Porch Talk Storytelling Workshop Series

The Appalachian Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Appalachia Book Company and UK Extension – Pike County Fine Arts, is thrilled to introduce our new live storytelling and conversation series: Porch Talk at the App!

We all love kicking our feet up on the front porch, gathering around a roaring fire, or circling a kitchen table to talk with our friends. Porch Talk is your chance to share those stories with your community, and we know you have some good ones! Come share your stories solo or in conversation with your friends. We want to hear the generational (tall) tales you’ve collected, the monumental moments from your life, or remembrances of the people who have mattered most.

Porch Talk workshops will help you craft your personal stories into stage-worthy monologues with the help of professional editors, actors, and public speakers. These low-pressure workshops will culminate in a staged storytelling showcase and possible publication!

Storytelling Workshop Series @ Pike Co. Extension
January 23rd & 30th @ 6:30
February 6th & 13th @ 6:30

Porch Talk Story Showcase @ The App
February 18th

To pre-register for workshops contact UK Extension – Pike County Fine Arts through FB message, at (606) 432-2534, or at emilyknelson@uky.edu.

For more information visit theapparts.org/porchtalk or contact the Appalachia Book Company at appalachiabookco@protonmail.com.

Donations Needed for Pike County Coal Miner Memorial

Coal Miner StatueFamily and friends can have a lasting tribute to a coal miner who was important to them by purchasing a black granite paver that will be part of the Pike County Coal Miner Memorial to be built in Downtown Pikeville. Any coal miner is eligible by completing the form below and making a donation of $150.00 to the Pike County Miner Memorial Fund, Inc.

Click here to download the Pike County Coal Miner Memorial form.

To learn more about the Pike County Coal Miner Memorial, visit their facebook page.

Pike County Coal Miner Memorial Media Coverage

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Click here to view WYMT coverage. 

Big Sandy Heritage Museum Grand Opening

The Big Sandy Heritage Museum will be hosting it’s grand opening, September 25, 2015 from 12-noon until 2:00 p.m. There is a wealth of history to be discovered at the Big Sandy Heritage Museum. Come and see the tools utilized by our ancestors to tame the Appalachian wilderness. Meet Randolph McCoy and “Devil Anse” Hatfield (or at least their mannequins) and learn of the trouble between their two families that enthralls America to this day. See items from the Civil War era and hear the stories that shaped our country.