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WV Day Festival

The 4th Annual West Virginia Day Festival will be held at the Holly Gray Park in Braxton County just miles from the Flatwoods exit and nestled in the beautiful mountains of North central WV. Admission ADULTS $10 Kids 12 & under FREE Gates Open at 9 am Events kick off at Noon Motorsports, Car Show, Family Fun and more! Check back soon for details

Tygart Lake State Park – 6/11 – HOOKED ON FISHING NOT ON DRUGS

Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs. This is a great family event that incorporates an anti-drug and alcohol use message. Event is free to the public and events include, youth fishing derby, archery, face painting, police K-9 presentations, children's activities, prizes and much more! Call Nichole Streets at 304-265-6148 for details and activity schedule.

Screen Printing 3-Day Workshop

This class is for ages 10+ kids and adults. Come with an image you want to print on a t-shirt or paper. You will learn to trace images on freezer paper, attach it to a screen, and print on paper and fabric. Price includes 6 hours of instruction and all materials. $75 for all three days.

Egyptian Paste Bead Making Class-Ages 4-104

There are 12 spots in this class. This is a 2 day class. Discover the world of self glazing clay. This type of clay has been used from the time of the ancient Egyptians. It is perfect for small items and beads. Class will cover making clay, forming and firing. You can make jewelry or small sculptures. At the end of the day your beads will be fired in the kiln so that the following day they are ready to use. Once the beads have been fired, all the sharp edges may need to be removed so you will spend some time sanding and finishing. Then all the finished beads can be made into items of jewelry using various methods.

MUSIC IN THE HILLS – Way Back Weekend

Join a celebration of folk music history with the Robin Kessinger Music Festival, featuring the West Virginia Flat Pick Guitar Championship and other live performances!

West Virginia State FLAT PICK GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIP

Come play with the best of the best at the Robin Kessinger Music Festival!

Lost River Fiber Festival

Fiber is our featured craft during the month of May. This consists of many mediums, including spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing and hooking. As part of our Memorial Day weekend of activities we will have artists available demonstrating many crafts to enlighten you about the art of fiber. Other artisan demonstrations will also be presented along with live music during the course of the day. Come and spend some time with us. This Saturday the Lost River Artisans Co-op Fiber Fest will be held this Saturday from 10:00-4:00. Among other activities there will be spinning and artist demonstrations, a kiddy craft tent, sheep shearing and the world famous Walking of the Sheep (think running of the bulls, just slower, less dangerous and replace the bulls in the street with sheep meandering to the barn). The Artisans Co-op will be open Friday through Monday so stop on by!

40th Annual Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic

The Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic, turning 40 this year is being viewed as a new beginning, as the annual race and associated events are taking an exciting new turn this May. One big change for 2016 will better serve the region's families, as the event will now be held on one day only, Saturday, May 28. The family favorite Friday night events - the Ohio Valley Parent Tiny Tot Trot and the Ogden Fun Run - now will take place Saturday morning, after the start of the Half Marathon and 5K events.

Lost River State Park Summer Naturalist Events

Friday, May 27 8:00pm-9:00pm Walk In The Twilight Zone ***YPP*** Let’s take a night hike and look for bats, owls, and other night creatures! We’ll learn how these animals get around in the dark. Bring a flashlight and meet me at the pool bath House. Saturday, May 28 9:30am-10:30am Nature Center ***YPP*** Come visit the Nature Center where you will find all kinds of interesting displays and our creek aquariums of fish and other critters, plus our nature library loaded with guide books to identify everything from mushrooms to insects. 11:00am- Noon Creek Critter Crawl ***YPP*** Let’s go search Howard’s Lick for aquatic wildlife and learn about stream ecology! After collecting cool critters, we’ll identify them and what role they serve in the ecosystem and release them. Meet in front of the pool house and be ready to explore the creek and get your feet wet! 1:00pm-4:00pm Lee House Open***YPP*** Calling all history enthusiasts! Learn about the remarkable past of Lost River State Park, “Lighthorse” Harry Lee, the Lee Sulphur Springs Resort and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Follow the sign by Cabins 1&2 across from the pool. 7:00pm-8:00pm Campfire Time! Meet me at the Fire Pit across from the Rec Hall to enjoy a campfire & S’mores. Park supplies the fixings and roasting forks. If it rains, we will use the big stone fireplace in the Rec Hall. Sunday, May 29 11:00am-3:00pm Lee House Open***YPP*** Calling all history enthusiasts! Learn about the remarkable past of Lost River State Park, “Lighthorse” Harry Lee, the Lee Sulphur Springs Resort and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Follow the sign by Cabins 1&2 across from the pool.

American Heritage Music Hall Jam Session

Looking for something to do on a Tuesday night? The American Heritage Music Hall Tuesday night jam sessions provide live music and dancing in a family atmosphere. Music is 7pm to 10pm.

The 3rd Annual Wings and Wheels Car Show and Fly In

Car Show/Fly-In Mercer County Airport will have our annual Car Show/Fly-in on May 23rd this year. There will be two air shows, free plane rides to children 17 and younger, food & fun for all ages. Car registration begins at 9am-dash plaques given to the 1st 100 cars. Plane rides for the kids 9am-11:30. Air show starts at noon. FREE ADMISSION/FREE PARKING!!! Come join us for a great day!!

Pipestem State Park – Kids To Parks – 5/21 – POND WALK

Meet Naturalist Julie McQuade at the Pipestem Nature Center to take a stroll around an old farm pond. We will take a dip, with a net, and see what type of critters are out and about. (1/2 hour – 1 hour). Meet at 11:30 a.m. Fee free. Outdoor exploration activity.

Coal Mining, Railroad, and Scrip Trading Show

The National Coal Heritage Area is hosting the second annual Coal Mining, Railroad, and Scrip Trading Show on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Vendors will be displaying and trading coal and railroad memorabilia at the Bramwell Train Depot from 10 am to 3 pm. In addition to the trade show, we will have activities for the entire family. You may take a commerative photo on our mini refurbished train speeder and print a copy to take with you. New to the show this year is a pepperoni roll cook-off. Participants interested in the cook off must pre-register and bring a pre-baked pepperoni roll to the event. All entries are due by noon with judging and awards to follow. Concessions including snacks and drinks will also be available. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event and to register for the cook-off or as a vendor, please contact Richard Bullins at 304-248-8595 or e-mail rbullins@gmail.com.

Pipestem State Park – Kids to Parks – 5/21 – RUN FOR HOPE

The 2nd annual Run for Hope 10K/5K Race welcomes kids and adults to get outside and walk or run today. Races beins at the Pipestem Amphitheater Parking Lot. Tentative start time at 8:00 a.m. Course is scenic and with moderate hills. Race is electronically chip timed. Eleven age divisions. Fee based. Registration form will post to this listing as available or visit the Jonathan Powell Hope Foundation website jonathanshope.org. The Mission of Jonathan's Hope is to eradicate childhood cancer through research, advocacy, and education, as well as provide financial and other types of support to children with cancer. Run for Hope is a non-profit organization based out of of Princeton WV. The registration form will post to this listing as available or visit the Jonathan Powell Hope Foundation website jonathanshope.org to learn more and register online.

Charley West BBQ Fest

Enjoy BBQ from the best commercial and backyard BBQ chefs in the Kanawha Valley! The public will be able to purchase 10 tasting tickets for $10 and the opportunity to vote for their favorite backyard BBQ. A panel of judges will do a blind judging of the Best Pulled Pork, Best Ribs, Best Sauce, and Wildcard for any entrants who wish to compete. Commercial BBQ vendors and Proud Eagle beverage distributor will be present for those who wish to purchase their products. Commercial BBQ vendors at the event include: Big Joe’s Blues BBQ Dem 2 Brothers and a Grill Mountain Que Rollin Smoke BBQ If great BBQ isn’t enough to entice you, we will also enjoy great music from local bands throughout the afternoon! The lineup includes: 12:00 – 1:15 PM Josh Pantry Christian 1:30 – 2:45 PM Knockin’ Spirits 3:00 – 4:15 PM Your Lucky Stars 4:30 – 5:45 PM GrooveHeavy Between sets, Big Jer and His Rockin’ Mandolin will be performing. Art from children who have entered The Charley West BBQ Fest Youth Art Contest will also be on display during the event. Winners of this competition will be announced. Stay tuned for more information on how to enter the Charley West BBQ Fest competition as a professional or backyard participant. For all you backyard smokers and grillers, this is your chance to prove you’re the best! For all you BBQ lovers, this is your chance to sample the best!

4th Annual Shepherdstown Dog Fest

Shepherdstown WV will hold its fourth annual "Dog Fest" the weekend of May 14-15. The Dog Fest will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. It will include a wide variety of activities for dogs, their owners, dog lovers, and the general public. Most of the activities will be located on King Street in front of the Town Hall, in the heart of the downtown. All the activities will be free and everyone will be welcome. The main event Saturday will be a parade of rescue dogs that will showcase adoptable dogs from a dozen different breed-specific rescue organizations and local all-breed shelters. As each dog goes on parade, a representative of the sponsoring organization will provide commentary on the animal. The goal is not only to help find homes for these dogs but also to educate the public about the needs of different breeds and adoption and fostering options.  Other highlights of Saturday's schedule will include a community dog show open to dogs owned by both visitors and residents. Sunday will feature three sheepdog demonstrations with Border Collies. This will be a good opportunity to learn how these highly intelligent dogs herd large numbers of sheep with instinct and training. Both days will include blessings of the dogs; exhibits and demonstrations by trainers, rescue organizations, and others; and children's activities. There will also be a silent auction of goods and gift certificates donated by Shepherdstown businesses. Throughout the weekend, many restaurants and stores and will let dog owners bring their dogs inside. Many will also be offering special dog-themed food, drinks, and items for sale. The Dog fest is sponsored by the Shepherdstown Visitors Center; watch the Center's website at www.shepherdstown.info for schedule details. For more information, contact Ms. Davis at 304-876-2786 or SVC@shepherdstown.info.

DogFest Shepherdstown

Shepherdstown goes to the dogs with DogFest. Bring your best friends and help us shine the spotlight on rescue, adoption, education, and humane legislation. See dozens of rescue groups and shelters parade their adoptable dogs, join in the community dog show, and meet some very unusual breeds. Watch border collies work sheep, dogs of all kinds compete in flyball, and tricks and obedience demos. Shop for dog accessories in the exhibit area, grab a great meal in Shepherdstown's famed restaurants, and pick up something for yourselves in our delightful shops. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!

Martinsburg Heritage Festival

Discover and celebrate the rich history of Martinsburg, WV during the annual Martinsburg Heritage Festival, with daily activities from May 13-15. You'll tour the homes of historic figures, learn about the city's Irish heritage, find the ghosts that call the city home and more. For more information about the festival, visit www.orgsites.com/wv/adam-stephen.

“Always, Patsy Cline” presented by the Buckhannon Community Theatre

Buckhannon Community Theatre is proud to announce its upcoming production of "Always, Patsy Cline" directed by Jason A. Young. "Always…Patsy Cline" is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy' unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline." This show is a traveling production, with performances in Clarksburg, Fairmont, and our home location of Buckhannon, WV. If you have conflicts, please consider attending one of our other performances. You may purchase tickets on our web-site provided. NOTE: Buckhannon locations TBA. There are senior and student discounts for tickets at $10.

Star Party with Solar System Ambassador

Join Greg Redfern, an adjunct professor/instructor of astronomy and a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, for an interactive presentation about outer space! "The Sky IS Falling: Space Rocks and You (touch a real meteroite!) A 45-minute discussion is followed by an exploration of the night sky.

20th Anniversary Spring Festival at Heritage Farm Museum & Village

Celebrate 20 years of Heritage Farm Museum & Villages signature festival as Appalachian artisans preserve interactive crafts of yesteryear! New and exciting experiences await as we unveil the Six Simple Machines Discovery Zone, Generation's murals, and the new state-of-the-art MakerSpace!

Mother’s Day Craft Fair

Join us for crafts, food, bake sale, and a silent auction table.

Try-A-Tri

The 2nd annual event includes a run, bike ride and kayaking for students in grades 3-7 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center, near Ripley. Kids receive a participation medal and lunch will be provided. The entire event should be over by noon so you will have the rest of the day for other events! But don’t miss this opportunity for elementary and middle schoolers to experience a mini-Triathlon. Bring your helmets and tennis shoes are required. Kayaks will be provided but child may use their own. Participants must have their own bikes. First 50 kids to register receives a free Tee! Registration: http://www.millcreekwatertrail.com/try-registration/

Antique Gas Engine Show

Antique Gas Engine Show; Historic Buildings and Displays; Church Services (9am) - Sunday; Gospel Sing (1:30pm) - Sunday; Country Kitchen and Store Open; Antique Tractor Pull - Saturday 1pm.

“Always, Patsy Cline” presented by the Buckhannon Community Theatre

Buckhannon Community Theatre is proud to announce its upcoming production of "Always, Patsy Cline" directed by Jason A. Young. "Always…Patsy Cline" is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy' unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline." This show is a traveling production, with performances in Clarksburg, Fairmont, and our home location of Buckhannon, WV. If you have conflicts, please consider attending one of our other performances. You may purchase tickets on our web-site provided.

The Greenbrier Birthday Celebration

Help us blow out the candles May 4-8, 2016! The Greenbrier is throwing a birthday party for our 238 years of history and the unofficial start of the summer season. Celebrate four days of birthday-themed events, activities and specials all designed to kickoff the summer in style! SAVE THE DATE

Opening Weekend Party: Live Music, Fling Golf, May Day Dance

Join us Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1 for a weekend loaded with special events, favorite meals and a great rate package! Weekend Highlights Include: A Friday night front porch concert (Robbie Limon), fling golf, a Saturday BBQ chicken cook out on the Hill and more! Be the first to try a new way to enjoy Capon’s prep course! We will be introducing the latest and greatest recreational activity at Capon: Fling Golf! Come up to the prep course Saturday morning for an introduction and demonstration of this “lacrosse meets golf” game. Then play in our first best “fling golf” tourney! *BONUS: If you really want to be the first official guests of our 2016 season, add on Thursday night, April 28th, and feast on our first steak dinner on the Hill and enjoy a special Bingo Bash under the stars.

Spring Fest 13

Over one mile of the South Branch of the Potomac is stocked with over 300 trout of which 100 are tagged. Catch a tagged trout for the opportunity to win cash prizes and have a great time along one of West Virginia’s premier fishing rivers. Arts and Crafts, Box Car Derby, Food and Live Music. Then participate and watch the fun as children race their Box Cars down the racetrack toward the finish line. Several age divisions make it fun for everyone and standards for building your box car keeps the competition fair. Check out the Spring Fest Calendar of Events for information on this year’s schedule for show times, food vendors, crafters, special happenings and just plain fun.

Tygart Lake State Park – 4/29 – SPRING MIGRATION BIRDING/BANDING WEEKEND

Spring Migration Birding Banding Weekend. For the love of birds! Saturday and Sunday join Birder Joey Herron as he bands various breeding and migrating birds of West Virginia passing through or to West Virginia. Learn to identify birds by both sight and sound! One of our most popular weekends that attracts visitors from across the United States to see bird species here in West Virginia in the Tygart Lake area. Stay at Tygart Lake Lodge this weekend. Ask for the 'birders' discount of 20% off standard rates. Hope to see you at this awesome bird watching weekend. Call 304-265-6144.

Capon Springs April Exclusive!

Want to book a resort for a destination wedding, church retreat or corporate or family getaway? Now you can plan their custom-designed Capon experience your own favorite meals and activities! Gather with a group of at least 75 adults and up to 250 and reserve ANY number of nights between Sunday, April 15 and Thursday, April 17! Pricing flexible depending on how many nights and how many people.

Let’s Paint

Learn basic painting skills and take home a work of art! All supplies included. Resident Artist: Ed Mac III. Spots are limited, please call 304-709-6527

SPRING BREAK HERITAGE CAMP

Spring Break Heritage Camp is a 2 day experiential learning, mini-camp experience for Kindergarten-5th Graders, throughout West Virginia's only Smithsonian Affiliate, Heritage Farm Museum & Village. From 9am-4pm campers will be encouraged to dream and create in the new MakerSpace. They will learn how the coal and train industry impacted daily life in our region and meet Simon Kenton, a frontiersman known for exploring, Kentucky and West Virginia. Children will tinker with pioneer inventions and toys, while gaining an introduction to the simple machines that still influence today. Other experiences will include photo hunts in award winning museums, wagon rides, outdoor play, and a campfire lunch!

Tygart Lake State Park – 3/26 – EASTER EGG HUNT

Easter Egg Hunt. Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Tygart Lake State Park Foundation is fun for the whole family. Bring your children for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Tygart Lake State Park Nature Center area. Call for starting time and age groups. 304-265-6148

Frostmore Farm – Maple Farm and Sugarhouse Tour

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the 2016 maple season, Frostmore Farm will be offering both guided and self-guided tours explaining the maple syrup making process. In addition to explaining the tree to table process of maple syrup making, samples of our products are available to taste. If the trees are running that day come and help us collect our sap by emptying the buckets off the trees! Our sugarhouse will be open every Friday-Sunday from February 12 through March 27th.

SPRING BREAK HERITAGE CAMP

Spring Break Heritage Camp is a 2 day experiential learning, mini-camp for Kindergarten-5th Graders throughout West Virginia's only Smithsonian Affiliate, Heritage Farm Museum & Village. From 9am-4pm campers will be encouraged to dream and create in the new MakerSpace. They will learn how the coal and train industry impacted daily life in our region and meet Simon Kenton, a frontiersman known for exploring, Kentucky and West Virginia. Children will tinker with pioneer inventions and toys, while gaining an introduction to the simple machines that still influence today. Other experiences will include photo hunts in award winning museums, wagon rides, outdoor play, and a campfire lunch!

Festival of Nations

8th Annual Weirton Festival of Nations showcases the many ethnic heritages that make up our region. Watch India, Greece, Thailand, Italy, and many more nations provide entertainment to delight the crowd. Great food to eat provided by these many cultures. Great FREE event with great entertainment, food, and fun. Mark this on your calendar--you won't want to miss it!

Frostmore Farm – Maple Farm and Sugarhouse Tour

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the 2016 maple season, Frostmore Farm will be offering both guided and self-guided tours explaining the maple syrup making process. In addition to explaining the tree to table process of maple syrup making, samples of our products are available to taste. If the trees are running that day come and help us collect our sap by emptying the buckets off the trees! Our sugarhouse will be open every Friday-Sunday from February 12 through March 27th.

Frostmore Farm – Maple Farm and Sugarhouse Tours

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the 2016 maple season, Frostmore Farm will be offering both guided and self-guided tours explaining the maple syrup making process. In addition to explaining the tree to table process of maple syrup making, samples of our products are available to taste. If the trees are running that day come and help us collect our sap by emptying the buckets off the trees! Our sugarhouse will be open every Friday-Sunday from February 12 through March 27th.

Cacapon State Park – BIG BAD WOLF

The "big bad wolf" is a widely known term, but in actuality wolves are more afraid of us than we are of them. Join Ironwood Wolves, a small, USDA licensed educational facility, as they tackle the myths associated with these fascinating creatures. Hear discussions about behavior, family life, reproduction, diet, myth vs fact and the wolfs important role in the ecosystem. The presence of an educational animal is part program. This family friendly activity will take place in the Cacapon State Park conference center at the Lodge. Call for program times or email for program. There is no charge to attend.

Tomlinson Run State Park – (3/6) – MEET TOMLINSON RUN

Curious about activities and facilities at Tomlinson Run State Park? Visit with park staff from Noon until 2:00. Camping season is near. The camper cabins and yurts at Tomlinson Run are unique. Learn about the 2016 activities planned. Find this activity and more in 2016 at the link below.

Frostmore Farm – Maple Farm and Sugarhouse Tours

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the 2016 maple season, Frostmore Farm will be offering both guided and self-guided tours explaining the maple syrup making process. In addition to explaining the tree to table process of maple syrup making, samples of our products are available to taste. If the trees are running that day come and help us collect our sap by emptying the buckets off the trees! Our sugarhouse will be open every Friday-Sunday from February 12 through March 27th.

Frostmore Farm – Maple Farm and Sugar House Tours

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the 2016 maple season, Frostmore Farm will be offering both guided and self-guided tours explaining the maple syrup making process. In addition to explaining the tree to table process of maple syrup making, samples of our products are available to taste. If the trees are running that day come and help us collect our sap by emptying the buckets off the trees! Our sugarhouse will be open every Friday-Sunday from February 12 through March 27th.

Hawks Nest State Park – 2/6 – A NIGHT OF ILLUSION

A Night of Illusion with John Slicer! Be entertained by nationally renowned magician John Slicer as he astounds audiences of all ages! The astonishing John Slicer is more than just a magic show. His captivating sleight-of-hand, interactive audience participation, and mind reading will leave you saying "How did he do that?" A magic and illusion spectacular for the whole family. Overnight package rate includes accommodations for two adults at Hawks Nest Lodge, Dinner and Show for two, an Express Breakfast for two, taxes and gratuities: $169 total for two people. It's a great price for a wonderful evening out. For reservations call 304-658-5212. Find more Saturday evening dinners and shows on Hawks Nest State Park website.

Tygart Lake State Park – 2/6 – HISTORICAL TYGART LAKE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

Historical Tygart Lake Photography Exhibit. Walk Through the Photos of the Past. View Army Corp of Engineer Photographs that depict the building of Tygart Lake Dam - an awesome construction project. Exhibit opening night is February 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Tygart Lake Conference Room. Free and open to the public. Exhibit remains in place through February 11, 2016. Don't forget to make time to enjoy a meal at Apple Annie's - Tygart Lake Lodge restaurant. Great food. Wonderful setting.

Tygart Lake State Park – 1/30 – MY LITTLE PRINCESS PARTY

My Little Princess Party. It's an evening for a princess! Age appropriate themed crafts, a buffet designed for children, a princess dance (Princesses are encouraged to dress in their favorite party dress.) Stay overnight or enjoy the evening. Price is for two: one adult and one child. Overnight stay at Tygart Lake Lodge and all princess festivities: $94.50. Festivities only: $40 per couple (adult/child); additional child or additional adult: $20. Wonderful family setting. Call 304-265-6144 for reservations or to ask questions. Find more Tygart Lake State Park events at the park website link below.

Cacapon State Park – FIRST DAY HIKE

Let New Year's Day be a perfect opportunity to start 2016 by connecting nature, engaging in physical activity, and promoting healthy lifestyles all year long. Meet at 10:00a at the Cacapon State Park Nature Center to begin exploring the natural beauty of the Ridge Trail. This trail is approximately 1 ½ miles with a few hills. Cacapon State Park is open year-round and features a lodge, restaurant, cabins and more. Learn about other events at Cacapon on the park website, Events/Deals tab. (First Day Hike miles can be used as earned miles in the 2016 Chief's (Hiking) Challenge.

Hawks Nest State Park – LIGHT ALONG THE MIDLAND TRAIL

Just the right amount of lights to make thing merry and bright - Lights Along the Midland Trail (Route 60) showcases 108 unique holiday displays at Hawks Nest State Park. Drive slowly around the state park property. There is no cost. Lodge, gift shop and restaurant are open year-round. Stop in! and sit a spell by the lobby fireplace. Lights on from about 5:30 - 10:00 p.m. each evening from December 1, 2015 to January 3, 2016. Happy Holidays from Hawks Nest State Park.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Experience our spectacular 60 days of holiday cheer at The Greenbrier from November 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016! Our Christmas tree lighting ceremonies take place at the front entrance of the resort and will be held every Saturday in December. These ceremonies include carolers, homeade hot chocolate and cookies! 6:00pm: Caroling with The Spring House Entertainers & Hot Chocolate 6:30pm: Santa arrives by sleigh and lights up The Greenbrier **Open to both overnight and day guests**

Shepherdstown Christmas Celebration

The historic town of Shepherdstown WV will kick off its annual "Christmas in Shepherdstown" celebration on Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving. The November 27 schedule will include 4:00-8:00 p.m. evening events that are traditional for the town: a bonfire, a chili and cornbread supper, the lighting of the town tree, the arrival of Santa, and children's visits with Santa. Other highlights of that weekend will be carriage rides, a special children's program at the Community Club, a live Nativity, and a Christmas sing-along at the Methodist Church. After that, there will be many different events every weekend and some weekdays until Christmas. Most events will be free. The town will hold its annual Christmas parade at 11:00 am Saturday, December 5. Each weekend will feature unique events related to various aspects of Shepherdstown's history. In particular, the December 5-6 weekend will recreate a "Civil War Christmas in Shepherdstown," with Union and Confederate encampments, lectures and panel discussions, children's activities, period music and street entertainment. Highlights of the remaining weekends before Christmas will include three performances of the Shepherdstown School of Dance's annual Nutcracker Ballet during the December 12-13 weekend and Community Caroling, a TubaChristmas Concert, and a Winter Solstice Concert the weekend of December 19 and 20. Every weekend will include children's activities; holiday marketplaces selling handmade crafts, baked goods, and greens; and special musical performances. Many shops will be open late on Fridays and Saturdays. There will be free parking in all the town's metered spaces on Friday, November 27 and every weekday from the 14th of December through January 3. There is always free parking at Shepherdstown's metered spaces on weekends. Free weekend parking is also available in the Shepherd University parking lot at High and Princess streets, one block from downtown. Events and activities will continue to be added. For an up-to-date listing of all events keep checking www.christmasinshepherdstown.com. Or contact the Shepherdstown Visitors Center at 304-876-2786 or svc@shepherdstown.info.

Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 8-11, at Capon Springs!

Join us for a $99/person/night three night celebration of all our veterans. Special Bingo, live patriotic music and historical movie along with a special ceremony on 11/11.

HAY EWE! WAY BACK WEEKEND

FUN, FIBER, and FARM...Make wool into clothing in a "Seed to Shawl" experience, Enjoy the "Stitches in Time" Quilt Show, Children's Adventure Hay Maze, Hay Rides, Artisans, Award Winning Exhibits, Unique Food, Petting Zoo, and More at West Virginia's Only Smithsonian Affiliate!

Giggin’ On The Creek

Two days of FREE golf all Fall at Capon Springs!

Two days of FREE golf every week this Fall! Stay overnight any Wednesday in September or October and enjoy complimentary green fees on both Wednesday & Thursdays. (Normal cart fees apply).

Helvetia Community Fair

THE HELVETIA COMMUNITY FAIR celebrates the rich culture and history of Helvetia, WV, a small Swiss community located in Randolph County. One of the oldest agricultural fairs in West Virginia, the Helvetia Community Fair encourages local families, friends, and visitors to celebrate our harvest and our heritage. Farmers, artisans, and children display their work at the Helvetia Community Hall the second full weekend in September. Canned green beans, yellow squash, pfeffernüsse cookies, tatting, wildflower arrangements, 4-H projects, watercolor paintings, and much more line the hall to honor the past year and to uphold our history. Just beyond the blue ribbon exhibits, the kitchen bustles with volunteers who prepare food for a day full of celebration. Festivities include a parade, Swiss folk dancing, Fahnenschwingen (Swiss flag swinging), Alphorn playing, yodeling, field games, relays, and a square dance. Helvetia’s original settlers proved they could withstand harsh winters and rugged terrain while retaining the traditions of their mother country, Switzerland. Our hope is that the Helvetia Community Fair reflects that character, celebrates our ancestry, and encourages our children and visitors to embrace our traditions.

Summer at the lake: Top 7 WV lakes for family fun

There’s no better place to spend the hottest days of summer than by a cool lake, and West Virginia has

BLUEGRASS FEAST

Kick off summer with the Bluegrass Feast and The Mon River Games at Palatine Park. noon – Mon River Games 3:00 pm – Spence’s Rye 4:30 pm – Siles Powell & The Powell Family Band 6:30 pm – The Band Wagon 8:30 pm – The Jakob’s Ferry Stagglers