Wilderness Trace Solar was as good as their word. As I crank out this issue of Hemphill News I am sitting here at the Center and we are operating off the grid. The blessing of the sunshine today is compounded by what is going on at the meter on the wall outside. We are up and running and it’s been a blur of activity as the construction crews worked tirelessly to make a dream that seemed impossible, become a reality for Hemphill Community and Black Sheep Brick Oven Bakery.
Thanks, John, Danny, and the others at Wilderness Trace, for good naturedly taking my prods with a grain of salt and doing a wonderful job. Thanks to our own Fuzz Johnson, John Wyatt, and Tony Brown of Homes, Inc. for your expertize in electrical wiring and troubleshooting. Thanks for the soap and elbow grease it took to clean you up after you spent hours working in the old coal bin and furnace room in our building. You guys are purely awesome and sweet as the sweets you like for your sweet teeth.
We are so grateful to MACED for the loan for the solar panels, for all the TA, and energy efficiency upgrade. Josh Bills, you are a friend indeed. Thank you, Letcher County Culture Hub, for all the collective brainstorming and networking it took for us to get rolling on this solar project. Thanks for all our faithful friends and patrons who support us on a weekly basis. Thank you for the ones near and far who have donated time, talent, and treasure to help develop this work in progress. We have not arrived but this will greatly improve our journey.
Employment and sustainable community wealth is our vision. May the force be with us.
Friday, June 21, we will “throw down” in celebration of Black Sheep Brick Oven Bakery’s first birthday and the new solar installation. You are cordially invited to come help us celebrate this momentous occasion. We will have a dedication ceremony at 6:30 p.m., and music by William and Boyd at 7 p.m.
Statistics on failing businesses within the first year are huge. We are thriving after one year and picking up steam. The tenacity of the Black Sheep has been amazing. We sometimes fall and rise and fall and rise yet again. We cheer accomplishments and mourn failures collectively. We have found the shame is not in the falling down as long as you struggle back up. The shame would be if you did not struggle back to your feet and proceed toward the goal.
Our group uses our steadying hands to help stabilize each other in any unsteadiness. We are so thankful for the Black Sheep team. If you have turned your hand to help or been in our cheering section, we want you with us for this event. Many hands make lighter work. We also want the naysayers to come be with us but remember it’s a hate free zone.
The Digging Up Roots Ancestry Forum is meeting on Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants are really enjoying themselves. The final workshop for June 27. Next month workshops are on July 11 and July 25. Participants are invited to bring a laptop or tablet, and paper and pen. This will a free bimonthly workshop offered courtesy of Jo Ann Hall Osborne. For more information, call (606) 855- 4463.
We have converted Friday Nite Pickin’ to a supper club environment where folks can come and enjoy music while eating their evening meal from the fabulous Black Sheep Menu. We will have a featured local singer/songwriter every Friday. Come support local live music and community building efforts. Music on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m.
You have an open invitation to come and hang out with us at the Center when you can. We have Wi-Fi now so kids and adults are better satisfied not being cut off from their electronic devices. We also have a playground and a walking track so bring the whole family for a visit. Regardless of differences in education, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or perceived differences, all are welcome and will be treated with justice and friendship. It’s a hate free zone and you are invited! Come and linger among friends!
Weekly Quote: It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility. Rachel Carson
Schedule of Events:
June 19: Bakery open 4:30-9 pm., and Open Mic -8:30 p.m.
June 20: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.
June 21: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.
June 23: Monthly Shape Note Singing 2-5 p.m.
June 25: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m. and John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5:30 p.m.
June 26: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m.
June 27: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m. Digging Up Roots Ancestry Forum 6:30 p.m.
June 28: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.
July 2: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m. and John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5:30 p.m.
July 3: Bakery open 4:30- 9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m.
July 4: Closed
July 5: Bakery open 4:30- 9 p.m. and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.
July 9: Senior fellowship 10 a.m. and John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5:30 p.m.
July 10: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m.
July 11: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m.
July 12: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.
July 16: Senior fellowship 10 a.m. and John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5:30 p.m.
July 17: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m.
July 18: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m. Digging Up Roots Ancestry Forum 6:30 p.m.
July 19: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.
July 21: Monthly Shape Note Singing 2-5 p.m.
Friday Nite Pickin’: Open mic at intermission. Family friendly environment. Inclement weather policy: Watch for cancellations on Facebook two hours before scheduled events.
A merry heart makes a good medicine but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22