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


Saturday, October 20, 5-9 pm & Sunday, October 21, 2007, 2-7 pm

132 W State St, Athens, Ohio

A community celebration of the visual, performing, and culinary arts!

Both days: Visual Art from more than 20 local artists.

Saturday: On stage (Those that I know are female are in CAPS.)

  • 5:00 LEAH MILLER – belly dancer
  • 5:15 Rusty Rittenhouse – magician
  • 5:45 DOMINIKA ADAMOVA and Frank McDermott – poetry and music
  • 6:05 Ehryan Everson – dancer
  • 6:10 QUINN SCHMALLENBERG and Zion Everson – dancers
  • 6:15 Pete Wuscher and Matthew Bryant – music
  • 6:45 Ethan Greene – music
  • 7:15 Steve Zarate – music
  • 7:45 Designated Spaces – spoken word
  • 8:15 Bad Chemicals – music
  • 8:45 LEAH MILLER and JANE PALMER – fire dancer and drums

Saturday: Downstairs

  • Kids in Action
  • Haunted House Knit/Weave Workshop
  • OU T-Com children’s presentation
  • Chris Tomazik

Sunday: On stage

  • 2:00 LEAH MILLER – belly dancer
  • 2:15 NGOMA – drum circle
  • 2:45 Rusty Rittenhouse – magician
  • 3:15 Ehryah Everson – dancer
  • 3:20 QUINN SCHMALLENBERG and Zion Everson – dancers
  • 3:30 Ethan Greene – music
  • 4:00 LIZ PAHL – music
  • 4:30 Heartlanders – music
  • 5:00 Reyshan Parker – play “Best Intentions”

Sunday: Downstairs

  • Kids in Action
  • Haunted House Knit/Weave Workshop
  • OU T-Com’s children’s presentation
  • Xen Glick – 5-7

Benefit: Writer’s Harvest Reading

Benefit: Writer’s Harvest Reading
Thusday, October 11, 2007, 7:30pm

Margaret M. Walter Hall Rotunda
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
$3 donation

The OU Creative Writing Program will sponsor the Writer’s Harvest reading to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. The benefit is part of the nation’s largest reading series working to help fight hunger

Featured readers will be the new creative nonfiction Professor Dinty Moore; recent alumna of the CWP, CARRIE OEDING; OU alumna and novelist PENNY LAUER; and local poet and educator WENDY MCVICKER. Donations of $3 will be accepted at the door, and on the campus green during the week. Following the readings will be a musical reception with refreshments.

SEE:4 local authors join ‘Harvest’ effort,” Athens News, 10/8/07

The Second Harvest Foodbank of Southeastern Ohio is a large warehouse operation that receives surplus food donations from major food manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers and then channels this food to charitable feeding organizations throughout ten counties in southeastern Ohio. Our mission is to channel surplus food to those who do not have enough, with a goal of making a positive difference in their lives. The foodbank currently distributes food to over 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, and congregate meal sites. In 2005, the foodbank supplied over 7.9 million pounds of food to those feeding organizations that are in the front line of helping families meet their basic food needs.

It is one of 196 Second Harvest Regional Foodbanks throughout the US and Puerto Rico affiliated with America’s Second Harvest. It is estimated that nearly 97 billion pounds of edible food are wasted each year by Americans, and that approximately 30 million Americans are in danger of going hungry. Foodbanks have the resources to receive edible food that would have otherwise been wasted, from growers, manufacturers, retailers, and processors, in order to distribute it to local charitable agencies. —

Contact: the Special Programs Office at lm346095 -at-
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Art: Women of Influence–Women Honoring Women

Art Opening: Women of Influence–Women Honoring Women
Saturday, October 6, 2007, 7-9 pm

Thru November 6, 10 am-4 pm (hours vary–call before coming)
The Piano Works (map)
48 W Main St, Logan, Ohio

Women of Influence–Women Honoring Women is a mixed media exhibit by five area women artists. It includes art quilts, paintings, assemblages, paper dolls, altered books, and art.

Opening is in conjunction with Late Night Logan in which downtown merchants, restaurants, art and entertainment venues stay open for the evening on the first Saturday of each month. Cellist Michael Ingalls will entertain. Michael has appeared on Prairie Home Companion and is frequently seen around central Ohio as “the world’s only singing, strolling cellist.”

The Piano Works Show Room and Gallery is a unique showroom, gallery, and workshop to visit and shop for pianos, guitars, music accessories, and regional art. Local craftsmen restore, rebuild, tune, and repair quality pianos.

Contact: 740-380-6683 or brucebowens -at-

Megan Murphy & Yankee Bluegrass

Federal Valley Concert Series: Megan Murphy & Yankee Bluegrass
Saturday, October 6, 2007, 7-8:30pm

Federal Valley Resource Center Auditorium
Stewart, Ohio

Megan MurphyThis benefit concert featuring Megan Murphy and Yankee Bluegrass is part of the Federal Valley Concert Series, held on the first Saturday of the month.

All donations benefit the FVRC, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining and managing the historic school complex for the benefit of the community. The brick buildings include an 1890s two room school house with a 1920s addition, and a classroom building and a gym built in the early 1930s.

Federal Valley’s Halloween Fundraiser Fright Nights will also be open.

Directions: Drive 10 miles east of Athens on US Hwy 50/32, take S.R. 329 two miles into Stewart. Center is in old school on left.

SEE:Pickin’ and grinnin’: Trimble student is master of her mandolin,” Athens Messenger, 4/22/2006

Contact: 740-707-7208 or ew277002 -at-

Reclaim Music Festival

Reclaim Music Festival
Saturday, September 29, 2007, 3 pm-2 am, gates open @ 1 pm

McCumber Hill Rd, near Rutland, Ohio (directions)

The Reclaim Music Festival will take place on Saturday in the backwoods of Meigs County, Ohio. Reclaim is proud to highlight the incredible live music scene of Athens, Ohio and surrounding hills. Reclaim is an outdoor music and community festival held at one of the most scenic venues in Ohio. The venue consists of a solid oak stage nestled amongst hundreds of acres of fields and forest.

Coolers are welcome. (There will be minimal vending at this event, so bring food, snacks and whatever you like to drink. Don’t forget drinking water.) Bring: flashlights, sleeping bag & tent, yer mom (or dad, or not). There will be 2 or 3 community fires, but please no individual fires (too dry).

Female performers in caps.


Family Tent

  • 3:00pm – 6:00pm LAURA NADEAU

Contact: reclaimmusic -at- Let us know if you’d like to help in any capacity!
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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.