2017-07-12 / Families & Friends

Learn to put food up for the winter


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

Back to Our Appalachian Roots was indeed the theme on Saturday last. We had a great time with Randy Wilson playing outdoor games with the children and picking his banjo. There was also great picking as always with Kevin Howard, Nate Polly and Roy Tackett. Carrie Wells Carter was on hand with her sweet children and her man Matt. Carrie fiddled up a storm for us and there were feet among us that could not help but dance.

We appreciate the ones who have rallied to help with this project. The volunteers have been generous with their time and labor of love. You won’t find any finer folks than our friends. They are community minded, caring, and supportive.

This coming Saturday we will have another Back to Our Appalachian Roots session. It was supposed to be quilting, but due to unexpected circumstances we will have to reschedule that. Canning and preserving will be taking place. Mable Johnson and Betty Bentley will be showing us some of the old and the new ways of “putting food by for the winter.”

We are gearing up for a raffle. A wonderful friend donated a 20 gauge Remington shotgun that is just beautiful. Can’t wait for you to see it.

Our hearts are broken by the loss of one of the greatest musicians/songwriters/ singers Hemphill has ever called its own. Sonny Houston passed away this past week. He had been living down south for years but we kept up with him and his music. He played and sang beautifully at Seedtime on the Cumberland the first weekend in June. Sonny will be greatly missed as one of Hemphill’s beloved sons. Within the folks who loved him, the songs he wrote, and the students he taught he will live on.

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 15: Canning and preserving foods, soap making, cooking stews over the open fire, old-time 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.

Sept. 16: Quilting, blacksmithing, cooking over the open fire, 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: Smells are surer than sounds and sights to make the heartstrings crack. Rudyard Kipling

Schedule of events:

Thursday, July 13: Appal- Tree Project will present Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating with Rebecca.

Friday Nite Pickin’, July 14, The Country Troubadours will be with us to get the place jumping with the sounds of drums, piano and electrified guitar and bass. Honky-tonk country at its best is the fare we get each month on the second Friday night. These guys are a crowd pleaser. We look forward to their show and hope you will plan to join us. You can listen or dance or both. Singing along is greatly encouraged too. Don’t be a couch potato! Put your boots on and visit us

July 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project: Dutch oven cooking, soap making, quilting, community jam session.

Thursday, July 20: Appal- Tree Project will present Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating with Rebecca.

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!

Thursday, July 27. Appal- Tree Project will present Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating with Rebecca

Friday Nite Pickin’, July 28: The Right Fork Ramblers will be picking at 7:30 p.m., but from 6 to 7:30 we will be having a shape note singing school. Come out and be with us if you can. If you have to be late don’t worry come on any way. Ben Fink will be teaching us the rudiments of the art of singing this way. It is addictive. Come and get hooked with us! The songs get in your head and you will be singing all the time.

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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