MtlltOM Hill, N.C. 28754 Si .) Building's Opening Highlights Homecoming itsgj^ ^^day, October 14 will be a busy day at Mars Hill. The school will celebrate Th with a full slate of activities during the day and evening. Hall tjf ”^§Hlight of the day’s activities will be the formal dedication of Blackwell pi'b.„s new $1.5 million administrative center. Ceremonies for the event Hag g on a patriotic note at 11 a.m. with the presentation of a new American newly landscaped center quadrangle by the Wood- ne World. Two Asheville chapters will make the presentation. TV* * J XJl CIO 1\ VV Cll, 1 VVliOJll lllo UUllUlllg lllliaillCU, VVill out d LIUL/UIJ Pfesifjg floor entrance officially opening the new structure. Dr. Blackwell, Hsq emeritus of the college, served as president from 1938 to 1966. He had the Mrs. Hoyt Blackwell, for whom the building innamed, will cut a ribbon de de ’h, Others participating in the ceremony will be Dr. Otis Duck, Mars Hill ^ a n ft f* Vl o T rv» r» ♦ V* r» r\f T't'i , r» ♦ rt r» • A 11 11 » 11 1 « C Ph ^ oiember of the faculty at Mars Hill since 1928. stivit; president of the college. Dr. Fred B. Bentley, will preside over the ‘•airing “ chairman of the Board of Trustees; Harold Austell of Greenville, S.C., ''''asihgJJ *He Board of Advisors: and Dr. James Kessaris of Hendersonville, co- I The Alumni Association. '’''UseH building will allow the major administrative offices of the college to be /' /. .* ... . .. . .1 1.. ...1 * « . . ‘n th, e °ne roof for the first time in the history of the school. Five areas with- '^dding will give special recognition to individuals or families. The con ference center on the first floor will be designated as the Peterson Conference Center in memory of Myron C. Peterson, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Peterson, Sr. of Asheville. The Development Suite, also on the first floor, will honor Mr. and Mrs. Guy Carswell of Charlotte. The Admissions Suite of the middle floor will honor the late Carl G. Fox of Hickory. The President’s Suite, on the top floor, will honor Mr. and Mrs. Rom Sparks of Charlotte, and the President’s Conference Room will pay tribute to the late Mrs. Rose Addie Deaver Logan, who served the college as a trust ee for many years. Other events surrounding the building’s dedication include an exhibition of 60 woodblock color prints by famed Japanese artist Ando Hiroshige. The delicate co lor prints were completed during the middle of the 19th century and are valued at $15,000. They were given to the college by Dr. Burt P. Johnson of Cary, who will be on b_and to discuss the prints and answer questions about them. The prints will go on exhibit at 8:30 a.m. and may be viewed until 2:30 p.m. in the first floor conference center of the new building. An additional highlight of the weekend will be the luncheon in the college cafeteria honoring the Alumnus and Alumna of the Year. This year the college will honor Walter Glenn of Statesville and Mrs. Jeanne Hoffman. See HOMEj page 5 Craftsmen,Musicians to Gather for Annual Festival Pi N ./Eleventh Annual Lu annual Bascom La- t ^Pce t^®*ord Mountain Music and founded by Luns- Prim • Hill pharmacist Ed How- '^Seti^ ^''Hy as a time for folks to get a!^®^rato.P^®y their favorite tunes. 9Si ® Utug 'Heir way of life, and especially Vo traditions could be pass- ‘he older generations to the n in , hlng tn % ®Hract^*j ■ Hallad singing - has higg;. , many participants as ‘8 to some officials, one of iiBZ 3 N 8«noo niH in Hying out. To prevent Povvj,, h niaintaining the traditions >0, ®Vn’ .H'etok^ Lunsford, Friday even- 'on'hg will feature a special mi ballads and ballad singers togf^hre . 3tre beginning at 7 p.m. hiUtiig'h.Hustrialization mass tion. traditional unaccom panied ballad singing took place in near ly every part of America. Now, they re main alive in only a very few places. One of these places is the Sodom Lau rel section of Madison County. First documented in 1916 by English folk song collector Cecil Sharp, the Sodom Laurel community remains one of the extremely few “living” communities of ballad singers. They have continued to receive attention from folklorists at the Library of Congress, the Smithson ian Institute, the N. C. Folk Music and Archives, and numerous folklife festi vals. The singers who will participate in Friday evening’s activities represent four generations of ballad singers in the same community. They are Cas Wallin, Evelyn Ramsey, Berzilla Wallin, Dellie Norton, Sheila Rice, Darlene Cody, and Bobby McMillan. Festival officials have also persuaded Dr. Cratis Williams, well-known Appalachian scholar, to be the master of ceremonies for the even ing. The ballads sung by these tradition alists are long narrative songs which can be traced back to 17th and 18th Century England, and their significance lies in both their words and the tunes. Though the songs have changed in some ways they are still recognizable to his torians and retain their references to castles, and lords and ladies. The bal lads have been passed down in the So dom Laurel community orally; that is, they were never written down or learn ed from books. Tbe Lunsford Festival will open offic ially Thursday evening, October 5, with an evening of mountain dancing in Moore Auditorium. The festival contin ues through Saturday, with craft exhi bitions, woodstove cooking and home making demonstrations, workshops in many mountain musical instruments, street dancing, jam sessions, and a spec ial event for children. These activities will be held on the lawn between the Country Boutique and Bridges Cafe teria from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Saturday evening, musicians and dancers will gather to honor the memory of Mr. Lunsford and to carry on the tra dition he began nearly half a century ago. “The Minstrel of the Appalachias,” will begin at 7 p.m. In keeping with Mr. Lunsford’s wishes, none of the events during the three days are compet itive, but rather serve as a time of cele bration and learning.