had Little Big Town, and last year we had Eric Church,” Nanney said. “But this year I wanted to find a known, big-name talent, and I chose Marty Stuart because of his work with the state and the way he’s promoting Mississippi.”
The country star, who has his own variety show on RFD-TV, is taking his collection of country music memorabilia, “Sparkle & Twang,” across the state. The collection was in Tupelo for the first half of 2010 and is currently in Meridian.

Paint the Town
The 2010 Tallahatchie RiverFest also features an event called Paint the Town. At the Magnolia Civic Center at 10 a.m. Sept. 25, children will be given pictures of New Albany and asked to draw or paint their own interpretations of the photos.
There will also be a drawing for the “Best Seat in the House.” A couch, planted right in front of the stage in time for the Marty Stuart performance, will be given away.
“For a great time, family-oriented event, they could not find a better or more hospitable community than New Albany,” Nanney said. “Come enjoy great music and wonderful art.”

Tallahatchie Riverfest
What: Music, arts and crafts; literary events, Paint the Town competition, 5K run and fun run, poker run.
When: Sept. 23-25
Cost: Free
Info: tallahatchieriverfest.com or (662) 534-4345.

More than Words
Mississippian Felder Rushing of “The Gesalt Gardner” and author or co-author of 15 gardening books, will speak at the Tallahatchie RiverFest.
Rushing will speak at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Union County Heeritage Museum. He’ll also give a presentation to students – but adults are invted, too – at 10:30 a.m. at the Cine Theatre and Magnolia Civic Center.

On Stage
The Tallahatchie River Players will produce a one-act play at 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Magnolia Civic Center.

Music Schedule
FRIDAY, SEPT. 24
■ 6 p.m. – Allison’s Rage
■ 7:30 p.m. – Busted Screen Door
■ 9 p.m. – Jeff Allen
SATURDAY, SEPT. 25
■ Noon – Victory Life Singers
■ 1 p.m. – Victoria Botts
■ 1:30 p.m. – Charley Kyles
■ 2:30 p.m. – White Horizon
■ 3:30 p.m. – James Pirkle Blues Band
■ 4:30 p.m. – NEMCC Campus Country
■ 6 p.m. – KingBilly
■ 7:30 p.m. – The Mosley & Johnson
Band w/ the Muscle Shoals Horns
■ 9 p.m. – Marty Stuart & His Fabulous
Superlatives

Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal