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; 5A March 13.2010 Mountain Messenger - The Weekend Paver for the Greenbrier Valley www.mountainmessen- 'Bill Withers' night at Old library building envisioned as Tamarack Mar. 19 'h g m u for Civ I War tud" vln use 111' l s les The west Virginia Music HoF. The painting was Barnes' Hall of Fame and Tamarack last commissioned work before will celebrate the career of Bill his death in April, 2009. Since the Greenbrier County Public Library moved into its new home in 2007, the former library building, a structure of great significance in the history in this region, has sat empty. Under provisions of the will which deeded the building to the City of Lewisburg, it can only be used as a library, mu- seum or historic building. The structure was built in 1834 as the library for the Supreme Court of Virginia and is listed on the National Register of His- toric Places. It is now in need of repairs and was recently placed on the Endangered Properties List by the West Virginia Pres- ervation Alliance Dr. Ted D. Spring, president of New River Community and Technical College, has initiated an effort to find a way to part- ner with the City of Lewisburg and other organizations to re- store the building and return it to a prominent role in the cul- tural and educational life of the community. The building is on property that was once part of Lewisburg Academy, the school that later became the Greenbri- er Women's College and is now home to New River's Greenbrier Valley Campus. It occurred to Spring that the building might be utilized in a way that would benefit both students at the college and the community at large. Last fall, Spring invited rep- resentatives of the college, the City of Lewisburg, The Green- brier Historical Society, the His- toric Landmarks Commission, the Greenbrier Women's Col- lege Alumnae and the Green- brier County Public Library to an informal meeting to tour the building and brainstorm ideas about ways the building might be used that would be in keep- ing with the stipulations of the will and that would best serve the interests of the community. Spring indicated that the college would be interested in serving as the lead organization in pursuing grants to preserve and restore the building if there were ways that the college could use the building for its educa- tional programs. A number of ideas were discussed, but the one that generated the most en- thusiasm was to use the build- ing as a "living museum"'to teach the history of the Green- brier Valley in the Civil War era. The group discussed setting up a period classroom where school groups could be brought to attend a class taught by in- structors dressed in Civil War era costumes and using teach- ing methods from that time. As a first step towards saving the property, the college sub- mitted the application to have the building designated an en- dangered property. When the announcement of the designa- tion was made in Charleston last month, Spring commented that "receiving the endangered properties listing is an impor- tant first step that will allow us to pursue grants to restore this beautiful and very histor- ic structure. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the City of Lewisburg through this effort." The college is now pursu- ing a National Endowment for the Humanities "Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for Community Col- lege Grant" to bring communi- ty college faculty from around Meeting on Mar. 3 to discuss the NEH grant proposal were: Front Row: Dr. Harry R. Faulk, executive vice president andchief academ- ic officer at New River Community and Technical College (left); Lib- by Belcher, director of College Relations for New River, Karen Dick- inson of Delta Development Group, a consulting firm that is helping with the application; and Bill Loope, vice president for Institutional Advancement and Worldorce Education at New River. Back Row: Dr. Bill O'Brien, director of Concord University's Beckley Center (left); Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester, and New River President Ted D. Spring. the country to Lewisburg to learn innovative approaches to teaching history through an exploration of the impact of the Civil War on the Greenbrier Val- ley, from the wartime era up to today. New River is partnering with the City of Lewisburg, Concord College and other groups to de- sign a curriculum for the work- shops. Grants will be awarded in September, and if New River is awarded a grant, the work- shops will be held in the sum- mer of 2011. "If we are successful in get. ting this grant, we will offer this program whether we are able to use the library building or not, but it is a perfect example of the kinds of programs that we envi- sion hosting in the old library to encourage and advance teaching about the history of this region," Spring said. "The Greenbrier Valley has played a pivotal role in America's history since before the Revolutionary War. Our goal is to find exciting ways to make that history come to life in a beautifully restored historic gem." Lewisburg Mayor John Man- chester added, "This is a won- derful historic building in Lew- isburg that we need to be sure to preserve for future genera- tions. We are pleased that the college is actively involved in a partnership with the city to de- velop a creative re-use for it." GEHS and GVT present I " 'Damn Yankees' Mar. 18-28 Greenbrier East High School and Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) present Damn Yankees at GVT's downtown Lewisburg location. Over 30 Greenbrier County students showcase their talents and hard work in the classic pro- duction. Performance dates include Mar. 18 at 7:30 p.m. ("Pay What You Can" perfor- mance), Mar. 19 at 7:30 p.m. (Opening Night with post-show reception), Mar. 20 at 7:30 p.m., Mar. 21 at 3 p.m., Mar. 24 at 7:30 p.m., Mar. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Mar, 26 at 7:30 p.m, Mar. 27 at 7:30 p.m., and Mar. 28 at 3 p.m. Admission is $13 for adults and $8 for students and children. Winner of the 1956 Tony Award for Best Musical. Damn Yankees is a musical comedy ' with a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and mu- sic and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, DC, during a time when the New York Yan- kees dominated Major League Baseball. The musical is based on Wallop's novel, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant. The show is directed by Sam Yates, Michael Sharp, and Barbara Lutz. To make reservations call 304-645-3838 or visit www. gvtheatre.org. Greenbrier Val- ley Theatre is The State Profes- sional Theatre of West Virginio. Visit www.gvtheatre.org for all GVT events. GVT is handicap accessible and smoke-free and is located at 113 East Washing- ton Street, Lewisburg. Damn Yankees Sponsors include Pat and Cliff Baker. Sam and Tate Hudson in honor of Sam's 80th birthday, and Bob and Jill Modlin. To become a Damn Yankees Sponsor, con- tact the GVT Development De- partment at 304-645-3838. March brings roots and blues to the Opera House Springtime is just around the corner, and the Opera House is heating up as two great groups from the two Virgi- nias prepare to grace the stage this month. On Saturday, Mar. 13, Trent Wagler & The Steel Wheels, will pay a visit from the Shenandoah Valley for aLn evening of original Americana roots music. The next weekend, Saturday, Mar. 20, Greenbrier Valley favorite Sweety will again bring their swinging groove to the Opera House. Both perfor- mances begin at 7:30 p.m. The acoustic music of Trent Wagler & The Steel Wheels ranges from old time, country folk, infused with elements of gospel, blues, and rock and roll. - Sweety has been performing in Pocahontas County and the ' Greenbrier Valley since 2002. They ave developed a strong following in the area as they showcase their original music and cover tunes from various artists, including Deanna Bog- : gart, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Piazza, Sippie Wallace, Toni Price, Sh- emekia Copeland, Duke Elling- ton. and Chuck Berry-aU with a Sweety twist. The Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Avenue in Marlinton. Admission is $7 at the door. Children 12 and under are ad- mitted free. For information on other upcoming Opera House events, visit www.pocahonta- soperahouse.org, or call the Opera House at 304-799-6645. The performances are part of the 2009-2010 Performance Series sponsored by the Poca- hontas County Opera House Foundation with financial as- sistance through a grant from the West Virgini a Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, Financial support is also provided by Pocahontas County Drama, Fairs and Fes- Uvals. Please note: The perfor- mance by acoustic world beat ensemble Comparsa, originally scheduled for Feb. 6 was can- celled due to snow. It has been rescheduled for Apr. 24. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., with salsa dancing les- sons half an hour prior to the show. WVSO presents 'Forward! March! with Sousa' with special guest conductor Keith Brion The West Virginia Sym- phony Orchestra's 2009-2010 City National Bank Family Dis- covery Series concludes with Forwardl March/with Sousa on Saturday, Mar. 20. 2010. at 11 a.m. at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virgin- ia in Charleston. Forward! March/with Sousa features some of the best loved music from the unquestioned king of marches: John Philip Sousa. Clap along to marches from "Stars and Stripes Forev- er" to the rousing "Washington Post." Girl Scout and Brownie youth in uniform receive free admission to this concert. Pre- concert activities and perfor- mance attendance also allow Girl Scouts to complete seVeral requirements towards their music merit badge. Along with Maestro Grant Cooper, Sousa Master Keith Brion will guest conduct the concert, which is sponsored in part by City National Bank. 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Property Management Services Managing your residential . commercial properties to achieve your hghest return. FOURTH WAY POPERTIES Handyman Services, LLC No project to small. For more information :)n these properties and services, contactMichael Showell at 304-647-5608 Withers with film and music on Friday, Mar. 19 at Tamarack in Beckley. Evening will include music, film and the unveiling of renowned artist Ernie Barnes' painting "Grandma's Hands." The program begins at 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public. The event will in- clude musical performances. a screening of the award win- ning documentary "Still Bill" and the unveiling of a painting titled "Grandma's Hands" that Withers has donated to the WV Music Hall of Fame's perma- nent collection, .The evening will begin with performances of Withers' songs by '09 WV Music Hall of Fame inductee Nat Reese, Julie Ad- ams, Everett Lilly Jr. & the Songcatchers, Spurgie Han- kins, Randy Gilkey and the Carpenter Ants. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a screening of the award winning documentary "Still Bill." "Grandma's Hands," a painting Withers commissioned from the late African-American painter Ernie Barnes, will be unveiled at the end of the eve- ning. The painting represents Withers' song. Also on display will be the the original hand- written lyrics to the song which Withers donated to the WVM- The WVMHoF's permanent exhibit at Tamarack will also be open for viewing. Withers is a member of the inaugural class of the WV Music Hall of Fame and one of the state's living legends. Born in Slab Fork, Raleigh County, Bill Withers is WV's most suc- cessful songwriter, composing timeless hits including "Lean On Me," "Use Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine." His" songs have been widely sampled and used in films and remain popular to- day. Wither's songs have been recorded by Mick Jagger, Crys- tal Gale, Nancy Wilson, Carmen McCrae, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker and Johnny Mathis. "Lean On Me" has become a standard with hit covers by U.K. rock bands Mud and Club NoLiveau, and was the title theme of a 1989 movie starting Morgan Freeman. Withers was inducted into the WV Music Hall of Fame in 2007. For more information, con- tact the WV Music Hall of Fame at 304-342-4412, wvmhof@ gmafl.com, Tamarack at 304- 256-6843 ext. 151; or servic- es@tamarackwv.com. Boy Scout Spaghetti Supper set for Sunday, Mar. 14 Boy Scout Troop 70 will serve its annual Spaghetti Supper on Sunday, Mar. 14, between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Lewisburg United Method- ist Church. The menu includes spa- ghetti with the Troop's spe- cial beef or vegetarian sauce, bread, cole slaw. a choice of home-baked desserts, and a beverage. Tickets may be purchased at the door or from any Scout. Take out orders are available. Troop 70 serves approxi- mately 30 youth from Alderson, Lewisburg, Renick, and Ronce- verte with a challenging pro- gram that emphasizes personal growth, citizenship, and com- munity service. The program includes skill development, travel, and high adventure ac- tivities such as backpacking, canoeing, and rock climbing, The Troop welcomes any boy between the ages of 10-1/2 and 18 who wants to participate in these types of activities. Pro- ceeds from the Spaghetti Sup- per help make this program available to all Troop members. Open eohet61, .t[que, Wednesday - Sunday 9-5 e0t,a, aa, For Consignment a,dmade eata, q)0, Information Call: o%tehj, Pue, ..t 304-645-1055 " LOCATED ON RT. 219, 1/10TH MILE NORTH OF 219 & 63 INTERSECTION 1-866-349-3739 New River Rocks! Enroll Now i Do You Have Concerns About Retirement? Are you concerned about outliving your income in retirement? 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