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✨ Happy New Year ✨

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Although 2020 presented its many challenges, The Urban Appalachian Community has a lot to celebrate as we enter this New Year!

Join the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition for our first-ever VIRTUAL "Ringin' In an Appalachian New Year" event on Sunday, January 17 from 1-3 PM via Zoom.

While we will miss the opportunity to gather face-to-face, sharing food, and swapping stories, we are working together to make the virtual celebration as warm and down home as we can. Enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities throughout our virtual event. Participants can expect bluegrass and old-time music performances from local musicians and vibrant storytelling from our event emcee, Omope Carter Daboiku, on our "main stage" while also enjoying the option of entering a "breakout room" where folks can swap recipes, create a Word Quilt, and/or share a story or poem.

As long time organizer Nancy Laird says, “Ringin’ in an Appalachian New Year is all about respecting old traditions and creating new ones! Each year is a little different, based on who shows up. But one thing is for sure, by the time it’s over we’re all family.”

Music - Russ Childers (host)

Lucky for us, many of our bands are family bands, which means they can stay safe in their homes and still perform for us in ours. Our virtual Ringin' In an Appalachian New Year will include old-time & bluegrass music by:

Open Mic of Poetry, Stories & Music - Sherry Cook Stanforth (host)

Anybody who wants to share can join the Open Mic breakout room and share a short set (four minutes or less).

Recipe Swap - Jeff Dey (host)

We couldn’t figure out how to do a potluck online, but how about a recipe swap!? Click HERE to share your favorite potluck or other recipes, and we’ll share these virtually during the program in a Zoom breakout room where we can show the recipes and tell the stories behind them. Cooking demonstrations are most welcome during this time. Eating demonstrations too!

My Appalachian Memory: A Word Quilt - Barb Childers (host)

Barb Childers is still leading our annual Appalachian Memories: A Word Quilt activity. You can share your story in advance HERE or type into the Zoom Chat (we’ll tell you how to use Chat). We’ll all get to hear Omope share some of these stories during the event!

The "Smoking"/Hangout Room - Nancy Laird (host)

Since we can’t sit around the tables and talk, we’ll have yet another breakout rooms for gabbing. We’re calling it "The Smoking Room", but we promise it will be smoke-free!

What is this room thing we keep talking about? Don’t worry, we’ll show you when you sign in!

New to Zoom? Not a problem! Check out these helpful links and tips:

  • Learn how to join a meeting HERE
  • Update/upgrade your Zoom App to the latest version for best quality HERE
  • Learn how "breakout rooms" work HERE
  • Learn how to use the Chat feature HERE
  • Get Zoom on your phone HERE
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