January 2018   

Welcome to a new year! There are so many new fantastic things happening in the AFHA that you won't want to miss this year. Read more below about just a handful of the many ways the AFHA is keeping the Appalachian spirit alive. 

Save The Date
 AFHA Annual Meeting will be held Friday, March 16, at Eastern WV Community & Technical College in Moorefield, with a theme of Tourism Development.

Watch our www.appalachianforest.us/news.htm for details. 

AFHA AmeriCorps Looking Ahead

Applications are now open for potential sub-sponsor sites to host AFHA AmeriCorps members for next term starting September 2018. Contact us at afha@appalachianforest.us or 304-636-6182 for info and application materials.

We will be hiring for a staff position as Program Associate, starting in summer of 2018. Unfortunately (for us), Kyle will be moving at the end of this term, and we're looking for just the right person to replace him. See our website under "News" for description of the position.

We are still recruiting ONE position for the current AFHA AmeriCorps term. This will be a 6 month conservation field position serving with The Nature Conservancy. Click on the AmeriCorps logo on our website for information. 


DardenFest Returns
This time with a NEW LOCATION! 

Rebecca Conway
The Appalachian Forest Heritage Area, in cooperation with ArtsBank, Inc., hosts its second annual benefit concert on Saturday, January 27, 2018. All proceeds will go to ArtsBank, a nonprofit artist residency program that supports youth arts education in local Randolph County schools. Doors open at 6:30 pm and music starts at 7:00 pm. Due to last year’s strong turnout, DardenFest 2018 will be held in a larger venue: the Randolph County Community Arts Center at 2 Park Street in Elkins. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children under 12. Seating is limited and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

DardenFest 2018 will feature the old-time and traditional country music of Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller; Back Patio and the Melted Candles, a five-piece folky group of Appalachian singer-songwriters; Eduardo Canelón, Ben Quarrels, and their medley of music with Latin, jazz and Brazilian influences; Elkins newcomer and singer-songwriter Sandeep Hunjan; and Chaga Tea Project's John Merrill. Moreover, we are happy to support ArtsBank, which for the 2016-2017 scholastic year provided teaching artists to over 2,000 students in all 11 Randolph County elementary schools and Tygart Valley Middle School’s 8th grade.

Last year's DardenFest, held in the Darden Mill
The DardenFest tradition began last year, when a group of AFHA AmeriCorps organized a benefit concert in fulfillment of the MLK day service project requirement. DardenFest 2017 drew so many community members that the Darden Mill was filled to capacity and proceeds exceeded $700. This year, we will continue the tradition of bringing the community together for a good cause, a night out, and a chance to contribute to the local arts scene. In collaboration with ArtsBank, DardenFest 2018 is organized by current AmeriCorps members Danielle Ellis, Robin LaRochelle, Rebecca Conway, Haley Hutchins, and Andrew Waddell.

Don’t miss this chance to get out and give back. We’ll see you there!


Paperbacks to Prisoners
for a Stronger West Virginia 

Mandy Nix
In the prisons, jails, and youth centers across West Virginia, over 11,000 incarcerated citizens paint a portrait of our Mountain State as one of the country’s fastest growing prison populations. These inmates often lack a crucial lifeline for people doing time: adequate libraries. Join AFHA AmeriCorps members across Tucker and Randolph Counties in a month-long book drive to connect literacy, prison reform, and violence prevention.
Through January 31, Donate your paperbacks to the Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP) at four donation boxes in Elkins, Thomas, and Davis. Popular fiction and education materials are being accepted, but our prisoners desperately need dictionaries in all languages and how-to books on topics like career development, skill building, and enriching hobbies. Only paperback donations can be accepted at this time.
Our own service areas as AmeriCorps span from conservation to community development, but APBP unites us in a common goal to build stronger, more resilient Appalachian communities. Please consider joining our efforts at one of the drop-off locations below!
WVU Extension Office - 32 Randolph Ave, Suite 102, Elkins, WV
Canaan Valley NWR Visitor Center - 6263 Appalachian Hwy, Davis, WV
Thomas Education Center - 324 Brown St, Thomas, WV
Cottril’s Opera House - 264 East Ave, Thomas, WV

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Martin Luther King Jr. March
Celebrate the life of a historic leader! January 14th. The march begins in Downtown Elkins.

Click here to learn more

Augusta Square Dance & Cajun Two-Step
Augusta Heritage Center is hosting a fun night of dancing, helping support our montain heritage. February 9th at 7pm. 

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Water Quality and Riparian Zone Tour
Join biologist Dawn Washington to learn how the refuge monitors water quality and how that data is used!

More Information Here

Cardboard and Duct Tape Sled Race
Blackwater Falls State Park is hosting its sixth annual Cardboard and Duct Tape sled race. All that's needed is team spirit and some duct tape!
Learn More Here
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