Mountaineer Week, the yearly West Virginia University celebration of its Appalachian roots, starts Monday (Oct. 30) and carries on by means of Sunday, Nov. 5.
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Mountaineer 7 days started in 1947 as a way to produce school spirit all over the WVU vs. Kentucky soccer recreation. A group of college students, several of whom had been Planet War II veterans, prepared a weekend of pursuits that bundled a thuse, a costume contest and a dance. That initially celebration evolved into a weeklong celebration now in its 76th yr.
The week attributes a wide range of functions, including storytelling, live shows, demonstrations and meals tastings.
The festivities open at midday Monday (Oct. 30) with the judging of the annual Beard Rising Contest in the Mountainlair Foodstuff Courtroom. Far more than 20 students will vie for the bragging rights to the very best beard on campus as nicely as dollars prizes provided by University Flats. The Beard Expanding Contest commenced in 1949 and is the oldest continuous function of the celebration.
The Arts & Craft Good presented by Par Mar Suppliers, Mountaineer Week’s signature party, will be held Nov. 3-5. The good will showcase the perform of extra than 60 Appalachian artisans picked by jury. All merchandise for sale are hand-crafted. Buyers will locate special pottery, jewelry, handblown glass, artwork prints, pictures, bath and physique items, and extra. The good is held in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Quilt Exhibit, organized and staffed by users of the Country Roadways Quilt Guild, pays homage to the region’s rich quilt and needlework heritage. The show is absolutely free and open to the general public concerning 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 fanatics will also want to go to the “Lifecycle of the Rainbow Trout” exhibit in the Mountainlair Greenbrier Home Friday (Nov. 3) and Saturday (Nov. 4). 1st-quality learners from Mountainview Elementary College made 5 quilts to depict what they realized when collaborating in Trout Unlimited’s nationally identified, science-dependent Trout in the Classroom program which engages pupils in their mission to guard and restore the nation’s h2o resources when fostering a respect and enjoy for the purely natural entire world. WVU college students in Jennifer Ripley Stueckle’s typical biology courses assisted the elementary students in elevating their have rainbow trout which they introduced in Could.
The WVU Humanities Centre will current the Appalachian Writer of Shade Collection Monday (Oct. 30) at 7:30 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Library Milano Room. This year’s showcased creator is Lisa Kwong, writer of “Becoming AppalAsian” and a member of the Affrilachian Poets. Kwong, a initial-generation university college 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 function has been nominated for the Weatherford Award in Poetry.
Customers of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild will current Haunted Hollows: Spooky Tales from Appalachia in the Mountainlair Mountaineer Space at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. Illene Evans, Jo Ann Dadisman and Judy Tarowsky will conduct.
Lunchtime site visitors to the Mountainlair Food items Courtroom will be taken care of to Appalachian songs throughout the 7 days. Samuel James, Lexi Mank, Grace Campbell and Dalton Matheny, and The WVU Bluegrass Band and Old-Time Band are scheduled to carry out. Bob Shank, Pat Harper and Jeff Fedan will handle Arts & Craft and Quilt Present website visitors to the sounds of the dulcimer Nov. 3-5. Additional concerts are scheduled in the course of WVUp All Night and contain 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 supporters will want to show off their understanding at Appalachian Trivia at 6 p.m. Nov. 2, in the Mountainlair Food Court docket. There will be four rounds of general know-how Appalachian and West Virginia trivia with prizes presented by Par Mar Merchants, Uptown Cheapskate, Hoot and Howl and the WVU Bookstore. This celebration is hosted by the WVU Appalachian Advocacy Network. This student business operates to educate, inspire and prepare younger men and women to have interaction in political action and make a more sustainable potential for Appalachia. Place and bluegrass band Seventy9 will perform at 8 p.m. in the Foodstuff Court docket subsequent this occasion.
Five seniors who exemplify the Mountaineer Values of Services, Curiosity, Regard, Accountability and Appreciation will be named Mountaineers of Difference all through halftime ceremonies of the WVU vs. BYU soccer activity Saturday, Nov. 4.
Further situations taking position all through the 7 days contain: the West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project an apple butter demonstration and sale and an show by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia. Meals suppliers giving kettle corn, pork rinds, roasted nuts, southern hickory-smoked barbecue and jambalaya will be set up in entrance of the Mountainlair.
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