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Woodford County Woman’s Club to host Michael Johnathon

The Woodford County Woman’s Club is hosting Michael Johnathon’s program, “Front Porches, Kentucky and Your Hometown,” on Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m. at the Little House, 247 Lexington St. in Versailles. The public is invited to attend. Johnathon is the producer and host for “Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour,” which is broadcast on over 500 radio and several TV stations around the world, including KET. The “front porch” program, which is from the Kentucky Humanities Speakers Bureau, features Johnathon’s discoveries as he collected stories and music from the Appalachian region over a three-year period. He invites us to think about our communications which have relied on talking and singing about the events of the world around us with our neighbors and families when relaxing on the “front porches” of our homes. He will perform some of the music he discovered and encourage the audience to ask questions and provide their own memories of those days. In addition, he asks the question, “How do we get the ‘front porch’ spirit back in our communities?” Johnathon has recorded 12 albums and written four books and an opera. He has formed an organization called “SongFarmers” which celebrates and encourages appreciation of the music and tradition of local communities. Some of his works will be available at the program. The Little House is one of the oldest buildings in town, built in the early 1800s. It was occupied by families until the 1950s, when it was purchased by the Woodford County Woman’s Club and five garden clubs, to be used as meeting space for those organizations. It is called the Little House because of its size, not for a family. Admission is free and the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and is first come, first served. All are welcome.

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