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FSU's Appalachian Festival a Reason to Escape to Mountains for Cultural Festivities in Scenic Setting

Weary weekend warriors looking for some fresh air and fun in a scenic setting may want to check out the 2008 Appalachian Festival Sept. 19 and 20 at Frostburg State University.

Just a couple hours’ drive from Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and set in Western Maryland’s beautiful mountains, the two-day festival celebrates Appalachian history, culture and musical and artistic traditions. The festival begins Friday, Sept. 19, with “The Appalachian Environment,” an informative symposium focusing on pressing issues affecting the Appalachian natural environment. The Symposium, scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, includes hands-on workshops on sustainability initiatives throughout the day at FSU and a performance by Pennsylvania-based musician Jay Smar emphasizing the mountain region's rich coal heritage. An Appalachian Film Festival caps off Friday’s festivities at 8 p.m. in the Palace Theatre in downtown Frostburg.

Then on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. visitors can explore Frostburg’s small-town charm and check out daylong presentations, workshops, arts and crafts demonstrations, Appalachian dance, environmental talks and various children’s activities on the FSU campus. These festivities, held on FSU’s Upper Quad, are free and open to the public and provide entertainment for all ages.

Frostburg’s Appalachian Festival culminates with a special concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night at the Palace Theatre featuring Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, regular contributors to Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” public radio show. Robin and Linda Williams have thrilled folk, bluegrass and country audiences nationwide for more than 20 years, with appearances on "A Prairie Home Companion," "The American Radio Company," "Austin City Limits" and "The Grand Old Opry." They have also toured with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, The Seldom Scene and many others. In concert they are joined by Jim Watson (formerly of the Red Clay Ramblers) on bass and harmony vocals. The group is rounded out most often with bluegrass veteran Jimmy Gaudreau on mandolin.

Don’t miss this opportunity to escape to the mountains of Maryland for Appalachian culture, music and more. For more information about the Appalachian Festival and to reserve tickets to see Robin and Linda Williams (on sale to the public Aug. 1) contact FSU folklorist Kara Rogers Thomas at (301) 687-3124 or e-mail For more details about planning a trip to Western Maryland, visit To learn more about Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, visit

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.

For more information about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the University’s Web site at

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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