Food is the centerpiece of every human celebration and that traditions enhance the festivities.The heart of our Appalachian culture—in fact, of any culture around the world—is food. No matter how far away from home we move or how different our meals today are from the ones we grew up with, when it is time to celebrate a particular holiday, we feel the need “to go home” to the food and traditions our family associated with this occasion. The Cast Iron Cook-Off® helps all of us reconnect with, maintain and celebrate traditions—the recipes, folklore, cooking utensils, ingredients—and adapt them creatively to fit our current lifestyles while keeping in mind recent findings about nutrition and health. Being rooted in tradition doesn’t mean that we must be bound to or stuck in the past. In fact, it’s the opposite. Change is easier and more effective when you consider where others have already gone and what they discovered does and doesn’t work.
For more than 30 years, Mountain Stage has been the home of live music. Almost every show is produced in West Virginia at the Culture Center Theater, and is distributed by over 130 NPR stations nation-wide and overseas. Join host Larry Groce and the Mountain Stage crew for a night of live music by Ra Ra Riot, I Draw Slow, Ona ( Huntington, WV natives), and more!
Every year on the third Saturday in October the New River Gorge Bridge closes to traffic and opens to attitude! BASE jumpers, rappellers, vendors and spectators share the excitement, the spectacle, the experience of Bridge Day! Come be a part of it. Big Bridge, Big Adventure, Bridge Day!
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! This year we're celebrating Green Bank's pioneering contributions and groundbreaking work in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence with our new project, Breakthrough Listen! Build a squiggly bot, launch a rocket, solve a chemistry mystery, compete in the molecule design challenge and make comet ice cream! See how boats can float on air and smell space! *Come early! Rocket tickets are limited to 2/family and must be completed by 3pm for the launch at 4pm.