Although UACC will greatly miss his many talents and passion for the urban Appalachian community, we would like to wish UACC Core Member John Bealle a happy departure from Cincinnati. His next stop? Paris, France! Help us send John off with warm memories, stories, photos, and lots of kind words as he and his family embark on new adventures. Share your thoughts and memories in the comment section below the blog post.

In addition to John Bealle's departure, John honors Cincinnati old-time music pioneer, Jack Bunch, in this week's Core Column. And don't forget about the July 1 deadline to submit your unique neighborhood to be included in a Cincinnati neighborhood guidebook. Keep reading for more info. 

UACC's John Bealle Pays Tribute to Old-Time Music Pioneer, Jack Bunch
The Cincinnati old-time music community mourns the loss of Jack Bunch, who passed away June 19th near London, Kentucky. As an old-time musician, Jack was one of the pioneers of his generation, recognized by his fellow pickers for his musicianship, rare tune sources, and boundless enthusiasm. He was well known for his colorful personality and pithy turns of phrase. During his years in Cincinnati, Jack operated a barbershop and was once profiled in the news as the "fiddling barber." After his mom died, Jack moved back to the family home in Laurel County but was sought out by Cincinnati music friends such as Russ Childers, Jim Johnson, and Jack's bandmate Steve Adkisson. His life and music were the subjects of a WMMT (Whitesburg) radio segment and he is featured in several excellent YouTube videos. Only a few years ago Jack was featured with Jim Johnson at the Appalachian Festival and on a recording of tunes Jack learned from his Uncle Henry. A brief obituary can be found at this link:

Below is a selection of YouTube videos featuring Jack on fiddle or banjo:

Cherokee Shuffle (group session, Jack Bunch, fiddle; Lonnie Osborne, fiddle; Russ Childers, banjo; Jerry Chandler, guitar; Garrett Hedrick, mandolin)
Bonaparte's Retreat (Jack Bunch, banjo solo)
Michael Coleman's March/Salty River Reel (Kentucky Wonder String Band, Steve Adkisson, banjo; Brian Gilbert, guitar; Kyle Meadows, hammered dulcimer; Jack Bunch, fiddle)
Celebrating Appalachian heritage through old time music - Spectrum News 1

Spot some familiar names in this feature article about one of Cincinnati's old time music jam groups! Read more about the history and tradition of these musical gatherings in this article.

The Alliance for Appalachia is hard at work shaping  Appalachia's needs for environmental and economic justice legislation in Congress. If anyone would like to join these efforts, Mike Maloney can help get you involved if you need that help. Please let Mike ( know your interest so he can report.

Cincinnati Public Library Summer Activities
Activities for Kids:

  • From June 1-July 31, every youth 18 and under who visits a library branch can get their free summer packet which includes: an activity booklet, a book, a take & make activity, and an early literacy calendar for PreK families. The activity booklet can also be downloaded from our web site.
  • Youth who finish 5 or more activities from their booklet may return to the Library may enter a grand prize drawing at their branch. 
  • Meals for youth will be provided at select locations.
  • Visit to find free in-person and online events for kids all summer long

Free Vaccinations at Library Locations: From now through August, the Library is offering free, drop-in vaccinations at select locations, in partnership with the Cincinnati Dept. of Health and the Hamilton County Public Health Dept. Find locations and dates in their online calendar.

Improvements at the Downtown Main Library

The library is beginning an 18 month improvement project at its Main Library, as part of its Building the Next Generation Library initiative, which is being funded by the 1 mil levy supported by taxpayers in 2018. Here’s what will happen first:

  • This summer the elevators will be replaced in the south building
  • This summer and through the fall, the skylight over the south building’s atrium will be replaced
  • In late summer the walls surrounding the north building’s Vine St. garden will be removed, to open up the space and make it more accessible

While all this work is happening, they will need to keep the Vine St. entrance closed. In addition, since most of the work is focused in the south building, they’ll be relocating services temporarily to the north building.

Highlight YOUR Cincinnati Neighborhood in Developing Book by Local Writer
Submissions due by July 1, 2021

Nick Swartsell is editing a book about life in Cincinnati Neighborhoods. This isn't a guidebook about where to eat or shop -- it's about the social and psychological and historic contours of distinct communities in Cincinnati.
You should write something for it! Please share this if you know other folks who might want to submit something.

You have probably heard this before: Cincinnati is a city of small towns made distinct by topography and undefined, in-between spaces. They want writers to explore the Queen City’s varied neighborhoods and the places between for The Cincinnati Neighborhood Guidebook, an anthology by Belt Publishing. The book will be part of Belt’s Neighborhood Guidebook Series.

From Sayler Park tipping the city’s far-west tail to Mount Lookout on its eastern fringes, from Carthage to Lower Price Hill, they want essays and other written works that surprise them and tell them something about how Cincinnatians experience living in their neighborhoods, and about how your living in them shapes the city. Take us to the San Antonio Italian Chapel’s Pizza Party in South Fairmount, the boxing gym in the basement of West End’s Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses or the train yards and waterways of the Mill Creek Valley.

They’re hoping to get a diversity of voices and experiences representing as wide a sample from the city’s fifty-two distinct neighborhoods, its many informal sub-neighborhoods and outlying suburbs as possible. Yes, sure, you can submit something about Over-the-Rhine or Northside. But we also really want to hear voices from South Cumminsville, Bond Hill and East Westwood, not to mention Forest Park or Delhi and Covington or Bellevue.

Interpret the above as you wish, so long as the piece you submit is about an area in Greater Cincinnati. Longer submissions will be considered, but they’re looking for work that marries unique insight about lived experience with economy of language. Somewhere between 250 and 1,000 words would be a lovely place to end up for your essay.
Authors will be compensated.

Submissions are due by July 1, 2021. Please submit all entries to
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