Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017 has been a busy one for River City Players/Save the Mack. The Board of Directors and I want to share the most newsworthy events with you.

  • July 2016 – Children’s Theater Camp
  • August 2016 – Took possession of the Mack
  • September 2016 – 2nd Annual “Picnic in the Park”
  • December 2016 – Performed “The Nutcracker Play” (all Estill County students K – 5th grade were treated to a free performance
  • April 2017 – Performed “Aunt Maggity”s Dark & Stormy Night”
  • May 2017 – Awarded a $200,000 EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant

Join us August 29, 2017, to celebrate these accomplishments at our Annual Meeting.

This year’s meeting is being held at Rader’s River Grill. The restaurant is offering a Buffet meal featuring Fried Fish, Roast Beef, Chicken Tenders with sides and dessert for $7.99 + the cost of your drink. The restaurant wants an idea of how many of us will be eating. So, if you plan to eat, please RSVP to Bobby at 723-2254, Myra at 723-4238, or text Susan at 502-810-7668.

Our business meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. Biographies of the four nominees who will fill four vacant 2017 – 2020 Board positions are below. Please bring your ballot with you, or mail it to Bobby Noland, P.O. Box 364, Irvine, KY 40336.

Renew or begin your membership with River City Players. Yearly dues are payable in August.

  • Student – $10
  • Single – $15
  • Couple/Family – $25
  • Business – $50

Best Regards,
Susan Hawkins, Chairman
River City Players



Born and raised in Estill County, Chris is an active community member. Proud father of Leslie and Jacob and the husband of Michelle. Chris’s work history includes certified welder, master electrician, electrical contractor, environmental engineering technician, an environmental contractor, and farmer. Chris has spent most of his career working for the automotive and railroad industry. His work has taken Chris away from Estill County at times he has always been drawn back, “ These Hills Will Hold Your Heart Forever”. Chris and his family reside in the humble town of Irvine. As well as other community involvement, Chris and his family have been members of River City Players for the past three years. Jacob and Leslie have been involved in several plays, worked as volunteers in roles such as sound, interviews, summer camp, etc… Chris and Michelle have volunteered in roles such as parade float, construction of props, etc… Their family has enjoyed being a part of River City Players growth and commitment to the community.




Mary studied Fine Arts at the University of Kentucky and the University of New Mexico.  In 1972 she co-founded Appalachian Crafts and has been a full-time professional craft artist working with natural materials to preserve the traditional Appalachian craft forms of baskets and corn husk arts.  She is a juried member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, Kentucky Guild of Artist and Craftsmen, and the Kentucky Appalachian Artisan Center.  Mary has been instrumental in the organizational development and founding of several non-profit art organizations and has served on the executive board of numerous ones.  Currently, she sits on the boards of the Kentucky Craft History and Education Assoc., the Appalachian Artisan Center, and the Estill Arts Council.

Mary is a Kentucky Peer Advisor for the Kentucky Arts Council (KAC) Craft Marketing Program and a Community Scholar with the Kentucky Folklife Program.  As a Peer Advisor Mary has mentored artists and conducted numerous workshops on board development, strategic planning, festival planning, booth design, pricing, marketing, and packaging.

As a Community Scholar, she has been the recipient of 3 Folklife grants and presented her research at the 2005 and 2007 Kentucky Folklife Festivals, and the 2008 annual meetings of the American Folklore Society and Oral History Society.  For the past 14 years, Mary has worked with the Mountain Mushroom Festival in Irvine, Kentucky and other festival coordinators helping to incorporate cultural arts, heritage arts, and folklore into their festivals.  Mary has conducted numerous recorded interviews with folk artists that are archived with the Kentucky Oral History at the Kentucky Historic Society.



I am a native of Estill County. I was married to Charlie West, Jr.  I am the mother of three sons, and grandmother of four wonderful children. At the passing of Charlie, I became interested in doing what I could to help our community. I am a member of the Marcum and Wallace Hospital Foundation Board at the present. I am a founding member, and past board member of RCP/ Save the Mack.  I have worked as the Drama Teacher at RCP’s Children’s Theater Camp in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, and as a member of the production and direction teams on several RCP plays. I am a member of the Estill Arts Council and I worked with the Arts Council’s Art Camp this year.



My name is Sherrell Hill and I have been an active member of River City Players since 2013. I have participated, in some capacity, in all of River City Players events. I have had roles in “A Tuna Christmas”. “Murder at the Bingo Hall”, and “Aunt Maggity’s Dark and Stormy Night”. I was recently in rehearsal for a role in “The Red Velvet Cake War”, but it had to be postponed until a later date.

I am the mother of four children, have one grandson and share my home with my cat, Bailey.

I have worked for several years in the Mushroom Market at The Mountain Mushroom Festival. I am presently serving my second term on the board of The Estill County Public Library. I am also a member of the Noteworthy Handbell Choir and dance with The Footloose Cloggers.

Some of my favorite activities are reading, gardening, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

I would consider it an honor to serve on the board of River City Players.