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in the Land of Swinging Bridges
A small town coal miner from Pineville, who made his way to the top through a television talent show, will headline the Block Party event in Manchester on Saturday, May 24, 2014. P6
Mitch Barrett Live
Memorial Day Weekend Barrett will perform live at the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming on Saturday, May 24, from 8:30 am to dark at the historic Salt Works Village in East Manchester. P4
Travis Wayne On Stage
Friday 5K Run
Saturday Salt Works
3rd Annual Commit To Be Fit 5K Run Friday, May 23, 2014 from 6 pm to 9 pm, Rawlings/Stinson Park, Manchester
Run/walk a 5K on the scenic trail along Goose Creek to support an area-wide commitment to health. A Fun Run will take place at 6 pm, 5K run begins at 6:30 pm. Special prizes awarded upon finishing. Medals awared to first and second place male and female finishers in each age division. First 150 registrants guaranteed a t-shirt. Walk-up registration accepted on day of race with cash only.
Saturday Block Party Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10 am to Dark, Downtown Manchester
Clay County native, Travis Wayne, will take the stage at the Block Party event in Manchester on Saturday, May 24, 2014. P7
Music, entertainers, vendors, inflatables, karaoke and activities line the streets of downtown Manchester for a day of family fun festivities. A golf tournament and corn hole tournament will be hosted. Fireworks begin at dusk. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Stay In Clay, City of Manchester, Clay County Cruisers, Healthy Clay, Clay County Chronicle
Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 8:30 am to Dark, Goose Creek Salt Works, East Manchester At the historic Goose Creek Salt Works Pioneer Village, featuring handmade crafts, pioneer demonstrators, reenactments, story telling, wandering characters, dancers, cloggers, live blue grass, folk, gospel and country music, homemade food and activities.
Southeastern Sundays 1 pm to 5 pm Fourth Sunday of Each Month May thru October, Rawlings/Stinson Park, Manchester Musicians, entertainers, Clay County Cruisers, Appalachian vendors, food, story telling, Native Americans and more! FREE booth space available. All musicians and artists welcome. Musicians may solicit donations.
MANCHESTER, KENTUCKY Rawlings/Stinson Park, RiverWalk Trail & Goose Creek Salt Works Pioneer Village
Memorial Day Weekend
The third annual running of the Commit to Be Fit 5k will take place on the evening of Friday, May 23 in downtown Manchester. Healthy Clay, a local, health-conscious coalition of citizens and advocates, is once again the main sponsor of the event. Coalition chair, Rhonda Bowling, stated, “Healthy Clay is once again proud to sponsor the Commit to be Fit 5k. Our goal here is to provide a fun physical activity opportunity for the area.” The proceeds are used to sponsor additional physical activities throughout the year, which Healthy Clay hopes will sustain the recent trend of Clay Countians who are entering competitions like these. The race’s first year had 100 racers, while this year, Lisa Anderson, board member of Healthy Clay and race coordinator, expects over 200 people to participate. Sponsors of the event include the City of Manchester, Manchester Memorial Hospital, Air Methods, Air Evac, and Subway. Anderson is excited to partner with new sponsors this year. “Our original goal for starting this event was unifying the community in efforts to make healthy choices for both individuals and families,” stated Anderson. “With the City of Manchester now a Gold Sponsor, as well as some of our healthcare providers, it looks as if we are indeed going that direction.” The race route takes advantage of the recent improvements to the RiverWalk Trail, as well as the murals and other enhancements to Downtown Manchester. Vanda Rice, one of the founding members of Stay in Clay, explained, “The RiverWalk Trail and Downtown Manchester are in the midst of revitalization and this 5K runs right through the middle of it! Runners will enjoy beautiful vistas and a tour of history on their way to completing a 5k.” How to Register: Participants are encouraged to register online at www.commit5k.com. Registration is also available on the day of the race at the starting line at Rawlings/Stinson Park. Adults $15, Children (12 and under) $10. Healthy Clay is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together with the mission of encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
Numerous organizations, and the City of Manchester, have been working to coordinate efforts to provide a weekend long celebration of Clay County Kentucky's Appalachian heritage this coming Memorial Day Weekend. Over 2 dozen entertainers and hundreds of athletes, artists and car enthusiasts are expected to descend on Clay County over the course of the weekend. A 5K Run on Friday will be followed on Saturday by a Block Party and the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming festival. Fireworks will be offered Saturday evening. On Sunday, Southeastern Sundays kicks off with artists, musicians, Native American demonstrations, storytelling and a Clay County Cruisers car show.
for the community. A Fun Run will take place at 6 pm. The 5K run begins at 6:30 pm. Special prizes will be awarded upon finishing. Medals will be awarded to first and second place male and female finishers in each age division. The first 150 registrants are guaranteed a t-shirt. Walk-up registrations will be accepted on the day of race with cash only. ___________________________
Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming
The Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming will be held on Saturday, May 24, from 8:30 am to dark at the historic Goose Creek Salt Works Pioneer Village in East Manchester. The event will feature handmade crafts, pioneer demonstrators, reenactments, story telling, wandering characters, dancers, cloggers, live blue grass, folk, gospel and country music, homemade food and activities. Entertainers will include Mitch ___________________________ Barnett, The Hollow Bodies, Preacher Bill, Heaven’s Jubilee, Stephen Hollen, Higher Ground, Cabin Creek Boys, The Leap, Kevin Rice Band, Three Musicians, New Union Grass, The 3rd Annual Commit To Be Fit Tidal Wave Road and more. 5K Run will take place on Friday, Presented by Stay In Clay. May 23, 2014 from 6 pm to 9 pm ___________________________ at Rawlings/Stinson Park in Manchester. Participants will run or walk a 5K on the scenic trail along Goose Creek to support an Across the swinging bridge, in area-wide commitment to health. Downtown Manchester, the All proceeds will benefit Healthy Chamber Block Party will also be Clay, a non-profit organization who seeks to find healthy options held on Saturday, May 24. The event will take place from 10 am
Commit To Be Fit 5K Race
to dark. Local entertainers, vendors, inflatables, karaoke and activities will line the streets of Manchester for a day of family fun festivities. Jimmy Rose, Travis Wayne, Kevin Rice Band, Preacher Bill, Hensley Brothers, Jack’s Creek Boys, The Leap and additional bands will perform. A Golf Tournament will be hed at Big Hickory Golf Course. A Corn Hole Tournament will be held in Downtown Manchester: First Prize $75; Second Prize $50; Third $25; $20 Entry Fee. Fireworks will begin at dusk. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. ___________________________
Southeastern Sundays Southeastern Sundays kicks off on Sunday, and will be offered from 1 pm to 5 pm on the fourth Sunday of each month May thru October at Rawlings/Stinson Park in Manchester. The event will feature musicians, entertainers, Appalachian vendors, food, a Clay County Cruisers car show and historic attractions. The location of the event will highlight Clay’s nature, parks, swinging bridges, murals and mysterious artifacts. Free booth space is available. All musicians and artists are welcome. Southeastern Sundays will be presented by the City of Manchester and Clay County Cruisers, an organization promoting tourism in the county through car shows and cruisin's.
Additional information is available at ClayCountyKentucky.org.
Saturday Block Party Schedule May 24, 2014 10 am - Good Ground 10:45 am - Heaven Jubilee
May 24, 2014 Music Schedule 8:45 am - Stay in Clay's Welcoming Ceremony
1:30 pm - Mitch Barrett
8:30 pm - Tidalwave Road
2:45 pm - The Leap
All Day - Vendors, food and 9 am - Preacher Bill with more. Demonstrations of 3:45 pm - Kevin Rice Henry and Homer the period include making 4:45 pm - Three Musiapple butter, civil war 9:45 am - Heaven's Jubilee cians Band camping, artillery, metal 10:30 am - Stephen Hollen 6 pm - The Hollow Bodies working, blacksmithing, medicine show. Entertain11:30 am - Higher Ground 7:15 pm - New Union ers will be interacting with 12:30 pm - Cabin Creek Boys Grass people attending.
3 pm - Hensley Brothers 4 pm - The Leap 5 pm - Kevin Rice 6 pm - Jimmy Rose Dark - Fireworks Golf Tournament at Big Hickory Golf Course
Southeastern Sundays May 25, 2014 Clay County Cruisers Hensley Brothers Tomowhawk Exibition Indian Articfacts Stephen Hollen Storytelling Whimsical What Knots…..Crafts, Bird Feeders, Garden Plate Flowers
Car Shows will be held at the park on Sundays on May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28 and October 26 beginning at 1 pm.
Every Thursday, at 6 pm, the car club hosts Cruise Nite at
1:45 pm - Travis Wayne
Clay County Cruisers "Cruisin' in the Park" monthly car shows begin May 25 and continue through October at Rawlings/Stinson Park in Manchester. The beautiful venue offers tourists an opportunity to discover Manchester's unique park system.
Rawlings/Stinson Park is located along scenic Goose Creek and features a walking track, a stage for outdoor concerts, playgrounds, a wedding gazebo, Clay County Veterans Memorial, large shelter houses with grills, a concrete boat ramp and a shaded walking trail along the beautiful river that connects Rawlings/Stinson Park to the Goose Creek Swinging Bridge, Riverside Park and Goose Creek Salt Works.
12:45 pm - Donnie Stevens Bluegrass/Gospel
Corn Hole Tournament in Downtown Manchester: First Prize $75; Second Prize $50; Third Prize $25; $20 Entry.
Cruisin' In The Park
Beginning in 2014, Clay County Cruisers will present "Southeastern Sundays" in conjunction with Cruisin' in the Park. The event will feature numerous musicians, Appalachian crafts, southern food, car shows, Native American demonstrations, a farm market and additional entertainment and activities.
12 pm - Preacher Bill with Homer and Henry
The Stone Pansey….Hand Painted Stones James Sizemore….Handmade Primitive Knives, Holsters, Necklaces, Walking Sticks/Staffs, Powder Horns
the Huddle House in Manchester. Everyone is invited to hang out with the Cruisers and have fun.
best show of the year. The event attracts families throughout Clay and surrounding counties with safe, family fun, Halloween Mark your calendars now for festivities. The free Cruisin' the annual Halloween Bash and Halloween Bash features Cruisin' in the Park hosted by dozens of hotrods, food, Clay County Cruisers. The entertainment and activities for event takes place each October children. Prizes are awarded at Rawlings/Stinson Park in for best costumes to youth and Manchester and features adults. Prizes are also awarded music, games, candy and for additional contests costume contests. Both children provided by Clay County and adults participate in the Cruisers. special Halloween Bash themed cruisin’. This popular event Thousands of dollars benefit offers attendees an ideal the local economy each year opportunity to view the antique from tourism activities cars, hotrods and trucks, and promoted by Clay County the fall foliage in Manchester’s Cruisers. Learn more about the parks and River Walk. The organization at organization's last scheduled claycountycruisers.org. show of the season is also the
Rural Tuttle Arts….Wooden Bowls, Wood Pens, Wine Stoppers, Acrylic Paintings Erica Roberts…. Hand Crafted Jewelry Clay County Public Library….Activities for Kids, Flower Pot Painting Art by Kin Patton…Handmade Art & Craft Items, Jewelry Rock Bottom Stables & Soap….Handmade Goats Milk Soaps and Lotions Miss Southeast Kentucky Bev’s Best Homemade Gourmet Peanut Brittle Big Creek Volunteer Fire & Rescue….Pulled Pork, Coleslaw, Chips, Coca-Cola Cake, Cotton Candy, Pop, Water AND MUCH MORE!
Mitch Barrett at Appalachian Homecoming Appalachian funky, folksy, Rasta Bluesman Mitch Barrett is one of Kentucky’s most sought-after and talented singers, songwriters and storytellers. Barrett’s music draws from his Appalachian heritage and the values it instilled: agrarian work ethic, simple living, the importance of family and celebrating the joys and the struggles of everyday life through music and song. Barrett will perform live at the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming on Saturday, May 24, from 8:30 am to dark at the historic Salt Works Village in East Manchester. The event, hosted by Stay In Clay, will feature handmade crafts, pioneer demonstrators, reenactments, story telling, wandering characters, dancers, cloggers, live blue grass, folk, gospel and country music, homemade food and activities. A keen life observer and riveting performer, Mitch Barrett songs deftly laces thought-provoking subject matter with a satirist’s sense of wit and irony. Whether he’s leading a workshop, headlining a Performing Arts Center, or playing a large festival, Mitch takes his audience on an engaging journey, channeling the inner voice of a truck-stop waitress, a mountain boy seeking spirituality or a socially and environmentallycharged activist. Barrett’s rendition of Shady Grove was featured on "Appalachia: A History Of Mountains and People". Academy Award winning actress Sissy Spacek narrated the four-part PBS series.
Barrett has won many of the country's most prestigious songwriting competitions: The Folk’s Festival Songwriting Competition, the Merlefest “Chris Austin” Songwriting Competition (twice awarded), the Kerrville “New Folk” Competition and the Telluride Troubadour Competition. He has performed with such notables as Arlo Guthrie, Mark Schatz, Si Kahn, Greg Martin, Dirk Powell, Josh Pennington, Less Taylor, Darrell Scott, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Dar Williams, Doc Watson, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brian, Steve Forbert and Dave Mallett. As a veteran storyteller and folk musician, Mitch Barrett leads a collaborative storytelling and songwriting workshop, grounded in the premise that everyone’s story is important. Mitch begins by sharing songs written over his 30-year career, and discusses the life events that inspired them. Some are painful, others joyous; but in each he reveals his own vulnerability. Original is the word here. People still have a hard time putting Mitch Barrett into a category. So it's best he just stays in his own category of Appalachianfunkyrastafolksybluesman. He's a contemporary Appalachian singer/songwriter with a touch of Americana thrown in for good measure. Barrett is often accompanied on upright bass by Kentucky native and Zoe Speaks band mate Owen Reynolds. Owen has played the upright bass since 1998, playing in a variety
of bands ranging from traditional styles to rock and funk to Latin and jazz. Having studied music at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Owen has a strong theoretical grasp, but he is careful not to let his knowledge of theory interfere with the musical communication going on on-stage. Owen has been professionally performing for fifteen years and has been a part of The Kettleheads, The Betweeners, Zoe Speaks and other regional acts. Additional entertainers at the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming will include The Hollow Bodies, Preacher Bill, Heaven’s Jubilee, Ste-
All vendors, artisans, groups and demonstrators are encouraged to stay for the entire event, 1 pm to 5 pm. You are not required to commit to every event date (every fourth Sunday of each month May thru October), and may participate in any or all event dates as your schedule The Southeastern Sundays Committee is in search of musicians, allows. Participating artisans, musicians, groups and vendors will Southeastern Sundays is presented artisans and demonstrators willing to receive free publicity in marketing volunteer their talents during the by the City of Mancester and Clay materials and the Clay County events to promote tourism in Clay County Cruisers and sponsored by Chronicle. Clay County Chronicle. Clay County County. Local food vendors and Any musician, artisan or vendor Cruisers is a non-profit organization organizations are also welcome to of classic car enthusiasts dedicated to setup at no charge. Artisans and food interested in participating, please submit the form available at promoting tourism in Clay County. vendors are welcome to charge for ClayCountyKentucky.org or email The organization hosts numerous car their products. Groups and shows and cruisin's organizations are welcome to solicit ses@ClayCountyChronicle.com or throughout the year to donations. Musicians and mail SES, PO Box 185, Oneida, KY demonstrators are welcome to accept 40972. draw visitors into the county, while offering tips. Southeastern Sundays takes place on the fourth Sunday of each month May thru October, from 1 pm to 5 pm, at Rawlings/Stinson Park in Manchester, KY. The event features mountain musicians, entertainment, Appalachian vendors, a car show, southern food and historic attractions.
family fun events for Clay County residents. "Cruisin' in the Park" is hosted each month, May through October, in conjunction with Southeastern Sundays at Rawlings/Stinson Park in Manchester, KY.
phen Hollen, Higher Ground, Cabin Creek Boys, The Leap, Kevin Rice Band, Three Musicians, New Union Grass, Tidal Wave Road and more. The weekend long celebration of Clay County Kentucky's Appalachian heritage Memorial Day Weekend will include athletes, artists and car enthusiasts participating in a 5K Run on Friday, a Block Party and the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming on Saturday, and Southeastern Sundays on Sunday with artists, musicians, storytelling and Clay County Cruisers.
Clay County Kentucky EVENTS 3rd Annual Commit To Be Fit 5K Run
the last Friday of each month in the Clay County Public Library Meeting Room in Manchester.
Friday, May 23, 2014 from 6 pm to 9 pm
Vietnam Veterans Chapter #868
Rawlings/Stinson Park, Manchester
6 pm 2nd Thursday of Each Month
Run/walk a 5K on the scenic trail along Goose Creek to support an area-wide commitment to health. All proceeds benefit "Healthy Clay", a non-profit organization who seeks to find healthy options for the community. A Fun Run will take place at 6 pm, 5K run begins at 6:30 pm. Special prizes awarded upon finishing. Medals awared to first and second place male and female finishers in each age division. First 150 registratns guaranteed a t-shirt. Walk-up registration accepted on day of race with cash only.
Horse Creek Holiness Church Fellowship Hall
Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 8:30 am to Dark Riverside Park, Manchester The Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming will be held on Saturday, May 24, from 8:30 am to dark at the historic Salt Works Village. The event will feature handmade crafts, pioneer demonstrators, reenactments, story telling, wandering characters, dancers, cloggers, live blue grass, folk, gospel and country music, homemade food and activities. Entertainers include: Preacher Bill, Heaven’s Jublliee, Stephen Hollen, Higher Ground, Cabin Creek Boys, Mitch Barnett, The Leap, Kevin Rice Band, Three Musicians, The Hollow Bodies, New Union Grass, Tidalwave Road.
The Clay County Vietnam Veterans Chapter #868 meets at 6 pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Horse Creek Holiness Church Fellowship Hall. The organization conducts all military Funeral Honors for Clay County Veterans. Members must have served on Active Duty in one of the US Armed Forces from February 28 1961 through May 7 1975. Members who do not meet those requirements may be Associate Members.
The 2014 Clay County Days Festival will be held on August 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2014. The committee is working hard to bring you the best festival in the history of the event. The mission is to organize the best festival possible for the GOVERNMENT MEETINGS people of Clay County and to promote tourism for Manchester Council Meeting Clay County by providing a weekend of family entertainment. 6 pm 3rd Monday of Each Month OBI Golf Tournament Manchester City Hall, Downtown Manchester Friday, June 27, 2014 Crooked Creek Golf Club Alumni & Friends of OBI Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, June 27, 2014 at Crooked Creek Golf Club in London, KY. The event will be part of Oneida Baptist Institue's Homecoming festivities, with the big day on Saturday, June 28 on the OBI campus. For more information and lodging details, please call Amanda Roberts at 606-847-4111 ext:268, or email Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Manchester City Council meets at 6 pm on the 3rd Monday of each month at Manchester City Hall, Downtown Manchester. Circuit Court Meeting 9 am 1st Monday of Each Month Circuit Court Building, Downtown Manchester The Circuit Court meets at 9 am on the 1st Monday of each month at the Circuit Court Building, Downtown Manchester. Fiscal Court Meeting
Chamber Block Party
Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10 am to Dark
Free Archery Classes are offered Wednesday nights at 6 pm at Gray Fork Church, 67 Grayfork Clay County Fiscal Court meets at 3 pm on the Road, Manchester. Everyone is welcome. For 2nd Thursday of each month at the County more information, contact Eric at 231-6850, Jenna Administration Building, Downtown Manchester. 599-7005 or Boo 813-0990.
Local entertainers, vendors, inflatables, karaoke and activities line the streets of downtown Manchester for a day of family fun festivities. Jimmy Rose, Travis Wayne, Kevin Rice Band, Preacher Bill, Hensley Brothers, Jack’s Creek Boys, The Leap and additional bands will perform. A golf tournament and corn hole tournament will be hosted. Fireworks at dusk. Southeastern Sundays 1 pm to 5 pm Fourth Sunday of Each Month May thru October Rawlings/Stinson Park, Manchester Southeastern Sundays will take place on the fourth Sunday of each month May thru October, from 1 pm to 5 pm, at Rawlings/Stinson Park. The event will feature musicians, entertainers, Appalachian vendors, food, a car show and historic attractions. The location of the event will highlight Clay’s nature, parks, swinging bridges, murals and mysterious artifacts. FREE booth space available. All musicians welcome. Musicians may solicit donations. Signup online at ClayCountyKentucky.org.
Woman's Club of Manchester Except for the months of January, June and July, the club meets the second Monday of each month at 6 pm. The Woman's Club of Manchester is dedicated to community improvement. Through its volunteer service, the club strives to enhance the lives of others. Any woman age 18 and above who has been looking for a way to be involved in her community is welcome to join the organization. For more information, call 606-598-2033 or follow the club on Facebook.
3 pm 2nd Thursday of Each Month County Administration Building, Downtown Manchester
SPECIAL EVENTS Weekly Cruisin’s 6 pm Every Thursday Huddle House, Manchester
12 pm 2nd Wednesday of Each Month
Weekly Cruisin’s take place at the Huddle House in Manchester on Thursdays, hosted by Clay County Cruisers, starting at 6 pm. Clay County Cruisers is a non-profit organization of classic car enthusiasts dedicated to promoting tourism in Clay County. The organization hosts numerous car shows and cruisin's throughout the year to draw visitors into the county while offering family fun events for Clay County residents.
Manchester City Hall
Class of 2001 Pot Luck Reunion
Chamber of Commerce Meeting
Clay County Days
The Manchester-Clay County Chamber of June 14, 2014 starting at 12 noon Commerce meets at 12 pm on the 2nd Wednesday Rawlings/Stinson Park, Manchester of each month at Manchester City Hall in Downtown Manchester. Class of 2001 Pot Luck Reunion at Rawlings/ Stinson Park on June 14 beginning at noon. Clay County DAV Chapter 137
August 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2014
5 pm Last Friday of Each Month
Clay County Public Library Meeting Room All veterans are welcome to join the Clay County DAV Chapter 137. The chapter meets at 5 pm on
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Clay County Kentucky EVENTS Get Walking
Camper safety is a priority at 4-H Camp. All staff and volunteers are trained and undergo background checks prior to camp. Each camp will have an on-site emergency medical technician at all times to take care of campers’ needs.
May 19 to August 31 Healthy Walking, Healthy Life is a program for the family that wants to start walking and implement changes that can lead to healthy lifestyles. The Clay County Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring the program from May 19 to August 31. Participants will walk for 30 minutes at least 3 to 5 times per week for 3 months, and will receive calendars to record walking times to be returned to the Extension Office every 2 weeks. Calendars can be dropped off, emailed or mailed to the Clay County Extension Office, PO Box 421, Manchester, KY 40962. Participants will also receive, via e-mail or handouts, “Small Steps To Health and Wealth” every 2 weeks for 3 months. All participants must return 3 logs (calendars) to receive a t-shirt (halfway through the program) that can be worn for the rest of the program while walking. After returning 5 logs, you will receive a certificate of completion for the program. Program registration is $10. Please call 606-598-2789 to register. Provide your name, address, phone number, email address and t-shirt size.
There are four regional camps, all of which son Park. Get physically active with your family. have been accredited since 2005 by the American A variety of activities will be offered for a fun Camp Association. 4-H’ers from Clay County filled weekend. Commit To Be Fit will be held on will attend J.M. Feltner Memorial from June 26Friday night. Saturday will offer Just Get Moving, 29. This 4H Camp is located at 380 J. M. Feltner a Downtown Block Party and Salt Works AppalaRoad London, KY 40744, 606-864-2770. chian Homecoming Festival. Southeastern SunCheck out the camp’s website at days kicks off on Sunday. www2.ca.uky.edu/4-H/camp/feltner. For more Tie Dying information about 4-H Camp, contact Ashley Adkins, Clay County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth June 5, 2014, 6 pm Development, 69 Jameson Road Manchester, KY Clay County Extension Office in Manchester 40962, 606-598-2789. You can also visit the webA Tie Dying Workshop will be offered on June 5 site at clay.ca.uky.edu/4HYouthDevelopment or at 6 pm at the Clay County Extension Office in visit the Facebook page at Clay County ExtenManchester. Attendees will use wax and dye to sion. A video from camp last year is available. create a scarf. Scarves have become a popular accessory for all age groups. For additional informa- SUBMIT EVENTS FOR FREE TO tion and to register, call 606-598-2789. NEWS@CLAYCOUNTYCHRONICLE.COM 4-H Summer Camp
June 26 to June 29
May 22, 2014, 6 pm
Now is the time for young people and their parents to begin making plans for an annual summer ritual, 4-H Camp. 4-H camps are open to all KenPlate It Up Cooking School will be held on May tucky youth between the ages of 9 and 14. At 4-H 22 at 6 pm at the Clay County Extension Office in Camp, young people learn independence and reManchester. Sample three Plate ItUp recipes. The sponsibility, have a lot of fun, and make new Plate It Up recipes contain fruit and vegetables friends. that can be grown in Kentucky gardens. For addiMany exciting activities and adventures await tional information and to register, call 606-598campers. 4-H’ers can spend their days participat2789. ing in activities such as swimming, canoeing, high Get Moving and low ropes, archery, recreation games, dances May 24, 11 am to 12:30 pm and nature hikes. These activities are a fun way to help young people learn new skills and develop a Rawlings/Stinson Park in Manchester greater appreciation for the environment and wildJust Get Moving Manchester will be held on May life. 24 from 11 am to 12:30 pm at Rawlings and StinClay County Extension Office in Manchester
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Jimmy Rose to Headline Block Party A small town coal miner from Pineville, who made his way to the top through a television talent show, will headline the Block Party event in Manchester on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Jimmy Rose's Appalachian twang, politeness and humble attitude won the hearts of millions and earned him third place on America’s Got Talent in September 2013. He has since toured with America’s Got Talent Live.
He learned to play guitar while in the Marine Corps. He served in Iraq in 2005. He has two childern. His girlfriend, Heather Morgan, is one of his biggest fans.
The Chamber Block Party will take place from 10 am to dark. Local entertainers, vendors, inflatables, karaoke and activities will line the streets of Manchester for a day of His original song, “Coal Keeps the Lights On”, family fun festivities. Additional was an instant sensation following his audition on entertainment will include Travis America's Got Talent. Rose became an Wayne, Kevin Rice Band, Preacher Appalachian folk hero on social media and in personal appearances in towns across Appalachia. Bill, Hensley Brothers, Jack’s Creek Boys, The Leap and more. A "This whole journey and the memory's made will golf tournament and corn hole forever be instilled in my heart," said Rose. "I am tournament will be hosted. just as much proud of the ones who stood behind Memorial Day Weekend events will me through this journey as I am of my own self. include over 2 dozen entertainers, hundreds of Thank you all for making this happen for me, it was a great ride and one that I am still athletes, artists and car enthusiasts. A 5K Run on Friday will be followed on Saturday by the Block on." Party and the Salt Works Appalachian Rose became a coal miner Homecoming festival. Fireworks will be offered immediately following highschool. Saturday evening. On Sunday, Southeastern
Sundays kicks off with artists, musicians, Native American demonstrations, storytelling and a Clay County Cruisers car show. See ClayCountyKentucky.org for additional details.
TRAVIS WAYNE LIVE AT BLOCK PARTY Clay County native, Travis Wayne, will take the stage at the Block Party event in Manchester on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
"Outside of my family, music means more to me than anything, and just as important are the people I share it with, both on the stage and in the audience," said Wayne.
Travis Wayne grew up in Manchester where his love for country music started at a very young age through the inspiration he found in his hometown. At five, Wayne learned how to play guitar and eventually stepped up to the microphone to develop a truly unique sound. After small success playing through the local country music circuits, he wrote “I’m Still Dad”, which helped to launch his Nashville career. Wayne also stared on Redneck Island, with over 1.4 million viewers. His songs now play on over 400 Radio Stations. Wayne won the prestigious Male Vocalist of the Year award at the 2014 Nashville Universe Awards held recently in Tennessee. The accomplished artist also performed at the awards ceremonies with Colt Ford, well-kknown rapcountry artist. Wayne's video, Chasin' It, was picked up by ZUUS country network and is being played na-
The Chamber Block Party will take place from 10 am to dark. Local entertainers, vendors, inflatables, karaoke and activities will line the streets of Manchester for a day of family fun festivities. Additional entertainment will include Jimmy Rose, Kevin Rice Band, Preacher Bill, Hensley Brothers, Jack’s Creek Boys, The Leap and more. A golf tournament and corn hole tournament will be hosted. Memorial Day Weekend events will include over 2 dozen entertainers, hundreds of athletes, artists and car enthusiasts. A 5K Run on Friday will be followed on Saturday by the Block Party and the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming festival. Fireworks will be offered Saturday evening. On Sunday, Southeastern Sundays kicks off with artists, musicians, Native American demonstrations, storytelling and a Clay County Cruisers tionwide. The video was filmed in Clay County featuring Clay residents and law enforcement offi- car show. cers. See ClayCountyKentucky.org for additional details.
Hollow Bodies to Perform and unexpected ways. To add some additional components to the mix, the twin fiddlers have added a classical cellist, Chris Cupp, one of the principal cellists with the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, and Riley Logan, a young, accomplished mandolin player. Audience members are surprised and delighted by the diversity of instruments these young people play. The Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming will take place from 8:30 am to dark at the historic Salt Works Village in East Manchester. The event will feature handmade crafts, pioneer demonstrators, reenactments, story telling, wandering characters, dancers, cloggers, live blue grass, folk, gospel and country music, homemade food and activities. Additional entertainers will include Mitch Barnett, Preacher Bill, Heaven’s Jubilee, Stephen Hollen, Higher Ground, Cabin Creek Boys, The Leap, Kevin Rice Band, Three Musicians, New Union Grass, Tidal Wave Road and more. The Hollow Bodies will perform live in Manchester at The Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming on Saturday, May 24, 2014. An unusual quartet, these musicians combine the flavors of classical, folk, bluegrass and contemporary sounds to create a show uniquely their own. Kentuckians Blakeley Burger and Lucy Becker are accomplished bluegrass fiddlers, performing at the Grand Master Fiddle Championships in Nashville, as well as at other venues throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. Lucy and Blakeley joined forces at the Arts in the Gap Gathering run by Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley in the summer of 2013. Now known as the little fiddlers, Lucy and Blakeley use their fiddles in traditional twin fiddling style to harmonize with one another in interesting
While the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming is taking place in East Manchester, a Downtown Block Party will be hosted across the swinging bridge in Manchester. The Chamber Block Party will also be held on Saturday, May 24, from 10 am to dark. The Block Party will feature music, entertainment, vendors, food, a golf tournament and a corn hole tournament. Fireworks will take place at dark. Southeastern Sundays will kick off the next day, and will be offered from 1 pm to 5 pm on the fourth Sunday of each month May thru October at Rawlings/Stinson Park in Manchester. The event will feature musicians, entertainers, Appalachian vendors, food, a Clay County Cruisers car show and historic attractions. See ClayCountyKentucky.org for additional details.
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Helping to control the stray animal population in Kentucky. The Furs Foundation spaying and neutering program is for "low" or "no" income dog & cat owners.
PAWS, working primarily in Clay and Leslie Counties, has helped to fix over 1100 animals since 2005. PAWS is an all-volunteer organization funded through donations, grants and fund-raisers. Support animal welfare in your community. All donations are taxdeductible and are gratefully accepted at: PAWS, c/o A. Carey PO Box 216, Hyden, KY 41749. Like us on Facebook at PAWS Leslie County.
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Homer, Henry & Preacher Bill Preacher Bill and his sidekicks, Homer and Henry, will entertain the young and old at the Block Party in Downtown Manchester on May 24, 2014. Homer and Henry will take the stage with Preacher Bill Holeman at noon. Holeman and his puppets have been entertaining with a message to youth in the region since 1953. Holeman has lived in southeastern Kentucky for more than 50 years, bringing a unique missionary from California to Kentucky in 1953. His sidekicks, Henry and Homer, tell students about the morals they ought to have in their lives.
Youth Center in Clay County that he operated for 20 years. Preacher Bill has compiled his story of more than 50 years of service to the area in a collection of stories entitled, The Dummy in the Middle. Proceeds benefit the Youth Haven Bible Camp in Beattyville.
Over 2 dozen entertainers will offer music, storytelling and demonstrations in Clay County over the course of the Memorial Day Weekend. A 5K Run Preacher Bill began his career in Clay County, visiting on Friday will be followed on Saturone-room schools. He branched out to schools in Jackson day by a Block Party and the Salt County, and his visits became a full-time occupation Works Appalachian Homecoming supported by donations. More than 50 years later, he festival. Fireworks will be offered travels with a group called the Crusaders, visiting Saturday evening. On Sunday, schools in 24 counties using puppets, music, illusion, Southeastern Sundays kicks off skits and ventriloquism. The group also shares their pro- with artists, musicians, Native gram in personal care homes, churches and community American demonstrations, stoevents. rytelling and a Clay County Holeman established a church at Jack’s Branch where he Cruisers car show. served as pastor for 29 years. He conducted services at For more information on Celethe Clay County jail for 15 years. He worked with the brating Appalachia Memorial Youth Haven Bible Camp, and founded the Christian Day Weekend, visit ClayCountyKentucky.org.
Stephen Hollen Spinning Tales Kick back and enjoy tales spun about life in the Appalachian Foothills by a former Clay County resident. Stephen Hollen, acclaimed storyteller and poet, will perform at the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming in Manchester on May 24, and Southeastern Sundays in Manchester on May 25. Hollen grew up in the hills of Eastern Kentucky where he honed his southern humor and learned the fine art of storytelling as he sat on the front porch and listened to folks tell tall tales, Jack tales and just plain gossip about the neighbors. He is an unsung ambassador for Eastern Kentucky. You can see it in the twinkle of his eye, and hear it in the richness of his voice, as he asks you to come along with him back home...to the hills. Through inspirational stories and warm humor, he will make you smile, make you think, and encourage you to come up higher. When he talks about his "hometown of Beloved, Kentucky", characters like Cousin Peanut, Uncle Billy Gilbert or Birdie Sue Poovey, you will grin with recognition because you have kin just like them. As he reads his ragged verse, his warm bass voice slowly weaving a picture of lightening bugs dancin’ at dusk, of mist creepin’ down a mountain like molasses on a cold plate...you will find yourself entranced, smiling at the memories he weaves. Hollen is an Heritage Award recipient, was chosen “Man of the Year” in 2007 and was elected to Who’s Who in America three consecutive years. His poetry, known by him as "ragged verse", has been shared around the world. He is considered by many to be one of the premiere Southern Humorists...better make that Appalachian humorist. His humorous and sometimes bittersweet stories of cousins, friends and characters are a familiar taste of Americana. He reminds all of us of those things that make us great. His stories hit home and hit a warm place in every heart. Hollen will make you want to ease on up to the porch, grab a chair and sit a spell as you listen. His deep and mellow voice will weave a spell as you find yourself leaning forward in your
seat. He promises not to split any sides, but folks have been known to howl with laughter. Yes, some of his characters are about a half bubble off plumb; their elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor. You will think you recognize folks you know as he speaks. We all have characters in our lives, but as anyone from down home knows, as long as you say “God love them” or “Bless their heart”, you can say most anything you want about folks. The Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming will take place on Saturday, May 24, from 8:30 am to dark at the historic Salt Works Village in East Manchester. Crafts, demonstrators, reenactments, story telling, wandering characters, dancers, cloggers, music, food and activities will be offered. The Downtown Manchester Block Party will also be held on Saturday, May 24 from 10 am to dark with a variety of entertainment and fireworks at dusk.
Southeastern Sundays will take place on Sunday, May 25 from 1 pm to 5 pm at Rawlings/Stinson Park featuring musicians, entertainers, Appalachian vendors, food and a Clay County Cruisers car show. Visit ClayCountyKentucky.org for details.
Discover Clay County Kentucky Gateway to the Redbud & Elk Capitals of Kentucky
With over 11,000 elk, Southeast Kentucky has more elk than any state east of the Rockies and has been declared the "Elk Capital of the East." Clay County is the “Gateway to Elk Country”. Located in the heart of white-tailed deer, wild turkey and elk country, Clay County provides unlimited opportunities for wildlife viewing. The majority of Clay County lies within the Daniel Boone National Forest as part of the Redbird District. Clay County is also the gateway to the "Redbud Capital of Kentucky." Each Spring thousands of redbuds bloom in the majestic mountains of eastern Kentucky along Daniel Boone/Hal Rogers Parkway and historic Highway 80, providing a breathtaking drive into the “Redbud Capital of Kentucky". In the wild, eastern redbud is a frequent native understory tree in mixed forests and hedgerows. The flowers are showy, light to dark magenta pink in color, and appear in clusters from Spring to early Summer on bare stems before the leaves. The flowers are pollinated by long-tongued bees such as blueberry bees and carpenter bees. After the redbud bloom, dogwood flowers decorate the county fence rows, followed soon after by sarvis blooms.
The Clay County Genealogical and Historical Society's Heritage Pavilion is located on the Square in Manchester. The copper-topped structure serves as a visual symbol of Clay County’s heritage. The pavilion contains three large interpretive signs that recount the county’s history from before its founding, to well into the 20th Century, focusing on early history and places and of some of the most prominent people of historical interest.
Discover the backcountry of Clay County, the Gateway to the Elk & Redbud Capitals of Kentucky and the Land of Swinging Bridges! Camp, hike, bike or ride. Learn about our rich Appalachian history and culture. Picnic and play at our parks, golf at Big Hickory Golf Course, view abundant wildlife and weathered barns on scenic country
drives, navigate miles of ATV trails. Step back in time with our historic towns and old swinging bridges. Come explore the beautiful Appalachian mountains, Daniel Boone National Forest and the Bert T. Combs Lake & Recreational Park. Stay for a day, maybe two, and take home a memory that will last a lifetime.
Land of Swinging Bridges During floods they were one of the only ways to cross the waterways. In some remote areas of Clay County, this is still true today. These suspension footbridges are often called swinging bridges because the bridge sways beneath your feet as you walk across. They are also referred to as rope bridges due to their historical origin based on the ancient Inca rope bridge.
Clay County's swinging bridges are historical pedestrian bridges towering above the rivers and creeks.
curve and distance. The upright piers were constructed first before being pulled into position by men in boats or on horses or mules. The cable was then dragged across by hand using a wheel or pulley. Men would mix cement and haul river gravel and Swinging bridges would span a wide timbers from local farms. river without the need for foundation Many of these historic relics of pillars in the middle. This meant Appalachian history still tower over there was no obstruction to river Goose Creek, Red Bird and the traffic and no danger of the pier South Fork rivers. Visit Clay County being damaged during floods. They Kentucky, the Land of Swinging were also cheaper to build than pier Bridges, and discover the romance, designs. Typical construction would history and adventure of these start with a ball of twine to judge the cherished swinging bridges.
DANIEL BOONE NATIONAL FOREST Daniel Boone National Forest is located along the Cumberland Plateau in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky. The forest encompasses over 707,000 acres of mostly rugged terrain. The land is characterized by steep forested ridges dissected by narrow ravines and over 3,400 miles of sandstone cliffs. Daniel Boone National Forest is one of the most heavily used forests in the South, with over 5 million visitors annually. People come here to backpack, camp, picnic, rock climb, boat, ride and relax. Daniel Boone is comprised of four ranger districts: Cumberland, London, Stearns and Redbird. Millions of visitors come to enjoy the scenic Appalachian beauty and abundant wildlife that the forest has to offer. Cave Run Lake and Laurel River Lake are popular attractions of the forest. Other special areas include the Red River Gorge Geological Area, Natural Arch Scenic Area, Clifty Wilderness, Beaver Creek Wilderness, and five wildlife management areas. Over 600 miles of trails provide a quiet escape to more remote places within the forest. Hikers, horseback riders and other trail users get back to nature along the 269-mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that extends the entire length of the Daniel Boone. Hundreds of miles of winding rivers and streams provide the finishing touch in outdoor Appalachian beauty.
Come and discover what you've been missing. Daniel Boone National Forest is Appalachia's best in southern and eastern Kentucky.
Daniel Boone Attractions Daniel Boone National Forest surrounds or contains a variety of popular and notable features, including: One of the world's largest concentrations of caves; Cave Run Lake; Laurel River Lake; Buckhorn Lake; Red River Gorge Geologic Area - popular with hikers, campers, and rock climbers; Sheltowee Trace Trail; Natural Bridge State Park; Yahoo Arch; Yahoo Falls; Cumberland Falls. There are two areas designated as Wilderness: Clifty Wilderness and Beaver Creek Wilderness. Daniel Boone National Forest is a haven to many species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and other wildlife including: black bears, deer, bobcats, chipmunks, squirrels, elk, fox, shrews, voles, opossums, skunks, raccoons, rabbits, wild turkeys, woodchucks, songbirds, hawks, owls, eagles, bats, vultures, hummingbirds, turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, toads, salamanders and treefrogs. The Appalachian forest consists of sloping hills, ridge top flats, narrow valleys, hardwood forests, bottom wildlands and miles of rivers and streams.
Daniel Boone Activities The Appalachian forest contains three large lakes (Cave Run Lake, Laurel River Lake and Lake Cumberland), many rivers and streams, two wilderness areas, and the 269-mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that extends across the length of the forest. Abundant wildlife, lush vegetation, magnificent scenery and numerous recreation opportunities offer visitors much to enjoy. Please practice Trail Safety and Leave No Trace to make your visit safe and enjoyable while protecting resources we all enjoy. Most forest system lands are open and free of charge for your use and enjoyment.
Manchester & Clay County Parks The key to the historic park system is the River Walk Trail that begins on the north end of town at Rawlings/ Stinson Park, and ends at the south end at the Goose Creek Salt Works Pioneer Village. This unique trail is anchored at the north by the famous Red Bird Petgroglyph, the large rock of national reknown that contains ancient inscriptions by either European explorers, or Indians, or both. The trail itself follows the route of the Warrior's Path, one of the most historically significant trails in American History. Created by buffalo searching for salt deposits, the route was used for countless years by Indians traveling between the Smoky Mountains in the south and the wilderness north of the Ohio River. The trail was used by long hunters and explorers, including Dr. Thomas Walker who followed it in this section of Goose Creek in 1750, and by Daniel Boone 19 years later in 1769. Begin your riverside journey at the north end of Rawlings/Stinson Park, home to the world famous Red Bird River Shelter Petroglyphs. A park sign marks the trail. Enjoy a scenic walk along Goose Creek on the River Walk Trail. The views of the river and woods are breathtaking. Pass by the Manchester Goose Creek Swinging Bridge, or enjoy an exciting diversion by crossing this fascinating relic of Appalachian heritage. Lovingly restored, this footbridge leads to the historic village of Downtown Manchester featuring Heritage Pavilion with interpretive signs of the countyâ€™s history. Just past the swinging bridge lies Riverside Park overlooking Goose Creek. Goose Creek itself was one of the most important waterways in early Kentucky history. The state legislature recognized its importance as a way to transport extremely valuable salt from the salt works early on and passed several acts to help improve it for navigation for salt barges. The walker will have to use his imagination to visualize 60-foot barges loaded with salt barrels floating down the river during "salt tides" -- so called spring and winter floods. Finally, at the south end of the trail is the recreation of the Goose Creek Salt Works, which was located at this spot beginning in the mid 1790s when it was known as the Langford Works. The small community here was designated by the State Legislature to serve as the county seat when the county was created in April 1807. The first court met in the cabin of Robert Baker, most likely very similar to the Cotton Cabin seen here now, which according to several sources was built before the county was formed. It was moved here from its original location on the Within the City Limits of Manchester, KY is a unique park system that, "Cotton Bend" downstream, where salt barge maker Jesse Cotton lived in it when connected by a riverside walking trail of serene beauty, offers the visitor a chance to soak up some of the early history not only of Manchester and with his wife Jane. Clay County, but southeast Kentucky as well.
being used by explorers such as Dr. Thomas Walker, who passed by here in 1750, and Daniel Boone, who also came this way on his first extended hunting trip to Kentucky in 1769. River Walk Trail starts in Rawlings/Stinson Park, passes by the Goose Creek Swinging Bridge connecting to Historic Downtown Manchester, then leads to Riverside Park, followed by Goose Creek Salt Works.
Riverside Park On the banks of Goose Creek, the water course by which early salt makers shipped their product to the Bluegrass in the late 1790s up until the Civil War...when winter and spring floods made it possible to navigate their 60-foot salt barges. This park features a pavilion, scenic views and River Walk Trail...connecting it to Goose Creek Salt Works to the south, and Goose Creek Swinging Bridge and Rawlings/Stinson Park to the north.
Rawlings/Stinson Park The north end of the historic River Walk Trail walking path, anchored by the nationally known Red Bird Petroglyph rock with ancient inscriptions. Features include a crumb rubber walking track that circles the park, a large covered stage for outdoor concerts, a playground, a wedding gazebo, Clay County Veterans Memorial, large shelter houses with grills, a concrete boat ramp on Goose Creek, and a shaded walking trail along beautiful and historic Goose Creek that connects Rawlings/Stinson Park to the Goose Creek Swinging Bridge, Riverside Park and Goose Creek Salt Works.
Goose Creek Swinging Bridge
Manchester's Goose Creek Swinging Bridge was originally constructed to replace the old wagon bridge that was washed away in the Flood of 1947. This unique icon of cultural heritage literally connects the area's history...the Warrior's Path on Goose Creek to the Heritage Pavilion on ManRiver Walk Trail chester on the Square. Walking the Goose Creek This beautiful trail along the river follows the Swinging Bridge takes you back in time. The route of the famous Warrior's Path, Goose Creek Swinging Bridge, recently restored, the ancient trail made by buffalo then connects Clay County with the historical narraby Indians for countless years before tives of the whole state of Kentucky.
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Manchester & Clay County Parks (From page 12)
iel Boone National Forest and Beech Creek Wildlife Management Area, you will experience nature at its best. The Equestrian Trail offers breathtaking views, wildlife and several picnic areas with amenities for both you and your horses. There are picnic tables and trash receptacles for you and hitching posts and natural springs to water your horses. Surrounded by the Beech Creek Wildlife Management Area and the Daniel Boone National Forest, the Equestrian Trail provides easy access to the 25 acre Bert T. Combs Lake.
skill levels. It is a 3,000 yard course that plays to a par 36 and includes a variety of holes framed by scenic trees as well as ponds and streams. Its signature hole is the par 4 ninth whose green is fashioned in the shape of the state of Kentucky. Big Hickory Golf Course is located at 521 Big Hickory Rd, Manchester, KY 40962. Call (606) 5988053 for additional details.
Goose Creek Salt Works The most historic spot in the county. It was here in the mid-1790s that the Langford Salt Works was established and later, in 1807, when it was being called the Goose Creek Salt Works. This is where the first county government was formed in a cabin most likely like the Cotton Cabin, which was moved to this site. The Cotton Cabin is one of the oldest log structures in Kentucky.
Oneida Park Located in the tiny village of Oneida in northern Clay County on RT 66, this beautiful community park features a pavilion, large meadow area, walkA scenic picnic area is located near Big Double Creek in Daniel Boone National Forest. The pic- ing and jogging path, playgrounds, and a basketball court. James Anderson Burns' Museum & nic area contains two large fields suitable for baseball, volleyball, football, and kickball. There Gift Shop, the Kentucky River and the Oneida Baptist Institute are close by. Explore the scenic are also in-ground grills, picnic tables and toilet back roads in the area featuring historic barns, unfacilities. It is suitable for community picnics, family outings, reunions, weddings, birthdays, and tamed nature, old swinging bridges, mountains, hollows, streams and forests. school events.
Big Double Creek
Cawood Recreation Area Bert T. Combs Park & Lake & Governor's RV Park Located in the center of Clay County, Bert T. Combs City Park offers nonmotorized boating opportunities, while the park offers a large swimming pool, playground, covered picnic pavilions, hot showers and restrooms. This park, one of the best-kept secrets in the Daniel Boone National Forest, is nestled in a beautiful mountain valley at the forks of the head waters of Beech Creek, about three and a half miles northeast of Manchester on Beech Creek Road. Governor’s RV Park & Campground offers mountain scenery and features trails that take those hardy enough to walk or ride horses to the tops of the ridges that define the park. It has 75 campsites, many with electric hook-ups, water and dump station. There is a large community swimming pool and kiddie pool, tennis and basketball courts, and a banquet room complete with kitchen and event facilities. A large shelter house adjacent to the RV park has room for 250-300 people along with grills and electricity. Bert T. Combs Lake is a short walk from the park. Located on a hillside adjacent to the center is the final resting place of former Kentucky Governor Bert T. Combs.
A Daniel Boone National Forest picnic area is by a hemlock shaded creek at an old Civilian Conservation Corps Camp. Cawood Picnic area is also used for weddings, birthdays, church socials, reunions and Boy Scout outings. In-ground and pedestal grills, picnic tables, horse shoe pits and toilet facilities are available. There are no developed trails in the area, but lots of room to explore.
Redbird Wildlife Area The Daniel Boone National Forest Redbird Wildlife Management Area is hilly to steep with gentle slopes in bottomlands and on ridge tops; mostly forested with approximately 100 acres of openings and 25 miles of improved hiking trails. No developed facilities. Mobility impaired access to permit holders on designated area, which is currently the Redbird Crest Trail.
Red Bird Rock
The Red Bird River Shelter Petroglyphs are a series of petroglyphs, or carvings, on a stone in Manchester, Kentucky. The petroglyphs have been interpreted as inscriptions in at least 8 Old World alphabets, all of which were extinct when Columbus arrived in the New World in 1492. The rock was enrolled on the National Register of Historic Places in September 1989. On December 7, 1994, the 50 ton stone stone fell from a sandstone Splash Park Located on Town Branch Road next to Mountain cliff above the Red Bird River and rolled onto Highway 66 at Lower Red Bird. On December 9, View Heights, this park features a sprinkler pad for kids with several spraying fountains. A skaters 1994, it was transported to its present location, and skateboarders section is adjacent to the splash where it is roofed over and fenced. The alphabets pad. Change rooms and bathrooms are available. apparently inscribed on the stone include 1st century Greek and Hebrew, as well as Old Libyan, A shelter for adults with picnic tables is on site. Old Arabic and Iberian-Punic which probably Big Hickory Golf Course dates from the 9th century BC. Ogam, Germanic Runes, and Tiffinag-Numidian inscriptions have Situated on a also been identified. It has been argued that findEquestrian rolling knoll ing eight different languages inscribed in one made by the Trail Cotton Bend of place is highly unlikely, and that the claims are Set in the beautiful fanciful interpretations of the evidence. The inhistoric Goose Appalachian scriptions on the rock have been compared to othCreek, the mountains of easter Cherokee inscriptions in the area, and it has course is surern Kentucky, the been suggested that those on the rock have been rounded by Bert T. Combs altered in modern times. lush, hardwood forest-covered mountains. The Equestrian Trail course is owned by the City of Manchester and is Martin L. King Park offers the area’s accessed off Beech Creek Road (on the way to best horseback ridBert T. Combs Park). Just follow the signs. Beau- Located in the Pennington Hill section off the four ing. As you ride lane near the Eastern Kentucky University Mantiful Big Hickory Golf Course is a challenging along the 3 ½ chester Campus, this park features a play ground 9-hole layout that offers the best golf value in miles of mapped Kentucky. Its beautiful Bermuda fairways and im- and shelter. trails (provided by maculate undulating bent grass greens provide a request), plus unlimited miles of trails in the Dangolfing experience that is a thrill for all ages and
Clay County Kentucky Attractions James Anderson Burns' Cabin Museum & Gift Shop
Dillon Asher Cabin
James Anderson Burns' cabin houses the Oneida Baptist Institute Museum & Gift Shop in the little village of Oneida. The two room museum offers a glimpse into the rich and fascinating history of Oneida, Ky. A large gift shop includes handmade items by volunteers, Oneida clothing and souvenirs, books, decor, antiques and more. A thrift store is also located nearby with proceeds benefiting the school. The school sits on a knob overlooking the confluence of Goose Creek and the Red Bird River, which forms the South Fork of the Kentucky River. The Oneida Baptist Institute was founded in 1899 by Professor James Anderson Burns as a way to help stop the feuding at the end of the 19th Century. Burns hoped that by educating the children of the feuders they would find better uses for their time. In 1899, Burns, a former feuder himself, gathered some of the feuding residents of the area and convinced them to support a school. The little boarding school on the knoll overlooking its namesake town has played a large part in the history of Clay County and has attracted students from around the world.
The Asher house is a log cabin built around 1799 on the site of what later became the grounds of the Red Bird Community Hospital. Dillion Asher's cabin is one of the oldest structures in Clay County. The well-preserved structure is thought to have been built around the time Asher located on the waters of upper Red Bird. Asher moved to the area when the only known resident was John Gilbert. Asher had served as the keeper of the toll gate at Cumberland Ford on the Wilderness Road at Cumberland Ford, the site of present-day Pineville, since the toll gate was established in 1795. Asher was on the grand jury the day the first Clay County court was seated, April 13, 1807. He went on to establish a large clan of Ashers in Clay and Leslie Counties and was a major player in the early development of the timber industry in Clay County. The cabin is located at the Red Bird Mission Hospital at the far southern end of Clay County on KY 66, an especially scenic drive that takes you from Oneida through the sparsely settled Red Bird Purchase Unit of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Rooster Branch Swinging Bridge
OBI Swinging Bridge
This well maintained swinging bridge is located on the south side of the Oneida Baptist Institute campus in Oneida, KY. It connects the ball fields on the campus to OBI Farm Rd. Also on the campus is the James Anderson Burns' Museum & Gift Shop. The two room museum offers a glimpse into the rich and fascinating history of the area. The Oneida Baptist Institute was founded in 1899 by Professor James Anderson Burns as a way to help stop the feuding at the end on Cedar Valley Road and follow it a short distance to the school. The school ruins will be on of the 19th Century. It has grown into an outreach to young people from around the world. The large the left in a field. gift shop includes handmade items by volunteers. Old Homeplace Swinging Bridge Nearby is the Oneida Park, the South Fork of the Laurel Point Cemetery This unique, all-metal swinging bridge, is located Kentucky River and numerous back-roads Captain Adoniram "Capt. Teges" Allen was one 1.4 miles south of Oneida, KY on the east side of providing stunning scenery, an abundance of of the early Clay County settlers who arrived HWY 11 across from the gas plant. There is also a nature and wildlife, family farms, rivers and creeks, rolling mountains and historic weathered around 1806, most likely as a result of a land low water driving bridge offering photo barns. From KY-11 near Downtown Oneida, go grant for his services in the Revolution. He opportunities. Just a few minutes south of the northeast on KY-66 South/Riner St to 2nd St. distinguished himself in fighting at the famous swinging bridge, take an incredibly scenic drive Battle of Kings Mountain in North Carolina. Born on Sutton Branch Rd. Go south on KY-11 South Turn right onto 2nd St. 2nd St becomes Oneida in 1734, Allen was a contemporary of George for 4.2 miles. Turn left onto Beech Creek Rd, then Bottom Rd. Go about .3 mile and turn right on OBI Farm Rd. Follow it around the farm to the Washington and is the oldest known settler to left onto Chandler Br Rd, then right onto Sutton swinging bridge. have lived in Clay County, older even than John Branch Rd. Gilbert. Allen erected one of the first grist mills in Sextons Creek Swinging Bridges the county on the South Fork near the "Narrows" Frazier Rd Swinging Bridge that stood for many decades. He is the progenitor This work of art, hanging above the Goose Creek, From Oneida, take HWY 11 N for about 9 miles. of Clay County's extended Allen family. The Turn left onto KY-577 W and drive about 3.5 was recently restored by local families to allow cemetery is reachable by car on a gravel road. To pedestrian access over the river during flooding. miles. A swinging bridge will be on the left. reach it, take HWY 11 north from Oneida 5 miles From Oneida, head south on KY-11 South for 6.8 Continue south for about 1 mile to another to Rocky Branch Rd. Turn right onto Rocky swinging bridge; restored with remnants miles. Turn left on Frazier Rd, go .4 mile (veer Branch Rd, go about 1.5 miles to just before the right at Goose Creek to stay on Frazier Rd.) For a remaining of the original structure. Also nearby is Old Swinging Bridge. Go right, then left, to cross scenic, country drive, continue on Frazier Rd Bishop Bend. While not technically a park, the low water bridge. Follow the gravel road, which comes back out on KY-11 after 5.3 miles. Bishop Bend offers breathtaking views of the New Found Rd, to Laurel Point Cemetery. The river, hiking and ATV opportunities, and scenic cemetery is on the right. nature. Bishop Bend is an old road originally Red Bird Swinging Bridges populated by the Bishop Clan that housed the Numerous old, weathered bridges swing over the Bishop Bend School. An old cemetery, Bishop Cedar Valley School Ruins Red Bird River south of Oneida. From Oneida, Cemetery, is still located on Bishop Bend School The Cedar Valley School stands as an elegant ruin take HWY 66 South for 4.6 miles to Martin Road. To reach Bishop Bend from the Sexton in a setting of unsurpassed beauty on the banks of Cemetery Rd. Turn right onto Martin Cemetery the South Fork of the Kentucky River in northern Rd. An old swinging bridge is on the left. Another Creek swinging bridges, turn right on HWY 11 going south, heading back towards Oneida. Go Clay County. The school was constructed by the .4 mile south on HWY 66 turn right onto Salmon about 1.9 miles. Bishop Bend will be on the left. Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Rd. Cross the river and veer left for .3 mile to the Depression in the 1930s. The workmanship is a Swinging Bridge Farms bridge, still in use. An Bullskin Creek Swinging Bridge thing to behold. The remote spot is reachable by additional .8 mile south on HWY 66, turn right on car on a gravel road. Take HWY 11 north from From Oneida, head northwest on HWY 66. Laurel Branch Rd and take Laurel Branch Rd Oneida 5 miles to Rocky Branch Rd. Turn right about 1/4 mile. A bridge will be on the left. About Continue onto HWY 1482. Go 7.7 miles to onto Rocky Branch Rd, go about 1.5 miles to just 1 more mile south on HWY 66, turn right onto Martin Branch Rd. Turn right onto Martin Branch before the Old Swinging Bridge. Turn right, then Bar Creek Rd to view another swinging bridge. Rd. An old, weathered swinging bridge lies across left, to cross the low water bridge. Follow the Continuing south on HWY 66 for 24 miles takes scenic Bullskin Creek. Just minutes from the gravel road, New Found Rd, to visitors on an especially scenic drive to Red Bird swinging bridge is one of the area's best kept Laurel Point Cemetery. Beyond the Mission, home of the historic Dillon Asher Cabin secrets, Leatherwood Recreation Area...a cemetery, about a mile or so, turn left and Red Bird Mission Crafts. beautiful picnic area and boating destination. This cherished relic of times gone, still in use, hangs above the Kentucky River in a breathtakingly beautiful location. A suspension bridge is an early type of bridge that is supported entirely from anchors at either end, suspended from two high locations over a river or canyon. This type of bridge is also known as a rope bridge due to its historical construction based on the ancient Inca rope bridge. Take HWY 11 north from Oneida 5 miles to Rocky Branch Rd. Turn right onto Rocky Branch Rd, go about 1.5 miles. The swinging bridge is at the intersection of Rocky Branch and Rooster Branch (dirt road).
Whitetop Laurel Band of Cherokee at Memorial Day Weekend Events
The Whitetop Laurel Band of Cherokee will offer a Tomahawk throwing demonstration and Indian artifacts exhibit at the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming and Southeastern Sundays to be held Memorial Day Weekend in Manchester.
ed to keep the Indian girl and Cornett would raise her.
In another area, the Cherokee Indians captured another white girl. An Indian Chief found her beautiful and decided to keep her for himself. The The Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming takes girl was later rescued by her family, by then carryplace on Saturday, May 24, from 8:30 am to dark ing the child of the Indian Chief. The child was at the historic Salt Works Village in East Mannamed George All Sizemore. When George All chester. Crafts, demonstrators, reenactments, story Sizemore became an adult, he married the Indian telling, wandering characters, dancers, cloggers, girl Cornett had raised. music, food and activities will be offered. The Downtown Manchester Block Party will also be held on Saturday, May 24 from 10 am to dark with a variety of entertainment and fireworks at dusk. Southeastern Sundays will take place on Sunday, May 25 from 1 pm to 5 pm at Rawlings/Stinson Park featuring musicians, entertainers, Appalachian vendors, food and a Clay County Cruisers car show. Contrary to popular myths, American Indians have lived in Kentucky since time immemorial. When Kentucky was declared the fifteenth state on June 1, 1792, more than twenty tribes held legal claims to the land. For more than 200 years following statehood, American Indians in Kentucky, refusing to acknowledge land cession and forced removal, were subjected to struggles and hardships. However, they had the will to survive. In locations that were closely guarded secrets, from mountain cabins and farms, to deep grottos inside caves, remote rock-shelters, and beyond, American Indians in Kentucky concealed their identity in order to survive. Among them were the “Stick People”, a people now known as the Sizemore Family. The Sizemores have banned together to form the Whitetop Laurel Band of Cherokee and are seeking recogni- George's daughter, Rhoda, married Chief Red tion from the US government. Bird and had a son, Russel “Ruck” Sizemore. John “Rockhouse” Sizemore married Nancy BolThe legend of the Sizemores began with George All Sizemore. When Kentucky was first being set- ling, the niece of Thomas Jefferson. tled, white men, led by a man named Cornett, As white men began expanding westward, conmade camp at the Kentucky River. While sitting flicts with Native Americans became commonaround their campfire, Indians captured two little place. Indians were pushed further west. In 1830 girls. The white men pursued the Indians on Congress passed the “Indian Removal Act” callhorseback. They found the Indians and the girls, ing for “forcible removal” of the Cherokee nation and managed to rescue the two girls. But when from their lands east of the Mississippi River to they got back to camp they discovered one of the reservations in Oklahoma. A forced march in girls they 'rescued' was an Indian girl. They decid-
1838, The Trail of Tears, resulted in the death of 4,000 Cherokees. But not all Kentucky Indians were successfully removed. Some hid, some escaped, and some were taken in by a family, the Sizemores. The Sizemore family helped to hide Indians by building walls of driftwood and sticks in the forest, giving rise to the name “stick people”. Indians intermarried into the Sizemore family for generations. They took the last name of Sizemore and assimilated into the white mans' world. Those Indians, now known as Sizemore, intermarried with the Cherokee Indians in the area. Sixty years after the Trail of Tears they became known as the Whitetop Laurel Band of Cherokees. The 2,000 member "Whitetop Laurel Band of Cherokees" existed for about a decade. In 1907 the government was ordered to pay out funds to the Cherokee nation, making it important be an official Cherokee. Over 2000 Sizemores applied to the Cherokee nation. All applicants were denied, despite the Eastern Band of Cherokee confirming the Sizemores were Indian. None of their ancestors, having assimilated, had ever registered in any Cherokee census. The Sizemore family decided to band together to form the Whitetop Laurel Band of Cherokee, resurrecting the tribe in Clay County, Kentucky where many of their ancestors, through forced migration, had settled. Documentation and DNA evidence has since proven conclusively that the Sizemore Family is Native American. A Sizemore project determined the Native bloodline could be traced back as far as 300 years. The Sizemore Family is seeking federal recognition of the tribe to unite and open enrollments to other families who were classified as mulatto, Metis, or anything but Native American. The tribe seeks to restore their right to self determination. A petition is being filed with the Obama Administration for acknowledgment of the DNA findings, confirming the claims of the Sizemore families and recognizing the Sizemores as Native Americans. 100,000 signatures are needed.
Appalachian Expeditions by Monkey Hollow unique vacation opportunity for nature, wildlife and companion animal lovers. Situated on 28 acres along the Cumberland Plateau in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky, the sanctuary is nestled in the Daniel Boone National Forest and provides habitat for wildlife: large, small, endangered and common. During your stay at Monkey Hollow, experience a diverse array of forest, aquatic, wetland, and upland habitats. Bring your camera: the sanctuary is a safe haven to many species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and other wildlife. Appalachian Expeditions by World Animal Foundation offers a meaningful experience deep inside the Daniel Boone National Forest. This alternative to resorts, cruises and motorcoach tours provides a small-group travel experience that embraces an authentic view of Appalachian people, culture, landscapes and wildlife.
Throughout your stay, experienced World Animal Foundation guides will lead you on an Appalachian adventure exploring the back-roads, forests and natural treasures of Appalachia. Your Appalachian Expedition includes daily excursions throughout the Daniel Boone National Forest and local, state and national parks. Experience the nature, culture and wildlife of Appalachia.
Your adventure begins at Monkey Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary in Oneida, Learn more online at Kentucky. The sanctuary offers a WorldAnimalFoundation.net.
Red Bird Mission Crafts Nestled down in the Red Bird River Valley along the Red Bird River off HWY 66 is Red Bird Mission Craft Store. Appalachian crafts include works by gifted artisans in wood carving, weaving, basket-making, toy making and corn shuck flower making...to name a few. Red Bird Mission has been marketing local crafts since the early 1960’s and continues to be a source of secondary income to mountain families today. Located at 70 Queendale Center, Beverly, KY. For additional information call 800-898-2709.
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Good Ground Performing Memorial Day Weekend Good Ground will perform at the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Goose Creek Salt Works Pioneer Village in East Manchester. Good Ground is a faith-based trio band offering gospel, bluegrass and folk music. Additional entertainers at the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming will include The Hollow Bodies, Preacher Bill, Heaven’s Jubilee, Stephen Hollen, Cabin Creek Boys, The Leap, Kevin Rice Band, Three Musicians, New Union Grass, Tidal Wave Road and more. The weekend long celebration of Clay County Kentucky's Appalachian heritage Memorial Day Weekend will include athletes, artists and car enthusiasts participating in a 5K Run on Friday, a Block Party and the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming on Saturday, and Southeastern Sundays on Sunday with artists, musicians, storytelling and Clay County Cruisers.
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