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Philippi Public Library to offer Christmas Open House

Susanna Holstein

PHILIPPI — The Philippi Public Library will host a Christmas Open House on Dec. 18, beginning at 5 p.m.

“We welcome the public to the library for some Christmas cookies, wassail, and Christmas cheer and we hope that they will stay for the stories and lovely music during ‘Here We Come a Caroling,'” said Director Judy Buckner Larry. “We want to thank our community for supporting us throughout the year and this is a small way in which we can do that. We hope to see old and new friends throughout the evening.”

Stories of the season’s favorite songs and audience sing-along combine for a holiday program of joyous music and intriguing stories of both familiar and little known carols with storyteller Susanna Holstein and multi-instrumentalist J. David O’Dell.

Holstein, fondly known as Granny Sue, performs widely in West Virginia and regionally, presenting writing, storytelling, poetry and ballad programs for over 20 years. Her English mother inspired Susanna’s interest in the folklore and customs of the holiday season, and her childhood memories of growing up in a large family are the foundation of her stories and storytelling. Susanna writes a monthly column for Two Lane Livin’ magazine and maintains an online journal, Granny Sue’s News and Reviews and the poetry blog Mountain Poet. Her writing has been published in numerous anthologies and online journals. She was named a West Virginia History Hero in 2015.

Born and raised in West Virginia, O’Dell is well-known in state old-time music circles. Playing dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, banjo, and bass, he consistently places in the top three at fiddle and banjo contests, including the West Virginia State Folk Festival and The Vandalia Gathering. David is currently president of the WV Folk Festival, is a frequent performer at festivals and square dances around the state, and teaches instrument workshops. When not playing music, he teaches chemistry at Glenville State College.

J. David O’Dell

For more information, please stop by the library or call (304) 457-3495.

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