2017-07-19 / Families & Friends

Canning demonstration draws crowd

By GWEN JOHNSON


Rob Fleming, Gemma Bentley and Mable Johnson show the canned beans. Rob Fleming, Gemma Bentley and Mable Johnson show the canned beans. Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center.

We had a sweet gathering of folks as we continued with the Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project. It was the best crowd we have had since the project started in May. We learned how to can green beans, cook over the open fire, and jam oletime music.

Many thanks to Mable, Betty, Polly, and others for the canning demonstration. It was of great interest to those in attendance. Great food and great fun for all. The next one is Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. We are all looking forward to it.

Thanks, as always, to the volunteers! Many hands make light work.

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.


Canning green beans and cooking over an open fire were among the activities at a recent Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project event at the Hemphill Community Center. Mable Johnson, Lou Spangler, Sarah Thompson, Richard Stewart and Betty Bentley break green beans to be canned. Canning green beans and cooking over an open fire were among the activities at a recent Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project event at the Hemphill Community Center. Mable Johnson, Lou Spangler, Sarah Thompson, Richard Stewart and Betty Bentley break green beans to be canned. 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.

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.

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Sept. 30: There will be a grand finale to close out the summer with all the 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.


Skylar Griffith and Dominik Spangler are cooking over an open fire. Skylar Griffith and Dominik Spangler are cooking over an open fire. 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: The brave don’t live forever, but the cautious don’t live at all. Timothy Luce

Schedule of events

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

Friday Nite Pickin’ July 21, Cross Country Bluegrass will be featured this week and you surely don’t want to miss this. They will play jukebox classic tunes by such great artists as Lester Flatt and Earl Skruggs, Charlie Louvin and the Louvin Brothers, and many others. The music of this band is nostalgic and sweet with a sprinkling of good ole foot stomping and flatfooting music. This group is full of great pickers and bass slappers. If you are looking for a great night of affordable entertainment for the whole family come join us as we enjoy ourselves to the uttermost. We will watch for your arrival. You are always welcome.

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 p.m. 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.

Then, at 7:30 p.m. we will enjoy the music and the Right Fork Ramblers. More about that later.

Friday Nite Pickin’ Aug 4, Will Caudill and RT 7.

Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project will present quilting, cooking seasonal vegetables over an open fire, old-time music and a community jam session.

Friday Nite Pickin’ Aug. 11, The Country Troubadours.

Friday Nite Pickin’ Aug. 18, Cross Country Bluegrass.

Friday Nite Pickin’ Aug. 25, The Right Fork Ramblers.

Sunday Aug. 27 2 to 5 p.m., 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!

Sat Aug 26 from 10 a.m. – 12, The Back To Our Appalachian Roots Project presents: Woodworking, Dutch oven bread cooking over an open fire, old-time music and a community jam session.

Important Note: There will be no Friday Nite Pickin’ during September in observance of all the other Mountain Heritage activities in the county. We will start back again the first Friday in October.

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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