UNION — A weekend of poetry, musical performances, literary presentations, live theatre, and examples of Southern and Mediterranean cooking await residents of and visitors to Union County at the Fourth Annual Upcountry Literary Festival at USC Union.
The festival, which begins Friday at 9 a.m., will be held in the USC Union auditorium where both nationally and regionally renowned authors, poets, and musical artists will, respectively, present their poetry, excerpts from their books, and perform their music.
Poets Ray McManus, Lisa Hammond, Terry Kennedy, Debra Daniels, and Jim Clark will present their poetry, sometimes accompanied by music.
New “Voices in Poetry and Prose” will be presented by Dan O’Shields and Duna Miller.
Authors Jim Kibler, David Moltke Hansen, Marty Daniels, Dori Sanders, Karen Stokes, Brock Adams, Dr. Allan D. Charles, Tom McConnell, Franklin Sanders, Randy Ivey, and Tally Johnson will present their work.
Musicans Fayssoux McLean, David Ezell, and Freddie Vanderford will team together for an hour long performance
Food and its preparation will also be part of the festivities as the theme of this year’s festival is centered on Southern culture and cooking. There will be presentations on both and the featured speaker at the festival will be Ronni Lundy, a famed expert on Southern cooking and culture.
Mediterranean cuisine will also be on the menu as USC First Lady Helen Pastidies will do a presentation on and provide samples of the traditional cuisine of the region.
There will also be a cooking demonstration hosted by Inn at Merridun inkeeper Peggy Waller.
Live theatre will also be part of the festival with performances by the USC Drama Players of the original plays “Sanctity” and “The Cards.”
The festival will begin Friday at 9 a.m. with Introduction and Recorgnition by USC Union Dean Dr. Alice Taylor-Colbert and Dr. Steven Lowe. This will be followed by:
• Poetry by Ray McManus — 9:05-9:30 a.m.
• Poetry by Lisa Hammond — 9:30-9:50 a.m.
• Poetry by Terry Kennedy — 9:50-10:10 a.m.
• Upcountry Appreciation Award presentation by Jim Kibler and David Molke Hansen — 10:10-10:40 a.m.
• Literary presentation by Marty Daniels — 10:40-11 a.m.
• Performance of the play “Sanctity” by the USC Drama Players — 11-11:20 a.m.
• Break — 11:20-11:30.
• New Voices In Poetry and Prose presented by Dan O’Shields and Duna Miller — 11:30-noon.
• Lunch break.
• Presentation on by USC First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastidies on her cookbook “Greek Revival: Cooking for Life” — 1-1:30 p.m.
• Performance of the play “The Cards” by the USC Drama Players — 1:30-1:50 p.m.
• Literary presentation by Dr. Allan D. Charles — 1:50-2:10 p.m.
• Literary presentation by Karen Stokes — 2:10-2:30 p.m.
• Tandy R. Willis Award for Most Promising Writer presentation by Brock Adams — 2:30-2:50 p.m.
• Break — 2:50-3 p.m.
• Poetry by Debra Daniels — 3-30 p.m.
• Poetry by Jim Clark — 3:30-4 p.m.
• Musical performance by Freddie Vanderford, David Ezell, and Fayssoux McLean.
• Introduction — 9-9:05 p.m.
• Literary presentation by Tom McConnell — 9:05-9:25 a.m.
• Literary presentation by Franklin Sanders — 9:20-9:45 a.m.
• Literary presentation by Randy Ivey — 9:45-10:15 a.m.
• Literary presentation by Tally Johnson — 10:15-10:30 a.m.
• Literary presentation by Dori Sanders — 10:30-11 a.m.
• Awarding of the Allan D. Charles Award for Nonfiction by Ronni Lundy — 11 a.m.-noon.
• Cooking demonstration hosted by Peggy Waller from the Inn at Merridun — Noon-1 p.m.
There will also be a meet, greet, and signing in the Downstairs Lounge of the Main Building during the final hour of the festival.
No admission will be charged and the public is invited to attend the literary festival throughout the day on both Friday and Saturday.
For more information, please call Randy Ivey or John Crocker at (864) 429-USCU.
The public can also follow the festival on its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/upcountryliteraryfestival