Local author June Pair Kilpatrick will sign copies of her Depression-era memoir “Wasps in the Bedroom, Butter in the Well” on Saturday, June 22, 3:00-5:00pm, at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room in The Plains.

The highly acclaimed book details the resilience of the author’s family as they overcame the deprivations of the Depression in rural Virginia during the 1930s. They moved from town to town in search of work; unlike many, they always had a roof over their heads, but sometimes the wasps got in through the gaps and sometimes the butter had to be kept in the well. This is a warmhearted memoir of the period between two great wars that tested America’s citizens—toughening the weak and sometimes destroying the fainthearted. The author’s parents, who lived this story, were not fainthearted. Poor though they were, they were abundantly rich in all that really mattered.

A Hopewell native and lifelong Virginian, June spent much of her career as a writer and editor for nonprofit organizations in Richmond and Northern Virginia. She was also consulting writer for the Business Council in Washington, DC for eight years. She and her husband, Fritz, live in Evergreen Farm, Haymarket, at the foot of Bull Run Mountain.

The June 22 event is free and open to the public, and complimentary refreshments will be served. It is part of the Sixth Anniversary Open House at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room, located at 4303 Fauquier Avenue in The Plains. RSVPs are requested to 540-253-5790 by June 21. For more information, visit www.CrestHillAntiques.com.


Sally DeLuca



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