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Cooking classes to begin Thursday

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

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 24b from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 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, oldtime 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: 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 the open fire cooking of the day along with sides. Those who 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 secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity. Thomas Henry Huxley

Schedule of events:

Thursday, June 22, 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 which 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 23 at 7:30 p.m.

The Right Fork Ramblers will return for some of the best bluegrass music around. They play the bluegrass classics of Bill Monroe, The Country Gentlemen, and other all-time favorites. Come on out and dance and enjoy yourself. You won’t beat a Friday night at our place for comradery and fun. There are always folks looking for dance partners too so if you attend alone it doesn’t mean you will be alone. The best people, best music, and best times can be found where we are.

June 24: 10 a.m. – 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’, July 21, Cross Country Bluegrass .

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 two 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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