Whitesburg KY

Let spring wind blow cabin fever away from all of us


We celebrated the Spring Equinox and the beginning of the spectacular redbud season last week. The magnolias are blooming along with the daffodils and that should bring a smile to your face. The days have lengthened already and Easter Sunday is approaching. There are no restrictions on outdoor time so step out and let the wind play with your hair and blow your cabin fever away.

We spent our first week of semi self-quarantine at Hemphill Community Center/ Black Sheep Bakery. We canceled all activities but in an effort to pay the bills and have paychecks for our Black Sheep staff, we pressed on using universal precautions as always but also stepped up our game to try to stay well by using social distancing as much as possible. We do not want to endanger the folks who patronize the bakery nor do we want to carry COVID-19 home to our families. We are glad to say it was a very good week in spite of all the new restrictions. A break from self-quarantine was a welcome thing for our staff and to be together and see our friends even from a distance was a tremendous blessing to us. Our spirits are high and we have high hopes we will weather this without a hair on our heads being harmed and emerge from it strong. It is our hope for you, our valued friends, as well.

The Centers for Disease Control has measures posted on its website and as long as we observe that advice we may come out on the other side of this pandemic much stronger and for sure we will be much wiser than before.

We always cook with love and care. We believe the “humor” or mood you cook in affects the food and the mood of the person eating it. We heard that in European monasteries only the most enlightened cook the food as they know this secret I am sharing with you. Try it and we can discuss it when you see me.

Black Sheep Bakery will be delivering for an added mileage charge during our regular hours. You may also call in orders and we will bring them out to your car. You can pay by card at the time you place the order and the order will be handed off to you with minimal contact. We are open Thursday-Friday 4:30-9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

All our neighbors who are sick should contact us if needing help. Families in our community with children should also contact us for details if needing help. We are in this together and as a part of the Letcher County Culture Hub we know that we have the aid of our partner organizations if we need them. We are proud of the partnerships with the other community centers and other grass-roots community organizations within the Culture Hub. None of us are standing alone. It’s what mountain people always do during hard times. We come to the aid of those hardest hit by sickness, want, or, death and we share even the most meager of our resources.

All activities and programs at Hemphill Community Center are cancelled until further notice. We will get back on track as soon as restrictions are lifted.

Take heart and happy spring!

“If life gives you lemonade make lemons and life will be all like “whaaaaat?” — Phil Dunphy

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