Northern Kentucky Loves Mountains

The Saturday following I Love Mountains Day, the Northern Kentucky chapter celebrated their own love for the mountains with Northern Kentucky Loves Mountains. Aimed at raising awareness about issues that impact Kentuckians from the Appalachian region, this event focused on the devastation of mountaintop removal and the need to re-imagine the possibilities in eastern Kentucky.

Emceed by Dayton, Kentucky, Vice Mayor Ben Baker, the event featured local pies from Piebird Sweet and Savory Pies, drinks from hosts Folk School Coffee Emporium, and music provided by Tellico, a three-generation family band that traces its roots to Tellico Plains, Tennessee.

Those in attendance also heard the stories of people who are from Appalachia but now call northern Kentucky home. The speakers included members Roberta Campbell and Hope Mullens, who each told stories of their family leaving the mountains and their connection to the place that still feels like home.

Hope and Roberta’s stories, though from different generations, highlighted several aspects about why Kentuckians from across the state have become involved in the issues KFTC works on. Be it a sense of place, a sense of community or a desire for another future for Kentucky, many Kentuckians see organizing around issues of clean water and clean jobs as important for the future health of Kentucky.

Though the day was cold and snowy, more than 20 people braved the weather. Chapter members were happy to see several new members join at the event. The event also helped to raise awareness for the local chapter and funds to support the local organizing.