Looking Ahead to the Fall

Now that classes have started back at UK the semester is starting to shape up with lots of exciting events. Here are some things going on this fall.

Aug. 28-29: Jenkins Homecoming Days- Fall is festival season and I’ll be heading to Jenkins in Letcher County for my first Jenkins Days!

Sept. 2: UK Appalachian Center Open House & GARC Meet & Greet – The UK Appalachian Center’s first event of the year will be an open house and GARC meeting with lunch provided. Stop by to find out more about the new directors Chris Barton and Shaunna Scott and about GARCHere is the flier for the event.

Sept. 9-10: The Appalachian Symposium– Berea College will be hosting an all-star lineup of Appalachian authors with workshops, keynotes, and book signings.

Sept. 9-10: Save our Towns Summit– Held in Abingdon, VA, the Summit brings together people working in small Appalachian communities to share their experiences and insights. My Grow Appalachia interns and I will be presenting a poster about the Lend-A-Hand Center Grow Appalachia Gardening Program, the Knox County Farmers’ Market, and the Barbourville Local Foods, Local places initiative.

Sept. 12: THATCamp Digital Appalachia– This exciting “un-conference” focused on the humanities and technology in Appalachia will be held in Boone, NC.

Sept. 18-20: Spoonbread Festival– The 19th annual Spoonbread Festival will be held in Berea, KY.

Sept. 26: Appalachian Food Summit– The AFS will be held in Abingdon, VA: “The Appalachian Food Summit is a community of writers, chefs, farmers, scholars, community activists and traditional mountain food enthusiasts gathered around the table to honor the past, celebrate the present and support a sustainable future for Appalachian food and people.”

Oct. 9: Sue Hyatt- The UK Appalachian Center will be hosting Sue Hyatt from IUPUI who will be discussing participatory digital documentation methods.

Oct. 4-10: Daniel Boone Festival– My favorite festival I’ve been going to nearly every year my entire life. Held in Barbourville, KY, we hope to have floats in the parade for the Knox County Farmers’ Market and the Lend-A-Hand Center Grow Appalachia Gardening Program.

Oct. 14-15: Appalachian Apps: Transforming the Region’s Economy– The ARC is sponsoring this conference in Somerset, KY, which will address economic development issues.

Oct. 15: ASA Conference Proposals Due– Be sure to get your Appalachian Studies Association proposals in! The conference will be held in Shepherdstown, WV, March 18-20, 2016.

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