From the "West Virginia Grand March to His Excellency Governor Arthur I. Boreman" (1865), composed by Wheeling's E. A. Weber to “West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home” (1947) by Wheeling's Col. Julian G. Hearne, our humble state can boast of a plethora of unofficial and official state anthems, many of which were composed in Wheeling. In this first of two programs to explore the subject, Eli W Lambie — singer/songwriter, pianist, educator, leader of “Eli and the Mojo Kings,” Wheeling Symphony player, and composer of his very own West Virginia tribute song -- will visit Lunch With Books to share the fascinating history and sounds of five lesser known songs of West Virginia. In part two on January 4, 2022, we will be joined by WVU English professor, Dr. Sarah Morris, and "The Troubadour," Bob Gaudio for an exploration of that most famous of West Virginia anthems, John Denver's iconic and internationally ubiquitous, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (1971) which turned 50 years of age in 2021.
In addition to being in-person in the Library auditorium, this program will be available to watch live on Facebook Live, on YouTube, and on the OCPL website's LWB Livestream page. Log into your Facebook or YouTube account during the program to leave questions for our presenters in the comments box. They will answer them during the live broadcast.
Tuesday | December 28 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Historic West Virginia Anthems with Eli Lambie
PRESENTER BIO: Eli W Lambie is a singer/songwriter, pianist, and educator. He is the leader of supergroup, “Eli and the Mojo Kings,” and also plays with the local band Hit Play and The Wheeling Symphony.
FEATURED BOOK: Coming soon.
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"Lunch With Books" is the library’s flagship program for adult patrons. These lunchtime programs feature authors, poets, musicians, historians, and more every Tuesday at noon. Bring lunch (to your computer), feed your brain!