Introducing Our New Community Lunches & Dinners

September 2019 has met us here at Hindman Settlement School with many happenings and events, and we are pleased to announce the successful implementation of Community Lunches and Dinners here at our organization! To learn more about our inaugural Community Lunch and Community Dinner last month, keep on reading below!

Our first Community Lunch was hosted in our upstairs Mullins Center Dining Hall on Monday, September 16th, 2019 from 12-1 pm. Some of the guests in attendance were Chris Boyd (President of the Hindman Chamber of Commerce), Vicki Slone (Caseworker for Division of Child Support), Winford Cornett (Retired Coal Miner), Josie Cornett (Retired Judge Secretary), Maxine Waddell (Retired from Bank of Hindman), Yvonne Cornett (Retired Postal Worker), Leah Childers (Retired Teacher), and Kim Schilders (Circuit Judge). Staff of HSS were also in attendance, and this includes Brent Hutchinson (Executive Director), Josh Mullins (Director of Development), Jason Brashear (Director of Foodways), Linda Jones (Director of Operations), Ola Pigman (Dyslexia Program Director), Teresa Ramey (Bookkeeper), Sam Gleaves (Traditional Arts Director), Isabelle Ryerson (Advancement Officer), Rita Ritchie (Office Manager), Lema Gibson (Dyslexia Program Office Manager), Nicole Musgrave (Folklife Specialist), Corey Terry (Farm Manager), Diane Owens (Hospitality), Vivian Ritchie (Hospitality), and Austyn Caudill (VISTA Volunteer). There were many delicious items served at the event such as chicken taco soup, grilled pimento cheese sandwiches, green apple cranberry salad, fruit salad, and a variety of beverages. It was a great time for everyone that came out! 

Our first Community Dinner was also hosted in our Mullins Center Dining Hall on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 from 6-7 pm. There were 23 people in attendance, some of which had also attended our community lunch! On the menu were items such as apple-cider glazed chicken with apples and butternut squash, no-cream creamed corn with bacon, green apple cranberry salad, peanut butter pie, and a variety of beverages. Many attendees enjoyed the homecooked dinner coupled with the opportunity to support the future endeavors of Hindman Settlement School!

Chris Boyd, President of the Hindman Chamber of Commerce, commented that for about the price of a regular lunch, you could come to join us at Hindman Settlement School for a homemade meal! Attendees ate, drank, laughed, and most importantly, by donating $5 at these dining events, they supported the mission of Hindman Settlement School: “to provide educational and service opportunities for the people of the mountains, while keeping them mindful of their heritage.” By donating, they also helped to support to the Foodways program at HSS!

With the success of the first Community Lunch and Community Dinner, Hindman Settlement School will continue in hosting these meals monthly. The Community Lunches will continue to be hosted in the Mullins Center Dining Hall from 12-1pm on the 3rd Monday of every month. Community dinners will also continue to be hosted in the Mullins Center Dining Hall from 6-7 pm on the 4th Tuesday of every month. These lunches and dinners are open to the public, and by joining us you are supporting our local non-profit organization! $5 donations are suggested, and like mentioned above, they are going towards supporting the mission of Hindman Settlement School and the HSS Foodways Program. Our next Community Lunch is set for Monday, October 21st, 2019, and our next Community Dinner is set for on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019. Bring your friends, your neighbors, your children, your students, your co-workers…. everyone is invited! We hope to see you all there!

Any additional questions should be emailed to Director of Foodways, Jason Brashear at