Author Annette Laing at Christmasville in Rock Hill

On Thursday, December 5 – Saturday, December 7, 2019, author Annette Laing will be featured at the annual ChristmasVille festival in Rock Hill. Three workshops will be held for children and teachers in the Rock Hill School District on Thursday and Friday, and a two presentations open to the public will occur on Saturday. SC Humanities helped support this program with a Fast Track Literary Grant in September 2019.

Annette Laing is an academic and public historian and the author of The Snipesville Chronicles, a series of middle-grade time-travel novels. She is also the creator, presenter, and advocate of historical thinking and what she calls Non-Boring History, particularly for children and young teens.

The public programs featuring Laing will take place on Saturday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. at the Rock Hill City Hall-Council Chambers (155 Johnson Street, Rock Hill). This lively and creative presentation and performance will delight all audience members ages 8 and up. Spectators will learn about historical events with pictures, sounds, hands-on artifacts, songs, and readings. Readers will get the chance to ask questions, purchase books, and get them personalized along with posing for pictures with the author. The event is free but registration is requested. Register online HERE.

The author presentation is a part of the 14th annual ChristmasVille festival, which will offer over 70 events including horse drawn carriage rides, historic tours, strolling Dickens carolers, art, theater, dance, music, a gingerbread house contest, multiple Santa activities, and a real ice skating rink. More information about ChristmasVille can be found on the website:

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