Arts & Culture

Fiber Artists Prepare for 21st Annual Woolgathering

Sep 16, 2016
Yarn spun and died by Laura Krugh
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In the 16th century, if a person said you were woolgathering, it meant you were daydreaming. This came from the act of peasants ambling along sheep paths and gathering up the tufts of wool where it had snagged on fences and thorny bushes. This weekend woolgathering is being proudly used to describe one of the largest gatherings of fiber artists with over 100 vendors from across the country. They’ll converge on Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio for the 21st Annual Woolgathering.

The Repeating Arms returned to the WYSO studios ahead of the second annual Miami Valley Brewgrass Festival.  They gave a musical preview of the festival live on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about their recently revamped lineup.

The Second Annual Miami Valley Brewgrass Festival is Saturday, September 17th at Riverfront Park in downtown Miamisburg. 

Janeal Ravndal reads Carol Stoner's poem, "Sediment."

Julie Moore reads Maureen Fry's poem, "Night Music."

Songwriter Wheatley Matthews returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions as he prepares to release his latest full length album, Taken the Wrong Way

Wheatley Matthews will celebrate the release of the his newest album on Saturday, September 24th at the Oregon Express.

courtesy of Tecumseh Land Trust

Tecumseh Land Trust is working to protect 100,000 acres of land in Clark and Greene counties forever.  Executive Director Krista Magaw visited the WYSO studios to talk about the organization's latest work and its upcoming auction fundraiser. 

Tecumseh Land Trust's 12th Annual Auction is Friday, September 16th at the Hollenbeck-Bayley Center in Springfield. 

Local Growers Bring Flowers From Field To Vase

Sep 13, 2016
A worker harvests lillies at the Little Miami Flower Company
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In 2015 floriculture sales made up a $31.3 billion dollar industry according to the Society of American Florists. 78% of those flowers came from Colombia, which became a competitive market thanks to the Colombian Free Trade Agreement, that gave the country duty-free access to the U.S. market. Low wages make imported flowers cheaper than U.S. produced. The average flower worker in Colombia makes $6 a day and can work up to 70 hour weeks without overtime.

Recently I had another opportunity to interview James Lee Burke. The first time I interviewed Jim was in 1997 when he came out to our studios in Yellow Springs for a live interview for his novel "Cimarron Rose."

Over the course of our many conversations I have gotten to know him a little bit. He's a wonderful writer because he has such a great mind and a swirling imagination. He's also a scholar. Jim's breadth of knowledge of history, literature, and his craft never ceases to impress me.

The New Old-Fashioned has stayed busy since the release of their last full-length album, Low Down Dirty Summer Nights. The band has been writing new songs and performing live gigs and is preparing for local and regional gigs this fall.  They visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.

The New Old-Fashioned will perform at Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival on September 17th at Gilly's. 

Over the last several years we have been encountering some rather unreliable narrators in novels. "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins featured the most notable one so far. Fiona Barton gave us another one in "The Widow." And now Camilla Way is tantalizing readers with dueling unreliable narrators in her tense psychological thriller "Watching Edie."