West Virginia Public Broadcasting is showcasing the inspiring work of its Inside Appalachia team during its inaugural listening event at the Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre in Beckley on Saturday, October 20, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Inside Appalachia LIVE will focus on all things Appalachian including music, art, videos and live interviews during the event. The show’s host, Jessica Lilly, will premiere two short videos focusing on two West Virginia businesses will conduct interviews with special guests featured on the award-winning radio show and podcast including Larry Mustain, a millman from Secondcreek, Monroe County, featured in the video, “Reed’s Mill”; and James Shaffer, a broom maker from Davis Creek, Kanawha County, featured in the video “Broom Maker,” which has been updated especially for Inside Appalachia Live.
Additionally, West Virginia Artist Susan Feller of Augusta will display her textile art show, “Glimpses Inside Appalachia.”
Lilly, a 10-year veteran of WVPB who has served as host of Inside Appalachia since 2014, said the Appalachian region is flush with hidden-but-beautiful storytelling treasures.
“Each new story I find about traditions and artisans makes me feel at home and reminds me of my family,” Lilly said. “Sometimes, the stories capture the elements of everyday life that are common or overlooked to us locals. There’s something magical about the moment when people realize they have something special to share, their story.
“We are excited to talk with Larry Mustain the millman from Reed’s Mill live on stage and record it for a possible segment on the show. Similar to what we try to do on Inside Appalachia, this event is meant to provide a platform to tell the real and human story of this region,” Lilly said.