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Dyes can be found in variety in the West Virginia woodlands

A variety of dyes can be made from substances found commonly in the West Virginia woodlands.
Before commercial dyes became readily available to mountain people in West Virginia, homespun yarn was colored with natural materials that could easily be obtained...

Homer Hickam on W.Va. and the outbreak: "We are not afraid"

Homer Hickam posed with actor Jake Gyllenhaal during the filming of the 1999 film "October Sky."
Author and engineer Homer Hickam says he trusts that the native bravery he knew growing up in West Virginia will help others weather the...

W.Va. Governor: Dollars spent on the arts multiplies by 23

Ian Bode's poster celebrating Festivall is among the art works that uniquely celebrates West Virginia.
Each dollar spent on the arts in West Virginia turns into 23, the governor of West Virginia said during the fourth annual Arts-in-our-Communities Conference...

Shepherd opens 2020 Appalachian fiction competition

Shepherd University's Appalachian Studies program is accepting fiction competition submissions by May 1.
The Appalachian Studies and Communities at Shepherd University is accepting submissions by May 1 for its 2020 West Virginia Fiction Competition. The competition was created...

Student quarter designs reveal iconic West Virginia images

Putnam County, won first place with her representation of Dolly Sods.
What do West Virginia high school students think about when they consider iconic West Virginia images? The winning entries for the 2020 Create-a-Quarter-for-West-Virginia contest...

Bookstores across West Virginia growing, diversifying

Bookstores in West Virginia are holding their own against the onslaught of e-readers and other media.
Opening a bookstore may not be the best way to turn a profit, but bookstores in West Virginia are doing well and diversifying, says...

"Moundsville" film to be broadcast on PBS stations nationally

The Old West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville now welcomes tourists. Photo courtesy David Gear.
Filmmakers David Bernabo and John W. Miller have reached an agreement to distribute the documentary film "Moundsville" to 338 public broadcasting stations nationally over...

Mysterious stone face attracting curious in New River Gorge

An enigmatic stone face carved into mossy sandstone along the rim of the New River Gorge is attracting increased attention.
An enigmatic stone face carved into mossy sandstone along the rim of the New River Gorge is attracting increased attention as hiking, biking, and...

Denise Giardina to portray Minnie Pearl at Bramwell Sept. 13

Denise Giardina portrays American humorist Minnie Pearl.
Appalachian writer and former gubernatorial candidate Denise Giardina will portray late humorist "Minnie Pearl" at the Bramwell Interpretive Center at Bramwell, West Virginia, on...

Fayetteville's Bridge Jam music fest moved to Aug 23-24

Since 2016, Bridge Jam has been welcoming musical acts to Fayetteville, West Virginia.
One of West Virginia's most remarkable music festivals has changed its dates and capacity, promising more bands, more music, and more craft beer, according...

New feud performance attracts national TV attention

Hatfield family performers pose for a promotional portrait for "Deadly Divide: The Hatfield & McCoy Story." Photo courtesy Crissy Musick Photography.
A new outdoor-drama performance of the Hatfield and McCoy feud is packing the amphitheater at Chief Logan State Park and will host a national...

BEX arts exhibition June 22-30 celebrates "weird" Beckley vibe

A poster for the BEX exhibitions at Beckley seems to underscore the community's undefined vibe.
Artists in downtown Beckley, West Virginia, have engaged more than 40 partners in BEX, a remarkable collaborative exhibition set for June 22-30 that includes...

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