Mike Templeton discusses everything from the band transitioning to alternative country music to addressing substance abuse with lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter, Steve Bowling. Check out this week's blog post about a local Cincinnati band, Red Idle Rejects. Steve's family is from Kentucky, or "home" as his parents called it. The band's keen insights on Appalachian social issues, folklore, and traditions paint vivid images of the region's past and present through music and storytelling. Check it out in the article below.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we would like to share the link to the MLK Coalition's virtual ceremony that occurred earlier today. UACC and MLK shared similar values - that we must advocate for and educate those who face systematic and racial injustices within our nation. Follow THIS LINK to read more about Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy he left behind. 

Plus, lots of UACC-affiliated virtual events, community events, and more!

Virtual Appalachian Programs

This past week has been full of some exciting online events within the urban Appalachian community. We facilitated our very first virtual Ringin' in an Appalachian New Year event via Zoom on Sunday, January 17. Keep an eye out for more to come from that event such as a recording of the event, recipes, Word Quilt submissions and more!

On January 11, Sinclair Community College hosted their virtual Celebrate Appalachia event and featured many UACC artists: poet Pauletta Hansel, toymaker and performer Russ Childers, musicians Warren and Judy Waldron noon), and storyteller Omope Carter Daboiku. Want to watch the recording?  Visit THIS LINK and enter passcode: .rva4R!6

On January 12, 2021, Core member Pauletta Hansel and other Appalachian poets presented a reading from the late Bob Snyder's book Milky Way Accent ( Bob Snyder was a founding member of a predecessor of UACC, the Urban Appalachians of Cincinnati. He was an igniting force in the Appalachian Literary Movement of the 1970s, influencing a whole new generation of writers. Readers are Pauletta Hansel (host), Jerry Felty, Scott Goebel, Richard Hague, Michael Henson, Roger Hicks, Kirk Judd, Eddy Pendarvis, Dale Marie Prenatt and Sherrell Wigal.

UACC Active Leader, Melissa Baker, Helps Lower Price Hill Community

Your Store of the Queen City is aimed to provide access to fresh groceries in the Lower Price Hill community. Melissa Baker, an active UACC leader and Lower Price Hill resident, is featured in THIS WCOP ARTICLE about the development and its importance during the coronavirus pandemic.



Industrial Strength Bluegrass
Check out this new resource on Bluegrass in the Cincinnati/Dayton region that was edited by friends of UACC and published by Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy.

2021 Appalachian Festival Update

From The Appalachian Festival's Facebook page announcement: 

"We find ourselves once again having to make decisions about our 2021 festival possibilities. After considering all of our options with the Coney Island staff, and thinking about everyone’s safety and well-being, The A.C.D.A has decided to once again POSTPONE the 51st Appalachian Festival for 2021. Our plans are to return next year stronger and ready to celebrate our Appalachian traditions. The 51st Appalachian Festival will be moved to Mother’s Day Weekend 2022. Thank you for your patronage and we are sad that we cannot hold this amazing event. We look forward to seeing you next year at the 51st Appalachian Festival!"
#RacialHealingCincinnati and #HowWeHeal
Tuesday, January 19 from 9 AM - 7 PM

Join the Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation – University of Cincinnati & All-In Cincinnati as we celebrate Cincinnati's National Day of Racial Healing on January 19, 2021 from 9:00am  7:00pm. Cincinnati’s National Day of Racial Healing is sponsored by Greater Cincinnati Foundation, HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, Interact for Health, Intersections, Praxis Matters, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati. 

Register to Get the COVID-19 Teir 1B Vaccine
A reminder, the best way to obtain an appointment for Tier 1B individuals who live or work in the City of Cincinnati is to use the link here for prescreening:  

Alternatively, checking Cincinnati Health Department's website ( or The Health Collaborative website: for other providers.

Due to the limited vaccine, they have limited time slots. Please continue to check the website as more time slots are added. They ask that calling the Cincinnati Health Department phone number is reserved only for those who do not have access to the internet.    

New Limestone Review & Potluck
First Place wins $500, Second Place wins $250. FREE ENTRY January 15 - February 15. 

Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition CAN Program
Friday, January 29, 2021 @ 12 PM

Join Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition, Peaslee Neighborhood Center, Cincinnati Action for Housing Now, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, and Cincinnati Homeless Coalition for a lunch-hour presentation of Communities Act Now (CAN)-an action platform for equitable development in Cincinnati. Learn how their four policy initiatives would make our city more fair and inclusive, and how we can, together, push for their success. Register here.

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