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Events for September 2016

  • 2016 Charleston Distance Run

    September 03, 2016 — Charleston, Kanawha

    America’s only 15-mile race is a scenic but challenging course, starting at our majestic State Capitol, taking you through downtown, rolling through our beautiful hillside neighborhoods, and along Charleston’s riverfront

    15 mile, 3-person 15 mile relay, 5k races + 5k walk

    Saturday, September 3rd, 2016, 7:30 a.m.

    Charleston, West Virginia, Kanawha Blvd. East, State Capitol

  • Ballad singer Phyllis Marks

    September 08, 2016 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    On the evening of Thursday, September 8, The West Virginia Folklife Program, a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council, will present a concert by West Virginia ballad singer Phyllis Marks. The concert will be held from 5:30-7:30pm at the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House, headquarters of the West Virginia Humanities Council (1310 Kanawha Blvd. E) in Charleston. The free event will include a performance, question-answer session, and reception, and will be recorded and archived at the Library of Congress.

    Phyllis Marks, age 89, is according to folklorist Gerry Milnes the last active ballad singer in the state who “learned by heart” via oral transmission. Marks was recorded for the Library of Congress in 1978 and has performed for 62 years at the West Virginia State Folk Festival in her hometown of Glenville. Phyllis Marks is among West Virginia’s finest traditional musicians and a master of unaccompanied Appalachian ballad singing. Following her performance, Marks will give a brief interview with West Virginia University musicology professor and West Virginia native Travis Stimeling.

    “West Virginia Folklife Presents Ballad Singer Phyllis Marks” is supported by ZMM Architects & Engineers in Charleston and The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress’ 2016 Henry Reed Fund Award. Established in 2004 with an initial gift from founding AFC director Alan Jabbour, the fund provides small awards to support activities directly involving folk artists, especially when the activities reflect, draw upon, or strengthen the archival collections of the AFC.

    The West Virginia Folklife Program is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Folk & Traditional Arts Program. West Virginia Folklife is dedicated to the documentation, preservation, presentation, and support of West Virginia’s vibrant cultural heritage and living traditions. For more information on the concert and West Virginia Folklife Program, visit or contact Emily Hilliard at or (304)346-8500.

  • Cedar Lakes Crafts: Wood Inlay

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

    A beginner’s week-long workshop on the wood inlay art of marquetry and parquetry will be taught by Canadians John Sedgewick and Keith Michaud. September 9-14.

  • Chilifest

    September 10, 2016 — Huntington, Cabell

    Chilifest: Set for Saturday, Sept. 10, in downtown Huntington along 3rd Avenue and Pullman Square, the annual West Virginia State Chili Championship is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and sponsored by Chili Willi’s and WSAZ. ChiliFest is a charity cook-off event benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities at the Tri-State. All chili sample tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Visit

  • Archives and History Thursday Lecture: "Reconstruction in West Virginia"

    September 15, 2016 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Thursday, September 15, 2016, Greg Carroll will present “Reconstruction in West Virginia, 1865-1875: A Failure that Led to Future Mistakes,” 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.

    The State of West Virginia was formed in 1863 by a Republican elite that was quickly overwhelmed by a Democratic backlash after the Civil War and voted out of power by 1870. The reactionary return to courthouse clique control of the state led to the eventual takeover of natural resources by out-of-state interests. According to Carroll, the Reconstruction period laid the foundation for a colonial economy and an abusive labor system, which created the boom-and-bust cycle that continues to shape West Virginia’s present-day economy.

    Greg Carroll was a historian at West Virginia Archives and History for 23 years. A native of Texas, he is a long-time resident of Putnam County. Carroll is a graduate of the University of Texas and Marshall University, has studied Native American and Civil War history in West Virginia, and has spoken statewide on these topics. He also serves on the boards of the West Virginia International Film Festival and West Virginia Citizen Action Group.

    Participants may park behind the Culture Center after 5:00 p.m. on September 15 and enter the building at the back loading dock area. There also is limited handicapped parking available in the new bus turnaround.

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

  • 1_hatfld-mc_logo_sq Hatfields & McCoys: American Blood Feud traveling exhibit

    September 15, 2016 to October 15, 2016 — Seneca Rocks, Pendleton WVHC Event

    Developed by the West Virginia Humanities Council and illustrated by West Virginia University graphic design students with financial support from ZMM Architects and Engineers, this traveling exhibit relates the history of the events that have become synonymous with the word feud. September 15 – October 15 at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center.

  • Mountain State Art & Craft Fair: An Appalachian Experience

    September 16, 2016 to September 18, 2016 — Cedar Lakes, Jackson

    A tradition since 1963, the fair will be an autumn celebration of art, food, music and culture. September 16-18 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center.

    Mountain State Art & Craft Fair

  • Canadian Thanksgiving Bicycle Ride

    September 17, 2016 — Marlinton, Pocahontas

    The Canadian Thanksgiving Bicycle Ride is suitable for all ages and abilities. The Greenbrier River Trail is a well maintained trail with a packed gravel surface open to bicycle, foot, and equestrian travel. Ride support includes shuttle service, rest stops, lunch, and ham radio support provided by the Eight Rivers Amateur Radio Club. Commemorative event T-Shirt to each registered rider. Challenged Athletes of West Virginia is a 501-C-3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing outdoor sports and recreation opportunities for Children and adults with disabilities. Approved Safety Helmets must be worn by all riders! Event Options 25 mile supported ride, Cass to Marlinton 16 mile supported ride, Cloverlick to Marlinton 4 mile supported ride Buckeye to Marlinton Canadian Thanksgiving registration fees include event T-shirt, shuttle service, rest stops, and lunch Single Rider: $50.00 Family Team: $50 for each adult, children, $10 each. Additional donations are welcomed.

    • Registration 8:00 AM-9:30 AM

    • Shuttles leave at 9:30 AM for Casso 10:30 AM for Cloverlick.

    • Lunch; 12:00PM-4:00 PM

  • Marc_030p_sq Creators Talk with WV State Poet Laureate Marc Harshman

    September 21, 2016 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Join the Creators Program in welcoming Marc Harshman to Charleston for a relaxed evening of conversation and readings. We will prevail upon our poet laureate to read from his most recent works, as well invite him to reflect upon his appointment and the place of poetry in the life of West Virginia and the nation. We might even get him to recite “Little Orphant Annie” or else censored lines from Allen Ginsberg. It’s even possible he could read us a bedtime story from one his children’s books or else talk about the place of erotica in contemporary literature. FREE.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar

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

  • Alash Ensemble - Music from Tuva

    September 22, 2016 — Institute, Kanawha

    Traditional Tuvan music was created to unite the human spirit with the spirits of nature. Exercising complex control of the vocal tract, Tuvan throat singers imitate multiple nature sounds simultaneously, from low guttural growling to high-pitched chirps, making unique, often haunting, harmonic music. This FREE, educational performance includes Q & A and discussion.

    Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy. 4:00 PM September 22 at Ferrell Hall, West Virginia State University in Institute.

    WVSU students under the direction of Dr. Dirk Johnson will perform a song using this ancient, difficult, vocal technique. The final ten minutes will allow questions and answers. Contact Dr. Dirk Johnson (304) 766-3342 or Richard Wolfe (304) 766-3188



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  • Greek Festival

    September 23, 2016 to September 25, 2016 — Huntington, Cabell

    Greek Fest: The annual Greek Festival is set for Sept. 23-25 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 701 11th Ave., Huntington. The fest runs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and features Greek foods, music and dancing. Visit

  • West Virginia Symphony Orchestra at Chuck Mathena Center

    September 23, 2016 — Princeton, Mercer

    The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra along with soloist soprano, Janet Brown, will perform at Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, WV on Friday, September 23rd at 7pm. Artistic Director and Conductor Grant Cooper will lead the symphony in a selection of four pieces. The repertoire for the evening includes “Appalachian Autumn”/Cooper, “A Song of Longing, Though”… /Cooper with Janet Brown, soprano, “Faure”/Pelleas et Melisande and “Dances of Galanta”/Kodaly.

    Tickets for the WVSO performance at CMC are $20 and are on sale now at or call 304 425-5128. CMC is located at 2 Stafford Commons, Princeton, WV 24740. The preshow dinner, catered by The Palisades Restaurant of Eggleston, VA, is sold out!

  • Cedar Lakes Crafts: Week-long Workshops

    September 25, 2016 to September 30, 2016 — Cedar Lakes, Jackson

    Eight week-long workshops are being offered. Topics will be stained glass, quilting, basketry, primitive rug hooking, woodcarving, woodturning, watercolors and playing the bowed psaltery. September 25-September 30.

  • "Parker Pens," 2016 Ohio River Festival of Books

    September 26, 2016 — Huntington, Cabell WVHC Event

    The Ohio River Festival of Books is a biennial event celebrating regional literature. At this event, author Eliot Parker will present “Parker Pens.” Parker is the author of three novels: Breakdown at Clear River, Making Arrangements, and Fragile Brilliance. Parker s an Associate Professor of English at Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington. 7:00PM September 26 at Cabell County Public Library.

  • The Trail of Tears: Removing the 'Civilized' Tribes of Appalachia

    September 26, 2016 — Shepherdstown, Jefferson WVHC Event

    Historian Stark Harbour presents “The Trail of Tears: Removing the ‘Civilized’ Tribes of Appalachia” in association with the 2016 Appalachian Heritage Writer’s Award and Writer-in-Residence project. 7:00PM September 26 at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education.

  • "Word Play: Having Fun Making Up Stories and Poems," Ohio River Festival of Books 2016

    September 27, 2016 — Lesage, Cabell WVHC Event

    The Ohio River Festival of Books is a biennial event celebrating regional literature. At this event, Susan Nicholas presents, “Word Play: Having Fun Making Up Stories and Poems.” 9:30AM September 27 at Cox Landing Public Library.

  • "Picture Words: A Love Story," 2016 Ohio River Festival of Books

    September 27, 2016 — Salt Rock, Cabell WVHC Event

    The Ohio River Festival of Books is a biennial event celebrating regional literature. At this event author Jill Templeton presents “Picture Words: A Love Story.” 4:00PM September 27 at Salt Rock Public Library.

  • "The Culture, Times, and Music Out on the Hills," 2016 Ohio River Festival of Books

    September 27, 2016 — Wayne, Wayne WVHC Event

    The Ohio River Festival of Books is a biennial event celebrating regional literature. This event features author Peggy Napier presenting “The Culture, Times, and Music Out on the Hills.” 4:00PM September 27 at Wayne Public Library.

  • A Celebration of Appalachian Storytellers: The Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Nikke Giovanni Volume VIII

    September 27, 2016 — Shepherdstown, Jefferson WVHC Event

    Event presented as part of the 2016 Appalachian Heritage Writer’s Award and Writer-in-Residence project. A reception following the event will be held in the Scarborough Library Reading Room. 7:00PM September 27 at Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education.

  • "Evening with a Poet," 2016 Ohio River Festival of Books

    September 27, 2016 — Milton, Cabell WVHC Event

    The Ohio River Festival of Books is a biennial event celebrating regional literature. At this event author Richard Spilman presents “Evening with a Poet.” 7:00PM September 27 at Milton Public Library.

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