Watoga Art in the Park – bringing together artists and the great outdoors. Watoga Art in the Park features a great fun- filled weekend for families set in one of West Virginia's most beautiful parks – Watoga State Park. The juried fine art and craft fair will feature some of the region's most impressive artists and craftspeople showcasing jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and much more Find that perfect gift for a loved one or yourself. Along with showcasing fine art for purchase, there will be eight professional artists, instructing in 22 workshops throughout the two-day event to help you create your own work of art. Learn pastels, watercolors, or acrylics from accomplished artists, watch and participate in wood-fire pottery or blacksmithing, make your own mask and paint or decorate it, check out white oak basketry, as well as yoga and art therapy. Join in one or all three nature walks lead by a Watoga State Park Naturalist. Learn about birds and then return to paint what you observed, make a clay dish using some of the natural materials you'll find along your walk, or check out the hike where you learn to identify animal footprints. In the evening you can participate in an Owl Prowl and the even make owl houses to take home with you. There will be great music both days as well as a variety of foods. Kids Corner open all day. Check us out on the web for details and to submit your artwork for consideration. https://watogaartinthepark.com/
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.
Arts and crafts are featured at Watoga! Juried artists will be at the picnic shelter area Saturday September 2 and Sunday, September 3, 2017. Overflow parking will be at the swimming pool area with shuttle service transporting guests as needs. Call the park office at 304-799- 4087 for activity, music and demonstration schedule and times. Overflow parking will be at the swimming pool area with shuttle service transporting guests as needed. Contact: Gail Hyer, 304-799-2228 (for vendor information)
Trail running - It's a challenge. Two races both begin Saturday, August 12th at 8:30 a.m. from the Beaver Creek Campground at Watoga State Park. Age groups are: 14 and younger, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and going strong. Great event, wonderful venue. Chip timing by TriStateRacer. Race entry is fee based. Visit the registration link for most current information.
A day to pay tribute to the incredible work and legacy left by the Civilian Conservation Corp. Call for details.