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  • 7574b37_sq West Virginia’s Billion Dollar Man: Senator Robert C. Byrd

    September 04, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Dr. C. Damien Arthur will present “West Virginia’s Billion Dollar Man: Senator Robert C. Byrd” in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 P.M. and is free and open to the public.

    In 1988, Senator Byrd, the majority leader, faced a difficult decision about his future political life. No one in the history of the modern Senate had voluntarily given up the opportunity to be majority leader. In fact, political journalists discussed what an odd decision it would be to step away from the majority leader position because it would remove Byrd from the level of national politics that so many chose to pursue. Without hesitation, however, that is exactly what Byrd chose.

    Byrd’s goal since 1959 had been to chair the Appropriations Committee. He knew this position would empower him to direct substantial amounts of federal money back to West Virginia. In giving up the job of majority leader, Byrd simply quoted the Roman statesman, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, who was known for exemplifying civic virtue and promoting the common good, when asked what position he would seek. He said, “I’m going back to the plow.” In taking the chairmanship, Byrd immediately made a promise to the people of West Virginia that he would send $1 billion in appropriated funds back to the Mountain State in his first term as chairman. He surpassed that goal within a year. Between 1989 and 1994, Byrd directed $3,220,341,000 back to West Virginia, $2.22 billion beyond his goal.

    C. Damien Arthur earned a B.A. degree in theological studies from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts (2004), an M.T.S. from Boston University, magna cum laude, (2006), an MPA (2008), an MA in American public policy (2010), and a Ph.D. in political science and public policy from West Virginia University (2013). Since February 2018, he has been the Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Marshall University Center for Consumer Law and Rights (WVCCLR) joint project with the WVU College of Law. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy at Marshall University. He also directs the Community-Based Learning program (CBL) and serves as the co-director of the CORTEX Center in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

    Participants may park behind the Culture Center after 5:00 p.m. on September 4 and enter the building at the back loading dock area. There also is limited handicapped parking available in the new bus turnaround.

    For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

  • 15th Annual Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival

    September 06, 2018 to September 09, 2018 — Pipestem, Summers

    The 15th annual Culturefest World Music and Arts Festival will take over Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, WV September 6-9 with a weekend long immersion in the creative arts featuring music & dance performances, unique artisan and retail vendors, workshops, a robust roster of kids’ activities, camping and much more. This unique event is a cornerstone of the dynamic creative community in Southern West Virginia. Three stages feature artists from all around the East coast with styles ranging from Americana and Appalachian Folk to Soul, Rock, Funk and World Fusion to experimental genres like Quantum Dub, plus performance art, performance poetry, fire dance and more. Workshops are offered in yoga, drumming, belly dance, hoop dancing, up-cycled art and more, plus facilitated discussions called “Conversations at Culturefest” explore topics such as Appalachian art, cultural exploration and finding and following your passion. Astronomer Dave Buhrman of WV Sky Tours will be on hand with his telescopes for star and planet gazing and fire spinners will light up the night.

    Artisans will vend their wares from handmade clothing to jewelry to fine art and more. The children’s village will feature 2 different craft activities each day, special yoga classes, found object art, a kids’ costume parade, a bounce house and other activities. Furniture lounges make relaxing spots to kick back and relax, and provide shelter so the fun can continue in case of rain. Guests may camp on site for the weekend, and immerse themselves in the colorful experience in the beautiful WV Mountains, or they may enjoy the amenities of nearby Pipestem State Park. The goal of the festival is to promote unity and respect for diversity, and bring people together though music and the arts in a beautiful mountain setting.

    Organizers say they take great care in curating the performance lineup, searching for musicians who have passion and purpose, unique styles and seasoned skills. This year’s performance lineup is, as always, stacked with amazing talent:

    • Based in Kentucky, Appalatin’s foot-stomping, hip-swinging sounds organically unite Appalachian folk and high-energy Latin music. The name, Appalatin, reflects the unexpected meeting in Louisville, KY of Kentucky-raised musicians and masterful Latin émigrés from Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Their all-acoustic performances of traditional strings of guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and charango, indigenous Andean flutes, hand percussion, harmonica and vocal harmonies have brought joy and happiness to listeners of all ages. In 2014, the band was awarded the Americana Award by the Louisville Music Awards Academy. They are also the feature of an Emmy-nominated PBS-affiliate documentary in the KY Muse series, now distributed nationwide on public stations.
    • Africa Unplugged is a dynamic group, led by djembe master, guitarist and songwriter Atiba Rorie. The band uses traditional percussion instruments from West Africa in combination with guitars and bass to play traditional rhythms while drawing from influences across the world. Their creativity results in a funky, soulful blues and dance music that keeps the audience moving as they tell stories from the old world and the new.
    • The Company Stores are a folk fusion band from Charleston, WV, that smoothly blends elements of many genres from Delta blues, Appalachian folk, gospel, jazz, and other Americana music, then layer in their own modern styles and rhythms. Vocalist Casey Litz’s sultry and soulful voice captivates the audience, while the band lays down bluesy grooves between dynamic builds. Since their start as a full band in May 2013 they have released two albums, have been on the iconic Mountain Stage Radio Show, countless festivals and have toured all over the East coast. Their latest album “Little Lights," released in April 2017, has received countless positive reviews proclaiming it as one of the best regional releases of the year.
    • Mystic Warriors is dedicated to exposing the essence of Andean Music in a completely unique way. While their music style appears to fit into the “New Age” category, it often sounds like world music, contemporary jazz, Latin or mainstream popular. They believe their music is a fusion that crosses over all of these without leaving the boundaries of Andean Music. More important than categorizing their style is their ability to deliver a message of universal peace and harmony transmitted by the combination of Andean ancient flutes and panpipes with contemporary instruments. Joining the ancestral sounds of the Incas with today’s newest sounds, Mystic Warriors will transport you to places and times long forgotten, but yet to come.
    • Fresh off of a performance debut on the world renowned Mountain Stage, Beckley’s The Parachute Brigade is soaring. The sounds of this 5 piece Indie/Folk Rock band is a mixture of acoustic Americana and ambient Indie Alt Rock. Their vocal harmonies and driving instrumentation provide a unique sound and an emotional listening experience.They recorded a 5 song EP of original music in Nashville, TN over the summer of 2017, and are in the process of touring these songs as emerging artists at festivals and venues this summer. You can soon find the album, titled “The Gold EP,” on their website, ITunes, and Spotify.
    • After Jack is a musical celebration of togetherness. Named 2014 Americana Vocal Group of the Year by the Appalachian Cultural Music Association, the trio combines expressive songwriting, captivating vocals and a unique take on traditional mountain music. Combine your most beloved musical memories with a foot-stomping string band and top it off with harmonies that spring straight from the soul of the mountains, and you’ve got After Jack.

    Other WV acts include Black Garlic (Instrumental Rock Fusion), The Charleston Rogues (Irish Punk & Folk), Kathleen Coffee (Healing Folk), CassieRaye (Post-Ambient Folk), Ball & Chain (Blues/Rock), The Gin Mills (Blues/Rock), Independent State (Americana), James Hart (Blues/Soul), Holly and the Guy (Soul/Pop), Nathaniel Altare & Amy McIntire (Folk), Douglas John (Singer-Songwriter), Liberty High (Unconventional Marching Band), The One Voice Project (Pop/Rock), Jermaine Jay Lane (Poetry), Samadhi Tribal Fusion (Belly Dance), Silly Strings (Old Time), Ashleigh Surface (Contemporary Christian) Tiffany Freed (Poetry) and Tim & Maggie (Celtic).

    Other out-of-state acts include Lobo Marino (earth-folk/experimental/indie), Gypsy Funk Squad (World Music), Spaceship Earth (QuantumDub), Richie Olivera (Instrumental Music with Andean Flutes), Groova Scape (Funky Blues/Reggae/Rock), AllTheBestKids (Alternative Hip Hop ), Ignes Proles (Fire Dance), Star Baby & The Rolling Oms (Folk/Hip-Hop), LucasTheFlow (Electronic), J.Q. Yay (Contemplative World Roots Mystic Folk), Mr. Daywalker (Glitter Soul) and Spunday Morning (Indie Rock).

    Attendees will also have the chance to participate in music-making during facilitated workshops in West African drumming, Mid-Eastern Doumbek and Mouth Council, a space for free vocal expression as well as drum circles in early evening and at midnight. Late night jams by the fire pit are a popular feature, and guests will encounter opportunities to connect with the performers and workshop providers in a laid back atmosphere throughout the site. A popular Culturefest tradition is the community art boards, which will be available throughout the weekend stocked with paint and brushes, and anyone is welcome to leave their mark. These spontaneous, collaborative works of art are a vibrant centerpiece of the festivities. A variety of delicious food and drink will be available for purchase including but not limited to homestyle Mexican, sandwiches, vegetarian options, specialty teas, coffee and ice cream.

    Tickets are available online at and at the gate; advance tickets are recommended. A full weekend pass costs $50 online and includes all four days’ activities plus camping. Day passes do not include camping. They are $15 on Thursday, $20 on Friday, $25 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday. Children’s tickets are sharply discounted; see the website for those prices. Kids 5 & under are free.

    The event is presented by LLyniuM entertainment and The RiffRaff Arts Collective in cooperation with the Appalachian South Folklife Center with assistance from these sponsors: Princeton Health Care Center, Princeton Community Hospital, Seaver Funeral Home, Star-95, Kiss-FM, WVVA, Ramey Princeton, Princeton Rescue Squad, Adventure Radio, Little Buddy Radio, Princeton Health & Fitness Center, and a host of advertisers. The program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

    Additional information can be found online at and by calling 304-320-8833.

  • Lunchtime Live!

    September 07, 2018 to September 17, 2018 — Wheeling, Ohio

    Join us for Lunchtime Live! at Market Plaza. On the first Friday of each month, grab your lunch and head to the plaza for free entertainment!

    Musicians include:

    • August 3: Jason Treuman
    • September 7: Wheeling Park Bluegrass Band

    This event is sponsored by Williams Lea Tag, a leader in Marketing and Communications Services.

  • Road Scholar Crafts

    September 09, 2018 to September 14, 2018 — Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Jackson

    Ten craft workshops are available from which to choose. Topics are blacksmithing, photography, wood turning, quilting, stained glass, woodcarving, watercolors, basketry, nature printing, and playing the fiddle. Call 877-426-8056 to register.

  • Creators Talk: The "Cause" in the Works of Daniel Boyd

    September 12, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Known for “sensationalized” works and genres, Boyd, has quietly built CAUSE and MESSAGE into nearly all of his movies, books and now musical theater. Always having something more to say than just the desire to create popular media, Boyd chose entertainment as his weapon for change. From man-eating sunflowers to giant coal monsters, Danny will take us down his odd journey of 39 years of creating entertainment, with a CAUSE. This talk will feature valuable information and advice for any aspiring writer, filmmaker, or other creative professional!

    When: Wednesday, September 12th 7pm-9pm

    Location: WVSU EDC 1506 Kanawha Blvd. West Charleston

    Cost: FREE! Register to save your seat!

  • Hank Williams Sr Tribute & Craft Beer and Wine Festival

    September 22, 2018 — Oak Hill, Fayette

    Hosted by Destination: Downtown Oak Hill and Weathered Ground Brewery. Saturday, September 22 at 4 PM – 10 PM

    Join us for an outstanding evening of entertainment with John Lilly as he performs Hank Williams Sr songs at the Lively Family Amphitheater just two blocks away from where the world-renowned performer was found dead on January 1, 1953. Enjoy craft beer and wine, local food and classic cars. An event not to be missed!

  • Blair Mountain Strike Supper

    September 22, 2018 — Matewan, Mingo

    Join us for a Strike Supper 4:30 – 7:00 PM this September 22nd in downtown Matewan, WV! Hosted by West Virginia Mine Wars Museum

    The Supper will feature foods inspired by the many races and ethnicities represented in the unionist miners’ ranks. Besides great food, the Supper will also include the first ever Red Bandanna Awards, bestowed on modern-day West Virginia hellraisers, a raffle, a story collection booth, and a redneck portrait studio to round out the festivities. Museum Members who attend will receive special perks!

    This Strike Supper also marks the beginning of our Blair Centennial Celebration planning for 2021. Museum partners from historic organizations, tourism offices, union locals, musicians, reenactment society are invited to a Kick-off Meeting prior to the Supper to get our Blair Centennial planning underway! If your organization would like to help bring the Blair Centennial to life, RSVP for the Meeting on the Supper Ticket page.

    The Blair Centennial Kick-off Meeting will be from 12:30-4:00pm, followed by the Strike Supper from 4:30-7:00pm.

    Thanks to our project sponsors: the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Coal Heritage Area Authority, and the Appalachian Community Fund.

  • Harp Workshop at Shepherd University

    September 22, 2018 — Shepherdstown, Jefferson

    Shepherd University’s Community Music program is sponsoring a harp workshop with Dr. Tula Ruggiero on Saturday, September 22, from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Frank Center Shipley Recital Hall. Cost for the workshop, which is open to anyone with an interest in learning more about the harp, is $25. Children are free with a paying adult. This event is family friendly.

    The workshop will begin with a brief history of the harp and an explanation of the different types of harps, including a pedal harp, a full-size lever harp, and a lap harp. In addition to a demonstration on the harp by the instructor, participants will be taught the basic hand position and will have a chance to try playing the harps. Participants will also receive information on how to obtain an instrument and the materials needed for study.

    Ruggiero shares her love of music with students in the Shepherd Community Music program and the Berkeley Springs School of the Arts in Berkeley Springs, where she provides instruction on the harp and the piano. She performs in concert and for special events throughout the region and provides service music for Calvary United Methodist Church in Great Cacapon.

    For more information, contact Sherry Sykes, coordinator of Community Music at Shepherd, at or 304-876-5248.

  • "Remembering Lucile: A Virginia Family’s Rise from Slavery and a Legacy Forged a Mile High"

    September 22, 2018 to September 23, 2018 — Shepherdstown, Jefferson

    “Remembering Lucile: A Virginia Family’s Rise from Slavery and a Legacy Forged a Mile High”

    Polly E. Bugros McLean

    Saturday, 22 September 2018, 1PM, Oatlands Carriage House, contact 703-777-3174

    Sunday, 23 September 2018, 2PM, Thomas Balch Library, contact 703/737-7195

    Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Jones, born to freed people formerly enslaved at Oatlands and Evergreen plantations, became the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Colorado when she received her bachelor’s degree in 1918.

    Remembering Lucile depicts the rise of the African American middle class through the historical journey of Lucile and her family from slavery in northern Virginia to life in the American West. The story of the Jones family is used as a lens into the experience of middle-class Blacks in the early twentieth century. Remembering Lucile employs a unique blend of Black feminist historiography and larger discussions of race, gender, class, religion, politics, and education to illuminate major events in African American history and culture. The work also traces the history of the University of Colorado and the ways in which university administration and faculty treated Black students and alumni. This biography paints a vivid picture of a Black woman who lived through an extraordinary time in American history and rectifies her omission from the institutional history and memory of the University of Colorado. The book fills an important gap in the literature of the history of Blacks in the Rocky Mountain region and will be of significance to anyone interested in American history.

    The two talks will focus on different aspects of Professor McLean’s research. The presentation at Oatlands will concentrate on the Buchanan family’s association with Oatlands while the presentation at Thomas Balch Library will focus on the larger picture of the rise of an African American middle class through Lucille Buchanan’s life. Books will be available for purchase at both sites.

    Polly E. Bugros McLean, an associate professor of Media Studies and affiliated faculty in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, received a Master’s from Columbia University and a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin. Her pedagogical and research interests include Intersectionality; cultural and critical theory; issues of racialized representations; African American women’s history, and globalization as it pertains to Southern Africa. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Zambia, Howard University, as well as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Namibia. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the 2007 Robert L. Stearns Award, the 2009 Edward R. Murrow Award for teaching excellence, and the 2014 Best Should Teach Gold Award.

  • Tannahill Weavers 50th Anniversary Tour

    September 29, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    FOOTMAD’s 38th season begins with the 50th anniversary tour of Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers! Season tickets at $85, students $45. Or get single a single adult ticket for $25, seniors 60+ $20, students $10, AmeriCorp/Vista and under 13 FREE.

    Join us at the WV Culture Center Theater in Charleston WV for an evening of traditional Celtic music at its best! The Tannahill Weavers’ diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour. With the release of their 19th album Òrach (“Golden” in Gaelic), the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

    Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM at the Culture Center in Charleston.

    “The Tannahill Weavers play acoustic instruments, but the atmosphere at their shows is electric. The quartet is as tight and as versatile as any band in the Celtic music revival. They can summon rock ‘n’ roll intensity or haunting introspection.” -The Boston Globe, Boston MA

    “An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new.” – New York Times

  • "Margin of Victory Sunday"

    September 30, 2018 — Shepherdstown, Jefferson

    “Margin of Victory Sunday”

    Douglas Macgregor

    30 September 2018

    2PM at Thomas Balch Library

    Margin of Victory’s riveting stories of triumph and defeat are presented against the backdrop of national policies, culture and history. Each chapter is a reminder that to be successful military action must always be congruent with national culture, geography and scientific industrial capacity; that strategy and geopolitics inevitably trump ideology. Building effective military power takes time, resources and imagination. Unity of command, unity of effort and the integration of capabilities across service lines only happen when they are ruthlessly imposed from the top down. These are some of the enduring lessons in the five warfighting dramas that unfold in vivid detail on the tactical, operational and strategic levels of war. Margin of Victory concludes with a discussion of future battle and how the US can leverage the twentieth century’s lessons to secure its margin of victory in the twenty first century. The final chapter argues that America’s future victories depend on a major reset of US national military strategy and an overhaul of US military command structures and force design.

    Douglas Macgregor is a decorated combat veteran, author of five books, and the executive VP of Burke-Macgregor Group LLC, a defense and foreign policy consulting firm in Reston, VA. He was commissioned in the Regular Army after one year at VMI and four years at West Point and retired with the rank of Colonel. He holds an MA in Comparative Politics and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Virginia. Macgregor is widely known for both his leadership in the Battle of 73 Easting, the US Army’s largest tank battle since World War II, and for his ground breaking books on military transformation. His fourth book, Warrior’s Rage: The Great Tank Battle of 73 Easting, describes the 1991 action for which he was awarded a Bronze Star with “V” device for valor.

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