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Submitted photo The Lincoln County Clog Clearing Team, led by Tosha Smith, will demonstrate Appalachian clog clearing routines at Beverly Heritage Days on July 20.

BEVERLY — Beverly Heritage Days returns July 20 “Parade of History” Performance by the Appalachian clog dance team, live musical performances and more.

The Beverly Heritage Days celebrations begin on Saturday, July 20. The theme for this year’s event is: “Today’s Traditions” According to the Beverly Heritage Center, “Feature living history depictions, music and art to connect heritage events and stories with present-day traditions.”

The events, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end around 5:00 p.m. Throughout the day, guests of all ages will be treated to a variety of hands-on activities and games.

The “History Parade,” which begins at 10:30 a.m., will feature historical reenactments reflecting living history throughout town, from Native American and early frontier stories to the Civil War and World War II.

Also joining the festivities will be the Lincoln County Cloggers, a multi-generational dance team that performs throughout the state. Led by Tosha Smith, the Lincoln County Cloggers will perform two half-hour performances, with the first performance following the History Parade at 11 a.m. and the second performance at 2 p.m.

According to the Beverly Heritage Center, the Lincoln County Cloggers base their dances on the traditions of Appalachian cloggers and perform, “Exuberant routines updated to modern styles.”

“This is part of our heritage” Smith said. “If we don’t teach it to the next generation, it will disappear. It came from this area in the past and I don’t want it to disappear.”

Other live performances will include Ed and Trish Bowes’ Fair Play, who will play folk and heritage-inspired songs in the Luncheonette tent from 12noon to 1pm.

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

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

Food sales throughout the day will include an old-fashioned bean and cornbread lunch, a pie and cupcake sale, and an ice cream party.

Other entertainment will include featured presentations “History Lives! Depiction by Thomas Ingles” At 3:00 p.m., craftspeople including fiber artists and a blacksmith, museums, antique shopping, a tour of the historic jail, and a Civil War art show at the Arnold House “unique, never-before-seen work of art” According to the Beverly Heritage Center.

For more details and updates, visit the Beverly Heritage Center website at To contact the Beverly Heritage Center, email Marisa Terwilliger, executive director, or Michelle Phares, associate director, at [email protected] or call 304-637-7424.

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