For the Cumberland Times-News
LONACONING — Coal-mining heritage will be the focus of the third community event in the series sponsored by the One Vision/Many Voices project. Funded by the Maryland Humanities Council and the Allegany Arts Council, the session will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Georges Creek Regional Library.
Frostburg State University students enrolled in Sociology 350, Folklore in Appalachia are assisting with the event.
Ami Fabbri will perform ballads from the mining region and Kara Rogers Thomas, folklorist at FSU, will share oral history segments from the Western Maryland Regional Libraries’ Coal Talk collection.
Participants will be invited to create a quilt square that will contribute to the Community Visions Quilt. The theme of the quilt is “What do I love most about my community.” When the quilt is finished in March, a group of school children, college students, older adults and others will work with the folk music group Magpie to create a song that captures the essence of the images. The song will be incorporated into a music video.
One Vision/Many Voices is a one-year project of The Appalachian Independent, an online journal dedicated to preserving local Appalachian culture and generating dialogue about issues that impact the community. It is coordinated by Michael Snyder.
Snyder recently completed his master’s degree in environmental sustainability studies at the University of Edinburgh where he had a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar sponsored by the Rotary Club of Frostburg.
One Vision/Many Voices events will be held throughout Western Maryland during October, February, March, April and June. For more information, go to www.onevisionmanyvoices.org.