Playwright, author and screenwriter Tom DeTitta has been named the 2014 Artist-in-Residence for Fairmont State University. With a specialty in historical drama, he has written two plays with content closely connected to this area, “Monongah,” which is about an immigrant family affected by the 1907 mine disaster, and “Street of Gold,” which is about a coal mining family in Western Pennsylvania.
A team of Fairmont State University students traveled to Washington, D.C., in December 2013 to present their tourism research as part of the 2013 ARC Appalachian Teaching Project. Their project focused on “Coal and Its Story: Development of a 21st Century Coal Community.”
The project explored whether the identification and promotion of North Central West Virginia Coal Heritage sites could provide economic stimulus within communities of North Central West Virginia by utilizing 21st century technologies to accent heritage tourism.
Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art, the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host a two-day Celebration of Issue 30 in October.
Eight contributors to Kestrel, including six whose work appears in Issue 30, will be on campus to participate in a panel discussion and offer individual consultations for writers, as well as give readings from their own work.
The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the main campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College is sponsoring a study and travel abroad program in the summer of 2013 called Roads to Appalachia through the Mezzogiorno, the land of “the midday sun” between the Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas.
Dr. Judy P. Byers, editor, and Patricia Musick, principle illustrator, were on hand to sign copies of the book, “Mountain Mother Goose: Child Lore of West Virginia”. Decades in the making, the book is based on the child lore collections of Dr. Walter Barnes and Dr. Ruth Ann Musick, both retired Fairmont State faculty members.
Dedicated to the spirit of childhood, the new book “Mountain Mother Goose: Child Lore of West Virginia” is a collection of jingles, jangles, rhymes, riddles, games and lesson stories chanted and sung by children of Central Appalachia on the playground; recited in one room school settings; and echoed in backyards and churchyards throughout the small villages and farms that dotted the hills and valleys of West Virginia. Stretching from the early 20th century practically to its end, this collection of melodies traces the regional attitudes and traditions of American children at play.
Tucked away in the grass by the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center lies the newest campus housing, but look closely or you might miss it. These tiny homes were designed for fairies.
The Marion County Master Gardeners and the Mountaineer Miniatures Club joined forces this summer to create a Fairy Garden, which is fitting because tales about the wee folk—fairies, elves, brownies and leprechauns—are part of the rich cultural heritage of Appalachia and the European immigrants who settled here in West Virginia.
The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the shared main campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College will present the Friends of Folklife Gala Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2.
Due to expected inclement weather, events for June 1 will take place at Colebank Hall. The History Alive presentation scheduled for June 2 will take place as originally planned at the Folklife Center.
WYK Associates, Inc. of Clarksburg was honored with three Merit Design Awards at the 35th Annual American Institute of Architects-West Virginia Gala in Charleston on April 13. Their work on the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on campus received two Merit Design Awards for Achievement in Architecture: one for overall design and one for interior design.
The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts Department of Music celebrates the spirit of musical connection with its Spring Music Gala at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Colebank Hall.
Admission is free to the performance with a donation to The Soup Opera. Representatives will be at the concert to collect canned goods and other donations. For more information, call (304) 367-4219.