Annual festival celebration continues through 44 years

Glory To Glory gospel singers render soul grasping spirituals at annual festival.
Mrs. Claretha Gaines shares her gift of gospel singing at
Sunday’s festival
program
Artist Mynecia Steele applies face design to youth as mother Akira Spencer looks on.
Erica Hudson
Mynecia Steele presents award at arts drawing to
Erica Hudson for her daughter DeAngela Rogers.
Beverly Vester, center, showcases her hand made jewelry with Dorris Robinson and Allen Turner, Sr.

The Black Belt Folk Roots Festival, produced by the Society of Folk Arts & Culture, completed its 44th year of community celebration Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25, 2019. The basic purpose of the festival is to showcase the traditions and culture of Greene County and the West Alabama region through music, crafts, foodways, reunion gatherings and fellowship.
Mr. Clarence Davis is one of few continuing blues musicians who are founders of the festival’s Ole Timey Blues Stage. He is shown in photo with Debra Eatman, festival Mistress of Order, and blues musicians Jock Webb on harmonica and Nigel Speights on guitar. This year the festival also featured a Kid’s Tent with various arts activities for the youth to engage in. Artist Mynecia Steele organized and directed the arts activities for the youth.
Shown in photo at right is Rita Sands Mahoney and husband continuing her mother’s legacy (Geraldine Sands) of preparing soul food dinners at the festival.

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