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Town will be full of art and music for much of week




Letcher County tourism officials are hoping that a Spring Art Walk, live music concerts and events scheduled for this weekend will be the first of many similar events to come.

“We’re trying to promote our area and the beauty we have,” said Dr. David Narramore, chairman of the Letcher County Tourism and Convention Commission.

Bluegrass music stars IIIrd Tyme Out will perform in concert at Appalshop at 7 p.m. on Thursday (May 7), while another bluegrass star, former New Grass Revival member John Cowan, will take the stage at Summit City on the same night beginning at 10.

A bicycle ride dubbed “Ride in the Sky” is set from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 8 at Little Shepherd Trail.

“That’s going to give them a 15- mile ride on the highest bike ride in the state,” said Narramore. “We are expecting a big crowd.”

Live music can be heard again at Summit City beginning at 7 p.m. on May 8.

A 5K run begins at 9 a.m. on May 9 in downtown Whitesburg. Another day of “Ride in the Sky” at Little Shepherd Trail will begin at 10 a.m. on May 9 and end at 2 p.m.

“Toast of the Town”, a luncheon featuring Art Walk artists, will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. at Summit City. A block party for Art Walk is set for 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. in downtown Whitesburg, with the Art Walk itself taking place from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Art exhibits featuring work by more than 20 artists will be set up in several locations in downtown Whitesburg. Art created by employees of the Letcher County School System can be seen at Appalshop. Hobo’s Diner will have

much of week

on display art by Doug and June Adams.

Art by Angelyn DeBord, Barbara Church, Jeff Chapman- Crane, Sharman Chapman-Crane, Ron Gevedon, Dean Hill, Pam Oldfield Meade, Richie Ritchie and Catherine Wells will be on display at 260 East Main Street, the former Hoover’s Department Store building located between the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library and Hobo’s Diner.

A collection of 105 framed illustrations from Biblia Sacra by Salvidor Dali will be on display in Dr. John Pellegini’s building located at 255 East Main Street. The collection is owned by Whitesburg surgeon Dr. Pellegrini

The Letcher County Tourism and Convention Commission building (the old Whitesburg post office) will have on display art from second-grade students at Fleming-Neon Elementary School, sixth-grade students from Whitesburg Middle School, a human rights class from Letcher County Central High School, and an Appalachian Studies class from Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. “The My Story to Tell Project” is a collaboration of the Appalachian Media Institute, the Ford Foundation, Boston-based photographer Eric Gottesman, and about 80 Letcher County students.

Paintings by Whitesburg artist Anna Daniel Hall will be on display at the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library. Work by John Wezley Haywood will be displayed at Summit City, and the work of Haymond artist David Lucas can be viewed at The Courthouse Cafe.

A documentary film will be shown at Appalshop Theater at 2 p.m. on May 10.


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