Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

September 4, 2013

Dining with the past: Drama, dinner highlight history of Olive Hill

By Leeann Akers - Editor

Sept. 4, 2013 — Most small Appalachian towns are rich in history. Olive Hill and the surrounding area is no exception.

The people and history of the area will be celebrated Saturday with dinner and a drama, “Dining with the Past,” produced by the Olive Hill Historical Society, Inc.

More than 45 cast members have been working all summer to pay tribute to the people who toiled so hard to build Olive Hill.

The show, written by Sandra Collins and Linda Lowe and directed by Diane Greene and Jackie Callihan, will be presented Saturday at 6 p.m. at the OUMA cemetery next to Olive Hill Elementary School. Dinner will be served at the Elementary School at 5 p.m.

Tickets for the dinner and show are $20 per person. Tickets for both are available today only at Commercial Bank and First National Bank in Olive Hill.

Tickets for the show only will be available at the gate for $10 on Saturday.

The first version of the show, which had considerable input from the late Patty Cline, was performed to celebrate Olive Hill's Sesquicentennial.

Lowe said feedback from the community was great after that show and she hopes that more will attend this year's performance.

“This is an evolved version of the first show with lots of differences,” Lowe said. “We just hope a lot of people come out to support the show.”

Greene said that the event is about more than entertainment but also about rebuilding the community and celebrating the past.

“At one time, Olive Hill was bustling and had about 5,000 residents,” Greene said. “We had industry with the brickyard, railroad and timber and we just want to represent those people.”

The show also will have singing, fiddling, guitar playing and a little bit of audience participation. Dinner will be provided by Texas Roadhouse.

In case of rain on Friday and Saturday, the event will be moved to the Olive Hill Historical Society building on the hill, the former home of Olive Hill High School.

For more information or last minute reservations call Linda Lowe at 316-0285.

Leeann Akers can be reached at or by phone at 286-4201.