BC Spends Year Celebrating Appalachia

By Chris Shoemaker | April 25, 2012 | RSS

BC Spends Year Celebrating Appalachia
Bluefield College celebrated the history, culture, people and traditions of Appalachia during a yearlong series of events titled "A Celebration of Appalachia."

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Open to the community at-large, "A Celebration of Appalachia" began in October 2011 and continued through BC's spring 2012 semester, featuring lectures, concerts, exhibits, discussions, movies, theatre, tours and other educational and entertaining activities designed to honor the Appalachian heritage.


"From the people, the work ethic, the loyalties and the challenges, to the natural beauty, the traditions, the music and the food, Appalachia is a fascinating and beautiful culture," said BC president, Dr. David Olive. "Author Jeff Biggers once said, 'you can't understand America until you understand Appalachia.' Our desire through this yearlong symposium was to increase the understanding and appreciation for the region in which we live. We hope the community enjoyed this educational and entertaining venture, this celebration of Appalachia."


Upcoming Events

All events completed.


Past Events

BC Dedicates Century-old Easley Quilt

Concert Features Jazz Ensemble, Community Orchestra, and Concert Band

BC Theatre Presents 'Mountain Jack' Storytelling and Music Drama

Vendors, Concerts, Storytelling, Dance Highlight Appalachian Festival

Expert Panel Discusses Appalachian Problems

Author of 'Mama's Shoes' Speaks at Bluefield College

Lecture Series Celebrates Appalachian Music, Drama, Values, Literature

'Thinking Like a Mountain' Art Exhibit Comes to BC

Newspaper Exhibit Provides History of Appalachia

Masterworks Chorale Presents Christmas in Appalachia

Andrew McKnight Brings Folk Music to BC

Opera Theatre Presents 'Scenes from Appalachia'

Instrumental Music Concert Celebrates Appalachia

Best-selling Author of 'Glass Castle' Speaks for BC Symposium

Grammy Award Winning Country Music Singer Performs at BC

BC Exhibit Pays Tribute to Country Music Legends

BC Theatre Presents 'Quilters' to Celebrate Appalachia


Complete Schedule (including past events)

-- October Sky Festival field trip, Saturday, October 1, Coalwood, West Virginia

-- "The Quilters," a theatrical production, Friday through Monday, October 14-17, 7:30 p.m. each night (except 2 p.m. Sunday matinee), Harman Chapel

-- "Crooked Road Royalty" a photo and film exhibit, highlighting the careers of the Hill Billies, the Stoneman Family, the Carter Family, and the Stanley Brothers -- four powerhouse groups from Appalachia that helped build the American country music industry, October 17 through November 17, second floor Easley Library

-- Billy Dean concert, Thursday, November 3 at 7:30p.m., Harman Chapel

-- "The Glass Castle," dinner, lecture, discussion and book-signing with Jeannette Walls, best-selling author of the book of the same name, an Amazon "Top 10 Book of the Decade," Thursday, November 3, 5:30 p.m., Shott Hall, $20 admission

-- "The Glass Castle," lecture and discussion led by Jeannette Walls, best-selling author of the book of the same name, an Amazon "Top 10 Book of the Decade," Friday, November 4, 10 a.m., Harman Chapel

-- Lecture by Concord University's Terry Mullins, Appalachian studies historian and author, Monday, November 7, 10 a.m.

-- "Thugs, Hillbillies and Heroes: The Untold Story of Bluefield's Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency," presented by Bluefield, West Virginia, resident and author/historian John A. Velke III, author of "The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency," Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m. in Shott Hall A&B

-- Instrumental music concert, Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Harman Chapel

-- "Matewan," the movie, Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30pm in Lansdell Hall 310

-- "Opera Theatre: Scenes from Appalachia," Friday, November 18, 7:30 p.m., Harman Chapel

-- "From Seeds to Songs," a music workshop hosted by Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders, Saturday, November 19 at 1 p.m., Harman Chapel

-- "Beyond Appalachian, Beyond Blues, Beyond Folk," a music concert, featuring Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders, Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m., Harman Chapel

-- "Christmas in Appalachia," presented by BC's Masterworks Chorale, Thursday, December 1, 7:30 p.m., Harman Chapel

-- "Appalachian News," an art show presented by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph's Bill Archer, December 9-February 16, BC Art Gallery, Lansdell Hall

-- "African American Influences on Music of the Appalachian Region," a concert by Bill Archer and Karl Miller, Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. in BC's Quick Shott Café Coffeehouse, Shott Hall

-- "Thinking Like a Mountain: Creative Expressions of Concern for the Appalachian Mountains," an art exhibit by regional painters, poets and songwriters, February 17 through April 14 in BC's Art Gallery on the first floor of Lansdell Hall

-- "Appalachian Theatre," a lecture/presentation on drama in Appalachia, offered by theatre professor Charles Reese, Tuesday, February 21 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Shott Hall A&B

-- "Appalachian Values," a lecture/presentation on the values and attitudes of people in Appalachia, offered by Dr. Marsha Mead, assistant professor of psychology, Tuesday, February 28 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Shott Hall A&B

-- "Appalachian Music," a lecture/presentation on the vocal music of Appalachia, offered by Dr. Barbara Hudson, associate professor of music, Tuesday, March 13 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Shott Hall A&B

-- “Musical Styles Along the Crooked Road,” the second of two Blue Ridge Institute exhibits that showcases the history of picking and singing in the Appalachian Mountains, including rare film footage and photographs of historic Crooked Road musicians, March 19 through April 14, second floor of Easley Library

-- "Appalachian Literature," a lecture/presentation on the literature of Appalachia, offered by Rebecca Elswick, author of the book Mama's Shoes and winner of the 2011 Writer’s Digest Award, Tuesday, March 20 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Shott Hall A&B

-- "Appalachian Instruments," a lecture/presentation on the instrumental music of Appalachia, offered by Charles Priest, assistant professor of music, Tuesday, March 27 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Shott Hall A&B

-- "Problems in Appalachia: A Panel Discussion," Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in Shott Hall, hosted by BC's "Media in Appalachia" class and featuring local experts on Appalachian history and culture

-- "Appalachian Festival," Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., outside on the BC Quad (inside the Dome Gymnasium in the event of inclement weather), featuring vendors, demonstrators, Appalachian author book sales and signings, storytelling, clogging, square dancing, and Bluegrass music from Stacy Grubb and Clinton Collins and the Creek Boys

-- "Mountain Jack," a rollicking presentation of mountain folk tales and rousing mountain music, presented by BC Theatre, Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m., Harman Chapel

-- "Eva Easley Quilt Dedication," Friday, April 20 at noon in Easley Library, recognizing the significant contributions of the Easley family, particularly the late Eva Easley, to the success of Bluefield College through the placement and dedication of a locally-handmade quilt representing her service to BC

-- "Spring Instrumental Music Concert," featuring Appalachian music by BC's Concert Band, Community Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble, Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m., Harman Chapel


For More Information

For more information regarding events that are part of "A Celebration of Appalachia" at Bluefield College, visit the BC web site calendar or contact the Public Relations Office by email at or by phone at 276-326-4212.



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Chris Shoemaker, Assistant Professor, Communication