Second Annual Pennsylvania Culture Festival Slated April 11-17 at Lock Haven

LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven University’s Environmental Focus Group is pleased to announce its second annual Pennsylvania Culture Festival.

The series of events will celebrate the culture and environment of Pennsylvania and slated for campus during the week of April 11 – 17. All events are free and open to the public.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 in PUB MPR, the musical ensemble Black Bear Crossing will perform traditional folk music. A wide variety of instrumentation allows the ensemble to explore many musical expressions.

Their repertoire includes tunes found in the Celtic lands of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, selections with an Eastern European flavor, as well as traditional and Old Timey American favorites. Musical styles include jigs, waltzes, aires, hambos, polkas, swing and traditional vocal.

The concert was arranged by Instructor Melissa Becker and is sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

From 5 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, as part of the Stevenson Library Book Talks series, author Guy Graybill will discuss his book “Prohibition’s Prince: The Bizarre Life of America’s Millionaire Moonshiner.”

Historian Graybill presents the entertaining tale of one of America’s most prolific moonshiners and bootleggers, Prince David Farrington, who plied his trade through the early to mid-20th century.

Graybill follows Farrington from his roots in Guilford County, North Carolina to Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, detailing the decades of illicit activity along the way.

Farrington amassed a large fortune. His exploits remain legendary to this day. Relive the rollicking life of Prohibition’s Prince, as Graybill presents numerous tales, legends, testimonials, news accounts and still locations. Members of the Book Talk Team are Professor Rick Lilla, Associate Professor Brian Ardan and Information Technology Technician Bernadette Heiney, all of the Stevenson Library.

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 in Ulmer Planetarium, retired Sproul State Forester Robert “Butch” Davey will deliver a presentation entitled “The State Forest System: Promise and Peril.” It’s sponsored by the campus’ Environmental Club.

On Thursday, April 14 at 5 p.m., Brad Dally, director of the Recreation Center, will sponsor a kayak paddle on the Susquehanna River. Participants should meet at the Woodward Township Boat Launch on the other side of the river.

On Friday, April 15 at 2 p.m., the Environmental Focus Group will plant a tree on campus in honor of Arbor Day (location to be announced).

On Sunday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Biology Club will celebrate Earth Day on Russell Lawn (rain location: Zimmerli #3). There will be displays, music, speakers, raffles, nature films and activities for children, including face painting and bird feeder making. Recreation Management students from Professor Jeff Walsh’s Interpreting the Environment class will conduct interpretative nature walks on the campus. The Biology Club adviser is Assistant Professor Barry Overton.

During the week of April 11 through 16, students in Professor Melinda Hodge’s classes will present an art show in Stevenson Library. The show will include: 1) recycled art in the form of fashion accessories and utilitarian objects made by introductory level art survey classes; 2) art shirts made by faculty and student members of the “Save Your Clothing” club and introductory level art survey classes; and 3) a textile and jewelry show featuring hand painted textiles (including leather), jewelry and clothing by advanced level art students. There will be a silent auction of the art shirts.

For more information about any event, contact Professor Bob Myers by e-mail at or by phone 570-484-2236).

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