Feedtime on the Cumberland

Feedtime on the Cumberland

Come celebrate the start of the market season with local food, music, a tractor & old farm truck show, and more! Feedtime on the Cumberland will be held at the Veterans Museum Parking Lot at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 1st, 2017.

Tickets are $10 and go on sale Friday, April 21 in downtown restaurants and at Annie's Frugal Finery.  

Feedtime is presented by the City of Whitesburg/ Letcher County Farmers Market, Community Farm Alliance, Cowan Community Center, Grow Appalachia, Applashop, and Appal-TREE Project.

"Sisters of the Mother Forest" A Story of Lucy & Annette Braun

"Sisters of the Mother Forest" A Story of Lucy & Annette Braun

In the 1930s, what began as a botanical research trip propelled two scientist sisters from Cincinnati into the fight to save the virgin forest of eastern Kentucky, and forever changed the history of ecological science and modern environmental conservation.

Drawing on both storytelling and theatrical traditions, this one-woman one-act explores the lives of the first two women to earn PhDs at the University of Cincinnati--Dr. E. Lucy Braun (1889-1971) and her sister Annette (1884-1978)-- and the life-changing role that a 1934 research trip to Lynn Fork in eastern Kentucky had on the two middle-aged sisters in the second half of their lives: shaping both the trajectory of their ground-breaking research in ecological science and forestry, and their pioneering roles in the history of modern environmental conservation and activism.

  • Throughout the 30s and 40s the mountain residents granted the “quare” spinster sisters access to their homesteads and forests in and around Pine Mountain and Black Mountain to conduct research, forming the basis of Lucy’s masterwork—Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America (1950)—a book of such scientific importance that it has never been out of print in the 60-plus years since its release. What the sisters learned in their fight to save Lynn Fork forest also shaped the early conservation movement, both in effective use of science in community and political organizing and the development of land trusts as a tool of environmental preservation.

Playwright and performer Dr. Alice Jones is an environmental geographer who has studied the relationship between land use and water quality in eastern Kentucky communities for nearly 20 years. She is also a life-long thespian with many acting credits in community and regional theater. “Sisters” draws together three of her dearest loves: strong and interesting women; the forests of Appalachian Kentucky; and theater as an expression of both creative and intellectual passion.

 

"Tools of Culture" Historical Instrument Gallery

"Tools of Culture" Historical Instrument Gallery

The 2017 Seedtime Festival theme is "Tools of Culture", which will spotlight handmade and historical instruments from gourd instruments created by Pete Ross to dulcimers made in Hindman, Ky at the Appalachian Luthiery Studio of the Appalachian Artisan Center.

Pete Ross has been playing and building gourd banjos since 1991. He apprenticed under Scott Didlake of Mississippi, a folk musician and craftsman whose instruments can be heard on Rounder Records “Minstrel Style Banjo” CD. Joe Ayers and Tony Trishka used Didlake’s banjos for that recording. Pete studied under Didlake until Didlake’s death in 1994.

Since that time, Pete has continued his historical research into the roots of the banjo, refining his designs and materials as he uncovers more information about these primal instruments. He has made instruments for many respected musicians, including Joe Ayers, Bob Carlin, and West African musician Cheick Hamala Diabate. His banjos are also used by Rex Ellis in historical interpretation performances at Colonial Williamsburg and are found in several museum exhibitions including the Blue Ridge Institute’s travelling exhibit, “The Banjo in Virginia,” The Museum of Musical Instruments banjo exhibit in Brussels, Belgium; and at Appomatox State Court House, Appomatox , Virginia, the site of the Joel Walker Sweeney Historical Marker. Pete was an advisor to the curators of the "Birth of the Banjo" exhibit appearing at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York and at the Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington D.C. A Jubilee gourd banjo is the only reproduction banjo appearing in that exhibit as well as in the exhibit's catalog. Pete is also an accomplished player and instructor on the popular steel stringed banjo, and can be seen playing on the “Banjos Ringing” videotape.

Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) Films of the 2016 Summer Documentary Institute

Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) Films of the 2016 Summer Documentary Institute

 

Since 1988, the Appalachian Media Institute has provided opportunities for young people from across Central Appalachia to explore their home communities, address local issues, and become thoughtful, engaged citizens through the process of place-based media making.

2017 marks the 29th year of a program that has intensively trained over 1,200 young people and supported the production of over 200 youth-made media pieces, ranging from profiles of Appalachian artisans, to regional identity, to studies of the economic, environmental and societal impacts of coal mining practices in the region.

Join our youth filmmakers for these screenings: 
Justice For All is a documentary film by AMI interns Oliver Baker and Aaron Combs that tells the story of community perceptions of the Black Lives Matter movement in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, shining a light on the realities of racial justice in a rural, predominantly white community. 

Not a Daughter is a documentary film by AMI peer trainer Oakley Fugate that tells the story of Oliver Baker, a LGBT-Q youth growing up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky.

Go Your Own Way is a documentary film by AMI interns Elyssia Lowe, Jaydon Tolliver & Joshua Collier that tells the story of four residents of eastern Kentucky who are pushing towards a new diversified, equitable economy through arts and agriculture.

My Kind of Music is a documentary film by AMI intern Eli Bedel that explores the impact that the popularization of old time music has had on the regional style in eastern Kentucky.

 

 

City of Whitesburg/ Letcher County Farmer's Market

City of Whitesburg/ Letcher County Farmer's Market

Veteran's Memorial Lot (map)

The Letcher County Farmers’ Market, fiscally sponsored by the City of Whitesburg, was developed to provide residents with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. We are committed to providing a platform for local growers, artisans, musicians, and crafters to make money in agriculture and the arts.

We are also committed to making the market accessible to all. We now accept alternative payment methods including: WIC, SNAP, and Senior Vouchers. 

The Kids Kafé at the Letcher County     Farmers Market is a USDA Summer       Feeding Site sponsored by the Letcher County Public Schools.  At the food booth, we serve fresh meals sourced with local products from many of the market's growers. Some of the items served include blueberry smoothies, breakfast wraps, and fajitas.  All kids ages 18 and under eat free, and items are sold at low cost to anyone 19 and up. 

The FARMACY  Program, introduced and sponsored by Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC) in 2015, is meant to provide healthy foods to patients with dietary restrictions. With support from Passport Health Plan and WellCare, MCHC is now writing prescriptions for fruits and vegetables to patients to be redeemed at the Letcher County Farmers Market in Whitesburg!

 

Shapenote Sing Workshop

Shapenote Sing Workshop

First Baptist Church (map)


For over two hundred years, communities across the country (and more recently around the world) have come together to sing shape note hymns: hauntingly beautiful songs of faith, devotion, love, and death. You are invited to join in this tradition -- no experience or singing ability necessary! We will gather at First Baptist Church, across from Appalshop, and begin with a singing school taught by Dr. Ron Pen of the University of Kentucky, followed by a regular singing, where anyone can lead a song, or just sing or listen.

Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative

Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative

Appalshop Conference Room (map)

In 1974, a group of writers and activists gathered at Highlander Center to form what became the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. From its very beginning, SAWC was intended to support writers in our efforts to take control of our regional identity and to take action, individually and collectively, on the issues that impact our land and our people. Through Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, SAWC continues its original mission to foster community and activism among and encourage publication of Appalachia’s writers. The journal is published annually and usually accepts submissions relevant to particular themes.

Readers and writers present include Jim Webb, Scott Gobel, and more.  Books and journals by the authors will be available for sale.

 

 

Roadside Theater Performance

Roadside Theater Performance

Appalshop Theater (map)

LETCHER COUNTY PLAY Reading

Working with three generations of Letcher County residents, who express multiple points of view, Appalshop's Roadside Theater created a play that speaks to the future of the County. The play script will be read by a local cast in the Appalshop Theater, and a discussion with the audience will follow. 

Annual Seedtime Punk Show & Flea Market

Annual Seedtime Punk Show & Flea Market

The Annual Seedtime Punk show in the Old Boone Motor Building has been going on since the dawn of the millennium, and with it growing more every year it only gets bigger and better! This years lineup includes ABRAXAS, Hawkbill, Nuclear Hollercaust, Tenure, and many more!

Also don't forget to check out the Flea Market to find all those dreamy punk treasures!

Drone Photography with Mountain Tech Media

Drone Photography with Mountain Tech Media

Mountain Tech Media will host a Drone Photography workshop at Seedtime. No drones or drone experience necessary! We'll talk about drone technology, how to fly a drone, and have a hands-on demo. The workshop will start in the Appalshop conference room. 

Appalshop Archive Screening

Appalshop Archive Screening

Appalshop Theater (map)

Please join us for a special presentation from the Appalshop Archive

Archive will be screening 2-3 films to commemorate the Seedtime theme "Tools of Culture", including:
 

Chairmaker

1975, 22 minutes
Directed by Rick DiClemente

Preserved by Appalshop Archive from 16mm film
Chairmaker follows 80-year-old Dewey Thompson from Sugarloaf Hollow, Kentucky, as a rough-hewn rocking chair takes form under his experienced hands and well-worn knife. 

 

Minnie Black's Gourd Band

1988, 28 minutes
Directed by Anne Lewis

Kentucky-native Minnie Black (1899-1996) made music and art out of the gourds she grew in her backyard garden in East Bernstadt. In Minnie Black’s Gourd Band she reveals her secrets for growing good gourds and gives a tour of her Gourd Museum, highlighting her favorite creations such as a double-headed donkey and the mythical “griffen” beast. Appalshop accompanies Minnie to “the World’s Largest Gourd Convention” in Mt. Gilead, Ohio where fellow artists hail her as “the queen of the gourd people.” The film is highlighted by lively and unique versions of hymns and old favorites played by Minnie and her Senior Citizen Gourd Band.

 

Carcassonne Square Dance

Carcassonne Square Dance

Experience Kentucky’s longest continuing community square dance at Seedtime on the Cumberland! The Carcassonne Community Square Dance will hold it’s June dance under the main stage tent on the Appalshop Grounds during this year’s festival.

The Carcassonne Community Center was built as the Carcassonne School in 1924. After a fire destroyed the original structure, it was rebuilt in it’s current form in 1931. It functioned as a school for the students of Letcher County, Kentucky until the 1960’s and on a limited basis into the seventies. It is famous for it’s quilting club and The Carcassonne Square Dance, the longest continuous community square dance in Kentucky. Set somewhat in-between Hazard and Whitesburg, the old school building that houses the center lies in a secluded area amid hills and trees in Letcher County. It features the best old-time musicians Kentucky has to offer as well as food and hospitality for attendees learning and performing traditional square dance.

Seedtime Cycling Tour

Seedtime Cycling Tour

The inaugural Seedtime Cycling Tour will take cyclists along the winding back roads of southeastern KY, highlighting amazing views of Appalachia. This leisure event is hosted by the Letcher County Cycling Club. Join us in celebrating the 1st annual Seedtime bike ride! 


The $15 registration fee will go back to tourism of Letcher County! 

The Tour:

Cyclists of all ability and bicycles are encouraged to ride along as we explore the back roads of Letcher County! The ride will begin at The Appalshop in historic downtown Whitesburg and ride along the communities of Whitco, Cowan, and Kings Creek back to “The Burg” over Cowan Mountain and scenic Pine Mountain! The ride will be a casual pace and there will be stops along the way if need be! No rush! Enjoy the views and take in the scenery of Seedtime! Also an awesome warmup ride to the Pine Mountian Summit Challenge to be held in August! 

PREREGISTER HERE! 
https://www.bikereg.com/seedtime-cycling-tour