Adventure Advisory: Winter Warming

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 www.GoToWV.com. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at http://GoToWV.com/partners/.

Feb. 16: Creators Program Workshop – The Business of Film with the WV Film Office, West Virginia State University Economic Development Center, Charleston

304-720-1401; http://www.wvsuedc.org/

Are you  interested in local filmmaking? Learn about  the role of the film office, how to find work in the state, location libraries, permits, tax credits and more at this free workshop. Class time 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 20: Beginner’s Soap Making Class, Wild Rose Soap Company, Shepherdstown

202-525-6076; http://mywildrosesoap.com/; [email protected]; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beginners-soap-making-class-feb-20-2016-tickets-19997848102

Get hands-on experience making soap from a third-generation soap maker.  You’ll learn cold process soap-making in a small class setting and make memories at the same time.

Feb. 20: Cashore Marionettes Presents “Simple Gifts”: Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg

304-645-7917; [email protected]; www.carnegiehallwv.org

Watch the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion and artistic insight. Performance begins at 2 p.m.

Feb. 20: Dunbar Critter Dinner, Dunbar Recreation Center, Dunbar

304-766-0223; [email protected]

Taste your way through Dunbar’s annual Critter Dinner, featuring a variety of native and exotic meats for the adventurous palate. The cost is five nonperishable food items or $5. Hours are noon to 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 20: First Lady of Food Dinner and Show, Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted

304-658-5212; http://www.hawksnestsp.com/events.htm

Make it an evening for two!  Enjoy dinner (6:30 p.m.) and watch (7:30 p.m.) Karen Vuranch bring the indomitable Julia Child to life in this one-woman performance. Then spend the night and enjoy express breakfast.  Tickets are $169. Reservations recommended.

Feb. 20: Opry Night at Pocahontas Opera House, Marlinton

304-799-6645; www.pocahontasoperahouse.org

Head on down to Opry Night at the Pocahontas County Opera House and see Pocahontas County favorites The Viney Mountain Boys and The Elk River Ramblers.

Feb. 21 and 28: Blennerhassett Island State Park Winter Lecture Series, Parkersburg (MOV)

304-420-4800; [email protected]; http://www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com/calendar.html

Listen as Steve and Lisa Ball present the music of Stephen Foster and the history behind each piece of music (Feb.21 at 2 p.m.). Watch as Doug Riley brings Mark Twain to life through his first-person interpretation (Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Reservations your spot today!

Feb. 22: Full Moon Hikes, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass

304-456-4300; www.cassrailroad.com

Take a walk under the stars with Monica Fleming, First Day Hike leader, beginning at the Visitor’s Center at Cass. You’ll hike to Mile Marker 79 on the Greenbrier River Trail and back. The Full Moon hike is free.. Register online: www.cassrailroad.com/registration_hikes.html.

Feb. 25-28: The 26th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, The Country Inn, Berkeley Springs

800-447-8797; [email protected]; http://berkeleyspringswatertasting.com/

Head to Berkeley Springs for the largest water tasting competition in the world, the award-winning 26th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting.  This year’s event will, welcome more than 100 waters from across the country and around the globe.

Feb. 26-28: Prickett’s Fort 18th c. Firearms and Accoutrements Show, Fairmont

304-363-3030; [email protected]; http://www.prickettsfort.org

Whether you’re an 18th century re-enactor, a serious collector or anywhere in between, you’ll want to stop by Prickett’s For between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to meet some of the best craftsmen in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

Feb: 27: Blackwater Falls State Park – Cardboard & Duct Tape Sled Race, Davis

304-259-5216; 304-259-6144; [email protected]; http://www.blackwaterfalls.com/special.htm

Design and construct a Mystical Creatures themed, person-powered, corrugated cardboard sled able to withstand the downhill fun on the Blackwater Falls sled run for a chance to win the award for best design or team spirit.

Feb. 27: Brew-HaHa! Weekend, Stonewall Resort, Roanoke

888-278-8150; http://www.stonewallresort.com/calendar/#BrewHaHa_Weekend

Bring a friend, your sweetie, or your neighbor and laugh the evening away over “pub fare” and craft beer while watching the hilarious improv comedy of The Fearless Fools improv comedy. Packages start at $189.

Feb. 27: Murder Mystery Dinner, Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton

304-265-6144; http://www.tygartlake.com/events.htm

A body has been found and the killer is on the loose, mingling and hiding among guests. Solve the mystery over dinner and spend the night at Tygart Lake State Park.  Overnight packages start at $116. Walk-ins (dinner theater only) are $40 for one person or $70 per couple.

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