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Events for July 2015

  • Full moon

    July 01, 2015

    Full moon

  • Minnie Pearl, History Alive!

    July 02, 2015 — Ripley, Jackson WVHC Event

    Minnie Pearl (1912-96) will be portrayed by Denise Giardina of Charleston in a West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! program at 7 p.m. July 2 in the historic Alpine Theatre on Main Street in Ripley. Pearl (born Sarah Colley) was a popular entertainer who was a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry. Her appearance will be in conjunction with the WV Music Hall of Fame Traveling Museum and the Fourth of July Celebration.

    History Alive! is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

  • WV Music Hall of Fame Traveling Museum

    July 02, 2015 to July 03, 2015 — Ripley, Jackson WVHC Event

    The Traveling Museum will be along Court Street in downtown Ripley from 6-9 p.m. July 2 and 3. Admission is free. Museum features include an interactive WV map with noted musicians from all 55 counties in the Mountain State. Visitors can make and take their own CD. The visit was made possible by a grant from the WV Humanities Council.

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

  • New Deal Photographs of the Tygart Valley Homestead

    July 02, 2015 to August 29, 2015 — Beverly, Randolph WVHC Event

    The photography exhibit “New Deal Photographs of the Tygart Valley Homestead” will open on Saturday, June 27 at 8 a.m. at the Homestead Elementary in Dailey. The exhibit will be open again on Sunday June 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will reopen July 2 at the Randolph County Museum in Beverly through August 29. For more information contact Darryl De Gripp at 304-637-7424.

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

  • Mtstateartcraftfair-def-002_up_sq Mountain State Art & Craft Fair

    July 02, 2015 to July 04, 2015 — Ripley, Jackson

    Over the years the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair has become one of the leading arts and crafts fairs in the nation. In 2014, the Fair proudly celebrated its 51st anniversary. Please join us in this years celebration of Appalachian culture by attending this year, and supporting our local artisans, as well as enjoying our notable entertainment acts and unique family atmosphere.

    July 2-4, 2015

  • 1st Fourth Fibbin' Contest

    July 03, 2015 — Ripley, Jackson

    Liars from across the region will be competing for honors and prize money during the 1st Fourth Fibbin’ Contest at 7 p.m. July 3 in Ripley’s historic Alpine Theatre. The contest will have youth and adult divisions for the 3-5 minute family-friendly tales. Information and entry forms are available from the Ripley Convention & Visitors Bureau.

  • Independence Day

    July 04, 2015

    Independence Day

  • Archives and History Tuesday Lecture: 'Meanest County' in the Nation

    July 07, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Dr. Paul Rakes will discuss the “‘Meanest County’ in the Nation: Hip-Pocket Ethics on the Early New River Coal Mining Frontier, 1890-1910” 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.

    Any mention of saloons and gunplay in mining towns usually produces popular images of more nationally famous locales such as Deadwood, South Dakota, made famous by early dime novels and, later, by Hollywood film makers. In reality, the earliest coal operations of West Virginia’s Fayette County possessed most of the elements common to all of the nation’s mining frontiers. As with early mining towns in the legendary Wild West, Fayette’s early rudimentary coal camps attracted a number of young, transient, often “hotheaded” males who adhered to a philosophy that required one to stand-his-ground in confrontations. Contrary to popular images, miners both in the west and in the east who carried pistols usually did so in a hip pocket and the dramatic increase of violent confrontations in Fayette County often resulted from the guidelines of “hip-pocket ethics.” In fact, the increase of violence associated with the early camps led one Ohio newspaper to refer to Fayette as the “meanest county in the nation.”

    Paul Rakes will consider not only the statistical evidence frontier-style violence in Fayette County, but also specific cases of saloon show downs, arguments over females, and minor disagreements that led to deadly outcomes.

    A third generation coal miner, Paul H. Rakes, Professor at WVU Tech, worked as a coal miner for twenty years before leaving mining to earn his Ph. D. in history at West Virginia University. His research focuses both on technology and on the labor culture of coal miners in West Virginia. He has produced such professional journal articles as “Technology in Transition: The Dilemmas of Early-Twentieth Century Coal Mining” for the Journal of Appalachian Studies and “West Virginia Coal Mine Fatalities: The Subculture of Danger and a Statistical Overview of the Pre-enforcement Era” and “Casualties on the Homefront: World War II Era Coal Disasters in West Virginia” for West Virginia History. Book chapters include “A Combat Scenario: Early Coal Mining and the Culture of Danger” in Culture, Class and Politics in Modern Appalachia (2009) and “‘A Hard-Bitten Lot:’ Non-Strike Violence in the Early Southern West Virginia Coalfields” in Blood in the Hills: A History of Violence in Appalachia (2011). Dr. Rakes has served as a consultant for several televised video productions focusing on coal mining history and is regularly called upon by news agencies to provide insight into current mining developments. Additionally, he contributed a short memoir regarding growing up in the coalfields in Anthology of Appalachian Writers.

    On July 7, 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.

  • Ivy Terrace Concert Series presents Rasta Rafiki

    July 09, 2015 — Lewisburg, Greenbrier

    Carnegie Hall’s summer concert series is perhaps the most loved of the year. Enjoy FREE live music on the lawn of Carnegie Hall June through August. Bring a picnic supper, a blanket and your dancing shoes! Concerts are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. All performances begin at 6:30PM.

    July 9: Rasta Rafiki

  • Contemporary American Theater Festival

    July 10, 2015 to August 02, 2015 — Shepherdstown, Jefferson WVHC Event

    Beginning July 10 through August 2, the Contemporary American Theater Festival will host its 25th season of plays and CATF programs including readings, lectures, post-show discussions, late-night salons, and more for all the details visit

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

  • New moon

    July 15, 2015

    New moon

  • Downtown Charleston ArtWalk

    July 16, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Now in its 13th year, Downtown Charleston ArtWalk is a free self-guided walking tour of Charleston’s shops, galleries and businesses featuring regional art and performances. Typically held the third Thursday of each month, participating shops and organizations extend their hours for browsing, shopping and mingling.

    Participating shops are located along Quarrier, Capitol and Lee streets in Downtown Charleston and feature a variety of art – from paintings and sculptures to photography and music. Attendees can stroll along at their own pace, dip in and out of stores and stop off along the way for a bite to eat at a downtown restaurant. This well-loved family-friendly event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. and attracts art aficionados as well as folks who just want to get out and try something new.

    The 2015 schedule:

    • March 19
    • April 16
    • May 21
    • June 25 (FestivALL)
    • July 16
    • August 20
    • September 17
    • October 15
    • Nov. 27 (Black Friday)
    • December 17

    For more information:

  • 2nd Annual BBQ and Live Music

    July 17, 2015 to July 19, 2015 — Rock Cave, Upshur

    Join us in Rock Cave, West Virginia for a weekend of BBQ & Live Music on July 17th – 19th!

    Hosted by the Banks District Volunteer Fire Department, the BBQ & Live Music festivities will begin at 7 PM Friday Evening, and continue all weekend until Sunday afternoon! Come for live music, food vendors and family fun.

    Sunday will be Free Admission with live music & entertainment by three Gospel groups.

    Schedule of Events:


    7 PM – 9 PM: Ryan Cain & the Ables


    • 12:00 – 12:45: The Country Ramblers
    • 1:00 – 2:45: The Band Wagon
    • 3:00 – 4:45: The Laurel Creek Band
    • 5:00 – 6:45: Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning
    • 7:00 – 8:45: The Lilly Mountaineers


    • 1:00 – 1:45: The Silvertones
    • 2:00 – 2:45: Soldiers of the Cross
    • 3:00 – 3:45: The New Beginnings

    Any questions regarding this request can be directed to David Taylor, Public Information Officer, Banks District VFD, 260 Rock Cave Road ,Rock Cave, WV 26234 304.9246864

    Additional information can be found at:

  • 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Appalachian South Folklife Center

    July 17, 2015 to July 19, 2015 — Pipestem, Summers

    The 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Appalachian South Folklife Center will continue a long tradition of festivals and creative events at our beautiful rural setting, starting with traditional mountain music festivals in 1968, and continuing with blues and jazz festivals, rock concerts, and world music festivals to this day. This very special event will set the stage for a blossoming of creative energy for the next 50 years. We will honor our history as we move boldly to create our future. We will appreciate the past through remembrance and sharing, we will examine our legacy with scholarly exposition, we will explore future possibilities with facilitated discussion and we will celebrate with story and song. The Festival will begin on Friday, July 17th with a Symposium honoring Don and Connie West at Concord University. Friday evening will feature a concert at the Folklife Center followed by 2 full days of music, dance, crafts and workshops on Saturday and Sunday.

    July 17-19 at Pipestem.

  • Ivy Terrace Concert Series presents The Hello Strangers

    July 23, 2015 — Lewisburg, Greenbrier

    Carnegie Hall’s summer concert series is perhaps the most loved of the year. Enjoy FREE live music on the lawn of Carnegie Hall June through August. Bring a picnic supper, a blanket and your dancing shoes! Concerts are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. All performances begin at 6:30PM.

    July 23: The Hello Strangers

  • Wyoming County Civil War Days

    July 24, 2015 to July 26, 2015 — Oceana, Wyoming WVHC Event

    The Wyoming County Civil War Days are happening July 24, 25, and 26 at the Oceanna Middle School and Gilliland Park. Events include a living history encampment, battle reenactments, a Civil War Ball, Cannon firing after dark, and a Church service. For more information contact Jim Cook at 304-682-5096.

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

  • Furniture Making

    July 26, 2015 to July 31, 2015 — Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Jackson

    Tom Lynch of Rock Cave, WV is the instructor for the week-long workshop on making twig furniture. Participants will use basic hand and power tools to make a chair from twigs and bark. Cedar Lakes offers a year-round schedule of craft workshops. Contact Gloria Gregorich of the Craft House at 304-372-7860 for information.

  • West Virginia Peach Festival

    July 31, 2015 to July 02, 2015 — Romney, Hampshire

    3rd Annual WV Peach Festival, July 31-August 2

    Sponsored by the WV Peach Festival Committee and Hampshire County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

    During the entire three-day event peach pies, peach ice cream and peach drinks as well as other desserts will be sold. Pies will be sold by Future Farmers of America students.

    Entertainment will include Rain Crow, N2Pickin, a banjo-fiddle contest, country singing sensation Josh Oldaker and Flashback, among others. The festival begins on Friday morning with Romney Rotary grill, which is free and open to the public.

    Also on Friday at noon, Walt Helmick, commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, will crown the king and queen of the festival. Essay contest winners will be chosen from statewide entries.

    Romney ON TRAC, sponsored by the peach festival committee, will facilitate two performances by Joe Santoro and his Wonderment Puppet Theater at the Marketplace Co-op beginning at 1 p.m. Friday. Also on Friday, Flashback, a band that specializes in 1950s and 1960s music, will perform from 6-9 p.m. at the gazebo on the lawn of Taggart Hall. From 6-8 p.m. the Springfield Fire Department will cook dinner, which will include ribs, chicken, baked beans and potato salad.

    Taggart Hall, 91 South High St, Romney WV 26757

  • Full moon

    July 31, 2015

    Full moon

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