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

Book signing: Marilou Suszko

Book signing: Marilou Suszko
Farms and Foods of Ohio: From Garden Gate to Dinner Plate
Saturday, October 6, 2007 10am-Noon

Athens Farmer’s Market
E State St, Athens, Ohio

Farms and Foods of OhioMarilou Suszko, an Ohio author and chef, takes you on a journey throughout Ohio, where you’ll meet unique farming personalities dedicated to growing, raising, and preparing wonderful foods to grace your table. Join her in the fields, in the barns, and out in the vineyards through these wonderful stories and recipes.

As a food writer, Marilou is a regular contributor to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Food Section, the Sunday Magazine and Feast. She is a Level III graduate from Western Reserve School of Cooking as well as a member of the IACP.

SEE:New book looks at why Ohio residents should be purchasing locally grown food products,” Athens News, 10/4/2007

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

Healthy Eating in a Hectic World

Healthy Eating in a Hectic World
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Colonial Restaurant
181 E Main St, Jackson, Ohio

This workshop will help working women identify ways to simplify and organize their eating habits and lifestyles in the fast-paced “drive-thru” world. They will have the opportunity to compile a recipe book of healthy recipes. Part of Ohio Women’s Health Month.

Sponsored by Jackson County Health Department and Holzer Health Systems

Contact: 740-286-5094 x 254

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)

Birth Circle: Meals for Moms

Meals for Moms program
The Birth Circle
Athens-area, Ohio

The nonprofit Birth Circle is seeking participants for the Meals for Moms free service in which expectant mothers can sign up for postpartum meals prepared and delivered by volunteers.

Volunteer coordinator Hanna Vorisek matches volunteers with families who appreciate the extra support and nourishing meals after the birth of their babies. Contact Vorisek at 740-592-1570 to participate by either receiving or delivering meals.

And don’t forget the annual yard sale fundraiser with La Leche League September 8-9, 2007 at 44 Maplewood Drive, Athens.

More:Local non-profit offers Meals for Moms,” Athens News, September 6, 2007

Real Food Revival at Niches (the last one)

Real Food Revival at Niches (the last one)
Monthly Potluck
Sunday, August 26, 2007, 5 PM
Niches Retreat (
Locust Grove Road, McArthur, Ohio

The last Sunday of August marks the 1 year anniversary of the Real Food Revival, a monthly potluck celebrating local, seasonal, made from scratch, sustainably-produced foods.

We have shared many amazing meals together and had some interesting conversations over the past year. Growing, preparing, eating and talking about food are among my favorite things to do and it has been so exciting to meet new people and connect with old friends over the most creative meals I have ever had the pleasure of eating.

This month is the last month the revival will be held at Niches Retreat, where it originated. The organization that I work for and that owns Niches is selling the land and cabins. I hope we will have a good turnout for this last Niches Revival. I’m not sure where we will move the event next month or if we will even continue it. (No one came to our July Revival).

This month’s theme is “cool” foods — loosely interpreted by individual food preparers. Maybe we can further our discussion — started earlier this year — on the connection between food and global warming with a focus on what we can do to make our food more sustainable/less fuel intensive. Remember to bring your recipe. I will have all the recipes collected over the past year and would like to finally follow through on putting together a cookbook.

Please share this information on to a friend who might be interested and let us know if you have or know of a space in Athens that might be a new venue for the Revival.

Contact: Sara DeAloia 740-596-4613 or dealoias -at-