In September, the city of Leeds will celebrate folk art and the city’s history at the second-annual Leeds Downtown Folk Festival and John Henry Celebration. The weekend will feature folk music, entertainment, exhibits and booths. There will be plenty of food vendors and lots of activities for the kids. Be sure to take time to see the play “Listen to that Cold Steel Ring,” written by Marie Cromer. In addition to numerous displays, artisans–such as basket weavers, metal smiths, felters, woodcarvers, and potters–will be at work creating unique items during the festival.
I had the chance to see last year’s festival and it is one of the festivals that should be on your list to see this fall. Downtown Leeds still has that small-town feel and charm. The artists will have some great work on display, and it’s a great time to stroll through Leeds’ historic downtown. Down-home Southern food and a local farmers’ market will tempt everyone’s taste buds. There’s also a great area set aside for the kids and a variety of musicians will be performing throughout the weekend.
For history buffs like myself, take some time to tour the Historic Depot before the John Henry play starts. I’d never heard of John Henry before, and it was great to learn some local folklore–John Henry worked the rail and went up against a steam drill at the Oak Mountain Tunnel in the 1880s. This year John Garst, professor emeritus from the University of Georgia, will speak on John Henry’s life. Get there early for a good spot and be sure to bring a chair for the play.
The artists will have some great work on display, and it’s a great time to stroll through Leeds’ historic downtown. Down-home Southern food and a local farmers’ market will tempt everyone’s taste buds.
The entry to the festival is free, and so is parking. The food court and farmers’ market will be open both days.
Hope to see you in Leeds!
Information: Second-Annual Leeds Folk Festival, September 19-20
Visit www.leedsfolkfestival.com to learn more.
Written by: Rebecca D.