LOGAN — Groups representing the arts and humanities throughout southern W.Va. honored local and state officials at Pickin’ in the Park at Chief Logan State Park Friday March 4.
Representatives from The Aracoma Story, Southern Coalition for the ARTS and Pickin’ in the Park gave their thanks to The Logan County Commission (LCC), Bruce Collinsworth, Superintendent of Chief Logan State Park and state senators Art Kirkendoll and Ron Stollings for their continued support of arts and humanities throughout the coalfields.
After a rousing performance by the fiddle wunderkind Liam Farley and the rest of Pickin’ in the Park players, Ray Perry, with Pickin’ in the Park, recalled the origins of the Pickin’ in the Park Opry House at Chief Logan State Park.
Perry noted Pickin’ in the Park began as an outdoor gathering of pickers, players and singers in the park; however, the group was able to grow and expand into a new building thanks to the work of The LCC, Collinsworth, Kirkendoll and Stollings.
“You really should take a minute and pay attention to your surroundings. Because the chairs you’re sitting in…the new floor…the new metal roof…all the new LED lighting…and the lease on the building have been provided by the Logan County Commission. When you drive down the road…look at The Aracoma at the amphitheater. They have a new ticket booth. They have a new wall out front for security, gates, all new sidewalks, handicap accessible facilities…all courtesy of the county commission,” noted Perry.
Perry also explained the LCC helped to provide funding for the new roof at the Coalfield Jamboree.
LCC President Danny Godby, Collinsworth and Kirkendoll were on hand to collect plaques from the Aracoma Story, the ARTS and Pickin’ in the Park.
During his remarks of thanks, Godby also announced an upcoming free concert from the LCC. Larry Sparks will play at the Coalfield Jamboree Aug. 13.
Kirkendoll explained, “It warms my heart to tell you that I know that we have, in my opinion, taken the position that we care enough about our kids and our seniors. I remember almost 15 years ago when people were down here and didn’t have a place to play music. We just kept improving this place and now we have something special.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or by email at [email protected]