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Memorial Day 2013 - Several events slatedMemorial Day 2013 - Several events slated
By: Medical Leader Staff-Press Release-Other
Published: 05/24/2013

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Thacker Memorial Day  Tribute

Weekend Events

Annie E. Young Cemetery

Saturday, May 25

•4 p.m.: Memorial service

Sunday, May 26

Gospel Sing features:

•1 p.m.: Martha Wright

•1:30 p.m.: Billy Sanders

•2 p.m.: Bob Smallwood and Richie Rose of Living Faith TV’s Pickin’ Time

•2:30 p.m.: JoAnn Coleman & Children of Faith

•3 p.m.: Soul Searchers

•3:30 p.m.: Avonelle Adkins and the Hilltop Singers

•4 p.m.: Sherry Coleman

•4:30 p.m.: Jason Brewer

•5 p.m.: New Hearts

•5:30 p.m.: David Taylor

•6 p.m.: Eddie Street

Monday, May 27

•10 a.m.: Memorial service

•1 p.m.: Flag dedication

Americans celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday of May each year.

A national moment of remembrance takes place when the president visits Arlington National Cemetery. Flags around the country are also flown at half-mast from dawn until noon as an honor to lost heroes.

Several events are happening during Memorial Day weekend and several tributes and gospel sings are scheduled to be held in Floyd, Letcher and Pike counties.

Thacker’s Tribute

One of the most popular events is Thacker Memorial Funeral Home’s 30th Annual Memorial Day Tribute, initiated three decades ago by funeral home owner Larry Thacker at the Annie E. Young Cemetery on Chloe Road in Pikeville.

The cemetery is home to thousands of graves, including 1,500 graves that were relocated when Fishtrap Dam was constructed.

The funeral home will provide free American flags for visitors to use to decorate military graves, and several events will be held throughout the weekend.

Events include a memorial service at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, a gospel sing featuring special guest Bob Smallwood from Living Faith TV from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Monday and a flag dedication at 1 p.m. on May 27.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 606-432-1800.

Gospel events in Pike and Johnson counties

•The annual Memorial Day Gospel Sing will be held May 27 at the Mountain Homeplace Amphitheatre in Paintsville. Admission is $5. For more information, call 606-367-0676.

•Hellier Baptist Church invites the public to “Breakfast with Bob Smallwood & Friends,” featuring Bob Smallwood of Living Faith Television’s “Pickin’ Time” and Richie Rose, at 9:30 a.m. on May 26. Singing worship service will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, call 606-754-7414.

Arts, entertainment

•Country music star Corey Smith with guest Sundy Best of Prestonsburg will perform in a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center. For tickets, visit the Appalachian Wireless Box Office at the Expo Center.

•The Artist Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City is performing its rendition of the popular movie “Footloose” during Memorial Day weekend. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 606-754-4228.

•Jenny Wiley State Resort Park’s Music Highway Grill offers live entertainment at “Fridays after Five” every Friday through October. Happy Hour is offered from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and local bands will perform live from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. To sign up a band or get more information, call Samantha at 606-889-1790.

•The Delbarton Opry House offers free country and bluegrass music every Saturday night.

•The Southside Mall in Pike County offers live bluegrass music on most Fridays. Concerts are free and open to the public.

•The Paintsville main Street Players will perform “Joseph and the Amazing ...” at 7 p.m. on May 24-26 at the Sipp Theatre in Paintsville. For more information, visit http://paintsvillemsp.com.

•There will be live bluegrass music and dancing during Hometown Jamboree every Friday night at the Paintsville Recreation Center. Admission is only $1. For more information, call 606-789-2612.

•The SMARTBob Foundation, which supports creative arts development, will present BOBFEST, a multi-artist, all-day music festival that begins at 10 a.m.

on May 26 at the Mountain Homeplace in JohnsonCounty. More than 12 bands will play. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/SMARTBob-Foundation/564666150225252.

Family reunions

•The Frank Epp Smith family reunion will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 25 at the Frozen Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. Visitors are asked to bring a covered dish, drinks, an item for the auction, photos and other things to share.

•The Hellier Hellcats High School alumni reunion will be held at Marrowbone Missionary Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. on May 25. Tickets are $20 for the dinner.

Outdoor adventures

•Breaks Interstate Park during Memorial Day weekend. Splash! In the Park waterpark will open for the summer season on Friday, May 24, and remain open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Labor Day. The Rhododendron Restaurant also opens for the summer season during Memorial Day weekend. Visitors may rent pedal boats and canoes or participate in several interpretive events scheduled at the park. For more information, visit http://breakspark.com.

•Hatfield & McCoy River Tours will offer shuttle services at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Thompson Road River Access located behind Texas Roadhouse in Pikeville. A van will transport river tour patrons to their destination and they float back to their vehicles at the river access. Canoes, kayaks, tubes and other items are available for rent. For more information, visit http://hmrivertrails.eventbrite.com or call 606-424-4423.

•Thousands of people are expected to attend the Memorial Day Weekend Spring ATV Trail Ride, which will be held May 24-27 at the Mine Made Adventure Park in Knott County. The event features trail riding with more than 100 miles of trail available, guided night rides, events, concessions and camping opportunities. Admission is $10 per person for the weekend and visitors may camp for $20 for the weekend. Kids under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge. For more information, call Debbie Reed at 859-609-1288.

•Dewey Lake Horse Trail, German Bridge, offers 40 miles of horse trails, camping. For more information, call 606-339-7464 or 606-874-9818

•Kentucky State Parks offer Family Adventure Quest contest, presenting prizes to teams that visit parks and answer trivia questions before December 5. Registration fee is $15, and includes a quest booklet, a fleece picnic throw, and a buy-one-get-one coupon for one destination. For more information, visit http://parks.ky.gov.

•The U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Yard Sale will span from Greenup County to Letcher County. Residents living in counties adjacent to the highway are invited to host yard sales on their property. No residents are permitted to set up a yard sale on state right-of-way areas.

Car show

•The Hellier High School Hellcats reunion group is hosting its 5th annual Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle show at Millard Middle School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 25. Registration is $15. For more information, call 606-434-1624.

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