July 4-5, 2009: Mountain Keepers Festival, Stanley Heirs Park, Kayford Mountain, WV

On Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th, the annual
Mountain Keepers Music Festival will be held at Kayford Mountain’s Stanley
Heirs Park . This concert is the premier music festival that celebrates environmental
justice in southern West Virginia. The two day event will feature local and
regional musicians playing a variety of bluegrass, gospel, country and old
time music, as well as children’s games, a pot-luck meal and silent auction.
This is a free concert that will celebrate Appalachian life and attendees
are encouraged to bring a covered dish.

The purpose of the concert, according to local citizen activist Larry Gibson,
is to show support for “human rights, health and water rights, and basically
everything that we have.” Larry Gibson, whose family has lived on the
same land for over 230 years, has been working to protect his health, his heritage,
and his community from the ravages of Mountain Top Removal. The concert will
be for remembrance of the homes and jobs lost, while also celebrating communities’
efforts to resist MTR and promote sustainable jobs for a better future.

For more information about the concert: www.myspace.com/mtkeepersfest

There is a potluck Saturday afternoon so please bring a dish to share.

This is a drug and alcohol free event.

This is a free concert, but donations are welcome and appreciated.

Directions to Stanley Heirs Park/Kayford Mountain

  1. From I-77 / I-64, take exit 79, Sharon-Cabin Creek.
  2. Go RIGHT at the bottom of the ramp.
  3. Make an immediate LEFT onto Cabin Creek Road.
  4. Go 7.5 miles to the “Y” at Leewood and take the RIGHT fork.
  5. Go 3.5 to 4 more miles and come to blacktop and dirt.
  6. At the left hand corner, take the one-lane bridge across the creek.
  7. Travel another 1.5 miles and bear RIGHT on the road with a guardrail up the mountain.
  8. At the summit, there will be a white rock and a fork in the road. Bear RIGHT and continue on for 0.1 miles.
  9. The Stanley Heirs Park is on the LEFT.

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