FSU’s 2012 Appalachian Festival to Celebrate Region’s Unique Culture
Seventh Annual Event Features Music, Film, Presentations, Crafts, Food and Family Fun
The public is invited to experience and learn more about the Appalachian region’s rich cultural heritage during Frostburg State University’s 2012 Appalachian Festival on Thursday, Sept. 13, through Saturday, Sept. 15. Now in its seventh year, the much-anticipated free family event brings together performers and craftspeople to celebrate the history, music, artistic offerings and food of Western Maryland and the surrounding areas. This year, organizers are partnering with the Frostburg Bicentennial Committee to hold the event with the bicentennial celebration in an effort to present a unique and truly historic festival.
The festival will open Thursday evening with the annual film festival, offering insights into issues faced by residents of Appalachia. The first film, “The Electricity Fairy,” will delve into the costs associated with generating coal for electricity. The second, “Up the Ridge,” will examine the impact prisons have on rural communities in Appalachia. “Up the Ridge” filmmaker Nick Szuberla will lead a discussion following the screening. Both films will be screened beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Compton Science Center room 226.
On Friday at noon on FSU’s Upper Quad, Jay Smar will present what is being billed as an “acoustic buffet” of traditional and original folk, mountain music, bluegrass and gospel music. Then, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., speakers will share their views on the economic and environmental impact of Marcellus shale in Western Maryland. The symposium will feature speakers from the Allegany and Garrett County Board of Commissioners, University of Maryland Extension Service, the Garrett County Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Advisory Committee and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.
Activities on Saturday will start with a pancake breakfast provided by the Frostburg Rotary, with assistance from the United Methodist Men, served from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church.
Several stages will be set up in the Quad area of the campus and various musical and dance groups are scheduled to perform beginning at 10 a.m., including Greg Latta, Barnstormers, RockCandy Cloggers, Blue Shades, Mountain Therapy, Bear Hill Bluegrass, Highland Grass, Frost Mountain Revival, Smar, Ed and Kathleen Meyers, Amy Lough Fabbri, Time Travelers, Aurora Celtic, Ken and Brad Kolodner, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Allegheny Mule Team and Loretta Hummel. The Garrett Highlands Pipe and Drums and Frostburg Arion Band will also perform.
One of the highlights of the festival will be the Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, the Incredible Feets, representing an exuberant fusion of live music, comedy, singing and a dazzling array of percussive dance forms rooted in different cultures, particularly highlighting Appalachian traditions.
The stories of Appalachia will also be shared through the traditional art of storytelling. Come listen as Adam Booth, Jo Ann Dadisman, June Riffle, Katie and Otto Ross and others spin their tales in the Cook Chapel, located on the lower level of Frost Hall.
As part of Frostburg’s Bicentennial Celebration, students from Mountain Ridge High School will share aspects of their oral history documentary projects and Lynn Bowman will discuss Frostburg’s African-American history. There will also be talks on medicinal roots, mountaintop removal and Marcellus Shale, as well as Scales to Tales, an up-close view of the region’s wildlife. At 4 p.m., segments of the Appalachian Independent’s Mountain Traditions Project will be shown in Cook Chapel, Frost Hall.
Other groups, such as the Western Maryland Chapter of the Archeological Society, Home Ground, the ACM Peace Studies Club and FSU’s Ethnobotany Program, will also have booths.
Horn’s Punch and Judy Show, filled with puppetry and magic, will be the centerpiece of the children’s activities at the festival. The FSU Children’s Literature Centre will provide stories and entertainment in the spirit of Frostburg’s Bicentennial. Other activities include creating “whammy-diddles” and many other crafts and projects.
More than 20 artisans will be featured during the festival, sharing the art of quilting, pottery, tatting, spinning, woodworking and other crafts. They will demonstrate their skills and sell their creations.
Documentarians will also present their works. Photographer Edwin Remsburg will discuss his images of traditional Maryland artists, and Roxy Todd and Emily Newtown will share listening segments of their Traveling 219 Project, a collection of life and community histories of people living near U.S. 219 in Maryland and West Virginia.
To learn more about the FSU Appalachian Festival or to view the complete program, visit www.frostburg.edu/events/afestival, look for it on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FSU Appalachian Festival is supported in part with funding from WFWM, the event's official media sponsor; the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council; MSAC; the FSU Foundation; the City of Frostburg's Bicentennial; Learning Green, Living Green; Thomas Subaru; and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
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