Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
New environmental regs, coal a tourism draw in southern W.Va, an historic clock in downtown Lexington Ky. restored and Big Stone Gap Va. gets a taste of Hollywood.
WVU Professor on EPA Regulations: With the proposed regulations targeting new coal-fired power plants, one West Virginia University law professor is predicting new challenges for the region’s coal industry.
Coal Tours: Coal mine history is providing a tourism boost to southern West Virginia. A tour guide company that specializes in the mine mars has been showing guests through the region for three years now.
Historic Clock: For eight decades, a clock in front of Skuller’s Jewelry Stores on Main St. helped Lexington, Ky., residents measure their day. But, over time, the clock became erratic, until finally its hands stood still. Now, after a facelift and significant repairs, the clock is again ready to keep time.
Sounds of Fall: The first day of fall is upon us, and the season brings visions of the brilliant foliage- but what about the sounds of fall? West Virginia Public Radio’s Jim Lange reflects on the symphony fall brings, both manmade and natural.
Big Stone Gap Movie: Big Stone Gap, Va., is getting the big screen treatment. The governor’s office says a film version is being made of author Adriana Trigiani’s novel of the same name. In 2011 Trigiani spoke with West Virginia Public Radio about her career as an Appalachian writer.