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Photo provided The Lincoln County Cloggers, led by Tosha Smith, will perform Appalachian dancing at Beverly Heritage Days on July 20.

BEVERLY — Beverly Heritage Days returns July 20 with “Parade of History” a performance by the Appalachian Clog dance group, live music and many other attractions.

Beverly Heritage Days festivities will kick off on Saturday, July 20. This year’s theme is “Traditions for Today” what according to the Beverly Heritage Center, “to elevate living historical performances, music and art to connect heritage activities and stories with contemporary traditions.”

The events are free and open to the public. They will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at approximately 5:00 p.m. Throughout the day, guests of all ages can enjoy a range of interactive activities and games.

At 10:30 a.m., the “History Parade” will feature historical impersonators bringing to life stories from across the city, from Native American and early West tales to the Civil War and World War II.

The Lincoln County Cloggers, a multi-generational dance troupe that performs throughout the state, will also participate in the festivities. Led by Tosha Smith, the Lincoln County Cloggers will perform two half-hour performances, the first at 11 a.m., following the History Parade. The second performance is at 2 p.m.

According to the Beverly Heritage Center, the Lincoln County Cloggers base their dances on Appalachian traditions and perform: “enthusiastic routines adapted to modern styles.”

“It’s part of our heritage” Smith said. “If we don’t teach the next generation, it will die out. It comes from this area in the past, and I don’t want it to be lost.”

Other live acts include Fair Play by Ed and Trish Bowes. The musical duo will be playing folk and heritage-inspired songs from 12pm to 1pm in the Lunch Tent.

The Salon Trio will also perform at 1 p.m. in the 1808 Courthouse at the Beverly Heritage Center. Named for the popular bands that entertained in saloons in the early 19th century, the band consists of John Vaughan on guitar, Richard Evans on flute and Renaud Stauber on viola. The Salon Trio will perform authentic music from the guitar trio of Anton Diabelli and Francesco Molino and waltzes by Peter Hunten, as well as several Civil War songs arranged by Evans for the band. Evans will also join Pam Dodds on the historic pump organ at 11:30 a.m.

Visitors can also watch street musician Les Caraher, aka Professor Horsehair, play the banjo and harmonica in 19th-century style throughout the morning. In the afternoon, guests can visit the Arnold House for ice cream, where Andy Fitzgibbon and Josh Wanstreet will play old-time music on the porch.

There will be food sales throughout the day, including a traditional bean and cornbread lunch, a cake and pie sale, and an ice cream social.

The programme also includes other attractions, including a presentation “Living History! Portrait of Thomas Ingles” at 3:00 p.m. artisans including textile artists and a blacksmith, museums, antique shopping, tours of the historic prison and an exhibit of Civil War art at the Arnold House featuring: “a unique, never-before-presented work of art” according to the Beverly Heritage Center.

Visit the Beverly Heritage Center website at for more details and updates. To contact the Beverly Heritage Center, email Executive Director Marisa Terwilliger or Assistant Director Michelle Phares at [email protected] or call 304-637-7424.

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