Saturday, October 28, 2006

greetings from the Crooked Road

hi everyone
hope you are well
here is a recent scene from the Crooked Road

this is at the Country Store the other day
Store owner Woody C. & Floyd artist Carter H. are also shown in the photo

Mark W. visited Floyd for the second time the other day
I think he had a good time

He spoke to reporters about the significance of the Crooked Road Music Trail and as a fellow advocate of Crooked Road Music Trail awareness I appreciate his visit very much.

Don't be a stranger Mark W.!
Please come back any time at all to the store.
any friend of the Crooked Road Music Trail is a friend of mine.

bye everyone, thanks for reading.

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival begins today in Ferrum

---...--- news for Saturday, October 28, 2006 - the 33rd Blue Ridge Folklife Festival begins today in Ferrum, Virginia. This family-friendly event is Virginia's largest celebration of regional folkways. Activities will include coon dog contests, horse pulls, mule jumping, children's games, a quilt show, music on three stages, and much more.

This one day event begins at 10 and ends at 5 pm, rain or shine. Admission price is $9 for adults, $8 for youth age 6 to 15, and free for folks under the age of 6 or over the age of 60.

For more information, please visit


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You are Invited


Please join us at the Jacksonville Center in Floyd, Virginia on Sunday, October 29 from noon to 4 pm for the Kidfest Halloween celebration.

This is a FREE event and ALL are welcome!

Activities & events planned for this day include:

- Pumpkin customizing activities for all ages, including carving, painting, etc.
- A non-competitive costume contest
- Freaky music in the silo at 3 pm
- Much more!


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Friday, October 27, 2006

music at cafe del sol tonight

hi everyone
Billy will be playing at 7:30 at Cafe del Sol tonight
this is in downtown Floyd near the Country Store
bye, have a great evening


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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 27

  1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
  2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

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hi everyone
hope you are well

it is snowing a bit here, that sure happened fast

here is a scene from the Floyd Fandango
many thanks to everyone who helped to make this such a bizarre and fun weekend

If you missed it, you missed a mini Ferris wheel, performing dogs, belly dancers, and lots more

There were fewer clowns than I originally expected, which is good.

(Some clown did schedule Carbon Culture for only one performance at 11 am on Saturday, but everyone makes mistakes.)

Junior Brown was incredibly great
Gyroscopic gave their usual mesmerizing performances while managing to avoid frostbite
the Wild Turkeys were fantastic as always

American Dumpster was an especially very fun surprise
I had not seen them ever play before.

shown above is a scene from one of their performances
Billy is playing as a guest in this photo; Christian Breeden is the one with the guitar

I hope you will make the American Dumpster band feel especially welcome when they come to play in Roanoke in November

some art & music news has just been posted on the Northern Most Page of the loop, this includes info on the Dumpster show & many other fine events

I need to go now, take care & thanks very much for reading
have a beautiful day.



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Thursday, October 19, 2006

wuvt benefit tonight

hi everyone

there is a wuvt benefit at Cabo Fish Taco tonight
details can be found on the wuvt website

Carbon Culture will play at the Fandango on Saturday morning

Also, here is a newsbit about Celtic night:

October 19, 2006 - Traditional Irish music sessions will take place at the Cellar Restaurant in Blacksburg, Virginia every third Thursday starting tonight. Music will begin at 9:30 pm.

bye, have a great day.


news from the Jacksonville Center

hi everyone, this info just arrived from the Jacksonville Center...


We have new tenants in Studio #124.
Karen Day and McCabe Coolidge will be opening their
studio in November. They have many exciting ideas
and we expect them to play a major part in the future
of the Jacksonville Center Open Studio program.
Drop by and give them a warm welcome!


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

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hi everyone
hope you are having a beautiful day
here are some newsbits

the first bit of news is, A'Court Bason will be playing music at his art reception this Saturday, the 21st of October

I believe that the festivities begin at 6 and the music will begin at 8
this will be in Floyd at Over the Moon Gallery

Floyd Fandango will be going on this weekend as well. Junior Brown, Wild Turkeys, Carbon Culture, and many others will play. Billy & Chris will play in the Twilight Lounge on several occasions.

oh yes I am supposed to mention this - I will be having a show at Cafe Sol starting in late November. Details on this soon. A postcard may be in the works. I am not sure.

so, the folk festival in Richmond was incredibly great
my big dream came true & I got to see Hazel Dickens perform live

we met a million nice people and saw so many interesting things
some images are here and there along the loop

Celtic Night will begin tomorrow night at the Cellar Restaurant in downtown Blacksburg
traditional Irish music sessions will begin at 9:30 every third Thursday, starting tomorrow

All are welcome!

bye, take care


-...--- save the date reminder - Saturday, October 28th 2006 - - 1st Annual Spookfest & Costume Party with Midnight Spaghetti & The Chocolate G-Strings - - ----...--- - - - $10 advance, $15 day of show. - - --...--- Tickets available at WinterSun, Harvest Moon, Crossroads, Mainstream Music, Rocket Music & online. - -- - Prepare to scare. The Halloween costume party tradition returns to Floyd with an event that no inner child should miss. Featuring a a costume competition with $100 first prize. - - -- -

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Jack Spadaro: Hero of the Southern Appalachian Coalfields to Speak at Appalachian State University

Jack Spadaro is scheduled to speak at Appalachian State University on October 26th, from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Belk Library, room 114. His presentation, is titled, Mountain Top Removal and the Destruction of Appalachia.

Raised in the West Virginia coalfields, Jack Spadaro worked in the mines to finance his college education, receiving a degree in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University. His efforts earned him a position as the top safety trainer, and superintendent for the Mine Safety Health Administration’s National Mine Health and Safety Academy. He soon lost favor, though, with MSHA and the Sr. Bush administration, when he transitioned from employee to whistle-blower.

In October of 2000, a sludge dam, owned by mining giant Massey Energy, failed in Martin County, Kentucky, resulting in an environmental disaster worse than the Exxon-Valdese oil spill. Spadaro was assigned to investigate the incident, and when he insisted that Massey be held accountable for the negligence that allowed the flood to occur, Spadaro’s files, and computer were confiscated and he was given “early retirement.”

Spadaro now dedicates his time to fighting injustice in the coalfields and serves as an expert witness in court cases related to mining issues. Though soft-spoken, Spadaro’s voice resounds with a boom when addressing issues of coal-mining safety.

Spadaro is the recipient of several awards, including the Jenco Foundation Award for Service to Humanity in Appalachia, the Chuck Chambers Public Service Award of the West Virginia Environmental Council, and the Helen Lewis Community Service Award of the Appalachian Studies Association.

Spadaro’s presentation is sponsored by Appalachian Voices, Center for Appalachian Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Sustainable Development.


via Appalachian Voices

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006



image - a scene from the 2006 National Folk Festival in Richmond, Virginia

Monday, October 16, 2006

about the Birke Art Symposium

hi everyone,

below is some news I just clipped via the Herald-Dispatch/OVEC newsfeed:


Held once every four years, The Birke Art Symposium has been offering a wide array of free community art experiences this fall semester with the College of Fine Arts offering everything from public sculptures to lectures, and history-rich music projects and theater.

This week, the Symposium, whose theme is "Arts For All," winds up its successful run with a visit on campus and at the Huntington Museum of Art from Syracuse, N.Y., resident Carrie Mae Weems, who uses conceptual photography, sculpture, sound, and video, to document and challenge perceptions of race, gender and class.

Also, some of Appalachia's finest writers gather to speak about the environmental and social damage being done by the devastating coal mining practice of Mountaintop Removal.

Here's a look at the remaining schedule for the Birke Art Symposium. All events are free except for the Marshall University Theatre performances of HAIR and the workshop with Carrie Mae Weems at the Huntington Museum of Art.

Wednesday, Oct. 18-19 -- Mountain Top Removal Displays, noon to
1:30 p.m. at the Rotunda, Memorial Student Center, Marshall University.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 -- Carrie Mae Weems presentation at 7:30 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, Marshall University Gender, racial and social aspects of her work .

Thursday, Oct. 19 -- Carrie Mae Weems, Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. at the Huntington Museum of Art Auditorium. Carrie Mae Weems will present a public gallery talk on her work in general, and specifically on the exhibitions HMA will present: May Days Long Forgotten and Italian Dreams.

Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22 -- Gropius Workshop with Carrie Mae Weems. All-day. Huntington Museum of Art Participants must register and enroll with the Huntington Museum of Art (304) 529-2702 or for the interdisciplinary workshop on designing a performance space and piece.

Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 -- Writers Symposium on Mountain Culture, Mountain Top Removal, and the Environment.

Friday, Oct. 20 -- Registration, Welcome and Book-Fair at 3 p.m. Smith Hall Atrium in front of the Birke Art Gallery

Friday, Oct. 20 -- Roundtable, Writing for the Environment at 4 p.m. at Smith Hall 154, featuring writers from "Missing Mountains" (Wind Press)

Friday, Oct. 20 -- Readings at
7:30 p.m. at Smith Hall 154, featuring writers from "Missing Mountains" (Wind Press)

Friday, Oct, 20 -- Reception with the "37 Flood" at 9 p.m. at Java Joint, Corner of Hal Greer Blvd., 3rd Avenue

Saturday, Oct. 21 -- Writing Workshops at 9: a.m. to 10:20 a.m. in Smith Hall, featuring Chris Holbrook (Smith Hall 113), Charlie Hughes (Smith Hall 227) and Kristin Johannsen (Smith Hall 263)

Saturday, Oct. 21 -- "Coal: An Anthology of Poetry" from 10:30 a.m. to Noon in Smith Hall 154, Blair Mountain Press Reading.

Saturday, Oct. 21 -- Workshops at 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Smith Hall, featuring Erik Reece (Smith Hall 113), Anne Shelby (Smith Hall 227), and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall (Smith Hall 263)

Saturday, Oct. 21 -- Keynote Address, Denise Giardina at 3 to
4 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, Marshall University.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006



Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Aberfan: Children of the Valley

hi everyone
hope you are well

here is an article I just found on

Aberfan: Children of the Valley

this article was written to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragedy at Aberfan (Wales) in which an avalanche of coal mining waste made Aberfan "the village with no children"

bye, take care & God bless.
- Suzy

Friday, October 06, 2006



image - Ed Wiley in Washington, DC.
from the Appalachian Voices Front Porch blog.

Sago news via Yahoo headlines


Feds find Sago air packs deficient

By TIM HUBER, Associated Press Writer Thu Oct 5, 10:57 PM ET

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The brand of air pack used by miners during the Sago Mine disaster is prone to have damaged air hoses and can make it difficult for miners to breathe, according to a federal report obtained by The Associated Press. Read more...


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Wednesday, October 04, 2006 art news for october 4, 2006

---...--- - -...---- - - - - - - - -...--- - - - - - a memo to readers - there will be an art event in Huntington, West Virginia on November 11, 2006 to benefit OVEC (the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition). The event will take place across from Pullman Square, and will begin at 7 pm. Please visit the OVEC website at or stay tuned to the news loop for details. - - -...---- - - - - - -...---- - - - - - - - -...--- - -- - - -...--- - - -On display until Oct. 22: West Virginia Labor Art Show in the WV Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston, W.Va. Wess Harris, publisher of "When Miners March" by William C. Blizzard, is providing digital reproductions of lost paintings by Connie West, the wife of legendary writer/organizer Don West, for the show. Much mining-related will be on display. - -...---- - - - - - - - -...--- - -

Tuesday, October 03, 2006



image tags - Sarah McCarthy, studio 120 at the Jacksonville Center

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Monday, October 02, 2006 art news for October 2. 2006

hi everyone
hope you are well & had a great weekend

Genesis Chapman is going to be having a reception on Friday, October 6 from 6 to 10 pm
this will be an exhibit of his new works on paper

the exhibit title is Water. here is the address -

Drawing Gallery at the Water Heater
813 5th St SW
Roanoke Virginia 24016

bye, have a great day. -Suzy


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