Stay In Clay

"Stay In Clay" is comprised of progressive Clay County residents who have come together to cross all boundaries of race, economic, and social class, to empower our people, bond our community, and strengthen our local move Clay County forward with pride and purpose.

This dedicated organization has recently completed the Goose Creek Swinging Bridge Restoration Project, the Webb Hotel Mural in Downtown Manchester, and the Dillion Asher Cabin mural on the brick building adjacent to the pocket park at Manchester on the Square. A third mural, a Coal Mining tribute, is in progress, as well as a park mural depicting the history of the "Warrior's Path".

In addition, the group has organized a story telling theater called Monkey Dumplin’s, is working to secure funds to complete the Riverwalk Park and Goose Creek Salt Works projects, is creating a Salt Works Festival, is promoting a Shop Local First campaign, and is working with various other organizations to enhance and improve the City of Manchester and Clay County Kentucky. And they’re just getting started. Many more projects are in the works.

Stay In Clay meets monthly at a different Clay County business each month. To join the movement and receive dates and meeting locations, join the Stay In Clay group page on Facebook.

2014 Salt Works Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10 am to 7 pm
Riverside Park, Manchester

The 2014 Salt Works Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10 am to 7 pm at the historic Salt Works Pioneer Village in Manchester. The event will feature fine arts, handmade and hand decorated crafts, pioneer demonstrators, live blue grass music, homemade food, and children's activities.

Visit the Salt Works Arts & Crafts Festival Facebook page for additional details.

SIC's Monkey Dumplin's Story Telling Theater

    A story is born,
    a story is "growed",
    and then it is harvested, 
    so it can be told...
    We gather them together,
    with little muss and fuss,
    to present "Monkey Dumplins",
    the story of US.

Monkey Dumplin's Story Telling Theater harvests local stories by teaching the art of story telling, then capturing and performing the fascinating oral history of Clay County on stage. Monkey Dumplin's draws people with varied backgrounds and beautifully interweaves their many creative talents.

Participants share important, untold stories. Actors extract the essence through drama, movement, and song. The performance may be moving, funny, or profound, and leaves the teller and the audience with fresh insight and a stronger sense of community.

All of us have stories. Learn more about the Appalachian community, their struggles, their achievements and joys.

Monkey Dumplin's Story Telling Theater is open to everyone. For dates and performance locations, join the Stay In Clay group page on Facebook.

SIC's Mural Project

To enhance the beauty of Manchester and Clay County Kentucky, Stay In Clay has embarked on an exciting mural painting project. Local residents, businesses, organizations and government entities donate funds for supplies, while talented volunteer artists paint murals on Clay County buildings, walls and other structures.

The SIC Mural Project unites artists, businesses and the community through a collaborative process, rooted in the 
traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms 
public spaces and individual lives.

The murals promote an interest in local history and attractions, while breathing new life into once neglected structures. These beautiful works of art depict the rich and fascinating history of Manchester and Clay County, its stunning scenery, and its unique culture.

To sponsor a mural, or to volunteer for the Mural Project or any of Stay In Clay’s activities, please contact Vanda Rice at 606-598-7274, or Margy Miller at 606-391-8161... and get involved in the cause by joining the Stay In Clay group page on Facebook.

Swinging Bridge Restoration Project: Buy A Bridge Board

One of the passions of the Stay In Clay organization is to preserve our area’s history and heritage. Saving Manchester’s Goose Creek Swinging Bridge is a top priority in this endeavor, as few towns contain such a unique relic of Appalachian history.

Manchester's Goose Creek Swinging Bridge was originally constructed to replace the old wagon bridge that was washed away in the Flood of 1947. This unique icon of our cultural heritage literally connects our history...the Heritage Pavilion on the Square to the Warrior's Path on the other side of Goose Creek…and a group of determined volunteers have united to save this cherished piece of history.

To fund the restoration of the Goose Creek Swinging Bridge, Stay In Clay has created a Buy A Bridge Board sponsorship program. The program will raise funds for the bridge restoration, which is currently underway, and support the many projects and activities of SIC.

Each of the sponsorship brass plaques will be carefully crafted with the sponsor’s name, or a message provided by the sponsor, and attached to a sponsored board. Residents may sponsor a Swinging Bridge Board to commemorate a special person, event, organization or business. Plaques will be engraved with a personal message and displayed on the restored Goose Creek Swinging Bridge. Board sponsorships are $25 each, limit one name/message, 50 characters per plaque.

Sponsorship forms are available at Manchester City Hall and
online at (see below).

Walking the Goose Creek Swinging Bridge takes you back in time. It is located on the actual route taken by Daniel Boone in 1769, and before him, Dr. Thomas Walker when returning to Virginia after constructing the first building in Kentucky in 1750.

Moreover, when you get to the other side, you have two choices. Turn left on the scenic walkway to Rawlings & Stinson Park, in the footsteps of countless explorers, as well as marvel at the site that 60-foot salt barges took during the winter and spring "salt tides." Or, turn right and walk the trail to the historical Goose Creek Salt Works and home of the first county government in 1807. This is also the site of one of the oldest structures in Kentucky, the Jane & Jesse Cotton Cabin.

Our Goose Creek Swinging Bridge connects us with the historical narratives of the whole state of Kentucky.

Questions regarding the Buy A Bridge Board program, or any of Stay In Clay’s activities, can be directed to Vanda Rice at 606-598-7274, or Margy Miller at 606-391-8161.

Keep updated on all of Stay In Clay’s projects at and

Buy A Bridge Board Sponsorship Form
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