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Appalachian Roots Project begins May 6

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

A schedule of workshops for the “Back to our Appalachian Roots Project” will be published in this column each week and on our Facebook page. Please register for workshops. This will ensure there is a place for you and free materials for you to work with. Texting or calling is encouraged for registration for each session requiring materials. Presenters interested in helping may call or text also, (606) 671-7023.

This weekend is the kickoff of the project.

May 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., beekeeping, cooking vegetables over the open fire, and an ole-time jam session.

June 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., gardening, cooking fresh meat on the open fire, and an ole-time jam session.

Jam session participants should bring their instruments and learn to play traditional ballads and square dance tunes. There will be lead musicians on each traditional instrument to guide those participants who are learning. No skill is required, however, a yearning for learning is welcome.

Weekly Quote: Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting. Elizabeth Bibesco.

Schedule of events:

May 5, at 7:30 p.m., Will Caudill and RT. 7 will be back with us for another really awesome show, as always. You can’t beat this group for crowd appeal and comradery. They have a group of awesome followers who accompany them when they visit us too. The good times are assured when this group arrives so come join the fun. You won’t be sorry you did not stay home.


May 6, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project, beekeeping session, cooking on an open fire, ole-time jam session. No admission. All are welcome. Please register for the beekeeping session, (606) 671-7023. What an opportunity!

May 12: The Country Troubadours.

May 14, from 12-2 p.m., Mother’s Day dinner with a rose for mothers. Advance tickets being sold by board members. Call (606) 821- 8723, (606) 855-7316.

May 19: Cross Country Bluegrass.

May 26: The Right Fork Ramblers.

May 28, from 2-5 pm., 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! 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’: Children get in free when accompanied by an adult. Open mic at intermission. Family friendly environment.

Inclement weather policy: If the main roads are clear and our parking lot is clear we will generally have scheduled events. Check our Facebook page for cancellations. Cancellations will be posted at least two hours before any scheduled event.

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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