MINNIE PEARL- History Alive!

June 17

Beech Fork State Park | 5601 Long Branch Rd | Barboursville

7 pm

Sarah Colley studied theater while in college during the Great Depression intending to be a serious actress. While touring with a theater company she created the comedic down-home character of Minnie Pearl to help promote performances. Her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1940 was a success and eased fears that her satire of rural ways might not be appreciated by country audiences. People instead embraced Minnie as one of their own, and she became a legend in country entertainment. Portrayed by Denise Giardina of Charleston WV at Beech Fork State Park Headquarters building. 7:00 p.m. Program lasts about one hour. Family-friendly. Open to the public at no cost.
Minnie Pearl presentation is a History Alive! program made possible by the West Virginia Humanities Council and West Virginia State Park system. Special price tags distributed. Howdeeeeee!
Contact: 304-528-5794

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