October 1st, 2013
During its nearly half century of existence, the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ has become well known as a popular showcase for bluegrass, old timey and traditional mountain music as well as gospel. The 2013 version should be no exception. According to Michael Corriston, long-time event coordinator, the lineup for this year is expected to entertain the many hundreds of people who come to the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5. Those expected to perform during the festival, one of the oldest and most successful of its kind in the commonwealth, include: Friday, Oct.4, 9-9:30 a.m., Lonnie Burkhart and Zelma Forbes, they will also serve as emcees; 9:30-10:30, Zelma Forbes and Clyde Stanley; 10:30-11:30, Marlow Tackett; 11:30 -noon, Roy Harper; noon until 1, Tommy White; 1-2, Jim Mullins and the Biscuit Burners; 2-2:30, Roy Harper; 2:30-3:30, Marlow Tackett; 3:30-4:30, Mountain Drive followed by a Gospel Sing with local musicians beginning at 5:30 in the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center. During the Gospel Sing event, the first and second place winners in the Story Telling competition will also perform. Music slated for Saturday, Oct. 5 will include: 9:30-10, Zelma Forbes and a guests jam session; 10-11, Jake and Ruby Ravizee; 11-11:30, Mt. Sinai Spirituals, 11:30-12:30, awards ceremony; 12:40-1:40, Brooklyhn Woods; 1:40-2, Lonnie Burkhart and Zelma Forbes; 2-3, Pine Mountain Grass; 3-3:30, Lonnie Burkhart; 3:30-4:30, Roan Mountain Moonshiners; 4:30-5, Lonnie Burkhart and guests. For further information about the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, contact Michael Corriston, SKCTC Cumberland, at 606/589-2145.
The 49th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ will present its annual Gospel Singing slated for Friday, Oct.4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center. Some of the top gospel talent in the area will participate in the event being held in conjunction with the festival, considered to be one of the top arts and crafts events of its kind in the state and within the Central Appalachians. Those expected to participate include: Jake and Ruby Ravizee, Tommy White, Lawana Blevins, Tammie R. Chapman, Buddy Simpson, Russell Gilbert, Austin Reynolds, Anna Jo Creech and Peggy Green. For further information about the event, contact Ms. Chapman, SKCTC Cumberland, at 606/589-2145. Admission is free.
One of the more popular contest associated with the annual Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ is the Pickles, Jams and Jellies Contest. Additionally, sauerkraut, chow-chow, beets, eggs, picked vegetables and peppers may also be entered for judging. All items must have been prepared during the current year. All entries should be brought to Chrisman Hall, room 104, located on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Each item should be labeled with category, name of the entrant, phone number and address. Entries will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 and until noon on Friday, Oct. 4. Best of show, first, second and third-place ribbons will be awarded. For further information, contact Mary Finns or Tessa Roark at 589-3047 or 589-3048.
The annual Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ will once again sponsor the Baked Goods Contest. Area bakers will have the chance to compete for ribbons and bragging rights as judges vote on the best pies, cakes, breads and pasta. Items should be dropped off at the ticket booth of the Appalachian Center located on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Items will be accepted for judging from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 and before 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. Judging will take place at noon Saturday with the winners announced at 1 p.m.
The yearly celebration of Appalachian culture, the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, is primed to return to center stage Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5 on the Cumberland Campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. The event, held along the banks of Cloverlick Creek at the base of Black Mountain, has developed over the decades into one of the top arts and crafts festivals within the state and the region. During its two-day run, the event is expected to attract hundreds of participants to the SKCTC campus where they will have the opportunity to enjoy lively mountain music, eat traditional Appalachian foods, engage in competitive games and have the chance to take a step back into time to observe and marvel at the exquisite handiwork of local artisans. Longtime festival director Michael Corriston suggested the event serves to promote and perpetuate the diverse cultural heritage of the Central Appalachian Mountains through the presentation of music, crafts, visual arts, theater, folk competitions, games and folk life demonstrations. “The Swappin’ Meetin’ offers something for everyone,” he said. “We welcome one and all to come and enjoy the two days of fun and fellowship and good times.” The theme for the 2013 Swappin’ Meetin’ is ‘Pride in My Mountain Heritage’ with that theme carried out in a Mini Olympics competition and youth storytelling and art contests. The SKCTC Education Program and Harlan County Cooperative Extension personnel will provide games for kids and other activities. Event participants will have the chance to ride the Harlan Rotary Club Express Train and the hay wagon ride. And, during the event, demonstrations by craftsmen will include sorghum molasses cooking, blacksmithing, chair making, chair bottoms crafting, basket weaving, washboard laundering, raku pottery creations, spinning, weaving, spinning tops demonstrations, dancing, clogging, and the chance to take a trip on the nature walk and a tour of the Cherokee Nation mobile history unit. No Swappin’ Meetin’ would be complete without a lineup of talented musicians performing bluegrass, gospel, folk and traditional Appalachian music. Musicians will perform throughout the day Friday and Saturday from the stage on the patio of Falkenstine Hall. Performances by Marlow Tackett, Roy Harper, Tommy White, Zelma Forbes, Clyde Stanley, Mountain Drive, Jake and Ruby Ravizee, singers from Mt. Sinai Church, Pine Mountain Grass, Roan Mountain Moonshiners, Lonnie Burkhart and Brooklyhn Woods will make for an exciting two days of extraordinary musicianship. A wide variety of vendors will offer a large selection of Appalachian crafts and a variety of traditional and contemporary foods will be available, including the Soup Bean Dinner slated for Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the grill located in Falkenstine Hall. Through the years, the Swappin’ Meetin’ has been known for an array of contests with the 49th version of the festival no exception. Locals will have the opportunity to win ribbons and notoriety as they compete in contests that include: quilt, baked goods, hog calling, great pumpkin race, pickles, jams and jellies, checkers, a cake walk, art contest and storytelling competition. Moreover, the Tri-City News will conduct its 22nd Photography Contest, photos are to be delivered to the upper lobby area of the Godbey Appalachian Center on Friday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Now it is second year, the Swappin’ Meetin’ Glow Run, 5-K and one-mile walk, will be contested across the campus and through the town of Cumberland. Scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., the event will begin from the lower parking lot on the campus. The registration fee is $25, and for further information contact Kristen Simpson at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Each year during the festival, time is set aside to give acknowledgement to several deserving recipients who have worked to make the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ the amazing success it has become. A ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 5 to compliment the event’s Honoree, Featured Quilter, the winner of the Savannah Delph Award and winners of the Faculty and Staff Awards. With the 49th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ set to begin, Corriston called the event a precious gem. “We have worked hard to make this year’s festival one of the best ever; we hope to see you that first weekend in October. We will positively be pleased to see you!”
Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall announced Thursday the appointment of Dr. F. Lynn Moore as president of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC). After consideration of three candidates the SKCTC Board of Directors unanimously recommended Dr. Moore for the position. Board Chair Reecie Stagnolia commented, “Dr. Moore is the best candidate for the job. She has a lot to offer this area and the Southeast Board, Foundation, faculty and students all gave her high marks.” Dr. Moore has served as the vice president for student development at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon since 2008, and took on an additional role as vice president of administrative services in 2011. Prior to that she was the dean of students and an adjunct instructor at Hill Community College District in Texas, and the supplemental education services director at Texas State Technical College. In addition to her experience in higher education Dr. Moore has also held positions with the Texas Comptroller’s Office, the Texas Department of Corrections and she is a former co-owner and manager of a private dental clinic. “Dr. Moore brings a range of skills and experience to the position,” said Dr. McCall. “We are pleased to welcome her to SKCTC and KCTCS.” Dr. Moore earned a doctorate of philosophy in educational administration from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Baker College with a concentration in human resource management and a bachelor of science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Moore is a member of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) and has experience in community service and fundraising for a variety of organizations. “I am incredibly honored and proud to have been chosen to serve as the next president of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College,” said Dr. Moore. “I appreciate the confidence the college family, Dr. McCall, the Southeast Board of Directors, and the Southeast community have placed in me as I assume the leadership role of this fine institution. SKCTC is indeed one of the ‘Nation’s Top 10 Community Colleges’. It will be a privilege to work with many local professionals to ensure a seamless transition of leadership.”
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