2023 Goldenseal - WINTER
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Item Type : Magazine Single Issue
Publisher : West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Date Published : FALL 2023

Description:The Winter 2023 issue of GOLDENSEAL features sculptors Bill and Ai Qiu Hopen. Bill, a West Virginian by choice since the mid-70s, worked as an artist in residence in Clarksburg from 1979-81. His first commissioned sculpture was “Mother with Children,” a marble carving for the international Mother’s Day shrine in Grafton, Taylor County. Folks may have noticed some of his work when walking the grounds at the Capitol Complex. He and his wife Ai Qiu, a renowned sculptor in her own right, reside in Sutton where their studios are located. The story of BIll an Ai Qiu is one of inspiration and talent, and a fine example of how welcoming the small towns of West Virginia can be. In this issue, our State Folklorist Jennie Williams shares about her experience this past summer at the Augusta Heritage Center where she managed their social media and attended classes. Jeff DeBellis has written an informative article about the adaptive skiing program in Canaan Valley. This is a life changing program that enables adults and children alike a chance to experience the freedom and thrill of winter sports on their own, when they may not have been able to otherwise. Dr. C.R. Thomas shared an amusing story of his “Father’s Annual Wrestling Match.” Dr. Thomas passed away this past September, as you will read of in Mike Snyders GOLDENSEAL Goodbye dedicated to Dr. Thomas. Carolyn M. Carlton tells the history of her family’s 100 year old barn, still standing in Preston County. Rosemary Balister shares a poem and a painting—her memories of a Pocahontas County Barn. Contributing author Ben Copenhaver shares his recollections of his “Most Satisfying Hunt,”—his grandson’s first. Mike Snyder shares his memories and a poem that he wrote in honor of Noil Carr, a “Mountaineer Moonshiner,” and friend of his. Longtime subscribers may remember the name Noil Carr from the March 1974 issue of Hearth and Fair Where Mr. Snyder first shared his “Profile of a Mountaineer,” regarding the life of Noil. Also found in this winter issue: an educator’s hard-won classroom wisdom; one Harrison County football team's “Perfect” year; A Mountain State tragedy and ballad; the story of the DiTrapano Family; Pageant Days; Jean Hazel fondly recalls her grandfather P.L. Moore; a visit to Heasley Maple Farm in Preston County; WV Book Round up; and The Monongahela National Forest U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Lastly, Carl Feather wraps up another issue with a West Virginia Backroads featuring the West Virginia Tin Man—Wheeling artist Robert Villamagna.

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