Hands Across Pine Mountain

The Skip Dippers

Twenty new and familiar faces turned out to a multi-chapter, Harlan and Letcher, gathering in Oven Fork on March 6. Harlan County chapter chair Roy Silver called the event "Hands Across Pine Mountain" in his excitement after the evening.

The multi-chapter event was created as a way to help bring eastern Kentucky KFTC members together to celebrate and to work collectively to build the membership.

Members shared several homemade and homegrown food dishes, stories from the past couple months of chapter organizing, and a few fiddle tunes from Letcher County's only performing female fiddle duo, the Skip Dippers.

Group photoFolks collectively highlighted stories of great work happening across the chapters and at the capitol during General Assembly over the last couple months. 

Three local members renewed their membership with KFTC and all members signed a couple 'Thank You' cards. One went out to Sen. Brandon Smith's legislative assistant, Debra, for being so helpful all session, and the other to the Oven Fork Senior Citizen's Center for providing members with a great, welcoming space to meet and eat conveniently in-between the various communities.

 Spirits were high as folks cleaned up and headed down either side of the mountain.

Early the next morning, five of those same folks headed out from the Whitesburg to Frankfort, picking up members in both Knott and Perry counties along the way, for the Voting Rights Lobby Day and Rally.

Members already are planning future events to help build solidarity across county lines and to help increase the KFTC membership base in each community.

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