Appalachian Community Development Association’s
To promote the social, educational and cultural development
within the Appalachian Community of the Greater Cincinnati
area; our objective is to improve the urban Appalachians'
self image, and to encourage both Appalachian and non-Appalachians
value and appreciation of the cultural heritage of
The Appalachian Community Development Association
(The A.C.D.A.) began as an outgrowth of the Junior
League of Cincinnati, who sponsored the Appalachian
Festival from 1970-1974. Since 1975, The A.C.D.A.
has produced the Appalachian Festival. The organization's
directed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees,
with at least at least 75% of those members being
of Appalachian descent. The Appalachian Festival
has been held annually during Mother's Day weekend
attracting at least 30,000 visitors, with an additional
4,000 school children taking part in "Education Day”, which is
the first day of the festival each year. In 2003, we’d
also began co-sponsoring an annual Appalachian
Culture Fest with the Cincinnati Museum Center,
as part of their Passport to the World Series.
Appalachian Festival Began As Junior League Project
OH) -- What has become one of Cincinnati's most popular
annual festivals -- The Appalachian Festival-- began
45 years ago in the basement of Cincinnati's Music
Hall as a quaint crafts' exhibition developed by
the Cincinnati Junior League.
Today, the Appalachian
Festival draws nearly 50,000 people over the three-day
event to Coney Island on the shores of the Ohio River.
"Of course, when we
first set out, we hoped that the Appalachian Festival
would become a Greater Cincinnati tradition and institution," says
Sally Brush, one of the Junior League organizers of
the first Festival, "but, truthfully, we never dreamed
it would reach the size and scope that it is today."
Ms. Brush was one
of three Cincinnatians who, in 1969, first proposed
the crafts' exhibition idea to a national Junior League
conference on Appalachian culture. The goal was to
create an event in Cincinnati that would raise awareness
of the Appalachian culture, and to have the event ultimately
managed by the Appalachian community itself. And, indeed,
the Junior League would help establish the Appalachian
Community Development Council (ACDA), the organization
that took over management of the event in 1975.
The first Junior League
Appalachian crafts' exhibition in 1971 was a success
-- for months prior to the event organizers had searched
the mountain hollows of Appalachia to track down authentic
artists and crafters. They also traveled to Nashville
to persuade country star Roy Acuff to appear as the
headline performer at the first Festival.
"Back then, it was
a real challenge to convince authentic mountain crafters
to come to Cincinnati for this new Appalachian event," says
Diane Smart, who was chairperson for the first and
third Junior League Appalachian events.
"But after the success of the first year, getting crafters
was no problem. We always had more requests for space
than space available."
As the event grew in
popularity, so too did the need for more space to accommodate
visitors. From the basement of Music Hall the event
would move over the next two decades to a more spacious
Music Hall ballroom, then to the Cincinnati Gardens,
the Greater Cincinnati Convention Center and, in the
mid-80s, to its present site at Coney Island.
Today, the Appalachian
Festival is bigger and better than ever... with more
than 130 crafters, dozens of entertainers on three
stages, cultural and educational programs and a new
mountain life exhibit area.
The Appalachian Festival
is sponsored by the Appalachian Community Development
Association, a nonprofit organization promoting awareness
of and appreciation for Appalachian culture. Proceeds
go toward grants to organizations involved in Appalachian
Coney Island Is The Home Of The Annual
History of Coney Island Is Unlike Any Other in
Amusement Park Lore
OH) – It's a story like no other in amusement
park history – the incredible chronicle of
Coney Island Amusement Park is the tale of long summer
days and star-filled summer nights, of children's
laughter and happy screams of teenagers on rides,
of young lovers, and picnics in the shade of a tree.
a way, the remarkable history of Coney Island is
like one of its rollers coasters of the past: a wild,
100-year-long ride with many ups and downs. Coney
Island has survived floods, the Depression, World
Wars and the wrecker's ball ... and, like the legendary
Phoenix, it rose from the ashes to once again flourish.
Coney Island was one of the world's most popular
amusement parks for a century, and it still goes
strong today though the twists and turns of fate
have retailored her course –
and sorely tested her resolve – over the years.
is a century-long success story unlike any other
in its industry. As Coney Island's President Vic
Nolting says: "I doubt that there has ever
been another amusement park in history that has
been virtually demolished then, bit by bit, completely
rebuilt into a successful and thriving entertainment
perhaps improbably, as it has for the past 112 years,
Coney Island keeps on going. It's a century-long successful
formula – keep it entertaining, keep in clean
and fun for families, and keep it affordable. There's
no rush-rush at Coney Island, no standing in long,
hot lines. Coney Island is a state of mind
– a feeling of relaxing and sharing with friends
and family on a long summer's day, a place where grandparents
can share memories with grandchildren.
so, with each generation Coney Island has redefined
itself; with each generation old memories are rekindled;
with each generation new memories are made.