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Events for August 2018

  • Appalachian String Band Music Festival

    August 01, 2018 to August 05, 2018 — Clifftop, Fayette

    A five day mountaintop gathering of musicians and friends with contests, concerts, workshops, square dances, camping and a hymn-sing. West Virginia masters are presented to an audience of more than 3000 musicians and string band music lovers from around the world. Over the history of this festival, more than 20 foreign countries and 48 of the 50 states have been represented, with many returning year after year to this much-loved festival.

    August 1-August 5, 2018

    Schedule and pricing at http://www.wvculture.org/stringband/

  • Author Event: James and Deborah Fallows

    August 01, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

    A vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coasts.

    James Fallows has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for more than thirty-five years, reporting from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, and across the United States. He is the author of eleven previous books. His work has also appeared in many other magazines and as public-radio commentaries since the 1980’s. He has won a National Book Award and a National Magazine Award. For two years he was President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter.

    Deborah Fallows is a linguist and writer who holds a PhD in theoretical linguistics and is the author of two previous books. She has written for The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, and The Washington Monthly, and has worked at the Pew Research Center, Oxygen Media, and Georgetown University.

    Wednesday, August 1 at 6 PM – 8 PM at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol Street, Charleston

    https://www.facebook.com/events/434746527011272/

  • The Little Mermaid

    August 03, 2018 to August 05, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    The Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences will present a collaborative production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12, 2018. 7:30PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 2:00PM Sundays.

    Based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale and the wildly popular Disney film, this musical staging of The Little Mermaid features a funny and fanciful book by Doug Wright, with the beloved scored by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater in an expanded but completely faithful form, featuring the rambunctious and persuasive “Under the Sea,” the romantic expectation of “Kiss the Girl” and that anthem to longing and belonging, “Part of Your World.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/195121174503200/

    https://tickets.theclaycenter.org/

  • Lunchtime Live!

    August 03, 2018 — Wheeling, Ohio

    Join us for Lunchtime Live! at Market Plaza. On the first Friday of each month, grab your lunch and head to the plaza for free entertainment!

    Musicians include:

    • August 3: Jason Treuman
    • September 7: Wheeling Park Bluegrass Band

    This event is sponsored by Williams Lea Tag, a leader in Marketing and Communications Services.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/801690336692821/

  • The Great Huntington Raid

    August 03, 2018 to August 04, 2018 — Huntington, Cabell

    “The Great Huntington Raid!” A dramatic retelling of the September 1875 Robbery of the Huntington Bank by the Jesse James Gang performed in the style of a murder mystery. Performed by Murder and Merriment, tickets are by Reservation Only! Call 304.522.1244. Sponsored by Heritage Farm Museum & Village. Tickets are $40 per Guest for Dinner and Show.

    August 3 and 4, 2018. 6:30 PM

    Heritage Farm Museum & Village

    3300 Harvey Rd, Huntington, West Virginia 25704

    https://www.facebook.com/events/237105763731410/

  • The SteelDrivers Return to Princeton

    August 03, 2018 — Princeton, Mercer

    The SteelDrivers return to Princeton for their 3rd performance on the Chuck Mathena Center stage. Performing old favorites and singles from the critically acclaimed, Grammy Award winning album The Muscle Shoals Recordings, this fiery, soulful bluegrass group returns with new lead singer Kelvin Damrell who was discovered by songwriter and fiddler Tammy Rogers. Damrell’s vocals and fretwork add a fresh voice to the mix, while bass player Mike Fleming continues to anchor it all with rock solid rhythm and a firm foundation.

    It’s a sound The Tennessean once described as “Gutsy, gritty bluegrass songs.” The Philadelphia Inquirer put it even more succinctly. “You can call it power-bluegrass or country soul, but whatever you call it, Nashville’s Steeldrivers have bushels of it.” In fact, The SteelDrivers’ success lies in their consistent growth and ability to reinvent their regimen.

    The band plays approximately 75 shows a year, including major festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Merlefest, Wintergrass, Bristol Rhythm and Roots and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. It’s their populist approach that finds their devotees — self-proclaimed “SteelHeads”– traveling hundreds of miles to see them in repeat performances. “It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since our first album,” Rogers muses. “And yet, even with all the change and transition, we still have the same joy and enthusiasm that we did in the beginning.

    Tickets are $22.00, with a 10% discount for groups of ten or more, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.chuckmathenacenter.org, by calling 304-425-5128 or by visiting the CMC Box Office at 2 Stafford Commons, Princeton, WV 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday.

  • West Virginia State Fair

    August 09, 2018 to August 18, 2018 — Fairlea, Greenbrier

    Thousands of people pour into the Greenbrier Valley every August to attend the State Fair of West Virginia in Fairlea. The origins of this multi-day event date back to smaller fairs at various locations in the 1800s. The Greenbrier Agricultural Society hosted its first annual fair on land in what is now downtown Lewisburg in 1854. The fair now known as the West Virginia State Fair was founded by cattlemen of the Shorthorn Association as the Greenbrier Valley Fair in 1921. The 1921 Greenbrier Valley Fair was held at the site of today’s fairgrounds and introduced the annual tradition of competitive exhibits from boys’ and girls’ 4-H agricultural clubs.

    August 9-18, 2018.

    More information at http://statefairofwv.com/fair/

  • The Little Mermaid

    August 10, 2018 to August 12, 2018 — Charleston, Kan

    The Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences will present a collaborative production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12, 2018. 7:30PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 2:00PM Sundays.

    Based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale and the wildly popular Disney film, this musical staging of The Little Mermaid features a funny and fanciful book by Doug Wright, with the beloved scored by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater in an expanded but completely faithful form, featuring the rambunctious and persuasive “Under the Sea,” the romantic expectation of “Kiss the Girl” and that anthem to longing and belonging, “Part of Your World.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/195121174503200/

    https://tickets.theclaycenter.org/

  • Road Scholar Crafts

    August 12, 2018 to August 17, 2018 — Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Jackson

    Eight craft options are available. Topics are basketry, wood turning, photography, quilting, wood carving, nature printing, watercolors, marquetry and parquetry. Call 877-426-8056 to register.

  • Charleston Beautiful on the Kanawha

    August 16, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Thursday, August 16, 2018, Charlie Cooper and Billy Joe Peyton will present “Charleston Beautiful on the Kanawha” in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 P.M. and is free and open to the public.

    The 1932 film Charleston Beautiful on the Kanawha was found when the Kearse Theater was torn down in 1982. Discovered in the projection booth of the palatial first-run house, this rare community movie was made at the dawn of the sound era in motion pictures. Charlie Cooper, who has recorded sound for many movies, will discuss the film’s director Blundon Wills, a native Charlestonian, and the technology used to make the film through the showing of selected scenes. Charleston native Billy Joe Peyton, a history professor who has used Charleston Beautiful on the Kanawha in teaching his classes, will add his reflections on Charleston locations shown in the historic film.

    Charlie Cooper, a local radio producer and disc jockey known as Super-Duper Charlie Cooper, was named to the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2007. Billy Joe Peyton teaches history at West Virginia State University and is an author and authority on Charleston.

    Participants may park behind the Culture Center after 5:00 p.m. on August 16 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.

  • Hands on Tamarack: Pastel Art for Kids

    August 18, 2018 — Beckley, Raleigh

    Come join us as Lynsi Boyd leads our 2 hour scratchboard class. Participants will create artwork by scratching ink away from surfaces with sharp tools. This method of engraving produces white lines and shapes against a dark background by revealing white board beneath an ink coated surface. All materials will be provided. Participants will leave with a finished scratchboard piece.

    August 18 from 3 PM – 5 PM

    Registration: $25 plus tax and processing fee

    https://www.facebook.com/events/385403291984034/

  • Hands on Tamarack: Tote Basket

    August 18, 2018 — Beckley, Raleigh

    In this basket making class, student will weave their very own tote basket with leather straps!

    Registration: $105 plus tax and processing fee

    Saturday, August 18, 9am – 1pm

    Instructor: Barbara Sadler

    https://www.facebook.com/events/211624599502098/

  • Road Scholar Crafts

    August 26, 2018 to August 31, 2018 — Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Jackson

    Seven craft workshops are available. Choose from basketry, dulcimer, quilting, wood turning, watercolors, stained glass, and creative writing. Call 877-426-8056 for registration details. www.RoadScholar.org

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