Twin Falls State Park – (3/18-20) – GUITAR WEEKEND

Featuring Robin Kessinger, Robert Shafer and Jim Ritchey. The weekend is for anyone who is interested in learning how to play guitar or improving the skills that you may already possess. You'll be pickin with the best. Reservations are required. Call Twin Falls State Park at the number below. Kessinger and Shafer are well known nationally as award winning flatpickers. Having taught guitar extensively and performing annually throughout the world, Kessinger and Shafer present guitar workshops at different locations throughout the year. Ritchey is a singer-songwriter from Greensboro, North Carolina. His songwriting skills can be heard in "Tennessee Bottle," a song recorded by Kenny Rogers. Ritchey performs regularly in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The workshop begins Friday, March 18, with a concert by the three artists, followed by guitar jams with participants and presenters. Throughout the day Saturday, the three guitarists will present workshops on flatpicking, fiddle tunes, swing music, voice accompaniment and blues. A Saturday evening open-stage concert by workshop participants will conclude the day. Participants will have space in the resort facility to jam throughout the weekend. The retreat will conclude Sunday at noon. "The" guitar weekend lodging package including meals (Saturday lunch, Sunday breakfast, and all breaks throughout the workshop) and instruction. Rates for two people staying two nights are $214 when staying in a lodge room, $138 for single occupancy; or $240 for two people staying two nights in a cabin.

North Bend State Park – (5/13-14) – 22nd annual BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

For over 20 years, the Bluegrass Festival at North Bend State Park is a fun filled weekend of pickin’, grinin’, pluckin’, and singin’ with and by great bluegrass bands from the wild, wonderful state of West Virginia and from the surrounding region. During the festival, shop the displays of local WV artisans and find a special souvenir to take home. Visit other attractions and businesses while you're in the area. Performing bands will have merchandise for sale. Take home a CD of your favorite band! Throughout the festival enjoy snacks, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and drinks from the North Bend Outdoor Grill. Lodge, cabin and camping packages include bluegrass festival admission. Bands include: Friday-May 13, 2016–Remington Ryde (6p), Idletymes (7p), The Hillbilly Gypsies (8p), Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys (9p) Saturday– May 14, 2016– Glenville State College Bluegrass Band (1p), The Moron Brothers (2p), Buck and Company (3p), – Idletymes (4p), The Sheppard Brothers (5p), Remington Ryde (6p), The Moron Brothers (7p), Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys (8p), The Hillbilly Gypsies (9p) Master of Ceremonies: Butch Sheppard; sound by GBS Productions. Day of fee for festival music is $10 per person for Friday; $25 per person for Saturday. Advanced weekend tickets (Friday and Saturday shows) before May 6, $30 - call for for advanced tickets at this reduced rate.