A pre-party will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at Hill and Holler Bicycle Works in downtown Lewisburg. Complimentary refreshments will be served and Hell for Certain String Band will perform.
Tickets are $15 for the film festival and a suggested $10 donation for the pre-party, or attendees can buy a $20 pass for admission to both the film festival and the pre-party. Advance tickets can be purchased online via PayPal at www.wvwild.org/festival.html.
More information about the Wild and Scenic Festival is available at www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org. For more information about the Lewisburg installment of the festival or the West Virginia Wilderness Coalition, visit www.wvwild.org.
MARLINTON, W.Va. -- Larry Keel and Natural Bridge will play at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Pocahontas County Opera House, 818 Third Ave.
Keel is described by some reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. He has released 14 albums and is featured on 10 others.
Opera House doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8. Children 17 and younger will be admitted free of charge. Tickets are available in advance via www.pocahontasoperahouse.org.
From Appalachia to Italy
FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University is sponsoring a two-week study and travel abroad program called "Roads to Appalachia Through the Mezzogiorno."
In collaboration with the Calabria-West Virginia Heritage Association, the trip is planned for June 20 through July 3 to the southern Italy regions of Campania, Calabria and Sicily. Arrangements are made by National Travel of West Virginia. The experience will focus on the unique heritage similarities between Appalachia and southern Italy. Participation is open to the public.
"Many Italian West Virginians can trace their cultural roots through ancestors who were part of the massive migration of labor force needed to fuel the Industrial Revolution in America at the beginning of the 20th century," said Dr. Judy P. Byers, director of the Folklife Center.
"As outlined in the itinerary, travelers will experience the contrasts of regional landscapes, architecture, works of art and folklore, as well as exploring famous cities, visiting small villages and forests, eating wonderful food, seeing historical monuments and buildings and meeting artisans."
To view an itinerary and detailed cost information and to obtain an application for the trip, visit www.fairmontstate.edu/folklife.