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Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival will kick off June 4

Appalshop will present its 21st annual Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival the week of June 4- 9, in celebration of traditional mountain arts. To kick off this year’s festival Seedtime will host a poetry reading on Monday, June 4, and an old-time singing and potluck on Wednesday, June 6.

Letcher County writers Ked Sanders and Jenny Galloway Browning will share their poetry on Monday evening at 7:30 at the soon-to-open Summit City Coffee shop next to the library on Main Street in Whitesburg. Sanders and Galloway will also share some of their work on Friday June 8, from 5-6 p.m. in the Boone Motor building in Whitesburg.

On June 6 at the Old Indian Bottom Church near Blackey, Seedtime will host an old-time singing with James Caudill and Roadside Theatre’s Ron Short. The singing and potluck which has become a Seedtime tradition, will begin at 7 p.m.

Other Seedtime events include WMMT’s “Bluegrass Express Live” on June 7 featuring the Midnight Ramblers of Wise, the Bluegrass Reflections of Pike and Dickenson counties, and Letcher County’s East KY Tyme. Headlining the festival’s concerts this year will be the legendary Charlie Louvin of the original Louvin Brothers, who will take the stage in the Appalshop Theatre on June 8 with the Lee Sexton Band, and Matt Kinman and the Old Time Serenaders. On Saturday there will be a celebration of Kentucky’s music with events including a ‘Biscuits, Banjos, and Broads’ discussion on women in traditional music; live performances from Kentucky’s Clyde Davenport, Rich and the Poor Folks, and Jimmy and Ada McCown; fiddle and banjo contests; a Buell Kazee CD release party and concert in celebration of his unique banjo style; an informal ‘Round Robin’ concert featuring musicians from the region’ and a square dance with the Clack Mountain String Band on Saturday evening.

Now on display in the Appalshop gallery is a quilt exhibit from the Ermine senior citizens, Cowan Homemakers, and other Letcher County quilting women. Appalshop Film screenings including “Quilting Women”, “Morristown” and “The Bad Old Days”. Local craft and food will be for sale all weekend. Children’s activities include the third annual seed spitting and watermelon eating contests with Chuck Johnson.

To make concert reservation, call (606) 633.0108. For more information, look for the insert in this week’s paper, or go to www.appalshop.org/seedtime.

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