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Schedule set for Appalachian Folk, Heritage Conference in Ky.

Feb. 12, 2013 @ 10:20 AM

RACELAND, Ky. — Getting the fever to spring into some gardening, to learn more about heirloom seeds, folk remedies and other old-time ways?
You can dig into the best of our Appalachian past and future, as folks are preparing for the first Appalachian Folk and Heritage Conference set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23  in the John P. Stephens Cultural Arts Center at Raceland-Worthington High School in Raceland, Ky.

 Free and open to the public, the event is a day-long interactive public forum on Appalachian folk culture featuring free live music, an heirloom seed swap by The Tri-State Area Seed Savers, traditional craft demonstrations, booths by the Boyd County and Greenup County Master Gardeners and much more.

 10 a.m. — “Morgan Sexton: Banjo Player from Bull Creek, Appalshop film on  Morgan Sexton, banjoist who won the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Award

10:30 a.m. —  Speaker - Ernie Tucker: "Take a Feather from a Groundhog."  Mr. Tucker is professor of history at Ashland Community and Technical College.  Tucker's talk involves more than 35 years of collecting Eastern Kentucky folk remedies and the stories that go along with them.

11 a.m. —  Panel “Farming and Gardening in Eastern Kentucky”  Kenny Imel, Aaron Boyd, others  will discuss gardening and farming techniques in our area.

Noon — Speaker, Soc Clay "The Mad Trappers View." Kentucky Poet Laureate and veteran outdoor photojournalist Soc Clay will discuss his latest work as well as stories he has collected in his journeys. 

12:30 p.m. — Panel - Tracing Our Past: A Journey Through Appalachia - Dr. Roland Burns, Judge Lewis Nicholls, and Ernie Tucker will discuss our Appalachian past, how our area has evolved and changed through the generations.

1:30 p.m. —  Music - Michael Garvin and Kentucky Memories - Michael Garvin is a traditional fiddle player and Luthier.  Garvin along with family and friends will take us on a musical journey through our Appalachian roots.

2:30 p.m. — Speaker, Christie Cook: "Oral Storytelling, the Heart of Appalachian Culture.” Cook will discuss the roots of oral storytelling and its importance in our region.

3 p.m.  —  Panel - Forging Our Future: 21st Century Appalachia. Panelists include Dr. Kay Adkins, Tina Garland, and local small business owners.  They will discuss the current state of economics and education in our area and look towards new trends in education and entrepreneurship. 

4 p.m. — “Hazel Dickens: It's Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song.”  Appalshop documentary film about one of the pioneering woman of bluegrass and hard-core country music, the late, great Hazel Dickens.

For more info go online at: http://appalachianconference.weebly.com/