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Events for January 2015

  • West Virginia Wesleyan Visiting Writers Series

    January 03, 2015 to January 04, 2015 — Buckhannon, Upshur WVHC Event

    The winter West Virginia Wesleyan College MFA Residency Visiting Writers Series is taking place January 3 and 4, 2015, at WV Wesleyan College in the Loar Auditorium at 7p.m. Scott McClanahan a West Virginia filmmaker and writer living in Beckley, will present on the 3rd and Ellen Hagan, a Kentucky writer living in New York City, will share her recent collection of poems.

    This project is funded in part by a West Virginia Humanities Council grant.

  • Full moon

    January 04, 2015

    Full moon

  • National Bird Day

    January 05, 2015

    National Bird Day, January 5.

  • Archives and History Tuesday Lecture: Slavery and Free People of Color in Virginia

    January 06, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Greg Carroll will present “Slavery and Free People of Color in Virginia” in the Archives and History Library of the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    Carroll will look at the political and legal lives of both slaves and free people of color. Slavery did not exist in western Virginia in anywhere near the numbers that it did in the east. In a few areas, such as the Eastern Panhandle and the Kanawha Valley, slaves were more numerous. The panhandle was primarily an agricultural area having more in common with its eastern neighbors than counties to the west. In the Kanawha Valley, slaves were mainly used in the salt industry and were the first to commercially mine coal in this area. Free people of color were often freed slaves or mixed race people who were slowly being driven from the eastern Virginia counties by oppressive racial laws. This was especially true after Nat Turner’s Rebellion in 1831. These issues will be discussed and questions are invited.

    Carroll has lectured on Native Americans, the Civil War, and slavery. A resident of Putnam County for 45 years, he worked as a historian at West Virginia Archives and History for 23 years before retiring in 2012. Carroll serves on the boards of West Virginia Citizen Action Group, the West Virginia Environmental Council, and the West Virginia International Film Festival.

    On January 6, the library will close at 5:00 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

  • Kathy Griffin at the Clay Center

    January 06, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Thursday, June 4, 7:30 pm

    Tickets: $69, $59, $49, $45

    Whether she’s tearing up the red carpet, making Anderson Cooper blush on New Year’s Eve or keeping her fans in stitches with stand-up specials, this two-time Emmy and Grammy award winning comedienne always delivers an unforgettable, unforgivable night of laughter. Don’t miss this evening of take-no-prisoners comedy.

  • Archives and History Thursday Lecture: Genealogy Research Strategies

    January 15, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On January 15, 2015, Randy Marcum will present “Genealogy Research Strategies” at the Thursday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library of the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    West Virginia Archives and History is filled with exciting collections from all over the state. Marcum will take family researchers beyond the three main records-birth, death, and marriage-which shed light on major events in a person’s life but only reveal part of that life. He will suggest ways of using the myriad other collections at Archives and History to fill in the blanks of family history. This lecture is an introduction to the 2015 West Virginia Archives and History Library Thursday genealogy evening workshops that will be presented on non-lecture evenings.

    Randy Marcum has lived most of his life in West Virginia; his family has lived in the Tug River Valley since the early 1800s. Tracing his family roots and associations along with their westward movement has been a lifelong passion. He is a graduate of the University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Ohio, and works at West Virginia Archives and History, where he is a historian. Marcum takes care of the map collection and also assists with the preservation cataloging of the Mountain State Railroad and Logging Association collections. He previously worked for the Records Management Preservation Board on the county records preservation project.

    For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

  • Broadway in Charleston: Guys and Dolls

    January 16, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Friday, January 16, 2015, 8 pm

    Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy – considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy – soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon.

  • RCCAC Evening Concert Series: Flatt Wound

    January 17, 2015 — Elkins, Randolph

    Flatt Wound

    January 17th, 2015 7:30 pm at Randolph County Community Arts Center

    Flatt Wound is a dynamic bluegrass band, formed by Elkins area members Jeremy Wanless and members of the very popular bluegrass group Hardly Ever.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    January 19, 2015

    Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

  • New moon

    January 20, 2015

    New moon

  • "Mark Licari: Drawing Out" exhibit opening

    January 23, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Enter an imaginative world where everyday objects, animals and organic materials collide in a succession of growth and decay with “Mark Licari: Drawing Out,” opening Friday, Jan. 23 at the Clay Center. Be among the first to explore the exhibit at a free public reception on opening night from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Featuring paintings, drawings, sculptures and a site-specific mural, the exhibit depicts the merging of the natural and technological worlds. See leaves and flowers emerging from worn men’s suits and household furniture, a vortex consuming everything in sight, a vacuum bursting into flames and much more in Licari’s vibrant creations.

    Enhance your experience with public programming that accompanies the exhibit. Watch the artist at work as he creates a mural in the stairway leading to the art gallery on January 14 through 18 from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Licari will return to the Clay Center for a free public artist talk in the art gallery on March 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. and a family workshop on March 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in which adults and children can work together to create murals. Space is limited for the workshop, so pre-registration is required.

    During both of his visits, the Los Angeles-based artist will meet with students from the Clay Center’s afterschool program in three Boone County middle schools. Students from Sherman Jr. High, Van Jr./Sr. High and Madison Middle will travel to the Center to interact with him and learn about his work. In between visits, a Marshall University art student mentored by Licari will work with the students on directed art projects at their schools.

    The exhibit will be on display through May 31 and is sponsored by BB&T West Virginia Foundation and The Elliot Family Foundation. The additional programming is being funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Daywood Foundation.

    For more information on all Clay Center programs and exhibits, call 304-561-3570 or visit

  • West Virginia Symphony Orchestra: German Romanticism

    January 23, 2015 to January 24, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    German Romanticism @ the Clay Center

    Jan 23 and 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    CHOOSE YOUR TICKET PRICE | 304.561.3570

    For this concert, you can choose ANY price you wish for ANY available seat by calling the box office (304.561.3570). If you purchase online, you must pay standard ticket prices.


    • Beethoven: Leonora Overture No. 3
    • Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
    • Nikki Chooi, violin
    • Schumann: Symphony No. 4
  • Tom Hambridge and Friends

    January 23, 2015 — Lewisburg, Greenbrier

    Back by popular demand, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter & producer Tom Hambridge has had over 350 songs recorded by artists such as Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Susan Tedeschi, Delbert McClinton, BB King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Thorogood, and Rascal Flatts. Joining him for an intimate evening of songs and stories will be a few of his Nashville friends whom he has partnered with over the years to write and produce an astonishing number of hits.

    Jan 23, 2015 7:30PM at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg

    Contact phone: 304-645-7917

    Web site:

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  • Richard Mine Exhibit

    January 24, 2015 to March 01, 2015 — Morgantown, Monongalia WVHC Event

    The Richard Mine Exhibit is a collaborative effort between the Morgantown History Museum and a project developed by Friends of Deckers Creek that aims to reconnect our community with the history surrounding the Richard Mine and the environmental legacies that came as a result. The exhibit is funded by a mini-grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council and an Urban Small Waters Grant funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Friends of Deckers Creek is committed to treating the acid mine discharge from the Richard Mine, which is the largest single source of contamination in the watershed. This exhibit pairs together our region’s proud mining and industrial past in the Deckers Creek Corridor with a vision of modern healthy watersheds that help to drive the local economy. Friends of Deckers Creek is working to solve the issue of the Richard Mine drainage, and this exhibit aims to connect visitors with the mine’s past and the watershed’s future. The opening for this exhibit will be held at the museum on Saturday, January 24th from 12-3 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Richard Mine Exhibit is on display through mid-March. For more information visit e-mail

    This project is funded in part by a West Virginia Humanities Council grant.

  • Steppin’ In It

    January 28, 2015 — Marlinton, Pocahontas

    Toting an ample supply of vintage instruments and a sound that brings listeners back to the days of old-time radio, Steppin’ In It is determined to make a dent in the roots community. Hailing from Lansing, Michigan—the heart of Factory Town, USA—these young men pound out their own brand of roots combining old-time country, swing and blues. Together, they achieve the seemingly impossible task of making the most traditional sounds contemporary playing what Performing Songwriter Magazine calls “some of the liveliest and most rocking acoustic roots music around.”

    Mar 28, 2015 7:30PM

    • Pocahontas County Opera House
    • Contact phone: 304-799-6645
    • Web site:
    • Contact e-mail:
  • FOOTMAD Concert Series: Frisson

    January 31, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    A tribute to the effect of music on the human brain, Frisson is a French word meaning “a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion.”

    31 January 2015 at the WV Culture Center

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