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
The National Park Service said the Steep Valley fire was first reported on Monday, Nov. 6 and is now 78 percent contained. The fire continues to burn minimally in steep and rugged parts of inaccessible terrain.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Staff at the Monongahela National Forest are preparing to conduct prescribed burns in the area through June.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
In this Folkways story about the Cass Railroad, you’ll meet railroad senior employee Rex Cassell. He passed away during the making of this story, but during his life, he was a crucial part of why visiting the Cass Railroad in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, feels like you’re stepping back in time.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
More than $800,000 has been awarded to four county school boards in West Virginia to help with school safety needs. Grant, Pocahontas, Upshur and Marshall…Continue Reading Take Me to More News
On April 14, 1928, the West Virginia Fish and Game Commission purchased Droop Mountain Battlefield in Pocahontas County. Three months later, Droop…Continue Reading Take Me to More News
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