Podcast Listening Party: I Was Never There

In a first-of-its-kind event at the Floralee, we will be having a listening party of the celebrated podcast, I Was Never There, which is about the disappearance of Marsha Ferber, the owner of the Underground Railroad bar and music venue in Morgantown (now called 123 Pleasant Street). In addition to telling Marsha’s story, it also lovingly describes the Morgantown music scene in the 1980s, the back-to-land movement, and the story of the mother-daughter producers.

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Named a 2022 audio selection at the Tribeca Festival, I Was Never There takes listeners on a trip into the countercultural movements swirling through West Virginia in the 1970s and 80s. Jamie Zelermyer and her mother Karen investigate the shocking disappearance of their friend Marsha “Mudd” Ferber and explore her evolution from suburban housewife to back-to-the-land hippie to drug-dealing bar owner. As mother and daughter venture deeper into the mystery of Marsha’s disappearance, the two process their own history: Jamie reflects on her nontraditional upbringing and Karen reckons with the joyful and complicated consequences of her decisions.

For archival footage and more, follow I Was Never There on Instagram.

Attendees will get an early listen to the 8th and final episode of the podcast (runtime: 30 minutes) that is to be released the next day. We will have a curated slideshow of Marsha and her music venue during the podcast. 

Charleston’s own DL Hamilton, who was a close friend of Marsha’s and is in the podcast quite a bit, will be there to talk about the podcast and everything connected to it and we will have the producers (Jamie and Karen Zelermyer) speaking with us over the phone. DL was a founding supporter of the Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema and, back in 2017, dedicated one of the seats to Marsha. Brief reception to follow.

Cost: $PWYW (all proceeds will be split between the WVIFF and reproductive justice organizations)

Time: 6:15pm

Location: Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema, 226 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301