Whitesburg KY

Venders to market goods beginning July 3


Check out our websites: www.blacksheepbrickoven.org and www.hemphillcenter.org and our Facebook pages please!

The first organized Hemphill Community Venders Market will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, at the pavilion. Pop-up tents are welcome and all venders are welcome. Produce, potted plants and herbs, art and cottage crafts, antiques and treasures, and more are possible sale items. Setup is free. Come buy, sale, or swap.

Disclaimer: Food items produced by Black Sheep Bakery will only be available inside the bakery as it will be open. Black Sheep Bakery is not responsible for food items sold on the grounds.

We finally got our tables and benches for the pavilion. We are so excited and they really are beautiful and functional. We are thankful to have them.

From today through July 2 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. we will be holding the Black Sheep Lambs Meet & Greet for kids. School-age kids are invited to come to Hemphill Community Center for lunch and hang out five days per week for three weeks. The Meet & Greet will be held outside. There are fans under the pavilion to make it nice for them. Our young interns, Maddy and Kevin, will be supervisors for school-age children till 5 p.m. each day. Kids should bring their devices as WiFi is available. Younger preschool children are invited also, but we ask a parent to accompany them please. If you are interested in your child being included for lunch please send a private message on the Black Sheep Facebook Page. Kids may attend as many or as few days as they like, but to ensure we have enough food please communicate through private message so we have the correct number of lunches needed.

The community dream is being realized a bit at a time and sometimes it’s like a snail it moves so very slow. The biggest hindrance is always money. We are always on the lookout for grants we can apply for. Special note: If you have a windfall and you are looking for a tax write-off, please remember us as we are granted charitable nonprofit status with the IRS. You can rest assured every dollar is being used for the betterment of our little corner of the world. We have put every dollar we can get to work here. Our building was built in 1944 so the upkeep is always ongoing. We love this old place and count it worthy work to try to keep it looking nice for community use. A friend told us recently “This organization does so much with so little.” So if taxes are taking your money then why not put it to work in your community. Remember us in your giving. There is a donate button on our webpage. All donations are tax deductible. Thank you!

We are working all the time to make the bakery more efficient and therefore to maintain jobs for folks in the area. Hopefully we will be able to eventually be open five days per week. We currently have four part-time paid positions. Soon we hope to have some full-time positions. We are proud of the work of our employees. They are dedicated to the vision of a better community and better world. Kindness is king around here.

Come hang out with us as you can. We keep a community guitar just in case some picker drifts through who might take it down and pick us a song or two. We are maintaining a hate-free zone where all are welcome and discussion is a great reward in midst of the hard work and long hours. Come tell us what you are thinking or play us your music. We have missed you during these long months of lockdown.

Again we had some great music at Mountain Saturday Night. Thanks, William Caudill, Marcus Riley and guests Alice and Fred Campbell, Larry Roark, and George Johnson. We enjoyed it so much. Music from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday evenings.

FYI: We have decided to move our Board Meeting to the second Thursday night of the month at 6 p.m.

Our bakery hours have changed slightly. Our hours are 3:30-8 p.m. on Thursday Friday. 8 a.m.–8 p.m. on Saturday. Pizza and calzones available from 3:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. To help keep everyone safe and meet their needs, we are still doing carry out, curbside, and deliveries. You may come in to order and select from our products and dine in too.

Please do not try to order online. We cannot check messages if we are busy. Call (971) 867-4337 to order please. If there is no answer call back, please. We do not have call waiting. Sorry for the inconvenience.

We have partnered with Fast FUD to deliver. They will deliver your order for $7 within 15 miles of Black Sheep Bakery. If you live farther than 15 miles away don’t fret. They charge just 25 cents for each additional mile. Just call and place your order and they will pick it up and bring it to your doorstep or workplace. It’s a great service. They will wear gloves and a mask upon request and contactless delivery can be arranged by asking. We are thankful for this enterprise in the community. Kudos to Fast Fud!

On pizza days it takes lots of wood and time for the oven to heat up. Remember we are cooking with wood in a primitive oven. There is no temperature control dial so we cannot turn it up or down. We are cooking the ancient way. We are subject to Mother Nature’s whims.

Of potential importance for families: You can bring the children to enjoy outdoor play. We ask that a responsible adult accompany the children and see to them. Wi-Fi is available seven days per week. You are welcome!

“ Because all our children are above average.”~Garrison Keillor

The pavilion provides us with a place for outside marketing of goods made or grown in our community on Saturday mornings. If you see folks out there peddling their wares stop and check it out. Please feel free to schedule outside events when you need to. We ask the scheduling to omit Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as we want to encourage a neighborhood marketplace for cottage industry and entrepreneurial pursuits. We have a vision to boost the economy through tourism and cottage industry. Hopefully, you will add us to your list of stops on Saturday mornings since the bakery is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Lost Lamb Productions: There is a space that has been made to market craft items inside on consignment. If you are interested in marketing your art with us, please let us know. Three vendors have brought their wares so far. Our four vendors are making sales and making some money. When you visit us you can check it out.

If you are interested in T-shirts and aprons check out our merchandise page website above. You can purchase online.

Check out our menu on Facebook. Don’t forget if you want to ensure you get what you need please call and place an order with us by Monday evening the week you need it. That way we will have a heads up and can plan our week for maximum efficiency to make your request. We want our products to be fresh, so we do not make things days ahead. We do not use preservatives therefore we cannot make things much ahead. Our GMO-free products are made by hand the ancient way. Our breads and pastries take all day to make. Many of them are made from fermentation methods that take 24 hours or more. We make our foods from scratch.

Weekly Quote: Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. -Woodrow Wilson


July 3: Hemphill Community Venders Market

Mountain Saturday Night: Weekly music event on Saturdays from 6-8 p.m.

Community Meeting: Second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. Zoom link available upon request.

Shape Note Singing: The fourth Sunday of the month each month from 2-5 p.m.

Inclement weather policy: In case of cancellation of events please check the Facebook accounts two hours before the scheduled event for postings.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:21-23

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