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Flower Shadow Box Workshop

Join Erin from M.E. Designs and learn how to make a beautiful flower shadow box! Great for celebrating Spring or thinking ahead for Mother’s Day! This class will teach you how to roll your flowers as well as weeding your vinyl quote for the front of the glass. All supplies and tools will be provided. Your kit will include a small (5x7 or 8x8) or large (6x14) shadow box, precut paper to roll for your flowers in a variety of colors, and precut vinyl with a quote that you will learn to weed and apply yourself (multiple quotes will be available for you to choose from). If there is a special quote you would like, please let the artist know by April 28th. Cost of class is $35 for a small box/ $40 for a large box. Class size is limited so Pre-registration is required! Registration: https://ellesniche.net/product/flower-shadow-box-workshop-may-6th/

8 memorable mountain Valentine’s Day dates for every budget

Valentine’s Day is your official excuse to woo. From affordable treats to glamorous outings, there’s something dazzling for your West

Bavarian EV Run

Have you challenged the tourability of your EV? Join us on June 6th for our annual West Virginia meetup. This event will feature a meetup in Charles Town, group drive to Shepherdstown, and lunch at the Bavarian Inn. This year we celebrate the Bavarian's addition of 4 charging stations (2 of which are Tesla). Tentative Agenda (Subject to change) Friday - May 5: • 7 P.M. - Dinner/Drinks at The Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub (for those who arrive the night before) Saturday - May 6: • 10 A.M. - Meetup at American Public University System, starting at 10 A.M. -Pickup car flag. Light breakfast and coffee will be served. • 12 P.M. - Leave for Shepherdstown. • 1 P.M. - Lunch at the Bavarian Inn. -Tour of new solar installation at Bavarian by MTV Solar.

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.

You don’t need a date to do these anti-Valentine’s activities

So you’re single on Valentine’s Day, huh? Just because you don’t have a sweetheart on this holiday doesn’t mean you

16th Annual Audubon Race for the Birds

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will hold its 16th annual "Race for the Birds!" in Shepherdstown WV on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The event will be held at the same location as last year: Wild Goose Farm at 293 Shepherd Grade Road. The farm is just across the road from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services' National Conservation Training Center. The 2017 event will include two professionally timed races—one 5 kilometers long and another 10 kilometers long. There will also be a 1-mile "Fun Run" for children under 10 years of age. In addition, adults and families who wish to walk or jog the 5K course at their own pace may do so. The 5K and 10K races will follow non-technical cross-country trails through the farm's scenic fields, rolling hills and woods. The course will be suitable for all runners. The 5K and 10K races will begin at 9:00 a.m. The children's Fun Run will be held at about 10:45 a.m. The children's Fun Run will be free. The fees for the 5K and 10K races will be $25 and $30, respectively, for those who pre-register before March 25. Same-day registration will be $5 more for both distances. Registration for the 5K and 10K races will be capped at 400 for both, so same-day registration may not be available. To register and for more information, go to the race website at www.raceforthebirds.org. You may also contact Nan Johnson at 304-870-4414 or race4birds@potomacaudubon.org.

How many of WV’s 101 unique places to dine have you tried?

The winners of 2017’s “101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia” are up! This year was the first time

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

Think you know WV? Bet you didn’t know these 9 wild facts!

1. What is the name of the tiny (as 2×4 inch tiny!) sculpture that hangs out on a building in downtown

Who says adults can’t have snow days? 5 winter escapes

  The Mountain State is one of the mid-Atlantic region’s hotspots for cold-weather fun. Whether you want to stay in

Boots – Brews – BBQ

BOOTS-BREWS-BBQ will offer 30+ crafts Beers, dig into some amazing local BBQ pop-ups and listen to live music by Mark Bray and the Steel Soul Cowboys. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the event. Ticket gets you 10 pours of brews. Additional ticket for $12.50 may be purchased for additional pours of brews at the event.

Eastern Panhandle Home Show

The Home Show offers the public an opportunity to view more than a hundred businesses under one roof, from home builders to re-modelers, banks, lenders, landscape companies and heating and air conditioning contractors, to ask questions and receive information from the the exhibitors. Visitors can also participate in a silent auction with a large variety of items from exhibitors and businesses. Admission is free for the two days.

Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concert

The Friends of Music will present a Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra concert in Shepherdstown, WV on March 25. The concert will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m. Entitled "Songs and Dances of Love," it will feature three works: Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzes," Edward Elgar's Serenade, and the Marimba Concerto No. 1 of Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro. The soloist will be Michelle Humphreys, the Orchestra's Timpanist and Principal Percussionist. Humphreys, who formerly taught at Shepherd University, is now Professor of Percussion at Towson University. An early music specialist, she performs regularly with many of the region's top ensembles, including the Washington Bach Consort, Folger Consort, National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, Philadelphia's "Tempesta di Mare," and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. Music Director Jed Gaylin will conduct. The Brahms waltzes were composed in 1869. Sumptuous in style, they are based on a collection of folk songs and love poems. It has been said that Brahms was moved to write them by his frustrated love for Clara Schumann, the wife of fellow composer Robert Schumann. Elgar's Serenade is a work of great lyricism. The composer wrote it in 1892 to commemorate the third anniversary of his marriage to his wife, Alice, whom he loved deeply. Elgar retained a great fondness for this work throughout his life and referred to it often as his favorite. It was the last piece he recorded before he died in 1934. Rosauro's Marimba Concerto is another very lyrical work that blends classical, jazz, and Brazilian motifs. The composer dedicated it to his son Marcelo, who was born around the time of the composition in 1986. Its four-movement structure is based on a Brazilian "Serenata," a lover's serenade that consists of a greeting, a lament, a dance, and a farewell. Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $25 per person ($22.50 before March 12). Tickets can be purchased on the Friends' website at www.friendswv.org or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443) or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance. Visa and Master Card will be accepted. In addition to on-street parking around the church, free parking will be available at the Bavarian Inn's upper parking lot, with free shuttle bus service to and from the concert. Full information about the Friends, the Orchestra, and the concert season is available at www.friendswv.org.

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7 fun ways to dig into your Appalachian roots

“Mountain folk” have their own way of doing things. Old-time Appalachian practices are still alive and well in the hills

7 things you did as a kid in WV that you’ve gotta share with yours

The joys of growing up in the Mountain State are simple and sweet. Share the fond memories of your mountain

7 hikes that are even better in winter

You might not think of winter as a prime hiking season in the Mountain State, but some of these trails

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.

Meet every wanderluster’s globe-trotting hero, the Roaming Gnome, right here in WV!

Travelocity’s famous Roaming Gnome is heading across West Virginia! The Roaming Gnome had so much fun eating and drinking his

Score huge winter discounts on these cozy mountain cabins

Most folks rent mountain cabins in the summer— peak season for barbecues, rafting, hiking and warm-weather fun. But the best

How much of your state have you really explored? WV checklist

How well do you know West Virginia? Here’s your ultimate checklist! 1. Head to Philippi to see the state’s oldest

Adventurous eaters: head around the world in 80 dishes

West Virginia is a culinary melting pot of international dishes from around the world. Get a taste of several different

Take your sweet tooth WAY back in time at this historic candy shop

  This Harpers Ferry candy shop is a museum— with edible exhibits! At True Treats Historic Candy, guilty pleasures are

5 100% timeless gifts for your fashionable friends

Still stuck on what to get your most fashion-forward friend? Hit up a local boutique for unique and timeless gifts

Winter warmers: WV’s top drinks for chilly days

Seasonal beer, cocktails, wines, spirits & all! Warm up your wild, wonderful winter with some West Virginia wine, spirits and

6 eco-friendly gifts your friends will definitely keep

Looking for eco-friendly gifts this holiday season? Local West Virginia artisans, farmers, and merchants create locally made, recycled and sustainable

You need these unique WV holiday ornaments for your tree

No tree is complete without some West Virginia flair. Wrap that blue garland, top it with a gold star and

The Apollo Jazz Orchestra present their Annual Christmas Concert – “Tell The Tale of Christmas”

Join us as we celebrate Christmas at the historic Apollo Civic Theatre. The Apollo Jazz Orchestra presents their 2nd Annual Christmas Concert, “Tell the Tales of Christmas”. The concert will feature the Apollo Jazz Orchestra as they perform holiday classics to the narration of the classic poem, “T’was The Night Before Christmas”. Musical selections include: Wee Three Kings, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Boogie Woogie Santa Claus, Jingle Bells and many more! Tickets are $12.00 Online and $15.00 at the door.

Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass and Circa Blue

The Apollo Civic Theatre welcomes Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass & Circa Blue ****Danny Paisley, 2016 IBMA Male Vocalist Tickets: Early Bird – $20.00; Door Admission – $25.00; $2.00 per transaction (not ticket) Ticket go OFF SALE 2 hours prior to the performance and then can only be purchased at the door. Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the Box Office WILL CALL the day of the performance.

Gifts that show off WV pride

  If you’re shopping for someone who holds West Virginia near and dear to their heart, look no further. From

The unbelievable perks of spending your holiday at the casino

Score the year’s best and biggest casino prizes and giveaways, just in time for the holidays. Extra rewards, special entertainment

9 unexpected discoveries from “The Best of West Virginia”

Some of the Mountain State’s best artisan works, unique flavors and traditional sounds can all be found under 1 peaked,

5 bucket-list mountain escapes to take solo

Want to just escape and unwind by yourself? West Virginia has loads of activities for solo travelers to tackle! Here

11 top Mountain State traditions to start this holiday

Start new traditions in the Mountain State this holiday season. Share Mountain State memories with folks you love most— decorating together,

Here’s where to find full-on Southern hospitality & charm— on a hostel budget

In West Virginia, you can get pretty darn cozy on a light budget. The state already has a lower cost

5 mountain adventure inns

  If you like a little (or a lot of) adventure with your quaint B&B retreat, these inns have an

South Berkeley Christmas Parade

Santa and the gang travel through downtown Inwood to kick up some holiday cheer and kickoff the Christmas season. Santa will be joined by festive floats, decorated cars, firetrucks and more for this great annual tradition.

Olde Town Christmas Parade

Watch Christmas come to life at Martinsburg's annual holiday parade. You'll see familiar characters like Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph as well as festive floats, antique cars, firetrucks and more.

Martinsburg’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

Usher in the beginning of the holiday season at Martinsburg's annual tree lighting ceremony in the beautifully decorated town square. Drink hot chocolate, listen to carols and watch Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in a horse-drawn sleigh to light up the tree.

In fall, this family orchard becomes a bird hunting haven

  Twin Ridge Upland Bird Farm’s small game preserve keeps hunting tradition thriving in West Virginia. “We’ve always hunted, of

Uncover Hidden Gems in West Virginia by Geocaching

Remember those epic summer camp scavenger hunts when you were a kid? Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt for the

The 1 place to visit 8 National Parks

Harpers Ferry is such a gold mine for history and the outdoors, it’s part of 8 overlapping National Parks and

The 9 WV gear shops the locals trust

  When it comes to outdoor gear, you get a lot of extra value by shopping local: hometown shops share

5 best ol-time stops in this National Park’s living history village

Harpers Ferry is perhaps one of the most unique places in the United States. The upper portion of Harpers Ferry is a

Ok, ok. You know the view. But do you know the story?

Tracing the rugged ridgelines and bluffs above Harpers Ferry, the Maryland Heights Trail is not just loaded with stunning views

The kids won’t even know what to do with all this excitement!

  Arcades, rides and every game you can imagine! Send the kids into overdrive at these over-the-top fun zones! 1.

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These gyms will drive you up the walls (literally)

  Indoor climbing gyms are the most revolutionary advancement in rock climbing. Why? Well, for one, climbing gyms are unbelievably

Same dish: gourmet or homestyle? You decide

Sometimes nothing beats a good, old-fashioned home-cooked meal. But our creative chefs sure know how to add gourmet flair to

Bisou Bistro at The Canal House

Santa Claus – Cacapon State Park

Bring your entire family and get your Christmas picture taken with Santa! Craft time with the kiddies and also a yummy bake sale will be available for purchase. Want to write a letter to Santa instead of setting on his lap? Elves will be on the premises to help write your letter and Santa will respond via USPS! For overnight reservations, call Cacapon Lodge at 304-258-1022. Need the naturalist's email to ask what time Santa is visting Cacapon? It is renee.m.finchman@wv.gov, one of Santa's helpers.

A river guide’s reflections: life on the water

For Matt Knott, owner of River Riders and longtime whitewater rafting guide, Harpers Ferry is synonymous with world-class paddling. “I

6 best places to pick up tailgate snacks to-go

Where are the best post-game hangouts in West Virginia? Here are just a few… Wheeling Pittsburgh-based Primanti Bros. now has

5 most history-rich hikes in Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry is one of the most history-rich places in the country. Get fresh air and a fresh perspective on

Earn that spa dip: 6 adventures near the nation’s first spa town

There’s more to Berkeley Springs than the soothing, historic mineral waters. The mountain-shrouded hamlet is also a hub for outdoor

3 best backpacking trips in West Virginia

When it comes to finding seclusion in the great outdoors, there’s no better place than West Virginia. Filled with gorgeous

Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra All-Mozart Concert

The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra will launch its new season on November 19 with an all-Mozart concert in Shepherdstown, WV. The concert, which is sponsored by Friends of Music, will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m. The program will include Mozart's Symphony No. 39, the overtures to the "Marriage of Figaro" and "Cosi Fan Tutte," and arias from these and other Mozart operas. The Orchestra's Music Director, Jed Gaylin, will conduct. The featured artist will be Washington DC-based soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot, who has sung in venues throughout the world, including the Boston Lyric Opera, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, and many others. Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $25 per person ($22.50 before November 6). Memberships and tickets can be purchased on the Friends' website at www.friendswv.org or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443) or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance. Visa and Master Card will be accepted. In addition to on-street parking in the vicinity of the church, free parking will be available at the Bavarian Inn's upper parking lot, with free shuttle bus service to and from the concert. For more information contact the Friends at 304-876-5765 or info@friendswv.org.

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6 sweet WV adventures for outdoor lovers who also love each other

Time outside is sweet, but time outside with the one you love is even sweeter. So power down your phone

Pedal right out of DC, into history & charm

Bike right from D.C. into natural beauty to explore history and charm along the path to Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown.

6 totally free National Parks in the Mountain State

There are several National Parks to explore in the Mountain State—all with no entry fee! Pack your hiking boots and

Enjoy The Hike Or Stay The Night: Mountaintop Fire Towers

Find a mix of adventure and solitude atop West Virginia’s old fire towers. The Olson Observation Tower, the first fire

Where to spot 9 rare and regal birds in the wild

West Virginia is a hotbed for unique and rare bird sightings. In addition to its own resident raptors and songbirds,

Shepherdstown “BooFest” Halloween Celebration

The historic town of Shepherdstown WV will celebrate Halloween this year with its fourth annual "BooFest." The BooFest will begin the evening of Wednesday, October 26 with a showing of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and conclude with trick-or-treating and other events on Halloween night, Monday, October 31. In between, there will be a wide variety of activities that everybody can enjoy, with a special emphasis on activities for children and families. Most activities will be free and everyone will be welcome. One of the highlights of this year's BooFest will be a visit on Saturday, October 29, by Bill Hartley, one of the stars of the popular "Ghosts of Shepherdstown" television series. The series aired this summer on the Destination America cable TV channel. Hartley, who was the tech expert of the series' paranormal investigative team, is the head of the Greater Maryland Paranormal Society. He will lead a discussion about the series from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Opera House. He will be joined by local historian Dana Mitchell and town police chief Mike King, who also appeared in the series, The discussion will be followed by a Ghosts of Shepherdstown walk led by Mitchell from 4 to 5 p.m. and a "Meet the Stars of Ghosts of Shepherdstown" event, where Hartley, Mitchell and King will sign posters, DVDs, and pictures, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will also be a showing of Hartley's favorite episodes from the Ghosts of Shepherdstown series from 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Opera House. Other BooFest events will include the following: • a "Vampire Ball" at the Community Club on Friday night, October 28 • special Halloween concerts at the Opera House on Friday, Saturday, and Monday • a Haunted Hogs Poker Run and bike judging Saturday afternoon • a Saturday evening Thriller dance and street party • a Sunday costume competition There will also be history walks, carriage rides and many children's activities on Saturday and Sunday, plus family Halloween movies on Sunday. On Halloween night, in addition to trick-or-treating, there will also be a "Haunted Hallway" for young children and a performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth with a post-show costume party at the Black Box Theatre. Go to the Shepherdstown Visitors Center website at www.shepherdstown.info for a full schedule of activities. For more information, contact Marianne Davis at 304-876-2786 or svc@shepherdstown.info.

5 can’t-miss fall fun for the kids

After a sizzling hot summer, there’s nothing more refreshing than the coolness of a wild and wonderful autumn. Around every

6 mountain hikes… that aren’t really hikes

Take a break from your go-to trail classics and hop on one of these hikes that are— well, not actually

6 best mountain yoga destinations

West Virginia may be known for its heart-pounding adventures, but the Mountain State is also your perfect destination to find

Upcycled mountain arts

  For a state covered in green, it’s only fitting that West Virginia join the “Go Green” movement. Around West

Anglers: this is your dream escape

Reel in plenty of relaxation and that prize bass at the Angler’s Inn. This Victorian bed and breakfast is nestled

Apple-icious-est autumn: hand-churned apple butter, apple pie & so much cider

Remember the days of running around barefoot— the cool grass squishing between your toes and the crunch of an apple

Blue Ridge Arts & Crafts Festival

Celebrate West Virginia arts, crafts, spirits, music, and food at this free family-friendly festival at the Bloomery Plantation Distillery in Charles Town, WV, near historic Harper's Ferry. Over 30 artists set up selling their wares for Mother's Day gift shopping, with artist demonstrations, a kid's arts and crafts tent, local delicious food vendors, and free samples of the distillery's limoncello and other WV spirits. Free reusable shopping bag for the first 30 attendees, with a beautiful WV state image. Door prizes, food pantry drive.

Beat these 3 beastly WV hunting records

  Some truly impressive trophies have been recorded over the years by hunters and fishermen in West Virginia. Here are

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8 reasons WV is best of the AT

West Virginia’s stretch of the Appalachian Trail is short, but extra sweet. The extensive 2,200-mile AT weaves through West Virginia

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A Renaissance Street Fair on the Streets of Shepherdstown, WV

August Insta-greats

As summer comes to a close, we’re reminiscing about all our wild, wonderful adventures. From the The State Fair of West Virginia

So, sometimes “golf” gets a little weird in WV…

  Get ready for a whole new “golf.” Here in West Virginia, we combine the traditional game with 3 other

Apolloween

The Apollo Civic Theatre brings Halloween to life through “Apolloween,” a series of events throughout October, allowing visitors to experience the frights and chills of the ghostly holiday. Hunt for ghosts during a Paranormal Investigation. Fight through the chills as you tour the Haunted Theatre, a devilish tour filled with monsters, ghosts, zombies and more. Pull on your fishnet tights and get ready to sing in an audience-participation driven show of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Dress up or put on your best costume and dance the night away at the Monster Bash.

Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival

Celebrating its 38th year, the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival is one of the longest standing festival traditions in Berkeley County, celebrating the area’s rich history and agricultural roots. The four day event features a wide range of activities, from an elegant grand ball, to a sportsman and outdoor show, a craft show, agricultural events, a royal gala and the grand feature parade that fills downtown with performances, antique cars, fire trucks and more. This festival is a local favorite and will create a special memory for visitors and families who attend and share in this time-honored tradition.

Fall Family Farm Days Festival

The Fall Family Farm Days festival is a great way for families to welcome the changing of the seasons and create memories together. Join us for live local bluegrass, delicious food, tasty baked goods, hayrides, visit our pumpkin patch, craft vendors, and children’s activities. This year we’re also featuring a LIVE visit from Spookley the Square Pumpkin! You’ve probably seen his popular kids’ movie on the Disney Junior t.v. network. He’ll be walking around both days to greet the children between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Paddles? Psh. Ride the whitewater the easy way!

There’s tubing, and then there’s tubing. Inner tubes are great for lazy float trips, but did you know you can

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8 must-play mountain golf courses

Find your mountain game on these 8 bucket-list mountain golf courses: 1. Pipestem Resort State Park Take your pick from

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Best climbing for the kiddos

Get your little ones geared up and ready to send at these climbing camps and clinics. What better way to

Think tubes mean calm, aimless floating? Think again!

Harpers Ferry is most well-known for its rich history, but it’s also a prime river town. Tucked under the shadow

Irie Wine, Beer, Jazz and Reggae Festival

With more than 100 wines and several craft beers, the second annual Irie Wine, Beer, Jazz & Reggae Festival is sure to be an amazing experience. When you add in fabulous performers playing live music throughout the day, delicious and authentic Caribbean food and a designated area and activities specifically for kids and families, the festival is too good to miss! Families are encouraged to attend the event as there will be kid-friendly activities like face painting and a moon bounce at a designated Kids’ Zone.

Back Creek Valley Homesteading Festival

Spend the day learning how to simplify life with "back-to-basic" skills and survival skills. The event is open to individuals and families, with workshops focusing on self-sufficiency preparedness and bushcraft, vendors, raffles, a Kids Kraft Korner and more.

Top 5 ways to celebrate 101 years of National Parks

On August 25, 2017, the National Park Service turns 101! Get out there and enjoy West Virginia’s National Parks! Here

The Christmas Marketplace at Charles Town

We are so excited to announce The Christmas Marketplace in Charles Town. Similar to the pop-up arts & crafts boutique that was held in December 2015. This year The City of Charles Town has granted permission to hold the event in the beautifully renovated Charles Washington Hall and will feature the work of local & regional artists, artisans, crafters and designers. You'll find a variety of outstanding handmade goods and bespoke gifts that are truly special and made with love! Two days only!! The Handmade Market will be open Saturday, November 26th (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and December 3rd (10 a.m. -4 p.m.). Admission to the public is free!

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7 youth group trips they’ll never forget

Take the group on a wild, wonderful journey they’ll never forget. These mountains are full of adventure, but here are

WVPB + NPR Generation Listen’s #WhyListen Music Party in Shepherdstown

Join us for #WhyListen, a first listen music party and music conversation, on Sunday, August 28 from 4-6pm at Town Run Brewing in Shepherdstown, WV. Listen to new music from West Virginia and beyond & chat about it with Larry Groce (NPR's Mountain Stage), Joni Deutsch (West Virginia Public Broadcasting's A Change of Tune), and Jordan Hudkins (Martinsburg native & Rozwell Kid rocker). Enjoy local craft brews, order from Town Run Brewing's delicious menu, and grab some free public radio / music swag! The August 28 event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP's are required on whylistenWV.splashthat.com.

Trails and Trees Studio Tour

Welcome to our studios. Travel through beautiful Berkeley County, West Virginia and visit the studios of our 13 talented artists who call the area, “Home”. We invite you to this special weekend where we share our creativity, skills, stories, and distinctive art work with the public. Take your time and enjoy the arts and Berkeley County. Take a peek at “Creativity Where it Lives”, purchase artwork, view demonstrations, or win a door prize - and it’s all free!

The ultimate romantic retreat, hiding just outside DC

Only about 1 hour from Washington D.C. is the perfect, but little-known romantic getaway: West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. Take a

She’ll have to say yes to these breathtaking proposals

For one of the most important questions in your life, you need a perfect location. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia is

8 events to make your pooch’s tail wag

This summer, you don’t have to leave Fido at home while you explore the Mountain State. These 8 pooch-friendly events

Wait, farm-to-table is a trend? Not here!

While the farm-to-table trend seems to have appeared out of nowhere, here in West Virginia, locally sourced food has always

Kids’ summer bucket list: 7 must-have adventures

Kids may be heading back to school soon, but there is still time to make some memories. You might choose