Local and regional musicians performed Bluegrass, Traditional Old Time, Native American, Folk, Gospel, Country and Rock music. Also, musicians from around the country who play Appalachian style music came here to play. Many of the bands listed below played on several occasions. Items with an (*) indicate a school and a community performance.
|Roland Dunn and the East Kentucky Boys||Seven Pounds of Bluegrass|
|Jim and Leslie Cable||New Coon Creek Girls|
|Reel World String Band*||Glen Duff's High Falls Jamboree|
|Homer Ledford and Cabin Creek||Gospelway Singers|
|J.P. Fraley||Swift Creek|
|Zoe Speaks*||Carrie Norris|
|Lee Allen Band||Randy Wilson*|
|Blue Dawg Band||Kiya Heartwood*|
|Wishing Chair*||Stealing Horses*|
|Duck Baker and Molly Andrews||Ethel Caffie-Austin*|
|Richard Jett's Town and Country||Sam Peck and Back Porch Pickers|
|Sam Wilson Band||Lennie Center Band|
|Erica Chambers and James Overbee||Dean Osborne and Eastbound|
|Jim Webb*||John and Jane Harrod*|
|Mitch Barrett*||Midnight Mockingbirds|
|Faded||Clyde Davenport and Bobby Fulcher|
|Bruce Molsky||Dirk Powell|
|Rafe Stephannini||Trough Sloppers|
|James Leva and Carol Elizabeth Jones||Brad Leftwitch|
|Michael Jonathon*||Gospel Crossroads|
|Tom Bledsoe and Joy Deleia*||Rich Kirby|
|Pow Wow Dancer - Jeff Hatmaker*||Sue Massek*|
Music from Outside the Region
Musicians from Spain, Mexico, Russia, Nigeria, Canada, first generation Americans from several Middle Eastern Countries, and musicians from across the country have played in our community.
Singers and Dancers*
Three groups. Twenty-one artists.
On two occasions.
|Samyira Shabaz||Zambia Nakumba|
From Louisville. Nine performances.
|Basin Brothers Cajun Band|
|Catherine Anderson - Harpist|
|Ben Griffith - Accordian||Christine Balfa - Cajun Music|
|Salaam - Music from the Middle East*||Bruce Lewis - Jazz|
Music and stories from the Wild West
Kentucky Humanities Speaker Bureau
and AHA Lecture Series
Appalachian History and Values
History of the Banjo
on Janice Holt Giles
Is Kentucky Southern?
A Popular Biography
Appalachian Homespun Humor
Climbing Mt. Vinson in Antartica
Kentucky Humanities "Chautauqua" Series
portrayed by Sandy Harmon
portrayed by Mel Hankla
|John C. C.
portrayed by David Hurt
portrayed by Duane Murner
portrayed by Carol Crow
portrayed by James Lowe
Other Community Performances
Community Performances primarily related to school events, and there were a lot of them, are listed on the Arts and Education page.
Author James Still: "River of Earth," a reading with Randy Wilson
Poetry Readings - Local and Regional Poets
A Victorian Christmas with Harolyn Sharpe
Festival of the Bluegrass - 150 elementary students from six schools perform traditional Appalachian music on-stage in front of several thousand Bluegrass music fans. All guitars, dulcimers, hammered dulcimers made by artist-in-residence, David Musser, who taught the students to play.
WCAA Float: A Tribute to Local Musicians
Marc Daniels - Juggler
Music Jubilee- Oral Histories from the Region
Works Project Administration / Civilian Conservation Corps: Community Remembrance
First Lillie May Ledford Festival, Gladie, KY (with US Forrest Service)
Elder Arts, Louisville - with Chris Doerflinger. Performance for Nursing Home.
Groundhog Dance w/Richard Jett (annually for three years)
Lunch Concert at the Courthouse w/Randy Wilson
Storytelling at the Projects w/Angie DeBord
Gurney Norman reading from his book "Kinfolks"
Appalshop Roadside Theater
Wolfe County Master Musicians Award
RFK in EKY: Reenactment of Robert Kennedy's historic visit to Eastern Kentucky. Photo from church in Vortex, Wolfe County. (w/Appalshop)
"Coffee, Tea, and Poetry," with Becky Bailey
World Servants Carnival - community service
Appalachian Day at Lexington Public Library: Local artists perform (for two years)
Community Retreats include Arts, Mission, and Organizational retreats. Most were held at Hazel Green Academy during our time operating the Life Long Learning.
Gurney Norman Writer's Retreat: twelve years of retreats. Multi-state participation.
George Ella Lyon and Anne Shelby Writers Retreat.
Kentucky Writer's Day with Rebecca Bailey
Writer's Retreat with Kentucky Poet Laureate Richard Taylor
Anne Shelby Writer's Retreat
Crystal Wilkinson Writer's Retreat
Writer's Retreat with Leatha Kendrick
Appalachian Circuit Writers Retreats: Five retreats with five prominent KY authors. Please see the Appalachian Circuit Writers web page for more information.
Spiritual Retreat with Father Ralph Beiting
Impact Missions Religious Retreats. Numerous week-long retreats. Participants helped low-income people with house repairs. (8)
Jeff Chapman-Crane Oil Painting Retreat
Stained Glass retreat with Maria Lainhart
Traditional Dance Weekend with Gene Boyer
Contra Dance Weekend
Appalachian Women's Alliance
Alternate Roots Retreat
World Servants. Week long Spiritual retreats for students for community service. (15)
Berea College Education Major's Retreat
Berea College Upward Bound- Appalachian Arts (for two years)
Women's Wellness Weekends
Camp Create. Week-long summer art's camp for children. (three years)
Hazel Green Academy Alumni Homecoming - annual event
Michigan Methodists Volunteers- Spiritual retreat with community service (two weeks)
We are particularly proud of our ballet class. Our Instructor, Adahli Aranda, was the Director of the Kentucky Ballet Theater in Lexington, KY. We were extremely fortunate to get an instructor of this high caliber. If you took your child to ballet lessons in Lexington, your child would receive instruction from one of Adahli’s assistants rather than Adahli herself. Our Ballet Classes were among the best ballet instructions available in the entire state.
We had three age divisions and the classes lasted for two years.
Workshops and Classes - the Arts
|Fiddle and Mandolin with Don Rigsby||Sam McKinney - Clay Sculpting|
Glass Workshops I,II,III
with Maria Lainhart
with Tom and Jeannette Jennings
|Drawing with Debbie Horton||Children's Art with Tom Dant|
|Knitting with Rene Powell||Egg Painting with Rene Powell|
|Drawing with Chris Nolin||Pottery with Sandra McGuire|
|Watercolors with Catherine Wells||Theater
Games for Children
with Brannin Musser
with Alice and Betty
with Kiya Heartwood
|Creative Writing with Becky Bailey||Drawing with Ava Risner|
Making - Round Bottom
with Janine Musser
Making - Egg Basket
with Janine Musser
|Dream Makers with Pearl Morris||Hazel Green Writers Workshop|
|Candle Making with Pam Meade||Fiddle with Jamie Wells|
|Fiddle with Greg Moore||Children's Music with David Musser|
|Dulcimer with David Musser||Children's Art with Kaye Birchfield|
|Watercolors with Marlene Strong||Photography with Joe Boone|
|Stone Carving with Fred Ostrem||Jewelry Making with Susan Tipton|
Marbling and Bookmaking
with Clara Keyes
|Old Time Banjo with David Musser|
|Basket Making Saturday Sessions||"Mommy and
with Sandra McGuire
|Pottery with Janell Osbourne||Christmas Ornament Making|
|Jewelry Making Saturday Sessions|
Tamara Coffey and Kaye Birchfield
|Painting with Al Cornett|
Workshops and Classes - Other
Appalshop and others
Adult Ed/Family Literacy Program
at the Jot 'em Down
|Wise Village Workshop||CAP Safety Class|
|Table Tennis with Byron Risner||Organic Gardners|
Healthy H' Art: series of arts and movement workshops
Coping with Change through Creativity: addressing women's health issues through arts.
Movement with Dale Gutman
Creative Movement with Dale Gutman
Yoga with Rene Powell
Exercise with Kathi May
Helped bring the Eastern Kentucky Mobile Health Clinic to Hazel Green