<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/ENT.-Opera-House-web1.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-5648" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/ENT.-Opera-House-web1-300x230.jpg" alt="ENT. Opera House web" width="300" height="230" \/><\/a>\r\n\r\nSeldom-told stories of the women of the American Civil War will come to life on the stage of the Pocahontas County Opera House during a special matinee performance on Sunday, October 5, at 2 p.m.\r\n\r\nAs part of the ongoing observation of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War singer-song writer Judith Avers and storyteller John Burt present a program drawn from the journals, letters and remembrances of women who lived it.\r\n\r\n\u201cA Grand Convulsion in Society: Cameos of Civil War Women in Song and Story\u201d represent some of the lesser-known women and their many roles in the Civil War: socialites, spies, even women passing as men and fighting in the war.\r\n\r\nThe afternoon will be filled with surprises and an entirely different way to look at this pivotal chapter of American history\u2013a time one Washington, D.C., matron described as \u201ca grand convulsion in society.\u201d\r\n\r\nBorn and raised in southwest Kansas, far removed from any sort of modern music scene, Judith Avers was spoon-fed country classics like Willie Nelson, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Her earliest memory of music is Patsy Cline melting in her ears. Merle Haggard, Box Car Willie, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette were also familiar voices coming out of the 8-track player at her grandmother\u2019s house next door.\r\n\r\nLike Woody Guthrie, one of her heroes, Avers has traveled around the United States, from Colorado and Kentucky to West Virginia and Massachusetts before settling in Pittsburgh with her physician wife. A versatile poet, songwriter and singer, Avers has recorded six solo albums. Last year she participated in the \u201cReal Women\/ Real Songs\u201d project by writing a song a week for most of a year. Avers is part of the Early Mays trio, which is now preparing to release its second album.\r\n\r\nHer website is judith avers.com\r\n\r\nA Pittsburgh native, John Burt studied history at Duquesne University and law at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his law practice Burt spent several years teaching at the secondary and collegiate levels, including a decade teaching a course he created at Carlow College [now University] entitled \u201cAmerican Women and the Law.\u201d From January 1998 to January 2004, Burt served as part of the Commonwealth Speakers on Pennsylvania History and Culture through the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, lecturing on 19th century Pennsylvanians and the struggle against slavery and for women\u2019s rights and speaking to more than 100 historical societies and other groups. He made an appearance as one of the consultants and \u201ctalking heads\u201d for Lisa Gensheimer\u2019s award-winning film about the Underground Railroad in northwestern Pennsylvania, Safe Harbor.\r\n\r\nHis history blog is musingwithclio.wordpress.com\r\n\r\nTickets are $8. Children 17 and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available in advance at pocahontasoperahouse.org and at the Fourth Avenue Gallery in Marlinton.\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Avenue in Marlinton. Performances at the Opera House are informal, family-friendly and open to all. The entrance and main seating are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to attend; special accommodations can be arranged upon request by calling 304-799-6645.\r\n\r\nThe Opera House Performance Series is presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Support is also provided by Pocahontas County Drama, Fairs and Festivals, the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Pendleton Community Bank, the Law Office of Roger D. Forman and Brightside Acres.