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  • Folklife festival seeks out the traditions of today
    a revivalist We look for people who these traditions came down within their family and within their community If you re doing something and someone asks why you can tell them It s not a hobby it s something they already had been doing a lot of them as a child One demonstrator showed how he splits logs for fences using an ax and wooden mallet another gutted a pig while an audience gathered around One of the largest crowds of the day was drawn in by the coon dog treeing contest where dogs bark up a pole at a raccoon scented stuffed animal The winner is the dog that barks the most number of times in 30 seconds Other events from years past were missing however Trades disappear from the lineup as they fall out of fashion or the last remaining tradition bearer dies This year had a noticeable absence at the moonshine storytelling session one of the most popular attractions Retired moonshiners and law enforcement officers usually sit together sharing the folklore of who was selling liquor to Al Capone and who got away from whom after chases through the Blue Ridge Mountains Jack Powell who wrote four books of stories from his career as a state Alcoholic Beverage Control agent was long a mainstay at the session The 80 year old died Oct 19 one week before he was scheduled to appear at this year s event He would be right here said Lane Rakes a former local moonshiner who frequents the panel You couldn t get a word in edgewise with him He could tell em he could tell em Rakes had a run in with Powell once when he was making brandy in Franklin County about 30 years ago or so the story goes When a lookout gave him the signal Rakes said he looked up to see good ole Jack coming at him He didn t get me I went up the mountain to the other side and left his hind end That thing could run though Rakes said Enough moonshiners still make it to the festival to share their stories but Moore said that era is coming to an end He remembers when the festival included more basket weavers braided rug makers and even a woman who handpicked and carded cotton for quilt batting Each craft was once a major part of the festival and the culture of the region but each has faded with time We lose a couple each year that s just what happens Moore said So you re always looking for new things and you re looking for replacements We re not interested in putting a globe over these people and not changing because people change they have to We just record the changes that take place Jon Butler of Rocky Mount was one of the new faces at this year s event He brought tires that he cut turned inside out and painted so they can be used

    Original URL path: http://www.ferrum.edu/campus_life/news/Articles/2013_FolklifeFestival_RoanokeTimes.html (2016-02-01)
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  • New CEED Website Being Used by Ferrum College
    or that is heated and cooled with geothermal energy And that s exactly why Franklin County Public Schools built one at its Gereau Center for Applied Technology They re immersed in the technology said Neil Sigmon an instructor in that classroom which is called the Center for Energy Efficient Design or CEED So it s much easier for them to get it than if they were learning the concept alone CEED gives students a place to explore the latest in green and renewable technology There are thousands of points of data that come out of this building said Dr Mark Church Superintendent for Franklin County Public Schools And there s a lot of different things we can do with it Since it opened only Franklin County students have had access to CEED s resources and the information they provide But now they ve rolled out a new website so that anybody anywhere can access the information and learn from it The concept of this building from the very start was to be a resource said Sigmon The site or dashboard as they call it gives real time readouts on each of CEED s renewable systems and how much energy they re producing The dashboard also includes lesson plans teachers can use in conjunction with the site to explain different concepts to students from kindergarten through 12th grade We re hoping that educators would not only use our curriculum to teach but also will give us other ideas said Church Beyond K 12 Ferrum College is already using CEED and the dashboard for some of its courses And school officials believe it can be useful to professionals It s a resource for anyone who wants to build a house and design it with solar panels said Sigmon Or any architect so

    Original URL path: http://www.ferrum.edu/campus_life/news/Articles/2013_1025_CEEDDashboard.html (2016-02-01)
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  • Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Featured in WSLS's Round Town Segment
    Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Featured in WSLS s Round Town Segment for this weekend WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke Lynchburg Va Information For Future Students Accepted Students Current Students President s Welcome Alumni Friends and Donors Faculty and Staff Visitors Student Calendar Campus Safety Procedures Title IX Information Related Pages Ferrum College News Ferrum Magazine Online Iron Blade Online Newspaper Panther Press Student News Athletic News Contact Information Admissions 800

    Original URL path: http://www.ferrum.edu/campus_life/news/Articles/2013_1025_WSLSRoundTown_BRFF.html (2016-02-01)
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  • Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is Saturday
    Roddy Moore with the addition of 23 music acts three music stages and a variety of activities and crafts to suit young and old alike This year s Folklife Festival presents the most robust music offering we ve had in 40 years said Moore Each year we continue to grow and identify new ways to celebrate the rich history and folk culture of the beautiful Blue Ridge region and this year is no different This is by far the most authentic celebration of folk heritage anywhere in the country The 2013 Folklife Festival a Crooked Road Music Trail major venue also adds two new interactive workshops that pay homage to unique rural music styles whistling and old style piano playing The festival will include horse pulls two dozen country foods moonshiner s still and tales 50 old time crafts mule jumping vintage and custom cars working dogs antique engines and tractors coon dog treeing and water race contests sheep herding kids folk games a Ferrum College centennial exhibit and more As Ferrum College celebrates its centennial year the call is also being made for alumni to share their stories with a video testimonial which can be created at the festival A testimonial booth will be set up and videos will be preserved in the Blue Ridge Institute archives perhaps for the next 100 years and beyond said Moore Tickets are 10 for adults and 5 for youth ages 6 to 15 and seniors ages 60 and over Festival tickets are sold at the gates on the day of the event Advance tickets can be ordered by calling 540 365 4412 or mailing checks to Blue Ridge Folklife Festival P O Box 1000 Ferrum VA 24088 Parking is free A full schedule of planned events may be found at www blueridgefolklifefestival

    Original URL path: http://www.ferrum.edu/campus_life/news/Articles/BlueRidge_FF_FranklinNews.html (2016-02-01)
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  • Ferrum College to Host Roanoke Valley Reads Event
    to 8 00 p m in the Learning Commons Classrooms in Stanley Library on campus Using the viewpoints of different generations and a variety of academic perspectives participants in this family reading event will explore the three Appalachian books chosen for the 2013 Roanoke Valley Reads program The evening is free and open to the public The College s Appalachian Cluster faculty will lead a lively interactive discussion with adults and young people about the sociological literary and environmental themes found in two novels David Baldacci s Wish You Well and Ruth White s Belle Prater s Boy For the younger members of the community Ferrum College students will host a storytime and talking circle involving Paul Brett Johnson s Jack Outwits the Giant followed by craft and performance activities Afterward everyone will gather for light refreshments and share what they have learned About Roanoke Valley Reads from their website Roanoke Valley Reads RVR is an annual community wide reading experience in which people across the Valley read a chosen book then come together to discuss it and attend activities related to themes in the book Learn more at www roanokevalleyreads com Information For Future Students Accepted Students Current Students

    Original URL path: http://www.ferrum.edu/campus_life/news/Articles/rvr_event.html (2016-02-01)
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  • Nelson Deputy Inducted into Ferrum Football Hall of Fame
    looking back he knew he was a good football player but this honor is something he never could have seen coming Wright moved to Nelson County in 1978 His wife a teacher at Tye River Elementary School whom he met at Ferrum was from the area He originally is from Raleigh N C where he played football and was a state winning wrestler for Enloe High School While Ferrum at the time a junior college did not offer sports scholarships Wright still decided to attend the school to play the sport he loves He took up the positions of halfback and defensive end The first year he was on the team they went 9 1 The next they went all the way I knew we had a good football team both years Wright said But that second year I knew we were good enough that we were going to win a national championship Wright has stayed in contact with a handful of his teammates through the years and had a good time catching up with a few others at the induction ceremony He said it was enjoyable to see the guys now at the ages they are now and to remember how it was when we were in college playing football together After all he said that was his favorite part of playing for Ferrum College the camaraderie of the team the closeness of the team We were like family he added He said the feeling they all experienced when they won the national championship in 1974 would be hard to explain We had done something we could remember for the rest of our lives and look back and tell our children and grandchildren about it he said Wright a die hard Washington Redskins fan still misses playing football every

    Original URL path: http://www.ferrum.edu/campus_life/news/Articles/NelsonDeputy_FootballHall.html (2016-02-01)
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  • 40th Annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Set for Oct. 26
    for dinner In the early half of the 20 th century whistling was an integral part of folk musical performances and the fiddle tune tradition but is not as apparent in modern accompaniment This workshop will feature two folk groups which still incorporate whistling today and interview performers about how they learn songs and incorporate this technique into their music Watch WSLS TV 10 s John Carlin s story about whistler Edie Ogle on Virginia Crossroads here DON T SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER A Piano Traditions Workshop II This workshop revisits the tradition and cultural impact of the piano in regional folk performances Dance halls in the early half of the 20 th century were filled with the music of grand pianos and music groups rarely performed without piano accompaniment But when we think about the tradition of folk music rarely do we think about pianos even though they were commonly in homes and performance halls throughout the Blue Ridge region In traditional regional folk music pianos helped keep tempo playing as both rhythm and tune in recordings the piano isn t always apparent but one would notice if its missing This workshop will focus on the piano styles of the Blue Ridge and the beauty of live piano performances in folk music In addition to the new workshops the festival has expanded to include three music stages and plans to feature 23 music acts from Vintage Appalachian to African American Gospel Festival favorites including the Bower Family old fashioned hard tack candy moonshine story telling and the annual Coon Dog Water contest also return as well as five additional horse and dog events antique tractor and engine activities and more than 50 crafts and children s games As Ferrum College celebrates its centennial year the call is also being

    Original URL path: http://www.ferrum.edu/campus_life/news/Articles/brff_2013.html (2016-02-01)
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  • Ferrum College to Commemorate President Kennedy's Assassination
    Room in Franklin Hall Kennedy s ability to connect with the American people redefined political and presidential communication This session will feature video clips from the Kennedy Nixon debates during the 1960 presidential campaign and Kennedy s Inaugural Address in January of 1961 Ferrum faculty members Dr Ed Halley and Dr Michael Trochim will offer analysis and take questions from the audience Moderator Dr Doug Clark The Peace Corps Thursday November 14 7 9 p m Blue Ridge Mountain Room in Franklin Hall One of President Kennedy s most enduring legacies is the Peace Corps which for over 50 years has inspired young people to serve a cause greater than themselves Ferrum faculty members Dr Sandra Via and Beth Harper will lead the discussion about this important international program Sasha Saari and Chris Mayer will share their experiences as members of the Peace Corps Introductory remarks by Dr Christine Stinson The Ferrum College Community Reflects Thursday November 21 10 45 11 05 a m Hart International Plaza President Jennifer Braaten will lead Ferrum students faculty and staff in a community wide time of reflection on the life and legacy of President Kennedy Memorial Service and Tributes to JFK Thursday November

    Original URL path: http://www.ferrum.edu//campus_life/news/Articles/jfk_assassination_commemoration.html (2016-02-01)
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