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Chautauqua: Kevin Hardesty as Daniel Boone


The Kentucky Humanities council is Kentucky’s premiere promoter of the arts. One of their programs is the Chautauqua dramas of various Kentucky characters. The Magoffin County Civil War Committee has worked hand in hand with the humanities council to bring these professional performances to Magoffin County. Some of the characters we have presented are Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, Mark Twain, Col. Harlan Sanders, pistol-packing Molly Jackson, Jean Ritchie, Grandpa Jones, Lilley Cornett, President Jefferson Davis and most recently on April 20, Kevin Hardesty’s riveting performance of Daniel Boone in the city park gazebo. These programs are available to schools and non-profits at a reduced cost which has made it possible for us to bring them to our county. I have been honored to chair the Civil War Committee from its inception. This committee has brought numerous events to the county in an effort to promote tourism and the preservation of history. Of course, our main events have been the reenactments of the Battle of Ivy Point and the Battle of Puncheon/Half-Mountain. We have brought top quality musicians such as Larry Sparks and at present have Nathan Stanley, grandson of the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and his lead singer up until Ralph’s death, booked for our upcoming Gospel Fest. This event will take place on June 9 in the Puncheon Battlefield Community Park. We have consigning vendors now and electricity and restrooms should be available by the time of the event.

Our Chautauqua this past Friday was lightly attended due to the cold weather. No matter, we had several hours of outstanding gospel music provided by Rick Wireman and his band along with Lori Sizemore. We also were pleased to have the red and white AirMedCare helicopter and crew attend our event and showcase their state of the art medical copter. Elaine Manning with AirMed was offering an outstanding bargain on a membership that allows the recipients to receive flight services at no charge. The old colonel signed up for the ten-year plan at a one-time cost of $550. This covers all members of the household.  I recommend anyone who doesn’t have Medicaid get in touch with Elaine and obtain this affordable coverage at 606-273-8398.

I can’t say enough about how outstanding Kevin Hardesty dramatized the life of Daniel Boone. He is a wonderful actor as are all the performers hired by the Humanities Council. Our next event will be May 20 and feature a young Revolutionary War soldier by the name of Private William Greathouse dramatized by Harry Smith. Watch for more information about this program such as time and place and perhaps other added attractions.

The next Chautauqua event, featuring Private William Greathouse, a proud Kentucky militiaman who lived from 1794 to 1876, is May 12 at 5 p.m. at the City Park Gazebo. Bring a chair. 



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