At 11 AM: The Heritage Dance Association will present a program entitled, "The History of Dance in the Ohio Valley". It will be part lecture and part dance demonstration. Don Feenerty will be presenting the lecture interspersed with dances by members of the Heritage Dance Association. The program is based on primary sources, mainly journal entries that mention dance, the style of dance and in some cases the names of dances—all taken from journals and books written by men who lived or traveled through Western Pennsylvania and Western Virginia. Dancers will be costumed in fashions of the 18th and 19th centuries.
At 1:00 PM, WV Poet Laureate Marc Harshman will present a Creative Writing Workshop called "Poetry Prompts Suitable for Everyday Praxis." In this hands-on writing workshop Mr. Harshman will show how things as mundane as lists, eavesdropping, headlines, and imitation, especially imitation of voice, can provide a way forward not only to new poems but to the re-seeing of old ones. He promises to bring a wide range of samples to help fuel the search for the news that stays new.
The library’s events will continue at 2:30 PM with “Songs & Poems of the Civil War & Statehood,” featuring the Quarter Tone Quartet and readers Dr. David Thomas and CJ Farnsworth. The program will include readings of poems by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Stephen Crane among others, as well as songs like "Battle Cry of Freedom," "West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home," and "Aura Lee," among many others.
The library will also sponsor the "Spoken Word Tent" at the West Virginia Northern Community College square from 10 AM to 5 PM. Local history and local interest books will be available for purchase. Marc Harshman will sign books from 11 AM to noon and steamboat historian John Bowman will be available from 12:30 to 3:30 PM. Additional authors will be announced.