Pikeville History Moments: Poet Effie Waller Smith

Below is an excerpt found on the YouTube page for this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx28A4GOeME&t=70s

Effie Waller Smith was born to two former slaves and became one of the first female African American poets to be published in a national literary magazine. She was born and raised near Pikeville, Kentucky. There she taught school, wrote and published poetry, made influential friends, and explored the Breaks of the Big Sandy–sometimes called the Grand Canyon of the South. She moved to Wisconsin in her late 30s, then adopted a deceased friend’s daughter. The last years of her life were spent with her adopted daughter, Ruth, in Neenah, Wisconsin.

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The App Presents: Abby the Spoon Lady & The Tater Boys

This event has been cancelled due to precautions pertaining to COVID-19. This event may be rescheduled for a later date. Stay tuned.

The Appalachian Center for the Arts will be hosting Abby the Spoon Lady & The Tater Boys during Hillbilly Days 2020 in downtown Pikeville, Kentucky! The show is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. until  10:00 p.m., and will feature authentic folk and bluegrass with Abby’s trademark percussion. Tickets will be $15/person.

Abby the Spoon Lady will also be having workshops during Hillbilly Days as well. See HillbillyDays.com for updates.


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.

The App Presents: Pickin’ and Grinnin’

Come out and pick or grin at the Appalachian Center for the Arts in downtown Pikeville, Kentucky. This event is free admission, and all ages welcome. Special thanks to Randal Hatfield and Kevin Prater for organizing the event!

Pickin’ and Grinnin’ 2020 Schedule

January 20 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m
February 24 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m
March 30 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m Cancelled. 
April 27 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m
May 25 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m

We are getting back to our roots of pure Kentucky bluegrass at The App! Join us the last Monday of each month for an evening of pickin’. This event is free to the public and we encourage everyone to come out and either ‘pick or grin’ with us! This event would not be possible without the help of Randal Hatfield and Kevin Prater. For more information please contact Hillary at ‘hillary@theapparts.org’.

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Donnie Baker at the App

Donnie Baker has added a second show Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 at the Appalachian Center for the Arts in Pikeville, Kentucky. Featuring special guest Eli Griffith. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m. $25 ADV GA, $50 Meet & Greet and VIP Ticket.

For more information, call (606) 262-4004.


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