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  • 20140129hometown_094p_sq Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

    March 22, 2014 to May 03, 2014 — Gilbert, Mingo WVHC Event

    “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” at Larry Joe Harless Community Center, March 22 though May 5.

    The Hometown Teams show is Museum on Main Street exhibition, produced by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, produced in cooperation with the West Virginia Humanities Council. The Smithsonian exhibit is designed to show how important sports teams are to cities in America, and how — even if one is not a sports fan — it is impossible to ignore the influence on sports in our lives.

  • Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy

    April 01, 2014 — Huntington, Cabell WVHC Event

    On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, the Marshall University 2013-2014 “Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy” wraps up with a lecture by Steve Harvey. Harvey was co-lead counsel for the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the first case in the nation to test whether “intelligent design” can be introduced into the curriculum of public high school classes.

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

  • Huntington__collis_p_up_sq The Life and Times of Collis P. Huntington

    April 01, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On April 1, 2014, James E. Casto will present “The Life and Times of Collis P. Huntington” at the Tuesday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library in the Cultural Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    Railroad mogul Huntington (1821-1900) was one of the “robber barons” of his era. Raised in poverty, he left school at age 14 and became a Yankee peddler, traveling through the South to sell watches and other merchandise. When gold was discovered in California in 1848, Huntington went west, where he made a fortune, not from mining gold but from selling supplies to the miners. Huntington and his partners-Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford and Charles Crocker, known to railroad historians as the ‘’Big Four’’-built the Central Pacific, the western half of the Transcontinental Railroad, and later the Southern Pacific. In 1869, Huntington purchased the nearly bankrupt Chesapeake & Ohio Railway and pushed its tracks over the mountains from Richmond to the Ohio River, where he established the city of Huntington. He also founded the city of Newport News, Virginia, and the Newport News Shipyard.

    James E. Casto was a reporter, editor and columnist at the Herald-Dispatch in Huntington for more than 40 years before he retired in 2004. Costumed as Collis P. Huntington, he frequently appears at civic clubs, schools and other groups in a first-person program that offers a glimpse of the rail tycoon’s life. Casto attended Bethany College and is a graduate of Marshall University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English. He is the author of a number of books on regional history. In 2006, the Cabell County Public Library named its James E. Casto Local History Room in his honor.

    On April 1, the library will close at 5:00 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail at or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

  • School of the Longhunter at Prickett's Fort

    April 03, 2014 to April 06, 2014 — Fairmont, Marion

    Apr 3, 2014 – Apr 6, 2014 at Prickett’s Fort State Park

    An intense weekend of instruction exploring the role of early frontiersmen on the American frontier is planned from Thursday a.m. until Sunday noon. Speakers will focus on the frontier skills of the longhunter. Space is limited and registration required. Fort (Max 100). A fee based event.

    PFMF Members $54, Non-members $60

    • Contact phone: 304-363-3030
    • Contact phone 2: (304) 363-3030
    • Web site:
    • Contact e-mail:
  • "Ballroom with a Twist" at the Clay Center

    April 03, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha


    Thursday, April 3, 7:30 pm

    Be dazzled by the glitz and glamour of Ballroom ,Hip Hop and Contemporary dance when finalists from “Dancing with the Stars,” “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance?” light up the stage.

    Tickets: $36, $46, $56

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  • 38th Annual Jackson County Quilt Show and Sale

    April 04, 2014 to April 05, 2014 — Ripley, Jackson

    The 38th Annual Jackson County Quilt Show and Sale will be held at Epworth United Methodist Church in Ripley, WV. The theme of the 2014 show is Sampler Quilts.

    Over 75 judged entries from local quilters. People’s Choice Award, demonstrations, vendors, quilts for sale, door prizes, and more. Admission is $3.

    • Apr 4, 2014 – Apr 5, 2014
    • Friday 10-6
    • Saturday 9-3
    • Contact phone: 304-372-8199
    • Contact e-mail:
  • Educational Justice and West Virginia Prison Symposium

    April 04, 2014 to April 05, 2014 — Morgantown, Monongalia WVHC Event

    The Educational Justice and West Virginia Prison Symposium takes place April 4 & 5, 2014, at the Mountainlaire. The opening keynote address by Kyes Steves is April 4, at 6 p.m. The closing Keynote address by R. Dwayne Betts is Apirl 5, at 6:30 p.m.

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

  • Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo of the two Virginias

    April 05, 2014 to April 06, 2014 — Fairlea, Greenbrier

    The State Fair of West Virginia will host the first Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Expo of the Two Virginias event, April 5 and April 6 in the West Virginia Building of the State Fair Grounds.

    The Expo is geared at showing off the natural resources and playgrounds that exist in our very own backyards throughout Southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia.

    Event hours are Saturday, April 5 from 9am to 6pm and Sunday, April 6 from 11am to 4pm. Admission is $5 per person ages 13 and up.

    For more information about this event and other Greenbrier Valley events please visit

  • Potomac Valley Audubon Society - Race for the Birds

    April 05, 2014 — Shepherdstown, Jefferson

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will hold its 13th annual “Race for the Birds!” event on Saturday, April 5, 2014 on the campus of the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) near Shepherdstown, WV.

    To register, and for more information, go to the race website at Or contact Krista Hawley at or 304-876-8471.

    The race will include two professionally timed races—one 4.9 miles long and another 7.7 miles long.

    Registration for these two races will be capped at 400 for both, so same-day registration may not be available.

    There will also be a self-timed 2-mile community jog/walk for families and individuals who prefer a slower pace, and a 1-mile “Fun Run” for children under 10 years of age.

    The 4.9- and 7.7-mile races will follow trails that wind through the forests and fields of the 538-acre NCTC campus.

    The 2-mile jog/walk will follow a course that will be very user-friendly for families with small children, and trail-friendly baby joggers will be appropriate and encouraged.

    The trails on the NCTC campus are not normally open to the general public so this will be a good opportunity to visit and enjoy the facility’s beautiful trail network.

    The two races will begin at 9:00 a.m. The jog/walk will begin shortly afterwards and the children’s Fun Run will be held at about 10:45 a.m.

    The children’s Fun Run will be free. Fees for the other portions of the event will range from $15 to $25.

    All proceeds will be used to support Potomac Valley Audubon’s programs for children, and all fees will be tax deductible.

  • Stay Loud: An Artistic Response to the West Virginia Water Crisis 2014

    April 05, 2014 — Buckhannon, Upshur

    Fiction, nonfiction, poetry and music. 1pm Saturday, April 5 at Jawbone Park Pavilion in Buckhannon. Hosted by West Virginia Wesleyan College’s M.F.A. and English Departments. Contact for more information.

  • Augusta Spring Music Week

    April 06, 2014 to April 11, 2014 — Elkins, Randolph

    The sounds of string instruments will ring throughout campus during Augusta Spring Music Week, April 6-11. Award-winning musicians will instruct classes in old-time guitar, old-time fiddle and dulicmer. More information

  • Royal Moscow Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty - Chuck Mathena Center

    April 06, 2014 — Princeton, Mercer

    Apr 6, 2014 3:00PM at Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton

    Debuting the masterful Sleeping Beauty production in the United States, the Royal Moscow Ballet features internationally known ballet professionals and offers local dancers a spot in the performance.

    • Contact phone: 304-425-5128
    • Web site:
    • Contact e-mail:
  • 7574r20_sq Eleanor Roosevelt, History Alive!

    April 07, 2014 — Fayetteville, Fayette WVHC Event

    Eleanor Roosevelt, History Alive!, 11am, April 7 at Christ Fellowship Church in Fayetteville.

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

  • Schoolhouse Rock Live! at Boiler House Theatre

    April 09, 2014 to April 13, 2014 — Elkins, Randolph

    The Division of Fine & Performing Arts spring production, “Schoolhouse Rock Live!,” runs April 9-13 in Boiler House Theatre. The musical revue based on songs from the popular TV series, follows nerve-wracked school teacher Tom who receives advice from various characters on how to win over his student body. More information

  • Cultural Studies/Literature Program and Diversity Celebration

    April 09, 2014 to April 12, 2014 — Huntington, Cabell WVHC Event

    Marshall University presents a Cultural Studies/Literature Program and Diversity Celebration, April 9, 10, 11, and 12. On April 9 author and illustrator Chris Soentpiet will make a presentation from 3:15 to 4:15 at the Kanawha County Public Library, and again on April 10 from 5:00 to 6:00 at the Cabell County Public Library. The Marshall Diversity Symposium takes place Saturday, April 12, from 8:30 to 4:00.

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

  • Mary Lincoln, History Alive!

    April 10, 2014 — Kingwood, Preston WVHC Event

    Mary Lincoln, History Alive!, 6pm April 10 at Kingwood Elementary.

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

  • Mark Twain, History Alive!

    April 10, 2014 — Clarksburg, Harrison WVHC Event

    Mark Twain, History Alive!, 7pm April 10 at Friedlander Hall in Clarksburg.

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

  • Common Soldier in the Civil War

    April 10, 2014 — Keyser, Mineral WVHC Event

    “Common Soldier in the Civil War,” Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau with Jason Phillips. 7pm, April 10 at Potomac State College in Keyser.

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

  • Southern Soul Assembly Tour at Carnegie Hall

    April 11, 2014 — Lewisburg, Greenbrier

    Southern Soul Assembly Tour: featuring JJ Grey, Anders Osborne, Marc Broussard, and Luther Dickinson.

    Four talented songwriters together on one stage for an amazing night of stories and songs, inspired by the roots of Southern Rock, Gospel, Funk and Blues. 7:30pm, April 11, 2014, at Carnegie Hall. More information

  • West Virginia Symphony: Wicked Divas

    April 11, 2014 to April 12, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    ZMM Pops Series: Wicked Divas

    April 11 & 12, 2014, 8:00pm at the Clay Center

    Wicked Good! This concert of diva showstoppers from Broadway, opera and popular music is highlighted by selections from the Tony Award-winning musical Wicked. This program features the Elphaba and Glinda from the Broadway production of Wicked and will showcase the breadth of their high-flying talents. In addition to favorites from the “untold talke of the witches of Oz,” the program also includes favorites from Gypsy, Ragtime, Titanic and opera selections from George Bizet’s Carmen

    More information

  • 2014 Chocolate Festival

    April 12, 2014 — Lewisburg, Greenbrier

    8th Annual Chocolate Festival in downtown Lewisburg, April 12, 2014.

    • Chocolate tastings
    • Chocolate themed dinners
    • Children’s activities
    • Live music performance
    • Chocolate bake-off
    • Chef demonstrations
    • Chocolate mousse eating contest
    • The HospiceCare 10K Chocolate Chase

    More information and ticket purchase

  • Poetry Workshop by Erica Weaver

    April 12, 2014 — Marlinton, Pocahontas WVHC Event

    On April 12, Poet Erica Weaver will present a workshop and reading at McClintic Library in Marlinton. For more information please contact Diana Clarke at 304-653-4891.

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

  • FOOTMAD Concert Series: The Paxton Family

    April 12, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    8pm April 12 at the Culture Center

    The Carper Family brings together three of Austin’s most talented singers and pickers. Melissa Carper [vocals, bass], Beth Chrisman [vocals, fiddle], and Jenn Miori [vocals, guitar].

    Each grew up singing and playing music with their families. By the time they created their new “family band” in 2010, each member had already led her own band and sat in with some of Austin’s finest musicians.

    This particular collaboration has blended stunning three part harmonies into the finest old country, old‐time, bluegrass, and swing tunes.

    More information

  • Monsters and Mayhem in the Mountain State

    April 17, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Thursday, April 17, 2014, Michael Knost, editor and novelists who has been recognized by the Bram Stoker Awards and Black Quill Awards, will present “Monsters and Mayhem in the Mountain State” 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.

    Knost will be talking about Mountain State ghosts, legends, and the people who passed them down. Among the topics will be the origins of the dreaded, red-eyed Mothman, a winged creature first seen in late 1966 in Mason County.

    Michael Knost is an author, editor, and columnist of science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, and horror. He has written many books in various genres, helmed anthologies such as the Legends of the Mountain State series. His Writers Workshop of Horror won the Black Quill and Bram Stoker Awards for superior achievement in nonfiction. Knost edited the critically acclaimed Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy in early 2013. He has served as ghostwriter for several projects with the Discovery Channel and Lionsgate Media. He recently released his first novel entitled Return of the Mothman.

    For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the program, but advance registration is not required. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, at or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

  • Annual Spring Bird Walk at Prickett's Fort

    April 19, 2014 — Fairmont, Marion

    Come celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk. (First-of-Three)

    Staff of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources will lead the public on this annual rite of passage. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them.

    Free and open to the public. Meet at the visitors center, 8:00 a.m. April 19.

  • Wild Edibles Festival

    April 19, 2014 — Hillsboro, Pocahontas

    The Wild Edibles is part of the Calvin W Price Appalachian Enrichment Series – an Experiential Travel Adventure! Experience the nourishing botanic biodiversity of our region! This event features instruction from De Rebecca Linger, PhD assistance professor of the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy who will lead a session on wild ginger. Doug Jolley from the Dept. of Agriculture and Mike Smith from Droop Mountain lead nature walks, and Ross Weiseiger from the Lewisburg Farmers Market shares his knowledge about foraging for food. Preparation of the wild edibles will be demonstrated prior to a potluck dinner. Lunch available at the Pretty Penny Café in Hillsboro. Program begins at 10:00am April 19. 800-336-7009

  • Scottish & Celtic Heritage Festival

    April 19, 2014 — Parkersburg, Wood

    The 2014 Scottish & Celtic Heritage Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Parkersburg City Park Pavilion.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, kids 12 and under are free.

    There will be Scottish and Irish music and dancing, genealogy/history information and assistance, Scottish Clan displays, reenactments, Scottish, Welsh and American food, Celtic-themed merchandise, vendors, artisans/craftsmen, children’s games/crafts and activities and raffles.

    For more information email: or

  • Harriet Tubman, a History Alive! presentation

    April 22, 2014 — West Milford, Harrison WVHC Event

    Harriet Tubman, History Alive!, 3pm April 22 at West Milford Elementary School.

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

  • Boyd_belle_up_sq Belle Boyd, History Alive!

    April 24, 2014 — Bunker Hill, Berkeley WVHC Event

    Belle Boyd, History Alive!, 9:15am, 10:30am and 12:45pm, April 24 at Bunker Hill Elementary School.

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

  • 7574c17_sq Innovation and Impact: Railroads in the Mountain State

    April 25, 2014 — Elkins, Randolph WVHC Event

    On Friday, April 25, the exhibit “Innovation and Impact: Railroads in the Mountain State” will open at the West Virginia Railroad Museum in Elkins. For more information please contact Jessica Kittle at 304-216-2543, or

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

  • 2014 Skirmish on the River

    April 25, 2014 to April 27, 2014 — Gilbert, Mingo WVHC Event

    The 2014 "Skirmish on the River” will take place in Gilbert April 25-27 at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center. The event will include battle reenactments, ladies’ tea, nightly cannon firing, and Civil War-era events including a ballroom dance, baseball game, and a church service. For more information contact Cheryl Mitchem at 304-664-2500.

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

  • 23rd Spring Mountain Festival

    April 25, 2014 to April 27, 2014 — Petersburg, Grant

    The 23rd Spring Mountain Festival will be held April 25-27 at a new location!

    The festival has move to the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Petersburg! This year the festival will feature more craft, food and flea market vendors than ever before. A large variety of entertainment including the Purina Incredible Dog Show, Compassion International presents the Morning Rises Tour with Aaron Shust, MIKESCHAIR, and Jonny Diaz, county music singers Shane Thomas and Ricky Young and much more.

    • Contact phone: 304-257-2722
    • Fax: 304.257.9268
    • Web site:
    • Contact e-mail:
  • Cherry Hill - Pocahontas County Opera House

    April 25, 2014 — Marlinton, Pocahontas

    Apr 25, 2014 7:30PM at the Pocahontas County Opera House

    Cherry Hill formed in 2011 with musicians from central Virginia regional bands Volume 3 and the Paddy Dougherty Trio. In that short time, Cherry Hill has evolved into a powerful unit featuring incredible vocals harmonies, songwriting and the musical talents of Tommy Cox, Tim Echols, Eric Hollandsworth and William Newman. Their unique acoustic approach to covers and original songs keeps audiences wanting more. Their first album, Jenny Reynolds and Cherry Hill, featuring vocalist Jenny Reynolds and violinist Daniel Kepel-Young was released in 2012.

    Tickets are $8. Youth 17 and younger are admitted free of charge.

  • Irish Road Bowling at Pipestem

    April 26, 2014 to April 27, 2014 — Pipestem, Summers

    A magnificent view into the Bluestone River Gorge, Appalachian Spring colors in southern West Virginia, and one of the state’s very best road bowling roads, combine for an unforgettable weekend. It’s time to go Irish Road Bowling.

    Women’s singles qualifier, Men’s singles qualifier, and Team Bowling and Fun Bowling scheduled.

    April 26-Team registration begins at Noon, team bowling at 1:30p.m. at Park Gate House.

    April 27-Fun Bowl (no registration) begins at 11:00a.m. at Park Gate House; Men’s and Women’s singles qualifiers, Registration at Noon at Campground and qualifiers start at 1:00 p.m.

    Lodge room discount available at McKeever Lodge, call 304-466-1800.

    • Hours:
    • 12 Noon Saturday
    • 11:00 a.m. Sunday
    • Contact phone: 304-228-7928
    • Web site:
    • Contact e-mail:
  • Harpers Ferry and the USCT Recruiting Station

    April 26, 2014 to April 27, 2014 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    This event will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Harpers Ferry’s role in the recruitment of United States Colored Troops during 1864. Activities will include living history and ranger conducted programs.

    Hours: 11am to 4pm, April 26-27

    • Contact phone: 304-535-6298
    • Web site:
    • Contact e-mail:
  • Osbra Eye Memorial Walk - Kanawha State Forest

    April 26, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    The Osbra Eye Memorial Wildlife Walks are special!

    Meet at Swimming Pool Area at 8:30 a.m., April 26, to register. Hikes begin at 9:00 a.m. Participation fees are Adults: $5 and Students under 16, $2. Hot dogs, soft drinks, and cookies for sale by the Foundation. Door prizes, etc. Wear appropriate shoes or boots. Multiple leaders.

  • WV Civilian Conservation Corps - Spring Jubilee

    April 26, 2014 — Mount Clare, Harrison

    The West Virginia State CCC Museum Association has set the 11th Annual CCC Spring Reunion and Jubilee for Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Quiet Dell United Methodist Church dining room meeting facility.

    All CCC Alums, Family, Friends, and the General Public is cordially invited. Those wishing to enjoy the wonderful home cooked Noon dinner must rsvp by April 9 to Dr. Robert Anderson at 304 842 5194 ($14) or Rich Bailey at 304 8423436.

    After the reception at approx 10:45 a.m. recognition of CCC Vets and their families, CCC displays, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, and just good fellowship, and brief auction.

    Across the street, the WV Heritage Crafts Coop is having their annual Spring Fling with West Virginia made crafts at the site. The CCC Museum is also located there.

    The event should wrap up by 1 p.m. The Quiet Dell UM Church is conveniently located at the intersection of I79 and Exit 115. (The Little White Church). Feel free to bring CCC artifacts for display.

  • Feast of the Ramson

    April 26, 2014 — Richwood, Nicholas

    The Feast of the Ramson celebrates its 76th year in 2014 with a ramp dinner, entertainment and a huge craft show. Please check our web site for details, brochure, crafters application, etc.

    10:30 to 3:30 April 26.

  • Great Greenbrier River Race

    April 26, 2014 — Marlinton, Pocahontas

    Welcome to Marlinton – home of the Great Greenbrier River Race. This annual event is famous not only for its challenging course but also its family environment. Run, canoe and bike for great prizes and the chance to place in this historic Race. Race starts promptly at 11 after a mandatory 10:30 race meeting. All the fun starts and ends in Marlinton’s Municipal Park – right next to the Greenbrier River. After-Race fun includes prizes, awards, gourmet lunch along with live music. Call the Pocahontas County CVB at 800-336-7009 for a registration form or go to the Greenbrier River Trail website at for more information. this is one you won’t want to miss!

    April 26, 2014 11:00AM – 3:00PM

  • Ramps & Rail Festival

    April 26, 2014 — Elkins, Randolph

    Learn about the indigenous Appalachian leek!

    One-hour train trip. Local food vendors show off scrumptious ramp dishes; arts and crafts, live music. traditional Ramp Feast at RailYard Restaurant.

    Hours: 12:30pm & 3:00pm, April 26

  • Lunar Cycle - Watters Smith State Park

    April 26, 2014 — Lost Creek, Harrison

    The park will be open extended hours from 9:00 pm to midnight, April 26, to allow mountain bikers an opportunity to ride the parks trails at night. Participants must park at the Activity Building and have appropriate lighting gear. Refreshments and moonpies will be available.

    Superintendent Andy Bennett is the ride leader.

  • West Virginia Civilian Conservation Corps Museum Annual Spring Jubilee

    April 26, 2014 — Quiet Dell, Harrison

    Due to Easter being celebrated on April 19, 2014, the West Virginia CCC Museum Association has had to change the date from April 19 to Saturday April 26, 2014 at the Quiet Dell United Methodist Church, Harrison County, WV, 9:30 until 1. CCC Displays, Recognition of CCC Vets and their Families, CCC Hall of Fame Induction, the Noon Dinner requires rsvp ($14.00) by April 20, 2014 by calling Dr. Anderson at 304 842 5194 or Rich Bailey at 304 842 3436. All CCC Vets, their Families, Friends, and General Public is invited. Please pass this on to the CCC Family in your area. Thank you.

  • Recital Series Concert at Halliehurst

    April 27, 2014 — Elkins, Randolph

    On April 27, the Recital Series Concert returns to Halliehurst. The free performance at 2 p.m. features internationally acclaimed flutist Nina Assimakopoulos, pianist Carol Beall and mezzo- soprano Hope Koehler, who is the featured soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble. More information

  • 7574b01_sq Hippie Homesteaders: Little Lecture by Carter Taylor Seaton

    April 27, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Hippie Homesteaders: Impact on West Virginia, Little Lecture by Carter Taylor Seaton. Sunday, April 27 at 2pm.

    The Little Lectures of the West Virginia Humanities Council offers “Hippie Homesteaders: Impact on West Virginia” by Carter Taylor Seaton as the second presentation in the 2014 series. The program will be 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, at Humanities Council headquarters in the MacFarland-Hubbard House, located at 1310 Kanawha Boulevard, East, in Charleston.

    Seaton’s talk will be based on her new West Virginia University Press book Hippie Homsteaders: Arts, Crafts, Music, and Living on the Land in West Virginia published in April of this year. She will discuss how during the late 1960s and early 1970s West Virginia became a haven for thousands of young homesteaders who during the back-to-the-land movement left their urban homes to find an inexpensive, safe place to live on their own terms. While many such people eventually moved on, a considerable number chose to stay here, sink roots, raise families, and go on to contribute significantly to the cultural identity of the state. Such recognized state artistic endeavors as Tamarack and Mountain Stage might not exist had this influx of young transplants not occurred when it did.

    Carter Taylor Seaton is author of two novels, Father’s Troubles and amo, amos, amat. . . an unconventional love story, as well as many articles, essays, and short stories. She has directed a rural craft cooperative and was nominated for the Ladies’ Home Journal “Woman of the Year Award” in 1975. A ceramic sculptor living in Huntington, she is a 2013 Tamarack Foundation Fellowship winner, an award in recognition of lifelong achievement in the arts.

    Robinson & McElwee PLLC is sponsoring the 2014 Little Lecture Series. Founded in Charleston in 1983, the law firm serves clients throughout West Virginia and Ohio.

    Admission to the lecture is $10 and includes a reception after the program. Taylor Books will furnish copies of Hippie Homesteaders for purchase and the author will sign them following the program. People interested in attending should call the Humanities Council at 304-346-8500 before 5:00 p.m. on April 24.

    Little Lecture Series is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

  • New River Birding & Nature Festival

    April 27, 2014 to May 03, 2014 — Lansing, Fayette

    A friendly birding vacation for everyone, this week long event features guided birding and nature excursions, world-class speakers, the finest collection of guides at any festival destination anywhere, tasty food, and a back-porch atmosphere unmatched by any other birding festival. Signature guided bird watching experiences include the opportunity to visit a wide range of habitats, world class instruction for those wanting to enhance their birding skills, and the best guide-to-guest ratio on the festival circuit.

    Hours: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., April 27-May 3.

  • Boyz II Men at the Clay Center

    April 30, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Special Event Performance


    Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 pm

    With a signature sound, this group became one of the most successful commercial R&B acts of all time. Don’t miss fan-favorites like “End of the Road” and “Motownphilly,” as well as tracks from their latest album, “Twenty.”

    Tickets: $39, $49, $59, $69

    Buy tickets

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