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Events for February 2018

  • FOOTbridge Award Concert

    February 03, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Honoring longtime fiddle instructor Cathy Grant. Jazz music from piano master Bob Thompson. Inspiration Gospel from Angie Richardson. Unaccompanied songs of Bare Bones.

    2018 February 3 – 7:30 PM

    Woman’s Club of Charleston

    1600 Virginia St E, Charleston

  • Storer College Students in World War I

    February 04, 2018 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    Learn about the contributions of Storer College students in World War I

    On February 4, 2018 at 2 p.m., Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will recognize Black History Month with the opening of a special exhibit entitled Storer College Students in World War I. The exhibit will focus on the contributions made by the students and alumni who served in the Great War.

    Mr. Algernon Ward, a member of the Ebony Doughboys, 93rd Infantry, World War I Reenactors, will be the featured speaker. Founded in 2014, the Ebony Doughboys are living historians committed to accurately portraying African American servicemen during World War I. Based on extensive research, group members share stories of the outstanding service provided by the original Doughboys during the “war to end all wars.”

    The program will take place at the Mather Training Center, located at 51 Mather Place, Harpers Ferry, WV. For more information contact the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitor Center at 304-535-6298.

  • Valentine's Handmade Market

    February 10, 2018 — Shepherdstown, Jefferson

    20 local artists will be set up inside Town Run Taphouse in Shepherdstown for a Valentine shopping market on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10am to 4pm.

    Shop for locally crafted, unique gifts while enjoying food and drinks from the taphouse. Replenish Wellness of Charles Town will be doing free chair massages and each attendee will receive a door prize entry ticket for prizes donated by the artists. Organized by the Wild Rose Soap Co., participating artists with gifts such as soaps, lotion, honey, candles, pottery, knit wear, jewelry, silk scarves, paintings, purses, children’s gifts, and more.

    Location: 202 E Washinton St., Shepherdstown,WV

    See “Valentine’s Handmade Market” event on Facebook or contact Michelle at 202-525-6076 for more information.

  • Old-Time Dance: Boys of the Hock w/ the Ballmans calling

    February 10, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    We’ll be getting in the spirit for Celtic Calling Festival and St. Patrick’s Day at FOOTMAD’s monthly old-time dance on Saturday, February 10, when we feature the popular Irish band, The Boys of the Hock’.

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

    6:45 PM to 10:00 PM February 10 at Columbia Gas Transmission, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, West Virginia 25314

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

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

    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. Our callers, FOOTMAD’s dynamic duo (and couple) Steve and Martha Ballman, are patient teachers who know how to select dances from their wide repertoire to fit the crowd and the tunes.

  • Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table

    February 14, 2018 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    Join the Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table this year for its series of stimulating lectures and dinners. Dinners will be at 6:30 pm, with programs following at 7:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month, at Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church, 645 W. Washington St., Harpers Ferry. Programs are free and open to all, but dinners are by reservation only. Contact Chris Craig at to be added to the monthly announcement list.

    Schedule of 2017-18 programs:

    • Sept. 13 – Dennis Frye, Chief Historian, HFNHP: “Did McClellan outthink Lee during the First Invasion?”
    • Oct. 11 – Gary Gimble, Author and President, Falling Waters Battlefield Association: “Is That Stonewall?”
    • Nov. 8 – John Chapman, Longtime area relic hunter: “Three Decades Chasing Early and Sheridan through Jefferson County with my Metal Detector”
    • Dec. 13 – Joe Mieczkowski, Author and Battlefield Guide, Gettysburg National Military Park: “Gettysburg in Sight and Sound.”
    • Jan. 10 – Bob O’ Connor, Author and local historian: “Southern Oasis at Gettysburg”
    • Feb. 14 – Dr. John Splaine, Author and former C-Span consultant: “The Lincoln-Douglas Debates”
    • March 14 – William Miller, Noted Civil War author: “The Battle of Tom’s Brook”
    • April 11 – Ted Alexander, Former Park Historian, Antietam National Battlefield: “The Burning of Chambersburg”
    • May 9 – Mike Cannane, Historian and volunteer guide, Kernstown Battlefield Association: “The Battle of Second Kernstown”
    • June 13 – TBA Concert
  • An Introduction to West Virginia Archives and History

    February 15, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Thursday, February 15, 2018, West Virginia Archives and History Director Joe Geiger will present “An Introduction to West Virginia Archives and History” 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.

    Archives and History collects and preserves all manner of materials that document the state’s history—photographs, manuscripts, yearbooks, films, current and rare books, state documents, and more. Virgil Lewis, West Virginia’s first state historian and archivist, said that his ambition was to “so arrange this department that in the future it will be a great store house rich in material for the history of West Virginia,” and that is a perfect description of Archives and History, according to Geiger.

    In his presentation, he will discuss the collections of the State Archives, as well as staff efforts to preserve them and the ways in which materials are made available to the public. Among recently processed collections that he will address are the earliest county records from Lewis and Doddridge counties, the Senator Jennings Randolph Collection, and the collection of Tanner J. Livisay, who worked from 1941 to 1968 for the West Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.

    Geiger will also explore numerous other activities in which Archives and History is engaged. “Collecting and preserving the state’s history is an awesome responsibility, but today we do much more,” Geiger stated. Overseeing the highway historical marker program, administering the annual History Bowl competition, advising government officials on records retention, assisting county officials in the preservation and management of their records, and organizing History Day are a few of the programs he will cover.

    Joe Geiger has worked for Archives and History since 1998, serving as historian, webmaster, assistant director, and acting director before being named director. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in history from Marshall University. Geiger is the author of several scholarly articles and two books: Civil War in Cabell County, West Virginia, 1861-1865 (1991) and Holding the Line: The Battle of Allegheny Mountain and Confederate Defense of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike 1861-62 (2012).

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

  • Cabin Fever Weekend

    February 16, 2018 to February 18, 2018 — Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Jackson

    Learn techniques in basketry, psaltery playing, wool felting, wood turning or staining glass. February 16-18. More info

  • West Virginia Symphony: Music of John Williams

    February 17, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha


    Performing the genius works of John Williams, including iconic music from the Star Wars franchise.

    Saturday, February 17, 2018

    7:30 PM 9:30 PM

    Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of WV

  • Creators Talk with Roger May

    February 21, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared unconditional war on poverty in the United States and nowhere was this war more photographed than Appalachia. A quick Google image search of “war on poverty” will yield several photographs of President Johnson on the porch of the Fletcher family home in Inez, Kentucky.

    Many of the War on Poverty photographs, whether intentional or not, became a visual definition of Appalachia. These images have often drawn from the poorest areas and people to gain support for the intended cause, but unjustly came to represent the entirety of the region while simultaneously perpetuating stereotypes.

    In an attempt to explore the diversity of Appalachia and establish a visual counter point, this project looks at Appalachia fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty. Drawing from a diverse population of photographers within the region, this new crowdsourced image archive will serve as a reference that is defined by its people as opposed to political legislation.

    Check out more at

    When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7pm-9pm

    Where: WVSU EDC 1506 Kanawha Blvd. West Charleston

    Cost: Free! Register here

    Presented by: Roger May

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