WINNSBORO — A panel of three local authors will highlight the 44th annual Open Meeting of the Inquirendo Book Club at 4 p.m. March 25 in downtown Winnsboro, and the public is invited. The event will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 109 W. College St.
“Please come to an entertaining afternoon for delicious refreshments and to hear local authors Hannah Phillips, Virginia Schafer and Ridgeway Mayor Charlene Herring discuss their books that will surely become Fairfield County Classics,” said Virginia Lacy, the club’s vice president. “I think we will have an extremely interesting afternoon thanks to these talented women.”
These local writers have stories to tell about the places and people of Fairfield County.
Hannah Phillips is renowned for her historical and sometimes hysterical tours to all corners of Fairfield County. She will share some of her experiences, as well as bring a copy of a couple of books she has written about her family history.
“I did tours of Fairfield County for 40 years,” Phillips said. “It all started in 1965. I was a Girl Scout leader and we were working on a heritage badge. I’m going to talk about some of my funny stories in touring, some of the things that went bad and some of the things that went good. It was a wonderful time.”
Virginia Schafer has a book in progress called Legends of Fairfield County. It is a pictorial postcard book with copy about the legends including early settlers, historical military men, educators, religious leaders, and progressive leaders in the county.
Charlene Herring, mayor of Ridgeway and a former educator, has been entertaining and interviewing interesting personalities on her spacious front porch. Her forthcoming book will highlight those conversations and give an insight into Ridgeway and Fairfield County then and now.
“Ridgeway is about building relationships among people,” Herring said. “There is no better way to do this than for citizens to share their stories of Relationships on the Ridge. I have been collecting such stories for years, and I hope to publish a book as I did with my students several years ago as a teacher. That book, Heritage in the Woods-Blythewood and Cedar Creek, is still read and enjoyed by both communities.”
The Inquirendo Book Club was founded in Fairfield County in 1969. The Club hosts an annual Open Meeting to the public every March. For more information, contact Lacy at 803-360-0893.