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      Carnegie Hall’s three rotating galleries feature regional artists for May and June in the Old Stone Room (ground floor), Lobby Gallery (Hamilton Auditorium), and Museum Gallery (adjacent to the Auditorium). 
      Rachel Dennison’s “Foothills & Folklore” is featured in the Lobby Gallery. Rachel is a creator living in wild and wonderful West Virginia. She has lived in her old farmhouse with her wife, Sarah, for years now. She left the city for the edge of the woods to bring her closer to both her family and the natural world.
      Her work focuses on the intersection of everyday and surreal. She creates whimsical paintings often focusing on personal growth and societal issues, described through natural elements. Growing up in a remote area, she quickly learned that having a vivid imagination made for more exciting adventures.  
      The exhibits are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, please visit carnegiehallwv.org, call (304) 645-7917, or stop by the Hall at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV. 
      Carnegie Hall programs are presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
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      Carnegie Hall continues its 2024 Ivy Terrace Concert Series Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. with Elements Of Us. Sponsored by City National Bank, the concert takes place outside on Carnegie Hall’s Ivy Terrace as attendees watch from the expansive lawn in front of New River Community and Technical College. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and pack a picnic to enjoy live music. All Ivy Terrace concerts are free, open to the public, and alcohol free.
      Elements of Us is an independent alternative pop group based out of Lewisburg, West Virginia. The band has three members: Koley Bolen, Tyler Keatley, and Jesse Gilbert. The members have been best friends for many years and have been writing and producing music together for the past three years.
      Currently, the band is finishing up a series of albums set to be released throughout 2024 and will be touring later this year.
      Greenbrier Dairy’s Cow Licks Dessert Trailer and Kitchen 304 will be vending on location. 
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      The West Virginia Renaissance Festival had an exhilarating opening weekend, with hundreds of attendees immersing themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of a 16th-century English village. If you missed the opening festivities, don't worry—there's still plenty of excitement left this season!
      All Weekends in June
      Each weekend in June, the WV Renaissance Festival transports visitors back in time. Wander through the "cobble-stone" streets of a lively 16th-century English village, complete with jousting knights, noblemen, fair maidens, craftspeople, fairies, and a variety of savory food and drinks, including local West Virginia brews. Vendors and entertainers of every kind await to enchant festival-goers of all ages.
      Themed Weekend Lineup
      June 8-9, 2024 ~ Celtic Crossing Weekend: Celebrate with Celtic music, dance, and heritage. June 15-16, 2024 ~ Pirates Landing Weekend: Don your best pirate costume for a chance to win the costume contest! June 22-23, 2024 ~ Vikings Valhalla Weekend: Experience the thrill of Viking lore and festivities. June 29-30, 2024 ~ Time Travelers Weekend: Join in on a journey through various eras, featuring time-traveling characters. Festival Highlights
      Puppies of Penzance: America's favorite dog show featuring tricks and treasure on a pirate ship manned by pups. Jousting Knights and Steeds: The longest-running theatrical jousting show in America, with daily performances at 12:00, 3:00, and 5:30. Adamo Ignis: A captivating fire show with stunts, fire eating, and fire dancing. Aerial Alanna: Stunning aerial acts on hoop, sling, and moon. The Washing Well Wenches: Interactive theater with vaudeville and sketch comedy. Fakespeare: A comedic, condensed version of Shakespeare’s tragedies. The Knotty Nauticals: A pirate-themed comedy show with fire eating, rope walking, and juggling. Gravity Check: Unique juggling and comedic banter. Musical Performances
      Randal Piper — Tenacious DnD: A musical adventure tapping into the mind of Chaos. Marco and the Echo Folk: A blend of musical technology and theatrical storytelling. sämäs: An energetic and primal musical experience inspired by ancient magic. Frostylocks and Splinter: Interactive bardic tales and playful shenanigans. Kathleen Finnegan: Beautiful tunes on the Irish harp. Cast in Bronze: The haunting sound of the carillon. Coal Black Rose: Unique Olde World music performances. Magnus & Maggie: A blend of melody, song, and studied nonsense. Boom Boom Shake: Modern music with an ancient vibe. Rambling Sailors: Harmonious sea songs and shanties. Delicious Food and Drink
      Enjoy a variety of food and drink options at the festival:
      The Pub: Turkey legs, scotch eggs, papal bacon, and more. Tudor Tower: Chocolate-dipped treats and dessert crepes. Friar Tuck’s Pantry: Gyros, falafel, fresh cut fries, and more. Barbarian Buffet: Steak on a stake, turkey legs, and bratwurst. Caribbean Specialties: Jerk chicken tacos, sandwiches, and curries. Cogs Farms Snacks: Popcorn, kettle corn, and cinnamon roasted nuts. Artisans and Craftspeople
      Explore a diverse range of artisans showcasing their crafts, from glass blowing and Greco-Roman costumes to fairy garb and wooden mugs. Watch live demonstrations and find unique treasures from local and traveling artisans.
      Games and Activities
      Unicorn, warhorse, and camel rides Archery, ax throwing, knife and star throwing Test of Strength and Castle Escape room Maze, Jacob’s Ladder, and more Festival Details
      Dates: June 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, 2024
      Hours: 11 am-8 pm, Saturdays and Sundays only
      Location: 23439 Midland Trail East, Lewisburg, WV 24901
      Pricing: Adults $18, Children 6-12 $8, Under 6 FREE
      For more information, visit the WV Renaissance Festival website. Don’t miss your chance to step back in time and enjoy a season full of excitement and adventure!
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      Carnegie Hall begins the 2024 Ivy Terrace Concert Series Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. with an Appreciation Show for Carnegie Hall 2024-2025 Volunteers with music by The Carpenter Ants. Sponsored by City National Bank, the concert takes place outside on Carnegie Hall’s Ivy Terrace as attendees watch from the expansive lawn in front of New River Community and Technical College. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and pack a picnic to enjoy live music. All Ivy Terrace concerts are free, open to the public, and alcohol free.
      Over four decades and more than 4,000 performances, The Carpenter Ants, a quartet steeped in Appalachian gospel, soul, and country, has amassed a resume that rivals many national groups and includes some of the most creative artists in American music.
      The group has recorded and performed with British folk-blues icon Kevin Coyne; wunderkind singer/songwriter Nellie McKay; singer/actress/Surrealist Ann Magnuson; and co-founder/host of NPR’s “Mountain Stage” Larry Groce. 
      A testament to its “solidarity,” the group still includes three of four original members (singer Charlie Tee passed in 2021) and has brought its sound - and the rich music of Appalachia - to listeners nationally and internationally.  Members are Michael Lipton (guitar/vox), Ted Harrison (bass/vox), Jupie Little (drums/vox) and Mark Bates (organ/vox).
      The Ants have toured Moscow three times, performing at venues including the prestigious 3,500-seat Russia Concert Hall, and a Letterman-styled TV show (audience: 100 million). Five tours of Slovakia have included festivals and events for the Roma community and Ukraine refugees. 
      The Carpenter Ants have appeared on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” (Lipton has been the show’s house electric guitarist for nearly 40 years) and “Whad’Ya Know?” and have been joined onstage at their storied “post Mountain Stage jam” by guests including Tyler Childers, Amanda Shires, Margo Price, Steve Poltz, Paul Thorn, Terry Adams, Todd Snider, Lenny Kaye, Kukuruza (Russia) and Mokomba (Zimbabwe).
      For the first Ivy Terrace concert, Greenbrier Dairy’s Cow Licks Dessert Trailer and Kitchen 304 will be vending on location. 
      Concerts may be canceled due to inclement weather, so Follow and Like Carnegie Hall’s Facebook page for updates. For more information, please visit www.carnegiehallwv.org or call (304) 645-7917.
      Carnegie Hall WV is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Fantasy Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.  
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      Carnegie Hall is excited to announce its 2024-2025 Performance Series schedule as it prepares to celebrate its 41st season of “Bringing the Arts to Life.” This season has something for everyone, with a lineup that includes all genres of music.
      New Season Subscriptions are on sale now. Individual tickets go on sale to Carnegie Hall Members on Saturday, July 8, and to the public on Monday, July 17. The free Club Carnegie Preshow Reception in the Board Room will open one hour prior to each show and during intermission.  
      The Mainstage Performance Series kicks off on Sunday, October 6, 2024, at 7 p.m., with Mountain Stage with host Kathy Mattea.  Be a part of Mountain Stage's live radio audience at Carnegie Hall, as they record a new episode for NPR Music. Host Kathy Mattea will welcome guest artists American Patchwork Quartet, Kyshona, The Brother Brothers, Stephanie Lambring, and more.
      Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music, each two-hour episode is recorded in front of a live audience and can be heard every week on nearly 300 stations across America, and around the world via NPR Music and mountainstage.org.
      America’s premier large brass ensemble, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass (RMPBB) will grace the Hamilton Auditorium stage on Friday, November 1, 2024, at 7 p.m. RMPBB is a family owned and operated business that had its beginnings on the streets of New Orleans. On the advice of family patriarch Ellis Marsalis, the group created a concert format that breaks the usual barriers between genres and strives to create a connection between the audience and performers.
      Back by popular demand, and what has now become a holiday tradition, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) conducted by Music Director Maurice Cohn will perform on Friday, December 6, 2024, at 7 p.m. WVSO is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical, pop, and chamber-music concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. WVSO performs primarily at the Clay Center in Charleston, West Virginia, performs over 50 concerts annually around the state, and has a nationally award-winning education program.
      On Friday, February 7, 2025, at 7 p.m., Naturally Seven returns to Carnegie Hall for the first time after back-to-back performances in 2004 and 2005.  Originally classified as an “A Capella group”, it so vastly underplayed what they created onstage that they had to coin a phrase – “Vocal Play” – to more accurately depict what they do. Naturally Seven is more than a tightly orchestrated collection of great singers. They transform their voices into actual human instruments, effortlessly producing music of any genre. For the Carnegie Hall show, Naturally Seven has taken some of the greatest songs associated with film over the last 75 years and are telling the story of film and cultural history through the music that defines it.
      Changing pace, the Tartan Terrors bring their Celtic Invasion to Carnegie Hall, blending the energy of a rock show with humor and stepdance Friday, March 7, 2025, at 7 p.m.  With a distinctive sound and a proud tradition of making Celtic music fun and accessible to any audience, the Terrors have played big stages across North America, including The Iridium, Times Square, NYC, Daryl's House Club, Pawling, NY, Freeman Arts Pavilion, Selbyville, DE, Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival, Florence, MA, and The Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival in Dunedin, FL.
      On Saturday, April 5, 2025, at 7 p.m., Lights Out presents A Tribute to Frankie Valli and More. Being hailed as "The Nation's #1 Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, "Lights Out" brings a high energy show, tight harmonies, comedy, audience participation, engaging personality, and a fully choreographed show that keeps audiences captivated from beginning to end.
      The final Main Stage Performance brings it all back home with gospel group The McCrary Sisters on Saturday, May 3. The McCrary Sisters sing gospel that melds traditional with contemporary and incorporates their influences of classic soul, Americana, blues, rock, and R&B music. Central to their work and any show is their boundless joy in singing, and a desire to spread hope, love, healing (and dancing). The McCrary Sisters have recorded or performed with notable artists Martina McBride, Eric Church, Patty Griffin, Rosanne Cash, Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams Jr., Dr. John, Sheryl Crow, and many more.
      Carnegie Hall’s Classics Series and Second Stage Series will also return for the 2024-2025 season.
      The Carnegie Classics Series will once again present three performances hosted by Steinway Artist Barbara Nissman and feature special guests. The first concert, Franz Liszt, Superstar!, takes place on Saturday, October 26, 2024, and is a Nissman solo performance. The next performances are More Beethoven, the Great! on Saturday, January 25, 2025, and Chopin, The Beautiful, on Saturday, May 17, 2025, will feature Nissman with West Virginia special guest musicians. Carnegie Hall’s Classics Series is designed to introduce classical music and Carnegie Hall to new audiences, as well as inspire and entertain current classical music enthusiasts. All shows start at 7 p.m.
      The Second Stage Series consists of five special concerts that take place in the Old Stone Room located on the ground floor of the Hall. The intimate setting creates a “speak easy” vibe with an eclectic line-up of entertainment. Seating is general admission and limited. Bluegrass band Long Point String Band will begin the series on Thursday, September 12, 2024. Other performances include Seth Maynard (Thursday, November 14, 2024), Erica and Paolo Marks and Family (Thursday, January 16, 2025), The Ladies of Song (Thursday, March 20, 2025), and B-BAMS (Thursday, May 1, 2025). All shows start at 7 p.m. 
      Carnegie Hall will offer discounted subscription packages for each series. A 15% discount is applied If purchased before June 14, 2024. All subscriptions after June 14 will be sold at a 10% discount.
      Carnegie Hall WV is a member-driven nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.  For more information, please call 304.645.7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
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      Congratulations to Kenny Bostic of Sinks Grove, West Virginia! He is the winner of the 3rd Annual State Fair of West Virginia Art Contest. His stunning artwork featuring a blue ribbon-winning draft horse will be showcased as the official print of the State Fair. You can purchase this exclusive piece at the State Fair merchandise booth during the 99th Annual Event, held from August 8-17, 2024.

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      The State Fair of West Virginia is set to thrill attendees with the Buckin' B Bull Ride on Saturday, August 10, 2024. This high-octane event promises an unforgettable evening of excitement and adrenaline.
      The Buckin' B Bull Ride will showcase professional bull riders from across the country, competing against some of the fiercest bulls in the sport. This event is known for its heart-stopping moments and spectacular displays of bravery and skill. Fans can expect a night filled with intense competition and incredible feats of athleticism.
      In addition to the main event, the evening will feature family-friendly entertainment, with a variety of food vendors offering delicious treats to satisfy every craving. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the riders and learn more about the sport of bull riding, gaining insight into the dedication and training required to compete at such a high level.
      The State Fair of West Virginia is a cherished annual tradition, drawing visitors from near and far to celebrate the best of the state. This year’s bull riding event is sure to be a highlight, providing an electrifying experience for all who attend.
      Don’t miss out on this spectacular event! Get your tickets today at https://bit.ly/Bull-Ride-2024 and be part of the excitement at the State Fair of West Virginia.
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      Carnegie Hall is excited to announce the 2024 Ivy Terrace Concert Series performance schedule for this summer.  Ivy Terrace concerts are a community favorite and a big reason why Lewisburg, West Virginia, is considered one of the “coolest small towns in America.” The groups perform outside on Carnegie Hall’s Ivy Terrace as attendees watch from the expansive lawn in front of New River Community and Technical College.  Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and pack a picnic to enjoy the live, outdoor concerts. All Ivy Terrace concerts are sponsored by City National Bank and free and open to the public.
      The 2024 Ivy Terrace Concert Series line-up features an eclectic mix of music performed by groups from in and around West Virginia. The Series begins Thursday, June 13 and continues each second and fourth Thursdays of each month throughout the summer, ending on August 24.  Due to The Hunchback of Notre Dame performances on July 25, 26, and 27, there will be no concert on July 25. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.
      Kicking off the 2024 Ivy Terrace is The Carpenter Ants, regarded as WV’s premiere rhythm & blues band, on Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m.  The remaining schedule is as follows: June 27 – Elements of Us; July 11 – Distant Light; August 8 – Brown’s Creek Night Crawlers; and August 22 – Thomas Taylor Band.
      Carnegie’s Ivy Terrace outdoor concerts will also feature vending by Greenbrier Dairy’s Cow Licks Dessert Trailer and Kitchen 304. Carnegie Hall will offer bags of popcorn and nonalcoholic drinks. 
      So, mark your calendars and get excited about this summer in Lewisburg. The 2023 Carnegie Hall Ivy Terrace Concert Series is a “must do” for visitors and locals alike. Concerts may be canceled due to inclement weather, so Follow and Like Carnegie Hall’s Facebook page for updates. Also, the Ivy Terrace Series is an alcohol-free event. For more information, please visit www.carnegiehallwv.org or call (304) 645-7917.
      Carnegie Hall WV is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.  
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      The much-anticipated Ronceverte Food Truck Festival returns on May 17th and 18th, promising a weekend packed with delectable food, lively music, and engaging activities for all ages. The festival, set to take place in the heart of Ronceverte, will feature an impressive lineup of food trucks, artisans, and musical talents.
      Event Details:
      Dates: Friday, May 17th (4 PM - 10 PM) and Saturday, May 18th (12 PM - 10 PM) Location: Ronceverte, West Virginia Food Trucks: Visitors can indulge in a wide variety of culinary delights from local food trucks, including:
      A Taste of Eggcellence Dawg Haus Fairway Fork Glorify Dance Greenbrier Dairy Cow Licks (Shakes) Raiders - Fried Honey Buns & Cotton Candy Rolling Stove/Greenbrier Valley Food Trucks LLC Smash Pot The Twist (Pretzels) The Twisted Chef (Shrimp Po Boys) Udderly Smooth (Rolled Ice Cream) When Pigs Fly Barbeque Arts & Crafts: The festival will also showcase a selection of arts and crafts vendors, offering unique handmade items and interactive activities:
      Eternalinks Permanent Jewelry Greenbrier Valley Dyes Mick’s Media Jewelry Monk and Moose Fiber Co. Mountain Cottage Homestead River & Earth Creations Stickers and Temporary Tattoos Studio Kelsie Sugar Bears The Biscuit Barkery LLC Face Painting Music Lineup: In addition to great food and crafts, the festival boasts an exciting music schedule:
      Friday:
      Anne Melton (6 PM) Khegan McLane (7 PM) Grace Campbell (8 PM) Joey Adams (9 PM) Saturday:
      Will Sarver (6 PM) Samuel James (7 PM) Distant Light (8 PM) This family-friendly event offers an excellent opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy local talent and flavors. Whether you're a food enthusiast, music lover, or arts and crafts aficionado, the Ronceverte Food Truck Festival has something for everyone.
      For more information and updates, follow the festival's official social media pages.
      Don’t miss out on a weekend of food, fun, and festivities in Ronceverte!
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      The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame (WVMHoF) presented its Music Career Counseling Program in Carnegie Hall’s Hamilton Auditorium to Greenbrier County High School students on May 2. The pilot for this innovative program - a “career day” for the music business - was funded by a 2015 Challenge America grant. 
      The Music Career Counseling outreach program introduces students to the many music/entertainment industry careers and lets them know these opportunities can enable them to remain in West Virginia. Greenbrier East and Greenbrier West High School students listened to presenters Michael Lipton, founder of the WV Music Hall of Fame, pianist Barbara Nissman, actor/director Cathey Sawyer, and Everette O'Flaherty, owner/operator of Swift Level Fine Meats. Students were also treated to performances by Nissman and Lipton joined by bass guitarist Ted Harrison.
      The Music Career Counseling Program was created to help address the often-talked-about “brain drain” of West Virginia’s youth and the out-migration of its work force. This problem is raised whenever there are discussions on how to stabilize the state’s lagging economy and decreasing population. Careers such as catering, audio/video engineers, event production, tech and stagehands, agents and management, photographers and writers, are all career options available in WV. 
      “We created the Music Career Counseling Program - essentially a career day for music and entertainment careers - to present students with job opportunities that even most teachers and guidance counselors are not aware of,” said Michael Lipton, director of The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. 
      “While leaving the state may be a necessity for some career paths, we feel strongly that, if you want to do something creative on your own, you will receive more help and support in West Virginia than in a larger area,” he added. 
      “I know a lot of people - including myself - who stayed in West Virginia because of the opportunities!” 
      Carnegie Hall WV is a member-driven nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.  For more information, please call 304.645.7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
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      The State Fair of West Virginia has announced an exciting concert lineup for its 2024 season, promising to deliver an array of musical talents that cater to diverse tastes. The fair, scheduled for August 8-17, will host a variety of artists spanning different genres, from country to rock and rap.
      The concert series will kick off on August 8 with the Turnpike Troubadours, who are set to bring their distinctive sound of Red Dirt music, accompanied by the Band of Heathens, an American rock band known for their soulful narratives and powerful live performances.
      Following this powerful opening, the fair will turn up the volume on August 9 with rapper Lil Jon, known for his energetic and crowd-pumping performances. Fans of adrenaline-fueled events can look forward to the Buckin' B Bull Ride on August 10, which promises to be a thrilling spectacle.
      Country and folk music will have a significant presence with Charles Wesley Godwin performing on August 11. He will be joined by Muscadine Bloodline, offering a blend of modern country and southern rock. The energy continues with Seether, bringing their post-grunge anthems to the stage on August 12.
      Anne Wilson, a rising star in the country gospel scene, will grace the stage on August 13, while Jimmy Fortune, a former member of the Statler Brothers, is set to perform his blend of country and gospel on August 14.
      The fair will also feature up-and-coming country artist Bailey Zimmerman, along with Matt Schuster, on August 15. This concert is already reported to have low ticket availability, signaling high anticipation among fans.
      Continuing the trend of highlighting emerging talents, Oliver Anthony will perform on August 16. Known for his soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics, Anthony's performance is also nearing a sell-out.
      The series will conclude on a high note with country music veteran Travis Tritt on August 17, where he will perform alongside the War Hippies, ensuring the fair ends with a memorable bang.
      Tickets for all concerts are on sale now, with more details available on the fair’s official website. Given the variety and caliber of the performers, the 2024 concert series at the State Fair of West Virginia is not just an event, but a celebration of music that promises something for everyone.
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      Carnegie Hall’s 2023/2024 Mainstage Performance Series concludes Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m., with 12-time Bluegrass Fiddle Player of the Year and Grammy Award winner Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. Guests are invited to come early to Club Carnegie from 6 – 6:45 p.m. in the Board Room located adjacent to the Hamilton Auditorium. A cash bar and snacks will be available. 
      The tension between tradition and innovation is at the core of bluegrass music, and the fiddle playing of Michael Cleveland exemplifies this musical tug of war. As a boy, Cleveland heard a local fiddler play “Orange Blossom Special,” which sparked a lifelong obsession with the tune that mimics that sound of a train. Cleveland’s improvisational versions push the piece’s descriptive tones and percussive bowing to a new level. With an encyclopedic memory for melodies, and an uncanny intuition for improvisation, Cleveland’s music is both rooted in tradition and fueled by his melodic imagination.
      From an early age, Cleveland heard old-time and bluegrass music at local jams and festivals near his hometown of Henryville, Indiana. His grandparents hosted regular bluegrass gatherings at the American Legion, and at age four, he began playing the fiddle. He attended the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville, where he learned the Suzuki method of violin. While he practiced the violin at school, he played fiddle at home. Traveling with his grandparents to area bluegrass festivals, he heard many legendary players perform at Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana. At the age of nine, Cleveland got to play with Monroe—himself a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship in the inaugural class of 1982—at the festival. When Cleveland was 12, he met music historian Dave Samuelson, who recognized the young musician’s interest and talent. Samuelson curated several Braille-labeled tapes for the young musician, which served as Cleveland’s essential listening guide to bluegrass music. Cleveland’s repertoire and musicianship grew, and in 1993 he played the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards show with the Bluegrass Youth All-Stars.
      Cleveland began playing professionally after he graduated from high school, first with Jeff White and later with Dale Ann Bradley and Rhonda Vincent. Since he was young, however, Cleveland had dreamed of leading his own band. In 2006, he formed Flamekeeper, the seven-time recipients of the IBMA’s “Instrumental Group of the Year” award. Flamekeeper includes Josh Richards, Nathan Livers, Jasiah Shrode, and Chris Douglas. In addition to touring with his band, Cleveland has performed with a legendary list of bluegrass greats. Nevertheless, he remains rooted in his local Southern Indiana community, where he continues to play with friends when he is not on tour.
      Widely considered the bluegrass fiddler of his generation, Cleveland has been recognized 12 times as the IBMA’s “Fiddler of the Year” and in 2018 was inducted into the National Fiddler’s Hall of Fame. His recording Fiddler’s Dream was nominated in 2018 for a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, and in 2019, he won a Grammy for his album Tall Fiddler. In 2019, Cleveland’s amazing life of adversity and achievement was featured in the documentary film Flamekeeper: The Michael Cleveland Story. And in 2022, he was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship.
      Tickets are $32/adults and $10/students. Discounts are available for Carnegie Hall members, senior citizens, and military. To purchase tickets, call Carnegie Hall Box Office at 304.645.7917, visit www.carnegiehallwv.org, or stop by at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia.  Carnegie Hall Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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      Carnegie Hall’s Appalachian Heritage Lecture Series presents Really Tall Tales from Appalachia with Bil Lepp Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. Guests are invited to come early to Club Carnegie from 6 – 6:45 p.m. in the Board Room located adjacent to the Hamilton Auditorium. A cash bar and snacks will be available. 
      Bil Lepp is an award-winning storyteller, author, and recording artist. He’s also the host of the History Channel’s Man Vs History series, and a contributing columnist to the West Virginia Gazette-Mail. Growing up in a family where the truth was fluid, Bil Lepp became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age. A nationally renowned storyteller and five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, Bil’s outrageous, humorous tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a champion liar, his stories often contain morsels of truth which shed light on universal themes. Be it a hunting trip, a funeral, or a visit to the dentist, Bil can find the humor in any situation. Lepp explains that while his stories may not be completely true, they are always honest. “ . . . Lepp, a cross between Dr. Seuss and…film noir....” - Charleston Gazette
      Bil is the author of seven books and twenty-one audio collections. His first children’s book, The King of Little Things, won the PEN Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing, received a Kirkus Starred review, and favorable reviews from The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The School Library Journal and other publications. It also won the Zena Sutherland Award, the Parent’s Choice Gold Award, was a finalist for the Irma Black Award, and was chosen to be West Virginia's book at the National Book Festival.
      In 2011, Bil was awarded the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award. Lepp has been featured 19 times at the National Storytelling Festival, and performed at major storytelling festivals around the county, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and at corporate events and functions. Lepp has been featured on, and hosted NPR’s internationally syndicated Mountain Stage. He is also the recipient of the Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folk honor.
      Bil lives in South Charleston, WV with his wife and two children.
      Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling Carnegie Hall Box Office at 304.645.7917, visiting www.carnegiehallwv.org, or stopping by at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia.  Carnegie Hall Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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      Carnegie Hall’s Second Stage Series wraps up its second full season with singer-songwriter Chris Haddox on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in the Old Stone Room. Guests are invited to come early to Club Carnegie from 6 – 6:45 p.m. A cash bar and snacks are available.
      Everyone who knows Chris Haddox seems to know something different about him. That’s not surprising because this stellar musician is also a community leader who has directed Habitat for Humanity and worked to preserve old neighborhoods, a WVU professor of sustainable design, and an amateur musicologist who researches musicians from the southern coalfields of West Virginia. That’s a lot of breadth for someone the music community knows as a well-loved, easy-going consummate picker who never met a stringed instrument he couldn’t master—not to mention a gifted songwriter in the traditional country/Americana vein.
      Says one of his close friends and fellow musicians, "I once looked around at a party where most of the guests didn’t know each other, but they all knew Chris. “You’re the nexus!” I said, to which he replied, after reflecting on his Logan County West Virginia roots, “Maybe Im the Red Nexus!” That kind of self- deprecating wit extends to his voluminous repertoire of songs about (to quote him): “religion, firearms, courthouse squares, goats on trampolines, shoes, fiddles, and hurricanes”—whatever catches his eye. He continues, “Like most writers, I try to find new ways to address old topics. Some songs are funny, some sad, some sarcastic but they are all honest--even the ones that are full of lies.“
      Born in 1960 into a musical family in Logan, West Virginia, Chris started playing piano at age six and moved onto guitar when he was influenced by his Uncle Jim, a fantastic country blues singer and picker. In college he picked up the dobro and just kept going… fiddle, banjo, mandolin; he seems to have an innate facility with those strings.
      Galvanized by the Delmore Brothers, Chris moved to Nashville in 1981 to dedicate himself to making it as a songwriter. Over the course of three healthy stints in the Music City he learned about the music business, made some great friends and contacts in the business, but he eventually decided that the time was just not right for him. His time illustrates a principle from the age-old question: Do you want to be a professional songwriter, or do you want to write songs. After leaving Nashville, Chris never stopped writing, and we’re all the better for it.
      If you live in Appalachia, a land of savage contrasts, you develop a relationship to obscurity and miscommunication. Many outsiders willfully misunderstand us. In Appalachia, we have a history of fixed ideas: Music is something you do after work, for fun. Your real work is about your people and the communities you live in. Chris’s work and avocation come together in his passion and talent for lending voice to forgotten musicians brings them alive for all of us. To hear him sing and play over the graves of lost and forgotten musicians in remote and overgrown mountain cemeteries, reveals their humanity and rescues ours.
      An exceptional musician with an open heart, Chris is a collection of all the right kinds of contrasts. In short, Chris Haddox represents everything that is good about Appalachia.
      The Second Stage Series consists of five special events that take place in the Old Stone Room located on the ground floor of the Hall. The intimate setting creates a “speak easy” vibe with an eclectic line-up of entertainment. Seating is general admission and limited.
      Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by visiting www.carnegiehallwv.org, calling 304.645.7917, or stopping by 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.
      Carnegie Hall WV is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV. For more information, please call 304.645.7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
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      The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A collaborative production by Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), Carnegie Hall, and Greenbrier Valley Chorale (GVC), will be presented on July 25, 26, and 27, at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online at www.carnegiehallwv.org/the-hunchback-of-notre-dame.
      In a first-ever collaboration of the three pre-eminent Greenbrier Valley performing arts organizations, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Carnegie Hall, and the Greenbrier Valley Chorale, proudly present a staged concert version of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame – the Musical. Based on the classic Victor Hugo novel and including songs from the Disney animated feature plus new songs by composers Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell).
      Tickets are $35/adult and $20/student and may be purchased online at www.carnegiehallwv.org. Tickets may also be purchased by visiting the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 611 Church St., Lewisburg, WV or by calling 304.645.7917.
      For more information, please contact Greenbrier Valley Theatre at 304.645.3838, Carnegie Hall at 304.645.7917, or Greenbrier Valley Chorale at [email protected].
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      Carnegie Hall’s March/April Exhibits continue with three galleries showcasing the works of regional artists. The Museum Gallery (adjacent to the Hamilton Auditorium) features "Spirits" by Richard Shrewsbury.
      Artist Richard Shrewsbury's life has been far different from anything he could have imagined as a boy growing up in southern West Virginia. When he was not outside enjoying nature and playing cowboys and Indians with his friends, he was inside making drawings of his imaginary adventures.
      With encouragement from his high school art teacher and others, Shrewsbury attended the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Art. After switching from commercial to fine art, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in drawing and minors in illustration and ceramics. Shrewsbury found ceramics during his last two years of art school when he began drawing on clay slabs. It didn't take long for sculpture to become his primary interest.
      With a love for clay and a newfound interest in sculpture, Shrewsbury applied and was accepted into the ceramics program of Arizona State University, where he received his master’s degree. During his time in the Southwest, Shrewsbury's interest in Native American culture grew as he experienced ancient places and ceremonies, nature, and man's relationship with it.
      After graduation, Shrewsbury began working full-time as a designer and teaching adjunct classes in drawing at South Mountain Community College and ceramic sculpture at the Mesa Art Center. During this time, Shrewsbury's work matured, and gallery interest increased, with representation in Scottsdale, Ariz., Santa Fe, N.M., Atlanta, Ga., and New York City.
      Today, back in his native West Virginia, his interests and work continue to develop. "My work results from an intuitive reaction to human forms and emotions," said Shrewsbury. "With each piece, I strive to evoke a sense of ritual, ceremony and spirit. My personal experiences and spirituality are subtly impressed in each piece, leaving the viewer to find individual meaning."
      Shrewsbury has recently become the director of Holler Gallery in Princeton, W. Va. Here, he showcases other Appalachian artists and offers an exhibition space for the interpretation of historical and regional concerns.
      The exhibits are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and run through the end of February. For more information, please visit carnegiehallwv.org, call (304) 645-7917, or stop by the Hall at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.
      Carnegie Hall programs are presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
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      The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) is thrilled to hit the road with A Melding of Cultures: Spring Tour 2024 in Lewisburg, West Virginia at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m.
      The WVSO comes to Carnegie Hall for an immersive concert experience where Appalachian and Korean cultures meet. American composer Ted Wiprud and Korean soloist gamin come together with the WV Symphony to explore music theory and how cultural influences impact its formation and progression. Concert goers will be guided with commentary and notes from composer Ted Wiprud.
      Gamin is a Korean born US based multi-instrumentalist specialized for traditional Korean wind. She tours the world performing both traditional Korean music and cross-disciplinary collaborations. gamin has received several cultural exchange program grants, including Artist-in-Residence at the Asian Cultural Council, and has collaborated in cross-cultural improvisation with world-acclaimed musicians, presenting premieres at Roulette Theater, New School, and Metropolitan Museum.
      The program begins with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Novelle No. 4, followed by a new commission from Wiprud featuring gamin on the Piri, a traditional Korean instrument. Copland’s Appalachian Spring will close the concert and experience.
      “We look forward to welcoming gamin and returning talented composer Ted Wiprud to West Virginia as we explore the cultural fusion of Korean and Appalachian music across this great state,” said WVSO President Joe Tackett. “Wiprud’s commission for the traditional Korean Piri will showcase gamin’s high level of talent and introduce audiences to this unique instrument.”
      The WVSO’s Spring Tour is made possible by the generous support of the West Virginia Humanities Council and Carnegie Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
      "The arts not only feed our hunger for beauty, they can nourish cultural understanding and human connections across borders of every kind. We are delighted to lend our support to this wonderful program," said Eric Waggoner, Executive Director of the West Virginia Humanities Council.
      The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical and pops concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. Currently in its 85th season, the WVSO is a proud member of the community and enriches the region by providing affordable, high-quality concerts, collaborations with West Virginia arts organizations and a nationally award-winning education program.
      This is a free event, but attendees must register. To register, call Carnegie Hall Box Office at 304.645.7917, visit www.carnegiehallwv.org, or stop by at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia. Carnegie Hall Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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      Carnegie Hall’s three rotating galleries feature new artists for March and April in the Old Stone Room (ground floor), Lobby Gallery (Hamilton Auditorium), and Museum Gallery (adjacent to the Auditorium).
      Michelle Kelly’s “Dream Art” will be featured in the Lobby Gallery. Michelle Kelly, an Asheville-based artist, has been a lifelong creative. She has been a photographer, sculptor, jewelry designer, potter, writer, and most recently a mixed media painter. Michelle's most recent project involves partnering with visionaries to turn their desires into tangible works of art.
      Michelle's most recent project involves partnering with visionaries to turn their desires into tangible works of art. She does this through collaborating with clients to visualize and bring their evolution into reality through commissioned art masterpieces.
      Born in 1976 in Las Animas, Colorado, Michelle has spent the majority of her adult life in the Appalachian Mountains, nurturing and raising her three children. She holds a master's degree in fine art photography and art therapy. As an educator, she has facilitated numerous workshops and retreats.
      Over the past twenty years, her art has been showcased in a variety of galleries and solo exhibitions, each piece a testament to her ever-unfolding artistic journey.
      The exhibits are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, please visit carnegiehallwv.org, call (304) 645-7917, or stop by the Hall at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.
      Carnegie Hall programs are presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
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      Carnegie Hall is pleased to present the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra in concert on Wednesday April 17, at 7 p.m. Concert tickets are on sale now – only $15/adults and $7/students. The performance will be conducted by Rotem Weinberg, WVU's Director of Orchestral Activities.
      The program will include Villa Lobos’ Sinfonietta No. 1, Beethoven’s Piano concert No. 5 “Emperor”, movements 2 and 3, and Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn.
      In addition, the WVU Symphony Orchestra will be performing daytime Link Up concerts on Thursday, April 18. Joining the WVU Symphony for the Link Up concerts will be over 500 5th-grade Greenbrier County students and special guest vocalist from Greenbrier East High School under the direction of Ms. Carrie Neese.
      Link Up, a program of Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall in New York City, pairs orchestras across the country with students in grades three through five to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum. Students from Greenbrier County will participate in the Link Up concert where they will sing along and play recorders with the orchestra.
      Carnegie Hall would like to thank the Greenbrier County Commission and Greenbrier County Schools for their support of Link Up.
      Carnegie Hall WV is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV. For more information, please call 304.645.7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
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      Carnegie Hall’s Winter Exhibits are underway with three galleries featuring the works of regional artists. The Old Stone Room Gallery features an exhibit by the Fiber Arts Network. The Old Stone Room is located on the ground floor of Carnegie Hall. The exhibit runs through the end of April. There will be opening receptions at 5 p.m.
      The FAN (Fiber Arts Network) of Lewisburg, WV is a group for all fiber enthusiasts dedicated to promoting the exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge and techniques in the textile arts. The members meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg to share in their experiences and discuss new and exciting things in the fiber arts community.
      The exhibits are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, please visit carnegiehallwv.org, call (304) 645-7917, or stop by the Hall at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.
      Carnegie Hall programs are presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
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      Carnegie Hall presents musical trio Take3 on Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m. Guests are invited to come early to Club Carnegie from 6 – 6:45 p.m. in the Board Room located adjacent to the Hamilton Auditorium. A cash bar and snacks will be available.
      With a flair for the wild and unexpected, the genre-defying trio, TAKE3, brings the refinement of a rigorous classical music background and infuses it with rock-star charisma. Trained at the world’s top conservatories, TAKE3 has expanded their repertoire from Bach and Beethoven to Bieber and The Beach Boys. The Nevada Sagebrush says of TAKE3 “…. this group gave us a tremendous night of undisputed talent from some of the most passionate musicians around.” Known for their infectious and down to earth onstage personalities, this threesome leaves their indelible mark on captivated crowds around the country performing their arrangements of top pop hits, Americana, and their signature classical mashups. Highlights from recent performances include appearances with the North Charleston POPs, Cape Symphony, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and the Symphonies of Victoria, Midland and Springfield as well as at Music in the Mountains, Redlands Bowl, OK Mozart Festival, Festival Mozaic, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill, and Bear Valley Music Festival. Upcoming performances include notable debuts in NY including 54 Below, Sheen Center, Rockwood Music Hall, and around the country at Bradford Creative, Cappella Performing Arts Center, Frostburg University, Truman University among many others. The trio keeps a busy tour schedule, performing over 60 performances around the globe each season.
      TAKE3’s interactive lighting shows, comedic stories of their journey from scales in conservatory practice rooms to pop music in packed stadiums, come together in unforgettable experiences that have fired up concert goers all over the nation.
      TAKE3 offers shows with dancers, a full orchestra, a small backup band, as well as trio only. In addition to extensive touring, the group has earned accolades for its outreach programs for children of all ages, delivering a message of hope, inspiration, and the importance of following dreams with vigorous tenacity.
      TAKE3 was created by violinist/vocalist, Lindsay Deutsch, Yanni's featured violin soloist, with whom she has toured throughout most of the 7 continents. Ms. Deutsch began her career as a classical soloist, performing concerti with symphony orchestras around the country. Her performance of Astor Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Kahane, was selected for NPR’s Symphony Cast Program. Ms. Deutsch has become an ambassador for the Violins of Hope project, performing on violins saved in the Holocaust in venues around the country, including the Soraya center in Los Angeles and with the Livermore Symphony in San Francisco. Ms. Deutsch can be heard throughout Netflix’s popular show, The Witcher and the Hulu series All About Pam. Her performances on these Sony soundtracks reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts and received millions of streams worldwide.
      Tickets are $32/adults and $10/students. Discounts are available for Carnegie Hall members, senior citizens, and military. To purchase tickets, call Carnegie Hall Box Office at 304.645.7917, visit www.carnegiehallwv.org, or stop by at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia. Carnegie Hall Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Carnegie Hall WV is a member-driven nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV. For more information, please call 304.645.7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
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      Carnegie Hall’s three rotating galleries feature new artists for March and April in the Old Stone Room (ground floor), Lobby Gallery (Hamilton Auditorium), and Museum Gallery(adjacent to the Auditorium).
      The Old Stone Room will feature the 30 th Annual Creative Youth Juried Art Exhibit. The Creative Youth
      Art Exhibit is an annual juried art show that features the talent and imagination of Greenbrier County
      students in grades 4-12. Children from public, private, and home schools submit their work for this
      juried art exhibit. The exhibit opened Monday, March 3 with an Awards Ceremony and reception for all
      participating students and families and will run through the end of the month.
      The Fiber Arts Network (FAN) will be featured in the Old Stone Room during the month of April.
      Michelle Kelly’s “Dream Art” will be featured in the Lobby Gallery. Michelle Kelly, an Asheville-based
      artist, has been a lifelong creative. She has been a photographer, sculpture, jewelry designer, potter,
      writer, and most recently a mixed media painter. Michelle's most recent project involves partnering with
      visionaries to turn their desires into tangible works of art.
      Born in 1976 in Las Animas, Colorado, Michelle has spent most of her adult life in the Appalachian
      Mountains, nurturing and raising her three children. She holds a master's degree in fine art photography
      and art therapy. As an educator, she has facilitated numerous workshops and retreats. Over the past
      twenty years, her art has been showcased in a variety of galleries and solo exhibitions, each piece a
      testament to her ever-unfolding artistic journey.
      The Museum Gallery will house “Spirits” by Richard Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury attended Cleveland
      Institute of Art and after switching from commercial to fine art, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
      with a major in drawing and minors In Illustration and ceramics.
      Today, back in his native West Virginia, his interests and work continue to develop. Shrewsbury has
      recently become the director of Holler Gallery in Princeton, W. Va. Here, he showcases other
      Appalachian artists and offers an exhibition space for the Interpretation of historical and regional
      concerns.
      There will be an opening reception in the Museum Gallery on Friday, March 8, at 5 p.m.
      The exhibits are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more
      information, please visit carnegiehallwv.org, call (304) 645-7917, or stop by the Hall at 611 Church
      Street, Lewisburg, WV.
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      The excitement is palpable as the organizers of The 99th Annual State Fair of West Virginia announce the return of the electrifying Buckin' B Bull Ride on Saturday, August 10, 2024. This beloved event promises thrills and spills for attendees of all ages.
      Mark your calendars because tickets for this adrenaline-pumping spectacle go on sale this Friday, March 8, 2024, at 10:00 AM. Whether you're a seasoned rodeo enthusiast or just looking for some heart-pounding entertainment, this is an event you won't want to miss.
      The Buckin' B Bull Ride has long been a fan favorite at the State Fair of West Virginia, drawing crowds with its display of skill, bravery, and sheer excitement. As one of the highlights of the fair, it promises an unforgettable experience for attendees.
      So, make sure to secure your tickets early and get ready to witness the action-packed spectacle at The State Fair of West Virginia on Saturday, August 10, 2024. Stay tuned for more updates and announcements as the fair draws nearer.
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      Are you ready to "spring" into a new season filled with beauty, empowerment, and community spirit? Look no further than the 2024 Miss Appalachian Spring Pageant, set to take place at the Rhema Christian Center in Lewisburg, West Virginia. With doors opening at 12:30 pm and the pageant kicking off at 1:00 pm, this event promises to be an unforgettable experience for participants and attendees alike.
      Hosted at the scenic Rhema Christian Center, this year's pageant is not only a celebration of beauty but also a platform for giving back to the community. A portion of the proceeds will directly benefit the Greenbrier Humane Society (GHS), supporting their noble mission of animal welfare. Attendees are encouraged to contribute to this worthy cause by either paying a $5 admission fee or bringing along a donation item for the GHS.
      Moreover, the pageant offers a unique opportunity for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to showcase their talents and inner beauty. With age divisions ranging from boys 0-6 to women of all ages, there's a place for everyone to shine. Whether you're a seasoned pageant veteran or stepping onto the stage for the first time, the Miss Appalachian Spring Pageant welcomes participants from across the country.
      Participants can compete for a variety of titles, including divisional awards and overall supreme titles. The prize packages, which are growing daily, offer an array of exciting opportunities for winners to further their personal and professional development. Additionally, the pageant provides a platform for the Greenbrier Humane Society to raise awareness about their work and recruit volunteers for the shelter.
      As the pageant date approaches, organizers encourage interested individuals to stay updated through their Facebook page for the latest information and announcements. For those with questions or inquiries, the pageant team is readily available to provide assistance and support.
      For more information and to access the application forms, please visit the following links:
      Interest Form & Information Request: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSco8nhm0-jUNllS1S4I0ALkCFqUr7KX8IU-UuwBnlqLTNqD5w/viewform Online Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSefwDVNPEpNCXnyX4vmNYiqnOu92V4LKeWp-7R3P0jJtXJQaw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1ZTf9PUFYawc1Q9B1WqwswbinaIw6MUftkwlQrJkDUql9eBQBKSXJC-6E Paper Application: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k0bITcyO-1SmeEo1V9vX-wLpSER73KCX/view?fbclid=IwAR1NR-cdf-M9pF4QxQfSyFbHiTgEyUOR7exayNOPXEn1vXNc67pcf6ogyuc View Pageant Information Only: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hO2D9ULBdn4ZjnPYaYl6IkHBstNoqJLp/view?fbclid=IwAR0kZjHA_T0FH9sC3I_5TEfN7jhN1FXy6CbXfjtvykxUttKz4kOwFJOqZxM For any further inquiries or questions, please contact the Miss Appalachian Spring Pageant team via email at [email protected].
      With its blend of glamour, philanthropy, and community engagement, the 2024 Miss Appalachian Spring Pageant promises to be a highlight of the season. Mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and get ready to be part of an extraordinary event that celebrates beauty, empowerment, and compassion. See you at the pageant!

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      Carnegie Hall presents a special performance of bluegrass group on Friday, March
      15, at 7 p.m. Guests are invited to come early to Club Carnegie from 6 – 6:45 p.m. in the Board Room located
      adjacent to the Hamilton Auditorium. A cash bar and snacks will be available.
      The Legends of WV Bluegrass is a collection of the best Bluegrass musicians from West Virginia. Each of these
      musicians have performed with the elite in the Bluegrass industry. The group includes Buddy Griffin, David
      O'Dell, Jackie Kincaid, and Roger Hoard, and each member has over 50 years of experience.
      The Carnegie Hall performance will feature a bass built by local resident and luthier John Preston being played
      for the first time in public by David O’Dell.
      Buddy Griffin was born into a musical family in Richwood, WV, and was influenced by the songs of the original
      Carter Family. His talented family part-time band were regulars on several radio and TV shows in West Virginia
      and Virginia. They played on the Red Smiley Show in Oak Hill, the Buddy Starcher Show in Charleston, and the
      Top O’ The Morning Show in Roanoke VA.
      Buddy was a multi-instrumentalist, first taking up the 5-string banjo, but eventually became best known for his
      talent on the fiddle. His fiddle got him a full-time job with the Wheeling Jamboree and performing with the
      regulars on WWVA such as the Heckels.
      During his professional career Buddy has played, recorded, and traveled with the biggest stars in bluegrass
      music such as Johnny Russell, the Goins Brothers, Josh Graves, Mac Wiseman, Dave Evans, Jim and Jesse
      McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, Bobby Osborne, Christy Lane and Albert Brumley, Jr, Doug Dillard Band as
      well as many others.
      Buddy has played at the Grand Ole Opry numerous times, Wheeling Jamboree, Ozark Mountain Hoedown,
      Mountain Stage, Gold Coast Casino, in Las Vegas plus many other venues and bluegrass festivals nationwide.
      In addition to his music, Buddy was an educator who graduated from Glenville State College and taught school in
      Braxton and Nicholas Counties. His most notable achievement in music and education was creating and leading
      the Bluegrass Four Year Degree program at Glenville State College. The first person to complete the program
      was Lizzy Long of Little Roy and Lizzy.
      During his professional career Buddy has received many awards. Most notable was his induction into the WV
      Music Hall of Fame in 2023, the Vandalia Award, an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Glenville State College
      and the winner of the WV State banjo and fiddle contest.
      Joining Buddy on stage is bassist David O’Dell. He was born and raised in Spencer, WV, and began playing banjo
      at age 14, learning clawhammer style banjo for traditional music under the influence of Frank George. He soon
      became a familiar face at West Virginia’s music festivals such as the Vandalia Gathering and the West Virginia
      State Folk Festival, where he won the old-time banjo contests numerous times. After high school he continued
      to focus on traditional music, but also began branching out into other instruments such as fiddle, dulcimer,
      guitar, and bass, as well as other musical styles such as bluegrass.
      After several years in Kentucky and Tennessee, David moved back to West Virginia in 1996 and became involved
      in the music scene more than ever. He was invited to be on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia State
      Folk Festival, and he also became more involved in recording and producing recordings of West Virginia
      musicians.
      David’s versatility as a musician landed him several gigs as a substitute band member when regular members
      weren’t available for certain gigs. He often sat in with The Samples Brothers playing fiddle, banjo, or bass
      depending upon what was needed at the time. He also filled in as a bass player for Retro and Smiling, a Reno
      and Smiley tribute band featuring Buddy Griffin and Ashley Messenger. He now regularly plays banjo in the
      Mack Samples Band, as well as in the duo The MacAbreBrothers with Pete Kosky.
      In addition to playing music, David has also taught several workshops on banjo, fiddle, and mountain dulcimer at
      places such as the Augusta Heritage Center, Allegheny Echoes, and the Cedar Lakes Craft Center. He has hosted
      a weekly radio show on WOTR in Weston, West Virginia, and played venues as far away as Ireland and Australia.
      He now plays music mostly whenever it’s convenient, leaving time for his day job as Professor of Chemistry and
      Chair of the Science and Mathematics Department at Glenville State University as well as for spending time with
      his family.
      On the mandolin will be Jackie Kincaid who was born into a musical family in Meadow Bridge, WV. His father
      had a bluegrass band and Jackie learned to play the Mandolin at an early age. His talent soon became
      recognized, and he was offered jobs playing for other bluegrass bands. His skill on the mandolin and clear tenor
      voice has led him to perform professionally at the Wheeling Jamboree, The Grand Ole Opry, Bill Gaither’s
      Videos, RFD-TV, the World’s Fair and many other venues across the United States.
      Jackie has been a sought-after vocalist and musician and has performed with the Larry Sparks band for many
      years. He has also performed with Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Curley Seckler, Alison Krauss, Judy
      Marshall, Dave Evans, Uncle Josh Graves, and many of the top bluegrass artists. He continues to write songs and
      perform in and around the Nashville area.
      Jackie states “I have accomplished more than I could ever thought possible in Bluegrass music, and it all began in
      the mountains of WV. While I live in Nashville now, WV will always be my home.
      Rounding out the group on guitar is Roger Hoard from Sutton, WV. At a young age he moved to the Wheeling
      area. Currently, he resides in St. Claresville, OH where he manages a music store along with performing
      regularly. He was instrumental in helping many talented musicians in WV get their start professionally.
      Roger is one of the most recognizable and respected talents on guitar anywhere, was one of Dan Jones’ early
      mentors in music. In addition, he has helped train some of the Ohio-Valley’s greatest musicians including the
      one and only Brad Paisley. Hoard has been associated with Jamboree USA, Jamboree in the Hills, and directed some of the Ohio Valley’s greatest bands such as Country Roads, The Other Brothers, 11/70, and The Fabulous Bender Boys.
      Tickets are $25/adults and $10/students. Discounts are available for Carnegie Hall members, senior citizens, and
      military. To purchase tickets, call Carnegie Hall Box Office at 304.645.7917, visit www.carnegiehallwv.org, or
      stop by at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia. Carnegie Hall Box Office is open Monday through Friday,
      10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
      Carnegie Hall WV is a member-driven nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and
      fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg,
      WV. For more information, please call 304.645.7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
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    26. Entertainment News

      GreenbrierJournal

      Carnegie Hall, working in partnership with Greenbrier County music and
      theatre educators, presents One Night Only: A Celebration of Young Musicians in the Greenbrier Valley
      on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. The concert is a performance opportunity for accomplished music
      students in grades 6-12 living or taking lessons in the Greenbrier Valley. The showcase takes place in
      Carnegie Hall’s Hamilton Auditorium Stage and is sponsored by Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC).
      The One Night Only Showcase will feature over 45 students who were juried in by video entries for solo
      performers and ensembles. Carnegie Hall received over 40 submissions, with the top 25 being selected.
      Video entries included everything from solo piano performers and vocalists to horn players and full rock
      bands.
      “The Greenbrier Valley is home to such an array of talented kids and Carnegie Hall is thrilled to give
      them an opportunity to be in the limelight,” exclaims Kit Lindsey, Carnegie Hall Development Manager.
      She adds, “we hope to be able to continue this event and give as many students performing
      opportunities in the future.”
      Selected performers include Aubrey Adkins, Joshua Alley, Ella Butler, Theo Crowell, Lily Dense, Ezra Dick,
      Tad Elkins, Kylee Fury, Keean Hedrick, Alexus Hill, Mason Huffman, Lydia Jackson, Mary Johnson, Sasha
      Lanek, Lucia Lipton, Lillian Long, Sal Marks, Ashley Meadows, Isaac Tincher, Wyatt Thornton, Coleton
      Utterback, Alyson Vandall, Emma Vincent, Nathaniel Vincent, Arabella Webb, The Shattered Glass
      (Second Block Rock Group), Enceladus Quartet (Heartstrings Academy), and The Arrivals (Second Block
      Rock Group).
      One Night Only will also be assisted by student stage/tech crew members, Kimmi Butler and Preston
      Hedrick, and a student Emcee, Teagan Mandeville.
      Special thanks to: Susan Adkins, Sally Bray, CAMC, Bill Clapham, Harmony Flora, Birch Graves, Gibbs
      Kinderman, Mary Leb, Kit Lindsey, Cathy Rennard, Susanna Robinson, Cathy Sawyer, David Webb, Nancy
      Wood, and all Greenbrier County music instructors and classroom teachers that encouraged students to
      participate.
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