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Mothers enjoy dinner on their day

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

We held the Mother’s Day dinner fundraiser on Sunday and had a good amount of beautiful mothers who attended. Some really great community minded folks were in attendance who always come through in support of our efforts. We want to express our gratitude to all who helped to make this a success as we keep pressing on in these tough times we are all struggling through in our county and our region. You guys are simply awesome!!!

Hemphill Community Center presents The Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project, series of events to be held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon 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 10: Gardening demonstrations, cooking fresh meat over an open fire, old-time music and a community jam session.

June 24: Canning and preserving foods, 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.

Sept. 16: Blacksmithing, 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 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: Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind. Leonardo Da Vinci

Schedule of events:

May 16: The Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

May 19 at 7:30 p.m., Cross Country Bluegrass will be on hand to get us up dancing and singing along. They play bluegrass and country and are a really strong group as far as vocals, harmonies, and hard-driving picking styles. Come out and enjoy them with us. We love love love em!

May 23: The Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

May 26: The Right Fork Ramblers

May 28 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!

June 2: Will Caudill and RT 7

June 9: The Country Troubadours

June 16: Cross Country Bluegrass

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, Mable (606)855-7316

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 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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