_ _ v ' Â· Â· A tA-u-nciciiu. ami IIC^IM Mountain State Folk Festival Opens Here Thursday: M , ' Â· Â· Â· . . ** * Interesting Program Plans For Audience Participation 1 21 tlClpatlOn b V SDeOta(orK PFlH r\f R'ainnlla on^ PKm,,^ 1Â«,1 U.. T_Â» t-^-i.j _.. ,Â» , . _ . . . . , . V Â· Â· Post-Herald, and Register, by spectators and audiences at the Mountain State 5oik Festival.in Beckley Thursday through Saturday promises to make it'a lively affair. The complete program released by Steering Committee Chairman Robert Thomson Jr., indicates both singing and dancing can be enjoyed by every gay hearted visitor. WHEN THE FESTIVAL opens Thursday night, Shape Note Singers will entertain under the direction of T. N. Thurman of Dry Hill, and Negro Spirituals will be presented by the Bsckley Spiritual Singers directed by C W Wiley. t Each group will invite the audience to sing with them at the end of their planned programs. Exhibits of the wonderful reminders of West Virginia's early years brought from homes and attics throughout the county will be on display at 5 p. m. Thursday; from 1 to 5 and 6 to 7:30 p. m. Friday; noon to 4"p. m and 6 to 7:30 p. m. Saturday INASMUCH as Old Fashioned Bargain Days have been timed to coincide with the Festival and the opening of Honey in the Rock, the Festival Parade will be combined with the Bargain Days parade at 5 p. m. Saturday. Contests to be held at 2 p. m. Saturday call for more participation -- in events which include horseshoe pitching, checkers, tall tales, a spelling bee and hog calling. Entrants may register at the country store, to be operated by members of Home Demonstration Clubs. FRIDAY EVENING will be devoted to folk dancing. Various styles and types-including dancing by the "Old Timers," will be demonstrated at the opening of the 7:30 program in the Woodrow Wilson High School, where all of the events for the Festival will be held. A Beckley Square Dance Club, (he Calico and Jeans group, will perform a quadrille, a contra and a Virginia Reel to show the evolution of folk dancing explained by Paul Fourney. Western Style Square Dancing, a more modern style, will be shown by Calico and Jeans of Beckley directed by Robert E. McKinney and by Whirl A way Square of Ramelle and Clifftop led by Joe McClung. APPALACHIAN Style Square Dancing - a traditional type of dance by. the Mountain State Square Dancers of Midway--will be led by E. R. Lindsay. "Short Cake" and "Champagne Time" are the numbers chosen by Calico and Jeans for precision round dancing. Paul "Bud" Bleau of Nitre-will be the official caller and will call for the audience at the close of the planned program. Â· HIGHLIGHTING the entire festival will be the program of folk- singing, music and dancing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday em?eed by Dr. Patrick W. Gainer, master of folklore under whose aegis the three- day affair took shape; Dorothy Callison -and Ernest Skaggs open the program with solksinging, followed by Vivian Vest playing the dulcimer. The dulcimer is an old, stringed instrument, forerunner of the harpsichord and the piano, and quite difficult to play. Mrs. Henry McKinney of Sophia and her sister, Mrs. Paradyne Hatcher of Shady Spring, will do a sister act, singing together as they card and spin wool. FIDDLE BEATING, a delightful old time art bringing out the drone Burnside is the fiddler and Gilbert Massey the fiddle beater. Both men arc well over 80 years of age, Mrs. Nancy Webb will sing "The Suffold Miracle" or the "Lady Near New York" and "Lord Thomas." FRENCH CARPENTER will fiddle "Camp Chase," a well-known brated grandfather, "01* Solly" Carpentar. 01' Solly wrote it for a fiddlers' contest staged by Union guards in Camp Chase, an Ohio prison during the Civil War and won first prize, whichwas - freedom. Pie will add "Old Christmas Morning" and "Fiddler's Choice." "Old Long-Meter Tune," "Uncle John's Favorite," and "Wade in the Water," are the folksongs chosen by Uncle John Hunter, while Leslie Skeens will do ''Folk- songs in the Family Tradition," and Frazier Gills will fiddle "Old Time Tunes." ROMONA BROOKS will announce .her folksongs when she takes her place on the platform. Before the Saturday program closes, Negro Spirituals will he sung by a choir under the direction of C. W. Wiley. Dr. Gainer will contribute two of his favorites "Get Up and Bar the Door," and "The Farmer's Wife and the Devil." Winding up the program, Frazier Gills and Alva Walker will fiddle for the Old Timers Dance led by E. R. Lindsay. ONE OF THE PARADE entries which created much comment last summer .and to be repeated Saturday will be the parade of belles --ladies in their golden years who have helped to keep our cherished traditions alive. Appearing in the parade this year and as special guests of the Festival will be Mrs. Effie Delp, Mullens; Mrs. Mollie McClure, Grandview; Miss Hila Richardson, Beckley; Mrs. J. H. Shaughnessy, Hinton; Mrs. Dora Harmon, Barnabas; Mrs. H. E. Melton, Beckley; Mrs. G. W. McKinney, Ghent favorite composed by his cele- and Mrs. Bertha Ruble, Sophia. one Caning chairs will be of the skills demonstrated at the Mountain State Folk Festival Thursday, Friday and Saturday.- Mrs. Okey Brooks of Bradley works on a chair she has nearly completed. Members of the Woman's Club of Beckley Festival Com- mittee will be at Woodrow Wilson High School from 10 a. m. until noon on Monday and Wednesday and from 1 to 5 p. m. Thursday to accept exhibits for 1 the Festival. The public is invited to view the exhibits after 5 p. m. Thursday and on Friday and Saturday. FACING CAPITOL PLAZA rounded by parki -- near -a sightseeing and Union Station. Garage on. p r e m i s e s . Coffee Shop--Cocktail Lounge -- convention fadlitief.