Appalachian Heritage Week Celebrated Oct. 19-Nov. 2

Published Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Oct. 18, 2012. Appalachian State University’s Appalachian Heritage Council presents a weeklong celebration of Appalachian heritage and culture Oct. 19-Nov. 2. All events are open to the public.

The week begins with the Appalachian Studies Benefit Dance at Legends on Oct. 19. The dance will run from 7-11 p.m. and feature the Half-Runners with caller Jesse “Hot-Pants” Edgerton. Tickets are $2 for students and $3 for guests. There will also be cake walks and a tag sale. Proceeds benefit the Appalachian Studies Scholarship Fund.

An evening with Marie Cochran from the Affrilachian Artists Project will be held on Oct. 22 at Whitewater Café in Plemmons Student Union from 7-9 p.m. The Affrilachian Artists Project celebrates the diversity of Appalachia and welcomes everyone interested in the unique historical and cultural perspective of people of African descent in the region. This event is co-hosted by the Council for Cultural Awareness and the Appalachian Heritage Council. This is a free event with refreshments provided. For more information about the project visit http://www.affrilachianartistproject.com/

On Oct. 24, there will be Ghost Stories and Murder Ballads with the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild and Trevor McKenzie in Plemmons Student Union’s Crossroads coffeehouse from 7-9 p.m.

Appalachian Heritage Week concludes Nov. 2 with a Doc Watson Celebration Concert featuring Herb Key, Wayne Henderson and Charles Welch at Legends from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the information desk located in Plemmons Student Union.

“This week is important because we’re bringing a diverse set of events to provide students with the opportunity to explore, learn about and participate in important aspects of the Appalachian culture,” said Josie Hoggard, Appalachian Heritage Council’s chairperson. “We hope that by bringing these events to campus students will want to learn more about the region they’re living in.”

Learn more about Appalachian Heritage Council at www.facebook.com/appheritage

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