Eastern Panhandle writer Katherine Cobb announces the release of her new nonfiction coffee-table book set, Panhandle Portraits, a Glimpse at the Diverse Residents of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, which features compelling portraits of West Virginians and their unique characteristics in two volumes.
“Barton is the real thing, a prodigious talent with obvious personality and a clear-eyed vision. Her technical skills can make the jaw drop. She has a full, singing sweet tone and plays with a confidence and élan that make an audience’s heart soar.” Chicago Sun-Times
BY CHRIS BREWER
The year was 1926. Calvin Coolidge was in the middle of his first elected term as President. It had been only six years since the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. A number of entertainers who would become luminaries of stage and screen were born that year, including Jerry Lewis, Cloris Leachman, Andy Griffith, Mel Brooks and Marilyn Monroe. In Hagerstown, Maryland, the Women’s Club Inc., which had been founded a few years earlier, in 1921, was making its own entertainment news.
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