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Events for June 2019

  • 2019 FestivALL

    June 16, 2019 to June 30, 2019 — Charleston, Kanawha

    The 15th edition of FestivALL Charleston officially gets underway at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 16, with the annual Carriage Trail Walk, featuring stops for live music, dance and art along the 1.3-mile round-trip length of the trail. That event ends at 4 p.m. Later that day, the Clay Center hosts Jazz & Jambalaya, featuring Cajun food and music by Bob Thompson and Friends, from 6 to 10 p.m.

    On June 17, FestivALL teams up with the West Virginia Power, also celebrating its 15th anniversary, to bring the Davisson Brothers Band to Haddad Riverfront Park from 6 to 9 p.m.

    Other FestivALL events include:

    June 18 — Taylor Books will host a Feminine Rising Book Reading featuring Andi Fekete at 6 p.m., while Resurrection Church, located in the former Capitol Center Theater, will host Gospel Fest at 7 p.m.

    June 19 — “Three Things: My First, My Favorite, My Future” speaker series featuring Tighe Bullock, Leeshia Lee and Connor Knighten at the John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner Education and Family Center, 815 Court Street, 7 p.m.

    June 20 — ArtWalk, downtown Charleston, 5 to 8 p.m.

    June 21 — Moses Automotive Live on the Levee at Haddad Riverfront Park, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., performers TBA.

    June 22 — CAMC Foundation Run for Your Life 5K Run/Walk starting from Haddad Riverfront Park; the Charleston YWCA’s “Over the Edge” rappelling fundraiser from the top of BB&T Building into Davis Park will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the FestivALL Art Parade starts at 10 a.m. from Capitol Street and Kanawha Boulevard, followed by the Smoke on the Water Chili Cookoff, with music by Walter DeBarr, Ghost Fleet, Megan Wren and Scroungehound, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Musicworks, Bluegrass Kitchen, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Ice Cream and the Arts in Elk City on Tennessee Avenue, 4 to 7 p.m.; Brent Green’s multimedia presentation, “A Brief Spark Bookended by Darkness” at Clay Center’s Caperton Planetarium and Theater, 7 p.m.

    June 23 — LGBTQ Literary Roundtable, Taylor Books, 3 to 5 p.m.; Vocal Chamber Concert, Cavendish Hall, 4 p.m.; Historical Bike Tours, 5 to 7 p.m.; Dance FestivAll featuring the Philadelphia dance company Koresh, Clay Center, 6 p.m., Mountain Stage featuring Steve Earle & the Dukes, Damien Jurado, Vanessa Peters and more, Culture Center.

    June 24 — Kiwanis Corporate Regatta, Kanawha Public Library, 11:30 a.m.; Travelin’ Appalachian Revue, Taylor Books, 4:30 p.m.

    June 25 — Bridgefest, a celebration of Bridge Road’s shops and eateries, with music and dance, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Charleston Civic Chorus, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Baptist Temple.

    June 26 — “Outlier,” a documentary telling the story of Katherine Johnson, the White Sulphur Springs native and NASA mathematician by Charleston’s Motion Masters Studio, 7 p.m. at Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema; StreetWorks Art Auction, Washington Street East, 7:30 p.m.

    June 27 — Mayor’s Concert featuring the Suffers and more, Clay Center, 7 p.m.

    June 28 — Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee, 6:30, performers TBA.

    June 29 — Capitol Street Art Fair, Children’s Art Fair and Kanawha County Public Library Street Fair, Capitol Street, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Mutts Gone Nuts dog entertainer troupe, three performances in Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center Little Theater, times TBA; Taco Fest by Black Sheep Burritos & Brew, Capitol Street, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dance in Davis Park, sessions at 12:35 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Poems While You Wait, Taylor Books, noon to 2 p.m.; The Wine & Jazz Music Festival featuring Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Lakecia Benjamin and Bob Thompson Unit at University of Charleston, 2:10 p.m.

    June 30 — Capitol Street Art Fair and Children’s Art Fair continues on Capitol Street, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; West Virginia Jewish Film Festival, Clay Center, 7 to 10 p.m.; Mountain Stage featuring John Pizzarelli Trio, Catherine Russell, Devotchka, Culture Center Theater.

    More information at

  • Downtown Charleston ArtWalk

    June 20, 2019 — Charleston, Kanawha

    With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, Downtown Charleston ArtWalk celebrates the arts on the third Thursday each month March through December, except in November and June when the event falls on Black Friday and the week of FestivALL, respectively. Specific 2019 dates are below.

    ​There is a plethora of art related events and openings, activities, and special programming that take place all over downtown.

    • June 20 (FestivALL)
    • July 18
    • Aug. 15
    • Sept. 19
    • Oct. 17 (FestivFALL)
    • Nov. 29 (Black Friday)
    • Dec. 19

  • Smoke on the Water Chili Cookoff

    June 22, 2019 — Charleston, Kanawha

    • Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11 AM – 4 PM
    • Haddad Riverfront Park
    • 700 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, West Virginia 25301

    The annual Smoke on the Water Chili Cookoff will celebrate its 21st year with dozens of the nation’s top chili cooks competing to see who has the best red, green and home-style chili and salsa. Winners move on to compete at the World’s Championship.

    The event includes kids’ activities, frozen t-shirt and hot pepper eating contests, local food vendors, ice cold beer and live music! Samples begin at approximately 11:30am and last until they run out. We recommend arriving early to get your fill! Chili Cookoff judging and awards run until approximately 4pm.

    • Music on Schoenbaum Stage:
    • 11:00am Walter DeBarr
    • 12:15pm Aaron Fisher and Ghost Fleet
    • 1:30pm Megan Wren
    • 2:15pm ScroungeHound

    Our all volunteer committee works year round to host the best chili cooks in the United States and showcase our beautiful riverfront in the City of Charleston, WV. All proceeds from this event directly benefit HospiceCare— Join us for the hottest event of summer during FestivALL!

    Click here to enter as a chili cook

  • Parade - WV State Folk Festival

    June 22, 2019 — Glenville, Gilmer

    The 70th Annual WV State Folk Festival Parade will begin at 11 a.m. June 22 with lineup around 10:15 on Walnut Street, Glenville. We are looking for floats, antique cars and tractors, horses, 4-H livestock that could be led, other Festival Princesses, marching bands, twirling groups, etc. Trophies for 1, 2, 3, place trophies! Please join us!

  • Controversies in Modern Art

    June 23, 2019 — Charleston, Kanawha

    The series concludes on June 23 with Marshall University art history professor Dr. Heather Stark talking about “Controversies in Modern Art.” The 19th and 20th centuries introduced a plethora of new forms of visual representation to the public, many of which were rejected or their legitimacy as art challenged. Dr. Stark will discuss three such controversial works and the controversies they provoked – James Whistler’s 1877 libel suit against critic John Ruskin, Constantin Brancusi’s 1926 modern sculpture Bird in Space that led to a trial over what constitutes a work of art, and Maya Lin’s design of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial that was dedicated in 1982.

    Little Lectures are presented on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. at our headquarters located at 1310 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, in the parlor of MacFarland-Hubbard House. Seating is limited (thus “Little” Lectures) and reservations are suggested. Admission is $10 per person and includes refreshments after the lecture. Call Mark Payne at 304.346.8500 or email for further information.

  • The B&O Railroad and Its Role in the War

    June 24, 2019 — Wheeling, Ohio

    The Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable is presenting a special lecture series this year to coincide with the Wheeling 250 observance.

    The roundtable’s series is exploring the theme of Wheeling During the Civil War. The programs are free and open to the public.

    Nine talks will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on specified Mondays in the auditorium of the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St.

    The roundtable’s regular meetings will be conducted after the lectures. The group will not meet in September or December.

    In addition to the lecture series, the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable is organizing a special event on Memorial Day.

    The dates and topics for the lectures are as follows:

    • June 24 — “The B&O Railroad and Its Role in the War,” presented by Joe Laker.
    • July 22 — “Wheeling Hospital and Wheeling Ambulance,” presented by Margaret Brennan.
    • Aug. 26 — “Carlin’s Battery and Capt. John Carlin,” presented by Ed Phillips.
    • Oct. 28 — “Wheeling’s Confederate Unit, the Shriver Grays,” presented by Gerry Reilly.
    • Nov. 25 — “Pro and Con Wheeling Newspapers During the War,” presented by Laker.

    The Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable will hold a Memorial Day walk through Greenwood Cemetery, beginning at 9 a.m. May 27. Participants will mark the graves of veterans from both sides of the conflict.

    More information at

  • African American Life: A Personal Perspective Block Speaker Series

    June 29, 2019 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Saturday, June 29, 2019, Betty Cardwell Spencer will be the next speaker in the 2019 Block Speaker Series of “African American Life: A Personal Perspective” in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 3:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    Betty Cardwell Spencer was born in Institute, West Virginia, the daughter of Mark H. Sr. and Jenny Williams Cardwell. She has one brother, Mark. Her formal education began at Institute Elementary School on the campus of West Virginia State College (now University) and continued until she graduated from Dunbar High School in 1963. Spencer attended West Virginia State College, graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, then attended West Virginia University to obtain a master’s degree in Education.

    Spencer began teaching in Kanawha County schools at the age of 21 and continued for more than 43 years. A school principal for 32 years, she briefly served as director of elementary and secondary education for Kanawha County (1989-1990) before returning to the principalship for the remainder of her career. Spencer has received many honors, including the Title I Award for Distinguished Schools at Ford Elementary and Dunbar Intermediate; the Dr. Hazo W. Carter Jr., West Virginia State University Educator of the Year Award; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Educators and Civil Rights Activist Award; and the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Education Award. She also was inducted into the West Virginia State University Sports Hall of Fame.

    She is a lifetime member of All Saints Episcopal Church. She was briefly appointed to serve on the Kanawha County Board of Education and was employed with the Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action as the director of pre-school/after-school programs.

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

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