Corinth’s heritage brought back for festival

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Corinth’s annual heritage festival has a 15-year tradition behind it, but the 2011 event is bringing some changes.
The Oct. 28-29 event moves this year to the Crossroads Museum from its long-standing site at the Verandah-Curlee House Museum. Crafters, artists and exhibitors will be set up 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
“We are excited to have vendors and crafters who have traditional skills,” said event spokeswoman Cathy Wood. “We have blacksmiths, quilters, spinners, pottery making, glass making and lots more.”
The free festival was created to familiarize people of the modern era with old-fashioned skills.
Students from throughout Alcorn County will visit and observe the crafters and artisans on Friday, and vendors also will have products they have made for sale.
“Saturday we see as the more family-oriented day, but anyone who wants to come out and look to buy on Friday is welcome,” Wood said.
An added feature this year is educational programs presented by Civil War re-enactor and tour guide Sean Marcum, who plans to create a sutler’s store stocked with Civil War-era items, and possibly Confederate money that people can use to make mock purchases. Another feature will be music by local “Confederate” string band Lost Cause.
“There will be an encampment with outdoor cooking, a lot of demonstrations to give people an entry point into Corinth’s heritage, bring them in and gently give them some lessons in what people had to do every day to survive – things we take for granted today,” Wood said.

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