The Letcher Area Homemakers loaded up last Tuesday and drove over to Lynch, Benham and Cumberland. We looked around the Miner’s Museum, took in some thrift stores and an antique and craft store located in Benham Old Fire Station and had lunch at Charlotte’s Sandwich and Dinner diner.
We enjoyed the outing and some came home with a great deal of bargains.
Mary Jo Blair has been having problems with her foot, maybe gout, and was in so much pain she couldn’t make the trip. Bob and I stopped by to speak with her on Sunday evening. She was still having problems with her foot pain then.
Our shops up and down Highway 7 had many lo- cal and out-of-town visitors this past weekend. A couple from Indiana had recently seen a rerun of the KET Collectibles program and planned a weekend outing in eastern Kentucky. If we could all get together and promote our area in a unified and positive manner we could be a tourist destination and that helps us all!
The whole county benefits if we work together. Since the KET show on Antique Alley and Megan Smith’s Lexington Herald Leader article, we have benefited here on Highway 7 South, and so have restaurants in the county, gas stations and hotels. It’s a domino effect.
People who shop have to eat, buy gas and yes, spend the night, so come on people! Let’s promote each other and our area.
We’re still waiting for our Antique Alley road sign that the fiscal court was going to help us get years ago when they designated us Antique Alley. I’m not blaming anyone, just saying that our shops do bring in tourists and they do spend money throughout the area.
Let’s work together. People will come visit. Also, we had customers from Texas, Perry, Knott, Pike Floyd and Whitley counties in Kentucky and a couple from Florida, too.
The Class of 1974 is making plans for a class reunion and you can contact Bob Banks for more information at 633-4453, or 335-2071. More details on this later on.
Some of our local businesses have been promoting the “Little Free Library” program. The Isom IGA and Route 7 Artesian Fellowship have placed one at the IGA. We haven’t had our ribboncutting ceremony yet, but will soon. Croucher’s Service Center and Gwen’s County Attic have sponsored one and it’s located at the Isom Park. Their ribbon cutting was last Saturday, with many attending.
We’re all trying to encourage our youth to read more and with the take a book and bring a book back, it’s a good way for them to take an interest and feel involved in a good way.