Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pioneer Center and OU-C partner to present Black Farm Festival

OU-C and the Pioneer Center are partnering to present the “Black Farm Festival” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 12. The historical tribute to the life and time of Charles and Daisy Black will be held at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Charles & Daisy Black Farm, located at 32505 State Route 50, near Londonderry.

The house and farm have a rich history of serving the community. Charles Black used the farm as a location for breeding and training saddle bred horses, and he became well-known for his craft. Also, the house has a long history prior to Charles and Daisy Black purchasing it in 1948. There is an old road which ran behind the house and was traveled by stage coach. Further, during the Civil War period, slaves had a safe haven in the upstairs of the house behind a false wall as they made their journey to Canada. There was a trap door in the kitchen area where they could reach the first floor.

After moving to Chillicothe in 1934, the Blacks purchased the 268-acre horse farm outside of town in 1950 and built the farm’s 20-stall horse barn in 1958.

Daisy Black, Charles’ wife, was one of the founders of the Pioneer School. That relationship blossomed over time, with the Blacks becoming generous supporters of the developmentally disabled community. Charles eventually donated his farm to OU-C for the purpose of having children with disabilities use it for therapeutic riding opportunities.

In 2002, Black donated the horse farm and its riding facilities to Ohio University-Chillicothe. The horse farm continues the Blacks’ heritage of contributing to the community. The facility includes programming for children with disabilities, a passion that Charles and Daisy Black shared.

Among events during the Black Farm Festival are:

Marketplace. Hand-crafted artisan Appalachian crafts and an historical antiquities display.

Lunch. A picnic-style lunch will be available for purchase including pulled pork from the The Pioneer School’s Tiger CafĂ© from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Main Stage. Entertainment by Stephanie Stanley, The Greater Goods (Ashley and Amber Good), Rick Barnes and speakers from the Story Teller’s Festival.

Family Activity Tent. Several fun, family-friendly activities including pony cart rides provided by Stargazey Farms.

Arena. Horse demonstrations will allow an insider’s historical perspective.

Barn. Tours of the barn will highlight the history of the horse barn and Charles’ intention for the farm.

Special Performances. Appalachian music performances during the event.

Auditions, informational meeting slated for upcoming OU-C theater production

OU-C's vibrant theater program adds to campus life.

The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will host auditions for the play Almost, Maine, by John Cariani, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 9 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Area actors, from both the campus and local communities, are welcome to audition. Interested participants can sign up for a 30-minute slot at: http://bit.ly/1NBhUn1. Prospective actors do not need to prepare any materials and should arrive 15 minutes early to complete an audition form. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and some movement exercises.

An informational meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 2 in the auditorium for interested OU-C students. Theater producer/director Dr. Lance Mekeel will share information about theater classes, productions and employment opportunities.

For more information about Almost, Maine, to obtain a perusal script or gain insights about the theater program, contact Mekeel at mekeel@ohio.edu or visit the web site www.ohio.edu/chillicothe/studentlife/theater/index.cfm.

Upcoming session to discuss emotional intelligence strategies to help people jump-start their lives and careers

A session to help people understand how to unlock their emotional intelligence will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Technology and Business Development Center. The focus of the session is “Do you have what it takes to jump-start your brain for business and personal success?”

Marcia Harris will help participants understand how to develop a strategy to get off of the emotional roller coaster and jump-start their lives and careers as well as make an impact on others.

Cost is $149, with an early-bird special of $100 for those who register by Sept. 7. Registration deadline is Sept. 18.

The session is sponsored by the OU-C Office of Continuing Education and Workshop Development. Registration for the non-credit course is available online at www.ohio.edu/chillicothe/community/index.cfm or by contacting Janet Fink at (740) 774-7226 or finkj@ohio.edu.

According to Harris, “Your success in life depends largely on your emotional intelligence. How you respond to life’s situations determines how far you will go in life as you use your positive emotions to diffuse, understand and create working relationships that lead to win-win situations for all involved.”

“This upcoming session focuses on a whole brain strategy, leading to increased energy as you learn to understand your greatest resource, the brain.”

Harris, the keynote speaker, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in community counseling. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Speakers Association. Harris is experienced as a facilitator of “YOUnique whole-brain life skills seminars.” She also has more than 20 years of experience as a youth program director.

Free storytelling festival tickets available to Ohio University members

Thanks to a grant, festival organizers are able to offer two free weekend festival passes to Ohio University students, faculty and staff members to attend the 13th annual Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival in Chillicothe on Sept. 11-12.  To take advantage of this offer, fill out the online coupon at http://www.sostoryfest.com/coupon. Enter “Ohio” in the “Coupon Code” field.  For those who sign up quickly, tickets will be mailed.  However, since tickets can be held at the gate, this offer is valid through the end of the school day on Sept. 10.

The festival begins with an event the evening of Sept. 10 and continues through the weekend at the Pump House Center for the Arts. Some of the storytellers will also perform from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Black Farm Festival on Sept. 12. The complete schedule for the weekend is available at http://www.sostoryfest.com/.