Mountaineer Week, the annual West Virginia University celebration of its Appalachian roots, starts Monday (Oct. 30) and proceeds by Sunday, Nov. 5.
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Mountaineer Week commenced in 1947 as a way to generate school spirit all-around the WVU vs. Kentucky football activity. A team of learners, a lot of of whom have been World War II veterans, prepared a weekend of actions that incorporated a thuse, a costume contest and a dance. That to start with celebration evolved into a weeklong celebration now in its 76th yr.
The week functions a selection of activities, including storytelling, concert events, demonstrations and food stuff tastings.
The festivities open at midday Monday (Oct. 30) with the judging of the once-a-year Beard Growing Contest in the Mountainlair Food Court. Much more than 20 students will vie for the bragging legal rights to the very best beard on campus as very well as dollars prizes delivered by College Flats. The Beard Expanding Contest commenced in 1949 and is the oldest continual party of the celebration.
The Arts & Craft Good introduced by Par Mar Suppliers, Mountaineer Week’s signature event, will be held Nov. 3-5. The good will showcase the do the job of much more than 60 Appalachian artisans chosen by jury. All objects for sale are hand-crafted. Purchasers will uncover special pottery, jewelry, handblown glass, artwork prints, images, tub and physique items, and much more. The honest is held in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Hrs are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Quilt Display, organized and staffed by associates of the Nation Roads Quilt Guild, pays homage to the region’s abundant quilt and needlework heritage. The exhibit is no cost and open to the community involving 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3) and Saturday (Nov. 4), and 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 5), in Elizabeth Moore Corridor.
Quilt fans will also want to go to the “Lifecycle of the Rainbow Trout” exhibit in the Mountainlair Greenbrier Place Friday (Nov. 3) and Saturday (Nov. 4). To start with-quality learners from Mountainview Elementary University produced five quilts to depict what they acquired though participating in Trout Unlimited’s nationally identified, science-based mostly Trout in the Classroom system which engages pupils in their mission to safeguard and restore the nation’s h2o assets whilst fostering a respect and adore for the normal environment. WVU college students in Jennifer Ripley Stueckle’s general biology classes assisted the elementary students in raising their personal rainbow trout which they introduced in Might.
The WVU Humanities Heart will existing the Appalachian Author of Color Sequence Monday (Oct. 30) at 7:30 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Library Milano Home. This year’s highlighted creator is Lisa Kwong, author of “Becoming AppalAsian” and a member of the Affrilachian Poets. Kwong, a to start with-era faculty university student from Radford, Virginia, identifies as AppalAsian — an Asian from Appalachia. Her poem “Searching for Wonton Soup” was Sundress Publications’ 2019 Poetry Broadside Contest winner, and her get the job done has been nominated for the Weatherford Award in Poetry.
Associates of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild will current Haunted Hollows: Spooky Tales from Appalachia in the Mountainlair Mountaineer Place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. Illene Evans, Jo Ann Dadisman and Judy Tarowsky will execute.
Lunchtime guests to the Mountainlair Meals Court docket will be addressed to Appalachian new music during the 7 days. Samuel James, Lexi Mank, Grace Campbell and Dalton Matheny, and The WVU Bluegrass Band and Old-Time Band are scheduled to conduct. Bob Shank, Pat Harper and Jeff Fedan will take care of Arts & Craft and Quilt Clearly show people to the seems of the dulcimer Nov. 3-5. Further concerts are scheduled throughout WVUp All Evening and include Kaylee Boyce at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Tommy Thompson at midnight Nov. 4, and WVU alum Emily Lehr and Ryan Brandenburg at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 4.
Trivia fans will want to demonstrate off their awareness at Appalachian Trivia at 6 p.m. Nov. 2, in the Mountainlair Meals Court docket. There will be four rounds of common knowledge Appalachian and West Virginia trivia with prizes delivered by Par Mar Outlets, Uptown Cheapskate, Hoot and Howl and the WVU Bookstore. This event is hosted by the WVU Appalachian Advocacy Network. This pupil corporation works to educate, inspire and get ready younger persons to engage in political action and make a far more sustainable potential for Appalachia. Nation and bluegrass band Seventy9 will accomplish at 8 p.m. in the Food stuff Court docket next this event.
5 seniors who exemplify the Mountaineer Values of Service, Curiosity, Respect, Accountability and Appreciation will be named Mountaineers of Difference throughout halftime ceremonies of the WVU vs. BYU soccer match Saturday, Nov. 4.
More situations having put through the week consist of: the West Virginia Quilt Documentation Undertaking an apple butter demonstration and sale and an show by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia. Food sellers featuring kettle corn, pork rinds, roasted nuts, southern hickory-smoked barbecue and jambalaya will be established up in entrance of the Mountainlair.
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