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Events for March 2015

  • Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy

    March 03, 2015 — Huntington, Cabell WVHC Event

    March 3, 2015: Jennifer Lawless, Professor of Government and Director of the Women & Politics Institute, American University School of Public Affairs:

    Why Women Don’t Run for Office and What Happens When They Do

    Study after study finds that when women run for office, they perform as well as men, both in terms of the amount of money they raise and the votes they receive. Yet women remain severely under-represented in U.S. politics. When the 114th Congress convenes in January 2015, 81 percent of its members will be men. Men occupy the governor’s mansion in 45 of the 50 states, and they run City Hall about 90% of the largest cities across the country. In fact, 99 nations now surpass the United States in the percentage of women serving in the national legislature. In this lecture, Jennifer Lawless will explain why, despite cultural evolution and society’s changing attitudes toward women in politics, running for public office remains a much less attractive and feasible endeavor for women than it is for men.

    7 p.m. in the Foundation Hall of the Erickson Alumni Center

    For more information e-mail proctor14@marshall.edu

    http://www.marshall.edu/spc/amicus-curiae-lecture-series-on-constitutional-democracy/

    This project is funded in part by a West Virginia Humanities Council grant.

  • Archives and History Tuesday Lecture: The Underground Railroad

    March 03, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Chris Saunders will discuss “The Underground Railroad” in the Archives and History Library of the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    The State of Ohio had more area bordering slave states than any other state in the Union. Lawrence County, the southernmost county in Ohio, bordered the slave states of Virginia and Kentucky. Countless enslaved African Americans first tasted freedom after crossing the Ohio River into Burlington and Ironton, Ohio. Using primary sources, Chris Saunders will identify and give biographical sketches of the individuals of various ethnicities and religious beliefs who worked together in an informal network of safe houses and escape routes to help enslaved African Americans to freedom in the northern states and Canada.

    Chris Saunders is a graduate of Ohio University and a local historian who has spent the past 16 years researching Civil War-era history in the tri-state area. During the past five years, his primary focus has been the local Underground Railroad. He has identified more than 70 local Underground Railroad conductors and is currently in the process of compiling brief biographies of each.

    In 2011, Saunders was contacted by PBS to help research the family history of nine-time Grammy winning R&B singer John Legend for the show Finding Your Roots, which led him to the Polley family, who after legally obtaining their freedom were kidnapped and held captive in Wayne County, Virginia. After the show aired, his research helped obtain a retroactive finding of freedom for the Polley children in the Wayne County (West Virginia) Circuit Court after 162 years, a legal conclusion the longest active fugitive slave case in U.S. history.

    Saunders is the co-author of the article “Burlington 37 Cemetery” in Tri-State Living (2012). For the past five years, he has portrayed Underground Railroad conductor Jim Ditcher in the Ironton Woodland Cemetery Ghost Walk. He also has made presentations to local schools, historical societies, and other groups. Saunders served as a trustee for the Lawrence County Historical Society, 2013-2014, and provides tours to individuals, schools and civic groups.

    On March 3, the library will close at 5:00 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

  • Artist talk - “Mark Licari: Drawing Out,”

    March 04, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Enter an imaginative world where everyday objects, animals and organic materials collide in a succession of growth and decay with “Mark Licari: Drawing Out,” opening Friday, Jan. 23 at the Clay Center. Licari will return to the Clay Center for a free public artist talk in the art gallery on March 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    The exhibit will be on display through May 31 and is sponsored by BB&T West Virginia Foundation and The Elliot Family Foundation. The additional programming is being funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Daywood Foundation.

    For more information on all Clay Center programs and exhibits, call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

  • Broadway in Charleston: Anything Goes

    March 04, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7:30 pm

    ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! Peppering this Cole Porter first-class comedy are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”

    http://www.theclaycenter.org/performances/14-15-broadway.aspx

  • Full moon

    March 05, 2015

    Full moon

  • Exhibit: "Symmetries" by Sharon Lyn Stackpole

    March 06, 2015 to March 28, 2015 — Morgantown, Monongalia

    Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) is excited to announce that Symmetries by Sharon Lyn Stackpole will be on display in MAC’s Benedum Gallery from Mar. 6-28, 2015.

    The public opening reception for Stackpole’s show will be held on Mar. 6 from 6 – 8 pm. The opening reception and exhibit viewing are open to the public and do not have an admission fee.

    Symmetries explores the balances we find in our relationships with ourselves, each other, and the greater community along the journey of life. Stackpole adds, “Symmetries explores this journey of life: the open road along which we travel.”

    MAC’s Benedum Gallery, 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV

    Phone: 304-292-3325

    Contact email: info@monartscenter.com

    Website: http://www.monartscenter.com

  • Free family workshop - “Mark Licari: Drawing Out”

    March 07, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Enter an imaginative world where everyday objects, animals and organic materials collide in a succession of growth and decay with “Mark Licari: Drawing Out,” opening Friday, Jan. 23 at the Clay Center. Licari will return to the Clay Center for a free family workshop on March 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in which adults and children can work together to create murals. Space is limited for the workshop, so pre-registration is required.

    The exhibit will be on display through May 31 and is sponsored by BB&T West Virginia Foundation and The Elliot Family Foundation. The additional programming is being funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Daywood Foundation.

    For more information on all Clay Center programs and exhibits, call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

  • FOOTMAD Concert Series: The Outside Track

    March 07, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Outside Track blends fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. An award winning Celtic music group from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton. … been awarded the 2013 ‘Preis der eutschen Schallplattenkritik’ for Folk Music! ..

    The Outside Track – simply a consummate blend of skill, talent, flair and intensity.

    Among the top groups in the world. Traditional, creative, and brilliant – LiveIreland.com

    7 March 2015 at the WV Culture Center

    http://footmad-concertseries.weebly.com/2014-2015-season.html

  • Daylight Saving Time begins

    March 08, 2015

    Set your clock ahead one hour

  • 34th Annual Irish Spring Festival

    March 08, 2015 to March 20, 2015 — Ireland, Lewis

    Celebration of Scots-Irish heritage and the coming of spring. Activities go from March 8 and 12 through 20. Parade, harping workshop & concert, road bowling & more. On March 14th, Harping for Harmony will hold the 23rd annual Harping for Harmony Workshop for the Ancient Harp at the Ireland U.M. Church featuring Leah Trent.

    http://www.angelfire.com/wv/irishspringfestival/

  • Davis & Elkins Artist-in-Residence Monthly Concert

    March 08, 2015 — Elkins, Randolph

    Davis & Elkins College Artist-in-Residence Jack Gibbons will share his love for the works of four great composers with a free monthly concert series, January through April. “Music with Stories: What Makes a Great Composer?” will be presented at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month in Robbins Memorial Chapel on the College campus.

    On the bill are Beethoven: "An Utterly Untamed Personality,” Sunday, January 11; Mozart: “Viva, Viva Grande Mozart,” Sunday, February 8; Chopin: “Transcending the Limits of Propriety,” Sunday, March 8; and Liszt: “Lisztomania- A Veritable Insanity,” Sunday, April 12. The one-hour concerts are open to the public. For additional information, call the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255.

    More information

  • Greenbrier Quartet Festival

    March 09, 2015 to March 11, 2015 — White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier

    DMG Concerts proudly presents the Southern Gospel Music Event of 2015. The Greenbrier Quartet Festival March 9-11, 2015. Featuring Several Quartets performing in the Grande Ballroom at the Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs WV. Artists scheduled to appear Legacy 5, Brian Free & Assurance, Gold City, Kingsmen, Blackwood Brothers Qt, Tribute Qt, Triumphant Qt. Event pricing starts at $99 per person.

    • Contact phone: 1-800-635-9581
    • Web site: http://dmgconcerts.com/the-greenbrier-quartet-festival/
    • Contact e-mail: tickets@dmgconcerts.com
  • Bluefield State College Fulbright Scholar lecture series

    March 09, 2015 — Bluefield, Mercer WVHC Event

    The Bluefield State College Fulbright Scholar lecture series continues March 9 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. with a lecture by Dr. Florin Mihoc the head of Fed Ex in Romania. The Fulbright lectures continue on March 27 at 11 a.m. with Dr. Amal Hamada, a scholar of the Iranian and Egyptian politics. For more information contact Sudhakar Jamkhandi at sjamkhandi@bluefieldstate.edu.

    This project is funded in part by a West Virginia Humanities Council grant.

  • Ward-hill-lamon_sq Ward Hill Lamon, History Alive!

    March 11, 2015 — Belle, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Ward Hill Lamon, History Alive!, 11:30 a.m., March 11 at Riverside Branch Library.

    History Alive! is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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    March 12, 2015 — Dunbar, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Ward Hill Lamon, History Alive!, 11:00 a.m. March 12 at Dunbar Public Library.

    History Alive! is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

  • 20140905historyalive_027p_sq Ward Hill Lamon, History Alive!

    March 12, 2015 — Nitro, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Ward Hill Lamon, History Alive!, 6 p.m. March 12 at Nitro Public Library.

    History Alive! is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

  • 20140905historyalive_027p_sq Ward Hill Lamon, History Alive!

    March 13, 2015 — Cross Lanes, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Ward Hill Lamon, History Alive!, 2 p.m. March 13 at Cross Lanes Public Library.

    History Alive! is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

  • RCCAC Evening Concert Series: The Murphy Beds

    March 14, 2015 — Elkins, Randolph

    The Murphy Beds

    March 14th, 2015 7:30 pm at the Randolph County Community Arts Center

    The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements.

    http://randolpharts.org/concerts/evening-concert-series.html

  • 11th Annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show

    March 14, 2015 to March 22, 2015 — Parkersburg, Wood

    Quilters and fans of quilts are preparing for the 11th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show, scheduled for March 14-22, 2015, at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. The museum is located in downtown Parkersburg, West Virginia, on the corner of 2nd and Juliana streets.

    This year’s exhibit also includes a special display of antique and toy sewing machines along with small sewing notions. The museum is located in downtown Parkersburg and the hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for ages 3 – 12.

    Quilt categories for this year’s exhibits include: (hand/machine quilted) bed quilts; wall quilts, crib quilts; duet quilts; group quilts; antique (pre 1950) for display only and themed quilts. This years’ themed quilt category is “SEW A GARDEN” showcasing quilts and wall-hangings that depict floral and garden themes by pattern, design and fabric selection.

    Quilters and quilt owners desiring to be exhibitors should register in advance with a registration form postmarked by Feb. 23, 2015. The form is available at www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com/2015_Quilt.pdf or by calling 304-420-4800. There is a minimal entry fee to exhibit.

    Awards will be given for “Best of Show” (hand-quilted); “Best of Show” (machine quilted); “People’s Choice,” “Superintendent’s Choice” and “Best of Civil War (themed).”

  • Old-Time Fiddle Week

    March 15, 2015 to March 20, 2015 — Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Jackson

    Award-winning West Virginia fiddle player Dave Bing is the instructor for the week-long workshop at Cedar Lakes Conference Center. The class is directed toward intermediate and advanced players for various bowing and finger techniques. A year-long schedule of craft workshops are scheduled. Contact Gloria Gregorich at the Cedar Lakes Craft House for information at 304-372-7860. www.cedarlakes.com

  • St. Patrick's Day

    March 17, 2015

    St. Patrick’s Day

  • The Celtic Tenors - Carnegie Hall

    March 17, 2015 — Lewisburg, Greenbrier

    With a polished international reputation and over a million album sales under their belts, The Celtic Tenors offer something truly unique. The skill, range, and ability of world-class tenors combined with the personality and fun of genuine performers.

    7:30pm March 17 at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg

    • Contact phone: 304-645-7917
    • Web site: http://www.carnegiehallwv.org/
    • Contact e-mail: falls@carnegiehallwv.com
  • New moon

    March 20, 2015

    New moon

  • First day of spring

    March 20, 2015

    Vernal equinox and first day of spring

  • Claycenter-def-009_up_sq George Thorogood and the Destroyers at the Clay Center

    March 21, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS

    Opener: The Danielle Nicole Band

    Saturday, March 21, 8 pm

    Tickets: $55, $45, $35, $25

    These veteran “Bad to the Bone” rockers are back and Badder than Ever. Rock along as this maverick guitar slinger plays classic hits including “Who Do You Love?” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” with a genius versatility that ties powerhouse rock to down-home bar band fun, served with a twist of country and blues.

    http://www.theclaycenter.org/performances/spring-15.aspx

  • Bed Turnings from the Past

    March 21, 2015 — Parkersburg, Wood

    Have you ever wondered about what kind of stories a quilt can tell? We will unlock that mystery when you attend our “bed turnings”. Come hear stories about quilts as we turn back time with each quilt on our bed. The admission for this program is $10 per person and includes the museum admission and quilt show displays. March 21. Advance reservations are recommended. Light refreshments served.

    “Bed Turnings from the Past " is part of the 11th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show event. Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History

    For reservations: 304-420-4800

  • Lincoln01p_sq Little Lecture: West Virginians and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    March 22, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 PM

    West Virginians and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: Michael Woods

    The assassination of Abraham Lincoln in April 1865 shocked northerners and southerners, Unionists and Confederates alike. In the new and internally divided state of West Virginia, the assassination immediately challenged the process of reconciliation needed to rebuild communities that had been disrupted by the political and military conflict of the Civil War. More than most other Americans, West Virginians had to confront former foes on a daily basis – and the Lincoln assassination, which came at the very start of the period of Reconstruction, made this challenge even greater.

    Marshall University history professor Michael Woods looks at the assassination and its effects nationally, highlighting the little-known roles played by several West Virginians in the story by such West Virginians as General Thomas M. Harris who served on the military commission that tried the assassination conspirators, and then focuses on how West Virginians coped with the traumatic and polarizing event as they tried to reconstruct their lives, families, and communities after a bitter war.

    Michael Woods is Assistant Professor of History at Marshall University where he teaches courses on U.S. history, the Civil War era, and the U.S. South. He completed his BA at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, and his MA and PhD at the University of South Carolina. He has published articles in the Journal of Social History and the Journal of American History. His first book, Emotional and Sectional Conflict in the Antebellum United States, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

    The 2015 Little Lecture Series is sponsored by Robinson & McElwee PLLC. Founded in Charleston in 1983, the law firm serves clients throughout West Virginia and Ohio.

    Admission to the lecture is $10 and includes a reception after the program. People interested in attending should call the Humanities Council at 304-346-8500.

    Little Lecture Series is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

  • Carnegie_hall Floyd Radio Show - Carnegie Hall

    March 26, 2015 — Lewisburg, Greenbrier

    From Floyd, Virginia, hosts Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle bring together a new variety show every month. They write and perform original radio plays, comedy bits, ads, jingles, music and more. Each show features three of the area’s finest old-timey musical acts from storytelling banjo players to flatpicking guitarists to hard-driving string bands.

    For more information contact Carnegie Hall at 304-645-7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.

  • 16th Annual Hoot Owl overnight research event

    March 27, 2015 to March 28, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    The 16th Annual Hoot Owl overnight research event in the West Virginia Archives and History Library will be March 27-28, 2015. Participants will be admitted to the Archives Library on Friday evening, March 27, at 6:00 p.m. and will depart by 8:00 a.m. Saturday, March 28. Research assistance will be available.

    Registration is $25 and must be postmarked by March 13, 2015 (late registration, if available, is $35). Mining Your History Foundation (MYHF) and the Archives and History section of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History are co-sponsors. For more information and registration form, visit http://www.wvculture.org/history/myhf/2015hootowlbrochure.pdf. You may also contact Joe Geiger, (304) 558-0230, joe.n.geiger@wv.gov, Gerald Ratliff, ratliffgsfm@hotmail.com, or Esther B. Warner, ebw104@juno.com.

  • Bluefield State College Fulbright Scholar lecture series

    March 27, 2015 — Bluefield, Mercer WVHC Event

    The Bluefield State College Fulbright Scholar lecture series continues March 27 at 11 a.m. with Dr. Amal Hamada, a scholar of Iranian and Egyptian politics. For more information contact Sudhakar Jamkhandi at sjamkhandi@bluefieldstate.edu.

    This project is funded in part by a West Virginia Humanities Council grant.

  • West Virginia Chocolate Festival

    March 28, 2015 — Ripley, Jackson

    The 8th annual event will take place at various locations in Ripley. It begins with a 10 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Main Street Ripley on the lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse. An 11 a.m. parade will proceed from downtown Ripley to Ripley Elementary. Chocolate vendors and entertainment will be at the school from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Jackson County Youth has Talent is scheduled at 6 p.m. at the Alpine Theatre, 210 W. Main Street. For information, contact the Ripley CVB at director@VisitRipleyWV.com or 304-514-2609.

  • Civilian Conservation Corps Statewide Anniversary Day 2015

    March 29, 2015 — Bridgeport, Harrison

    The 82nd Anniversary Day Celebration and Commemoration of the signing of the CCC Bill into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in March of 1933. The main celebration will be held at the West Virginia State CCC Museum, Quiet Dell, Harrison County, I79-115 at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015. Request that various cities and counties hold their own commemorations. Recognition of CCC Vets, National Anthem and Taps to those sick and passed away since last year. Public is invited to bring CCC artifacts for display. There will be refreshments. No charge.

    1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m., March 29

    • Contact phone: 304-842-3436
    • Contact e-mail: bhsrich56@yahoo.com

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