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New River Birding & Nature Festival

Since 2002, the annual New River Birding & Nature Festival has taken place in and around the New River Gorge National River in the heart of the upland, hardwood forests that Cornell Lab of Ornithology, identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson's Warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager. This bird and nature watching festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours. A friendly birding vacation for everyone, the week long event features guided birding and nature excursions, world-class speakers, the finest collection of guides, tasty food, and a back-porch atmosphere unmatched by any other birding festival. Signature guided bird watching experiences include the opportunity to visit a wide range of habitats, world class instruction for those wanting to enhance their birding skills, and the best guide-to-guest ratio on the festival circuit. All skill levels are welcome. With options to suit many budgets, packages range from week-long with cabin accommodations to a single day without lodging. Each day offers a great field trip of your choice, three tasty meals, two knowledge and fun packed presentations, world-class experts you will call friends, and good times!

International Water Tasting Festival

The award-winning 29th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting welcomes more than one hundred waters from across the country and

The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance

The Greenbrier Concours d'Elegance is a unique celebration of the automobile and its prominence in the history of America's Resort. Saturday, May 5 is Car Club Day, and admission is free for patrons. Sunday, May 6 is The Greenbrier Concours d'Elegance. One hundred of the finest collector cars in America will be on display and up for judging on the grounds of the golf course. Patron admission is $50. Concessions and merchandise will be available for sale. For tickets or more information, visit GreenbrierConcours.com.

Chestnut Festival

The American Chestnut dominated the Appalachian Forests, boasting heights of over 100 feet and accounting for 1 in every 4 forest trees... Until a deadly blight discovered in 1904 in New York State put an abrupt end to this story, destroying nearly every American Chestnut in site. Mark the date on your calendar, Sunday 8 October 2017, Columbus Day Weekend, and plan to attend West Virginia’s newest Festival, held in Rowlesburg, WV, along the “big bend of the scenic Cheat River.” If the previous years are an indication of what to expect, then it will be a real treat for all of you nature lovers – come and celebrate the great Appalachian heritage of bygone years when 40% of our forests were covered with American Chestnut Trees, commonly known as the “Redwoods of the East.” The theme of the Chestnut Festival is, “Honoring the research scientists and the heritage of our former ‘giant’ hardwood tree, the Great American Chestnut Tree.” Research scientists are dedicated to restoring hybrid American Chestnut Trees to their former native habitat, which once dominated the hills of the 16 Appalachian States from Maine to Georgia. Park activities are planned for all ages and for all types of interest. They will take place in the Scenic Rowlesburg Park by the Cheat River, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Activities include, sampling and/or purchasing delicious chestnuts roasted on an open fire; chestnut vendors and other vendors selling their crafts and wares, including jarred chestnuts in honey; purchasing of various chestnut sapling trees for planting; networking with chestnut researchers. Food and beverages will be available at the Park Concession Stand.

Fort Mulligan Day-Civil War Fort

Civil War Fort, living history, skirmish, music, food and speakers.

World War I Exhibit Opening at the Culture Center

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will unveil a new WWI exhibit at the Culture Center. The opening will feature a presentation with World War 1 Exhibit Opening at the Culture Center, multiple speakers, and a small reception will follow with refreshments.

2017 Marx Toy & Train Collectors Show

With over 80 vendors participating – this Annual gathering offers numerous Marx favorites such as: Johnny West figures, playsets and dollhouses made of all materials, trains and accessories of all sizes, vehicles, games, and so much more! There are presentations and speakers that offer insight to rare and exciting items. We hold a get together for all vendors to come together socially and swap stories; and an auction of unique pieces takes place on-site. This is a great opportunity for new collectors to add to their assortment and build great relationships with fellow enthusiasts! Friday, June 23: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Marx Toy & Train Collectors Show 11:00 AM: Speaker – TBA (GAME ROOM) 12:00 NOON : Commemorative Group Photo Session (Immediately following 11 AM speaker) 1:00 PM: Speaker – TBA (GAME ROOM) 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Toy & Train CUSTOM’s Contest (GAME ROOM) see website or call for more information. 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Marx Pizza Social at the Museum – A great chance to kick back and have an evening of fun with fellow Marx Collectors Saturday, June 24: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Marx Toy & Train Collectors Show 12:00 PM: SHOW & TELL – Unusual or Rare Marx Discussion (Bring along your favorite Marx Toy or Train to show off to fellow collectors! Some rather interesting items have been showing up at these sessions!) (GAME ROOM) 3:00 PM – 5:00: PM Pack-up tables/Final Tours of the Museum 5:00 PM: Official Closing of the Marx Show at the Museum

Shepherd University MBA Summit: Re-Inventing West Virginia

The Shepherd University MBA Program will host a day-long Summit: “Re-Inventing West Virginia: Respecting the Heritage and Realizing the Future” on Saturday, March 18, 2017 on the campus of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. This Summit will discuss and analyze ways to overcome traditional challenges to the State in order to position and brand West Virginia as a State that is attractive, beautiful and successful. This Summit will address West Virginia’s economy as it is impacted by education, technology, energy, tourism, and marketing. Finally, utilizing these discussions and analyses, a branding forum will summarize the highlights and provide a plan for the future success of Almost Heaven, West Virginia! Four one-hour long forums will be held. Education and Technology’s Role in Re-Inventing WV Energy’s Role in Re-Inventing WV Marketing and Branding’s Role in Re-Inventing WV Tourism’s role in Re-Inventing WV For more information or to register, visit www.shepherd.edu/mba-summit.

Shepherdstown Rotary Club Wine-Tasting Dinner

The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown, WV, will hold its annual wine-tasting dinner on Friday, March 10. The event will be held at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown starting at 6:30 p.m. Members of the community are welcome to attend. Admission is $70 per person; $20 of that amount is tax-deductible. The event, now in its 16th year, includes an elegant multi-course dinner featuring wines carefully chosen to complement each course. Wine expert Christina Morris Thornton, of Winesellers Ltd. and The Country Vintner, will preside over the dinner, explaining the history and characteristics of the various wines served. The wines will come from the Inn's award-winning wine list, which contains over 600 different labels. Go to the Shepherdstown Rotary web page at www.shepherdstownrotary.org to download an information packet that includes a registration form, the dinner menu with the wine pairings, and details about the Inn's special room rates. You'll find this packet by clicking on "Activities and Events" in the menu on the left side of the page and then clicking on "Wine Tasting Dinner." The wines served, which are always chosen to be affordably priced, will be available for purchase afterwards by the bottle or case. All proceeds from the sale of dinner tickets and wine purchases will be used to help fund Shepherdstown Rotary programs that benefit children and young adults. Dress for the event will be business formal, with black tie optional. Special room rates will be available at the Inn that weekend for those who choose to stay there while attending the event. The deadline for registering is March 7. For more information, contact sheprotarywtdinner@gmail.com.

A Service in Memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Davis & Elkins College will host a service in memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3 p.m. Monday, January 16 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. The program will include a scripture reading, music and a showing of an excerpt from “Three Evils of Society.” The Rev. Jeremiah Jasper, pastor of Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church in Elkins, will serve as guest speaker. Davis & Elkins College students also will take part in the program. The ceremony will conclude with a conversation titled “Where do we go from here?” and the lighting of candles for peace. There is no admission fee.

11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration: “Nonviolence is Courageous”

The Community Coalition for Social Justice will explore the theme of “Non-violence is Courageous” during its Eleventh Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration on Monday, January 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Theatre, 373 High Street, Morgantown. The program will feature music in the lobby before the event, a welcome by Morgantown Mayor Marti Shamberger; music by the Flying Colors, Morgantown Children’s Choir, the Morgantown Community Orchestra, and the Cheat Lake Elementary School Choir; and a performance by children from the Shack Neighborhood House. Jeremy Thomas will recite sections of Dr. King’s speech “Where Do We Go From Here?,” and Lt. Matt Solomon of the Morgantown Police Department will talk about how “Police Officers are Peace Officers.” Art students from St. Francis Central Catholic School provide posters to publicize the event. The Morgantown Police Department is providing coloring and activity books on “How to Handle Bullying” for the children attending, and Rachel Wood of Virtus Wealth Solutions purchased crayons for them. High school HSTA students will assist at the event. This program is free and open to the public. For more information on the Community Coalition for Social Justice, the Backpack Snack Program, and this program, please go to www.ccsjwv.org or email ccsjwv@hotmail.com.

West Virginia Chestnut Festival

Enjoy an Appalachian Chestnut Festival in Rowlesburg, WV, “the little town on the scenic Cheat River!” Honoring the heritage of our Great American Chestnut Tree & the research scientists dedicated to restoring them back to their natural forest habitat. Start your day with a Continental Breakfast – 10:30 to noon – In the River City Café. Meet friends and Distinguished Guests, including Lisa Thomson, President and CEO, The American Chestnut Foundation. Szilagyi Creative Arts Center (10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) West Virginia Chapter Meeting, Chestnut Scientific Program, and Permanent Exhibits! Gala Chestnut Dinner Banquet with chestnut-flavored dishes ! 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m Vendors Welcome: Contact Ellie at ellienesser@yahoo.com. To reserve banquet dinner tickets: Contact Shirley at, shirley.hartley@yahoo.com, or (304) 329-1240. For information contact: Shirley at shirley.hartley@yahoo.com

Patriot Day Ceremony

The Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation Department will be remembering the innocent victims and pay tribute to the valiant Firefighters, Police Officers, Emergency Personnel, and ordinary Citizzens who risked their lives so others may live. The World Trade Center Artifact Memorial will be unveiled in Spring Hill Cemetery during this ceremony. For more information please visit ghprd.org.