November in New Castle kicks off

NEW CASTLE, VA. – November in New Castle kicked off on Nov. 10 with demonstrations of spinning wool, the unveiling of a new painting, and a talk by a noted Civil War book author.

At the Artisans Center, children and adults were fascinated as they watched Delores Racel explained the art of spinning wool. Soon after that at the Artisans Center, New Castle resident Therese Squires unveiled her latest painting, “Indigo Iris.”

Daniel and Christy Habeeb watch as Delores Racel explains the art of spinning wool. Racel and other crafters and artists were at the Artisan Center in New Castle on Nov. 10 as part of the November in New Castle events that will continue each Saturday. Photo by David Squires

Other artisans demonstrated their crafts and art during the day.

Civil War book author Gary Walker was at The Emporium to talk about the War Between the States and to sign copies of his latest book. The book is “Sam Davis, Boy Hero of the Confederacy.” Walker lives in the Roanoke Valley.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, there will be an event honoring veterans in downtown New Castle.

Special events are planned in New Castle every Saturday in November.

The Artisan Center is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4. The Emporium book store is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Both have unique and locally handcrafted gift items made by area artists and craftsmen.

The Emporium has books and an eclectic mix of items.