Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day

Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day
Sunday, October 21, 2007 Noon-5pm

Miller School, St. Rt. 155, Hemlock, Ohio (map)

Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day celebrates the history, culture, and natural environment of the former Hocking Valley Coal Boom region, which once impacted the portions of four southeastern Ohio counties, and that today is the heart of the Wayne National Forest. Live music, speakers, a gymnasium full of exhibits, a quilt show, and outstanding homemade soups and pies await visitors. (Those that I know are female are in CAPS.)

  • Noon – Exhibit Hall & Food Stand opens
  • 12:10PM – Opening of Diamonds In The Rough: The Legacy of Coal Mining in Ohio’s Hill Country exhibit by Ray McKinnis, Bob Evans Homestead Museum
  • 12:20PM – Opening of Miners of the Little Cities Registry by CHERYL BLOSSER, Registry Director.
  • 12:30PMLiving History Characters John and Mary Holt, a miner and his wife from the Hocking Valley Coal Boom Era portrayed by Ken Bowald and KATHY DEVECKA.
  • 1:00PM – An hour long concert with the best of music from the 1970s by Rosemont Crossing.(1 female member)
  • 2:15PM – Three deserving area citizens will be awarded the annual Little Cities Spirit Award.
  • 2:30PM – The always uplifting concert from the children of the Millcreek Elementary Choir under the direction of CONNIE ALFMAN.
  • 3:00PM – The premiere of the hour long film documentary Devil’s Oven: The Fire in the heart of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds. Film producer VALDA LEWIS and narrator Bob Singleton will be present to introduce and discuss the film.
  • 4:15PM – A musical tribute to coal miners will be given by Athens musicians and Ohio University professors Rich Greenlee and Jack Wright.
  • 5PM – Event Concludes

The Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival

The Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival
Monday, October 1 thru Saturday, October 6, 2007

132 W State St, Athens, Ohio
$3 per reading or $20 week pass

Humble Play is returning for a second year. All performances and activities are held at ARTS/West. Following last year’s success, ARTS/West solicited and accepted new plays from Appalachian playwrights. Five winning plays were chosen from the received plays and will receive readings open to the public.

Women in caps.

  • Oct 1, 6:30pm – Lecture Workshop on Youth Drama by MARY TENSING.
  • Oct 2, 7 pm – “Canterbury Tales Revisited” by CELESTE PARSONS.
  • Oct 3, 7 pm – “Frog Hollar” by W. R. Smiddie
  • Oct 4, 7 pm – “Liberation” by SARAH GUTHRIE.
  • Oct 5, 7 pm – “Hearts of Clover” by KATHLEEN KRAMER
  • Oct 6, Noon – Youth Division Readings
  • Oct 6, 2 pm – Senior’s Readers Theater
  • Oct 6, 6 pm – Closing reception
  • Oct 6, 7 pm – “Spoiling Prayers” by David Muschell

Tickets: O’Betty’s on W. State Street, Haffa’s Record Store on W. Union Street, and Blue Eagle on Court St.

See: Athens County Visitor’s Bureau entry

Contact: 740-592-4315

CFI Potluck & Permaculture

Westside Community Garden Potluck & Rebecca Wood on Permaculture
Tuesday, September 25, 6-8 p.m.

Westside Community Gardens
W State St, Athens, Ohio.

Athens Community Food Initiatives, a local non-profit, will host a potluck and workshop by Rebecca Wood on permaculture. Please bring a dish to pass and place settings. Drinks will be provided.

Rebecca Wood has been an instructor at Hocking College in the Natural Resource program for the last 17 years. In addition to teaching core field botany and ecology classes she has also developed and instructed their courses in Sustainable Development, Conservation Management, and is working on new courses in Ethnobotany, Restoration Ecology, and Permaculture. She has also integrated her passion of the natural world and her love of herbs into Hopewood Center for Wellness and Herbal Studies where she provides experiences in Understanding Nature, Growing and Using Medicinal Plants, Wild Food Fun, and Healing with Nature. These classes are represented in the Herbal Studies certificate program and Complimentary Wellness courses offered at Hocking. United Plant Savers

Contact: CFI cfi -at- or 740-593-5971.

The Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments

The Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments
Friday, October 19 & Saturday 20, 2007

Ohio University-Zanesville
1425 Newark Rd, Zanesville, Ohio

Early Bird registration for the Women of Appalachia ends tomorrow, Friday, September 21!

9/21 is also the deadline for the Young Appalachian Women Writers Competition.

Women of Appalachia Conference includes sessions, entertainment, receptions, juried art exhibit, local Appalachian artisans and craftpersons showcase, and some meals. Details found at

Sessions include:
* Devil’s Oven: The Boom to Bust Era of the Hocking Valley Coal Mining Industry (Screening)
* A Fight against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining: Female Influence on Natural Resource Policy in Appalachia
* Mitigating health disparities among Ohio Appalachians
* Mountain Mamas, Sacrifice, and Class: Appalachian Motherhood in American Visual Culture
* Radical Mothers: Women’s Activism in the Paint Creek – Cabin Creek Strike of 1912
* Roads That Take You Into Your Own Country: Finding Home Through Poetry of Place
* Uses of Medicinal Plants in Appalachia (lotions, creams & soaps)

More:Women of Appalachia Conference celebrates history and tradition,” OUtlook, 3/29/2006

Contact: Office of Continuing Education, Ohio University-Zanesville, 1425 Newark Rd, Zanesville, Ohio 43701, 740-588-1401

Beulah Hunter Eastman book signing

Beulah Hunter Eastman book signing
Saturday, September 22, 11am-12:30 p.m.

Muskingum County Library, John McIntire Library (map)
220 N Fifth St, Zanesville, Ohio

Ms. Eastman will be available to sign copies of her first book, Rachel’s House, set in Roseville, Ohio. Copies of the book will be available for purchase from the author in the lobby of the library.

Contact: 740-453-0391

Ninth Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Ninth Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival
Saturday, September 15 & Sunday, September 16, 2007, Gates open at 10 a.m.

Lake Snowden
Rt 50/32, Albany, Ohio
Adults $5 ($8 both); Kids 12 and under FREE

Complete schedule of events at

Come to scenic Lake Snowden for the biggest and best pawpaw celebration inthe world! Join pawpaw fanatics from around the country at the peak of the season for a day filled with pawpaws, pawpaw foods, pawpaw beer, pawpaw music, pawpaw art, pawpaw history, pawpaw people, and much more. Pets are permitted, but must be on a leash.

Pawpaw Express service to and from Ohio University is provided free of charge courtesy of the Office of Sustainability at Ohio University. It will leave upper Baker Center on the hour Saturday 10 am-7 pm, and Sunday 10 am-2 pm.

A great day, but just a few women presenters/performers:

Saturday 1:00 p.m. Pawpaw Tent
Marilyn Baumer: Tree Seedlings Under Pawpaws
Marilyn Baumer recently completed a Master’s degree from Wright State University. For her thesis project, she roamed the woods in the Dayton area studying pawpaw and forest dynamics.

Saturday 5:45-6:30 p.m. Main Stage
Megan Cameron

Sunday 2:30-4:00 p.m. Main Stage
Rabbit Hash String Band (band w/ some women)

Birding by Kayak

Birding by Kayak
Touch the Earth Adventures
Saturday, September 15, 2007, 7:30-10:30 AM OR 4:30-7:30 PM

Hocking Hills State Park
Logan, Ohio

Julie Davis, vice president of Columbus Audubon, joins us to share her extensive knowledge and enthusiasm of winged ones in “Birding by Kayak, Lakes of Southeast Ohio.” No experience needed. Join us for one or both programs!

Kayaks, paddles, pfds. provided. $40 per person.
Provide your own kayak and equipment $20 per person

Contact: Mimi Morrison 740-592-3496