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Sunrise Ridge to play at Hemphill

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

The Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project had another session on Saturday, June 24. We had feared the rain would put a literal damper on our activities, but it turned into a beautiful day.

Regretfully, our blacksmith’s truck broke down and he could not make it. When we were notified and told he was en route and had broken down, we discussed the hardships of the brave settlers who first ventured into these parts. Setbacks were a way of life for these brave souls. We must roll with the punches as well. We will try to reschedule with Mr. Estep as soon as possible. Please stay tuned to our postings for further updates on the blacksmithing session.

All who attended enjoyed the music and the cornbread, chicken and dumplings, and peach cobbler cooked over the open fire. There is something about the cast iron cooking, the flames, and the smoke that makes the food really yummy. Curious cooks showed up to explore bread   making on the fire. No one was disappointed as Greg and Gemma Bentley once again cooked it up in fine pioneer style.

The music was a delight to all. The players are Roy Tackett on guitar, John Haywood on fiddle, Kevin Howard on banjo, and Nate Polly on upright bass. It truly is old-time music at its best!

Happy Independence Day! We honor all who have served our country both at home and abroad.

Hemphill Community Center presents The Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project, a series of events to be held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. 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.


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, oldtime 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: Canning and preserving foods, 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-EGrant 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: Every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ If you can do that, you’ll be a success not only in business, but in life as well. Mary Kay Ash

Schedule of events:

Friday Nite Pickin’ June 30 at 7:30 p.m., Sunrise Ridge will return for one of their fifth Friday appearances at our place. We always look forward to their being with us. This group is a crowd pleaser and the young talent is extraordinary. We love the sounds of this ensemble. They are the genuine real deal in bluegrass with a touch of old-time/country/folk. They are just the thing to get you smiling, moving, singing, and dancing a hole in the floor. Come on out and cut a rug. We surely will.

Thursday, July 6, at 5 p.m., Appal-Tree Project will present Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating with Rebecca.

Friday Nite Pickin’ July 7 at 7:30 p.m., Will Caudill and RT 7.

Saturday, July 8 from 10 a.m. -12 p.m., Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project: Traditional dance, outdoor games, open fire cooking, community jam session.

Friday Nite Pickin’ July 14: The Country Troubadours.

July 15 from 10 a.m. -12 p.m., Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project: Dutch oven cooking, soap making, quilting, community jam session.

Friday Nite Pickin’ July 21: Cross Country Bluegrass.

Sunday, July 23, Shape Note Singing. 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! This is a community singing in the general or universal sense. 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!

Friday Nite Pickin’ July 28, The Right Fork Ramblers.

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 events.

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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