Chef Garrison Wagoner and Alleghany Writers welcome local writer E.C. “Redge” Hanes to the Horizon Bistro stage on July 7 for first Saturday Words & Music Weekend. The Bistro is located at 38 S. Main St. in downtown Sparta.
Hanes, a Winston-Salem native and Roaring Gap resident, is the author of two novels, “Billy Bowater” and “Justice by Another Name.” He will read excerpts from his novels, followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion. He will have books for sale and signing. Beverage service will be available. No cover. The performance begins at 3 p.m.
Known by many as part of the Hanes family of textile fame and fortune, Redge Hanes has been long active in civic affairs, especially those having to do with the arts and the environment. He has a variety of hobbies and interests, but in 1997 joined the North Carolina Arts Council and began to write seriously.
Alleghany Writers brings local talent, regional names, and national best sellers to the Bistro stage monthly for a literary program that includes writers, poets, and storytellers. The goal is to make Sparta the #MountaintopStop for authors on tour, with an upcoming schedule that includes novelist and playwright Charlie Lovett on Aug. 4, nationally-recognized southern fiction author Kathleen Grissom on Nov. 3 and Georgann Eubanks on Sept. 20-22.
“One of our customers said the idea of literary programs was ‘quite uptown,’” said Garrison. “That was good to hear. It proves we have something unique to add on the first weekend of the month.”
He is encouraging other businesses and organizations to use the hashtag #WordsAndMusicWeekend to promote their performances and activities on the first weekend of the month.
Books N Friends Bookstore has agreed to use the hashtag when promoting their half-price book sale each first Saturday. “There are so many ways to promote on social media,” said Wagoner. “Variety will draw more people to Sparta for overnight stays.”