Extension Fine Arts Offers Monthly Art Classes

One of the four main program areas housed within the Pike County Cooperative Extension Service is Pike County Extension Fine Arts, or “Pike Arts.” Pike is one of only a few counties across the state of Kentucky to be fortunate enough to have a Fine Arts program and a Fine Arts Agent at their local Cooperative Extension office. Currently, Pike Arts organizes many arts projects throughout the county, including but not limited to the Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City, the Hatfield & McCoy Arts Council and Blood Song theatre project in McCarr, the Appalachian Symphony band which offers free music lessons to the public, as well as playing a major supporting role in many downtown Pikeville arts projects and businesses.

One more project to add to the ever growing list of arts activities in Pike County is the recent start of free monthly art classes at Pike County Extension. Once a month, Pike Arts will offer a free art class to the public for ages six and up, including adults of all ages.

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Garlene Layne-Abshire and her son, Dustin, show off their finished pieces: a bright orange sunset and a yellow-faced ladybug.

“People with all skill levels are welcome and all supplies will be included. The only requirement to join in is an enthusiastic desire to learn and create,” said Emily Nelson, Fine Arts program assistant and art class instructor.

In May and June, rock painting classes were held as a way to join in on the painted rock scavenger hunt craze that hit Pikeville earlier this year. A third rock painting class is planned for Friday, July 28th at 2 pm. Class spots are limited, so early pre-registration is important. While rock painting has made for a fun summer activity, Pike Arts plans to switch it up in the coming months with a variety of different kinds of classes.

To keep up with class schedules and future arts activities, contact Pike County Extension at (606) 432-2534 and request to have your email address added to the Fine Arts announcements database. Interested individuals may also stay informed on art classes and much more by visiting the Fine Arts Extension website at pike.ca.uky.edu/FineArts or by ‘liking’ the UK Extension – Pike County Fine Arts Facebook page at facebook.com/UKPikeArts. Pike County Extension is located at 148 Trivette Dr. in Pikeville, KY.

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Participants paint a red flower and a blue bird on their rocks during the May art class.

Historic “Hatfield and McCoy Feud” Comes to Baseball Via the Lexington Legends and West Virginia Power

(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.)   The Legends are proud to announce an important community partnership, bringing the Hatfield & McCoy season long promotion announced in April full circle, by taking the historic feud back to its roots in Pikeville, Kentucky.  Giving back to the community is at the core of all the Legends’ ventures and this partnership has allowed for funds from the “McCoy” jersey auction on July 6, 2017 to benefit the Pikeville City Department of Tourism Commission and the Pike County Tourism, Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In addition to raising funds to support tourism in this beautiful region of the Commonwealth, local artists, musicians and historians featured at Pikeville Heritage Days in September, an annual Hatfield & McCoy Feud celebration and fair held in Pikeville, Kentucky, will be filling Whitaker Bank Ballpark with their crafts on July 6th for fans to enjoy and to enhance the large Hatfield & McCoy Theme Night held by the Lexington Legends for the game versus West Virginia that evening.  Descendants from both families will also be in attendance and featured in various promotions throughout the night.

“On Behalf of the City of Pikeville Tourism Commission and Pike County Tourism CVB office, we are very excited to have the opportunity to become community partners with the Lexington Legends and to be a part of the Hatfield & McCoy Feud promotion.  We are looking forward in sharing our heritage and culture at The Hatfield & McCoy Feud game on July 6th at Whitaker Bank Ballpark” states Andy Linton, executive director of tourism, events & special projects with the City of Pikeville.

A press conference officially announcing this community partnership will be held tomorrow, Friday, June 2 at 11:00AM at the East Kentucky Expo Center on the Main Street Plaza of downtown Pikeville.  All media is welcome to attend.

Original release: 4/05/17

(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.)   The historic feud between two families that started over a pig in the late 1870s around the Tug River Valley area between West Virginia and Kentucky will again be battled out, but this time on the baseball diamond in the South Atlantic League of Minor League Baseball.  The West Virginia Power and Lexington Legends will officially rename themselves “Hatfields” and “McCoys” respectively, for the entirety of the 2017 season when they play each other.  The temporary new names are just one of the many elements involved in this season long promotion.

Specialty jerseys for both teams will be worn, (see attached photos) resembling 1870s garb with the nameplates showcasing the new names for the Legends and Power.  Jerseys for the Lexington Legends are sponsored by Bud’s Gun Shop and both teams’ jerseys will be auctioned off through a silent auction at each teams’ respective home stadium, Whitaker Bank Ballpark and Appalachian Power Park.  All proceeds from each of the auctions will benefit the Lexington Legends Charitable Fund and the Power Baseball Charities 501c3.  The Power’s jersey auction is set for August 17 while the Legends’ is set for July 6.

“Having an infamous part of Kentucky and West Virginia history come to life at Whitaker Bank Ballpark is so fun and important to celebrate, but it’s also important we make sure that we made it happen with a charitable component, as giving back to our community is always the Legends number one priority!  Very much looking forward to seeing fans engage with this fun promotion this season” stated Andy Shea, Legends president and CEO.

Hatfield and McCoy jerseys will be worn at home in Lexington when the Power/Hatfields are in town on April 15, April 16, July 5, July 6, July 31 and August 2.  Jerseys will be worn in West Virginia at Appalachian Power Park on May 8, June 22, July 22 and August 17.  Each team will also be showcasing a special promotional theme night celebrating the history and traditions of each state surrounding the historic feud and encompassing food, beverages, crafts, and music.  Hatfield and McCoy Night for the Legends/McCoys will be held on July 6 and held on July 22 for the Power/Hatfields.

The “Feud” aspect of the promotion will be tracked by the number of wins each team has over the other, culminating with a “Golden Pig” trophy presentation to the winning team at the end of each series and at the end of the 2017 season.  Fans will have the opportunity to be a part of the feud through social media outlets as well the trophy ceremony at each ballpark by entering to win the chance to be “Golden Pig Presenter” on-field.

Fans wishing to participate in the feud can rally with their respective “family” and purchase the “Feud Ticket Package”, a package that offers fans the opportunity to take in 6 games when the teams are renamed and wearing their familial jerseys; 3 games at Whitaker Bank Ballpark and 3 at Appalachian Power Park.  Visit www.lexingtonlegends.com or www.wvpower.com for ticket package information.

“Bringing this iconic feud to the baseball field will be fun,’ stated Tim Mueller, the general manager of the West Virginia Power.  “Lexington has always been our best rival, so we are thrilled to partner with the Legends on a historic promotion like this.  Rarely do you see two Minor League teams working together on a season-long promotion, allowing both sides to showcase creativity and excitement, hopefully on and off the field.  Plus, and I never thought I would say this, we will be excited to win that Golden Pig.”

For more information, about the Hatfield and McCoy Legends/Power Feud, contact Sarah Bosso atsbosso@lexingtonlegends.com or 859 422-7855.  The Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and a member of the South Atlantic League, are back in action on June 1, 2017 Whitaker Bank Ballpark against the Augusta Greenjackets, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.  For ticket information, call (859) 422-7867 or visit lexingtonlegends.com.