When COVID-19 Breaks, Travel Awaits

We here at Pike County Tourism CVB are optimistic that, when the COVID-19 pandemic breaks, people are going to be more than ready to get out and travel again. As you probably could imagine, the tourism industry is taking a massive hit due to the coronavirus, and when the tourism industry hurts, everyone hurts. Because of the hard work that Pike County Tourism CVB has done over the past several years, and the partnerships that we have been blessed to be involved in, 2020 was poised to be another record-breaking year for tourist spending in Pike County. But, the world can be unpredictable at times, and we are staying positive during all of this. As our governor says, “we will get through this together”. So, while we are in quarantine, awaiting this day to come, let’s go over some interesting attractions to plan for. What else do you have to do?

When COVID-19 Breaks, Let’s Head for the Breaks

Photo by Chuck Summers

Despite healthcare professionals urging people to go outside for some sunshine and fresh air (but still maintaining social distancing), the fear surrounding this pandemic is keeping many people locked indoors. So, we predict that once COVID-19 breaks, people will flock to one of our many beautiful outdoor attractions. Pike County has no shortage of them, with places like Grants Branch Park in Stone, Kentucky, to the Lick Creek Horse Trail, and one of our most prized gems, Breaks Interstate Park.

Breaks Park features everything an outdoor enthusiast loves, from rustic hiking trails, to biking, rock climbing, and more sight seeing than you can shake a stick at. Known as “the Grand Canyon of the South”, everyone who visits the Breaks should check out their Rhododendron restaurant for dining that overlooks this 5-mile, 1650 feet deep gorge. The Breaks also offers Elk Viewing Tours, and boasts of a 100% success rate in seeing Elk. We’ll all need to reconnect with nature after being cooped up for so long.

Let’s Get Back Together with Pike County Cruise-Ins

Our Pike County commissioners have been very active in supporting tourism in our county, and have provided invaluable support for us to do what we do best. One tourism initiative that has came about over the past year is the establishment of Pike County Cruise-ins. Although independent car clubs have been hosting amazing cruise-ins for years, it was the desire of the commission, as well as Pike County Tourism CVB, to promote a series of Pike County Cruise-ins that bring folks together from different clubs, and to attract car enthusiasts from all over. Cruise-ins give us the opportunity to not only check out killer hot rods and classic cars, but also to reconnect with one another. Each Pike County Cruisers event features food vendors, ice cream, a swap meet (no yard sale items please), and free dash plaques for the first 100 visitors. This event is normally scheduled for the 3rd Sunday of each month, April through September, but as is true with every event, we will have to wait and see when the first Cruisers meet will happen this year.

Catch a Show at our Local Theatres

Artists Collaborative Theatre
Photo by Larry Epling

One thing we all miss is going to the theatre. Whether it’s a movie theatre, or a theatre for the performing arts, being without such experiences is excruciating for many of us. Whenever this thing breaks, our local theatres will be ready to entertain, with a variety of shows for all walks of life to enjoy.

Pike County is blessed to have two amazing theatres for the performing arts, Artists Collaborative Theatre and The Appalachian Center for the Arts, or “The App” for short. Artists Collaborative Theatre has suffered its own setbacks as of late, with their building burning down not too long ago. However, the show must go on, and they will be showcasing productions at the Breaks Interstate Park until a new facility is built.

The App will be hosting several productions later this year, beginning with The Cleverlys, which has been rescheduled from their May 1st date to June 4th. Later this year, more amazing productions are scheduled for the App, such as The Marvelous Wonderettes, The Kevin Prater Band, Sleep in Safety: The Legend of Octavia Hatcher (their highly anticipated October production), and so much more. Check out the Appalachian Center for the Arts page for details.

Let’s not forget the Appalachian Wireless Arena, which has several great shows planned for the second half of the year. Steve Miller Band with special guest Marty Stuart is scheduled for July 22nd, The Price is Right is scheduled for July 26, with Poison performing on August 8th, Toby Keith performing August 14th and Lynyrd Skynyrd performing September 10th.

Hank Williams Jr., a concert that was scheduled to headline the now cancelled (but may be rescheduled) Hillbilly Days, is now scheduled for October 23.

Part of what helps us cope with the current circumstances is knowing that we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our community, and looking forward to the day that we can again welcome visitors to our beautiful region to enjoy the many great things our community has to offer. Until then, making travel plans is certainly a good way to pass the time. If you have questions, or need help planning your Pike County getaway, feel free to reach out to us here.

ACT Presents: You Can’t Take It With You

After careful consideration, Artists Collaborative Theatre, in conjunction with UK Cooperative Extension Services, and the Breaks Interstate Park , has decided to postpone the opening of “You Can’t Take it With You,” originally scheduled for this evening/weekend. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but after monitoring the COVID-19 situation throughout the week, and in compliance with the recommendation of state and local officials from today, we felt it was the best decision at this time. As a community theatre, the health and safety of the citizens of the local community and our cast and crew are of the utmost importance. Though no cases of the virus have been reported locally at this time, we feel it is in the best interest of everyone to protect those who are most vulnerable to the dangers of COVID-19 by doing our part to mitigate the potential spread of this illness. We will keep you updated on future show dates and times, and will resume our season when state and local officials and our leadership team have determined it is safe to do so. Thank you so much for your support, and we hope to see you soon.

 

Artists Collaborative Theatre will be bringing the beloved comedy You Can’t Take It With You to stage March 12th through 29th, 2020. Showtimes will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday Matinee at 3:00 p.m.

ACT Presents: The Haunting of Hill House

Artists Collaborative Theatre presents The Haunting of Hill House, October 17 through November 3, 2019 in Elkhorn City, Kentucky. Showtimes will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees beginning at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $12/person.

A chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror in which a small group of “psychically receptive” people are brought together in Hill House, a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion known as a place of evil and “contained ill will.” Led by the learned Dr. Montague, who is conducting research in supernatural phenomena, the visitors have come to probe the secrets of the old house and to draw forth the mysterious powers that it is alleged to possess—powers which have brought madness and death to those who have lived therein in the past.

ACT Presents: The Beverly Hillbillies

Artists Collaborative Theatre presents: The Beverly Hillbillies, scheduled from June 27 through July 21, 2019, in Elkhorn City, KY.

About The Beverly Hillbillies

The lovable and familiar Clampett family rides onto the stage for an evening of hillbilly hilarity. Starting in the Clampett’s mountain cabin, the play follows the discovery of their “black gold” oil fortune and the cross-country move that follows. Hilarity ensues as the clan embarks upon their new hi-falutin’ Beverly Hills lifestyle, where mingling with fine society offers new adventures, unfortunate miscommunications, and ridiculous romances. The family and all their new “Californy” friends provide much knee-slappin’ entertainment as they discover unexpected differences and similarities between their cultures.

About ACT Theatre

Artists Collaborative Theatre  in Elkhorn City, KY is excited to be entering its 16thseason as Kentucky’s most award-winning community theatre! With an array of shows in our 2018-19 lineup, including comedies, tragedies, musicals, there is something for everyone. As always, shows at ACT run on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and on Sundays at 3 pm. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit us online at www.ACT4.org or on Facebook for quick responses every day of the week.

ACT Gallery

ACT Presents: Cotton Patch Gospel

Artists Collaborative Theatre presents: Cotton Patch Gospel, scheduled from May 9 through June 2, 2019, in Elkhorn City, KY.

About Cotton Patch Gospel

In this “greatest story ever retold,” many Bible stories we all know very well are presented in the unexpected setting of rural Georgia. Told through music and accompanied with a live bluegrass band, this show is unlike any other revival you’ve ever witnessed. This newly-spun Gospel tale includes such happenings as Herod taking up the role of mayor of Atlanta, the lynching of Christ by a group of local thugs, and of course, the rising again of our Holy Father. When the show sings that “Somethin’s a-brewin’ in Gainesville,” you can believe it’s the truth. Cotton Patch Gospel has received incredible reviews from drama critics and a broad spectrum of religious commentators alike.

About ACT Theatre

Artists Collaborative Theatre  in Elkhorn City, KY is excited to be entering its 16thseason as Kentucky’s most award-winning community theatre! With an array of shows in our 2018-19 lineup, including comedies, tragedies, musicals, there is something for everyone. As always, shows at ACT run on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and on Sundays at 3 pm. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit us online at www.ACT4.org or on Facebook for quick responses every day of the week.

ACT Gallery