Let’s Sing the West Virginia Hills
June 20th is West Virginia’s 156th birthday. If you’re visiting Holly River today, plan to join Naturalist Jane Birdsong and park staff at 11:00 a.m. at Holly River State Park’s Old Pavilion to celebrate West Virginia with the singing of “The West Virginia Hills,” the oldest of West Virginia’s four official state songs. If you miss the 11:00 a.m. sing-a-long, there is an encore at 4:00 p.m. Both sessions open to any and all at no cost. Song sheets provided. If you can’t sing, hum, and if you can’t hum, smile.
Birdsong with guitar in hand will include other songs in this singing tribute to West Virginia. Songs by WV songwriters Billy Ed Wheeler, Colleen Anderson, Hazel Dickens and others. And yes, Country Roads is part of the Mountain State tribute, although John Denver was not from our hills, he certainly acknowledged these hills to the world in song.
Holly River State Park is one of many state parks and forests singing to celebrate the 35th state’s birthday. Happy Birthday West Virginia! Let’s sing the song!
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- Start Date: June 20, 2019