Adventure Advisory: Culture & Heritage



The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at


Nov. 1: Storytelling and Puppetry Workshop, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis


Participants of all ages, learn the basics of storytelling,  see samples of puppets and choose a story to tell that includes the construction of a simple hand puppet. Materials provided. $5 per adult; children age 12 and under free if accompanied by an adult.

Nov. 6-7: Songwriters Retreat, Twin Falls Resort State Park, Mullens


Songwriter Jim Ritchey and nationally acclaimed songwriter Kelley Hunt will lead this weekend in workshop sessions that covers topics including creativity, songwriting techniques, collaboration, music business basics, home recording and more. Participants need not play an instrument,but are welcome to bring them to the workshop. 

Nov. 6-8: 3rd Annual Arts and Crafts Bazaar, Chief Logan Lodge, Logan


Artists and artisans showcase their creations at this event designed for pre-holiday shopping. Hours are Friday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Nov. 7: 35th Country Craft Guild Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, Chuck Mathena Center, Princeton


Local juried crafters come together for a show and sale that features handmade, high-quality décor, glasswork, woven goods, baked goods and woodwork. Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Nov. 7: Heritage Farm’s Way Back Weekend-Industry Alive, Huntington


This annual event celebrates the intense heat required to fuel Appalachian labor in the 19th century. This year, come out for some hot fun as a village bread oven joins the glass factory, potters kiln and blacksmith shop. Hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Nov. 7: Irish Road Bowling, Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton


Irish road bowling is a fun, family-friendly, roll-and-stroll sport – easy to learn, yet exciting for serious athletes. The road is long enough for two or three separate 1.5 mile courses. The winning team will set the first course record.


Nov. 7: Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concert—“Brilliant Beginnings,” Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown


Three works will be featured: “Last Round,” a piece for double string quartet and bass by Argentine Osvaldo Golijov; “Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64” with violinist Jorge Avila; and “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21.” Admission is $25 for non-members.


Nov. 7-8: 5th Annual Trails and Trees Studio Tour, Martinsburg


Travel at your own pace from studio to studio to get a behind-the-scenes look at creativity from talented artisans who call Berkeley County home.


Nov. 7-8: Pocahontas National Railway Historical Society Train Show, Bluefield Youth Center, Bluefield


This model train show is a must for any train enthusiast! It features a host of dealers and model trains. All scales will be represented. Admission is $5 per person or $10 for the entire family.


Nov. 7-8: Steam Shutterbug Weekend, Cass and Durbin

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This is a great steam weekend for rail fans wanting photography opportunities on the Cass Shays and Durbin Climax. Standard Whittaker Station and Durbin Rocket schedules apply.


Nov.13-15: Country Line Dance Weekend, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem


Alice Daugherty and Tim Hand teach this country line dance class for beginners and intermediates. Spend the weekend dancing, hiking, or just relax before the holidays.


Nov. 13-15: Hampshire Highland Studio Tour, various venues in Hampshire County


The Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour is an annual event which showcases local artists and artisans, inviting visitors to tour the artists’ studios and view the creative process. Visitors and artists have the unique opportunity to interact in the artists’ creative environment.


Nov. 13 – Jan. 3: Winter Festival of Lights, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling


One of the nation’s largest, Oglebay’s Winter Festival of Lights is listed on the American Bus Association’s Top International Events. The light show is viewable Sunday through Thursday until 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. Trolley tours are offered several times each night beginning at Wilson Lodge.


Nov. 15: Marshall University 52nd International Festival, Big Sandy Arena, Huntington


This is West Virginia’s largest and longest running international festival featuring international foods, world music, dance, and displays representing many different countries and cultures. Event is open to the public and admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Nov. 15: Trees of Our Heritage – Holiday Kick Off, Blennerhassett Island State Park, Parkersburg


Trees of Our Heritage are on display and include multiple countries, regions, and themes. Light refreshments are part of today’s holiday spirit. Admission is $2 per person for this event.


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This post was last updated on November 11, 2015