2017-07-05 / Families & Friends

Outdoor games, dances to be held


Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center.

We are gearing up for a great time this coming weekend. Bring the kids for the outdoor games and traditional dance. The adults are encouraged to dance and play too. There may even be a game of “Ring Around the Rosies” or “Red Rover”. The pastimes of bygone days will be revisited from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. We want you to be there.

Hemphill Community Center presents The Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project, a series of events to be held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. throughout the summer. There will be demonstrations, food, music and open jam sessions on each of the Saturdays.

Bring the family and your instruments. There will be fun and activities for all.

July 8: Old-time traditional dance, outdoor games for kids, soap making, cooking greens and foraged foods over an open fire, old-time music and a community jam session.

July 15: Dutch oven cooking stews over an open fire, soap making, quilting, oldtime music and a community jam session.

Aug 5: Quilting, cooking seasonal vegetables over an open fire, old-time music and a community jam session.

Aug 26: Woodworking, Dutch oven bread cooking over an open fire, old-time music and a community jam session.

Sep 16: Canning and preserving foods, old-time music and a community jam session.

Sept 30: There will be a grand finale to close out the summer with all the above representatives invited back to participate for questions and answers; there will a community dinner with old-time traditional music and a square dance, to be held from noon until done. Free to all.


Every visitor participating in the events from 10 a.m. until noon will receive a ticket for a free meal sampling the open fire cooking of the day along with sides. Those that do not participate can stop by and have a meal for $5.

For more information contact Gwen Johnson 606- 671-7023 or Mable Johnson 606-855-7316.

This project is funded by an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Flex-EGrant through the Kentucky Department for Local Government and administered by Brushy Fork Institute at Berea College. Flex-E-Grant funds are made available to economically distressed ARC counties in Kentucky for projects that build local capacity.

Weekly Quote: There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination. Edmund Burke

Schedule of events:

Thursday, July 6, at 5 p.m., Appal-Tree Project will present Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating with Rebecca.

Friday Nite Pickin’, July 7, at 7:30 p.m., Will Caudill and RT 7 will return for yet another great time of music, food, and dance. They are some of the best around. They play smooth and sweet and have a fun way of engaging the crowd. We will get Bordus to dance for you if you will come. He is a sight! We have a large dance floor just waiting for you to cut the rug. So bring your sweetie or come searching for your sweetie. Just come on out and meet the nice folks who frequent our place. If you are looking for family friendly fun, ours is the place to be on Friday nights. Y’all come!

Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project: traditional dance, outdoor games, soap making, open fire cooking, community jam session.

Friday Nite Pickin’, July 14: The Country Troubadours.

July 15 from 10 a.m. to12 p.m., Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project: Dutch oven cooking, soap making, quilting, community jam session.

Friday Nite Pickin’, July 21: Cross Country Bluegrass.

Sunday, July 23: Shape Note Singing

The monthly shape note singing in the do-re-mi tradition. This is an ancient art form. It will feed your soul’s need for creative expression. No experience necessary, no talent necessary, no church affiliation necessary! This is a community singing in the general or universal sense. Come out and join us for this community effort to rebuild the singing culture in Hemphill, for which we were once well known. Please bring a snack to share and a dollar or two for a love offering for the facility. Coffee and water will be provided. All are welcome!

Friday Nite Pickin’. July 28: The Right Fork Ramblers.

Friday Nite Pickin’ children get in free when accompanied by an adult. Open mic at intermission. Family friendly environment.

Inclement weather policy: Check our Facebook page for cancellations. Cancellations will be posted at least 2 hours before any scheduled events.

Hemphill Community Center is located at the old Hemphill Grade School building at 2514 Hwy 317, Jackhorn, KY 41825.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:21-23

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