More than 1,900 people were in Whitesburg over the weekend to participate in the annual Seedtime on the Cumberland festival sponsored by Appalshop.
Those who attended the festival’s 22nd edition enjoyed performances by Kathy Mattea, Darrell and Wayne Scott, Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, Jim & Ada McCown with Paul Smith, Lee Sexton, Kentucky Wild Horse, Brett Ratliff and the Clack Mountain String Band, Rich and the Po’ Folks, Music of Coal, and the Cowan Creek Pick and Bow All-Stars.
Participants also delighted in jam sessions, film screenings, picking contests, gallery exhibits, Singing on the Mountain presented at Indian Bottom Church by Roadside Theater, literary readings featuring new work of Gurney Norman, and a square dance with caller Randy Wilson. Also on tap were international exchange activities featuring Indonesian and Texas media artists, nature hikes, and craft and food vendors. Storyteller Angelyn DeBord performed Saturday afternoon, and The Cowan Women presented an original play, “It’s About Time,” in the Appalshop Theater.
Seedtime 2009, part of Appalshop’s 40th anniversary celebration, is scheduled for next June 9 through 13. Economic impact estimates for Seedtime 2008 will be released later this week.
The support of its sponsors made possible the free components and helped keep the ticket costs down in the evening. 2008 sponsors were the Lonesome Pine Office on Youth, Parkway Pharmacy, Community Trust Bank, the Parkway Inn, the Mountain Eagle newspaper, Food City, Mama Mac’s, Home Town Music, and ARH – Whitesburg. Seedtime, as a part of Appalshop, also receives support from Kentucky Arts Council and the Appalshop Production & Education Fund.