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Events for August 2014

  • Live on the Levee: Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys with The Band Wagon

    August 01, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Charleston’s Live on the Levee returns to Haddad Riverfront Park Memorial Day weekend and kicks off a new summer season of live music. The Friday night concerts begin at 6:30pm.

    Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys with The Band Wagon, August 1

  • Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862

    August 02, 2014 to August 03, 2014 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    August 2, 3 Demonstrations at 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm | Bolivar Heights Battlefield

    Join the members of the park’s artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery.

    http://www.harpersferryhistory.org/events.html

  • 20120907historyalive_086_sq Mark Twain, History Alive!

    August 02, 2014 — Martinsburg, Berkeley WVHC Event

    Mark Twain, History Alive!,2pm August 2 at Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library.

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

  • Acting in the Extreme

    August 02, 2014 — Shepherdstown, Jefferson WVHC Event

    Acting in the Extreme, a lecture with David S. Leong, part of the Contemporary American Theater Festival. 4:30pm August 2 at Reynolds Hall, Shepherd University.

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

  • Bridges to the Past Reception and Program

    August 04, 2014 — Sophia, Raleigh WVHC Event

    Join PAWV for a program and reception launching the summer’s fifth and final month-long stop of the traveling exhibit “Preserving West Virginia: Saving Communities.”

    The five locality, five month traveling exhibit summer arrangement is part of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority’s historic preservation initiative “Bridges to the Past.” The Bridges to the Past Reception and Program: Historic Preservation 101 + Historic Preservation Funding Sources will take place Monday, August 4, 2014, 7:00 PM at the Sophia Town Hall

    The program and reception is free and open to the public. Support for the special programming made available through a grant from the National Coal Heritage Area.

    The traveling exhibit is being presented statewide with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. More information

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

  • Exhibit: Preserving West Virginia: Saving Communities

    August 04, 2014 to August 31, 2014 — Sophia, Raleigh WVHC Event

    The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia traveling exhibit “Preserving West Virginia: Saving Communities” will be on display at Sophia Town Hall August 4-31, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information contact Danielle LaPresta at diapresta@pawv.org or 204-345-6005.

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

  • Archives and History Tuesday Lecture: From Lost State to Mountain State

    August 05, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Kevin T. Barksdale will present “From Lost State to Mountain State: The State of Franklin and the Constitutionality of West Virginia Statehood” 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.

    In 1784, the political leaders of what would become eastern Tennessee (then part of the state of North Carolina) initiated an effort to create America’s fourteenth state. Naming their new state after venerable statesmen Benjamin Franklin, the leaders of Franklin engaged in a four-year struggle to gain admission into the Union while battling the region’s Native American communities and a determined internal opposition party. Over Franklin’s tumultuous four-year existence, the leadership managed to erect a state government, judicial system, and militia. The Franklinites also drafted a new state constitution and launched a determined campaign to win public and political support for their state. Despite their efforts, the state of Franklin ultimately collapsed in early 1788, but not before leaving behind a constitutional legacy that would play a central role in the creation of the state of West Virginia in 1863. Barksdale will explore the history of the state of Franklin and its impact on the drafting on the United States Constitution and the creation of the Mountain State nearly eighty years later.

    Kevin T. Barksdale is an associate professor of history at Marshall University where he teaches courses on West Virginia, Appalachian, and 18th-century American history. He has published a book on the state of Franklin entitled The Lost State of Franklin: America’s First Secession (2008) and is currently working on a project that explores the history of the decade following the American Revolution in the lower Mississippi Valley. Barksdale also serves on the West Virginia Humanities Council and West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

    On August 5, 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.

  • 2014 Pullman Square Summer Concert Series

    August 07, 2014 — Huntington, Cabell

    The Heiner’s Bakery Dutch Miller Pullman Square Summer Concert Series, presented by 93.7 the Dawg, returns to Pullman Square in downtown Huntington at 7pm Thursdays from May 29 through August 28. Full schedule.

    August 7: A Night of Woodstock

  • Live on the Levee: Hybrid Soul Project with Mark Cline Bates

    August 08, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Charleston’s Live on the Levee returns to Haddad Riverfront Park Memorial Day weekend and kicks off a new summer season of live music. The Friday night concerts begin at 6:30pm.

    Hybrid Soul Project with Mark Cline Bates, August 8

  • Statefair-def-003_up_sq West Virginia State Fair 2014

    August 08, 2014 to August 16, 2014 — Fairlea, Greenbrier

    In 1854, the Greenbrier Agricultural Society began organizing and having an annual fair where agricultural accomplishments could be displayed. Declared the State Fair by the legislature in 1941, it continues today with new excitement, new shows and the same feeling of being at an old time event. Visit the State Fair website for calendar of events, entertainment and tickets.

    August 8-16.

  • The Enemy Among Us: Defending Harpers Ferry During The War of 1812

    August 09, 2014 to August 10, 2014 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    11am to 4pm August 9, 10

    Visit a Living History 1812 military recruitment station at the town’s oldest structure, the 1782 Tavern built by Robert Harper. See how the town’s citizens react to the British invasion and the response by the Armory workers.

    http://www.harpersferryhistory.org/events.html

  • Library of Congress Photographs of Arthurdale

    August 09, 2014 — Arthurdale, Preston WVHC Event

    On August 9 beginning at 2 p.m. Arthurdale Heritage continues its 80th anniversary celebration with a presentation of Library of Congress photographs about Arthurdale students and their work presented by Jonas Knotts. Hear school memories from actual homestead children. Play period games and art projects. And eat do-it yourself ice cream! For more information visit www.arthurdaleheritage.org.

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

  • 20120907historyalive_086_sq Mark Twain, History Alive!

    August 09, 2014 — Coopers Rock State Park, Preston WVHC Event

    Mark Twain, History Alive!, 7pm August 9 at Coopers Rock State Park.

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

  • Babe Ruth, History Alive!

    August 09, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Babe Ruth, History Alive!, 8pm August 9 at Charleston Town Center Marriott, Charleston.

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

  • Eyes to the Sky: Perseid meteor showers

    August 11, 2014 to August 12, 2014 — Blackwater Falls, Tucker

    It’s fun to look up at night and wish upon a star. On a clear, dark night, the Perseid meteor shower makes dreams come true for anyone interested in astronomy and night sky observation. Perseid meteor shower viewing events will be featured at Blackwater Falls State Park Aug. 11 and 12.

    The Perseid meteor shower viewing begins at the Harold Walters Nature Center Monday, Aug.11 and Tuesday, Aug. 12. An indoor gathering includes a presentation about meteors and the night sky in preparation for the night sky viewing. The program begins indoors each evening at 7:30 p.m. and viewing of the meteors will follow outdoors. The nature center area will be free of artificial lighting.

    There is no charge to attend and no advance registration necessary. Attendees do not need to bring a telescope but are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit back and watch the show.

    Overnight lodging is available at Blackwater Falls State Park by calling 304-259-5216. To talk with Naturalist Paulita Cousin, call 304-259-5511. More information.

  • 2014 Pullman Square Summer Concert Series

    August 14, 2014 — Huntington, Cabell

    The Heiner’s Bakery Dutch Miller Pullman Square Summer Concert Series, presented by 93.7 the Dawg, returns to Pullman Square in downtown Huntington at 7pm Thursdays from May 29 through August 28. Full schedule.

    August 14: Emily Kinner and the Fringe

  • Live on the Levee: Josh Gracin with Dean Alexander

    August 15, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Charleston’s Live on the Levee returns to Haddad Riverfront Park Memorial Day weekend and kicks off a new summer season of live music. The Friday night concerts begin at 6:30pm.

    Josh Gracin with Dean Alexander, August 15

  • Weekend Workshops at Cedar Lakes

    August 15, 2014 to August 17, 2014 — Ripley, Jackson

    Weekend workshops will be offered on scrimshaw and creative colored pencil August 15-17 at Cedar Lakes. Scrimshaw, taught by Sandra Brady of Toledo, is the art of engraving applied to ivory and similar materials. Artist Vivian Ripley of Columbus will be teaching colored pencil techniques. For details, contact Gloria Gregorich at ggregori@access.k12.wv.us or 304-372-7860.

  • Public Tour at Coopers Rock State Forest

    August 16, 2014 — Coopers Rock State Park, Preston

    West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 11 a.m. at Coopers Rock State Forest Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. This is an informational tour for the public to learn about plans for a proposed timber management project prescribed to meet recreational, wildlife and silvicultural objectives. Silviculture is the science of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health and quality of forests and woodlands. This tour is the opportunity for the public to learn about the project in order to provide written input.

    Project plans include constructing a designated parking area along the Pisgah Road and developing a 2.4 mile road/trail loop. Wildlife objectives include increasing young forest habitat, mast production and browse, while creating savannas and varying habitats for different bird species, such as turkey, grouse and songbirds like the golden-winged warbler.

    The project area is located within the main body of Coopers Rock State Forest, south of Interstate 68, east of the Scott Run trail and west of the Pisgah Road (Preston County Route 73/2).

    Those attending should meet at the Day Use Parking Area, located along the Main Forest Road, near the entrance gate. Bring substantial footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather, snacks and water. The tour will involve about a 2-mile hike on uneven ground in the woods with no trails. The tour route will require climbing up some moderate grades and crossing a stream.

    For more information about the tour or to register for it, contact Barbara Breshock at the Beckley office at 304-256-6775, by cellphone 304-932-7105 or via email, Barbara.A.Breshock@wv.gov. If you are planning to attend, please notify Breshock by noon Thursday, Aug. 14, so enough transportation will be available.

  • Niagara Movement Pilgrimage to John Brown’s Fort

    August 17, 2014 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    8am August 17 at Murphy/Chambers Farm & Curtis Freewill Baptist Church

    Retrace the footsteps of the men and women of Niagara during this commemorative walk to the site of John Brown’s Fort in 1906. A 10am memorial service will follow at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church.

    http://www.harpersferryhistory.org/events.html

  • Craft workshops at Cedar Lakes

    August 17, 2014 to August 22, 2014 — Ripley, Jackson

    Cedar Lakes will be the site for eight week-long workshops offered through the Road Scholar program, August 17-22. Classes are designed for those 55 and older. Topics will be handmade books, watercolor, quilting, woodcarving, woodturning, nature printing, beginning fly-fishing & fly-tying and origami containers. For information, call 877-426-8056.

  • 20140129hometown_094p_sq Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

    August 17, 2014 to September 27, 2014 — Weirton, Hancock WVHC Event

    The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” will be on display at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center from August 17 through September 27. For more information visit www.weirtonmuseum.org.

    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.

  • Downtown Charleston ArtWalk

    August 21, 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.

  • 2014 Pullman Square Summer Concert Series

    August 21, 2014 — Huntington, Cabell

    The Heiner’s Bakery Dutch Miller Pullman Square Summer Concert Series, presented by 93.7 the Dawg, returns to Pullman Square in downtown Huntington at 7pm Thursdays from May 29 through August 28. Full schedule.

    August 21: The Carpenter Ants

  • Camp Barefoot Music and Arts Festival 8

    August 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014 — Bartow, Pocahontas

    The Biggest Little Festival in America. A 3-day Music and Arts Festival, August 21-23, 2014 in beautiful Pocahontas County, WV. 56 bands, camping, yoga, kid zone with art projects. Full schedule and information at http://www.campbarefoot.org/

  • 20111015wvmhof_0587_sq Live on the Levee: Billy Cox with John Ellison

    August 22, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Charleston’s Live on the Levee returns to Haddad Riverfront Park Memorial Day weekend and kicks off a new summer season of live music. The Friday night concerts begin at 6:30pm.

    Billy Cox with John Ellison, August 22

  • The Harpers Ferry Armory Marches off to War

    August 23, 2014 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    10am to 4pm August 23 in Lower Town

    A War of 1812 Bicentennial commemoration that coincides with Captain George W. Humphrey’s company of Harpers Ferry and Jefferson County volunteers being mustered into service and their subsequent engagement at the Battle of White House Bluff.

    http://www.harpersferryhistory.org/events.html

  • Tamarack_sq Sunday@Two with Option 22

    August 24, 2014 — Beckley, Raleigh

    Sunday, August 24at 2:00pm – 3:00pm at Tamarack.

    Option 22 is an ecelctic Americana ensemble with a revolutionary vibe. Dubbed by one listener a “new age jam band,” their broad style spans from newgrass to space-folk to roots-rock world funk and points in between. They are channels for the music, allowing it to flow through them and deliver it to whomever is present along with messages of hope, love and healing. On the fly collaborative dynamics, rhythmic muscle and thematic inventions shower you with sound that is sure to lift your vibration and unlock the doors of your heart, allowing you to groove freely and transcend.

    Based in Princeton, West Virginia, Lori McKinney (vocals, drums, djembe, spoken word) and Robert Blankenship (guitar, banjo, shamisen, hand-drums, didgeridoo) have been writing and playing music together since early 2004, forging songs from the creative blast furnace of the divine flow. Now infusing the mix are the intense, driving bass lines of Brandon Dunn (bass) and the intuitive, free form guitar stylings of Jordan Furrow (lead guitar, percussion).

  • Civil War Roundtable: "A Sad Day for Wheeling"

    August 25, 2014 — Wheeling, Ohio

    Noted Civil War authority Richard A. Wolfe of Bridgeport, W.Va., will speak to the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable this month on the topic, “A Sad Day for Wheeling – the Deaths of Col. Thoburn and Capt. Bier.”

    The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the Ohio County Public Library auditorium, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25.

    Guest speaker Wolfe, a native of Morgantown, spent 26 years in the Marine Corps, retiring as a major in 1998. He has been a longtime student of the American Civil War, especially as it relates to West Virginia.

    He is associated with the Clarksburg Civil War Roundtable, Morgantown Civil War Roundtable and is president of Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation. He is a volunteer on the Civil War Task Force for the West Virginia Division of Tourism, which is responsible for West Virginia Civil War Trails.

  • African American Life in Charleston: A Personal Perspective, Part III

    August 28, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Thursday, August 28, 2014, Barbara Hicks Lacy will present “African American Life in Charleston: A Personal Perspective, Part III” in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program, which is the third of The Block Speakers Series, will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    A native of Charleston, Lacy spent the first six years of her life at her mother’s Shrewsbury Street boarding house, which was located in the middle of “The Block.” She continued to maintain strong ties to the area until 1957 as an employee at her father’s restaurant, the Block Cafe, located first at 908 East Washington Street across from the post office and later on the ground floor of the Ferguson Hotel.

    Barbara Lacy is the only child of the late Edward Luther Hicks and Mary Arlena Waller Hicks. She graduated from Garnet High School in 1951 and from West Virginia State College in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a secondary teacher certification. Lacy also holds a master’s degree in education administration from West Virginia University.

    Lacy has served as a social worker and social worker supervisor for the Division of Health and Human Resources, instructor for Job Corps, program director for Multicap Headstart, the interstate program director for the Department of Employment Services, a Civil Rights compliance officer for the Inspector General’s Office, a minority business counselor and information specialist in the Governor’s Office of Employment and Training, and the director of the West Virginia Foster Grandparent Program. She has served as a representative on both the Region III and the National Headstart Advisory councils and is a former commissioner on the Kanawha County Planning and Zoning Committee.

    Among her numerous community service activities, Lacy was a charter board member of the Community of Rand Association and has served on the boards of the Kanawha Valley Mental Health Association, Kanawha Valley Senior Services, Children’s Home Society, Kanawha Valley Extension Service, YWCA, and the WVDHHR Credit Union. Currently, she is on the board of the East End Family Resource Center. She also has served as a mentor for Kanawha County Board of Education’s “Keep a Child in School Program.”

    A widow, Barbara Lacy is the mother of two children, one deceased, and the grandmother of three

    For additional information, call (304) 558-0230.

  • 2014 Pullman Square Summer Concert Series

    August 28, 2014 — Huntington, Cabell

    The Heiner’s Bakery Dutch Miller Pullman Square Summer Concert Series, presented by 93.7 the Dawg, returns to Pullman Square in downtown Huntington at 7pm Thursdays from May 29 through August 28. Full schedule.

    August 28: Shane Thomas

  • Live on the Levee: Yarn with The Company Stores

    August 29, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Charleston’s Live on the Levee returns to Haddad Riverfront Park Memorial Day weekend and kicks off a new summer season of live music. The Friday night concerts begin at 6:30pm.

    Yarn with The Company Stores, August 29

  • Tamarack_sq An Evening with John Ellison, with The Carpenter Ants

    August 29, 2014 — Beckley, Raleigh

    6:30pm, August 29 at Tamarack

    Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, member of Soul Brothers Six, writer of “Some Kind of Wonderful,” one of the World’s most played and recorded songs in the history of music will be in the Governor Hulett C. Smith Theater for an evening of music that will make you an to get up and dance with John Ellison and The Carpenter Ants. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Show starts at 6:30 p.m.

    $25.00 per person, call 1-88TAMARACK Ext 151

  • Carriage House Museum opening

    August 30, 2014 — Union, Monroe WVHC Event

    1:30pm Saturday, August 30, the Monroe Historical Society will open its new Carriage House Museum, which will shelter the society’s rare horse-drawn omnibus along with other buggies and wagons. The event is open to the public, and there will be refreshments and a door prize drawing. http://monroewvhistory.org/

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

  • 20120907historyalive_086_sq Mark Twain, History Alive!

    August 30, 2014 — Paw Paw, Morgan WVHC Event

    Mark Twain, History Alive! 10am August 30 at Paw Paw Public Library.

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

  • Sunday@Two with Gary Lee Tolley

    August 31, 2014 — Beckley, Raleigh

    2pm August 31 at Tamarack

    Gary’s Musical journey began as a young man singing in church and school groups. After High School this Musical Journey took a hiatus. Gary joined the Army and spent a career in the service to his country, singing and performing whenever the opportunity presented itself. After retiring from a challenging Military Career, he started performing on a more regular basis and built up a fan base.

    Gary is the winner of a GrIndie, (Grammy for Independent Artists), for his Tybee Tyme CD. A Spokesperson for the Come Home to West Virginia Campaign, and the writer of the song, “Hills of West Virginia” which was used by the state for that campaign. His song Storm Coming Over The Mountain has been played on Sirius Radio, on the Patriot Channel.

    Record Producer, singer, writer, and artist, he has done it all.

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