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Christmas comes to Johnson County
Cameron Eldridge, 3, holds hands with Frosty the Snowman, one of the Historic SIPP Theater Players while participating in the Christmas Stocking Treasure Hunt at businesses up and down Main St.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Saturday, Dec. 3 was the day to celebrate the holidays throughout Johnson County. More than 1,500 people, including tour buses from Florida on a tree-day trip to celebrate Christmas, made it out to the flurry of events.
The day kicked off with a choice between visiting a Winter Wonderland at the Oil Springs Cultural Arts and Recreation Center or having a Breakfast with Santa at the Van Lear Historical Society Coal Miner’s Museum.
The Johnson County Public Library next hosted a Family Fun Day making holiday crafts before launching into the Christmas In the City, hosted by the Paintsville Main Street Association. The Main Street Players dressed as popular Christmas characters greeted visitors as they strolled from city hall to businesses on Main Street.
“It was wonderful. It couldn’t go any better if we tried,” said Bonnie Porter, president of the Main Street Association.
The festivities peaked with the Christmas Parade down Main Street as the sun set, with Santa wishing all a “Merry Christmas!” as he rode down the street in his place of honor.
The Historic SIPP Theater welcomed kids of all ages with a showing of “Polar Express” on Saturday evening. “We had kids dressed in their pajamas, drinking hot chocolate and enjoying the movie,” said Porter. “It was so fantastic!”


Christmas Craft Classes make holiday memories

By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

Christy Cook, part-time programming assistant at the Johnson County Public Library, led a sample class on how to make holiday crafts and gifts class on Tuesday Nov. 29.
Participants were encouraged to make their bow wreaths decorated with bells and pieces of fabric and ribbon. For those looking for something to hang on their Christmas trees, there were orange, cinnamon and pressed fabric ornaments available to make. With ornaments in tow, the edible holiday gift table had a choice of soup in a jar or cookies in a jar to prepare. Other gift and crafts included making your own gift tags and bookmarkers as well as demonstrating quilting, embroidery and crocheting classes.
“We come to this a lot. This class is relaxing and just something quick and easy to do,” said Debbie Barr who comes regularly to the embroidery and quilting classes. Barr is a part of the library’s needlework circle group that meets monthly to work on embroidery, crocheting and quilting.
“We do a lot with the quilting and embroidery classes, we make items for the foster kids, the homeless, family resource centers and we have even made quilts for the flood victims,” said Diane Shafer. “We usually have more people here, sometimes it’s so crowded that you just have to wait your turn.”
“I like helping people learn hand crafts which are a dying art and it helps everyone have a sense of accomplishment as well as a beautiful object” said Cook.
The library has several other Christmas craft classes available over the next few weeks, including another Christmas Craft class tomorrow, Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. For more information on classes available at the library call (606) 789-4355.


Thanksgiving Dinner at Mountain Manor
Resident Anne Lyon and her granddaughter Katherine enjoy their Thanksgiving meal together on Tuesday night at the dinner.

By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

The Mountain Manor of Paintsville held their annual Thanksgiving dinner for residents.
Dining tables decorated with Thanksgiving finery greeted visitors and families who attended one of three Thanksgiving dinners with residents this week.
“It provides them the opportunity to be with their families and gives them a sense of belonging by being able to invite them over,” said Kathy Meadows, assistant administrator.
Serving turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, residents enjoyed sharing what they were most thankful for with their loved ones on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night.


Holiday Happenings Craft & Antique Show

By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer


The Ramada Inn, decorated in red and green with Christmas trees lit up and lights twinkling, held the Johnson County Extension Office annual Happy Holidays Craft and Antique Show this past Friday and Saturday.
Booths set up across the floor displayed goods and crafts made by local and out-of-town crafters. From bath products such as homemade soaps and lotions, to hand-made blankets and paintings, the event had a little bit of everything for those in attendance.
“Having this is just all around good for the community, and we need that. It helps promote the crafters and anyone else who sells homemade items,” said Barb Priest, who had her own booth set up with different items.


Northeast Area Extension Homemakers Annual Meeting
The bluegrass and gospel group, 5 Miles From Nowhere, led by Donnie Witten performed for the attendees.

Staff Report

More than a hundred homemakers and special guests attended the Northeast Area Extension Homemaker annual meeting on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Ramada Inn. The Northeast Area Extension Homemakers include 10 counties along Highway 23 and has over 1,000 members.
Mary Margaret Krahulec, President of the Kentucky Extension Homemakers, welcomed representatives of the more than 14,600 members and thanked Sally Mineer, University of Kentucky Extension Specialist; Tammy Penix, Northeast Area President and Charolette Caudill, Johnson County President for their effort bringing members together to arrange the conference.
The theme of the meeting was “Roots of County—The Mayo Trail” and nine counties were presented the Cultural Heritage and Preservation Award for their outstanding efforts in preserving the local culture and heritage.
Awards were presented starting with the Boyd County chapter receiving an award for the Christmas in the Highlands event; Carter County for the Homemakers Holiday Craft Fair event; Floyd County for the Quilt Guild May House display; Greenup County for the McConnell House Restoration Project; Johnson County for the Oil Springs Cultural Arts & Recreation Center; Lawrence County for their Heritage Harvest Tour event; Magoffin County for the walking program on the Dawkins Line Rails to Trails; Martin County for the Himlerville Mansion Restoration Project’ and Pike County for the Homemaking in the Mountains event.
Attendees enjoyed entertainment in the form of a performance by Ronnie Blair presenting the story of John C. Mayo as the title character. Wanda Fraley, a Johnson County homemaker sang a solo of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by Loretta Lynn, and the bluegrass/gospel group 5 Miles From Nowhere, led by Donnie Witten performed for the attendees.
If you would like to become a part of the Homemakers organization please contact the Extension Office at (606)789-8108 and ask for the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent to find out more about becoming a member.



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