The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 2, 2012

Elkmont’s Hilltop Arts Festival this Saturday

By Lora Scripps
The News Courier

By Lora Scripps

From live music and poetry readings to pottery and painting, organizer Preston Pylant said the Elkmont Hilltop Arts Festival will offer something for everyone.

He said he wanted to organize the event to bring together local talent in the arts. The mission is to educate and encourage artistic development in the Elkmont community.

Elkmont has a rich history, according to Pylant. From its history as the county seat, the site of a Civil War battle, and the home of the Elkmont Red Devils, we embrace every part of it, he said. Hilltop was formed as a chance to revitalize this community through artistic efforts. It is the goal to educate the community as to what art is and what it can be.

On Saturday, more than 30 vendors from across the Tennessee Valley are set to sell and display their crafts including painting, pottery, photography, handmade soaps, jewelry, woodworking and more.

The event, set to take place in downtown Elkmont, promises something for the young to the young-at-heart.

A Kid Zone, sponsored by the Elkmont Town Council, will include a number of creative activities for children.

Live musical acts include Emerald Hammon & Aly Mitchell, Taylor McLain, Mary Crowell, The Mothership Connection, Shane Wilson, Ghost Train, Bonner Black, the Barnstormers, Amy McCarley, Mary Justice Lucas and Jim Parker.

In conjunction with the Arts Festival, Creative Canvas of Athens, will offer two sessions of painting classes in the Elkmont Depot. The sessions are $35 per person and participants will take home a 15-by-20 canvas.

Preregistration is available by calling 256-497-5934 or by email at

A live poetry reading will take place at 6 p.m. at the Red Caboose with special guest poets Karolina Lamarz Manko and Ingrid Marie.

Admission to the poetry reading is $10 general admission and $5 for students.

Admission to the all-day festival is free.

To find out more about the Hilltop Arts Festival or to get involved in the Hilltop Arts Society, contact Preston Pylant at or on Facebook at the Hilltop Arts Society community page.