At 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, the story of Sacagawea will unfold in the great outdoors of the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery amphitheater. The hatchery is easy to spot on East Main Street. There will be no admission charge.
Mary Dailey’s dramatization of Sacagawea’s adventures with the Lewis and Clark Expedition is an inspiration for all, especially boys and girls, their teachers and their parents. The West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! programs are excellent. The one at the hatchery will include a dramatic monologue, a question-and-answer session with the character, and finally a discussion directly with Mary Dailey about Sacagawea’s life and Mary’s experiences as a presenter. For instance, the uncertainties related to the spelling and pronunciation of this American Indian’s name are always topics in the final discussion.
The link to the West Virginia Humanities Council webpage with an annotated list of the History Alive! Presentations is http://wvhumanities.org/programs/history-alive/2015-16-history-alive-roster/. The Sacagawea presentation is the 12th listed.
Mary Dailey lives in the Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas Counties area. She is also well known for her performances in two music groups, Sasafraz and Little Sparrow, singing mostly traditional folk songs of Appalachia, etc.
The program is sponsored by the Friends of the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery. In addition, their Freshwater Folk Festival coming up on Sept. 12 will be a great mix of folk music and educational outreach about preserving the freshwater habitat, enjoying the great outdoors, aquatic biology, etc. There will also be food and crafts vendors at the festival. www.freshwaterfolkfestival.org is the link to the festival website.