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October 2020

Lunsford Festival Banjo Circle

October 02 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
100 Athletic St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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Since we can’t gather in person this year, why not do the next-best thing and join us online from the comfort of your own home! We'll be hosting an intimate banjo round-robin with some of our wonderful western North Carolina pickers. Pull up a chair and have a listen to some of the distinctive styles from this region. This online event is free, but please reserve a ticket as space is limited. Reserve Tickets

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Lunsford Festival Ballad Swap

October 03 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
100 Athletic St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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When English musicologist Cecil Sharp visited Madison County in 1916, he found so much music that he wrote that he’d discovered a “nest of singing birds.” He collected songs from 29 Madison County singers on his trip and some of the descendants of those singers are still proudly carrying on the tradition. In this intimate setting (and from the comfort of your own home!) you’ll have the chance to hear 7th and 8th generation ballad singers as they breathe life…

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Lunsford Festival Fiddle Circle

October 05 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
100 Athletic St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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Since we can’t gather for the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival in person this year, why not do the next-best thing and join us online from the comfort of your own home! We'll be hosting an intimate fiddle round-robin featuring Lillian Chase, Sara Nell Chase, Bryan McDowell, Rhiannon Ramsey, and Carol Rifkin. Pull up a chair and have a listen to some of the distinctive styles from this region! This online event is free, but please reserve a ticket as space…

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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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