Arts & Culture http://wvpublic.org en Cruiser's Reunion Brings Nostalgia to Princeton http://wvpublic.org/post/cruisers-reunion-brings-nostalgia-princeton <p><em><strong>Cruise</strong>&nbsp;(v)&nbsp;: </em>Driving with an emphasis on socializing.</p><p>It used to be unstoppable in towns in Southern West Virginia. Drivers would crowd the streets on weekends for a chance at meeting up with their friends and families.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:18:47 +0000 Jared Kline 15892 at http://wvpublic.org Cruiser's Reunion Brings Nostalgia to Princeton Wheeling Italian Festival: Celebration of All Ethnicities, and Students http://wvpublic.org/post/wheeling-italian-festival-celebration-all-ethnicities-and-students <p></p><p>Folks in Wheeling are ramping up for the annual <a href="http://www.italyfest.com/">Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival</a>. It’s one of the largest Italian Festivals in the country, but it’s not all cannoli and spaghetti. Organizers have worked to make ethnicities from across the region feel welcome in their celebration of heritage.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:59:05 +0000 Glynis Board 15849 at http://wvpublic.org Wheeling Italian Festival: Celebration of All Ethnicities, and Students National Park Visitors Spent $51 Million in Southern W.Va. last year http://wvpublic.org/post/national-park-visitors-spent-51-million-southern-wva-last-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new National Park Service report shows that visitors to national park areas in southern West Virginia spent $51 million in nearby communities in 2013.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm" style="line-height: 1.5;">report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says a little more than 1,243,000 people from around the world visited the New River Gorge National River, the Bluestone National Scenic River, and the </span>Gauley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> River National Recreation Area in 2013.</span></p><p>In a release today NPS Superintendent Trish Kicklighter said that in addition to providing visitors remarkable experiences in America's outdoors, National Park&nbsp; Tourism is a significant driver in the national economy.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:47:24 +0000 Suzanne Higgins 15803 at http://wvpublic.org National Park Visitors Spent $51 Million in Southern W.Va. last year Shepherdstown Bakery Makes Treats For U.S. Capitol Event http://wvpublic.org/post/shepherdstown-bakery-makes-treats-us-capitol-event <p>Those attending the screening at the United States Capitol Tuesday evening will not only learn more about West Virginia, but will be able to sample some of its culinary treats. On Monday the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery was assembling this edible mosaic of the West Virginia state seal for the event. Owner Pam Berry said each square in the design was attached to the top of a chocolate brownie piece, making about 370 petit fours, or bite size treats.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:43:19 +0000 Cecelia Mason 15777 at http://wvpublic.org Shepherdstown Bakery Makes Treats For U.S. Capitol Event Grafton Turns Out for Turn This Town Around http://wvpublic.org/post/grafton-turns-out-turn-town-around <p></p><p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We continue our coverage of the Turn this Town Around&nbsp;Project. This series follows two towns, Grafton in north central&nbsp;West Virginia and Matewan in southern West Virginia, as they undergo projects to help the towns look better and revitalize community development. Monday night, Grafton held its third public training workshop to help teams continue to focus their efforts and get ready to apply for funding.</span></strong></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The welcome surprise at Monday’s meeting was an overwhelming turnout. More than 135&nbsp;people&nbsp;showed up, excited and ready to talk about how to “turn their town around.” For many of them, it was their first “Turn this Town Around” meeting.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:19:49 +0000 Sarah Lowther Hensley 15776 at http://wvpublic.org Grafton Turns Out for Turn This Town Around City of Huntington Readies for Classic Regatta http://wvpublic.org/post/city-huntington-readies-classic-regatta <p></p><p>The city of Huntington is bringing back the classic regatta this weekend in hopes to spur more economic activity downtown.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the heels of a three-year successful run with powerboat races, city officials decided to bring back the old tradition of a <a href="http://huntingtonclassic.com/">Classic Regatta</a> to Harris Riverfront Park. The event will run three days starting this Friday through Sunday. </span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Attendance will be free, with events like a carnival, car show and two days of Powerboat Nationals racing. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is excited about the differences between past events and this weekend’s event.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:52:32 +0000 Clark Davis 15741 at http://wvpublic.org City of Huntington Readies for Classic Regatta Grafton Welcomes Swimmers for Summer Championship http://wvpublic.org/post/grafton-welcomes-swimmers-summer-championship <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For more than half a century, swim teams in north central West Virginia have gathered in Clarksburg for an annual summer competition. But the pool that served as the invitational’s home has closed. Organizers have decided to continue the tradition, but rotate its location from year to year.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:17:15 +0000 Sarah Lowther Hensley 15635 at http://wvpublic.org Grafton Welcomes Swimmers for Summer Championship Iconic Company Restores Ghost Murals in Appalachia http://wvpublic.org/post/iconic-company-restores-ghost-murals-appalachia <p>Long before website banners, T.V. or radio commercials, and electronic billboards there were murals. Coca-Cola Consolidated is working to restore its faded advertisements, or ghost signs, across Appalachia. Ghost signs are the murals painted on buildings at the turn of the century that are now faded disappearing.&nbsp; One of the largest murals, so far was unveiled last week in Hinton in &nbsp;Summers County. Along with the strong sentimental value to the rural residents, the signs still have a strong marketing value for the global company.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Advertisement in Hinton, W.Va. before ... </strong></p><p></p><p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Advertisement in Hinton, W.Va. during restoration ... </strong></p><p></p><p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Advertisement in Hinton, W.Va. after restoration ... </strong></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:45:10 +0000 Jessica Lilly 15577 at http://wvpublic.org Iconic Company Restores Ghost Murals in Appalachia Matewan Striving for Revitalization http://wvpublic.org/post/matewan-striving-revitalization <p></p><p><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is part of our continuing series on how the towns of Grafton and Matewan are turning themselves around through a special collaborative project between West Virginia Public Broadcasting, West Virginia Focus magazine and the West Virginia Community Development Hub.&nbsp;</strong></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:15:00 +0000 Clark Davis 15527 at http://wvpublic.org Matewan Striving for Revitalization Marshall Football Coach's Contract Extended http://wvpublic.org/post/marshall-football-coachs-contract-extended <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Marshall University has extended the contract of coach Doc Holliday two years and raised the payouts for the incentives in the deal.</p><p>Athletic director Mike Hamrick announced Monday that Holliday's contract now runs through the 2017 season.</p><p>Holliday is 27-24 at Marshall and coming off a 10-4 season. His base salary of $600,000 will stay the same but his new deal increases his incentives to a total of $145,000 if they are reached.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:40:33 +0000 Associated Press 15432 at http://wvpublic.org Marshall Football Coach's Contract Extended Attorney, Teacher & Student Say Reconnecting McDowell is Working http://wvpublic.org/post/attorney-teacher-student-say-reconnecting-mcdowell-working <p>A West Virginia corporate attorney, a McDowell County teacher and a high school student traveled across the country to share the good they see coming from the Reconnecting McDowell project.</p><p>The three traveled to Los Angeles to speak at the American Federation of Teachers convention about the program they say has changed lives and given the community a new sense of optimism.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:10:40 +0000 Jessica Lilly 15373 at http://wvpublic.org Attorney, Teacher & Student Say Reconnecting McDowell is Working Something New is Sprouting on Charleston's West Side http://wvpublic.org/post/something-new-sprouting-charlestons-west-side <p></p><p>The first of Tom Toliver’s gardens is in what looks like an unlikely place—there’s a lumber mill across the street, a busy road without sidewalks, and the garden itself is nudged in between a pawn shop and a DeWalt tool center. Along 6<sup>th</sup> street, a mom and her two kids walk by carrying groceries from the nearby Family Dollar. Toliver also lives down the street. He believes that putting gardens in urban areas, like Charleston’s West Side, helps reduce crime and revitalize the neighborhood. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:03:06 +0000 Roxy Todd 15339 at http://wvpublic.org Something New is Sprouting on Charleston's West Side Contemporary Plays Take the Stage in Shepherdstown, W.Va. http://wvpublic.org/post/contemporary-plays-take-stage-shepherdstown-wva <p>Starting this weekend in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, theater lovers will be able to explore such topics of the day as: how the country treats its veterans, artificial intelligence and the ethics of assisted suicide.</p><p>The line up for the 24<sup>th</sup> season of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at<br />Shepherd University features a play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Charles Fuller that focuses on sexual assault in the U.S. military.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:41:56 +0000 Cecelia Mason 15193 at http://wvpublic.org Contemporary Plays Take the Stage in Shepherdstown, W.Va. New Talcott Museum Honors John Henry http://wvpublic.org/post/new-talcott-museum-honors-john-henry <p></p><p>Talcott, West Virginia, is the home place of folklore hero John Henry. A project is underway to restore one of the town’s oldest buildings to serve as an information hub about the legend.</p><p></p><p>Dillion’s Superette, a convenience store, was housed in what was a 1890s general store before it closed its doors two years ago. The owners were very active in the community and donated the old building to the John Henry Historical Society for a promise:&nbsp; to restore the building back to its 20<sup>th</sup> century look.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:21:49 +0000 Jared Kline 15114 at http://wvpublic.org New Talcott Museum Honors John Henry Boy Scouts OK Merger of Two W.Va.-Based Councils http://wvpublic.org/post/boy-scouts-ok-merger-two-wva-based-councils <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A merger of two West Virginia-based Boy Scouts of America councils has received the national organization's approval.</p><p>The merger combines the Charleston-based Buckskin Council and the Huntington-based Tri-State Area Council. The new council serves about 7,000 scouts in 32 counties in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Ohio.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:56:24 +0000 Associated Press 15099 at http://wvpublic.org Boy Scouts OK Merger of Two W.Va.-Based Councils W.Va. Sharing Federal Funds for Outdoor Recreation http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-sharing-federal-funds-outdoor-recreation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>West Virginia is sharing part of more than $43 million in federal funds to help states with parks, outdoor recreation and conservation projects.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Interior said West Virginia is getting more than $463,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.</p><p>The fund was established by Congress in 1964 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources and to provide money to federal, state and local governments to purchase land, water and wetlands.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:42:11 +0000 Associated Press 15098 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Sharing Federal Funds for Outdoor Recreation Marshall Set to Open Visual Arts Center http://wvpublic.org/post/marshall-set-open-visual-arts-center <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Marshall University will open a new visual arts center in the fall in downtown Huntington.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since purchasing the 112-year-old building in downtown Huntington for $750,000, the university has issued $9 million in bonds and raised more than $4 million in private money to renovate the facility. The former </span>Anderson-Newcomb<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Company building that housed a department store of the same name, later becoming the Stone and Thomas building will now house students starting in August.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:50:37 +0000 Clark Davis 15056 at http://wvpublic.org Marshall Set to Open Visual Arts Center These Two Friends Want to Document and Preserve Appalachian Culture http://wvpublic.org/post/these-two-friends-want-document-and-preserve-appalachian-culture <p></p><p>The Appalachian region has been reported on, documented and studied quite a bit in the past 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson came to the region to declare a ‘war on poverty.’</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 03:09:30 +0000 Cecelia Mason 14943 at http://wvpublic.org These Two Friends Want to Document and Preserve Appalachian Culture Checking In With the Humans of Fairmont http://wvpublic.org/post/checking-humans-fairmont <p></p><p>On Facebook you can find a page for just about any interest. In north central West Virginia, one photographer has created a new Facebook page to share images and short profiles of his fellow citizens.</p><p>Inspired by a project in the Big Apple, this page has captured the spirit of the Friendly City and in just one month it has attracted hundreds of followers.</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/humansoffairmont">Humans of Fairmont</a>, and the Facebook page after which it’s modeled - Humans of New York - are categorized as Arts and Humanities websites.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Sarah Lowther Hensley 14847 at http://wvpublic.org Checking In With the Humans of Fairmont Documenting Appalachian Culture, The Meaning of Wheeling, A Special Soldier and More http://wvpublic.org/post/documenting-appalachian-culture-meaning-wheeling-special-soldier-and-more <p>Two regular guys take on the job of documenting Appalachia’s culture and history.</p><p>A new book explores the meaning behind the name Wheeling.</p><p>Looking at Appalachia is still looking for photographs of the region.</p><p>And a West Virginia soldier is honored to be a member of the Old Guard.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Cecelia Mason 14845 at http://wvpublic.org Documenting Appalachian Culture, The Meaning of Wheeling, A Special Soldier and More