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www. mountainmessen,qer.com The Weekend Paper for the Greenbrier Valley - Mountain Messen.qer Dec. 20, 2008 1 Lady D sings at Friday Night Alive! Doris Fields, professionally known as Lady D, arrived in Lewisburg last Friday evening just in time to open Trillium's Friday Night Alive! event at Carnegie Hall's Stone Room. As winner of the Obama In- : augural Song Contest, Lady D ........ sang the winning song, "Go Higher" to the delight of Trillium's record audience turn- out of 140 people. Lady D, who professes to still be in shock, won the contest by six votes over 100 other applicants from 37 states and eight countries. She was given a new Trillium tote Lady D bag embroidered with the Tril- lium logo,as a memento of her visit in Lewisburg. Lady D will be heading to Washington, DC for President Elect Obama's Inauguration where she and her band MISSION will be the headline entertainment at the Obama For Jacob Womack one of four performers at Carnegie Hall's 1st Stage concert Carnegie Hall is pleased to present its Third Annual First Stage Concert on Sunday, Jan~. 4, at 3 p.m. The First Stage Con- cert features accomplished youth and young adults of the Greenbrier Valley. Due to the number of talented youth in our area, auditions were held for the first time and four performers were selected for showcase. Jacob Womack will be one of those four performers. Womack is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at The Pennsyl- vania State University. Womack is a graduate teaching assistant instructing class piano and stu- dio piano to undergraduate music majors. He performs as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician at PSU. Womack studies privately with Steven Smith and Marylene Dosse. Womack earned the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Edu- cation from West Virginia Uni- versity, where he won several performing awards, including first prize in the WVMTA Colle- giate Young Artists Piano Com- petition and was a two time fi- nalist in the WVU Concerto Competition. He studied pri- vately with James Miltenberger at WVU. Change Inaugural Celebration on Jan. 19, 2009. A graduate of Mountain State University and originally from Cabin Creek, Fields now hails from Beckley. To follow up on her singing schedule, go to www.ladyd.org. Members of the audience dance at a recent AHMH event. New Year's Eve Celebration slated at American Heritage Music Hall A New Year's Eve Celebration, a Regular Jam Session. will be held Wednesday night, Dec. 31. from 8 p.m. until midnight at the American Heritage Music Hall in Ronceverte. Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. Our regular musicians from our Jam Sessions will provide the music for our "New Year's Eve Celebration" at the Ameri- can Heritage Music Hall, Inc., on Island Park (former Island Park Roller Rink building) at 3 15 Monroe Avenue, Ron- ceverte. Admission is a generous monetary donation to cover in- surance, utilities, building and operating expenses. It's a fam- ily type atmosphere (no alcohol and no smoking) open to all age groups. Our audience provides the food and donates to the mu- sic hall (AHMH). So, bring your favorite snack to share. AHMH is handicap accessible. The Mud Bone Collective will entertain at the Wild Bean Sat- urday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. What happens when you take two of West Virginia's big- gest string bands and throw them together?. Well, a mess. But you also get the Mudbone Col- lective--a rollicking good evening of original West Virginia Stompgrass music! The Wild Rumpus and Rust Kings, both artists signed to the Mudbone label, have been play- ing gigs together for awhile now, showcasing both groups' origi- nal music and good time cover songs. The dancing has been in- stantaneous, always getting the crowd on their feet. Between both groups they have shared the stage with such luminaries as Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Mike Seeger, The Hackensaw Boys and many others and per- formed at legendary festivals and venues such as The Lowell Folk Festival, the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, The World Famous Rodeo Bar in NYC, Ploughs and Stars in Cambridge MA and more places than they care to remember. The Rust Kings' last album "Hotel West Virginia" peaked at #9 on the Rural Roots Report Bluegrass chart and the Wild Rumpus' debut CD "Love. Trains, Home" has been garner- ing rave reviews and critical ac- claim. Looking for a fun time and great music? Look no fur- ther, c'mon git yer hip shake on and shake that Rumpus! Tickets are $9. Buy tickets at www.thewildbrew.com/music / musci.php. For more information regard- ing the show visit www.the wildbrew.com or call The Wild Bean at (304) 645-3738. Timberline's Slope Side Fireside Grill and Pub hosts weekend entertainment by acclaimed Charleston musical group Jacob Womack to perform in Carnegie Hall First Stage Concert Wilson High School in 2003. He studied privately with John Yurick through 2003. In addition to Jacob Womack, Tim McClure and Hannah Soukup will each be featured on violin and Rebecca Brewer in dance. Show your support of these fine performers in their pursuit of excellence in the fine arts by attending their Carnegie Debut. General Admission tick- ets are $12 and children 12 and under are admitted free. Tick- ets may be purchased anytime Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) announced the winners for the New Voices Short Play Festival. Five winning entries were chosen to be performed during GVT's Annual Commu- nity Festival of Plays opening at the end of January. Local play- wrights submitted short plays 10-15 minutes in length includ- ing between two and five char- acters. Plays were to be appro- priate for all ages and written to be played by adult actors. A panel of professional theatre artists judged the pieces. The winners are (in no par- ticular order): A Man of Genu- inely Moral Worth by Michael Mclain; Standing at the Edge of the Universe of Disunity by Stanley Toledo; ... to aflame by Eric Fritzius~; Crossing Bells by Linda Stockham; and Confetti by Meredith Dormelly. For more information contact GVT Education Director, Kurtis Donnelly at (304) 645-3838. GVT is located at 113 E. Wash- ington Street, Lewisburg. Visit www.gvtheatre.org for all up- coming events. GVT is handicap accessible and smoke-free. Box Office hours are Monday - Sat- urday, 1 to 6 p.m. GVT is The State Professional Theatre of West Virginia. East Choral Program ! hristmas on-line at carnegiehallwv.com or WomackisanativeofBeckley during business hours at the The Greenbrier East High The 16-member auditioned i and graduated from Woodrow Carnegie Hall Box Office. School Choral Program will Concert Choir's repertoire in- 1 present its Christmas Concert cludes Lo How A Rose E're 2009 Shanghai Parade Fact Sheet on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. Blooming, Cool Yule by Steve PARADE ROUTE: Washing- THE SPECIAL PRIZES) at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg. Allen, Children Go Where I Send ] ton Street from Lee Street to Church Street. Judges' stand is on Washington Street at City Hall. DATE AND TIME: Thursday, Jan. 1, at 12 noon. LINE-UP: On Lee Street be- tween the United Methodist Church and WVSOM beginning at 11 a.m. Note: Not behind Lewisburg Elementary School. PARKING: No on-street park- ing is allowed on the parade route the morning of Jan. 1. Also, residents of Lee Street from Washington Street to Greenbrier Road are requested not to park on Lee Street the morning of 'Jan. i. CATEGORIES & PRIZES: ist - $55, 2nd - $35, and 3rd - $25 prizes will be awarded in each category: Animal/Animal Drawn Antique Car/Classic Equestrian Best Dressed Farm Equipment Float Music Specialty Walker (I or 2) Walker (3 or more) SPECIAL PRIZES: (ALL EN- mRIES ELIGIBLE FOR ANY OF * Joe Ellis Memorial Tradi- tion Award (for the entry which best depicts the history and tra- ditions of the area): $100 (Lewis- burg Foundation) Mary Satterfield Spirit of Shanghai Award: $100 (Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Com- merce Chairman's Award: $100 (Lewisburg Rotal-y) Jim Wills Memorial Award: $100. WALKERS: Each entrant in a walker category receives $2. NOTE: All persons or groups must advise parade line-up of- ficials of the category in which they are entering. Prizes will be given out in front of City Hall immediately after the parade. Prizes will be available at City Hall until Jan. 31--and must be picked up be- fore then. There is no pre-registration for the parade--just be there at 11 a.m. No candy is to be thrown from vehicles, floats, or animals. Candy may be passed out by hand only. No sirens, please. Parade winners announced Winners in the White Sul- phur Springs Christmas Parade have been announced. They are: Walkers: 1st place - Girl Scouts #8157; 2nd place - Fal- cons football Team; 3rd place - White Sulphur Springs Rifles Riders: 1st place - Angel on Vehicle;__ 2nd place - Grace Bap- tist C~,urch; 3rd place - Texas White Long Horn Steer Floats - Commercial: 1st place - Frosty the Snowman; 2nd place - Fritz Pharmacy; C, rd place - K9 Salon Floats - Noncommercial: 1st place - White Sulphur Springs 4-H Leprechauns; 2nd place- Lewisburg 4-H Strutters; 3rd place - Neola Baptist Church. The Spartan choral program is under the direction of Barbara Lutz. The 43-member Spartan Chorus performance will in- clude Rockin Around the Christ- mas Tree, Sing a Song of Merry Christmas, a round by Mozart, and All My Heart This Night Re- joices. 'The Concert Choir, which has 30 members, will perform Glory to God from Handel's Messiah, En Natus Est by Palestrina, Baby It's Cold Outside and Little St. Nick. Thee and selections by musical humorist Peter Schickele, a.k.a PDQ Bach. Joint choir numbers will in- clude an African welcome Song featuring drummers from the GEHS band. The Greenbrier East choirs have sung for T.O.O.T., the Lewisburg Rotary Club and The Greenbrier, in addition to a fall concert with the Greenbrier Chorale in October. The Christ- mas Concert is open to the pub- lic and free of charge. Clay Center offers fun, new Holiday Break activities for kids With a great lineup of activi- ties at the Clay Center, kids will have no trouble finding creative ways to fill their time off from school. This year's Holiday Break Activities are Friday, Dec. 26 through Wednesday, Dec. 31, from noon to 4 p.m. each day. The schedule of make-and- take activities includes: Friday, Dec. 26 -Tissue Pa- per Flowers Saturday, Dec. 27 - Mes- sage Spinners Sunday, Dec. 28 - Single- String Mobiles Monday, Dec. 29 - Stuffed Paper Sculptures Tuesday, Dec. 30 - New Year's Pop-up Cards Wednesday, Dec. 31 - Party Hats (noon to 3 p.m.) Holiday Break Activities at the Clay Center is sponsored by Shammaa Orthodontics. All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All activities are included with mu- seum gallery admission, which is free for Clay Center members or just $5.50 for children and $7 for adults. Don't forget to check out Trains, Trees & Treasures on display through Dec. 31. The special exhibit features model railroads, trees designed by lo- cal artists and unique treasures from area collectors. Trains, Trees & Treasures is sponsored by BB&T. Please note: The Clay Center will offer ad- ditional holiday hours by open- ing on Mondays and Tuesdays, Dec. 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries and box o:5ice will close early at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Dec. 24 and 31 and will be closed Thurs- day, Dec. 25. For more information, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call (304) 561-3570. A unique style of blues will be presented at Timberline ski lodge, at 9 p.m. on Dec. 20. The group, Luke Jive Talker, comes to Timberline from Charleston. With the ski season at Tim- berline in full swing guests will enjoy award winning barbecue ribs, seafood specialties, a full menu in full view of the ski slopes and live entertainment. Kevin Arborgast and his Luke Jive Talkers will present a dis- tinctive style of blues at 9 p.m. both Friday and Saturday in the Fireside Grill at Timberline ski lodge. There will be no cover charge. The band is a favorite in the Southern West Virginia area. The ski area opened Dec. 4 to the top of the 1,000 vertical foot Herz Mountain, altitude 4,263 feet, with an abundance of natural and man made snow. The resort known as "Real Snow Country" has expended major investment in water supply, water pumps and snow guns. According to General Manager, Tom Blanzy, the resort opened with a record number of skiable trails and opening week skiers. The resort's new hotel, Tim- berline Resort Hotel and Suites, will open Dec. 26. Reservations are now being accepted. For more information call (800) SNOWING or visit www.Timberlineresort.com. mer'icarl music John Prine will entertain at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. Ticket prices: $49.50/ $39.50 plus applicable fees. All seats reserved. Tickets are on sale now at the Roanoke Civic Center ticket of- rice and tickets.com, (888) 397- 3100. There are very few treasures that arrive with a battered acoustic guitar and open up the windows on basic lives with pas- sion and grace. But when John Prine hits the road, the darkest corners and smallest joys get il- luminated by the light of his gravelly, utterly American voice, his way with the plainest of lan- guage and the vintage Guild and Martin guitars he plays. Among the numerous awards Prine has won throughout his extensive musical career, he was named the Artist Of The Year at the 2005 Americana Music Awards, and most recently, he took home the Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Contemporary Folk Album for Fair & Square. Prine has most recently re- leased Standard Songs For Av- erage People, a cover album of duets with the equally legend~ ary Mac Wiseman.