SEEDTIME: Appalshop’s Festival of Mountain Arts, June 2-3

On June 2th & 3th, 2017, the Appalshop grounds in Whitesburg, KY will once again be alive with music, art, theater, food, and crafts for the 31st Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival. This year’s event will spotlight the tools of culture that have built, and continue to sustain, our mountain communities! In addition to the line up of nationally renowned musical talents like The Jenkins Twins, Nellie Pearl, and Matt Kinman, live artist demonstrations will take place all day Saturday. From blacksmithing to square dancing, Seedtime vendors, performers, and artists are preparing a festival like no other. As always, Seedtime is free and open to all.

Local and regional performers include Lee Sexton, The Local Honeys, Brett Ratliff, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Right Fork Ramblers, Jimmy & Ada McCown, Nathan Polly, and Cross Country Bluegrass, to name just a few. The Vendor Tent will feature art, literature, fibers, wares, and more. The two-day festival of mountain traditions will be bookended by special events before and after the main festival. On Seedtime eve, Thursday, June 1, the City of Whitesburg/ Letcher County Farmer’s Market will present a ‘Feedtime’ community supper and old tractor & farm truck show in downtown Whitesburg to kick-off the weekend’s events and our local farmer’s market season. Feedtime tickets are $10 and on sale at downtown restaurants and Annie’s Frugal Finery. On Sunday the Letcher County Cycling Club will host the first Seedtime Cycling Tour, sponsored by Pine Mountain Outfitters.

A “Tools of Culture” show featuring historical traditional instruments will be on display in the Appalshop Gallery. Appalachian Luthiery Master Doug Naselroad will display locally made dulcimers and other traditional instruments. Artist, collector, and instructor Pete Ross will display his infamous gourd banjos, with a live demonstration workshop. The Appalshop Theater will host original film screenings, theater performances, readings, and more. This year’s event will begin on Friday, June 2, with festivities and music starting at 4:00 PM. The festival will continue through Saturday night with a special downtown edition of the Carcassonne Square Dance from 6-8 PM, followed by a stunningly creative Americana-Roots-Rock sound and massively dynamic performance from Nellie Pearl, to close the night!

Arts, crafts, food, and beer vendors will remain open throughout the festival, with a variety of special events all weekend. As always, performances will broadcast live across WMMT-FM airwaves. Seedtime is supported in part by the Kentucky Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and local sponsors include Annie’s Frugal Finery, Community Trust Bank, Frazier’s Farm Supply, Heritage Kitchen, Lawson’s Water Conditioning, MCHC, Mountain Tech Media, Parkway Pharmacy, Summit City, Thirsty Heifer, and West Sixth Brewing. Start planning your weekend in Whitesburg now at! For more information, email [email protected] or call Appalshop during regular business hours at 606.633.0108. We hope to see you the first weekend of June!