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MN&WR: Seedtime and SOAR

MN&WR: Seedtime and SOAR

  • Seedtime on the Cumberland festival coordinator Katie Pirotina talks with Kelli Haywood about what to expect at this year’s event June 3rd and 4th, including film screenings, music, art, crafts, food, and dancing… and much more.  
  • Benny Becker explores the vision for the future of SOAR – Shaping Our Appalachian Region, with SOAR director Jared Arnett, and SOAR participant Willa Johnson in preparation for the 2016 SOAR Innovation Summit, June 6th.


In this episode of Mountain News & World Report, we highlight two regional happenings the Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival here on the grounds of Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky starting Friday June 3rd and going through Saturday, June 4th.  In the Seedtime rundown you will hear a clip from the Tom Hansell film, After Coal which compares the Appalachian coalfields experience to that of the coalfields of South Wales who have already had to transition their economy away from mining.  Also, in that segment, Appalshop Archive shares with us a clip of a 1981 Headwaters film of Lee Sexton and his former fiddle player, the late, great Marion Sumner.

Then, to end the show, WMMT reporter Benny Becker discusses the future of the SOAR – Shaping Our Appalachian Region with its director and an original SOAR participant from the community.  SOAR culminated as an event out of discussions by former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers.  SOAR made it’s mission  to expand job creation, enhance regional opportunity, innovation, and identity, improve the quality of life, and support all those working to achieve these goals in Appalachian Kentucky.  The 2016 SOAR Summit will be at the Pikeville Exposition Center Monday, June 6th.

Mountain News & World Report is a bi-weekly production of WMMT, and new episodes air every other Thursday at 6pm on WMMT, with a repeat broadcast the following Sunday morning at 10:30.  To listen to previous episodes, check out our streaming archives.

appalachian history,
arts & culture,
coal industry,
economic transition,
education in the mountains,
energy & environment,
traditional music,

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