RCAH Appalachian Immersion Weekend

September 22, 2017 (All day) - September 25, 2017 (All day)
Elkins, West Virginia
United States

Join Professors Chris Scales and Anita Skeen for RCAH's 2017 Appalachian Weekend near Elkins, West Virginia. On the last trip to Elkins, students enjoyed a concert with Michael and Carrie Kline, conversation with the Klines about oral history research, a trip to a buckwheat farm, guitar and singing instruction, and more. For photos of the trip, visit the Water Gap Flickr set.


Total cost for the weekend is $350.00, which includes transportation, lodging, meals (except for lunches on the road).  Must be paid by Friday, September 15, 2017. 12 slots for students are available. Checks payable to Talking Across the Lines.Travelers will go in vans driven by Professors Skeen and Scales and will leave Snyder-Phillips early on Friday, September 22, and return by 6 p.m. on Monday, September 25.

A limited number of spaces for students are available. Students will be taken on a first come, first paid basis. For additional information about the trip, contact Anita Skeen (skeen@msu.edu) or Chris Scales (scalesch@msu.edu).


Full schedule:

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2017: Leave Snyder-Phillips Hall at 7:00 AM.  Have lunch in an Amish restaurant in Logan, Ohio.  Arrive in Elkins, WV between 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Settle into living quarters.  Dinner/picnic hosted by Michael and Carrie Kline, musicians, folklorists, storytellers. Housing will be at Michael and Carrie’s house with options for sleeping indoors on the living room floor (if you have sleeping bags or cots) or outdoors on their property in tents (again, you’ll need a sleeping bag, cot, or Thermarest.  There are three bathrooms in the house, so we should all be okay.

SATURDAY and SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23 and 24, 2017: There are numerous things to do, people to meet, and places to go in the Elkins area. 

Michael and Carrie have arranged for a workshop/performance/jam session with the Appalachian Music and Dance Ensemble at Davis and Elkins College on Sunday night.  That way you’ll have chance to meet and talk with students who are attending a small college in WV. We will also be able to spend time hiking and learning in the woods. We will probably make things with our hands, constructing baskets, learning to weave or spin, making plant medicine, or perhaps cooking up wild mushrooms. We will have lots of music and perhaps a poetry reading and maybe a writing workshop with WV writers.. We will likely visit one or two farmers on their land, and maybe even do some farm work or cider making.

MONDAY,  SEPTEMBER 25, 2017: Leave Elkins at 7:00AM.  Stop for lunch in Columbus, Ohio.  Return to Snyder-Phillips Hall around 6:00PM.