Ramsey Center Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events: 

Thursday September 26, 7-9 pm: Film Screening
Talking Feet, Solo Southern Dance: Flatfoot, Buck and Tap
87 mins, color, produced by Mike Seeger and Ruth Pershing, 2007, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Come join the Ramsey Center for Regional Studies as we explore traditional solo Southern dance with a free screening of Talking Feet. Talking Feet was the first documentary of flatfoot, buck, hoedown, and rural tap dancing, the styles of solo Southern dancing which are a companion to traditional old-time music and on which modern clog dancing is based.

"A wonderful and enlightening illustration of the breadth of Southern-style dancers, including their humor, playfulness, technical abilities, soul, and sheer joy." —Ira Bernstein, clog, and step dancer and researcher

The film will be introduced by clogger, flatfooter, and dance caller Rodney Sutton, who appears in the film. Sutton was one of the early members of the Green Grass Cloggers and has performed and taught all over the United States and the British Isles. He is currently the director of Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Concerts in Boone, NC. Sutton will also lead a discussion/Q&A after the film.

The screening is free and open to the public.

Monday October 2, 3.30-5.30pm: Exhibition Opening: “Minstrel of Appalachia”: The Life and Legacy of Bascom Lamar Lunsford (October 2 – December 15, 2017), Ramsey Center, Renfro Library

The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies will begin its week-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival with the opening of a brand new exhibition, “Minstrel of Appalachia”: The Life and Legacy of Bascom Lamar Lunsford, a selection of artifacts and photographs curated from the Ramsey Center’s Southern Appalachian Archives. Join us for remarks from President Lunsford, refreshments, live music, and a special surprise.

Tuesday October 3, 6.30-7.30pm: “Fiddlers Among the Rhododendron: Bascom Lamar Lunsford (1882-1973) and the Politics of Culture in Asheville, 1927-1928,” Ramsey Center, Renfro Library
Noted Appalachia scholar Dr. David Whisnant will speak about the life of Bascom Lamar Lunsford and the cultural, historical, and political context in which the Rhododendron Festival and Lunsford’s Mountain Dance and Folk Festival were begun. The event is free and all are welcome.

Whisnant is the author of several books, including Modernizing the Mountaineer: People, Power, and Planning in Appalachia and All That is Native and Fine: The Politics of Culture in an American Region. He holds appointments in English, folklore, American Studies, Latin American Studies, and Communications Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Wednesday October 4, 7.00pm: Festivals on Vinyl: Listening Party at Stackhouse Restaurant
Join us for a night out at Stackhouse Restaurant, 37 S Main Street in Mars Hill. We’ll be digging deep into the Southern Appalachian Archives and spinning records from the past 50 years of the Lunsford Festival! Old-time and bluegrass musicians will be on-hand to talk through the music on the records and to answer any questions. The event is free and all are welcome.

Thursday October 5, 7.00-8.00pm: Swing Your Partner: Old-Time Dance Calls, Figures, and Steps with the Bailey Mountain Cloggers, Broyhill Chapel
The Bailey Mountain Cloggers will bring to life some of the dance formations and calls Bascom Lamar Lunsford collected and wrote about. And… if you are feeling like shaking a leg yourself, there might even be a chance for a bit of audience participation!

Since their founding in 1974, Mars Hill’s Bailey Mountain Cloggers have performed traditional Southern dance all over the world and have earned a reputation for clogging excellence.

Friday October 6, 7.00pm: 50 Years: Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival, Moore Auditorium
Join us for an evening of top-notch old-time and bluegrass music, including performances from Whitewater Bluegrass, The Midnight Plowboys, the Bailey Mountain Cloggers, and fiddlers Rhiannon Ramsey and Roger Howell. The evening will also include special tributes to Bascom Lamar Lunsford and Fiddlin’ Bill Hensley, as well as the presentation of the Lunsford Award to clogger Jeff Atkins.

Ticket costs are: $5/children under 12, and $10/general public in advance, $12 at the door. To purchase a ticket, please visit www.bascomlunsfordfestival.wordpress.com or phone us on 828.689/1115.

Saturday October 7, 10.00am-4.00pm: 50 Years: Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival, Upper Quad
Join us to celebrate 50 years of the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival! The day is free of charge and will feature a wonderful lineup of musicians and dancers, the annual Ballad Swap (1.30-3.30pm), as well as vendors, refreshments, and crafts on the beautiful Upper Quad of the Mars Hill University Campus.

Past Events:

Spring 2017

“The Fight For Bluff: A Community’s Effort to Preserve Its Mountain” Exhibition Opening. February 8, 2017 at 3:30 p.m., Ramsey Center, First Floor Renfro Library. Please join the Public History Program and the Ramsey Center for an afternoon reception to recognize the students who created the exhibition. “The Fight for Bluff” will be on display in the Ramsey Center through July 28, 2017.

“Unveiling Our Treasures” with Professor Brandon Johnson and Ian Kirkpatrick. March 2, 2017 at 3:30 p.m., Ramsey Center, First Floor Renfro Library. In this Ramsey Center program, Instructor of English Brandon Johnson and student Ian Kirkpatrick, a senior Political Science and International Studies major with a History and Regional Studies minor, will share their research from their Hart-Melvin Archival Research Fellowship in Mars Hill University’s Southern Appalachian Archives. The Hart-Melvin fellows will describe some of their discoveries in the James H. Montgomery Music Collection, 1911-2014 and share educational activities they have developed to bring these materials into the classroom.

“David Holt and the Lightning Bolts.” April 7, 2017 at 7 p.m., Moore Auditorium. The Ramsey Center is pleased to partner with the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series to bring world-class music to Moore Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale beginning February 1, 2017, $15 in advance and $20 at the door. VIP seats (guaranteed seating in the first five center rows) are $25. Admission is free for Mars Hill University Students with a valid ID.

“Hike to Bluff Mountain.” April 22, 2016. The Ramsey Center is excited to explore Bluff Mountain for Earth Day this year. Space is limited, so please sign up by contacting Program Coordinator, Hannah Furgiuele at hfurgiuele@mhu.edu or 689-1571. Students will be given priority.

Fall 2016

"Cecil Sharp Centennial Celebration Exhibition" Opening Reception.   September 27, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.  Weizenblatt Gallery, Moore Auditorium, Mars Hill University.  A special program to open the exhibition about Cecil Sharp's travels to Madison County in 1916.  The exhibition will feature photographs by Rob Amberg, John Cohen, David Holt, and others, as well as video and audio content from the Alan Lomax Archives, thanks to a Ramsey Center partnership with Appalshop.  The exhibition will run until October 21, 2016.

49th Annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival.  October 1, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Upper Quad of Mars Hill University Campus.  Evening Concert, 7 p.m., Moore Auditorium.   Join us for the 49th annual festival and celebrate the fall season with traditional Appalachian music, dance, and crafts.  For more information, see www.lunsfordfestival.com.

"A Walk in Big Ivy" with Steven McBride.  October 6, 2016, 7 p.m., Ramsey Center, First Floor, Renfro Library.  Photographer Steven McBride will share his conservation project for Friends of Big Ivy, a group that is working to preserve the biodiversity and beauty of the forest.

Big Ivy Hike. October 15, 2016, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Depart from Broyhill Chapel, Mars Hill University.  All levels accommodated, reservations required.  We have limited space for this trip, which will first be made available to students.  Learn about the history and forests of the Big Ivy community just a few miles south of Mars Hill.  

"Mentors and Heroes" Reception with David Holt.  November 9, 2016, 6 p.m., Ramsey Center, First Floor, Renfro Library. Join us for a reception to celebrate the photography of David Holt.  The exhibit includes over thirty beautiful black and white portraits of Holt's musical mentors and heroes.  It will be on display until December 15th in the Ramsey Center for Regional Studies. 

"Winter's Tune:  Music to Warm an Appalachian Night."  December 9, 2016, 7 p.m., Broyhill Chapel, Mars Hill University.  Doors open at 6 p.m.  Advance tickets are available at www.lunsfordfestival.com.  The third annual winter showcase of the region’s musicians features Madison County songwriters Joe Penland, Brooke and George Buckner, Ashley Heath, Andy Buckner, Pierce Edens, Nikki Reid, and Hannah Furgiuele.  The Bailey Mountain Foundation will also hold a silent auction to raise money to purchase and protect land that is part of this Mars Hill landmark.  For more information, please contact Hannah Furgiuele, Ramsey Center Program Coordinator, at hfurgiuele@mhu.edu or (828) 689-1571.

Spring 2016

Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies Grand Reopening and Exhibition Opening for “Appalachia a Century Ago: Craft through the Lens of William A. Barnhill." January 27, 2016 from 3 to 5 p.m., Ramsey Center, First Floor Renfro Library.  Come tour the Ramsey Center’s improved space for archival storage and services and view an exhibition featuring bark baskets and photographs of Western North Carolina craftspeople taken in this region by William A. Barnhill one hundred years ago.

America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment.” February 11, 2016 at 7 p.m., Belk Auditorium, Wren Student Center, Mars Hill University.  Join the Ramsey Center and the Madison County Arts Council for a screening of this film on Carl Schenck, who started the first forestry school in the United States and helped launch this country’s conservation movement.  Historians Dr. James Lewis and Dr. Kathryn Newfont will share remarks to provide context for the film and explore its relevance for the present day.  This event is part of the Ramsey Center’s programming on the theme, “Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests.”

Unveiling Our Treasures” with Pauline Johnson and Roman Blevins.  February 18, 2016 at 3 p.m., Ramsey Center, First Floor Renfro Library.  In this Ramsey Center program, Instructor of History Pauline Johnson and History major Roman Blevins will share their research from their Hart-Melvin Archival Research Fellowship in Mars Hill University’s Southern Appalachian Archives.  The Hart-Melvin fellows will describe some of their discoveries in the archives and share educational activities they have developed to bring these materials into the classroom.

Cherokee Women: Respected Not Ranked; Contrasting Ways That Cultures Value Women” with Dr. Barbara Duncan on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7 p.m., Broyhill Chapel.  This program will celebrate Women’s History Month.  Dr. Duncan is the education director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.  This event is sponsored by Regional Studies, Women’s Studies, and the Ramsey Center; it is a free event and open to the public.

"Thinking Inside the Box:  Using Modern Tools to Understand Jamestown's Past" with David Givens, Senior Staff Archaeologist, Jamestown Rediscovery on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Broyhill Chapel.  Since 2010, the Jamestown Rediscovery team has discovered three of the top ten archaeology finds in the world as defined by Archaeology Magazine. These finds--evidence of cannibalism, the first Protestant church, and four burials of the “founding fathers” of the colony--were all located within fifty feet of each other in the center of the 1607 James Fort.  In each case, the use of advanced digital mapping and collection of forensic information, including chemical and biological data, would ultimately tell a complex story of James Fort’s tumultuous, early years.  This talk will highlight the advanced techniques--including digital modeling, radiographic, and isotopic information--that aided in the identification and understanding of James Fort’s earliest colonists.

Hike at the Cradle of Forestry, all day, April 9, 2016.  This field trip will depart early in the morning to spend time at the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest outside of Brevard, North Carolina during its seasonal opening before a hike with Dr. Scott Pearson, Mars Hill University Professor of Biology.  Space on the trip is limited, so please contact Hannah Furgiuele at (828) 689-1571 or hfurgiuele@mhu.edu for more information.

Josh Goforth in Concert.  April 26, 2016 at 7 p.m., Moore Auditorium.  Madison County musician and Grammy Award nominee Josh Goforth will perform Bluegrass, as well as traditional Appalachian vocal and instrumental music in this concert that is part of Mars Hill University’s Presidential Lecture and Performance Series.

Fall 2015

Labor Day Hike and Forest Walk on Bailey Mountain with Marc Williams and Ryan Bell. Monday, September 7, 2015, 3:00 p.m., Meet at Ramsey Center, First Floor Renfro Library, Mars Hill University.

“Root Diggers and Herb Gatherers:  How Wild Plants Shaped Post-Civil War Appalachian Society.” A talk by Luke Manget of the University of Georgia. September 15, 2015 at 7 p.m. Peterson Conference Center, First Floor Blackwell Hall, Mars Hill University.

Rural Academy Theater. Monday, September 28, 2015. 7 p.m. Upper Quad of Mars Hill University Campus. The Rural Academy is a collaboration of individuals, two-legged and four, creating theater for primarily rural audiences in response to the growing urbanization of our culture, economy, food, education, media and art. Thank you to the Madison County Tourism Development Authority for supporting this project!  Co-sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) and the Mars Hill University Department of Arts and Theatre Arts.

48th Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival. October 3, 2015. 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. Upper Quad of Mars Hill University Campus and Moore Auditorium. Join us for the 48th annual festival and celebrate the fall season with traditional Appalachian music, dance, and crafts. For more information, see www.lunsfordfestival.com.

Roger Howell Documentary Premier. October 3, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lunsford Festival Evening Concert. Moore Auditorium.

"Symbol and Stereotype:  The Civil War and the Image of the Southern Mountains and Mountaineers," Mars Hill University Presidential Lecture and Performance Series presentation by Dr. Gordon McKinney.  October 6, 2015, 7 p.m., Broyhill Chapel.

A Panel about Southern Appalachian Forests, featuring Mary Kelly, Matthew McCombs, Will Harlan, and Josh Kelly. October 29, 2015 7 p.m. These experts in the field and passionate supporters of Southern Appalachian Forests will discuss the history and future of our forests. Peterson Conference Center, First Floor Blackwell Hall, Mars Hill University.

Winter’s Tune: Music to Warm An Appalachian Night. December 4, 2015. 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Join us for the second annual winter concert series featuring a showcase of our region's talented old-time and bluegrass musicians!  Line-up TBA. For ticket information, call Hannah Furgiuele at (828) 689-1571.

Spring 2015

Unveiling Our Treasures: "Creating Communities: Visionary Women of Southern Appalachia," February 24, 2015, 4:00 p.m., Peterson Conference Center, First Floor Blackwell Hall, Mars Hill University.  Join Hart-Melvin Archival Research Fellows Dr. Jonna Kwiatkowski and Art Therapy major  Amethyst Strivelli as they share discoveries from their research in Mars Hill University's Southern Appalachian Archives.

"River Cane: Cultural Workhorse and Ecological Powerhouse," March 3, 2015, 12 p.m., Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Renfro Library, Mars Hill University.  David Cozzo is the Project Director for the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources (RTCAR). In this program he will discuss river cane, a native woody grass that has deep ties with Cherokee culture and important ecological implications for the southern Appalachian region.

"Giving Voice to Our Stories: An Oral History Journey," March 10, 2015, 7 p.m., Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Renfro Library, Mars Hill University.  Using oral history and other primary source materials, Kelly Navies explores the history of African-American communities in Madison County and other parts of western North Carolina.

"Blogging at Asheville Junction:  Family History, Class, and Community in the Land of Sky," March 26, 2015, 7 p.m., Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Renfro Library, Mars Hill University.  Dr. David Whisnant will talk about his blog, Asheville Junction, by focusing on the slow emergence of urban, non-coalfields-focused Appalachian studies work; his choice of Asheville and of blog medium rather than book; problems with dominant historical narratives of Asheville; and using the “lens” of his own family to help reframe the narrative and analysis.

Fiddlin' 5K "Run for the Music" Road Race, April 11, 2015, 9 a.m., Mars Hill University Upper Quad. Save the date for the third annual race that celebrates traditional mountain music while you run!  The race will benefit both the Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival and the Junior Appalachian Musicians Program of the Madison County Arts Council.

Fall 2014 Events:

"Winter's Tune: Music to Warm an Appalachian Night," December 5, 2014. 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This special winter concert will be held in Broyhill Chapel. It will feature Roger Howell, Bobby Hicks, Stoney Creek Boys, Whitewater Bluegrass Company, and more fine musicians. Tickets on sale now: $15 in advance/ $18 at the door. Call (828) 689-1571 for tickets and more information.

Old Time Barn Dance: 40th Anniversary Celebration for the Bailey Mountain Cloggers, August 22, 2014, 6-9 p.m., Chambers Gymnasium, Mars Hill University Campus. We are excited to partner with the Bailey Mountain Cloggers for this welcome back dance and performance in celebration of the Bailey Mountain Cloggers' 40th Anniversary. We will have a live caller, band, and special guests!

"The Migration of Songs and Ballads Across the Atlantic" with Sara Grey. September 10, 2014 at 3 p.m. in the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Renfro Library, Mars Hill University. Sara Grey has been living in Scotland and briefly in England for the last 32 years. She has always been interested in the migration of songs across the Atlantic and it was a result of a collecting trip to Scotland in 1970 that she moved to the United Kingdom. She has been working closely with other traditional singers from Scotland and Ireland to look at the movement of Celtic songs and how they change. Her presentation is enriched through the accompaniment of her powerful voice and banjo playing.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival, October 4, 2013, All Day, Upper Quad of the Mars Hill University campus and Moore Auditorium. Join us for the 47th annual festival and celebrate the fall season with traditional Appalachian music, dance, and crafts. For more information, see www.lunsfordfestival.com.

Field Trip to East Fork Pottery, October 22, 2014, 3-5:00 p.m. Meet at Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Renfro Library, Mars Hill University. Mars Hill University students, faculty, and staff will spend the afternoon touring the studios and kiln at East Fork Pottery with artist and owner, Alex Matisse. This program continues our exploration of Craft in Southern Appalachia.

"Trunk of Troubles: A Lesson in Basic Preservation of Family Treasures," October 29, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Renfro Library, Mars Hill University. In celebration of Archives Month, Archivist Heather South will discuss how the Western Regional Archives, a branch of the State Archives of North Carolina, is a regional repository for historical collections and research and also a go-to source for information on the care and use of historical treasures like WWII letters and great grandmother’s wedding photos. Using a “Trunk of Troubles,” Heather South will share basic care, handling, and storage instructions and give examples of how you can better preserve your family documents and photographs.

Spring 2014 Events:

Plant Walk and "Craft Plants of Appalachia" Program, February 27, 2014, Plant Walk at 3 p.m. and Lecture at 7 p.m., Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Renfro Library, Mars Hill University.  Ethnobotanist Marc Williams will take participants on a plant walk around the Mars Hill University campus, then give a presentation in the Ramsey Center that evening.  The focus of both events will be the use of native plants in Appalachian crafts, including natural dyes, textile fibers, baskets, fire starters, weapons, and more.

Barn Quilt Project Reception, March 20, 2014, 3 p.m., Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Renfro Library, Mars Hill University.  Mars Hill University First Year Seminar students will describe a class project to explore Madison County barn quilts, created through a program of the Madison County Arts Council, and to paint barn quilts of their own as part of their class's exploration of place.

Fiddlin’ 5K “Run for the Music” Road Race, April 12, 2014, 9 a.m., Upper Quad, Mars Hill University.  With fiddle and banjo music accompanying you through the mountainous roads surrounding Mars Hill University, this race will benefit both the Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival and the Junior Appalachian Musician Program of the Madison County Arts Council.  For more information, see http://www.lunsfordfestival.com/.

Fall 2013 Events:

Craft Night and Open House, September 5, 2013, 6 p.m., Ramsey Center, first floor of Renfro Library.  At this program, we will welcome new and returning students for refreshments, fun, and a hands-on project related to the Ramsey Center's 2013-2015 theme, "Craft in Southern Appalachia."

Cherokee Trip, September 21, 2013, all day.  This trip will explore the craft traditions of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians through visits to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, and Oconaluftee Indian Village.  Attendance is limited.  Please contact Hannah Furgiuele, hfurgiuele@mhu.edu or (828) 689-1571 for more information.

Grand Reopening of the Rural Life Museum, featuring the exhibition, "Interwoven:  Coverlets, Ballads, and America's Discovery of Madison County Folklife," September 28, 2013, 2-5 p.m., Montague Hall.

Rural Academy Theater, October 4, 2013, 7 p.m., Upper Quad of the Mars Hill University campus.  Join us for this unique horse-drawn theater experience by the Rural Academy Theater as they tour Western North Carolina.  The company will perform two different pieces:  the first will be a large-scale toy theater adaptation of an ancient French folktale and the second, a wordless bouffant live performance piece with musical accompaniment.  Both will be workshopped and performed with the Royal Forest Players, an award-winning theater group based out of the United Kingdom.  Silent films from the early 1900s will follow these pieces.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival, October 5, 2013, All Day, Upper Quad of the Mars Hill University campus and Moore Auditorium.  Join us for the 46th annual festival and celebrate the fall season with traditional Appalachian music, dance, and crafts.  For more information, see www.lunsfordfestival.com

"Southern Craft:  A Revival in the Mountains,"  October 29, 2013, 7 p.m., Ramsey Center, first floor of Renfro Library.  In this program, Anna Fariello, North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar, will explore the twentieth-century Craft Revival and discuss its impact on contemporary mountain cultural values, particularly handmade objects, resourcefulness, community, and a sense of place.  This program is made possible by the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Spring 2013 Events:

The Role of the Chestnut in Appalachian Life,” January 31, 2013, 7 p.m., Peterson Conference Center, Blackwell Hall.  Dr. Charlotte Ross will present a program on the ways the chestnut blight in the 1930s and 1940s combined with outside forces to change Appalachian society forever.  A representative of the American Chestnut Foundation will be present with information about current efforts to restore the American chestnut tree.  This program is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Welcome Reception for Les Reker, Director of the Rural Life Museum, Mars Hill College, February 19, 2013, 3 to 5 p.m., Montague Hall.  Please join Ramsey Center staff at a reception to welcome Mr. Les Reker, the new Director of the Rural Life Museum in the recently renovated Montague Hall, located on the Upper Quad of the Mars Hill College campus.

Unveiling Our Treasures,” February 27, 2013, 3 p.m., Broyhill Chapel.  Join Hart-Melvin Archival Research Fellows Dr. Joel Reed and Andrew Hebert as they share their research on the Paul G. Newton Collection of shape-note hymnals that are part of the Southern Appalachian Archives.  Performances and shape-note demonstrations by the College Chamber Singers and the Music Department Quartet.  Solos by Andrew Hebert and Carter Benge.

Appalachian Studies Association Conference, March 22-24, 2013, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. Ramsey Center staff and Regional Studies faculty members and students will give presentations and attend the 36th annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference.  More information is available at www.appalachianstudies.org.

Fiddlin’ 5K “Run for the Music” Road Race, April 13, 2013, Mars Hill College.  With fiddle and banjo music accompanying you through the mountainous roads surrounding Mars Hill College, this race will benefit both the Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival and the Junior Appalachian Musician Program of the Madison County Arts Council.  This event is open to the public, and we would love for you to join us!  For more information, see www.lunsfordfestival.com/home/fiddlin-5k/.

Fall 2012 Events:

August 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Renfro Library. Ramsey Center Open House and Welcome Back gathering for students.Join us for a movie, refreshments, and fun!

September 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Peterson Conference Center, Blackwell Hall, Mars Hill College. "Rocky Fork and Beyond: Protecting Southern Appalachian Biodiversity--and Scenery--One Acre at a Time." Talk by Jay Leutze, author of Stand Up That Mountain and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Trustee and Acquisition Specialist.

September 9, 2012 at 1 p.m.Rocky Fork Hike with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Trustee David Ramsey. Space on the hike is limited. Please contact Hannah Furgiuele at (828) 689-1571 or hfurgiuele@mhc.edu to sign up.

September 19, 2012 at 3:30 p.m., Peterson Conference Center, Blackwell Hall, Mars Hill College. "Where There are Mountains" Panel Discussion. Join an interdisciplinary conversation on the meanings ascribed to the mountain landscape from the perspectives of History, Foreign Language, Biology, and Literature with Mars Hill College professors Dr. Lucia Carter, Dr. Greg Clemons, Dr. Scott Pearson, Dr. Joanna Pierce, and Dr. Kathy Newfont, moderator.

October 6, 2012, all day, 45th Annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival. For more information, see www.lunsfordfestival.com.

October 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Montague Hall, Mars Hill College. "The Role of the Chestnut in Appalachian Life" with Dr. Charlotte Ross, North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar.This program is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.Canceled due to inclement weather--watch our web site for a rescheduled date in Spring 2013.

Spring 2012 Events:

February 16, 2012 at 3 p.m., "Unveiling Our Treasures," Peterson Conference Center in Blackwell Hall, Mars Hill College: The fourth annual "Unveiling Our Treasures" program features the work of this year's Hart-Melvin Archival Research Fellows, Dr. Marc Mullinax, Associate Professor of Religion, and Zoology major Jordon Crawford.

March 3, 2012, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Local Farm Day Service Project with LifeWorks and the Ramsey Center:Join us as we head out to a local farm to learn about food security and the local farming economy.

March 5, 2012, 7-8:30 p.m. in Belk Auditorium, Wren College Union: We will follow up our service day with LifeWorks through the Citizenship Series on campus.Following a film excerpt, we will continue exploring the topic of local farms, hunger, food security, and more in a panel discussion featuring Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's Emily Jackson, and Madison County 4-H.

March 29, 2012, 4-5 p.m., Liston B. Ramsey Center, Renfro Library, Regional Studies Photography Exhibition: Come and see the photography of Mars Hill College students as they display their work on the theme, "The Wide Reach of Appalachia" on the second floor of Renfro Library after presenting at the Appalachian Studies Association conference in Pennsylvania.

April 12, 2012, 3 p.m. Liston B. Ramsey Center, Renfro Library, Plant Walk: A plant walk with ethnobotanist Marc Williams.Come discover the rich diversity of plants on the Mars Hill College campus while learning their cultural complexities.

April 13, 2012, 7-10 p.m., Chambers Gymnasium, Mars Hill College, National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant Celebration: Come dance and celebrate the culmination of a multi-year fundraising effort that supports the Southern Appalachian Archives of the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies.Performance by the Bailey Mountain Cloggers and the Cole Mountain Cloggers.Dances called by Rodney Sutton with the music of the Spring Chickens.

May 20, 2012, 7-10 p.m., Moore Auditorium, Mars Hill College, "Heritage Comes Home" Concert: A fundraiser benefitting the Ramsey Center's NEH Challenge Grant for the Southern Appalachian Archives featuring Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, Casey Driessen, Dennis Crouch, and Tim O'Brien.

Fall 2011 Events:

September 17, 2011: Craggy Mountains Hike

October 25, 2011: Mountain Justice

Spring 2011 Events:

February 15, 2011: Unveiling Our Treasures:The Bascom Lamar Lunsford Collection

Fall 2010 Events:

September 13, 2010: "Oh Brother": What Next? Making Sense of the Folk Fad

September 25 - November 6, 2010: New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music . Join us and experience a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition and multiple events highlighting the rich traditions found in America's cultural soundtrack.

September 25, 2010: Our Harmonies: A Community Celebration of American Roots Music

October 2, 2010: The 43rd Annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival. Join us at this all-day festival and evening concert featuring the region's finest music and dance.

October 10, 2010: "SodomSong" Gallery Talk

October 23, 2010: Kids' Day at New Harmonies

October 28, 2010: Jane Hicks Gentry

November 5, 2010: Grand Masters Fiddler Tribute

Spring 2010 Events:

February 23, 2010: Unveiling Our Treasures: James G.K. McClure Farmers Federation Collection

March 25, 2010: Stories and Snapshots from the Field: Conversations with Dr. Charles Thompson

April 17, 2010: Day of Service with Fields of Hope