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October 2020

Invasive Plant Species walk

October 11 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Bailey Mountain Preserve, 885 Forest St.
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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Have you ever wondered where Kudzu came from, or Chinese Silver Grass? These are two of the many plants that have made their homes here in the mountains, often eliminating the native species that have evolved here over millennia. Join The Friends of Bailey Mtn for one of our first educational ecology outings to learn about the remarkable plants and animals that reside in this new Preserve. Our focus will be on the non-native invasive species that reside there. We’ll…

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Boogers and Beasties: An Evening of Spooky Appalachian Tales

October 29 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Circle 'round the campfire (computer) for an evening of spooky mountain tales from award-winning storyteller and ballad singer Bobby McMillon. The event is free but space is limited. To reserve your spot, email Leila Weinstein, lweinstein@mhu.edu. For more information, call  828-689-1115

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November 2020

The Irish & Scottish Influence on American Fiddletunes

November 06 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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This presentation has as its objective to create a dialogue in the Mars Hill community about the intersections of musical tradition, identity, and history. We will explore these intersections by specifically looking at how the traditional dance music of Ireland and Scotland shaped American Oldtime & dance music musically, culturally, and historically. Different from other presentations, this will be entirely musical in nature. I'll play the tunes, styles, and settings of the fiddletunes common to these traditions and we'll compare…

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Feast and Farmin’: A Celebration of Western North Carolina Agricultural History

November 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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This event is a celebration of a research project about heritage foods and farming practices in Madison County undertaken by a Mars Hill University professor and student in collaboration with MHU's Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, MHU's Center for Community Engagement, and the Appalachian Barn Alliance. Guests will take a virtual farm tour with MHU Professor Ethan Mannon. Director of the Southern Appalachian Archives Karen Paar will share resources for learning more about western North Carolina’s rich agricultural history, and…

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February 2021

Love and Light: The Blackalachian on the Trail

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Belk Auditorium, 100 Athletic St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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The Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, the Black Student Association (BSA), and the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in partnership with Outdoor Recreation Center (Office of Campus Engagement and Leadership) and the Environmental Studies Program, present:  Love & Light: The Blackalachian on the Trail. This event will be held on Zoom and in-person in Belk Auditorium (simultaneously). Zoom link will be sent out via Daily Announcements and COVID safety protocols will be followed for the in-person event: masks are…

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March 2021

The Unseen Scene: Writing the Body into Place, An Evening with author Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Day Hall Rm 303, 100 Athletic St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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The Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, in partnership with the Indigenous Student Association and the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, presents: The Unseen Scene: Writing the Body into Place, An Evening with author Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle This event will be held on Zoom and in-person in Day Hall 303 (simultaneously). Zoom link will be sent out via Daily Announcements and COVID safety protocols will be followed for the in-person event: masks are required and social distancing will mean that…

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April 2021

Country Queers: Documenting Rural LGBTQIA+ Pasts & Presents

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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The Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, in partnership with Prism and the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, presents: Country Queers: Documenting Rural LGBTQIA+ Pasts & Presents Country Queers is an ongoing multimedia oral history project that has been documenting rural queer and trans experiences in the U.S. across intersecting layers of identity since 2013. Rae Garringer, founder and director, will talk about their motivation for starting the project, how the project has evolved since its beginning, and future plans…

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Student Hike

April 18 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
100 Athletic St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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Join MHU graduate student Marta Escanero Funes as she leads a hike with the Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies and the Outdoor Recreation Center. We will caravan from MHU to the hiking spot (no more than 45 mins away) and then we'll enjoy some of the natural beauty of this area. The hike will NOT be strenuous, and WILL be suitable for beginners AND we'll supply snacks! (Location will depend on weather, so will be determined closer to time.) To…

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Craft Pop-up

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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One event on April 22 at 10:00 am

One event on April 27 at 10:00 am

Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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This spring we'll be having some craft pop-ups just outside the Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies (we're on the Bailey Street side of Renfro Library). Different craft every time. Just stop by on your way from here to there and see an expert craftsperson making something! (Dates are subject to change due to weather.)

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August 2021

Play Music on the Porch Day

August 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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What if for one day everything stopped… and we all just listened to the music.” That’s the idea behind Play Music on the Porch Day, which is a worldwide event where people, well… do just that! Join the Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies at the Old Frog Level School (the log cabin on Bailey Street) on Mars Hill’s campus for an afternoon of mountain tunes. Don Pedi and friends will be playing some mountain tunes and you’re welcome to bring…

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September 2021

You Gave Me a Song

September 23 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
100 Athletic St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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You Gave Me a Song Screening and Discussion You Gave Me a Song offers an intimate portrait of old-time music pioneer Alice Gerrard and her remarkable, unpredictable journey creating and preserving traditional music. The film follows eighty-four-year-old Gerrard over several years, weaving together verité footage of living room rehearsals, recording sessions, songwriting, archival work, and performances with photos and rare field recordings. Much of the film is told in Gerrard’s voice and via interviews with musical collaborators and family members…

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October 2021

Craft Pop-Up

October 05 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Upper Quad / Lunsford Commons, College St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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During the Ramsey Center Craft Pop-ups, you get the chance to visit with a local artist, talk to them about their craft, and maybe even have a hands-on experience - all in the open air! Just look for a tent and table on the upper quad, and you can drop by at your convenience. It's a great way to unwind in between classes or even to get inspiration for your own art! On October 5 (rain date October 7), we'll…

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