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Art, shows, exhibits and camps pack 2009 WCU summer calendar

From learning to play soccer to hiking in the mountains, from enjoying a free concert on the lawn to visiting an arts and craft show, summer events hosted at Western Carolina University are transforming the campus into “Destination Cullowhee.”  The good news for faculty and staff members and their families is they won’t have far to go to enjoy the arts and cultural activities that are drawing visitors to the valley.

Swim program at WCU
The summer swim program has multiple sessions.
Soccer camp at WCU

Summer soccer participants have fun.

Photo from Mountain Dulcimer Week

Mountain Dulcimer Week is June 21-26.

Photo from Triple Arts workshop

Dancer, choreographer and Broadway performer Christopher
d’Amboise (left) leads participants in the Triple Arts Broadway
Series Performance Workshop.

The Triple Arts Broadway Series Performance Workshop

Triple Arts Broadway Performance Workshop participants rehearse.

Photo from exhibit of Kelly collection

From left, Martin DeWitt, curator of the Fine Art Museum, and Perry
Kelly, art professor emeritus, prepare an exhibit from Kelly’s

Photo for Decoration Day exhibit

The “Decoration Day” exhibit at the Mountain Heritage Center
explores the regional springtime tradition of cleaning and
decorating graves.


Tiny Tot Swim Program, Reid Pool

Session 1: May 11-22
Session 2: June 15-26
Session 3: July 6-17
Session 4: July 27-Aug. 7
– 5:15-6:05 p.m. weekdays – children ages 6 months to 3 years old.
– 6:10-7 p.m. weekdays – children ages 3-5 years old.

Youth Swim, Reid Pool

Session 1: May 11-22
Session 2: June 15-July 2
Session 3: July 6-24
-Various times between 8:45-11:30 a.m. weekdays – children ages 6 and older.


Sat., June 6 – Football Prospect Camp
Sat., June 13 – Football 7 on 7 Tournament
Sun., June 14 – ADTC: Hip Hop Boot Camp
Mon.-Tues., June 15-17 – Boys Basketball Day Camp
Mon.-Fri., June 15-19 – Mountain Mysteries Day Camp
Sun.-Fri., June 21-26 – Mountain Dulcimer Week
Sun.-Sat. June 21-27 – MAHEC/WCU Health Careers Summer Camp
Mon.-Fri., June 22-26 – Cullowhee Creativity Camp
Sun.-Sat. July 5-11 – American Dance Training Camp
Mon.-Fri., July 6-10 – Eco-Adventures Day Camp
Thurs., July 9 – Geocaching
Sun.-Thurs., July 12-16 – Summer Symposium for Marching Arts
Sun.-Sat., July 12-18 – American Dance Training Camp
Mon.-Wed., July 13-15 – Volleyball Skills Camp
Mon.-Fri., July 13-17 –2009 Theatre Summer Camp
Sun.-Sat., July 19-25 – American Dance Training Camp
Sun.-Sun.-Sun., July 19-Aug. 2 – The Triple Arts Broadway Series Performance Workshop
Mon.-Fri., July 20-24 – Catamount Adventure Camp
Sun.-Sat., July 26-Aug. 1 – American Dance Training Camp
Mon.-Fri., July 27-31 – Catamount Adventure Camp for Boys
Mon.-Fri., July 27-31 – Catamount Adventure Camp for Girls
Wed.-Sat., July 29-Aug. 1 – Soccer Elite Camp
Mon.-Thurs., Aug. 3-7 – Soccer Youth Camp
Mon.-Fri., Aug. 3-7 – Catamount Adventure Camp

For more detailed list and links to registration information, check out the Summer Camps at WCU – 2009 Web site.

Thurs., June 4 – 7 p.m. – Concert Utah Green. UC lawn.
Fri.-Sat., June 5-6 – 5 & 9 p.m. – Movie “Role Models,” rated R. UC theater.
Tues., June 9 – 1 p.m. – Swami Paramanand. UC multipurpose room.
Thurs., June 11 – 7 p.m. – Concert Del Suggs. UC lawn.
Fri.-Sat., June 12-13 – 5 & 9 p.m. – Movie “Bedtime Stories,” rated PG. UC theater.
Fri.-Sat., June 12-13 – 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, June 14 – 3 p.m.  – Theatrical performance of comedy  “Moon Over Buffalo” by Kudzu Players. Niggli Theatre.
Thurs., June 18 – 7 p.m. – Concert One Leg Up. UC lawn.
Thurs.-Sat., June 18-20 – 7:30 p.m. – Theatrical performance of comedy “Moon Over Buffalo” by Kudzu Players. Niggli Theatre.
Fri.-Sat., June 19-20 – 5 & 9 p.m. – Movie “Transporter 3,” rated PG-13. UC theater.
Mon.-Wed., June 22-24 – 7 p.m. – Dulcimer concerts for Mountain Dulcimer Week. Recital Hall, Coulter Building.
Thurs., June 25 – 7 p.m. – Concert Jackson Monsour. UC lawn.
Fri.-Sat., June 26-27 – 5 & 9 p.m. – Movie “Hotel for Dogs,” rated PG. UC theater.
Sat.-Sun., July 4-5 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Summertime Fine Art and Craft Show. Ramsey Center.
Thurs., July 9 – 7 p.m. – Concert Imperial Fire. UC lawn.
Fri.-Sat., July 10-11 – 5 & 9 p.m. – Movie “Lakeview Terrace,” rated PG-13. UC theater.
Thurs., July 16 – 7 p.m. – Concert Red June. UC lawn.
Fri.-Sat. July 17-18 – 5 & 9 p.m. – Movie “No Reservations,” rated PG. UC theater.
Tues., July 21 – 7:30 p.m. – Folk festival Folkmoot USA. Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Thurs., July 23 – 7 p.m. – Concert Gypsy Bandwagon. UC lawn.
Fri.-Sat., July 24-25 – 5 & 9 p.m. – Movie “Madea Goes to Jail,” rated PG-13. UC theater.
Thurs., July 30 – 7 p.m. – Concert Lionz of Zion. UC lawn.
Fri.-Sat., July 31-Aug. 1 – 5 & 9 p.m. – Movie “21,” rated PG-13. UC theater.
Sun., Aug. 2 – 3 p.m. – Gala performance by participants of the Triple Arts Broadway Series. Fine and Performing Arts Center.

For more information about arts and entertainment events, and to subscribe to the weekly EventPreview guide to what’s happening at WCU, check out



Exhibits at WCU throughout summer 2009 include:

  • “A Craftsman’s Legacy: The Furniture of Jesse Bryson Stalcup” – Ongoing at Mountain Heritage Center.
  • “Arcadian Monuments” – Photographs of rustic Appalachian structures, originally a touring exhibit of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, by photographer Anna Fariello. Through December on the second floor of Hunter Library.
  • Darwin’s (R)evolution”- Student-created exhibit featuring series of panels about Darwin’s life and development of his insights into evolution. Through December at Hunter Library.
  • Decoration Day in the Mountains”- Explores region’s tradition of cleaning and decorating graves each spring. Ongoing exhibit at Mountain Heritage Center.
  • “Migration of the Scotch-Irish People” – Traces the Scotch-Irish Appalachian settlers into Western North Carolina. Permanent exhibit at Mountain Heritage Center.
  • “People of the Land” – Ongoing at Mountain Heritage Center.
  • Worldviews” – Selections from WCU’s permanent collection. Ongoing at Fine Art Museum.


Time-limited exhibits at WCU during summer 2009 include:

  • Ends Sat., July 25Haywood Community College Professional Craft Program graduate exhibition. Includes furniture design and woodworking, ceramics, jewelry, metals and textiles. Fine Art Museum.
  • Ends Aug. 1. – “New Photographers“- Features WCU student photographs. Hunter Library.
  • Aug. 1-Sept. 18 – “New Gifts” – Selected works from the collection of Perry Kelly, art professor emeritus. Fine Art Museum.
  • Aug. 1-Sept. 18 – “Soul’s Journey: Inside the Creative Process” – Ceramics, glass, wood, textiles and metals. Fine Art Museum.
  • Aug. 1-Sept. 18 – “George Masa (1881-1933): Vision of the Mountains” – Photographs and field notes from Japanese-American explorer of WNC mountains. Fine Art Museum.

WCU venues featuring hosting exhibits in summer 2009 are:

  • The Mountain Heritage Center in the H.F. Robinson Building will be open June 1-Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thurs.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., and closed Sun.
  • The Fine Art Museum in the Fine and Performing Arts Center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 1 to 4 p.m. Sat.
  • Hunter Library is open throughout the summer. Click here to see Hunter Library’s hours.


For information about all academic events, from summer school schedules to a summer service-learning symposium, check out

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