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Events for October 2018

  • Doug Van Gundy & Annie Stroud: Fiddling Traditions of Eastern WV

    October 05, 2018 — Lewisburg, Greenbrier WVHC Event

    Fiddling Traditions of Eastern West Virginia: Mose Coffman, Lee Hammons, The Hammons Family

    Friday, October 5, 2018 at 6 PM – 8 PM

    Lee Street Listening Room by Adam DeGraff, 232 North Lee Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia 24901

    Join Doug Van Gundy and Annie Stroud. 2018 Master Artist and Apprentices as part of the West Virginia Folklife Program, as they explore the old-time fiddling traditions of Eastern WV.

    Doug Van Gundy of Elkins leads an apprenticeship on old-time fiddling with apprentice Annie Stroud of Charleston. Van Gundy, an eighth-generation West Virginian, apprenticed with fiddler Mose Coffman through the 1993 Augusta Heritage Apprenticeship Program and plays with his group Born Old. Stroud is a Greenbrier County native and fiddle player for the Allegheny Hellbenders.

    This Folklife Apprenticeship is supported by the West Virginia Folklife Program, a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council, and the National Endownment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • 'Into the Wilderness: The Jesse Hughes Story'

    October 06, 2018 — Ripley, Jackson

    The life of the noted frontier scout is described in this documentary produced by Jackson County native Ed Clevenger. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m.and 9 p.m. in the historic Alpine Theatre in Ripley.

  • 7 Bridges : The Ultimate Tribute to the Eagles

    October 06, 2018 — Princeton, Mercer

    7 Bridges : The Ultimate EAGLES Experience are bringing the stunningly accurate tribute to the music of the Eagles to the Chuck Mathena Center on October 6th at 7pm. Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, 7 Bridges faithfully re-creates the experience of an Eagles concert from the band’s most prolific period. Every show features one brilliant hit single after another with some mighty Don Henley and Joe Walsh surprises sprinkled into the mix. 7 Bridges offers the perfect blend of songs to capture all levels of Eagles devotees.

    7 Bridges is a tour de force of talent combining incredible musicianship, vocal precision and a stage presence that has garnered them nationwide acclaim. The band features Jason Manning as Glenn Frey, Keith Thoma as Don Henley, Bryan Graves as Randy Meisner/Timothy B. Schmit, Rob Evans as the eccentric and unpredictable Joe Walsh, Douglas Gery as guitar wizard Don Felder, and Vernon Roop as Joe Vitale, the often unsung hero of many Eagles studio albums and live performances.

    For years, 7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience has been the ‘go to’ choice for corporate, fair/festival, casino and private events. 7 Bridges provides an all ages, family friendly show weaved into a powerful rock-n-roll concert experience.

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  • Road Scholar Crafts

    October 07, 2018 to October 12, 2018 — Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Jackson

    Eight workshop offerings are available. Topics are fiddle, tin smithing, creative writing, bread making, wood turning, quilting, stained glass, watercolors, and basketry. Call 877-426-8056 to register.

  • Barenaked Ladies: Marshall Artists Series

    October 11, 2018 — Huntington, Cabell

    Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

    Keith Albee Performing Arts Center

    925 4th Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia 25701

    Whether they’re doing a mash-up of rap hits, complete with questionable ‘80s choreography, or leading a sing-along of “If I Had $1,000,000,” Barenaked Ladies has always been a must-see live band. Their quirky sense of humor, harmonies that even Paul McCartney envies, and feel-good grooves make for a perfect night of music (probably why “Brian Wilson” was once covered live by none other than Brian Wilson). Now, the multi-platinum-selling Canadian rockers bring their rollicking roadshow to Huntington. Jam along to BNL’s biggest hits, like the chart-topping “One Week”, “Pinch Me” “It’s All Been Done,” and the theme song to CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, plus songs from their new album, Fake Nudes.

    Recently inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Barenaked Ladies is on a nationwide tour in support of their fifteenth studio album, Fake Nudes. In bringing their latest album to life, Barenaked Ladies found their chemistry and camaraderie stronger than ever before. With next year marking the thirtieth anniversary of the Toronto-based band—which has now sold over 14 million albums worldwide and earned multiple JUNO awards and GRAMMY nominations—Fake Nudes emerges as their most dynamic album to date. The band never fails to deliver hook-laden goodness.

  • Charleston screening of "NOVA: Addiction"

    October 11, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    You’re invited to a Charleston screening of “NOVA: Addiction,” followed by a panel discussion with the program’s producers and participants.

    The screening will take place Thursday, October 11, at 7 p.m., at the University of Charleston’s Geary Auditorium. NOVA joins scientists and sufferers alike as they probe the mysteries of addiction.

    Admission is free. RSVPs to this Facebook event are requested.

    Panelists will include Paula Apsell (Senior Executive Producer) and Sarah Holt (Producer).

  • Fall Cozy Crafts

    October 12, 2018 to October 14, 2018 — Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Jackson

    Choose from pastels, blacksmithing and wood turning during this weekend getaway. Call 304-372-7860 for registration details.

  • Creators Talk: The Making of "Fallingwater"

    October 16, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    In Bear Run, Pennsylvania, a home unlike any other perches atop a waterfall. The water’s tune plays differently in each of its sunlight-dappled rooms; the structure itself blends effortlessly into the rock and forest behind it. This is Fallingwater, a masterpiece equally informed by meticulous research and unbounded imagination. Authors Marc Harshman and Anna Egan Smucker will share the process involved in writing, creating, and publishing their latest children’s book, Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece, a warm tribute to the creative genius and style of the architect. The picture book, beautifully illustrated by LeUyen Pham, takes readers through Wright’s process of designing and building the famous home Fallingwater, which helped revive his stalled career, in the 1930s.

    Following a presentation of the book itself, including rarely seen background photographs and preliminary sketches by the authors, the authors will discuss the many joys and challenges of constructing this non-fiction book for children, a book that’s been over a decade in the making. They’ll also examine the research they needed to do for this book, as well as explore the complex issues of writing collaboratively to create a text that mimics in its spareness and poetic lines, the “lines” of what is widely regarded as the most famous house in the world. This is the book that has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and glowing reviews from School Library Journal, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, named a selection for the Junior Library Guild, and named an Amazon Children’s Non-Fiction Book of the Month

    When: Tuesday, October 16th 7pm-9pm

    Location: WVSU EDC 1506 Kanawha Blvd. West Charleston

    Cost: FREE! Register to save your seat!

  • Spooktacular 2018

    October 18, 2018 to October 28, 2018 — Beckley, Raleigh

    Cash prizes for the BEST painted pumpkins!

    Spooktacular! October 18-28, 2018 at Tamarack

    This year’s Spooktacular! Festival features many spooky treats that will have you excited to join us here at Tamarack. We are selling pumpkins grown on local farms and hold a painted pumpkin contest. Prizes will be awareded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for Adult and Children Categories. There is also an Employee contest decided by people’s choice. Painted pumpkins will be displayed in the courtyard, and many other events!

    Pumpkin Decorating Contest

    October 18– 28 Painted Pumpkin Contest

    Adult (14 and older) and Child (13 and younger) Categories

    Pumpkins and/or Registration can be purchased in Tamarack’s Souvenir for $10 plus tax, starting on October 15, during regular business hours.

    All entries must be registered by October 24, 8pm. Registration is $10 plus tax, and includes a pumpkin. Contest registration is open 7am – 8pm daily. The first 50 registrations will receive a FREE spooktacular T-Shirt!

    Awards for Youth 13 and under

    • 1st – $250
    • 2nd – $150
    • 3rd – $75

    Awards for Adult 14 and up

    • 1st – $250
    • 2nd – $150
    • 3rd – $75

    Grand Overall Prize – $500

    50 of Judges Vote and 50 of People’s Choice

    People’s Choice voting open October, 19-28

    Winners will be announced 10-28-18 at 3pm at our Awards Scaremony!

    Pumpkin Guidelines - – Pumpkins must stand upright without any prop, added base, or external support.

    - – Pumpkin must be 75% covered with paint.

    - – Painted pumpkin should be able to sustain outdoor elements.

    - – Other materials may be used, but paint must be the predominant medium.

    - – Painted subjects deemed inappropriate will not be judged or displayed.

    - – Pumpkins will be judged on a variety of characteristics including: craftsmanship, originality, adherence to guidelines, and overall aesthetic appeal.

    Tamarack is not responsible for damage, loss, rotting or weatherization of painted pumpkins.

    - – Pumpkins must be displayed until after Awards Scaremony, October 28.

    Other Events Include

    • October 21 – Pumpkin Party at Tamarack! The party begins at 3pm – 6pm
    • Artist lead pumpkin painting station, Paint and tools provided for $5
    • Face Painter, Popcorn, Pumpkin Treats, Apple Cider & more!

    October 21 – Live at Tamarack with Adam Booth | 1 pm – 3 pm

    October 28 – Spooktacular Awards Ceremony at 3 PM in the Courtyard. Celebrity judges, reception with treats and live music!

  • Woodson_carter_up_sq Carter G. Woodson and the Woodson Century of Making Black Lives Matter

    October 18, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Burnis R. Morris will present “Carter G. Woodson and the Woodson Century of Making Black Lives Matter” in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    Carter G. Woodson, the second African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard, served as Academic Dean of West Virginia State Collegiate Institute, present-day West Virginia State University, from 1920 to 1922 and is the Father of Black History Month. He began his education at Douglass High School in Huntington. Morris will discuss the Woodson’s early years, including his time in West Virginia, and also will discuss his newest project, “Woodson Century of Making Black Lives Matter.”

    Burnis R. Morris is the Carter G. Woodson Professor and co-founder of The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University. He has been a Distinguished John Deaver Drinko Fellow at Marshall, a Carter G. Woodson Fellow at Emory University, and the recipient of a West Virginia Humanities Council Fellowship. Morris also received the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award for senior faculty at Marshall and a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to create a summer institute for black history instruction, which he conducted June 6-9, 2017.

    Morris received a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Dayton and a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Mississippi, where he became the first black student there to be selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Before his employment in the academic world, Morris served as a New York Times intern and as a reporter and editor and in executive positions at several newspapers owned by Cox Enterprises. He is author of three books, most recently Carter G. Woodson: History, the Black Press, and Public Relations (University Press of Mississippi, 2017).

    Participants may park behind the Culture Center after 5:00 p.m. on October 18 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.

  • Old-Time Dance with Boys of the Hock, David Mould calling!

    October 20, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! THE BAKERY, 1007 BIGLEY AVE! (Elk City, west side, Charleston, WV). more info on band/caller below. October 20, 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM.

    Admission with your donation of at least $7. Children under 13 free

    FOOTMAD dances may include: contras, squares, mixers, waltzes, and more

    Beginners welcome: come 6:45 pm for basics workshop!

    Live bands! TBA. All dances will be taught by the caller—no fancy footwork “If you can walk, you can contra dance”

    Partner not required, everyone encouraged to change partners frequently

    Soft-soled shoes please!

    Casual dress

    more info about our dance:

    The Boys of the Hock, based in Athens, Ohio, have been delighting audiences for more than 20 years with their lively jigs and reels and stately hornpipes. With Lynn Shaw on fiddle, Sean O’Malley on flute and penny whistle, Rusty Smith on guitar, and Ed Newman on hammered dulcimer, the Boys are a firm favorite at contra and Ceilidh dances in the region, and have played for dances in Columbus, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland as well as at the Dublin, Ohio, Irish festival. Videos—dance at Dublin festival

    Studio session:

    Caller David Mould sincerely believed he was dance-lexic until he learned contra dance at the August Heritage Arts Workshop 35 years ago. He has been dancing ever since and calling dances, mostly in Ohio and West Virginia, for the last 15 years.

  • FestivALL Harvest Art Fair

    October 20, 2018 to October 21, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Join us for the 6th annual Harvest Art Fair during FestivALL Fall! This art fair is an extension of the summer Capitol Street Art Fair, which welcomes you to enjoy over 30 fine art & craft artisans. The fair includes make & take activities, a gift card giveaway and more! Mark your calendars for Oct. 20-21, and get some of your holiday shopping early!

    The fair is FREE to enter at the Charleston Woman’s Club, 1600 Virginia Street East in Charleston. Wheelchair accessible.

    10:00 AM Saturday, October 20

    11:00 AM Sunday, October 21

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Marshall Artists Series

    October 26, 2018 — Huntington, Cabell

    Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin will discuss her upcoming new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times (releasing Sept. 18, 2018) which is a culmination of five decades of work in presidential history. Combining her signature storytelling with essential lessons from four of our nation’s presidents—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson—Goodwin explores their journeys to recognize themselves as leaders, demonstrates how they navigated and grew through adversity, and ultimately analyzes how they emerged to confront the challenges of their times.

    Goodwin’s interest in leadership began more than a half century ago as a teacher at Harvard. Her experiences working for LBJ in the White House and later assisting him on his memoirs led to the book, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize winning, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor and the Home Front in World War II.

    Steven Spielburg’s Academy Award winning film, Lincoln, was based on Goodwin’s runaway bestseller, Team of Rivals. He also has the film rights for The Bully Pulpit, which chronicles the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

    Friday, October 26 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

    Keith Albee Performing Arts Center

    925 4th Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia 25701

  • 3c05749u_bricktopp_sq Bricktop: Legend of the Jazz Age

    October 26, 2018 to November 10, 2018 — Lewisburg, Greenbrier

    October 26 – November 10 at Greenbrier Valley Theatre 1038 Washington Street East | Lewisburg, WV 24901 304-645-3838 |

    A World Premiere play with music that celebrates and chronicles the life of Ada “Bricktop” Smith. Born in Alderson, WV, Bricktop, a singer and dancer, rose to fame as a nightclub owner during the Jazz Age. She opened Chez Bricktop’s in Paris in 1926, eventually became the darling of Paris nightlife and was nicknamed the “Doyenne of Café Society.”

    • Ada Smith was nicknamed “Bricktop” because of her red hair • Her clubs would regularly entertain royalty as well as groundbreaking artists and musicians • PG

    $30 | General Admission

    $27 | Senior (60+)

    $20 | Student/Child

    To purchase tickets, call the box office at 304-645-3838 x1 or click here.

  • Marc_030p_sq Author Event - Marc Harshman and Kevin Rippin

    October 26, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Join us in celebrating two great authors as they release their new works, “Woman in Red Anorak” by Marc Harshman and “Amber Dive” by Kevin Rippin. Friday, October 26, 2018 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM at Taylor Books on Capitol Street in Charleston.

    Harshman’s collection of poems, WOMAN IN RED ANORAK, has won the 2017 Blue Lynx Prize and has just been published by Lynx House /University of Washington Press. His fourteenth children’s book, FALLINGWATER, co-written with Anna Smucker, was published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan in 2017 and has been an Amazon Book of the Month choice, as well as named Junior Library Guild selection. His poetry collection, BELIEVE WHAT YOU CAN, was published in 2016 by West Virginia University Press and won the Weatherford Award from the Appalachian Studies Association. Periodical publications include The Chariton Review, The Georgia Review, Salamander, Shenandoah, and Poetry Salzburg Review. Poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and the University of Arizona. He holds degrees from Bethany College, Yale University Divinity School, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is the seventh poet laureate of West Virginia.

    Kevin Rippin earned an MA in writing from the University of Pittsburgh. He has worked as a corporate editor and writer, and currently teaches writing as a full-time lecturer at NC A&T University, in Greensboro, NC.

    Copies of each authors book will be available for sale, there will be an opportunity for autographs will be at the end of the event

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