Lecture – East Liverpool Potters Southbound to West Virginia

By Susan Weaver, Director, The Museum of Ceramics, East Liverpool, OH As East Liverpool ran out of riverfront land, enterprising potters crossed the Ohio to the “Southside” to expand or start potteries. Harker Pottery, Taylor, Smith & Taylor, Edwin M. Knowles, and Homer Laughlin China Company all moved south into what would become the towns of Chester and Newell.

A WV Author Book Talk with John Mihalyo

The Author will speak about his novel, Always Living The Dream. Jake Million is living the life he has always desired. He is retired and is physically and financially able to "Always Live the Dream." This being said, he's never let go of what is most important in his life, the Four F's, Faith, Family, Friends and having Fun. Thus, the book describes the happenings and "isms" that only Jake can tell in his own unique way. FREE and open to the public. Call 304-737-0157 for more information.

The Layers of a Garden

Arm chair travel with Bill Mills, WVBG Executive Director, to the many gardens he has designed or traveled to. Discussion will focus on the seasonal sequence of these gardens and the many layers of flowers and foliage that make for a rich garden palette. Participants will learn about individual plants and their use in garden design as well as basic garden design concepts. Most appropriate for adults. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members. Space is limited, register today! All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs and are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

The Richwood Chamber of Commerce Fall Banquet

The Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce will hold it's Fall Banquet Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Richwood Alumni Hall. Our guest speaker will be Chelsea Ruby, Tourism Director. Contact the Richwood Chamber at 846-6790 to purchase tickets in advance. Reception at 6:15 followed by dinner at 6:45. Tickets in advance: $20. At the door: $25. Dinner is buffet style with: Caramelized Pork Loin with a side of Autumn Fruit Chutney Autumn Vegetable Lasagna Roasted Harvest Vegetables House salad Homemade Focaccia bread Homemade Pumpkin Pie Autumn Infused Water, Sweet Tea and coffee. Pay online at: (There will be a $1 fee charged by Pay Pal

WV’s Premiere Wedding Expo

WV's Premiere Wedding Expo is going to be held at the Bridgeport Conference Center on Sunday, October 29th from noon until 4:00pm. This is the first "state focused" bridal fair, and it is our mission to feature our beautiful state as a destination for engagements, weddings and honeymoons. We will also be showcasing the best vendors the state has to offer. There will be a guest speaker from The Knot, and representatives from WV Weddings will be onsite. This bridal expo will be like none other, as there will be a Princess Parlor for our brides to be, and a Man Cave to keep the grooms to be entertained. Vendors: we are only permitting 2 businesses per classification, and we want a large variety of wedding specific vendors. Hurry and reserve your spot today. Brides: you will receive a goody bag at the door with coupons and promotional items from participating vendors plus a program book about the show. You will also have the opportunity to win some prizes. Whether you're a bride to be or a vendor, we hope you will join us on Sunday, October 29th at the Bridgeport Conference Center for WV's Premiere Wedding Expo.

Archaeology Month Lecture: “Ancient Earthworks in the Middle Ohio Valley: Discovering New Sites and Re-examining the Old”

Archaeology Month Lecture: “Ancient Earthworks in the Middle Ohio Valley: Discovering New Sites and Re-examining the Old” By Jarrod Burks, PhD, Director of Archaeological Geophysics, Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. The Middle Ohio Valley is rich in ancient moments--circles, squares, and even more exotic shapes; most were built about 1800 years ago. Recent aerial photograph analysis and on-the-ground geophysical surveys have found a surprising number of previously undocumented enclosure sites, as well as many new features at well-known sites.

The Holocaust: A Personal Story

Presenter Jenniffer Weber shares how she began studying the Holocaust and the importance of Holocaust education. From a life-changing trip to Israel to volunteering with Classrooms Without Borders, Weber’s experiences show the lasting impact of this tragic chapter in history. Her slide show will offer a glimpse into the life of Holocaust survivor Magda Herzberger, including passages from Magda’s own books. An inspiring and eye-opening program. Call 304-737-1551 to register or for more information. Free and open to the public.

Pawpaw 101: The Story of America’s Forgotten Fruit

What is a pawpaw, and why have most people never heard of it before? Author Andrew Moore offers a brief history of the pawpaw, the largest edible fruit native to the United States, and offers some explanations as to why it has been overlooked in modern times. He also provides an overview of the growers and producers working to raise the fruit's profile, and how the fruit tree can be reintegrated into our diets and culture. Registrants will receive a young, seedling pawpaw. $15 for WVBG members; $20 for non-members. * Please register by July 15. * All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. * Free walks and presentations last approximately 1.5 hours. Donations are appreciated and can be made at the Lower Parking Lot Kiosk at any time. * Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Wild Edibles Festival

Don’t call them “weeds”! Our workshops and nature walks will show you food preparations and the medicinal properties of Pocahontas County’s wild and wonderful spring plants. Enjoy a weekend of fun, learn to forage and prepare tasty dishes and teas. We will give you ideas about how to make use of those pesky invasive plants and the hardy flowers in your yard. Doug Wood will be the featured naturalist. Doug is known to WV nature lovers for his “Tracking and Woods Lore” workshops, “History Alive!” portrayal of Ostenace and expert plant knowledge of wild plants and their uses. He is also an instructor with the WV Master Naturalist program. Doug will speak Friday evening and lead a nature walk on Saturday. Breakfast bake sale: goodies, coffee and herbal teas will be for sale Saturday morning during registration. Treat yourself to a delicious and unique “Wild Edibles” lunch. Soups, wraps, herbal teas will be available to purchase. Vendors on Saturday. Held at Watoga State Park. Attendance is free. Friday, April 21, 2017 10:00 a.m. Field trip to Yew Mountain Center: Nature walk to forage for a salad lunch; bread & soup optional for a fee. 7:00 p.m. Doug Wood at Watoga “Plants: Medicinal &Edible” Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:00 a.m. Registration will be at the Watoga Rec Hall from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshops, Nature Walks, potluck supper. Call Mary Dawson 304-799-4766 for event details and to preregister.

Celebrate D & E’s Athletics

Davis & Elkins College alumnus and former trustee Hank Steinbrecher will be the featured speaker for Celebrate D & E’s Athletics, the focus of the second day of inauguration week activities, at 7 p.m. Monday, March 27 in Myles Center for the Arts. Following the theme of “The Journey” for the inauguration of Davis & Elkins College’s 15th president Chris A. Wood, Steinbrecher’s speech is titled “Lessons Learned from My Journey.” As Secretary General of U.S. Soccer from 1990-2000, Steinbrecher was instrumental in bringing soccer to prominence in the United States and oversaw the staging of two of the most successful Men’s and Women’s World Cups in the United States. The event is free and open to the public.

Native Orchids Tour

Guest speaker Charles Garrett will give a photo presentation and talk on native orchids. Followed by a trip to the Cranberry Glades and surrounding area to look at various orchids. Bring a lunch, notepad, and camera. Be prepared for rain and be out all day.

June Star Party – Capon Springs

Join Greg Redfern, NASA Solar system ambassador, for Tuesday evenings' exploring the cosmos with a presentation and sky viewing. Tuesday, June 12th “James Webb Space Telescope” (Timed to be dark skies with a new moon)

Winter Wonder Weekend – North Bend State Park

It's full steam ahead to North Bend State Park and Winter Wonder Weekend 2017! Your stop is just the ticket for winter activities like sleigh riding (weather permitting), winter hikes, tours of the local area, programs, crafts and entertainment. Bill Beatty of Wellsburg, WV, is returning to provide an entertaining and informative program Friday evening that you won’t want to miss. The presentation will be followed by an ice cream social by the fireplace and performance by Stepping Stone Band. Saturday activities will include hikes, crafts, bingo, and door prizes along with more entertaining speakers and refreshments. Courtesy of Cal and Sharon Malcom, the weekend will include a display of “Railways in Ritchie County”, a miniature circus with operating model trains, including trains representing the narrow-gauge trains that operated in Ritchie County. Whether you long for bygone days of hearing that lonesome whistle blow or are passionate about trains and their history in the North Bend area, by making North Bend State Park your whistle-stop, you will find Winter Wonder Weekend to loaded with entertaining and informative experiences for all ages! Oh! and if there is Snow! Winter Wonder Weekend becomes an extra special weekend! Winter Wonder Express The link provides pricing and all activities planned.

WV Archaeology Month Program: Plantation Archaeology, Industrial Slavery and the Glenwood Project

Robert Maslowski , Retired Archeologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District Slave-based agriculture and the salt industry were two of the most important economic pursuits in the early history of West Virginia. The treatment of the enslaved workers differed greatly because slaves in the salt trade were leased instead of owned directly. These differences are revealed in excavations at the Jenkins Plantation on the Ohio River, the Reynolds home and slave cabin at the Marmet Lock Replacement project, and the Glenwood Estate in Charleston, WV.