Mars Hill, N. C. 28754
Vol. LIII, No. 2, September 20, 1979
4 MlfH •"W
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival and
Homecoming Oct. 5-6
Do you have problems when you strain
your cider or when you cook your lye?
Or perhaps your troubles start when you
split your shingles or hook your rugs.
Well, whatever problem you may have
with domestic mountain living you can
be certain that Essie Hicks, Bunny Hal-
ton. Bashi King, or Stanley Shelton will
do their best to assist you. These folks
are just a few of those who will be on our
campus October 5th, 6th, and 7th, dur
ing Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s Eleventh
Annual Minstrel of the Appalachias
Mountain Music and Dance Festival.
The Festival was started in 1968 by
Bascom Lamar Lunsford and Mars Hill
pharmacist Ed Howard. The festival
seeks to highlight mountain music,
dance, and rural domestic traditions.
Held each year on the first weekend in
October, this “celebration of rural
life” attracts hundreds of people to
our campus. There will be approx.
22 (twenty-two) blue grass bands, 12
clog and smooth step dance teams.
and nearly forty-five individual crafts
men and women to take part in the cele
bration. The celebration begins Thurs
day night when Moore Auditorium will
host mountain dancing. Both smooth
dancing and mountain clog dancing
will be featured along with a few
Buck dancers. On Friday dance team
competitions will be held. There will
also be several collegiate musicians on
hand to enhance the competitive spirit.
Saturday is always the biggest day of
the festival. The day begins with whit-
tlers, spinners, quiltmakers, weavers,
churners, woodworkers, apple-cider
makers, apple butter makers, lye
soap makers, shingle splitters, broom
makers, chair caners, (note: not
cainers) sheep woolers, log nochers,
pillow makers, and rug-hookers set
ting up shop on the lawn directly in
front of the Country Boutique. This
provides ample opportunity for all
area residents and Mars Hill College
Students to actually observe native
mountain people performing traditions
Bascom Lamar Lunsford dedicated
himself to the glorification of mountain
lore and this festival held in his honor
is also dedicated to procurring respect
for the traditions of yesteryear. What
was once thought of as an unsophisti
cated, backwards lifestyle has proven
to be an invaluable asset to Mars Hill
College and to all America. Appalachian
dances, folk lore, ballads, and customs
are an integral part of our heritage and
deserve to be celebrated.
Saturday will also be the day former
students of the college return and cele
brate Homecoming with a full slate of
activities. Registration will begin at
8:30 p.m. in the first floor lobby of Black-
well Hall, and class reunions will start
at 10 a.m. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
a Homecoming buffet will be avail
able in Coyte Bridges Dining Hall, and
at 12 noon, a special luncheon will be
featured for the 50th anniversary class,
1929, and the Golden Years classes —
all classes from 1900 through 1928 — will
be held in the Blue Room of Bridges
cafeteria. A Luncheon honoring the Alum
nus and Alumna of the Year will also be
held at 12 noon, in the Gold Room of the
The traditional Homecoming parade
will begin winding its way to the athle
tic field at 1:15 p.m. and the football
game between Mars Hill and Guilford
will start at 2:30 p.m. An alumni dinner
will be held in the gymnasium at 5:15
p.m. and the day’s activities will wind up
with a Theatre Arts and Dramateers
alumnia celebration in Owen Theatre
at 8 p.m.
Additional information concerning the
festival is available from Dr. Harold
Herzog, chairman of the Lunsford
Festival committee. Mars Hill College,
Mars Hill, N. C. 28754, telephone
689-1332; and information concerning
Alumni Day activities is available from
the Alumni Office, Mars Hill College,
Mars Hill, N.C. 28754, telephone 689-1102.
Community Meeting Learning Institute
^2, a College Community
N^eting was held in Moore Auditorium.
The meeting was opened by a slide presen
tation given by Dennis Hill, Anne Da-
vKKon, the CSM Choir and Tim Taylor.
A Community Hymn followed and then
Dr. Richard L. Hoffman spoke about
renewal, welcomed new students and
faculty members, gave the upcoming
ca endar of events and introduced the
meetings speaker. Dr. Fred B. Bent-
ley - the President of Mars Hill College.
"Uq tV. * topic of discussion was
. . } 9'*’’ Poture.’’ He gave a short
h story of the school and then continued
context of his
speech he gave a statement to all pro
spective students - “Mars Hill will help
you on the way to true success, and if
makp® thp'" ? 1° want to
make the most of your time: in a word,
if you make something of yourself
worthwhile, you will never regre
coming to us. But if you have tfme
character, and money to waste. Mars
Hill IS no place for you."
He then proceeded to relay to the au-
A P""«Ples of ?he
Mws Hill College Community. Thev are-
1) Commitment to the integration nf tv.p
Christian faith aad learnlnT 2^ Com
mltmeat to the peopt. otli,"',,^?”'
3| Commitment of teachers to fhS
high calling, 4) Commitment of students
to personal and community develnn
ment 5) Commitment to broade^
world mew. and 6) Commitment to s?S"
Dr. Bentley explained his view about
the college community’s commitment
to a broader world view. He said that
we would need to pay close attention to
the third world countries because we
will probably have to deal with them
within our lifetimes. He also discussed
the need to “bridge the gap between the
Appalachian Region and the Third
World.” Here, he told the audience his
plans for starting a third world research
center at Mars Hill College which would
be made up of students and faculty
Later at the rap session at Peterson
Conference Center in Blackwell Hall,
Bentley got the chance to still expatiate
more on these ideas. “We are giving too
much concern to the Appalachian Re
gion.” He stated.
He then went on to explain the bene
fits of a Third World Research Center at
Mars Hill. Dr. Bentley felt that the col
lege should advocate year long intern
ships for students to explore the cul
tures of foreign countries. He saw two
distinct advantages to these internships -
1) A chance for the student to get expos
ure to and first hand experience with
another culture and 2) Upon the students
return, he would enrich the entire col
lege community to the foreign culture.
Programs are currently being organized
to get this “third world center” started.
Future community meetings will be:
Oct. 17, with guest speaker Dr. John
Claypool; and Nov. 14, with guest speak
er, Grady Nutt.
MARS HILL - A wide variety of educa
tional experiences awaits persons 50
years of age or over attending the Learn
ing Institute for Elders (LIFE) at Mars
Hill College during the fall season. Pro
gram Coordinator Raymond C. Rapp has
The first term classes will be held on
Tuesdays from Sept. 25 to Oct. 30, with
the second term Nov. 6 through Dec. 11,
also on Tuesdays.
“These classes provide a sharing ex
perience, with each student also a
teacher in that he will contribute his
own learning to the classes.” Rapp said.
The classes, he said, are for persons
seeking new outlets for their skills and
interests and who are willing to share
their knowledge and experiences with
The program, he continued, features
non-credit courses, field trips, theater
tours, exercise classes, “rap sessions”
with students and faculty, free access
to the college library, special collections,
swimming pool, and other facilities at
The LIFE courses are held during the
mornings and early afternoons of Tues
days. There are no exams, no grades,
and no required homework, and the
setting is strictly informal.
Courses scheduled for the first term
—“The Fine Art of Effective Com
munication;” instructor, Mrs. Elizabeth
Watson, formerly of the English Depart
ment, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.; class designed
to instruct and challenge in principles
and practices of effective communication.
—“Writing Your Autobiography;”
Pauline Cheek, adjunct faculty member,
instructor; 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; crea
tive writing training, and review of
value of memoirs and autobiographies.
The Senate convened for the first time
this year on Wednesday Sept. 12, 1979.
Two important topics started the meet
ing; the McConnell Gym and the Baha
mas cruise for Spring Break.
The McConnell Gym Project is a
renovation of the whole gym area. It will
be used for concerts, dances and all
student activities. It is a campus-wide
project, and the committee heading it
up is composed of members from the
SGA, CSM and Student Activities. If
you would like to donate some time for
painting and other odd jobs, we would
love to have you. We will keep you post
ed when we have work days.
The Bahamas Cruise is going well,
but a few problems have developed.
Other cruises are being looked into,
just in case something happens, but
hopefully it won’t.
The Senate Meetings are on the 2nd
and 4th Wednesday nights in Belk
Auditorium, and are subject to change.
Please feel free to join us, and let your
senators know any ideas that you may