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Cass Homecoming

Head out to Cass Homecoming June 15-17! Friday, June 15: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Square Dance in the Community Center with Juanita Fireball and callers Ellen & Eugene Ratcliffe. Saturday, June 16: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Picking by Homer Hunter & Gang and socializing in the Community Center with cookies. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cake Walk and Auction in the Community Center. Sunday, June 17: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Going Away breakfast in the Community Center.

SETI Tour

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by GBO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. $40 per person, 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

High Tech Tour

Ever wanted to see the inside of the GBT Control Room? The High Tech Tour is your chance! Reservations are required for this 1-hour, behind-the-scenes tour lead by one of our own engineers. The tour will take you into the other-wise restricted electronic labs, anechoic chamber, and even the control room for the GBT! Tickets are $15pp. If you'd like to join in for this Thursday at 3:30pm, just email reservations@gbobservatory.org to begin the reservation!

Green Bank Farmers Market

Pick up your fill of homemade jams, honeys, fresh produce and more at the Green Bank Farmers Market. Held every Wednesday from 3-6 p.m.

Star Lab Sunday

Family Fun! Crawl into our planetarium balloon for a fascinating night sky tour! Program lasts about one hour and includes a DIY star wheel kit! Reservations recommended. $5/person; Space is limited to 20 Call 304.456-2150 or email tours@gbobservatory.org to hold your spot today!

Marlinton Farmers Market

Pick up your fill of homemade jams and honeys, fresh produce and more at the Marlinton Farmers Market. Held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Green Bank Farmers Market

Pick up your fill of homemade jams, honeys, fresh produce and more at the Green Bank Farmers Market. Held every Wednesday from 3-6 p.m.

Star Lab Sunday

Family Fun! Crawl into our planetarium balloon for a fascinating night sky tour! Program lasts about one hour and includes a DIY star wheel kit! Reservations recommended. $5/person; Space is limited to 20 Call 304.456-2150 or email tours@gbobservatory.org to hold your spot today!

Marlinton Farmers Market

Pick up your fill of homemade jams and honeys, fresh produce and more at the Marlinton Farmers Market. Held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

SETI Tour

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by GBO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. $40 per person, 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

Father’s Day Picnic at Whittaker Station

Show dad how much you care with a great scenic train ride and a cookout lunch at beautiful Whittaker Station! Your steam-powered train departs from the Cass Depot, through two switchbacks, and into several S-curves before arriving at the former logging campsite of Whittaker Station. You’ll enjoy an extended layover in Whittaker where you’ll unwind with live music, a cookout, games, and much more before your train returns to Cass later in the afternoon.

5 farm workshops to learn traditional trades

If you’re a farm kid at heart but never had the opportunity to learn the traditional arts and skills associated

Cozy June Dinner

Join us for our monthly dinner based upon new and classic cookbooks available at our shop. Each menu is thoughtfully planned with local seasonal ingredients when possible. Limited seating. Starters Homestead Salad Mixed Green Salad with Tomato, Cucumber and Balsamic Vinaigrette Entree HERITAGE PORK CHOP Served with Wild Rice Pilaf and Seasonal Vegetables Vegetarian Entree: Basil Pesto with Wild Mushrooms Dessert Panna Cotta topped with Salted Caramel $40.00 per person. $15 kids under 12. Vegetarian option available upon request. To make a reservation, call 304-864-4333 or OpenTable.com

Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon

The Deckers Creek Trail Half-Marathon is a mostly downhill, two-surface course, which provides a challenging, yet enjoyable 13. miles for

Peter and the Starcatcher

As a young orphan and his friends are sent to an island, they meet a starcatcher in training. The group must protect a trunk full of precious cargo from falling into the wrong hands. From pirates and jungle tyrants to unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher explores the depths of greed, despair, friendship, duty and love. A play by Rick Elice. Based on a novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson. Music by Wayne Barker. Directed by Lee Blair June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 @ 7:30 pm June 3, 10 @ 2:00 pm

11th Annual River City Festival of the Arts

Jazz, opera, instrumental & choral music, art, pottery & photography exhibits, living history portrayals, patriotic dinner, poetry and theater. Tickets available at the door. Program subject to change. Hours: 9am on 5/25/18; 10am on 5/26/18; 2:30pm on 5/27/18; Noon on 5/28/18

Morning Yoga in the Garden

Join yoga instructors Heidi Sherwin (Fridays) and Sally Tolka (Mondays) to connect with nature, rejuvenate energy, and experience relaxation through yoga. The beauty and serenity of the garden setting provides the perfect environment to stretch, strengthen, center, breathe, and relax. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and small hand towel. $12/class for WVBG members; $15 for non-members.

33 Things To Do On Route 33

Take a drive through scenic, rolling hills on Route 33 in Upshur, Lewis and Randolph counties to experience 33 unique

Bike Instructor Certification Program Level 1

Are you an avid downhill mountain biker that would like to share your love of riding with others? Then this is the course for you! The Bike Instructor Certification program (BICP) level 1 is your first step in becoming certified to lead guided rides and coach new riders in the basic skills of down hill. Those interested in moving into the world of professional coaching will have a competitive advantage with this nationally recognized certification.

Community Appreciation Day

Our way of saying thank you to the community that helps make Snowshoe such a special place to live, work and play. To show our appreciation, residents of Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster Counties are invited to enjoy a FREE Summer Fun Pass valid for the entire day. Community Appreciation Day -11:00 am-6:00 pm Stop by The Depot with your proof of residency (valid ID) for Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster County and receive: Snowshoe Fun Pass consist of: Free scenic lift ride, complimentary access to the bungee and climbing wall (waiver required, 10% off sporting clays, Lake activities, Access to Split Rock Pool, 2 Hare Racer Zipline Rides, 10% off (non-discounted items) in Snowshoe Retail Shops. 11:00 am-2:00 pm Kids Korner Activities in the Village- Human Candyland, homemade ice-cream making, and free face painting

History of Archeology at Harpers Ferry

Learn how archeology has influenced our knowledge of history at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Defend and Protect: Arming America’s Soldiers

Special exhibits and programs highlight the establishment and technology of the Harpers Ferry Armory.

Loudoun Heights Hike

Join park rangers for a 8-mile round trip, 5-hour, hike to Split Rock, learning about the history of the mountain along the way. This is a strenuous hike and proper footwear is required. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. Limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration required by calling 304-535-6038.

Marlinton Farmers Market

Pick up your fill of homemade jams and honeys, fresh produce and more at the Marlinton Farmers Market. Held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Ultimate West Virginia Wine Road Trip

Journey through the Mountain State and visit stellar wineries set upon our gorgeous, rolling hills along the way. Each stop

A little bit of Branson in the heart of West Virginia

Why travel all the way to Branson, Missouri, when you can enjoy award-winning dinner theater right here in West Virginia?

Color Me Au-Some 5K Walk/Run

Participants are plastered with color bombs of dry tempera paint powder at stations throughout the course. Participants are encouraged to wear white t-shirts to engage in the “Color Me Process.” The Color Me Au-Some 5K course incorporates one of the city’s oldest and most recognizable landmarks, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. The course starts at the picturesque waterfront, goes through downtown, over the Suspension Bridge, around Wheeling Island, back over the Suspension Bridge, and down Main Street returning to the Waterfront. Following the race, participants can enjoy refreshments, door prizes, awards ceremony, and music. Awards will be given to the top 5 female and male walkers and runners, and the top three female and male finishers in the following categories: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, top finisher in 70+. Children ages 3 & under will pay no registration fee, but parents must register them and sign the waiver. All participants that register as walkers MUST walk. If you register as a runner, you are permitted to run and walk.

5 ways to dine outside for the best mountain views

Spring and summer in the Mountain State are that perfect time of year when everything is beautiful and lush. And

Opening Day – Snowshoe Bike Park

One of the East Coast’s favorite bike parks is spinning the lifts once again starting this Memorial Day weekend! Come on up and get all of the rocks, roots, berms and jumps that you’ve been waiting for all winter.

Kid’s Fishing Derby

The Kid's Fishing Derby held at Watoga State Park, gives the kids an opportunity to spend the day fishing and win prizes at the end of the event.

Marlinton Farmers Market

Pick up your fill of homemade jams and honeys, fresh produce and more at the Marlinton Farmers Market.

Playfest 2018

The Pocahontas County Drama Workshop presents Playfest 2018: Six ten-minute plays. Directed by Eric Fritzius. A sampler pack of different playwrights and styles, from drama to comedy to a mixture of both. "Bankin' on the Grand" by Chris Shaw Swanson, depicts a man and wife who find themselves stranded on the roof of their home during a historic flood. "Riding Lessons" by Brett Hursey, shows the audience what can happen when an imaginary "friend" becomes all too real. "Beans and Franks Never Tasted So Good" by Jonathan Joy, in which an older couple argue and reminisce about a meal they had during their first date. "Daughters These Days" by T.K.Lee features a pair of sisters who must come to terms with the tragic passing of their mother. "Petting Zoo Story" by Jason Half, depicts what happens when an overzealous petting zoo employee must contend with a germ phobic patron with a hidden agenda. "Game of Twenty" by Eric Fritzius, imagines what a man would ask in order to gain answers to the mysteries of the universe while in the waiting room of the afterlife. Performances Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19, 8:00 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door Free preview performance Thursday May 17, 7:00 p.m.

Spring Birding Weekend

Presenter: Casey Rucker has studied birding all over the world and extensively in West Virginia. He has led many birding excursions in the Appalachian mountains and is editor of Redstart, a publication of the Brooks Bird Club. Course content: Basics of birding, birding ethics, morning bird walks, brief history of land use in WV, local habitats and bird guilds, breeding cycles, challenges of protecting and raising young, bird population facts and trends, birding around the world, WV breeding bird atlas.

Celebrate 50 years of whitewater rafting in West Virginia

Every year, thousands of people from all over the world journey to the New and Gauley rivers to ride some

Did you know: Mother’s Day was created in West Virginia

The term “mountain mama” calls to mind our beloved state anthem, “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” But are you familiar

This one-day West Virginia yard sale is the largest on the East Coast

Did you know West Virginia is home to the largest one-day community yard sale on the East Coast? Each May,

Star Lab Sunday

Family Fun! Crawl into our planetarium balloon for a fascinating night sky tour! Program lasts about one hour and includes a DIY star wheel kit! Reservations recommended. $5/person; Space is limited to 20 Call 304.456-2150 or email tours@gbobservatory.org to hold your spot today!

Marlinton Farmers Market

Pick up your fill of homemade jams and honeys, fresh produce and more at the Marlinton Farmers Market. Held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Mountain views & a show: The best amphitheaters in West Virginia

From waterfront views to dramatic views of the New River Gorge, each amphitheater in West Virginia is different, yet equally

7 Days, 7 Ways to Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week

May 5-11, 2019 is National Travel and Tourism Week—an occasion established by congressional resolution 35 years ago to celebrate the

Destination fun: golf & gaming in Charles Town

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Charles Town. Just one hour away from both DC and Baltimore,

The Back Porch String Band

The Back Porch String Band was formed in Charleston in 1973 and played throughout southern WV. Family and job obligations caused the band to cease playing publicly for 40 years. Now that the band members are retired, they have rekindled their desire to play country, folk, and bluegrass string music and the whole gang will squeeze onto the stage tonight!

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day in West Virginia

In an era of big box stores and online shopping, the neighborhood comic shop has stood the test of time,

How to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in West Virginia

Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the Mexican army defeating the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5,

You must try these 8 giant burgers in West Virginia

What makes a hamburger special to you? Is it the chargrilled, juicy beef? Is it the way you dress a

Young Birders Walk

It’s never too early to become a birder! This walk will introduce children of all ages and their parents to

Williamson Night Market

Join us for our popular pop-up street festivals on the second Saturday of the month from May until August. Street vendors, musicians, artists, and more fill 2nd Avenue for a laid back evening on the town. To see vendors visit us on Facebook.

Return of a Champion: Efforts to Restore the American Chestnut

American chestnut was an extremely important component of eastern forests a century ago. It was prized for its rapid growth and was utilized for telephone poles, railroad ties, fence posts, house construction and tannins for tanning hides. A fungus from Asia was inadvertently imported into the port at New York City in 1904 and within 50 years, the fungus killed 10 billion chestnut trees. This program led by Mark Double, West Virginia University, details the history of American chestnut and the efforts being conducted to return this champion tree to our eastern forests. Most appropriate for adults. Free for WVBG members; $15 for non-members. Space is limited, register today! Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Floriography: The Secret Language of Flowers

Floriography is a system of communication that uses flowers, plants, and other natural objects to send secret messages to others. Many cultures throughout the years have used a version of floriography, but today it is relatively unknown. Join West Virginia University (WVU) graduate student Alice Morgan and learn more about the rich history of a hidden language and the meanings behind the plants you see every day. Most appropriate for adults. Free for WVBG members; $15 for non-members. Space is limited, register today! Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Dig In! Investigating and Improving Garden Soil

June 2, 1:00 p.m. Dig In! Investigating & Improving Garden Soil: WVU Division of Plant and Soil Sciences Professor Louis McDonald will present an overview of the basic properties and functions of soils focusing on garden plant production. Program will include soil test report interpretation and appropriate amendment strategies. Most appropriate for adults. Free for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Space is limited, register today! Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Beginner’s Guide to Plant Identification

On this walk with Research Botanist Cindy Huebner, participants will be introduced to the basics of plant identification and learn to identify several plant species with a focus on trees and shrubs. Most appropriate for adults and older children. Free for WVBG members; $15 for non-members. Space is limited, register today! Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the first Friday of each month for a short nature-themed story followed by a walk around the Garden concluding with a simple craft. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free for WVBG members; $10 per family suggested donation for non-members. Space is limited, register today! Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

5 incredible motorcycles rides in West Virginia

There’s nothing quite like riding over the mountains and through the valleys of West Virginia. Whether you want a curve-hugging,

These 27 places know EVERYTHING about West Virginia

Have you consulted a local convention and visitor’s bureau when planning your trip? These organizations are staffed by friendly and

4 hidden trout hotspots

Follow the locals down to these hidden trout-teeming hotspots in the Mountain State: 1. Second Creek – Monroe County This

Relax during these 6 easy adventures in West Virginia

Everyone knows that West Virginia is the prime place for hard-hitting adventures like whitewater rafting the Gauley River’s class V+

Ridgefest2018 “Rockin’ the Ravines”…Way Out Wayne Woodstock WOWW!!!

Rustic Ravines presents RIDGEFEST2018, Rockin' the Ravines, Friday May 25th thru Sunday May 27th Performances include: Jordan Reeves Band, Taco Philly & Right Turn Clyde, The Mello Fellos and James Cazad performing live at the "Butch Perry Memorial Pavilion" located at 2575 Hampton Ridge Road, Genoa, WV. You won't want to miss this one it's going to be a blast!!! Way out Wayne Woodstock (WOWW)! See you all there! DIRECTIONS FROM HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA: Approximately 27 miles South of Huntington...Take the 5th Street exit (Exit 8) off of I-64 West, Go South onto State Rt. 152. Drive south thru Lavallette and Wayne, West Virginia, on down to Genoa. Take a right turn just before the Genoa Post Office; it's a brown brick building on your right. You will see a large Rustic Ravines sign on the left side of the hill across from the Genoa Post Office pointing to the right. This turn puts you on Genoa Hill Road. Take Genoa Hill Road across the bridge and to the left and on up to the top of the ridge, until you come to an intersection. Take a left turn onto Hampton Ridge Road. Take Hampton Ridge Road a couple of miles out until you see our Rustic Ravines sign at the very end of the road on the left @ 2575 Hampton Ridge Road. Take a left into the driveway and travel all the way to the end until you get to the Red Barn...Welcome to Rustic Ravines ;)

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater in Shepherdstown

The Friends of Music are sponsoring a murder mystery dinner theater performance at the Clarion Hotel in Shepherdstown, WV the evening of Friday, May 25. It will combine a seated dinner and an original, lighthearted murder mystery performed by Murder Mysteries Will Travel, a professional acting troupe from Winchester, VA. The mystery will be entitled "A Melodious Murder," with a plot revolving around the murder of an orchestra singer in the 1920s. Like all the troupe's productions, it will be a comedy that spoofs the murder mystery genre, and it will be interactive; diners will work to solve the crime, and they may play roles in the drama if they wish. The evening will begin at 6pm with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine and a cash bar. This will be an opportunity to mingle with the actors, learn more about the evening's performance, and decide whether to play a role in the performance. There will also be a wine-pull raffle, with several dozen bottles of donated wines. All the bottles will be numbered and wrapped so their labels can't be seen; raffle-ticket holders will get to keep the bottles that correspond with numbers they draw. Dinner and the performance will follow at 7pm. A choice of entrees, including a vegetarian option, will be available. Dinner tickets will be $100 per person, with $45 of that amount tax-deductible. Attire will be evening casual or your best detective or 1920s outfit. Tickets are available through the Friends website at www.friendswv.org, or call or email the Friends office at 304-876-5765 or info@friendswv.org. The deadline for reserving seats is May 10. The Clarion Hotel is offering rooms to those who attend this dinner at $99 for the night. The Friends' Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra is the only professional chamber orchestra in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and one of only three professional classical music orchestras in the state.

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.

Fayetteville’s Mad Hatter Tea Party

In celebration of the Mountain Music Festival Weekend Fayetteville is hosting a Mad Hatters Tea Party. Down the rabbit hole we go… You don’t want to be late for this very important date! Come join the Mad Hatter and his friends for a fun-filled afternoon of tea, delicious goodies, and yard games. Fun for all ages. You are welcome to come dressed as your favorite Alice in Wonderland character, dressed for high tea, or in your flip flops! Anything goes! We will host an 11am tea and a 1pm tea. Seating is limited. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online or at the Fayetteville Convention & Visitors Center. To purchase tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/fayetteville-cvb-15107211372.

Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea

Join us to see an old Town in a very personal way. Become backyard friends in 15 or so gardens

4 Pals Productions Present: The Savannah Sipping Society

Four Ladies go to yoga and they decide they would rather “sip” than “sweat”. In this laugh-a-minute comedy, they come together over the course of six months when they decide it’s high time to recapture their enthusiasm for life. The result is a heartfelt story about family and friendships. The performance will be held at the Bluefield Area Arts Center on May 11, 12, 18, 19 with a special Mothers Day matinee on May 13 at 2:00 P.M. $25.00 $30 Dinner Theater @ 6:30 P.M. $20 Show Only @ 7:15 P.M. Reservations are Required. Call (304) 589-0339

4 Pals Productions Present: The Savannah Sipping Society

Four Ladies go to yoga and they decide they would rather “sip” than “sweat”. In this laugh-a-minute comedy, they come together over the course of six months when they decide it’s high time to recapture their enthusiasm for life. The result is a heartfelt story about family and friendships. The performance will be held at the Bluefield Area Arts Center on May 11, 12, 18, 19 with a special Mothers Day matinee on May 13 at 2:00 P.M. $25.00 $30 Dinner Theater @ 6:30 P.M. $20 Show Only @ 7:15 P.M. Reservations are Required. Call (304) 589-0339

4 Pals Productions Present: The Savannah Sipping Society

Four Ladies go to yoga and they decide they would rather “sip” than “sweat”. In this laugh-a-minute comedy, they come together over the course of six months when they decide it’s high time to recapture their enthusiasm for life. The result is a heartfelt story about family and friendships. The performance will be held at the Bluefield Area Arts Center on May 11, 12, 18, 19 with a special Mothers Day matinee on May 13 at 2:00 P.M. $25.00 $30 Dinner Theater @ 6:30 P.M. $20 Show Only @ 7:15 P.M. Reservations are Required. Call (304) 589-0339

4 Pals Productions Present: The Savannah Sipping Society

Four Ladies go to yoga and they decide they would rather “sip” than “sweat”. In this laugh-a-minute comedy, they come together over the course of six months when they decide it’s high time to recapture their enthusiasm for life. The result is a heartfelt story about family and friendships. The performance will be held at the Bluefield Area Arts Center on May 11, 12, 18, 19 with a special Mothers Day matinee on May 13 at 2:00 P.M. $25.00 $30 Dinner Theater @ 6:30 P.M. $20 Show Only @ 7:15 P.M. Reservations are Required. Call (304) 589-0339

All Together Arts Week Gallery Hop: Princeton

Hop on board a Historic Trolley and explore creative venues around Princeton. Check out art galleries, enjoy live music and discover new creative businesses. If you can’t make it right at 5 P.M. you can catch up at any of the stops. Here is a detailed itinerary: 5 p.m. – Park & Board Trolley in Dick Copeland Town Square Parking Lot 5:10 p.m. – Chuck Mathena Center Rotunda Gallery, Princeton 5:30 p.m. – Frameworks Plus – 234 Expert Circle 6:00 p.m.- Gallery of Wanda Murphy, Athens Road 6:30 p.m. – The Bronze Look, LLC, Historic District, Princeton 6:45 p.m. – Murals Tour around Princeton 7:00 p.m. – Mercer Street Grassroots District – Associated Photography, Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Art Gallery, Let Your Art Shine, The RiffRaff Arts Collective. 8:30 p.m. – Final Joy Ride! 9:00 p.m. – Drop off at Dick Copeland Town Square

12 months, 12 festivals & events in West Virginia

Throughout the year, the Mountain State is home to some of the most unique and fun festivals and events. From

Join us on the New River with a SUP! There are two separate sessions to choose from - Thursday May 3rd or Sunday May 6th. Meghan, owner and instructor of Mountain Surf Paddle Sports (MSPS) will go over safety, equipment, and special SUP techniques to help you gain confidence on the river. Meet at Dun Glen parking area near Thurmond on the New River. Thursday May 3rd at 5:30pm or Sunday May 6th at 12:00pm For ages 16 and over. Board, paddle, pfd, and helmet included in price! We will start out at Stone Cliff on the New River and go over different safety components to think about when on a river with paddle boards. We will also go over equipment you should have or leave at home. Next we will move to the eddy and practice river specific stroke. We will then move into the current and practice out newly learned skills. After some practice we will head down stream through two sections with ripples along a 2 mile stretch of river down to Dun Glen.

Breaking Boundaries of Dance

May 11, 2018 | 7:30 pm | 100 Capitol Street The Charleston Ballet and BEO String Quartet present "Breaking Boundaries of Dance", an intimate studio show at the Charleston Ballet studios in Downtown Charleston. Tickets are $20 for Adults and $10 for Children Call 304-342-6541 or visit http://www.thecharlestonballet.com/Tickets/default.aspx

You must try these 12 AMAZING pies in West Virginia

  The pepperoni roll may well be West Virginia’s state food, but we also have some desserts that have reached

152nd Anniversary Civil War Memorial Event 2018

The Civil War Memorial event will have demonstration by Reenactors, Pork Roast / Barbque, and other activities.

Dedication of Library Building Addition

THE BROOKE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO THE OPENING OF THE BUILDING ADDITION WHICH HOUSES The National American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum, Education and Research Center DEATH MARCH REENACTMENT PARADE MILITARY UNITS, EQUIPMENT AND REENACTORS WILL BE ON DISPLAY WITH A MILITARY HELICOPTER FLYOVER LUNCH PROVIDED BY ELKS LODGE 1555. Please call if interested.

The Friends of the Brooke County Public Library present their Annual Spring Event!

Come meet and greet Sacajawea who will be portrayed by a presenter from the West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! Program! Free to attend; light refreshments will be served; parking at the back of the building.

Celebrate Earth Day in West Virginia

Earth Day is celebrated worldwide every April 22 in an effort to promote a healthy, sustainable environment. There are many

WVU Twirling Clinic

12th Annual Wheeling Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour

The 2018 Heritage Trail Tour is made possible by our generous sponsors and by thousands of volunteer hours donated by members of the Ohio Valley Trail Partners and residents of the Ohio Valley. Money raised by this event supports expansion and care for the Wheeling Heritage Trail. We hope you enjoy it! Registration will begin at 7 am. The tour will begin at 8am with the start of the 100km riders. The mass start will be at 8:45am for those riding 30 miles. Road guards will be posted at critical intersections. The 10 mile ride is an escorted ride on the trail and will begin shortly after the mass start. The 100km (62 miles) ride will leave the trail near the Ohio/Brooke County line for a hilly loop through Bethany and West Liberty with a stop at Bethany College. It is a challenging ride with great SAG support from Quick Service Bike Shop. Lunch will be served between 11:30am and 2pm at Heritage Port. There will be entertainment. Snack/water stops will keep riders hydrated: 3 on the 100km ride and 2 on the 30 mile ride. Same-day registrations are welcome but it helps us if you register early. Every participant is required to wear a helmet. Entrants under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult. We ride rain or shine! For further information, call Quick Service Bicycle Shop at 740-635-3700.

29th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza

Do you like Chocolate? Do you like freshly baked, cooked, grilled, and melted chocolate? If so, then you will LOVE the 29th annual Chocolate Extravaganza held at Temple Shalom in Wheeling, WV. This event has a long history of being sweet, savory and downright delicious! For 29 years, Temple Shalom has hosted a myriad of different local and national Chocolatiers who come and make some of the most unique and yummy chocolate treats you can imagine! Upon entry you will make your way through each station where you will be given a sample from every unique vendor. Some of our returning chocolatiers include: Valley Cheese of Wheeling, WV, Sarris Candy of Canonsburg, PA, Ye Olde Alpha of Wheeling, WV, Mmm Popcorn of Wheeling and The Cheese Melt of Wheeling, WV–just to name a few. We also have a few vendors making their Extravaganza debut and they are Brew Keepers of Wheeling, WV, and Dairy Queen of Wheeling, WV.

Brewgrass Reunion 2018

Celebrating 50 years of West Virginia rafting, 40 years of Class VI, and 10 years of Adventures on the Gorge, we want to re-affirm our connections and histories with an annual event, Brewgrass Reunion- the finest brews, arts and bluegrass in West Virginia. AOTG invites everyone to the very first CRAFT BEER/BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL on the rim of the New River Gorge! Come sample over 30 diverse flavors of WV & national brews & get down to WV’s best Appalachian bluegrass. ***MUSIC IS FREE - 9 bands, 4 stages and family friendly*** ***Tasting Glass (GENERAL ADMISSION): $30 in advance/$35 at the door includes endless samples and a glass souvenir*** ***Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing & WV Breweries TAP TAKEOVER @ Chetty’s, Smokey’s, Canyon Falls & Rendezvous*** See website for rafting prices and more: brewgrassreunion.com Here’s the lineup: June 8: Pre-Party @ Rendezvous ANDREW ADKINS & FRIENDS GROUNDHOG GRAVY June 9: Craft Beer/Bluegrass Festival BLACK KIND COAL LOST CANNON BLUEGRASS BAND POOR TATERS THE MASONS WILL JONES BAND NEIL ALLEN CURRY June 9: Party-After-Party THE WILD RUMPUS Call 1-888-406-4679 to reserve your Beer Tasting Glass*

Color Me Au-Some 5K Walk/Run

Color Me Au-Some 5K Walk/Run is an event with a fun and colorful twist where participants are plastered with color bombs of dry tempera paint powder at stations throughout the course. Participants are encouraged to wear white t-shirts to engage in the “Color Me Process.” The Color Me Au-Some 5K course incorporates one of the city’s oldest and most recognizable landmarks, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. The course starts at the picturesque waterfront, goes through downtown, over the Suspension Bridge, around Wheeling Island, back over the Suspension Bridge, and down Main Street returning to the Waterfront. Following the race, participants can enjoy refreshments, door prizes, awards ceremony, and music. Awards will be given to the top 5 female and male walkers and runners and the top three female and male finishers in the following age categories: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, top finisher in 70+. Children ages 3 & under will pay no registration fee, but parents must register them and sign the waiver. All participants that register as walkers MUST walk. If you register as a runner, you are permitted to run and walk.

These iconic hikes in West Virginia are must-sees

If you’re passionate about hiking, then West Virginia is the perfect place for you. West Virginia’s mountainous landscape is an

Mother’s Day Farm Brunch West Virginia Homegrown Farms

Bring Mom and join us for a buffet-style country brunch in an authentic outdoor farm setting at West Virginia Homegrown Farms. Comfortable attire and shoes are encouraged. Bring an appetite and an adventures palate and prepare to feast on local organic pork, chicken, and vegetables, an omelet station and more. Music provided by the talented Paul Nelson. There will be two seating times, 11am and 1pm. West Virginia Homegrown Farms is located in Hico West Virginia and we are proud to be serving the New River Gorge community. Our farm is forever growing, expanding, and evolving as we learn and grow. We practice green sustainable farming methods, we use no pesticides or growth hormones. We grow all natural high quality herbs and vegetables. We also supply high quality farm fresh eggs, pasture raised chickens, turkey, and sheep. Groups are offered a walking tour of the farm which includes the high tunnel, fields, and an opportunity to meet some of the farm animals. In the fall, the tour will include hay ride, corn maze, and u-pick pumpkin patch. Contact us to schedule a tour.

Fire & Ice Festival

It's time to shake off winter and welcome warmer weather. The first annual Fire & Ice Festival will do just that. Witness ice carving masterpieces, a demonstration, and then watch as fire and ice battle it out in the Ice Tower. Live music by Emmalea Deal and Treet. Chef Jon Stone will also be smoking his 1000th pig. (Dinner available for $25+tax).

These 20 events are West Virginia must-sees

Parents hear it every year as school winds down for the summer: “I want something to do!” Fortunately, there’s always

H.E. White Elementary Annual Ramp Dinner!

This year's dinner will be held Sunday May 6, from 11am-3pm. The menu will include the following: Ham, Ramps (Of course!), Fried Potatoes. Pinto Beans, White Beans, and Green Beans, Corn Bread and Rolls, last but certainly not least, dessert! Please save the date and join us! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Pinnacle Rock State Park: Fishing Rodeo

The Pinnacle Rock State Park Fishing Derby kicks off at 9 A.M. Registration begins at 8 A.M. It is for Children ages 6-14 who must be accompanied by an adult. Jimmy Lewis Lake will be stocked with trout. Kids must have their own gear/bait and use single hooks only (no minnows allowed). Prizes will be awarded as well as goodie bags for each participant. There will be food and door prizes. For more information or for directions to the Derby please call (304) 487-8306 or (304) 248-8388.

Potomac Highlands Outdoor Recreation Discussion

Join us for a discussion on Outdoor Recreation in the Potomac Highlands at Blackwater Falls State Park! Whether you're involved in the industry or just interested in the activities, come and be a part of our vision for outdoor recreation. We'll be presenting the concept of an outdoor recreation challenge. The challenge will encourage people to try their hand at a variety of outdoor activities in our beautiful region. The event is free. Be sure to RSVP at: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xrqhq6eab&oeidk=a07ef92crql6e90bf11. Address any questions to Ethan Serr at ethan.serr@easternwv.edu.

Wheeling Symphony’s “Respigh’s Pines”

André Raphel, conductor Deborah Selig, soprano The Wheeling Symphony’s 88th Season finale opens with Dvorak’s rousing Carnival Overture followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, an engaging and powerful work from arguably his most beautiful period. Soprano Deborah Selig will join the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra by performing Five Songs with Orchestra. Ms. Selig has been hailed by the Boston Globe, “an impressively nimble, lustrous soprano.” The season concludes with Respighi’s majestic and expressive Pines of Rome, painting a musical portrait of scenes around The Eternal City. A powerful and magical ending to an impressive musical journey, where it is clear that “Music is the Key.”

Casting Crowns

Having served as a full-time youth pastor for over 25 years, Casting Crowns’ front man, Mark Hall, continues to draw inspiration from the well of real life. “Because we have the honor of walking with people in our churches, we get to see what people are going through – the issues that are impacting everyone now,” shares Hall. “It’s in these situations that ideas are born for what we all need to hear right here and right now.” The local church has been the base for Casting Crowns’ music since their label debut release in 2003. With more than 10 million records sold and the title of Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007, it’s still where the music is created. Hall and his bandmates – Juan and Melodee DeVevo, Megan Garrett, Brian Scoggin, Josh Mix and Chris Huffman – continue to work in ministry in their respective churches. The local church is the heartbeat of the band and the songs are an outpouring of that. The Very Next Thing, Casting Crowns’ latest offering, is a collection of intimate songs as well as upbeat, fresh sounding tracks with impactful lyrics centered around identifying and acting on what’s right next to you. “I think we all believe the gospel,” says Mark Hall, “we all want it, we’re just not sure what we’re supposed to do next. We’ve got this idea of an awesome walk with Jesus out there somewhere, and we’re looking for the bridge to get over to it. Serving God isn’t this giant dream a year from now. It’s not this thing He’s going to have you do in a month. It’s right now. Following God is the next word of love that I need to speak to somebody, the very next heart that needs to be encouraged. Ministry isn’t on Sunday; it’s not on a stage. It’s you, where you are, doing the next thing God tells you to do.” Along with this over-arching message, there’s also a deeply personal element to the record. Hall wrote the poignant and powerful “Oh My Soul” after being diagnosed with cancer in 2015. His first worry was about his family and he turned to the scripture in Psalms – Why so downcast oh my soul, put your hope in God. “I remember this scripture from David – it was just repeating in my head over and over,” Hall says. “The song “Oh My Soul” is really an argument with myself. I’m speaking truth to myself. The roots of my faith are talking to the storm in my life. For me, one of the most special moments in the song is the bridge because you hear the argument happening. I really wanted to paint the picture of that inner struggle that we’re all dealing with. We know what the verses say and we know how the storm feels. It’s hard to bring those together. But one thing about digging deep in the word is that when your roots are deep, they can’t be ignored. Even when the storm comes, and as shaken as I was, it felt like the storm kept just slamming up against something solid inside of me that wouldn’t let it control me. It was the roots of my faith. It was the truth that I had been soaking in and pouring into others for so many years. I got to speak scripture to myself.” Casting Crowns has produced some of the most compelling songs of his generation. Songs like “Voice of Truth,” “East to West,” “Lifesong,” “Until the Whole World Hears,” “Courageous” and “Thrive.” On The Very Next Thing, the band continues to encourage and inspire believers with songs that help strengthen their relationship with God. “You can follow God from right where you are,” Hall says of the new album’s central theme. “In the condition you are in right now, you can follow Him and He will make you His.”

The Machine performs Pink Floyd – Full Laser Show

Don't miss the oldest Pink Floyd Tribute band in the USA, The Machine, performing legendary songs accompanied with a laser light show at the historic Capitol Theatre.

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless

Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show. Known by TV audiences for their work on Whose Line is it Anyway?, Colin & Brad improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation. “Interactive” in every sense of the word, Colin & Brad will take the audience on a comedic high-wire act… just like a live version of Whose Line! Get ready for a night of non-stop laughter for all ages! Learn more at colinandbradshow.com.

Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic, 5K Run & 5K Walk for Health, Kids Fun Run & Tiny Tot Trot

Half Marathon Run Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8a.m. This challenging course is well known for its changes in elevation. The Half Marathon Run will have prizes (for male and female) for the Open division. The Half Marathon Walk prizes also are for the Open division. Race towels, bottled water and fresh fruit will be available to participants. Participants will receive one food voucher. Pre-registered participants are guaranteed a Dri-fit shirt. Half Marathon Run Relay Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8a.m. Half Marathon Run Relay prizes are for the top three teams of Male/Male, Male/Female, Female/Female. Transportation is provided to and from the transfer point of the race. Race towels, bottled water and fresh fruit will be available to participants. Participants will receive one food voucher. Pre-registered participants are guaranteed a Dri-fit shirt. 5K Run/Walk For Health Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8:15a.m. Ogden Newspapers 5K Run/Walk For Health prizes include Open division prizes. Race towels, bottled water and fresh fruit will be available to participants. Participants will receive one food voucher. Pre-registered participants are guaranteed a Dri-fit shirt. Ogden Fun Run Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8:20a.m. Ogden Fun Run (Ages 12 and under), on a new course that will start at the Half Marathon Start/Finish line and finish on Water Street. $15 entry fee includes T- shirt & finish award ribbon. Pre-registered participants are guaranteed a T-shirt. Parents are encouraged to run with their children at no cost, or pay the $15 fee and receive a T-shirt. Tiny Tot Trot Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 9a.m. Ogden Tiny Tot Trot Sponsored by: Ohio Valley Parent Magazine. On Water Street, near Heritage Port. Ages 5 and under. Four- and 5-year-olds run first, followed by 3 and under. No entry fee. Registration starts at 8a.m. on Water Street. All entrants will receive finish award ribbon. Course will run along Water Street. The Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic Walk will start at 7:30a.m. on Saturday May 26th followed by the Half Marathon Classic Run at 8a.m. The 5K will follow at 8:15a.m. The Fun Run will follow at 8:20a.m. The Tiny Tot Trot will follow at 9a.m. This challenging Ohio Valley course is well known for its changes in elevation. The Half Marathon Run will have prize categories (for male and female) of Open, Masters and 2-person relays (male/male, male/female, female/female). PACKET PICKUP WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM NOON TO 6PM ON FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018, AND ON RACE MORNING BEGINNING AT 6:30AM.

Dailey & Vincent: Chuck Mathena Center

Recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and Dubbed by CMT as the “Rockstars of Bluegrass,” the Dailey & Vincent duo has been hailed throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting, reputable and elite Bluegrass bands in America, having won numerous awards for their uniquely contagious and riveting music, including: three Grammy Award Nominations for the 2014 “Bluegrass Album of the Year;” 14 IBMA Awards (International Bluegrass Music Awards) as three-time “Entertainer of the Year,” three-time “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Album of the Year” and four Dove Awards with three “Bluegrass Album of the Year” awards and “Bluegrass Song of the Year.”

East River Mountain Town Band: Memorial Day Concert

Celebrate Memorial Day with a patriotic celebration of music presented by the East River Mountain Town Band. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and soak in the beautiful sights of Pipestem Resort State Park. The concert will be held at the Pipestem Amphitheater. For more information call (304) 952-1792

Cool Crusin’ Nights-Season Kick Off

Join in the nostalgic fun and come Cruise the Strip in Downtown Princeton, as another Cool Crusin’ NIghts season gets underway. So bring your favorite ride and cruise down Mercer Street.

Tea on the Veranda at 138 Main

Step back in time and enjoy a Victorian style tea service on the veranda of the Cooper House in Historic Bramwell. The tea service will include coffee, tea, ice water, sandwiches, and Victorian desserts. An actress portraying one of the original owners of the home will be on hand telling stories, giving historical facts and providing musical selections. Seating is limited so get your tickets today by calling (304) 320-2292.

Coal Mining Heritage Festival

Celebrate and learn about the history of coal mining in southern West Virginia during this festival in Bramwell. There will be living history scenes, booths about coal mining history and music.

Moscow Festival Ballet Presents: Swan Lake

Presented by The Moscow Festival Ballet, Swan Lake is the silent tale that tells the story of a Prince and his love for a beautiful Swan Queen, who was trapped by an evil curse. Through a case of mistaken identity, the Prince almost marries another girl who looks similar to the Swan Queen. In the end, he finds his true love.

Beer, Bacon, Bourbon & Bluegrass

The Clover Club (upstairs at The RailYard) will be packed full of Beer, Bacon, Bourbon, & Bluegrass…Live Music featuring The Long Point String Band and many more. Menu items will include, bacon wrapped everything, a chocolate fountain, maple bacon doughnuts, candied bacon and so much more. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The RailYard shuttle will be available. Call ahead for a ride. 304-800-4141.

Camp Creek State Park & Forest Timbersports Competition and Ramp Feast

A full day of fun in beautiful Camp Creek State Park. There will be many activities including a Flower and bird walk with Bibbee Nature Club from 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. The Ramp Feast from 11:00 A.M. – 3 P.M. and includes ramp casserole, brown beans, cornbread, slaw, drink and a dessert for $12.00. The Timbersports Competition is from 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. and 1:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Admission is free. For more information call (304) 425-9481

The Better Living Show: Live the Adventure

The annual Better Living Show. Featuring over 100 Exhibitors, ATV All-Terrain Vehicles, A Lego Competition, Seminars, a casting competition for kids, a laser wall and obstacle course and many other activities. Register to win a Myrtle Beach Vacation or have a chance to go inside the "Money Machine" and win up to $1000, win a $100 gas card from Hometown Shell plus door prizes throughout the day. For more information call  304-327-7184  or email info@bluefieldchamber.com