Spring 2000 Folklore Events Provide Cultural Education

Posted: March 20, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

If listening to Appalachian tales or sampling pirohi sounds appealing, then attending one or several of the spring 2000 folklore events may satisfy your desire for cultural enrichment. The folklore events, which are open to the public and located either on the Fairfax Campus or at community landmarks, run until Tuesday, April 11.

Kay Turner, folklorist, musician, and author, includes George Mason as part of the tour designed to promote her book, Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women’s Altars. Turner, whose other published titles are I Dream of Madonna, Women’s Letters to Madonna, and Dear Sappho: A Legacy of Lesbian Love Letters, speaks about the diverse scope of personal altars that women of various creeds make on Thursday, March 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room B.

A “foodways field trip” to the Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church at 3410 Woodburn Road in Annandale promises cultural and culinary enlightenment. On Friday, March 31, at 4:15 p.m., Daria Parrell provides an introduction to Slovak, Ukrainian, and Czech culture in Northern Virginia, and a tour of the church and its icons. The festivities include Ukrainian Easter egg decorating, as well as an opportunity to sample nut rolls, haluski, and pirohi at dinner for $4 and up.

A conference of the Mid-Atlantic Folklore Association and Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region is scheduled for Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, in SUB I. The keynote address is delivered by Bill Ferris, director of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and field trips on Friday night and Saturday are included. For details, send e-mail to Margaret Yocom at myocom@gmu.edu.

Orville Hicks, of the renowned Beech Mountain, N.C., family of traditional folktale tellers, shares a nine-generation-old family tradition through the telling of Appalachian tales for the conclusion of the spring folktale events on Tuesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room F. Thomas McGowan of Appalachian State University briefly introduces Hicks and speaks about the tradition of South Appalachian storytelling with a concentration on “Jack tales.” For more information about this type of storytelling, consult William McCarthy’s Jack in Two Worlds, and view the “Professional Interests: Storytelling of Orville Hicks” section on McGowan’s website.

For more information about any of the spring folklore events, contact the English Department at x31160.

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