Susanna Robinson Kenga Archive

Mon, Jan 15: Lewisburg’s MLK Celebration

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” This is paraphrasing the Reverend Martin Luther King’s statement in the sermon her presented the day after the march in Selma. “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right…. to stand up for justice.  A […]

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Thur. Jan 26: Yosvany Terry Sextet at Carnegie

Usually when I’m writing the January column for HASHTAG LEWISBURG, I’m windblown and wild, clawing my way from the edge of some kind of cold blue polar vortex to type my words, but today, writing this on the Solstice, this is not so. Mother Nature’s magical glittering hoarfrost of yesterday morning has gently transmuted into […]

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Jan 1: Llamas in Pajamas @Shanghai Parade!

Every year for as long as I’ve been around Lewisburg, there has been a tried and true tradition on New Years’ Day at high noon. Surreal, bizarre, to say the least, hilariously offbeat, and delightfully diverse, the SHANGHAI PARADE has been walking the (off)beat for so many years, no one really knows how it began. […]

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Fri, Sept 9: Jazz w/ a Cowboy Hat

And in the beginning, from the humble West Virginia town of  Paw Paw,  a Western Swing band was born, unlike any other, bringing the wildness of the times to merge with a saucy homage to the greats… Bob Wills. Charlie Ryan (“Hot Rod Lincoln”).  Louis Jordon. Louis Prima. Milton Brown. Bands like The Light Crust […]

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Sat. April 9: Lewisburg Chocolate Festival

I’ll start right off with a sweet song about a sweet tooth (in my opinion the best song about addiction ever written) by Dave Rawlings Machine. And the song itself is every bit as addictive as any chocolate I’ve tasted, so I’m passing it on to you. Listen and you’ll see what I mean. […]

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Fri. Jan 22: Eric Bibb Brings the Blues to Carnegie

Another year is upon us, and it hardly seems time. The season is warm, and I’m watching bewildered geese flying over, not sure where they should be going, and marveling at the dandelions who poke their little fists through the ground, not quite sure if it’s time. Fireflies were sighted less than a month ago. […]

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Sun, Dec 13: Bob Thompson’s Joy to Lewisburg

I’m not much of a Christmas person. People who know me know that Christmas is hard for me. I awaken to snowy fields where I take on the weight of the world. I look through the lacy frosted windows and I miss everyone I’ve lost. I awaken from fitful dreams of travel and lost shoes, […]

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Sat. July 25: Lewisburg Music Festival

So, as I’m writing this on the hottest day of the year so far, coming down to the last-minute wire for column submission, yet I feel the need to begin my column with a Haiku written from one of my day jobs. I challenge all LBSPY readers to submit a summer haiku that sums up […]

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Fri. July 17-19: Life w/ Folks at FolkLife Festival

When I was young, there was this farm where we’d go. There was music and poetry, art and activism, food and drinking, bonfires and outhouses, and friends and lovers all about. It was the Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, WV, aka “The Don West Farm”, and it represented peace, community, and creative thoughts and […]

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Monday, Jan 19: MLK Celebration in Lewisburg

By: LBSPY / Category: Around the Town, Blog, Susanna Robinson Kenga

A year later, here we are, continuing to honor the tradition of the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. And while last year’s event brought emotions and passionate opinions from many sides of the issues at hand, sometimes angry, sometimes hurtful, yet sometimes kind and optimistic, I still feel that we can work through […]

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March into Local Shops w/ Hashtag Lewisburg!

March into Local Shops w/ Hashtag Lewisburg! - March into local shops w/ Hashtag Lewisburg! This month, we feature Lewisburg’s unique toy and children’s clothing store, Love Child; and Edith’s Health Food Store! This month is also packed full of events with Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s Mary Poppins Jr, St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Trillium’s “From the Ground Up, the Chill is on w/ Polar […]

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