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Events for October 2016

  • Way Back Weekend: Cast-Iron Cook-Off

    October 01, 2016 — Huntington, Cabell

    Way Back Weekend/Cast-Iron Cook-Off: Set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, the Cast Iron Cook Off is part of the Way Back Weekend series at Heritage Farm Museum & Village, 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington. Area chefs faceoff in this regional competition featuring cast-iron cooking over open fires. Visit

  • Wirt County Pioneer Day

    October 01, 2016 to October 02, 2016 — Elizabeth, Wirt

    The 14th annual Wirt County Pioneer Day will be Saturday, October 1 at the Wirt County Courthouse Square in downtown Elizabeth. The Elizabeth Beauchamp Chapter Daughters of American Pioneers organizes the annual heritage event. Saturday’s activities will include vendor tents and activities, including basket making, blacksmithing and apple butter stirring, along with a variety of food and crafts for sale. On Sunday, a Civil War battle re-enactment will take place at 2 p.m. at Viller’s Field on West Virginia 5 at Elizabeth. Read the full schedule at

  • Pumpkin Festival

    October 06, 2016 to October 09, 2016 — Milton, Cabell

    West Virginia Pumpkin Festival: Set for Oct. 6-9 at Milton’s West Virginia Pumpkin Park, the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival features all things pumpkin from baking and cooking contests, to pumpkin food booths, contests and of course, the giant pumpkin auction to raise money for scholarships. Call 304-638-1633 or visit

  • 11th annual Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop

    October 06, 2016 to October 09, 2016 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Come out and enjoy free concerts each night and a world class fire works display on Saturday night. Enjoy nearly 1000 show vehicles and many related displays to the automotive industry. October 6-9 on Kanawha Boulevard in downtown Charleston.

  • 2016 West Virginia Makes Festival

    October 07, 2016 — Huntington, Cabell

    The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) will host the 2016 West Virginia Makes Festival – a celebration of ingenuity and creativity to inspire artists, inventors, makers and students of all ages – on Oct. 7, 2016 in Huntington.

    The annual festival, which coincides with national Manufacturing Day, is open to everyone and will feature 3D Printing, special exhibits and attractions, some of your favorite local food vendors and technology.

    A Design Challenge at the festival will provide makers the opportunity to demonstrate their new ideas and skills, and reward their creative inspirations. Inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and students of all ages are encouraged to enter the Design Challenge at the 2016 West Virginia Makes Festival. Registration is required, so it’s free to enter.

    RCBI is again presenting the festival in collaboration with a statewide group of partners.

  • Harvest Festival

    October 07, 2016 to October 08, 2016 — Kenna, Jackson

    Applebutter and molasses are made on site by members of the Liberty Lions Club. Activities include live entertainment and concessions.

    October 7-8, 2016. Hours are from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Call 304-988-2302 for information.

  • Fall Quilt Camp

    October 09, 2016 to October 14, 2016 — Cedar Lakes, Jackson

    Classes are planned, October 9-14, for quilters from beginners to advanced at Cedar Lakes Conference Center. Machine and handwork classes are available. Call 330-666-2575 for information.

  • FAME The Musical at Chuck Mathena Center

    October 09, 2016 — Princeton, Mercer

    FAMETHE MUSICAL, the five star Broadway show, will tour North America this season making a stop at Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, West Virginia on Sunday, October 9 at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now and promise to sell quickly!

    The high octane show will have audiences dancing in their seats as they enjoy the fantastic staging and the fast paced choreography. The characters’ special relationships unfold, bringing the various personalities of the students and their dedicated teachers to light. The lucky youngsters, who were given the chance to develop their talent, learn the ups and downs of preparing for a career in the arts. The song, with its iconic, unforgettable lyrics – “FAME – I’m gonna live forever! Baby, remember my name.” – is universally known and is the fever-pitched anthem that drives these talented young people forward in their quest for success.

    This is Broadway in Your Backyard! Tickets for this five star show are $40. Click, Call or Come By to purchase yours. Go online at, call CMC at 304 425-5128, or visit the Chuck Mathena Center Box Office at 2 Stafford Commons, Princeton, WV, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.

  • Making Movie Music: An Evening with Maestro Chuck Biel

    October 12, 2016 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Come and tap into Chuck’s insight from 40+ years of professional musicianship while he highlights the techniques he used to survive as an artist in America today. Chuck will demonstrate compositional techniques for film and other media available to beginners and well-seasoned music creators. He will talk about how individuals can join in on making their own music for media. This presentation features a full band performance of various types of music and composition techniques. FREE.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

    WVSU EDC – 1506 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston, WV 25312

  • Cedar Lakes Craft: Road Scholar Program

    October 14, 2016 to October 16, 2016 — Cedar Lakes, Jackson

    The international Road Scholar program will visit with weekend workshops on calligraphy, pastel painting, forged metal art and spinning wool. October 14-16.

  • West Virginia State Civlian Conservation Corps Museum Autumn Honors Jubilee Reunion

    October 15, 2016 — Quiet Dell, Harrison

    The Annual West Virginia State Civilian Conservation Corps Museum Autumn Honors Jubilee Reunion Set For October 15, 2016

    The West Virginia State CCC Museum Association invites the Public, all CCC alumni, CCC Family, and Friends to the Annual Autumn CCC Honors Jubilee Reunion to be held South of Clarksburg-Bridgeport, West Virginia along I79, exit 115 at the Quiet Dell United Methodist Church activity room. Reception of guests and friends at 9:am to 10:45. Displays of CCC memorabilia, 10:45 a.m. Program to honor the legacy of the CCC, their contributions to America, Moment of Silence for those ill or departed, Taps, State of the CCC Museum, National Anthem, recognition of CCC’s attending, Hall of Fame Inductions. Please RSVP ($14) for catered NOON luncheon or for more info contact Rich Bailey at 304 842 3436, Charles Piercy at 304 363 4388, or Dr. Robert Anderson at 304 842 5194. This is not a fundraiser but a project to honor the CCC that saved America during the Great Depression. Please share this information. Also check out the West Virginia CCC Website at West Virginia CCC Museum Please preserve your family memorabilia for posterity. Sponsored by the West Virginia State CCC Museum Association, 501c3. Help preserve the memory of the CCC by joining at $20 per year. That’s Saturday, October 15, 2016, Join us in honoring the Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Help us keep the museum going by joining the WVSCCCMA at $20 per year. Contact info above. Thank You. Please pass this on to those CCC Family who do not have computers.


  • Civil Music

    October 16, 2016 — Ripley, Jackson

    Civil War re-enactor and musician Donnie Jones is the guest speaker of the Jackson County Historical Society. Jones will offer tunes on his anglo concertina. The 2 p.m. Oct. 16 meeting is on the ground level of Harrison Building on South Street across from the Ripley Police Department. Everyone is welcome at the free event.

  • The Shamrock Shore

    October 18, 2016 to October 23, 2016 — Cedar Lakes, Jackson

    This discussion of Irish culture and history at home and abroad is led by Mick Moloney. He will share the folklore and myths that were told around ancient fires. October 18-23 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center

  • Cedar Lakes Crafts: Knife Blades

    October 23, 2016 to October 28, 2016 — Cedar Lakes, Jackson

    Herb Derr is the instructor for a week-long workshop about making nickel Damascus knife blades. October 23-28.

  • Typography 101 Workshop

    October 26, 2016 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Once a highly specialized occupation, everyone is a typographer in the digital age. Not everyone is a good one, however. Learn how to make the type design you do in print, film and multimedia look professional. We’ll learn terms, techniques and how to arrange type so that it really says something. Graphic designer and self-described type wonk Brenda Pinnell, of HepCatz Design, will lead the discussion. #nocomicsans FREE.

    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar

    WVSU EDC – 1506 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston, WV 25312

  • Mountaineer Week

    October 28, 2016 to November 01, 2016 — Morgantown, Monongalia

    Mountaineer Week is West Virginia University’s annual celebration of West Virginia history and arts. Our goal each year is to showcase the best of West Virginia in order to pay tribute to, entertain, and educate our community about the talents and events that have made West Virginia what it is today. Mountaineer Week attracts visitors from the WVU campus, community, state, and region as we preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources that bind West Virginians together. October 28-November 1.

  • Cedar Lakes Crafts: Quilts, Applique, Embroidery

    October 30, 2016 to November 04, 2016 — Cedar Lakes, Jackson

    Pat Rodgers is the instructor for a week-long workshop on quilts, applique and embroidery. October 30-November 4.

  • Life is Magic Appears at Chuck Mathena Center

    October 30, 2016 — Princeton, Mercer

    Life is Magic, starring Joshua Lozoff, appears at the Chuck Mathena Center on Sunday, October 30 at 3:00pm. Join us for Magical Tricks and Treats featuring the Ghostbusters: West Virginia Division, Trunk and Treat with community businesses, and games and prizes for costumes for kids and families. Magical Tricks and Treats starts at 12:30pm and continues until 2:00pm It’s a free community activity and everyone is invited to come and have fun! At 3:00pm the Life is Magic show with fantastic magician, Joshua Lozoff, takes center stage.

    Life is Magic tickets are $10/kids and $12/adults and are available at or by calling 304 425-5128. You can always visit the CMC Box Office at 2 Stafford Commons, Princeton, WV 24740 Monday- Friday from 9-5pm.

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