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Celtic Calling Kilt Run/Walk

Wear your best kilt for the 4th annual Kilt Run/Walk. The 5K course runs to and through Spring Hill Cemetery.

Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival

Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival, sponsored by the St. Albans Historical Society, is from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at historic Morgan’s Kitchen, located along MacCorkle Ave., in St. Albans. Activities will include apple butter making, cabin tours, pioneer re-enactors, the Coal River Group, arts and crafts, old time music and antique woodcrafters. Baked goods and hot dogs are also available. Apple butter is available for purchase. There is no charge for this event and plenty of parking is available.

45th Annual Apple Butter Festival

Join us for the 45th Annual Apple Butter Festival! With no admission fee and activities for all ages, this is

New Year’s Eve Apple Drop

Count down to the new year and celebrate as the big apple drops at Main Street Martinsburg's first annual New Year's Eve Apple Drop in downtown Martinsburg. This free event is family-friendly and features family activities, music, free apples, doughnuts, hot apple cider and more.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden concluding with a simple craft. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free.

25th Annual Archaeology Day

25th Annual Archaeology Day Saturday, October 7, 12:00 – 4:00 pm The 25th Annual Archaeology Day features special exhibits, demonstrations, and activities for the whole family. These include behind-the-scenes tours of the Archaeological Research Facility, flint knapping demonstrations, atlatl throwing (weather permitting), a museum scavenger hunt, displays and demonstrations by professional archaeologists and volunteers, hands-on activities, and more.

GBO Family Science Day Open House

FREE EVENT! Where else can you... build and launch a rocket, test your engineering skills, play with liquid nitrogen, do fun science experiments and see some of the biggest telescopes in the whole world ALL IN ONE DAY? Telescope Tours will be available as well as rare peeks into the control room of the world's largest fully-steerable telescope, the GBT!

Burnsville Harvest Festival

There will be stage entertainment through out the day, including a Karaoke contest, local musicians and featured band will be Back in the Day. We will have games and amusements for the kids, food and craft vendors, a Corn Hole tournament, and more Hours: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Mason County Fair

Fun for the whole family! Exhibits, livestock shows, pageants, contests, live entertainment, motocross races, tractor/truck pulls, carnival rides and much more. Discount Day. Senior Citizen Day on Tuesday. General admission and season pass tickets available, carnival rides are an additional fee.

Blenko Festival of Glass

A selection of classes are offered for all ages within the factory. During this event, visitors will have the rare opportunity to view our skilled artisans at work as well as be able to participate in a variety of classes related to the glass making process. From hot glass to crafts with wood, glass and glue for youngsters, special prices, tours, signing event and family activities. Family fun. Classes fill quickly. Complimentary annual commemorative medallions will be given to attendees. For a full schedule of events please visit www.blenko.com or to register please call 877-425-3656.

Cabell County Fair

Enjoying the Cabell County Fair each year has been a family tradition since 1983. Residents of the county may show their prize garden produce, livestock, and arts & crafts. The prime emphasis of the fair is to provide 4-H and FFA members the opportunity to exhibit their projects. Concerts, horse shows, carnival, pageants and much more guarantees fun for everyone!

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Durbin Days

This event is 3 evenings, 1 full day, and a Sunday afternoon of fun, entertainment, and learning for all ages. Various events pit contestants to be the best at horseshoes, tug-of-war, greased pig chase, pet showing, karaoke, hay bale throwing, archery shooting, and running or walking the 5K. There is music, bingo, food, and a carnival every day but Sunday. For Sunday we're planning a community covered dish noon meal and gospel music which is an addition to our festival. Saturday is a day filled with children’s activities, car show/and fireworks interspersed with other events listed above. We also include the Fireman's Parade on Friday and will be holding "Incarcerate a Friend" at the newly renovated town jail on Saturday.

27th Annual Point Pleasant Regatta

We provide free concerts during the three day weekend free of charge. Do not miss your chance to see up-and-coming Nashville acts, tribute bands, and local artist grace the Riverfront Park stage at NO COST to you. The parade will be on July 1 at 11 a.m. Line will be at 10 a.m. at the Board of Education Office (Central School) on Main Street. July 1st : Parade 11 a.m.; Fireworks 10 p.m. 5K Run; Pageants; Pretty Bay Contest; Free Concerts; Kids Day with free games and activities. Fireworks Saturday evening. The Regatta is an alcohol-free event.

Potomac Eagle Rail Fest

SPEND FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND AT POTOMAC EAGLE RAIL FEST On Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, 2017, Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad will host Potomac Eagle Rail Fest. The festival will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days with several railroad-related activities for all ages at Wappocomo Station, 1 ½ miles north of Romney, West Virginia on WV28. In addition to the regularly-scheduled 3-hour Trough Trips at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, there will be 45-minute express trips with Lehigh Valley 126 steam engine. These trips will be offered at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. both days. Tickets are $20 for adults and seniors, $10 for children, and will be available for purchase during the festival. Lehigh Valley Coal Company #126, a.k.a. “Sadie," is an 0-6-0T saddle tank engine, built by Vulcan Iron Works for the Lehigh Valley Coal Company and put into service May 1931. It burns coal 1500-3000 degrees to heat the 1250 gallons of water stored in the saddle tank into steam. The steam flows down to the piston cylinders and turns the actuating rods which turn the wheels. The Gramling Locomotive Works travel to scenic railroads and museums across the country with their steam engines. Several free activities and exhibits will be offered throughout the weekend as well. There will be speeders on display. A speeder is a maintenance of way motorized vehicle formerly used on railroads by track inspectors and work crews to move quickly to and from work sites. Although it is slow compared to a train or car, it is called speeder because it is faster than a human-powered vehicle such as a handcar. Hocking Valley Scenic Railway will have a handcar on display as well. Operation Lifesaver will have a booth about railroad safety with activity books and engineer hats for kids. Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Operation Lifesaver's network of authorized volunteer speakers and trained instructors offer free rail safety education programs in all fifty states. They speak to school groups, driver education classes, community audiences, professional drivers, law enforcement officers, and emergency responders. Their programs are co-sponsored by federal, state and local government agencies, highway safety organizations and America's railroads. Operation Lifesaver promotes the three E's—education, enforcement and engineering—to keep people safe around the tracks and railway crossings within our communities. The West Virginia Railroad Museum will be at Rail Fest to promote the essence and spirit of West Virginia's railroad heritage. The purpose of the West Virginia Railroad Museum, Inc. is to be a cultural resource dedicated to educating visitors and the community about West Virginia's railroad history. Their mission is accomplished through the collection, preservation and interpretation of significant locomotives, rolling stock, artifacts, photographs and memorabilia directly related to railroads and railroading in West Virginia. In addition to static exhibits, select pieces of equipment in the collection are restored and operated throughout the year to demonstrate steam, gasoline, and diesel technology and provide visitors with a first-hand experience of our railroad history through the sights, sounds, and sensations of a train ride. WVRM is located in the historic Darden Mill on the former Western Maryland Railway yard in Elkins, West Virginia. Accompanying the WVRM is Ed Griesel, who will present hobo history to guests. He is one of many WVRM members who possess an array of talents. Despite his never having “lived the life of the hobo”, he is a bonafide member of the hobo “society” and is keeping the history of the hobo alive as are few others. “Old Ed,” the moniker given him by a very special hobo friend, speaks to groups of all ages but his favorite audiences are young people. He keeps his audiences, whether young or old, engaged by asking questions. The Community Model Railroad Club of Frostburg, Maryland will have a 4’ x 8’ layout on display, Christmas train set raffle, and various items for sale. They will hand out free catalogs and their Christmas Open House schedule. On Saturday, June 17, the Queen City Antique Automobile Club of America will host a car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dash plaques and trophies will be given out. The car show is in memory of Harry “Buddy” Hartman, who was an avid car club member and railroad fan. On Sunday, June 18, the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center will host a bald eagle presentation from Noon to 2 p.m. The WVRRC rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned birds of prey and to provide environmental education programs to the public for the benefit of all living things. The WVRRC’s permanent residents assist their volunteer presenters in fun and informative programs about the value of raptors in the environment and the important work being done at the Center. Their presentation will include a juvenile bald eagle. For more information or reservations, visit potomaceagle.info, follow Potomac Eagle on Facebook, or call 304-424-0736.

Arthurdale Heritage Goat Gallop 5K

Gallop through history with homestead goats! Run, walk, or roll through Arthurdale's beautiful historic district dotted with original New Deal homesteads--and gallop past the homestead goats! Visit the historic grounds, run and play with our goats, and join us to celebrate the homestead life with the whole family. Join us after the races for other fun family activities including playing with the goats, games for kids, and much more. Healthy snacks and refreshments to recharge your body will be provided. Pre-registration rate--$20--available through June 3; registration is $25 after June 3 until race day. Pre-registration guarantees an event t-shirt.

Spring Bird Walk

Join local birder LeJay Graffious on an early morning bird walk. We will be birding by eye and ear to search in the bushes and boughs for our feathered friends. Bring binoculars if you have them. All ages. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Art: The Truly Experimental Science (A Workshop with Patte Loper)

This workshop invites participants of all ages to use a mix of art materials and found objects – along with imagination and courage to make ‘experimental science’ by constructing science-fiction based sculptural objects. General Admission for adults and children: $5

Ramp Dinner/Wildflower Walk/Earth Day Celebration

Join us for the Mason Dixon Historical Park's annual buffet-style Ramp Dinner! From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., we'll be serving up the finest ramp dinner the Appalachian Mountains have to offer. At 1:15, we will begin our wildflower walk. Suitable for all ages! Come celebrate Earth Day with us! Ramp Dinner At the Red Barn at The Mason-Dixon Historical Park features Ramps, Fried Potatoes, Soup Beans, Ham, Salad, Chicken 'n Noodles, Sausage gravy, Biscuits, Applesauce, Corn Bread, Deviled Eggs, Pickled Eggs, Cakes. Deep fried Beer Batter Ramps for $5. Cost - $10 Adult meal; $5 Age 12 & under; Free Age 5 & under with adult. Wildflower Walk - Enjoy the beauty of springtime and follow in the footsteps of history during the Wildflower Walk. The free walk will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot next to the red barn, the park's main building. •Please, no picking the wildflowers or any of the plants. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes. In case of inclement weather, the wildflower walk will be canceled. Kids fishing Rodeo www.facebook.com/events/226277717779998/ Park Hours: 10 a.m. until Dusk Office Hours: 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Nature in Spring

Spring is a time of growth and renewal in the natural world. WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone will discuss what plants and animals are doing in nature and the Garden during this time of year. The program will include a slide presentation followed by a walk. All ages. Free. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Woodcock Walk

LeJay Graffious will lead a search for American Woodcocks displaying over the old reservoir from sunset to dusk. Come join us to witness this amazing spectacle! Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. All ages. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

16th Annual Audubon Race for the Birds

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will hold its 16th annual "Race for the Birds!" in Shepherdstown WV on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The event will be held at the same location as last year: Wild Goose Farm at 293 Shepherd Grade Road. The farm is just across the road from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services' National Conservation Training Center. The 2017 event will include two professionally timed races—one 5 kilometers long and another 10 kilometers long. There will also be a 1-mile "Fun Run" for children under 10 years of age. In addition, adults and families who wish to walk or jog the 5K course at their own pace may do so. The 5K and 10K races will follow non-technical cross-country trails through the farm's scenic fields, rolling hills and woods. The course will be suitable for all runners. The 5K and 10K races will begin at 9:00 a.m. The children's Fun Run will be held at about 10:45 a.m. The children's Fun Run will be free. The fees for the 5K and 10K races will be $25 and $30, respectively, for those who pre-register before March 25. Same-day registration will be $5 more for both distances. Registration for the 5K and 10K races will be capped at 400 for both, so same-day registration may not be available. To register and for more information, go to the race website at www.raceforthebirds.org. You may also contact Nan Johnson at 304-870-4414 or [email protected]

The Annual West Virginia Model Train and Toy Show

The show will feature many operating Model Railroad Layouts from some of the finest train modelers in the country.There will be several collections of railroad memorabilia and collectible toys and antiques.This event will feature a hundred or more dealer tables with items for sale. The event will also have a hands on Geo trax for children of all ages and Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise and collectibles for sale. There will also be food for sale during the show for the public. The Admission prices for the show is, adults $5.00, children 3-12 $1.00. Show Hours on Friday are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 304-543-2323,you can email us at [email protected]

Wild Thing Weekend

Come get wild on the slopes at Canaan Valley Resort. Plenty of family fun activities and contest scheduled throughout the weekend. This annual event includes various contests, races, cook-outs, live entertainment, and “The Infamous Pond Jump” and Sunday Rail Jam. Let’s get “WILD” this weekend!