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6A The Mountain Messenger, Sunday, July 31, 1994 % Stephanle Mendelson, Jim Morgan, Cathy Sawyer, Christy Clemons- Rodgers and Jo Wisebrod accept grant funds The Greenbrier County Cul- tural Roundtable has awarded $6,000 In grants to support proj- ects being developed by five or- ganizations in the county. At a meeting on June 23, checks were presented to representa- tives from the Greenbrier Valley Theater, The Greenbrier Music Festival, The Trillium Collective, Ltd., The Family Refuge Center and the Greenbrler County Arts In Education Task Force. Funding for these projects came from the Regranting Pro- gram of the West Virginia Com- mission on the Arts through a grant to Carnegie Hall. This is a new program developed by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History which may provkle money each year to county arts agencies to be granted to cul- tural organizations within that county. The Greenbrter Music Festival and Greenbrler Valley Theater received $1,400 to assist with performance at Carnegie Hall next spring. GVT and Trillium each re- ceived $875 to assist their or- ganizations in providing instruc- tors for Carnegie's Kids' College. The Family Refuge Center was awarded $840 for a summer arts program for approximately 75 children living in Lewis Terrace Apartments. The grant will help pay for materials, and the pro- gram will be staffed by VISTA students. The Greenbrler County Arts in Education Task Force received tt;610 for a youth juried art show to be implemented for the first time during the 1994-95 school year. The task force was estab- lished in 1993 to meet the spe- cific arts in education challenges set forth in the Greenbrler County Cultural Plan. The group is comprised of at least one representative from each school in the county, along with interested community members Lewlsburg's Greenbrier Valley Theater will offer original Off- Night works at 7-30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, August 1 and 2, at the Barn Theater. All of these staged readings were written by local residents Laura Benedict, Pinckney Benedict and Greg Johnson. Two works by Laura Philpot Benedict will be presented in the showcase. The Baby Stealer is the story of Rlta, a woman who is unable to have children of her own and therefore, steals a child from a local store. Benedict has had several pieces of her writing published, including some poetry selections that have appeared in Down Home Magazine and the Char- lesion Gazette. She is also a regular essayist for WVTF Radio in Roanoke, Virginia. The Mummy's Game by Pinckney Benedict Is one-act play detailing how greed can ef- fect the morals and values of humans. GVT company member James Farrell and Chert Johnson play a husband and wife who believe their neighbor, portrayed by summer intern Ryan Gloriosom, has brought a winning lottery ticket worth over one million dollars. A successful author, Benedict has had several works published Including Town Smokes and The Wrecking Yard, two collections of short stories and the novel Dogs Of God, which has also just been published In England and is forthcoming in Gernmny. He is also a regular essayist for Na- tional Public Radio's All Things Considered and has reviewed books for the Washington Post. Lee Blair will direct both Horse Latitudes and The Mummy's Game. Blair is a graduate student at the Univer- sity of Florkla-Gainsville where he is working toward a master of Fine Arts in Acting. A native of Tennessee, he has appeared in several productions including As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing as well as all of GVT's 1994 summer productions. Blair has also had other direct- Ing experience including A..My Name Is Alice, which is part of the Universi|y of Florida's sum- lner season. Greg Johnson's Space Fillers will also be performed. Directed by Poisson and starring local residents Bob Fisk and Devin Preston, Space Fillers is the story of how c.hildren sometimes have to do outrageous things in order to get their parents' atten- tion. Fisk, an Associate Professor of Anatomy at WVSOM, has been in several GVT productions in- cluding last season's The Pirates QlPe~tzcmce and Four Way. He has also served GVT in a num- ber of other capacities including being a former member of the Board of Directors and a techni- cian lbr the Theater. A member of GVFs summer apprentice, Preston has recently been seen in Forum, The Voice Of Tile Prairie and Mole Hill. Preston has also been associated with GVT lbr several years and may be familiar to audiences for his roles in the Theater's pro- ducIlons of Beauty Alld T/te Beast and F'kldler 01~ The Roof Admission to the Off-Night shows is free. For more intbrma- lion, please contact the GVT box office at 304/645-3838. Hallmark Didn't Say It-- ro uc.oo or mu , a, oa o- "-- -unveway Did | which they will stage jointly in gie Hall's staff and board. ~l August. The play, based on The The Greenbrier County Cul- l Scarlet Letter bY Nathniel Haw-tural Roundtable Is an Informal throne, was written by local resi- organization compri'sed of repre- dents Plnckney Benedict (book and lyrics) and Anthony Nalker (music). The Trillium Collective, IAd., received a total of $1,400 to sup- port two projects. Reworking Myths will involve inmates from the Alderson Women's Prison and will cuhninate in perlbrm- ances in public schools and for the public. West Virginia Dance '95 is a collaborative project with other West Virginia chore- ographers in which new works are being created for a public sentatives from a variety of cul- tural and educational organlza- lions. The group meets monthly to share information about up- coming events and to develop ideas for collaborative projects that can most effectively use the resources available. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 12 noon In the GCW Alumane Room of Carnegie Hall. The meetings are open to anyone interested in expanding cultural opportunities in the county. According to Janetta McPeak of Union, her husband Cody left the morning of July 17th [their 33rd wedding anniversary], leaving behind what appeared to be two hearts in their driveway. She added, since then, Cody had attempted to repeat the work of art, but was unsuccessful. "It was strange that it happened on our 33rd anniversary, because two threes are the only numbers that can make two hearts!" she said. There's still time to take in the plays and music at the Cass Scenic Railroad State park this Summer, but don't wait too long--the final performances at the Cass Community Center are next week. Monday, August 1 is that last chance to show your stuff at the "Open Mike Night". Tuesday will be the final per- formance of "Love Letters," fea- turing the Festival's two direc- tors, Lou Macknik and Margaret Baker. The last free flatfoot dance classes with Christine Morris will be offered Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Cass Community Center. Wednesday, August ;~ wraps up the run of "Laundry and Bourbon," with Sharon Paxon and Sarah and Joanna Burt- Kinderman. Thursday is the last "Mountain Music Night," featur- ing mendolinist Mike Bing. Fri- day (August .5) through Sunday (August 7) is the final weekend for the new Cass history play, "q'all Trees and Taller Tales," and the season ends Sunday at 6 with a perfornaance of Louise McNeill's "Gauley Mountain," starring artists in residence David and Christine Morris. For specific inlbrmation about performance times and ticket availability, call the Pocahontas County Tourism Commission at 1-800-336-7009. Help Family During the Family Refuge Center's recent renovations many local restuarants contrib- uted the needed meals while the kitchen was unusable. The gen- erosity of these businesses was remarkable and greatly appreci- ated. Their effort was coordinated by the Vista Summer Associates at the Family Refuge Center and made possible by the donations of these fine restaurants: Pizza Hut, One Way Care. Shoney's. e Wendy's, Burger King, Food & Friends, Road Runner's Pizza, Western Sizzlin', Subway, Hardee's, and Fort Savannah. The donations from these res- taurants are examples of the community support which makes our program possible. Your support, in the form of food, clothing, or household Items is always welcome. Once again, many thanks to these kind restaurants. We couldn't have done it without you! Dining, Dancing, Theater, Other Happenings Ten people attended the June 26-July 2 advanced EcoTheaier workshop at the country home of Edwin Waters and DLxie Mowen near Ursa, Illinois. Kathy Jackson and Joyce Marshall led the workshop which emphasized the use of Oral History and working in local comlnunities. Attendees were from West Vir- ginia, Illinois, Texas, and Mis- souri. During the workshop, partici- pants visited a local nursing home where they interviewed residents. On Friday evenin-K the group presented scenes tbr the residents of the home, in- eluding those developed IYom the inlerviews there. Every participant felt he/she grew from this intense (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) experience of learning to use EcoTheater. Breakthroughs came in: understanding more clearly the many subtleties of the concept~of authority and the "authority flip" learning the im portance of details iil taking oral histories; seeing many possible options for doing EcoThealer in local communities; and greater ability to be present on stage. Changes to be made in the next workshop: give more coaching to tile Playwright/Di- rectors (P/Ds) as they work wilh their casts in scheduled time away from the whole group; make sure everyone gets plenty of rest and break time; make sure evel3~one understands per- formances at the end of a work- shop (even if belore an audience) are ",in process"--in order to alle- viate unnecessary anxiely. I After the workshop the P/D Training{ Council met to assess otlr work as P/Ds. Each person shared what he/she felt had been personally accomplished and what was needed as a next step of growlh. The rest of the group added iheir assessment of the person's work as a Play- wright/l)irecior. There was warm validalion for each person's accomplishments and honest consirtlclive suggestions for ~lOWl h. The work we see for ourselves as a cotmcil is: inlensil}c-ing lo- cal l~erlorming aim seed com- pany development: doing Level I weekends in Illinois, Wesl Vir- ginia, Texas and Minnesota: and an advanced weeMong workshop m Ihe summer of'95. EW_SE JAZZ THURS. BLUEGRASS WITH RICHARD HEFNER SAT. J.D. BLUEGRASS I 122 W. Washington St. Lewisburg 645-3860 Movies. Sports . Music News, Weather And More ff @@ e" :I COMPLETE SYSTEMS 88 2. OVER 150 CHANNELS COMPLETE SYSTEM BUY DIRECT ONLY 790 M0. sO DOWN w,thaoprovedcredit CALL TODAY!, , DIRECT "OUR NAME SAYS IT ALL" Call Today For A Free Site Survey ....Great Fun For The Whole Family The Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers an excursion that will transport you back in time...and let you see a glimpse into an era when steam driven locomotives were an essential part of life. Your trip will be filled with a rich history of the past, unparalled views of a vast wilderm.~s area and a close up cnlcounter with the sights and sounds of original steam-driven locomotivc.,s. The Cass Scenic Railroad is the same line built in 1902, and we used to haul lumber from remote area to the mill m Cass. The locomotiw.~: are originals and the old logging flatcars have been converted into the passenger coache:,. You board your train at the Cass De~)t, and begin your a~ent up the mountain. Pulled by a 90 ton locomotive up 11% grade, you arrive to the open fields of Whittaker Station. The final leg takes you to the top of Bald Knob, the second highest point in West Virginia, where the view is breathtaking. You then ride back down the moun,,ain to Cass where you can shop, enjoy the mu,~ums and take tours through the historical town ot Cass...all m all a trip youll always remember. The Cass Train schedule operates daily during the summer with 1-1/2 hour trips to Whittaker Station and a 4-1/2 hour trip to Bald Knob departs at 12 n(xm each day but Monday. A special Fall Foliage schedule operates September through October. For a schedule and additional travel information call 1-800-336-7009. Pocahontas County Tourism Commission P.O. Box 275, Marlinton, West Virginia 24954 Call Toll Free: 1-800-336-7009