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Monday, September 10, 2018
Music expert and author Kit O'Toole to close Beatles symposium

Beatles at The Ridge favorite Dr. Kit O'Toole will be The Grand Finale Speaker at the Authors and Artists Symposium this Saturday, September 15 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Those who plan to hear her speak in The Studio on Main Street this year will also be treated to a Book Preview Party in her honor following her talk.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Jude Southerland Kessler releases Volume IV in the John Lennon Series

Jude Southerland Kessler, the world's foremost expert on the life of John Lennon and author of The John Lennon Series, an outlined nine-volume narrative history covering the story of the man who formed the Beatles, has just released her fourth installment, Should Have Known Better, which covers the year 1964.

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Friday, August 24, 2018
Liverpool film maker and author to be featured at Beatles at the Ridge

2018 Beatles at the Ridge Featured Artist Dave Bedford is perhaps best known for his incredible books on The Beatles. In fact, he will be releasing his latest volume, "Finding the Fourth Beatle," at a free-to-the-public Book Launch Party at Beatles at the Ridge. Also, his film "Looking for Lennon" will be shown at the festival.

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Beatles at Ridge 2018 to kick off with Lennon concert

In 2017, singer/songwriter Alan Bernhoft packed The Studio on Main Street, Walnut Ridge, as he kicked off the Beatles at the Ridge "Authors and Artists Symposium" for a rollicking John Lennon concert! This year, he's back, and the talented Lennon impersonator has brand new surprises in store for his free concert.

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Monday, July 16, 2018
Noted authors to co-chair 2018 Beatles at the Ridge Symposium

In its sixth year celebrating The Beatles, the Beatles at the Ridge Authors and Artists Symposium has recruited a highly-distinguished panel of Beatles authors, artists, filmmakers, and musicians for the September 14-15, 2018 event. And at the helm this year are symposium co-chairs Jude Southerland Kessler and Lanea Stagg.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Memphis teen music star to shine at Beatles Symposium

Musician Cameron Hicks, who is only 16, will be returning to Beatles at the Ridge's Authors and Artists Symposium in September for the third time as a guest presenter. An integral part of the Symposium, Cameron will be performing Beatles tunes several times during the busy weekend in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Beatles poet to speak at Beatles symposium

Terri Whitney, fondly known in The Beatles World as "The Rockin' Rhymer," is the author of a Beatles poetry book called "Any Rhyme At All." In a new interview, Terri talks about what she will be doing at the Beatles at the Ridge symposium, her early inspirations, the Beatles as poets and the poetry in the Beatles' lyrics.

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Monday, February 19, 2018
Former fan club president to address Beatles symposium

Marti Edwards will make her first appearance as a Guest Author at award-winning Beatles at the Ridge in September. In 1964, Marti founded and became the President of the Chicagoland Beatles Fan Club, and also spearheaded a movement to present a lovely token of the club's appreciation to The Beatles in person.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Beatles at the Ridge Festival wins AFEA Gold Award

Beatles at the Ridge, an annual volunteer-run and free-to-attend festival in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, has just been named Festival of the Year by the Arkansas Festival and Events Association. Over 40 entries were received by AFEA for their awards, each being judged based on festival idea, media, security, publicity, and creativity.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Noted author and researcher to appear at Beatles Symposium

The first in a series of revealing interviews with the presenters for the 2018 Authors and Artists Symposium for Beatles at the Ridge. Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series, interviews author and educator, Sara Schmidt about her upcoming return appearance at The Ridge, her presentation and her current work.

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Monday, October 9, 2017
Speakers selected for Beatles at the Ridge 2018 Symposium

In celebration of John Lennon's 77th birthday, Lennon expert and biographer, Jude Southerland Kessler announced the Beatles at the Ridge guest speakers for the Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium 2018 in Walnut Ridge, AR. Slated for September 14-15, 2018, it is the educational component for the two-day music festival.

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Monday, September 11, 2017
Noted music journalist returns to Beatles at the Ridge

After a one-year hiatus from Beatles at The Ridge, music expert and author, Dr. Kit O'Toole is "back where she belongs." Kit will be leading the noon "Lunch and Learn" for Beatles at The Ridge's "Authors and Artists Symposium" on Saturday, September 16. Dr. O'Toole will talk about the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Music component added to Beatles at the Ridge Symposium

In its fifth year as an "Authors and Artists Symposium," the noted Beatles at the Ridge event will, this year, add a rather significant Beatles music component. Known as "The Man with John Lennon's Voice," Alan Bernhoft, will present a remarkable John Lennon concert, and also teen musician Cameron Hicks will perform.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Beatles authors to debate The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones

The John A. Logan College Continuing Education Department will host two leading rock and roll/Beatles experts, Jude Southerland Kessler and Lanea Stagg, on the John A. Logan College campus in Carterville, Illinois, on Wednesday, September 20, for a presentation titled "The British Invasion (a debate on The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones)".

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Monday, July 10, 2017
Talented couple to headline Beatles at the Ridge

Doyle and Yvette Jeter are happily married Beatles fans, and as their passion for "all things Beatle" has morphed into artistic expression, both will be featured at Beatles at the Ridge in September. Doyle will direct two exciting Art Happenings with local students, Yvette will be exhibiting her "Peace and Love" themed hand-made soaps and candles.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Womack to present new book on George Martin at Ridge Festival

Dr. Ken Womack, author of the two-volume Beatles Encyclopedia and Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of The Beatles will be feted at Beatles at the Ridge, Sept. 15-16, as he releases his new work on Sir George Martin, Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Early Years 1926-1966).

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Monday, May 8, 2017
New beatles-themed book slated for release at Beatles festival

Author Lanea Stagg will be releasing a new Beatles-themed coloring book to be available for sale at the Ridge festival in September. "Little Dog at the Ridge" will follow the adventures of Ava, Stagg's famous "Little Dog," as she gets lost in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, where The Beatles landed on their 1964 North American tour.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
New Sgt. Pepper book to be celebrated at Beatles symposium

Beatles author/historian Bruce Spizer has just announced the imminent release of his 9th book on The Beatles, The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans' Perspective, a 50th Anniversary celebration of the legendary album. Spizer will be feted with a Book Release Party on Friday, September 15 at Beatles at the Ridge in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Beatles filmmaker Cevin Soling to appear at Beatles symposium

Beatles at the Ridge 2017 has announced Cevin Soling will be its Featured Filmmaker for the "Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium" in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, on September 16. Soling will preview segments of his new film, "The Summer of Hate," about The Beatles and the backlash against them during their final tour in 1966.

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Monday, February 13, 2017
Beatles at the Ridge announces symposium 2017 headliners

In its fifth year celebrating the genius of The Beatles, the Beatles at the Ridge Authors and Artists Symposium has recruited a highly-distinguished panel of Beatles authors, artists, filmmakers, and musicians for the "Summer of Love: 50th Anniversary" on September 15-16, including authors Bruce Spizer and Jude Southerland Kessler.

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Two Beatles scholars to lecture at Louisiana libraries in February

As part of its "All You Need is Love" month, the Ouachita Parish Public Library in Monroe, Louisiana will host two renowned experts and authors on the Beatles: Jude Southerland Kessler and Aaron Krerowicz. Both will give presentations touching on the band's historical, cultural and musical influence.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
John Lennon expert to host presale party for next book

Jude Southerland Kessler, foremost expert on John Lennon and the author of The John Lennon Series, will be hosting an online presale party for her fourth book, Should Have Known Better, on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. CT. The event will take place on her Facebook author page.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Beatles symposium speakers to raise money for local fire department

Guest speakers for the Beatles at the Ridge Authors and Artists Symposium, taking place this weekend, have offered to donate proceeds to a worthy cause in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas where the symposium is being held. "We want to make a difference and leave Walnut Ridge a happier place when we go," said journalist and author Ivor Davis.

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Monday, August 22, 2016
Teen musician to shine at Beatles at the Ridge Festival

This year, talented young musician Cameron Hicks is returning to Beatles at the Ridge as a Guest Presenter for the Beatles Artists and Authors Symposium. He swept the judges away and brought the crowds to their feet at last year's festival's Youth Talent Contest. Cameron will be performing three times during the weekend.

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Monday, July 18, 2016
Good Ol' Freda documentary to be screened at Beatles festival

On Saturday, Sept. 17, Beatles at the Ridge 2016 will feature the award-winning film "Good Ol' Freda," the story of Freda Kelly, the official Beatles Fan Club Secretary for the duration of The Beatles' career. The film was released in 2013 to great acclaim at South By Southwest, and since then, it has won award after award.

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