Weekend festival showcases arts

The dream of a local educator to celebrate the art, music and cultural heritage of West Virginia and the Appalachian region has turned into a tradition, and it returns this weekend for the fifth year.

Montani Semper Liberi is being held Friday through Sunday at Oak Glen High School, featuring the works of local artists and crafters and performances by musicians and bands known both regionally and nationally.

This year’s lineup includes 19 performances spread across the weekend, featuring bluegrass, blues, jazz, folk, Celtic and Americana artists.

Crafters, vendors, authors and more will be set up in the school’s commons area and a visual arts gallery will be set up to showcase the works of area artists and photographers.

Much of the event is free to those attending.

The exception is the four sessions of music to be presented in the school’s Little Theater, where the event’s main stage will include performances by the Tim O’Brien Band, Steve Forbert, the May Erlewine Trio, Mean Mary with Frank James, Bill Toms and Hard Rain, the Rad Trads, Cave Twins, Buffalo Rose and much more.

We thank Matt Cashdollar and the volunteer committee who work to put this event together every year. Founded in 2015 as a one-day event, this festival has grown and continues to be popular with area residents.

We encourage everyone to take some time and check out this year’s activities.