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The Berea College Theatre Celebrates 125 Years at Berea College!

The Berea College Theatre is celebrating its 125th Anniversary during the 2017-18 season. What began with a reading of Hamlet in 1892, the Theatre’s presence at Berea College has been a critical element to the academic and co-curricular lives of students.

From memories of the old Tab Theatre, to the Phoenix Theatre after the Tab’s fire, to the current Jelkyl Drama Center, the Theatre has endured and flourished. Continue reading The Berea College Theatre Celebrates 125 Years at Berea College!

Double Murder at the Country Club

A happier day at the country club

‘Marion Miley Killed by Burglars,’ the lead story on the front of the September 28, 1941 Lexington Herald-Leader blared. The 27 year-old golf celebrity’s death even rated a two-column headline on the front page of the New York Times.

Miley was a six-time winner of the Kentucky Amateur Golf title and at one time bested Babe Didrikson, one of the greatest female golfers of all time. Continue reading Double Murder at the Country Club

Halloween Events Planned During October at KY State Parks

Kentucky State Parks across the Commonwealth will host Halloween events throughout October.

Many of the park system’s campgrounds will have special activities for campers, including decorations, costumes, hayrides and games for the kids. Resort parks, recreation parks and historic sites will also have special Halloween events during October. Continue reading Halloween Events Planned During October at KY State Parks

A focus on Simon Girty, the white savage

Jadon Gibson

Simon Girty was one of the most hated men in early America, disliked more than the warring Indians. In the mid 1700’s he became a white leader of Indians, a traitor to his own white race. He was a liaison between the British and the Native American tribes during the American Revolution.

In author Stephen Vincent Benet’s fictitious work “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and in the movie with the same name, Simon Girty is said to be “the renegade who saw white men burned at the stake and whooped with the Indians.” In the story he was a member of Satan’s jury, comprised supposedly of the worst characters in American history. Continue reading A focus on Simon Girty, the white savage

WOODSONGS comes to BEREA

The biggest live audience roots music broadcast in the world is coming to Berea at the Phelps Stokes Auditorium at Berea College on Thurs, Sept 14, 2017 for a special event double taping. The audience must be seated by 6PM.

The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is an ALL VOLUNTEER live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. The show airs on 515 radio stations from Australia to Boston to Dublin, Ireland. It also airs on American Forces Radio Network twice Continue reading WOODSONGS comes to BEREA

Music, Emotion, and Cosmology in Ancient China

In China, from around the fourth century BCE, discourse about music moved beyond the discussion of performance to include discussions on the significance of sound in the workings of the cosmos. With the subsequent development of correlative cosmological theories, especially during the early imperial period of the Western Han dynasty (206 BCE-9 CE), textual sources gave particular consideration to tones, scales, and tuning formulas in relation to the calendar. Sound came to occupy a special place in the way the ruling elite envisioned the workings of the cosmos, which was made of several cyclical mechanisms, resembling a set of interlocking gears on a mechanical watch. They perceived sound as a tangible manifestation of the synchrony of these cycles, in the form of vital energy (qi). It was not only the backbone of ritual musical performances, but also functioned independently as a distinct characteristic of the months of the year and of celestial events such as the winter solstice. Only highly cultivated individuals could also Continue reading Music, Emotion, and Cosmology in Ancient China

Politics Makes for Strange Bedfellows

Jadon Gibson

Alfred A. “Alf” Taylor and Robert L. Taylor were brothers from Happy Valley in eastern Tennessee. Growing up they loved hunting, fishing and fiddling. As young men their interests turned to debating.

The similarities ended there as Alf became a republican and Robert a democrat. Alf Taylor was chosen in 1886 as the republican candidate for governor of Tennessee. Continue reading Politics Makes for Strange Bedfellows

WOODSONGS COMES TO BEREA

The biggest live audience roots music broadcast in the world is coming to Berea at the Phelps Stokes Auditorium at Berea College on Thurs, Sept 14, 2017 for a special event double taping. The audience must be seated by 6PM.

The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is an ALL VOLUNTEER live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. The show airs on 515 radio stations from Australia to Boston to Dublin, Ireland. It also airs on American Forces Radio Network twice Continue reading WOODSONGS COMES TO BEREA

The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, conclusion

Jadon Gibson

Floyd Allen was overwrought, half crying and half praying, as he limped to the death chamber where he was to be electrocuted on March 28, 1913.

He and his son Claude received the death penalty for their part in the Hillsville Courthouse shootout that left several court officials dead and 32 fatherless children. Claude’s cell was in the immediate area. He would also face the electric chair as soon as the commonwealth was finished with his father. Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, conclusion

The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, part 8

Jadon Gibson

Floyd Allen blamed his problems on politics, saying that Dexter Goad and others conspired against the Allens because of their work for the democratic party.

Judge Robert Jackson, of Roanoke, VA, who presided over the circuit court of Carroll County prior to his retirement, had known the Allens for years and he wrote a letter to Virginia Governor William Hodges Mann of his recollections. Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, part 8