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FOOTMAD presents Téada from Dublin, Ireland

As part of the 3rd annual Celtic Calling festival, Téada brings the authentic music of Ireland to Charleston's downtown art scene. Téada, now firmly established as one of Irish music's leading exponents on the international world music stage, continues to be driven by a fascination with the timeless, expressive force of traditional tunes inherited from previous generations of musicians. Since 2001, Téada, has evolved to frequent headline performances at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Israel and Australia. Admission: $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students, children under 13 and Americorps/VISTA free

WV Symphony Orchestra presents A Night of “Great” Music

A Night of "Great" Music features: Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Haydn: Concerto in D Major with Christine Lamprea, cello and Astral Artist Schubert: Symphony No. 9, “The Great”

Mountain East Conference Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament

MEC basketball returns to Charleston Feb 28 as the Men's and Women's teams battle to be #1. Member institutions include Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State University, Shepherd University, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, Wheeling Jesuit University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Notre Dame College, Urbana University, and University of Virginia's College at Wise. February 28 - Mar. 4

The Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King

Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC is visiting the area with their heralded production of Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King. Struggle for Freedom is a 45-minute production that seeks to honor the American Civil Rights Movement. The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provides the backdrop to scenes that recreate the Montgomery bus boycott, the March on Washington, the Woolworth Sit-ins and much more. It is best appreciated by grades 2nd through adult and offers this study guide: http://www.brightstartheatre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Struggle-for-Freedom-study-guide.pdf. Adult, Teens, Elementary. Additional dates and times: Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m. Riverside Public Library Feb. 26, 6:00 p.m. Elk Valley Public Library

TAO: Drum Heart

TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. The performers of TAO: Drum Heart creates an energetic and unforgettable production by combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals. The group performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and they have toured the world, performing to a global audience of more than seven million. The performers who take the stage for TAO are both highly trained athletes and highly-expressive artists. Melodies of various genres and traditional instruments result in an enchanting scene that only TAO can present, using world-class techniques and specialized knowledge. From 2012, global fashion designer Junko Koshino has collaborated with TAO to unite fashion and entertainment, making an even more sublime performing art.

Roots and Boots Tour

Spend an acoustic evening with Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin & Collin Raye as they go back to their roots and perform their best-known songs. SAMMY KERSHAW In the course of breaking into the ranks of stardom in country music, Sammy Kershaw has made contributions to more than just the charts. His platinum albums were propelled into the records books by hits such as “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore,” “National Working Woman’s Holiday,” “Love Of My Life,” “Cadillac Style,” “Don’t Go Near The Water,” “Haunted Heart,”…and many other milestones. AARON TIPPIN Tippin has crusaded for the working man and woman since he ripped country music wide open with his uncompromising single “You’ve Got To Stand For Something.” His voice continued to ring loud and clear with such hits as “I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way”, “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With The Radio”, That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You,” “My Blue Angel” and “Kiss This”. Five of his albums are certified “Gold” and a sixth CD—Read Between The Lines—stands at the “Platinum” level. Tippin’s honest lyrics and direct, impassioned vocals have built a large and devoted audience. COLLIN RAYE Collin Raye is nothing if not passionate. His soulful delivery has set country standards in such searing ballads as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “If I were you”. Always an energizing showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as “My Kind of Girl,” “That’s My Story,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “I Want You Bad.” With 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and having been a 10 time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time.

St. Albans History and Mystery Tour

Take a 1.5 mile walk through St. Albans, learning about the history and legends surrounding the town. Two formats of tours: guided ($10 for adults, $5 for children) and self-guided ($5 for adults, $2.50 for children). Bring a canned good for $1 off each ticket (must be undamaged and not expired) for donation to a St. Albans charity. (Limit 1 can per person for discount.)

Moon Over Buffalo

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, the Alban Arts Center presents the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo on February 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25. Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, formerly a couple of Broadway stars, who have taken their run-down touring company to Buffalo, New York. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in repertory with five actors. But, on-stage harmony is compromised when George performs an off-stage infidelity, impregnating the company’s ingénue. When Charlotte learns of this, she prepares to run away with the family lawyer, sending lightweight George on a grief-stricken drinking binge. On the brink of a disastrous split-up, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf, old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body. Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo is a fast-paced, hilarious screwball comedy in the old tradition, a throwback farce, truly a valentine to the stage. Fridays and Saturdays: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Sundays from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets: $15 for Adults; $10 for Seniors/Students

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Salute to Our Veterans & First Responders Air Show

Charleston's Yeager Airport and the West Virginia Air National Guard are excited to announce the 2018 Salute to Our Veterans & First Responders Air Show! This two day event will take place on October 13-14, 2018, and will feature aerobatic acts, static displays, parachuting, etc. This Air Show is sure to be a memorable event! FREE to the public!

Dunbar Critter Dinner

If you are looking for an exhilarating meal, join us for the annual Critter Dinner. Some look toward the groundhog to tell whether spring is coming, the City of Dunbar has been holding it's Critter Dinner since 1974 to let everyone know the weather is breaking. The cooks for the dinner have a reputation of serving anything that walks on four legs, crawls or swims. If it can be boiled, sautéed, smoked or fried, you will find it on the buffet, along with vegetables, breads and drinks. The cost for such a grandiose meal is only 5 items (canned, dry goods, cleaning supplies) or a cash donation.

These 5 West Virginia ‘cupcakeries’ will satisfy your sweet tooth

Cupcakes. Cupcakes are everywhere! This latest foodie trend was born out of convenience — unlike a cake, you don’t have

8 WV Coffee Roasts to add to your online cart

Each winter season we are faced with cold mornings and busy days. The best way to beat the chill and

5 Ways to Warm up this Winter in WV

When the weather outside is frigid and freezing, there are plenty of ways to cozy up in Almost Heaven. Whether

Charleston Restaurant Week returns for the fifth year

Make your reservations now for the fifth annual Charleston Restaurant Week, from Jan. 29 through Feb. 3. For only $30

Tour de Coal

The Tour de Coal is an annual 11-mile float trip from Tornado to St. Albans, WV. Be part of the biggest flatwater kayaking event in West Virginia history! This year the event is expected to attract over 1,000 paddlers from as far away as California, Colorado, and Florida. The TOUR DE COAL begins at 10am in Meadowood Park. Saturday registration opens at 8am. Come to Meadowood Park first to drop off your kayak, and stop by the CRG River Center cabin to check in (unless you came Friday to the earlybird check-in). Then you'll take your vehicle back to Gateway Shopping Center in St. Albans and ride one of our courtesy shuttles back to the start at Meadowood Park. Early-bird Registration - $20 per person; Registration on July 17 - $25 per person; Additional t-shirts - $15 each.

Yak Fest

Join us for the inaugural Yak Fest June 15-16 in St. Albans. This new event is in coordination with the highly popular Tour de Coal. Yak Fest is a river-based event and will provide a variety of entertainment options, including a pre-Tour de Coal event and a major downtown-based rib fest, music, and a major display of kayak and river-based vendors showing off the latest in water craft, paddle boards, fishing kayaks, and fishing gear.

Mountain Stage: M. Ward

Matthew Stephen "M." Ward is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Portland, Oregon. Ward's solo work is mixture of folk and blues-inspired Americana analog recordings; he has released eight albums since 1999, primarily through independent label Merge Records. In addition to his solo work, he is a member of pop duo She & Him and folk-rock supergroup Monsters of Folk, and also participates in recording, producing, and playing with multiple other artists.

Northern Lights

Brahms: Academic Overture; Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2 with Erik Ralske, French horn; Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Run for the River Triathlon

The start and finish line will be in Meadowood Park at the CRG River Center. The race will consist of the following legs: *A 3-mile run within Meadowood Park *An 8-mile bike ride from Tornado to Alum Creek (Note: The alternate bike route will be utilized due to a road closure on Coal River Rd.) *A 7-mile paddle from Alum Creek back to Meadowood Park. *A quick 1/4-mile run back to the finish line at the CRG River Center Register @ www.tristateracer.com.

Dirty Dancing

Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!” Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!

Mountain Stage: Lee Ann Womack, Inara George

Lee Ann Womack is an American country music singer and songwriter. Her 2000 single, "I Hope You Dance" was a major crossover music hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart and the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her signature song. When Womack emerged as a contemporary country artist in 1997, her material resembled that of Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette,[3] except for the way Womack's music mixed an old fashioned style with contemporary elements. Inara Maryland George is an American singer-songwriter and musician, one half of The Bird and the Bee, a member of the band Merrick, with Bryony Atkinson, and a member of the trio The Living Sisters, with Eleni Mandell and Becky Stark.

Mountain Stage: Tal National, Calan

Tal National: On stage, Tal National perform with six musicians, but because of their rigorous performance schedule might include up to thirteen members at any one time. At shows, musicians regularly change places midway through songs (including the amazing sight of drummers swapping without missing a beat). On some nights the band might divide to play two gigs simultaneously. Calan: Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.

Jersey Boys

JERSEY BOYS is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story – a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.” This show includes explicit language.

The Original Harlem Globetrotters

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on the road for their action packed tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).

Mountain Stage: Seamus Egan Project

Seamus Egan, founding member of the seminal band Solas, will be touring for the first time ever, as The Seamus Egan Project, bringing along friends and musical guests, and introducing fans to both the entirety of his immense and influential catalog of music, as well as new music he’s never recorded or performed live. Beginning with tunes from his groundbreaking album, When Juniper Sleeps, which was the impetus for the formation of Solas, through the 20 year recording career of this iconic band, along with new tunes, Egan will continue to explore the further reaches of the Irish tradition, and beyond.

Winter Blues Farmers’ Market

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center is excited to bring the Winter Blues Farmers Market to the Charleston Civic Center. This premier event gives all of us the opportunity to showcase the bounty of West Virginia. We are proud of this event and want to economically demonstrate that small farmers mean big business. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Celtic Calling Gathering

The 4th Annual Celtic Calling takes place in Charleston, WV on March, 1st-3rd, 2019. Scottish group Heron Valley are confirmed

Disney on Ice

Show times: Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m.

The Road Show

An all-star lineup of some of Christian music’s biggest names will take the stage when THE ROADSHOW embarks on its ninth year in February 2018. Grammy-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY, along with Grammy nominees Matthew West, Natalie Grant and Zach Williams are just some of the chart-topping artists slated to perform this year. As a special treat, popular Dove Award-winning worship ministry Bethel Music will kick off each event, and Miami hip-hop duo Social Club Misfits round out the stylistically diverse mix of music that will appeal to the entire family.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with Special Guest James McMurtry

Two-time Grammy Award winner Jason Isbell and his mighty band The 400 Unit have announced 2018 tour dates bringing them through the Midwest and Eastern U.S. in January and February. Their new album The Nashville Sound (Southeastern Records) was released in June and debuted at #1 on the Rock, Folk, Country and Independent charts, while reaching #4 overall on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. The independently released album has gone on to sell over 110,000 copies and was recently nominated for the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year. COST: $30-$44

West Virginia Outdoor Sports Show

The 50th West Virginia Outdoor Sports Show is the biggest and best in the region. Explore the new outdoor adventure zones

Jim Gaffigan, The Fixer Upper

Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. He recently wrapped the first season of his semi-fictitious television show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, which TV Land picked up for a second season and premieres this summer. Tickets: $37.75 - $57.75

With A Little Help From My Friends: The Marathon Concert

Rubber Soul, (Tribute to John, Paul, George and Ringo) local Beatles tribute band, in conjunction with Fund For the Arts, is sponsoring a community event on Groundhog Day, February 2, 2018. We are calling this a community event because it will involve a who’s who of local and world musicians performing the music of the Beatles for a great cause. This event “With A Little Help From Our Friends: The Marathon Concert” will involve the continuous, live performance of all (206 to be exact) of the Beatle’s songs. The plan is to start about 12:00 noon on Friday February 2 and complete around midnight. Hosted by Larry Groce, the core band Rubber Soul, will play continuous songs stopping only to welcome featured musicians to the stage to sit-in.

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series

Featuring eight of the most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Charleston fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship

Charleston Restaurant Week

Charleston Restaurant week celebrates six years this winter. Presented by Buzz, #CWVRESTWEEK is one of the most highly anticipated culinary event in the region. It's a celebration of local cuisine and gives patrons the opportunity to try 3 courses for $25 or $35 at any one of the participating restaurants. Please check our website and Facebook for updated information.

Cincinnati Reds Caravan

This year's tour features broadcaster Jeff Piecoro, pitchers Sal Romano and Cody Reed, Manager Bryan Price, minor league infielder Nick Senzel, Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning, Vice President & Senior Advisor to the General Manager Buddy Bell, and mascot Mr. Red.

WV Hunting & Fishing Show

Each year in January, we present the West Virginia Hunting and Fishing ShowSM at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia. All proceeds, except for costs to run the show and club operating expenses, are donated to programs that promote or protect hunting, fishing, wildlife, conservation, and related educational activities. We only solicit vendors of high quality products and services related to the sport of hunting and fishing. The show features exhibitors from as far away as Alaska, New Zealand, Spain, and Africa, plus the United States and Canada. We are all 100% volunteers. In conjunction with the show, we run the West Virginia Whitetail Hall of FameSM. The West Virginia Whitetail Hall of FameSM provides an opportunity for individuals to bring their West Virginia deer trophies in for official scoring and to display the largest racks harvested. You may bring as many mounts in to be scored as you wish. Bring your tags for the deer for official WV DNR scoring. Friday, January 26: 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 27: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 28: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission: Adults $9; Children 6-12 $1; Under 6 Free.

Arts in our Communities 2018 Conference

Share your ideas, learn what others are doing, and meet key national arts leaders as we continue our conversation about arts in our communities.

The Charleston Light Opera Guild presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy that centers on a fictional spelling bee in the gymnasium of the Putnam Valley Middle School. An eclectic group of 6 quirky middle school students (usually played by adults) arrive at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for different reasons. The Bee is run by an equally quirky group of 3 adults. Four real audience members are invited on stage during each performance to compete alongside the 6 characters. With a book by Rachel Sheinkin and engaging, tuneful score by William Finn, the 2005 Broadway production won the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for best book. Dates and times: Friday, January 19 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm Saturday, January 20 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm Friday, January 26 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm Saturday, January 27 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm Sunday, January 28 at 2:00pm to 4:30pm Friday, February 2 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm Saturday, February 3 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm Sunday, February 4 at 2:00pm to 4:30pm

West Virginia International Auto Show

New cars, trucks and SUVs will fill the Charleston Civic Center Center for the 2019 West Virginia International Auto Show!

Have you shopped at these locally owned grocery stores in West Virginia?

Independent grocery stores make it easy for you to get fresh, natural foods and other products while supporting your local

What’s in a name? The origin of ‘West Virginia’ … and what the state might have been called instead

“Mr. President, I have no particular objections to the word ‘Kanawha.’ They have a very beautiful river down there, a

West Virginia adds 3 sites to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail

West Virginia is home to three historic stops on the United States Civil Rights Trail. The trail launches with the

Bettye Lavette and More on Mountain Stage

BETTYE LAVETTE: Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric.

Mountain Stage Presents: Patti Smith, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore, Tim O’Brien w/ Jan Fabricius, Charlie McCoy and Van William

MOLLIE O'BRIEN & RICH MOORE WITH BRIGID & LUCY MOORE: Families making music together have long been linchpins in the library of American music. It’s the singing. It’s the harmonizing. It’s the way you can’t tell which family member is singing which part. It’s the wonders of DNA at play that bring you into a rich, musical world that comes about only when people with common speech patterns and genetics get together behind a song. Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore’s fans have come to know over the years that they produce thoughtful and rich recordings covering the broad spectrum of all the music we call our own. PATTI SMITH & FAMILY: American rock musician, born on December 30, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 (Performer). TIM O'BRIEN W/ JAN FABRICIUS: Born in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 16, 1954, Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and started playing folk and rock music on guitar at age 12. After seeing Doc Watson on TV, he became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. VAN WILLIAM: Van William has spent every summer of his life working on his father's commercial salmon fishing boat off Kodiak Island, Alaska - a job he loved and a job that influenced every part of his life. When he wasn't fishing, he was growing up in the small coastal California town of Cambria, learning to write songs and eventually touring the world by the age of 20 - leading a few different indie rock outfits including Port O'Brien and WATERS. CHARLIE MCCOY: Grammy award-winning multi-instrumentalist who has also been a prolific Nashville session musician, especially on harmonica.

Live on Mountain Stage: Dailey & Vincent, Molly Tuttle, Western Centuries, The Sweetback Sisters and Richie and Rosie

DAILEY & VINCENT: Grand Ole Opry Members, Five-time GRAMMY® award winners individually, three-time GRAMMY® award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. MOLLY TUTTLE: Molly Tuttle, a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, has been performing on stage since she was 11 and recorded her first album at age 13. In just 2012 alone, she was awarded music and composition Merit Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship award from the Foundation for Bluegrass Music in Nashville, Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and 1st place in the prestigious Merlefest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. WESTERN CENTURIES: Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band. The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at these crossroads, and their debut album Weight of the World introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. With upbeat, barroom dance numbers, lilting, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between, the album strikes an oft-strived-for but rarely achieved balance between genre-busting experimentation and thoughtful continuity. THE SWEETBACK SISTERS: The Sweetback Sisters fresh take on the golden age of country music featuring vibrant vocal harmonies in a six-piece rockin' country band. The Sweetback Sisters' blend of magical harmonies, blazing leads, and charging rhythms doesn't just look back on honky-tonk with fond nostalgia, but rather moves it forward into the 21st century, presenting a vital take on an All-American genre. With King Of Killing Time, The Sweetback Sisters have hit their own golden era, and it only gets brighter from here. RICHIE AND ROSIE: Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton grew up a 150 miles and few decades apart. While both were raised by professional cellist, Richie started playing banjo at 14 and Rosie began classical piano lessons at eight, eventually moving to classical viola as a teen. Both shared incredibly unique, musically-immersed childhoods: Richie’s family founded the iconic GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance (which he is now President of) and by her junior year of high school, Rosie was playing fiddle and touring with folk rock band The Mammals. During that time, the two were introduced at Saratoga Springs’ Flurry festival -- a meeting that would spark a fated friendship and unique musical bond.

Browse vinyl at these 5 record shops in WV

  Music has come a long way from its early days on vinyl to its present form in digital. You’d

6 unique ways in WV to get in shape for the New Year

So, you made that New Year’s resolution to get fit, but now you don’t know where to start? Check out

The WV adventure continues indoors at these 5 spots

Cold, rainy (or snowy!) weather got you down? Never fear! There are plenty of things to do indoors in West

Huntington Tri-State Airport (HTS)

Uncork your creativity at these 5 paint & sip spots in WV

Pull up a chair and pop the cork, then get ready to create your very own masterpiece at one of

West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW)

These 3 grilled cheese shops in WV will make your mouth water

What’s more satisfying than a buttery toasted sandwich of melted cheese goodness? These grilled cheeseries are serving up classic and

Nitro Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

The City of Nitro hosts its Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Saturday, Dec. 9 starting at 4 p.m. The parade route runs from Pickens Road/1st Avenue to 21st Street and then on to Living Memorial Park. Officials will light the city’s Christmas tree, and free pictures with Santa and cocoa will be available.

South Charleston Christmas Parade

This televised Christmas Parade has Santa arriving by helicopter at the Oakes Field Football Stadium. Crowds line D street to

Annie

Looking for a fun event to take the entire family to this Christmas season? The Alban Arts Center has just what you need to bring a smile to your face and some cheer to your heart. This December, everyone's favorite orphan, Annie, will be back on stage at the Alban!

Santa Claus at Coonskin Park

The Jolly Old Elf makes his appearance at Coonskin Park from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec 7-9. Bring your camera to get pix of the kids with Santa, who will be giving out cookies, hot chocolate, and candy canes. "Hoppy's" Little Express train rides are also available.

Happy 36th birthday to Mountain Stage!

There’s a spring in the mountain and it flows down to the town. From the river to the ocean it

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame's seventh induction ceremony welcomes its new class of inductees: Hasil Adkins, Frank Hutchison, Ann Magnuson, The Morris Brothers, Fred “Sonic” Smith, and Michael W. Smith. Presenters and acceptors include West Virginia Governor Bob Wise (The Morris Brothers); Tim O’Brien (Frank Hutchison); Patti, Jesse and Jackson Smith (Fred “Sonic” Smith). The house band will again be led by 2008 WVMHoF inductee Charlie McCoy. The show will be hosted by Tony award winning actor and Huntington native Michael Cerveris and Wheeling native Mollie O’Brien.

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame

4 local bookstores to browse bestsellers

There’s just something special about browsing the shelves of a local bookstore and breathing the ink from those freshly printed

Checklist: Best thing to try at every WV State Park

With nearly 50 state parks spread across the state, West Virginia provides a scenic piece of Almost Heaven no matter

Hank Williams Tribute

A gala tribute to country music legend Hank Williams, sometimes known as the “Hillbilly Shakespeare.” Seasoned musicians recreate popular songs such as “Your Cheating Heart,” “I Saw the Light” and “Lovesick Blues,” in addition to lesser-known songs. Lively stage banter and anecdotes keep the show interesting and light-hearted. Hank Williams died in Oak Hill, WV, en route to shows in Charleston, WV, and Canton, OH, scheduled for December 31, 1952, and January 1, 1953, respectively. As a special feature for this year’s Hank Williams Tribute, the performers will re-enact a portion of that lost show, including the music of Hawkshaw Hawkins, Homer & Jethro, Autry Inman, and the Webb Sisters as well as Hank Williams. Scheduled to appear in the Hank Williams Tribute will be singers John Lilly and Rob McNurlin, steel guitarist Russ Hicks, fiddler Johnny Staats, guitarists Robert Shafer and Ritchie Collins, and bassist John Thornton, plus surprise guests. This concert is sponsored by the Woody Hawley Concert Series and FOOTMAD (Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance). This program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

Joy to the World

JOY TO THE WORLD W/ BOB THOMPSON FT PAULA COLE THU · DECEMBER 13, 2018 Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm $25.00 - $30.00

Huntington Holiday Express 2017

All aboard for a one-hour holiday train ride for kids. Santa will be on board giving out a gift for each passenger. Enjoy holiday music while having hot chocolate and cookies. The train board in Huntington and travels to Barboursville and back. Thursday, December 14: 4pm, 6pm, 8pm Friday, December 15: 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm Saturday, December 16: 10am, 1pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm Sunday, December 17: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm Prices: Adults $55 each; Children 12 and under: $45 each No refunds and no cancellations. $2 per ticket handling charge.

Lou Wendell Lighted Boat Parade

The area's boating community joins in the holiday fun with this nautical themed lighted boat parade on the Kanawha River.

Holiday Open House at the Craik-Patton House

Visit the historic Craik-Patton House the first weekend in December and enjoy Colonial and Victorian Christmas traditions with decorations and holiday cheer. There will also be a train display in the conference room and light refreshments.

Charleston Christmas Parade

Santa comes to town accompanied by marching bands, holiday floats and all the trimmings in the annual Charleston Christmas Parade.

Winter Etsy Market

An amazing day of handmade fun! Support WV businesses on Small Business Saturday! Join Etsy online shop owners from around

St. Albans Festival of Lights

The tradition continues! The St. Albans Festival of Lights is an annual event featuring thousands of lights. Enjoy everything from

10 West Virginia classes that will turn ANYONE into an artist

Set aside the stick figures and get hands-on with an art class in West Virginia. Whether you want to learn

3 chefs: the best mountain meal I ever had

West Virginia’s best restaurants keep things natural — no shortcuts or trickery, just honest flavor. The best recipes let fresh,

Salute WV heroes at these 8 stops

West Virginia boasts one of the highest numbers of veterans per capita in the nation, as well as some prestigious

Gal getaways: 6 women-only events and places

Would you and your girlfriends like to escape for a weekend or evening? Head to the Mountain State for indulgent

Edgewood Summit’s Santa’s Workshop

Edgewood Summit’s Annual Santa’s Workshop is the place to find one-of-kind treasures! Local vendors will be on hand to offer a wide assortment of gifts and crafts. Kids can visit with Santa while you shop! There will also be live entertainment. Our Courtyard Café will be open for lunch. For more information, please call Michelle at 304-346-2323.

6 doughnut shops in WV that will make your mouth water

Whether you like yours topped with sprinkles or stuffed with raspberry jelly, donuts in the Mountain State are sure to

The must-try beer from every WV brewery

West Virginia’s growing craft beer scene is creating a ton of delicious, must-try beers from all over the state. Here’s

The perfect fall day in West Virginia

Apple cider. Pumpkin carving. Corn mazes. Bonfires. Fall is one of the best times of the year, and there’s no

Meet West Virginia’s unique fruit: the pawpaw

Have you ever tried a pawpaw? This oblong, greenish brown or yellow fruit that has a sweet, custard-like flavor similar to

Wizard of Oz

Performed by the River City Youth Ballet Ensemble, the West Virginia Youth Symphony and the Appalachian Children's Chorus.

Sound Checks – Christmas with The Company Stores and the Steel Wheels

Sound Checks - Christmas with The Company Stores and the Steel Wheels Step out of your seat and on to the stage with Sound Checks! Deck the halls with one of our favorite local bands, The Company Stores! Hot off their first tour with their newest album, The Company Stores will stuff your stock with some rad sounds!

The Sound of Music

The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to the Clay Center. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Bill Gaither & The Gaither Christmas Homecoming

Multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist, Bill Gaither will present the Gaither Christmas Homecoming music spectacular at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, WV, on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The legendary recording artist will present an exciting celebration, filled with the very best in Christian music, including Gaither’s own multi-award winning group, The Gaither Vocal Band. This special event will begin at 7:00 p.m. The roster of talented “friends” taking the stage with Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band, will include Mark Lowry, The Martins, Buddy Greene, Lynda Randle, Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald, Jeff Taylor, and Kevin Williams. This festive evening will feature many classic Christmas favorites, allowing all those attending to experience the true Reason for the Christmas season.

Mountain Stage: The Mountain Goats, Joe Henry, Nellie McKay, John K. Samson

Performers include: The Mountain Goats, Joe Henry, Nellie McKay, and John K. Samson.

The Little Mermaid

Performed by the River City Youth Ballet Ensemble.

Maverick “Big Dog Gymnastics Competition”

USAG sanctioned event with 500+ female athletes from 6 states for the 3 day event--Fri./Sat./Sun. December 1-2-3, 2017.

Sound Checks – Porch 40! & Christian Lopez

Step out of your seat and on to the stage with Sound Checks! Stuff yourself with Sound Checks for a special pre-Thanksgiving performance on Wednesday, November 22nd! November’s show features headliner, Porch 40!

Mountain Stage: Robyn Hitchcock, Pere Ubu, Joan Shelley, Susan Werner, The Chandler Travis Philharmonic

Performers include: Robyn Hitchcock, Pere Ubu, Joan Shelley, Susan Werner, and The Chandler Travis Philharmonic.

Elf the Musical

ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Foodie Feast

This is not your Mother’s Thanksgiving! Charleston’s appetite for fun, funky holiday-inspired food with a ravishing new twist is truly insatiable! Don’t miss Foodie Feast—featuring the unique fusion of one-of-a-kind culinary creations with traditional comfort foods created by local celebrity chefs. Cocktails, too! You might even get some ideas to spice up your own Turkey Day.

Mountain Stage: North Mississippi Allstars, Paul Thorn, Bonnie Bishop, Declan O’Rourke, Bil Lepp

Performers include: North Mississippi Allstars, Paul Thorn, Bonnie Bishop, Declan O'Rourke, Bil Lepp.

Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie

On the heels of a sold-out critically acclaimed summer tour, longtime Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie will grace the stage of the Clay Center on November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. The joint collaboration began three years ago, when McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac for the group’s “On With The Show” tour. The pair went in to record new material prior to rehearsals for the tour and their natural creative chemistry was reignited.

HallowEast 9 Lives Costume Crawl

The freaks come out at night! The annual Costume Crawl kicks off at 6 p.m. with registration on Washington Street East! A variety of drink specials are available to those who register as well as live entertainment and tons of freaky fun! Register now to receive a HallowEast t-shirt and can coozie – supplies are limited! Schedule of Events: 6 PM – 8 PM: Coach Kidd from Electric 102.7FM will be spinning your favorite spooky tunes! 8 PM – 9 PM: The Spanglers take the stage 9 PM – 9:30 PM: The Crawl for the Crown!!! All in costume can participate in the battle for the best costume of the night from our special guest judges! No need to register in advance – sign up the night of the event. The Ms. and Mr. HallowEast winners will receive a special package courtesy of Mike Winland-Studios 9:30 PM – 11 PM :Headliners – Beggars Clan Times are subject to change.

Spring Hill Cemetery Founders Day Program

A walking tour of Spring Hill Cemetery Park and Arboretum with re-enactors of some of Charleston's Founding Figures. The tour will showcase historic monuments with an optional guided history and tree tour. (Parking is limited. See trolley details under Carriage Trail Leaf Walk)... expanded for website to include the following:....Spring Hill Cemetery Park and Arboretum-- a quiet place of repose for the deceased and a restful, scenic park for the living----Spring Hill Cemetery is listed on the National Historic Register and is one of our city’s greatest assets. A beautiful place for walking, bird watching, and arboretum touring, Spring Hill provides spectacular views of Charleston and a recreational area for running, biking, hiking or a peaceful respite from life’s hectic pace. Our city’s history can be told through the headstones found here.

FestivALL Fall: Carriage Trail Leaf Walk

Revel in the colors of West Virginia's fall foliage at the Carriage Trail Leaf Walk on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy vignettes from Alban Arts Center, Children's Theatre of Charleston, and LimeLight Theatre Company; live music by the Carriage Trail Horn Trio and vilolinist Alasha Al-Qudah with guitarist Ray Singleton; and other artful adventures. Take a stroll on the .65 mile trail and experience the arts in a not so typical place. Parking is limited. KRT will provide free shuttle service between this event and The Spring Hill Cemetery Founders Day Program with a stop downtown at Taylor Books. Location: Sunrise Carriage Trail, 746 Myrtle Rd-- parking at Farmer, Cline, Campbell PLLC, at the bottom of the trail and across the bridge in downtown Charleston. This event is FREE and open to ALL.

FestivALL Harvest Art Fair

The 5th FestivALL Harvest Art Fair is an indoor extension of the summer Capitol Street Art Fair. It takes place at the elegant Woman’s Club on Charleston's East End by the WV Capitol. The same high standards apply to the fine art and fine crafts, and most of the thirty or more artisans also participate in the Capitol Street Art Fair. This event is a staple of FestivALL Fall and a popular stop for early holiday shopping for hand-crafted gifts. The Harvest Art Fair also includes free make and take activities for children provided by Anna Copenhaver, Charleston Montessori School, Charleston Parks and Recreation, Gary Myatezh & Kanawha County Library. 2017 Artisans Bath & Body: Wild Mountain Soap Co. Fine Art/Mixed Media: J. Bird Antique Pet Photo, Art by Brandy Jefferys, HepCatz Designs, Charles Ott, Staci Leech-Cornell, Charly Jupiter Hamilton, Aska’s Atelier, Questionable Press Fiber: Touch of Color Fiber Glass: Art of Hubert Bain, Jeanette Justice Woodwork/Furniture: Woodvox Jewelry: Connie McColley, Damienne Dibble, Teresa Gail Designs, Making Cent$ (Matt Meadows), Artisan’s Menagerie, Theresa Gail Designs, Anna-Toler Frazier, Christine Keller-Chrizart Photography: Andy Altman Photography, Rick Burgess Pottery: Arts & Thoughts Studio, Regina Swim Sculpture: Marshall’s by Ellie, Melony's Menagerie Textiles: Suzan Morgan, Gretchen VanNostrand Made possible by Charles & Mary Fayne Glotfelty Foundation, EQT Foundation

Appalachian Children’s Chorus ‘Blue Jean Ball’

The Blue Jean Ball is the social event of the fall! Dress in your blue jeans, add some bling and come dance with us! River Jam will play live for guests to show their moves on the dance floor. ACC's Concert Choir will sing a few tunes with the band. There will be plenty of food, but it’s not a full, sit down dinner. Be prepared to enjoy delicious bites and small plate servings as you mix and mingle with friends. Exciting items will be available as part of special raffle.

Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza!

Watch “Professor of Pumkinology” Scott “Stormin’ Norman as he demonstrates his pumpkin carving skills in this performance on the Library Plaza at the Main Library. Norman of Galva Illinois, calls himself "The Picasso" of pumpkin carving and his skills have gotten him on national television and sporting events. Since 2008, he has traveled throughout the country demonstrating his carving skills. He appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2012, has taught at Disney, worked for the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Lightning, the Ronald McDonald House, and NASA to name a few. He wrote the book “Pumpkins: A Well Rounded View of the Well Rounded Food” after his stint on America’s Got Talent, hence the reason he also calls himself a “professor of pumpkinology.” This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Library. Note: In case of rain this program will be held indoors in the 3rd floor meeting room.

Spooktacular! Journey Through the Wizarding World!

Journey through the Wizarding World! Inspired by the great books/movies of Harry Potter, we will be turning the Clay Center into our very own Wizarding World. There will be wand making and wizard games and MORE along with our classic pumpkin decorating and trick-or-treat trail! For this event we encourage all to dress up in their finest wizarding costume (however it is not necessary). o Pumpkin Transformation (12:00-4:00) o Bag Enchanting (11:00-4:00) o Training Grounds (11:00-4:00) o The Wizard Cup Tournament (1:00 & 3:00) o Wand Making (11:00-4:00) o Tales with Beedle the Bard (12:00 & 2:00) o Wizard Family Crests (12:00-4:00) o Wizard’s Walkway (Trick or Treat Trail)