2017-09-20 / Families & Friends

Pioneer Festival planned Saturday, Sept. 30

By GWEN JOHNSON

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

Come see us on Sat., Sept. 30, from noon to 8:30 p.m. for the Pioneer Festival, which is the grand fi- nale of the Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project. Various presenters will be on hand to demonstrate their skills. A community dinner and a square dance will take place in the evening. Dinner at 5:30 and square dance at 6:30. We encourage you to dress in pioneer style clothing. It promises to be a real good time. We will eat and dance and enjoy ourselves. We want you to be there. Rain or shine we will enjoy this event.

This project is funded by an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Flex-E-Grant 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.

Hemphill

Weekly quote: Do something. Either lead, follow, or get out of the way. Ted Turner

Schedule of events:

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2 – 5 p.m., the monthly shape note singing in the do re mi tradition. This was a way of singing brought to the mountains by some of the first settlers. 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!

Tuesday, Sept. 26: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30: Our first annual Pioneer Festival will be held as the grand finale of the 2017 Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project. Space for folks to set up arts, crafts, and demonstrate skills will be available free. Sutlers and sellers are welcome ($15 set up fee). Open mic from 12 to 5:30 p.m. (Acoustic only please). Cooking and preparation will begin early in the morning. Plan to spend your day with us and around 5:30 p.m., we will have a community dinner for all who are interested. The cost of the dinner will be $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children under 5 eat free. At 6:30 we will be having a square dance called by Randy Wilson. The square dance will last two hours. We hope you will come and share your skills and pioneer knowhow. We hope to have a great number of families who bring their children and join us. Everyone is encouraged to dress in pioneer style. To participate in open mic call: (606) 671-7023.

Oct. 3: Senior Fellowship at 10 a.m.

Oct. 6: Fri Nite Pickin’ at 7:30 p.m., with Will Caudill and RT 7.

Oct. 10: The Country Troubadours.

Oct. 17: Cross Country Bluegrass.

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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