hope you’re dry. we’ve been in nicholas and greenbrier counties shoveling muck and cleaning up for two weeks now. we’re tired, and dirty but today we have found some time for internet. here’s a link for ya. please please read, educate yaself and put some context to this whole tragic story. thanks. we luv u
(A complete and updated list of shelters, donation drop-off centers, and road closures can be found here.)
Travelin’ Appalachians Revue tour is over and done, and don’t worry – we’ll post all about it later. Podcasts, photos, videos, all of it. But right now there’s something much more important to discus – the flooding in Nicholas, Greenbrier, Monroe, Clay, Kanawha and every other one of the 44 counties under state of emergency.
Rainelle Medical Center, Fit For A Queen (Beckley), RHEMA Christian Center (Lewisburg), Country Roads Crossfit (Lewisburg), Sue Ann’s Consignment (Oak Hill), Ansted Baptist Church.
Shelters have been opened in:
The Hampton Inn Huntington (Kinetic Park), Gauley Bridge Baptist Church, Marlington Middle School, Talcott School (Summers County)
In Morgantown – Donation drop-off locations will be available all week until close at Wild Zero Studios on Pleasant street, and Saturday and Sunday (June 25-26) from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Monday (June 27) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum, Kroger at Suncrest Town Centre, and Little General Store locations on Van Voorhis Road and Willey Street in Morgantown.
Here’s a list of good things to donate:
non-perishable food items
bottles or jugged water
new mens, womens, children’s underwear and socks
pet care products/food
washcloths and towels
first aid kits
When one thinks about music and culture in West Virginia, the first thing to come to mind is usually banjos and bluegrass. However, two friends based out of Morgantown have created a project to broaden the way people view culture in West Virginia and all of Appalachia.
The Travelin’ Appalachians Revue, co-founded by local Morgantown friends Tyler Grady and Howard Parsons, went on their first tour around West Virginia last summer. This June, they’re hitting the road again for their second annual tour, titled Things Said to a Hole in the Ground.
A Wild WRITER Has Appeared!
Alderson, WV writer and native, Mesha Maren will joining the show down in Fayetteville on the 16th of this very merry month of June. Along with our other guests Scott McClanahan, Juliet Escoria and Amanda Miller, this show is going to be truly special.
We have a brand new addition to the WHOLE TOUR. Iranian-American Novelist Sam Farahmand will be joining us all the way from Los Angeles, California.
He is ~so~ verbose. I mean, look at this bio he sent us: “Sam Farahmand is a writer from Los Angeles. He curates the literary journal and podcast, drDOCTOR.”
I didn’t think he was EVER gonna shut up.
Sam is coming to us from all the way out west, as out west as it gets, pretty much. While he IS Los Angelino by birth, in the past three years he has lived in Brooklyn, NY (where he co-hosted, with Luke Wiget aka Lucky Wigey aka Dadman aka The Big Fella, a badass and imporant and sorely missed, now-defunct reading series in Bushwick called, you guessed it, drDOCTOR Reading Series. It was hosted at the greatest library the world has ever known: Mellow Pages Library (R.I.P., sort of)). He’s lived in Philadelphia, PA and Morgantown, WV. He lived in a yurt in Alderson, WV for a day and a half once. He’s lived in Nashville, TN on a couch at the home Hemingway the dog. He’s lived in Los Angeles – oh, wait, you knew that already. He’s back in Los Angeles but soon he won’t be because he will be back in Morgantown.
West Virginia-based musicians and writers, including Scott McClanahan, Marie Manilla, John R. Miller and Keegan Lester, plan creative performances around the state
Today the Travelin’ Appalachians Revue revealed the tour dates for this year’s seven-day traveling showcase entitled, Things Said to a Hole in the Ground. Similar to last year’s successful effort, this year’s show is a multi-disciplinary celebration of Appalachian music and creative writing.
Throughout June, the group will make several stops across West Virginia from Shepherdstown to Charleston, concluding with a final show to celebrate West Virginia Day (June 20) in Morgantown. Each stop on the tour showcases a variety of musical performances and readings from creative minds nurtured in West Virginia.
The Travelin’ Appalachians Revue is an annual, rotating showcase of artists with a focus on the traditions of songwriting, poetry, and storytelling in the Mountain State. All artists involved have a strong connection to Appalachia, and many of them were raised and have lived in West Virginia for most of their lives.
During the tour, the Travelin’ Appalachians Revue seeks to extend this shared history of West Virginian life and art with communities across West Virginia. Through a focus on cultural celebration, the Revue enriches each performance by highlighting the intersection of the personal histories and cultural backgrounds of each performer and each member of the audience. The group aims to explore and challenge the complex and competing narratives about West Virginia with lived experience and compassion for their communities.