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Events for October 2014

  • 78th Mountain State Forest Festival Juried Art Exhibition

    October 01, 2014 to November 20, 2014 — Elkins, Randolph

    The Annual Juried Art Exhibit during the 78th Mountain State Forest Festival will be on display from October 1 thru November 20, 2014. The event will be hosted by the Randolph County Community Arts Center and Seneca Trail Artists’ Guild. Opening Reception will be from 6 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1st.

  • 2014 Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop

    October 01, 2014 to October 05, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Hot rods, classic cars, cruise-ins, concerts, car raffle, vendors and fireworks. October 1-5 in Charleston. Schedule and information

  • Octoberfest

    October 03, 2014 to October 05, 2014 — Ravenswood, Jackson

    Riverfront Park is the site of Octoberfest from Oct.3-5 in Ravenswood. The festival includes entertainment by Blackhawk, Rick K & The Allnighters, Wyatt Turner and The Zappers. Activities include a parade, car show, contests, fishing derby and fireworks. Call 304-273-2243 for information.

  • The West Virginia Makes Festival

    October 03, 2014 — Huntington, Cabell

    The West Virginia Makes Festival

    Oct. 3, 2014 starting at 10 a.m.

    Sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), Advantage Valley, the City of Huntington and Marshall University, the design challenge will reward makers who submit their creative, new inventions to our panel of judges during the festival at RCBI, located downtown at the corner of 4th Avenue and 11th Street. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., when prizes are awarded.

    The West Virginia Makes festival celebrates creativity and innovation in all forms. Hobbyists, inventors, enthusiasts, students and other makers will compete with their new creations for prizes of up to $1,000. Judges will review participants’ new creations and award prizes in five categories Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m. at RCBI Huntington. The challenge kicks off Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. at RCBI Huntington. Registration is free and easy; call 800.469.RCBI (7224) or register at

    Participants who earn prizes will be introduced as design challenge winners during the 12:30 p.m. presentation at RCBI Huntington.

    Creators in five categories will be awarded up to $1000 during the WV Makes Festival, which will be immediately followed by networking and interaction.

  • Robert E. Lee, History Alive!

    October 03, 2014 — Huntersville, Pocahontas WVHC Event

    Robert E. Lee, History Alive!, 8pm October 3 at Huntersville Methodist Church.

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

  • 20140129hometown_094p_sq Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

    October 05, 2014 to November 15, 2014 — Morgantown, Monongalia WVHC Event

    The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” will be on display at the Morgantown History Museum from October 5 through November 15. For more information visit

    The West Virginia Humanities Council is sponsoring a state tour of the new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.” “Hometown Teams” interweaves images and text with almost 70 artifacts, video, audio and other interactive elements that present perspectives on sports in popular culture, as well as local sports traditions. It offers information about mascots, marching bands, cheerleaders, game day traditions, tailgating, player/coach relationships, sports equipment, stadiums, rivalries, and athletes who broke racial, gender or physical barriers in sports. The growth of alternative and extreme sports also is explored.

    The Humanities Council is providing funding and technical assistance to each host site for the development of companion displays and supplemental programs that celebrate their local sports heritage.

    “Hometown Teams” is made possible through the Museum on Main Street (MOMS) program, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

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

  • Sunday@Two with John Lilly

    October 05, 2014 — Beckley, Raleigh

    2pm October 5 at Tamarack

    John Lilly’s original, traditional, and classic country music hits home and rings true. From hidden masterpieces by Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Louvin Brothers to ancient folk ballads and creative original songs, John Lilly presents music of unusual depth and sincerity.

  • 2014 Marshall University Writers Series

    October 06, 2014 to October 07, 2014 — Huntington, Cabell WVHC Event

    The 2014 Marshall University Writers Series takes place Monday October 6 and Tuesday October 7 at the Student Union. On Monday at 8:00 p.m. essayist Eric LeMay, and Poet Glenn Shaheen will present readings of their work. On Tuesday LeMay and Shaheen will present workshops from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Student Uion about their writing. For more information e-mail Carrie Oeding at

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

  • Amicus Curiae Lecture Series: American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America

    October 07, 2014 — Huntington, Cabell WVHC Event

    The 2014-2015 Amicus Curiae Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, October 7, at 7 p.m. at the Marshall University Foundation Hall. Award-winning author David O. Stewart presents “American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America.” For more details visit

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

  • Cornstalk, History Alive!

    October 07, 2014 — Wheeling, Ohio WVHC Event

    Cornstalk, History Alive!, 12PM October 7 at Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling.

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

  • Greenbrier_resort_def_up_sq Archives and History Tuesday Lecture: Thirty-five Years at The Greenbrier

    October 07, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Dr. Robert Conte will present “Thirty-Five Years Studying—and Being Part of—the History of The Greenbrier” in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    Conte has been the historian at The Greenbrier since 1978. He was responsible for establishing the archives of The Greenbrier’s historical materials, which he maintains, and is the curator of the Presidents’ Cottage Museum. During his tenure, the secret underground Cold War facility for U.S. Congress was opened to the public, and resort ownership passed from CSX Corporation, which had owned The Greenbrier through its predecessor companies for nearly one hundred years, to current owner Jim Justice.

    A native of San Jose, California, Conte received a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and, after two years in the military, his doctorate from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. Before coming to The Greenbrier, he worked at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland and at the National Archives. As historian at The Greenbrier, he is the only full-time professional historian employed by a hotel or resort in the United States.

    Conte is the author of The History of The Greenbrier, America’s Resort, published in 1990. An enlarged and revised edition appeared in 1998 and was updated in 2010. In 2007 he produced a historical chapter for a coffee-table photography book, The Greenbrier: America’s Resort. An informal but wide-ranging conversation with Erik Hastings, the resort’s Director of Media Productions, resulted in the creation of a DVD in 2011 entitled “A Brief History of The Greenbrier,” which includes photographs and footage from the resort’s archives.

    Conte has written numerous articles for local and regional publications and contributed to newspaper articles, books, and museum exhibits. He currently serves on the West Virginia Archives and History Commission and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia and the Board of Directors of the Greenbrier Historical Society.

    On October 7, the library will close at 5:00 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For additional information, call (304) 558-0230.

  • Mary Lincoln, History Alive!

    October 10, 2014 — Keyser, Mineral WVHC Event

    Mary Lincoln, History Alive!, 9:40 AM and 10:23 AM October 10 at Keyser Middle School.

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

  • "Do You Believe?" Ghost Walk

    October 10, 2014 to October 11, 2014 — Ripley, Jackson

    Evening strolls through historic downtown Ripley will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Alpine Theatre, 210 W. Main Street. The one-mile walks will features tales by storyteller “Granny Sue,” including accounts of West Virginia’s last public hanging and the tragic death of the town’s namesake, Pastor Harry Ripley. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The event is sponsored by Main Street Ripley, the Jackson County Players and the Ripley Convention & Visitors Bureau. Call 844-772-8850 for information.

  • Arthurdale 80th Anniversary: Eleanor Roosevelt

    October 11, 2014 — Arthurdale, Preston WVHC Event

    On October 11 beginning at 1 p.m. in Center Hall, Arthurdale Heritage continues its 80th anniversary celebration with a 130th birthday celebration for Eleanor Roosevelt. Festivities include a fiddle performance by Elmer Rich who played for Mrs. Roosevelt when he was a teenager. For more information visit

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

  • The Mothman Prophecies

    October 11, 2014 — Clarksburg, Harrison

    Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library will show The Mothman Prophecies at noon on Saturday, October 11, in preparation for a book discussion the following weekend by Michael Knost, author of Return of the Mothman. More information at

  • Abraham Lincoln and the Election of 1864

    October 11, 2014 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    October 11 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town

    This event will explore Harpers Ferry’s critical role in our nation’s wartime presidential election. Activities will include living history, ranger conducted programs, and family/ youth activities.

  • “Reacting to the Raid: The US Marines”

    October 12, 2014 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    October 12 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town, Fire Engine House

    Witness a living history demonstration on how 1859 Abolitionist Brown was captured by US troops.

  • Tamarack_sq Sunday@Two with Todd Burge

    October 12, 2014 — Beckley, Raleigh

    2pm October 12 at Tamarack

    Todd Burge’s songs are mostly stories that inhabit his invented characters. The scat singing and lyrical humor lighten the mood of some heavy subjects, letting his insights sneak up on you. Producer Don Dixon said, "With wit and pathos in equal measure, Todd Burge takes on subjects in his songs that never occur to most folks. Subjects too quirky, too controversial, too obtuse for most writers to get a handle on”. Over the last three decades, Burge, has played everything from Alternative/Punk Rock to Bluegrass, performing over 100 shows per year in venues as diverse as CBGB’s with his band 63 Eyes, to the The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center. He is a repeat guest on NPR’s Mountain Stage and has been called the “dean of WV songwriters”, by the show’s host, Larry Groce. Burge has performed and toured with Tim O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, Lucinda Williams, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, Larry Groce, Ricky Skaggs and many others. In 2013 he is getting together with Bill “Hot Rod Lincoln” Kirchen for a few duo concerts.

    In 2012, Burge released two CDs, One for grownups entitled “Building Characters” produced by Don Dixon (R.E.M. Mary Chapin Carpenter) and featuring Tim O’Brien (Hot Rize, Mark Knopfler, Steve Martin) and one for children entitled “Character Building”. The Children’s CD will serve as an ongoing fundraiser for The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. His high energy shows are packed with songs and stories of bizarre characters and critters, from dogs to sharks to humans and beyond. Burge has the ability to twist his catchy tunes into something we can all relate to. Todd Burge also hosts his own radio show and podcast, Songwriter Night with Todd Burge. He resides with his wife Lisa and two young children, Sophia (7) and William (9) in Parkersburg WV.

  • Downtown Charleston ArtWalk

    October 16, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Brought to you by the galleries and art-related businesses of downtown Charleston, West Virginia the ArtWalk is the showcase of the city’s thriving art scene. The ArtWalk happens ten months of the year (March through December) and typically on the third Thursday of the month (except in November on the Friday after Thanksgiving). All ArtWalks are from 5 pm to 8 pm.

    The 2014 ArtWalk season will be bringing you new venues, exciting special events and the best of local, regional and nationally recognized artists. Vibrant, exciting, and fun are all words used to describe Charleston’s finest art event. Most of the ArtWalk venues are open throughout the week for regular business hours so, even if you can’t make it ArtWalk evening, we hope you take the time to stop and see the amazing art available in our community.

    The Downtown Charleston ArtWalk is brought to you by the participating venues with coordination assistance from The Charleston Area Alliance. More information.

  • Wvsymphony-sjs-13_up_sq West Virginia Symphony: Celebrating Lyricism

    October 17, 2014 to October 18, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    October 17 & 18, 2014 at the Clay Center

    Celebrating Lyricism

    • Smetana: Overture to the Bartered Bride
    • Byron Adams: Concerto for violoncello, Julie Albers, cello
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

    Maestro Cooper: “Two justifiably well-loved standards of the literature surround a work by one of my favorite living American composers, Byron Adams. Adams’ music has been featured on our programs before, as has the performance by wonderful guest cellist, Julie Albers.”

    American cellist Julie Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style, and her intense musicianship. She was born into a musical family in Longmont, Colorado and began violin studies at the age of two with her mother, switching to cello at four. She moved to Cleveland during her junior year of high school to pursue studies through the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron. Miss Albers soon was awarded the Grand Prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France, and as a result toured France as soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Douai.

  • Stonewall Jackson, History Alive!

    October 17, 2014 — Bridgeport, Harrison WVHC Event

    Stonewall Jackson, History Alive!, 1 PM October 17 at Simpson Elementary School in Bridgeport.

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

  • Roman, Pastel, Alpaca Weekend

    October 17, 2014 to October 19, 2014 — Ripley, Jackson

    Three unique craft classes will be offered October 17-19 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center, near Ripley. Sharon Hanse will teach “Rascally Romans,” a calligraphy course focusing on the Roman letter style. Patsy Zawistoski is the instructor for “Alpaca & Llama: Fiber of the Gods and the Peasants.” Vivian Ripley is leading “Pastel Unlimited,” a course on the versatility of this popular medium. For information, call Gloria Gregorich at 304-372-7860.

  • RCCAC Evening Concert Series: Gandydancer

    October 18, 2014 — Elkins, Randolph


    October 18th, 7:30 pm at Randolph County Community Arts Center

    West Virginia’s premier mountain string band, Gandydancer, features five respected musicians delivering traditional mountain music in a way you won’t forget.

  • Book discussion: Return of the Mothman

    October 18, 2014 — Clarksburg, Harrison

    Author Michael Knost will be at the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library to talk about his new book, _Return of the Mothman, at noon on October 18. for more information.

  • Bridge_day_def_up_sq 35th Anniversary Bridge Day

    October 18, 2014 — Fayetteville, Fayette

    Countdown to Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014! Catch the BASE jumpers leaping 800+ feet into the New River Gorge below, or being launched by the Human Catapult! Rappelling, skydiving, and more adventure abound. You ready? More information.

  • Drink Your Apples: Roeder’s Tavern Cider Making, 1860

    October 18, 2014 to October 19, 2014 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    October 18, 19 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town, Roeder’s Confectionary and Roeder’s White Hall Tavern

    Step back in time, learn the time honored tradition of preserving harvest time apples by making cider.

  • West Virginia CCC Museum Association Sets October 18 for Fall CCC Jubilee

    October 18, 2014 — Quiet Dell, Harrison

    The West Virginia State CCC Museum Association invites all CCC Alums, their Families, Friends, and the general public to the 11th Annual CCC Fall Jubilee on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The event will be held at the Quiet Dell United Methodist Church meeting hall and will begin at 9:30 a.m. If you wish to enjoy the home cooked Noon Dinner prepared by the Quiet Dell United Methodist Women please RSVP by October 9, 2014 to Dr. Robert Anderson at 304 842 5194 or Rich Bailey at 304 842 3436. After reception, at 10:45 approx CCC Recognition, National Anthem, Memorial to all Vets and CCC Alums, Taps, CCC Hall of Fame induction, Heritage Crafts Fall Frolic across the street at the CCC Museum, good fellowship. Please pass this on to the CCC Family in your neighborhood. The WV CCC Museum is located in Quiet Dell, Harrison County, South of Bridgeport, just off I79. Never a charge to the museum. Enjoy wonderful Heritage Crafts at the shoppe located there. Visit the two replica CCC barracks and the 1930 Model A Truck used to haul CCC Boys and supplies. Join the West Virginia CCC Museum Association, your CCC Museum, $20.00 yearly dues. Help support the CCC Legacy.

  • Tamarack_sq Sunday@Two with The Wild Rumpus

    October 19, 2014 — Beckley, Raleigh

    2pm October 19 at Tamarack

    Hailing from Fayetteville, WV, the Wild Rumpus is an original string band led by singer and songwriter, Andrew Adkins. Forging a sound that has one foot stomping in the past and the other stomping in the present, their debut album “Love, Trains & Home” on WV label Mudbone Records rolls together bluegrass, swing, country, and rock & roll for a style that is uniquely their own. Their influences range from Leonard Cohen to Jimmy Martin and touch everything in between while managing to hold together a sound that is instantly recognizable and will start your legs to dancing on their own.

  • Mothers of Martyrs: Women and Civil War Commemoration

    October 21, 2014 — Institute, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Mothers of Martyrs: Women and Civil War Commemoration, Speakers Bureau with Katharine Antolini. 12:30 PM October 21 at 122 Wallace Hall, West Virginia State University, Institute.

    Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

  • Eleanor Roosevelt, History Alive!

    October 21, 2014 — Weirton, Hancock WVHC Event

    Eleanor Roosevelt, History Alive!, 1 PM October 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Weirton.

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

  • Mark Twain, History Alive!

    October 21, 2014 — Elkins, Randolph WVHC Event

    Mark Twain, History Alive!, 6:30 PM October 21 at First United Methodist Church in Elkins.

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

  • Irish Week at Cedar Lakes

    October 21, 2014 to October 26, 2014 — Ripley, Jackson

    The Shamrock Shore will be featured as part of the Road Scholar program at Cedar Lakes Conference Center. Mick Moloney will lead discussions on Irish culture and history at home and abroad. Artisan David Houser will teach a workshop on Celtic stained glass. October 21-26. Call 877-426-8056 for information.

  • Almost Heaven Hogging UP WV BBQ and Music Festival

    October 24, 2014 to October 25, 2014 — Great Cacapon, Morgan

    The Big Fat Daddy’s Almost Heaven Hogging UP WV BBQ and Music Festival will be held at Cox Camping in Great Cacapon on Oct. 24-25. It is a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sponsored event. The festival will cover 30 acres of the campground’s 60-acre site and will feature local musicians, vendors, food and a barbecue-tasting tent. Admission costs are tentatively set at $5 on Oct. 24 and $8 on Oct. 25, with free admission for kids under 12. More information on the festival and musician applications can be found on the Hogging Up West Virginia festival website,

  • Cornstalk, History Alive!

    October 24, 2014 — Martinsburg, Berkeley WVHC Event

    Cornstalk, History Alive!, 9 AM October 24 at Eagle School Intermediate in Martinsburg.

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

  • Mark Twain, History Alive!

    October 24, 2014 — Berkeley Springs, Morgan WVHC Event

    Mark Twain, History Alive!, 7 PM October 24 at the Ice House in Berkeley Springs.

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

  • Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862

    October 25, 2014 to October 26, 2014 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    October 25, 26 Demonstrations at 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm | Bolivar Heights Battlefield

    Join the members of the Baltimore Light Artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery.

  • Craft workshops at Cedar Lakes

    October 26, 2014 to October 31, 2014 — Ripley, Jackson

    Seven week-long workshops will be offered at Cedar Lakes Conference Center through Road Scholar, an educational program designed for those 55 and older. The schedule is comprised of stained glass, basketry, quilting, watercolor, woodturning, tinsmithing and writing. October 26-31. Call 877-426-8056 for information.

  • Tamarack_sq Sunday@Two with No Pants Players featuring family friendly Halloween Scaretacular

    October 26, 2014 — Beckley, Raleigh

    2pm October 26 at Tamarack

    The No Pants Players are West Virginia’s best improv comedy. Ever. If you have seen the television show “Whose Line is it Anyway” then you have an idea of what they do. Their comedy is created on the fly: never rehearsed; daringly original and spectacularly funny. Should you happen to see a show live then prepare to laugh hard – like the kind of laughter that makes you look funny. The kind of laughter that will make you think “I hope someone doesn’t post a picture of me laughing like this on Facebook” laughter. You get the idea.

    And as for the name? Ever have the dream where you are standing in front of your school ready to give a speech and have no idea what to say and suddenly realize that you’re not wearing any pants? Yeah, that’s pretty much them all the time.

  • Stonewall Jackson, History Alive!

    October 28, 2014 — Guyandotte, Cabell WVHC Event

    Stonewall Jackson, History Alive!, 6:30 PM October 28 at Guyandotte Public Library.

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

  • 20140827books_009p_sq 2014 McCreight Lecture in the Humanities: "The History of the English Bible" with scholar Robert Alter

    October 30, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Robert Alter, one of the world’s leading Bible scholars, will present the West Virginia Humanities Council’s annual McCreight Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on October 30 at the University of Charleston.

    Alter has spent the past three decades translating and interpreting the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible. In his talk, “The History of the English Bible: From King James to the 21st Century,” he will discuss how he has worked to restore in English the clarity and literary power of the Hebrew original. The program takes place in the Geary Auditorium of Riggleman Hall with a book signing afterward. It is free and open to the public.

    Robert Alter is emeritus professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a graduate of Columbia University and earned his Ph.D. at Harvard. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress, and a former president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics.

    He won the PEN USA Literary Award for Translation for his book The Five Books of Moses, which was also a New York Times Notable Selection. Other titles by Alter include The Art of Biblical Narrative; The Literary Guide to the Bible; The David Story; The Book of Psalms; Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible; The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes; and Ancient Israel. Alter also received the Robert Kirsch Award from the Los Angeles Times for lifetime contribution to American letters.

    For more information call the West Virginia Humanities Council at 304-346-8500 or visit

  • Clara Barton, History Alive!

    October 30, 2014 — Fayetteville, Fayette WVHC Event

    Clara Barton, History Alive!, 11:30 AM October 30 at The Learning Center in Fayetteville.

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

  • Robert E. Lee, History Alive!

    October 30, 2014 — Guyandotte, Cabell WVHC Event

    Robert E. Lee, History Alive!, 7 PM October 30 at First Guyandotte Baptist Church.

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

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