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Blacksmithing workshop set for June 24

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

The Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project workshops held on June 10 were very successful. The gardening workshop, the cooking over the open fire, and the jam session were very informative. Ages across the lifespan were present and all enjoyed it. Thanks for all the volunteer help from our community; the work and cleanup were done in record time. Many hands sure do lighten the workload.

Urgent note: We have a change in schedule of the Back to Our Appalachian Roots workshops. We are proud to announce that blacksmith Dan Estep will be with us Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. Canning and preserving has been moved to Sept 16. We are so excited about the blacksmithing session!

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.

June 24: Blacksmithing, cooking breads over an open fire, old-time music and a community jam session.

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, 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.

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 of 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-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.

Weekly Quote: “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president . . . “ Nelson Mandela.

Schedule of events:

Thurs., June 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., Appal-Tree Project will present Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating Environment. These classes are free. This is an eight-week research project that will take place each Thursday in June and July at the same time. Participants will receive a chef’s knife, cutting pad, ingredients for healthy meals, and recipes. If you prepare meals for children 18 and under, you are invited to participate. A limited number of slots are available. These classes on budgeting and healthy cooking skills will be taught by Becky Pigman, 859-582- 8104, or email at: rebeccapigman@gmail.com.

Friday Nite Pickin’ June 16 at 7:30 p.m., Cross Country Bluegrass will be back and we are excited to hear this great band. They play the best in old country jukebox favorites. They will throw in some bluegrass tunes for good measure too. You won’t find better pickers than these. They will have you up out of your seat and on the dance floor before you know it. Come out and have some fun with us. We will be watching for you.

June 18, from 12 to 2 p.m., Father’s Day Dinner, $12 adults $8 children. Menu: smoked pulled pork BBQ, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, dessert, and drinks. Advance tickets being sold. Call to purchase from board members. Call Richard, 606-821-8723, or Mable, 606-855-7316.

June 20, Senior Fellowship.

Fri Nite Pickin’ June 23 at 7:30 p.m., The Right Fork Ramblers.

June 24: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Back to our Appalachian Roots Project: Blacksmithing, cooking breads over an open fire, old-time music and a community jam session.

Sunday, June 25, from 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! 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’ June 30 at 7:30 p.m., Sunrise Ridge.

Friday Nite Pickin’ July 7: Will Caudill and RT 7.

Friday Nite Pickin’ July 14: The Country Troubadours.

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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