St. Paul’s 7th Annual Cooks and Books gathering will kick off Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 6-8pm at the Farmers Market Pavilion, Market Square, St. Paul, VA.
St. Paul’s hometown eateries have participated in this Southwest Virginia tradition for 7 years. At this signature event local eateries, craft beer brewery and winery will come together in one location to provide samplings of their most popular dishes, while local chefs compete in the “Best Burger Cook-Off” competition. This event hosts a triple threat of fun: great food, friendly competition, and an opportunity to meet and greet your favorite local authors.
Giovanni’s Pizzeria, located in St. Paul, serves pizza and sandwiches in a family friendly atmosphere complete with nostalgic arcade games!
St. Paul’s Clinch River Farmers Market members will be cooking up their delicious tomato pie and a few other items out of their own Farmers Market Cookbook, which they will have available for purchase!
Sugar Hill Brewing Co., Heart of Appalachia’s Original and Best Brewpub located at 16622 Broad St. St. Paul, will not only be offering a sampling of their popular dishes and beer, but will serve the winning burger of the Best Burger Cook-Off for 1 week after the Cooks and Books event!
Milton’s located inside the Western Front Hotel at 3025 4th Ave St. Paul, brought chef Travis Milton back to his culinary roots. Experience a taste of how good farm to table Appalachian Cuisine can really be!
Dew Drop N located at 1645 Johnny Ramey Drive St. Paul, is one of St. Paul’s new businesses, opening just this year. A family owned diner serving up a plateful of good ole American cuisine from hamburgers to homemade jams!
Sweet Street Bakery, located at 3024 4th Ave St. Paul, is where you go for your early morning cup of joe or to satisfy a sweet tooth! Sweet Street Bakery is St. Paul’s newest eatery and business!
Appalachian Meats located in Lebanon, VA can often be found at the Clinch River Farmers Market on Saturday. Meats are locally grown and processed at nearby Gent Farms in Lebanon.
Mountain Rose Vineyard located in the heart of coal country, Wise, Va. is one of the Appalachian Mountains, true hidden treasures. Offering award winning whites, blushes and reds, they too will be showcasing their best tastings!
Food City, our local hometown grocery store has been a supporter of Cooks and Books for years and will be onsite participating again this year.
Cooks and Books tickets are now available for advance purchase. Advance tickets are $20 for Admission and Tastings and can be purchased at the following locations: C.R. Pate & Co., 16612 Broad St. St. Paul, VA, 276-762-5544, Carter Bank, 3052 4th Ave, St Paul, VA, 276-762-3957, Design Printers, 16625 Russell St. St. Paul, VA, 276-762-2303 or J. Fred Matthews Library, 16552 Wise St. St. Paul, VA, 276-762-9702. Online Ticket sales are available through Paypal. For details please visit: St. Paul Main Street website at www.stpaulmainstreet.org. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event for $25.
The annual Cooks and Books gathering takes place July 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion in St. Paul, Va. Authors will be selling and signing their books during the event.
Jason A. Adams’ published works include “Agonist” and “Mick of Malvern.” He is a contributor to a science fiction anthology and has work set to appear in Pulphouse Magazine. Find more information about Adams at www.JasonAdams.info. He lives with his family on a forest mountain in Southwest Virginia.
Neva Bryan is the author of three books and a collection of short stories and poems. She is a contributor to several anthologies, including the 2018 “Anthology of Appalachian Writers,” which was published by Shepherd University and guest edited by Wiley Cash. Her work appears nationwide in literary journals and globally in online magazines. A native of St. Paul, Neva is scheduled to speak during this event.
Willie E. Dalton’s first book, “Three Witches in a Small Town,” won the 2015 Jan Carol Publishing Believe and Achieve award. Her more recent works include “The Dark Side of the Woods” and the “Gravedigger” series. A native of Pound, Va., she currently lives in Duffield.
Linda Hoagland, a multi-genre author, has won acclaim for her mystery novels. Her most recent books include “Snooping Can Be Helpful – Sometimes,” “Onward & Upward,” “Missing Sammy” and “An Unjust Court.” She is a contributor to anthologies and is a winner of the Pearl S. Buck Award for Social Change.
Kari Kilgore writes science fiction, fantasy and horror. Her novel “Until Death” was on the preliminary ballot for superior achievement for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards and was a finalist for the 2018 International Vampire Film and Arts Festival’s Golden Stake Award. Her “Dreaming the Storm” series will be published in 2018. She lives with her family in the mountains of Virginia.
Jennifer Ann Reed writes young adult literature. Her novel “Frost Legacy: The Inheritance” was nominated for a 2018 Young Adult Authors Award. Reed has been an educator for nearly a decade and currently teaches science at Abingdon High School.
Timothy Swiney, a Wise County native, left a distinguished career as a neonatal specialist to pursue his dream of writing. Now based in Uruguay, he is the author of two books, including “The Between: Rise of the Witch Hunter.” He has written several screenplays. His screenplay “Eva and Ignacio: An Adoption Story” has been optioned for development by Caliguay Productions.
Joe Tennis, of Bristol, Va., is the author of history books featuring St. Paul and Southwest Virginia. His works include “The Marble and Other Ghost Tales” and “Southwest Virginia Crossroads.”
Cooks and Books showcases local and regional food dishes, wines and beers, as well as local and regional authors. Proceeds from Cooks and Books support J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and The Lyric Project.
Tickets cost $20.00 in advance or $25.00 the day of the event. The ticket price includes admission and tastings. Tickets may be purchased at C.R. Pate & Co. or Design Printers in St. Paul, or online through PayPal. For details, visit the St. Paul Main Street website.
Return applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or at C.R. Pate Insurance office. Entrance fee: $10.00.
May 31-June 2, 2018
ST. PAUL, Va.—The 20th annual Clinch River Days Festival runs May 31-June 2 in the town of St. Paul, Va. The official website for the festival is www.ClinchRiverFest.com.
An art show by the students of Katie Jessee will kick off the festival on Thursday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m. at the Railroad Museum. The evening will continue with a performance on the lawn by the Heart of SWVA Community Orchestra at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments and locally produced wines and craft beer will be served. Winners of the photography contest and entrepreneur challenge will also be announced and awarded. The juried photography show will be on display at the Fraley Building, and the Mountain Heritage Museum and Gallery in the Kilgore Building will be open, both from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The festival will resume on the afternoon of Friday, June 1. Crafts, food, games, and amusements will be available in the park, including local wines and craft beer. The art and photography shows will be on display again from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday’s evening events include train rides for children from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the Clinch River Idol talent contest on the stage at 5:00 p.m. (cash prizes) and Main Event Wrestling on the Little League Field at 6:00 p.m. Concerts begin at 6:00 p.m. with a performance by T-Bone Kilgore, followed by Coal Creek at 7:00 p.m. and Long Shot at 9:00 p.m.
Activities on Saturday include the Clinch River Farmers Market, open from 8:00 a.m. to Noon in Market Square, the art and photography shows on display again from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and the Mountain Heritage Museum and Gallery open from10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The St. Paul Police Department will sponsor the annual kid’s fishing tournament at Oxbow Lake from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Bring your own pole.
Also available (by pre-registering) are guided river trips ($10/trip) by Clinch River Adventures at 10:00 a.m., Noon, 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Call 276-275-4154 to sign up for a trip.
A flag raising and opening ceremony will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. at the stage, followed by a ladies tea at Noon at the Eastern Star Building. Living history activities will take place throughout the day.
Team Estonoa will showcase the Mussel Nursery at the boat launch from 10:00 a.m. to Noon with hands-on fun. Tours of the Vencil Learning Center and Lake Estonoa are available by request by calling Terry Vencil at 276-393-2024.
From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., children will be able to enjoy rides and inflatables, games, treats, and prizes at the Little League Field, and magic by Joseph Young on the midway. Mickey and Minnie Mouse and the Disney princesses will be on hand.
Donkeyville Stables will host a petting zoo with miniature animals from Noon to 4:00 p.m.
The Southwestminster Dog Show begins registering leashed dogs at 4:30 p.m. at the Little League Field. Trophies and ribbons will be awarded. There is no fee to enter.
The Castlewood Lions Club will host a sight and hearing wagon for free testing throughout the day.
A 5.5K walk/run will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Oxbow Lake Park (there is a registration fee). Register in advance by calling 276-971-6464.
Saturday’s entertainment on the park stage and basketball court includes the following line-up: Center Stage Cloggers at Noon; K.T. Vandyke at 1:00 p.m.; The King’s Messengers at 2:00 p.m.; Blue Grass Circle at 3:00 p.m.; Ivy Road at 5:00 p.m., From the Edge at 7:00 p.m., and Wyldeheart at 9:00 p.m. The So You Think You Can Dance contest takes place at 9:00 p.m. with registration at 8:30 p.m.