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Featured Events

There's so much to do in Nature's Mountain Playground.  Our biggest and best events are listed here but don't forget to go to the calendar and see even more weekly and monthly activities!

February 25, 2017 to February 25, 2017

Presenting the annual slopestyle competition, WV Open presented by Monster. The best riders in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast will compete for a cash purse, prizes and more! Registration is $25 and the competition will be held on Mountaineer Park at Silver Creek. Registration starts at 12pm.

 
March 03, 2017 to March 05, 2017

A celebration of the region's best musicians. Live music includes Larry Keel, The Jawga Boys and more, across the mountain all weekend long.

 
March 10, 2017 to March 12, 2017

An unforgettable spring break, you'll likely not remember. Free Village concerts, competitions, games & more.

 
March 18, 2017 to February 18, 2017

Green Bank Observatory staff guides kids of all ages through fun-filled. hands-on science projects. We provide all the materials. Each lab highlights a different science/engineering theme. 10AM - noon.

 
March 18, 2017

Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller perform country and old-time music, singing close harmony with Jesse’s unique finger-picked guitar style and a healthy dose of old-time fiddling. Emily was raised playing and singing old-time and country music (the Louvin Brothers and the Stanley Brothers were household favorites) with her parents while they traveled the world as journalists. Jesse grew up in the world of West Virginia old-time music, learning from masters like Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter as well as his father, Gerry Milnes. They now make their home in central West Virginia. In addition to their duo performing, Emily tours extensively with The Sweetback Sisters (a 6-piece country band fronted by Emily and her pseudo-sister Zara Bode), they both play for square dances around West Virginia, and also frequently teach harmony singing with Emily’s mother Val Mindel.

 
March 18, 2017 to March 18, 2017

Celebrate spring with a trip to Frostmore Farm who will be offering both guided and self-guided tours explaining the maple syrup making process on Maple Day. Come and check out 2 sugarhouses at our farm, one being the original sugar camp that is over 100 years old. We will have a variety of maple products for sampling and for sale including maple syrup, maple candy, maple cream, maple coated nuts, maple cotton candy, and more. If the trees are running that day come and help us collect our sap by emptying the buckets off the trees! We will have demonstrations of sap to syrup boiling, candy making, and let you make your own maple cream. All activities and samples are free. We will be working with a local bakery and be offering a few “maple-themed” baked goods maple bacon donuts (new), maple pecan pie, and others are in the works!

 
March 18, 2017 to March 18, 2017

We're giving out free lift tickets to all residents of West Virginia! Yep, you heard it right. Just bring your proof of residency and get a ticket to ski and ride all weekend long.

 
March 26, 2017

We know, it's a sad day, but come on out and mourn with us the est way we know how - smiling, laughing and spraying snow.

 
April 01, 2017

For over 40 years, The Bing Brothers have played their hard-driving brand of string band music from Canada to Florida – from Spain to England, and from Australia, to Ireland and Scotland. Their sound has been formed in the West Virginia mountains, and they remain true to their roots. Yet The Bing Brothers are highly versatile, playing selections in old time and bluegrass, as well as traditional Irish songs and ragtime. Banjo player Tim Bing is a 14-time West Virginia State Champion and Appalachian String Band winner. Fiddler Jake Krack has won the Galax Fiddler’s Convention Contest 6 times and is known as one of today’s top old time fiddlers. Mandolin player and band leader Mike Bing has been the glue that has kept the band together for over 40 years, and created The Allegheny Echoes Summer Workshops, which celebrate Pocahontas County and West Virginia music. Mike has developed his own style of Mandolin which blends a solid rhythm chop and unmatched melody playing into the Bing Brothers style. Because of their contributions to West Virginia music, Mike and Tim Bing were the 2012 recipients of the West Virginia Culture and History’s Vandalia Award. http://www.wvculture.org/vandalia/award/index.html The Bing Brothers Band have kept the powerful rhythm of the band cranking with the additions of guitarist Bob Lieving and bassist Tim Corbett in 2002. In 2010 fiddler Jake Krack joined the band as they began to reach new levels. Since that time, The band has won First Place in the Old Time Band Contest at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention 4 times, at which Jake Krack was also awarded First Place Fiddler 6 times and Best All Around Performer 5 times. In March 2011 the group began recording live performances for the release of their “LIVE from Pocahontas County WV” recording, which was released in March 2012 and received great reviews. The recording was the 3rd release for The Bing Brothers Band. Also in 2012 the band toured Australia including performances at the 30th Yarra Junction Fiddler’s Convention http://www.yarrajunctionfiddlersconvention.com/ in addition to their performances at festivals and venues here in the U. S. In March 2015 the band was invited to perform on Broadway in New York City as part of The Irish Arts Center’s Celtic Appalachian Celebration http://www.irishartscenter.org/. The band was part of 2 sold out performances of the event, and in June of 2015 they released the “Live from Broadway NYC” DVD featuring their portion of the show which again received great reviews. In addition to performing, The Bing Brothers Band is involved personally with the Allegheny Echoes Workshops which Mike helped create http://www.alleghenyechoes.com/ held the last week of June in Marlinton, WV. All of the band members are staff instructors. 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Allegheny Echoes Workshops.

 
April 07, 2017

Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry. “We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be,” says Beauchamp. “It informs how we write our original songs. There’s a real energy exchange between the old and the new.” This two-way connection takes center stage with Red Tail Ring’s latest studio recordings, Middlewest Chant and Mountain Shout, released in April 2011 on Earthwork Music. Ostensibly two separate albums, the pair form a complete picture of Red Tail Ring’s blending of old with new. Middlewest Chant is comprised of all original songs, while Mountain Shout features Red Tail Ring’s interpretations of Appalachian ballads and melodies. As Premo explains, “We wanted to showcase the traditional forms that inspire our songwriting.” Both albums spotlight the duo’s forceful work on a bevy of acoustic instruments, including guitar, fiddle, banjo, octave mandolin, mandolin and jaw harp.

 
April 21, 2017 to April 22, 2017

Don’t call them “weeds”! Our workshops and nature walks will show you food preparations and the medicinal properties of Pocahontas County’s wild and wonderful spring plants. Enjoy a weekend of fun, learn to forage and prepare tasty dishes and teas. We will give you ideas about how to make use of those pesky invasive plants and the hardy flowers in your yard. Doug Wood will be the featured naturalist. Doug is known to WV nature lovers for his “Tracking and Woods Lore” workshops, “History Alive!” portrayal of Ostenace and expert plant knowledge of wild plants and their uses. He is also an instructor with the WV Master Naturalist program. Doug will speak Friday evening and lead a nature walk on Saturday. Breakfast bake sale goodies, coffee and herbal teas will be for sale Saturday morning during registration. Treat yourself to a delicious and unique “Wild Edibles” lunch. Soups, wraps, herbal teas will be available to purchase. Vendors on Saturday. Held at Watoga State Park. Attendance is free. Friday, April 21, 2017 10:00 am Field trip to Yew Mountain Center: Nature walk to forage for a salad lunch; bread & soup optional for a fee 7:00 pm Doug Wood at Watoga “Plants: Medicinal & Edible” Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:00 am Registration Watoga Rec Hall 10:00 am – 4:00 Workshops & Nature Walks, potluck supper 7:00 Concert at Yew Mountain Center (cover charge)

 
April 22, 2017

Steel Away is the main full band performance group from cb Studios in Morgantown, WV. The all-female group was formed in 2007 as a class learning how to play steel drums. The group is currently made up of 10 women, ranging in age from 25 to 70, and is directed by Chanler Bailey. It includes three leads, two double seconds, two guitar/cello, one tenor bass, and two bass. They perform at various events including Ellie Mannette’s Festival of Steel, music festivals, fund raisers and community concerts in the Morgantown area and throughout West Virginia. Steel Away performs various musical styles including traditional Island, classic and pop rock,latin, jazz and classical musics

 
April 22, 2017 to April 22, 2017

April 22, 2017 – Marc Harshman Poetry: “Mapping the Landscape: Detail and Recollection” Workshop will be held from 1:00 – 4:30 at the Sydenstricker cabin located on the Birthplace grounds. Workshop fee is $10.00 per person. Advanced registrations are accepted but not required. Attendees should bring writing materials. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit the website at “pearlsbickbirthplace.com and to pre-register please call the Birthplace at 304-653-4430 or email the Birthplace sat info@pearlsbuckbirthplace.com The Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, funded in part through a grant from the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Calvin W. Price Appalachian Enrichment Series, is pleased to present the 2017 Creative Writing Workshops.

 
April 29, 2017 to April 29, 2017

The Great Greenbrier River Race is a triathlon held in Marlinton, consisting of a 3 mile run, a 4 mile river trip by kayak or canoe, and a 10 mile bike ride. This triathlon takes place along the Greenbrier River Trail and is for the young and old alike. The Great Greenbrier River Race is a family friendly event, and people come from 13 different states to enjoy the event. It's also become a great spectator sport so if you're not in it, come out and cheer for the rest of them.

 
May 18, 2017 to May 21, 2017

The 29th Annual GTBT is a 3-day, 100-mile ride on the Greenbrier River Trail. Cyclists with varying levels of experience are invited. All meals, lodging and transportation included as well as sag service, medics and mechanics. There is a non-refundable registration fee and riders are required to raise $500 in pledges. Funds raised will benefit the American Lung Association in WV to support its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, advocacy and education. Please register through the website. For more information contact: 304-342-6600

 
May 20, 2017

NRAO Staff will treat you to views of the night sky through optical telescopes. If it rains, don’t worry! You are invited into our portable planetarium for a stellar presentation. Start time changes seasonally. Starts at 8 pm.

 
May 27, 2017 to May 27, 2017

The Fort Warwick Archaeology Days project will involve a hands-on archaeological experience, interpretive exhibits, and site tours for students and adult participants at the site of William Warwick’s Fort in Green Bank, Pocahontas County, West Virginia on May 27, 2017. This fort was constructed in 1774 and became an important point of local defense during the Revolutionary War. The site also has a significant prehistoric Native American component. Archaeological excavations supervised by Drs. Stephen and Kim McBride have been ongoing at this site for over a decade and this is your opportunity to assist us in better understanding this site and expanding knowledge of West Virginia’s early history. Bob Sheets- 304-456-4815, fortwarwick@gmail.com Steve McBride- 859-421-4220, stephenmcbride@twc.com

 
May 27, 2017 to May 27, 2017

The Ladies for Liberty revive the great music of the 1940s and Word War II era in the stle of the Andrews Sisters. Through their own rendition of vocals, costumes, hairstyles and the spirit of patriotism reminiscent of the 1940s, that period is remembered and celebrated by the Ladies of Liberty as “When America was at its finest.” The Ladies have performed for a number of national and international air shows, World War II reunions, dinner theaters, variety shows, hangar parties, aircraft museums military functions andcCeremonies, parades, television appearances, radio broadcasts, and any other events having a patriotic flavor. The Ladies for Liberty are very popular for their precision-timed, a cappella rendition of the National Anthem that has become their trademark at open-air shows across the country.

 
May 29, 2017 to May 29, 2017

Delve deep into a journey back in time with a visit to the historical Kee Cabin. The two room cabin, built in the 1830s and 40s, sits on the Pocahontas County Museum grounds, south of Marlinton on US 219. The cabin showcases educational and historical displays of the period, showing what pioneer life was like in rural Pocahontas County in the mid 1800s. The cabin holds authentic displays of the kitchen, dining and sleeping quarters, along with relics of tools and utensils that were used by our pioneers. This unique event will celebrate the grand opening of the historical Kee Cabin. Visitors will be able to see and experience how pioneers lived, worked and survived during this era of our history. Your visit and experience is free and will prove to be enjoyable. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Mondays - Saturdays 10AM - 5PM and Sundays 1PM - 5PM. For more information, visit pocahontashistorical.org

 
June 09, 2017 to June 11, 2017

Embark on an adventure of mind, body and soul. Wanderlust brings together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts, renowned speakers, exquisite chefs and thrilling performances weaving together an experience that surprises and delights. This is your opportunity to unplug from the ordinary and discover the extraordinary.

 
June 09, 2017 to June 09, 2017

Join us for our annual golf tournament supporting the Snowshoe Foundation. We’ll be playing the mountainous, challenging and scenic Raven Golf Club course at Snowshoe. This Gary Player designed course is a golfers dream. Come support the local community and have fun while doing it!

 
June 09, 2017 to June 11, 2017

Come join us for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's 5th annual Space Race Rumpus! This unique cycling event festival is located at the home of the world's largest steerable telescope, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank telescope or the GBT as we call it around here. The Observatory's location in beautiful Pocahontas County sits in the middle of some of the most scenic views and trails in the mid-Atlantic. The Space Race Rumpus routes explore both the Observatory's unique property and the surrounding area. Over the weekend long event you can participate in guided rides - for both mountain and road biking enthusiasts - and compete on a short track course right next to eight radio telescopes, including the 485-foot tall GBT. There will be rides and races for all ages and levels, as well as cycling clinics and vendors.

 
June 17, 2017 to June 17, 2017

June 17, 2017 – Marie Manilla Fiction: “Mining the Landscape” All workshops will be held from 1:00 – 4:30 at the Sydenstricker cabin located on the Birthplace grounds. Workshop fee is $10.00 per person. Advanced registrations are accepted but not required. Attendees should bring writing materials. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit the website at “pearlsbickbirthplace.com and to pre-register please call the Birthplace at 304-653-4430 or email the Birthplace sat info@pearlsbuckbirthplace.com The Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, funded in part through a grant from the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Calvin W. Price Appalachian Enrichment Series, is pleased to present the 2017 Creative Writing Workshop.

 
June 19, 2017 to June 24, 2017

Allegheny Echoes is the concept of a group of West Virginia musicians and writers who wish to promote, support, preserve, and teach their own art without distracting influences. Their goal is to provide an accurate representation of West Virginia art that is not packaged and altered to appeal to a specific market. There is a strong emphasis placed on West Virginia tradition with an overall look toward the embracing Appalachian culture. The Summer Workshops offer a chance for students of all ages and abilities to come together to learn, appreciate, and enjoy our West Virginia ways.

 
June 23, 2017 to June 25, 2017

The Little levels Heritage Fair honors the achievements of members of the Little Levels community and celebrates the birthday of Pearl S. Buck. The event showcases local musicians, artisans, and local vendors.

 
June 24, 2017 to June 25, 2017

The toughest, most spectacular and most unique race on the whole GNCC tour, the race is set in the upscale ski village at Snowshoe, West Virginia’s largest ski resort. The soil of Snowshoe is a black loamy dirt that is absolutely incredible in the dry spots, then sticky and nasty when it's wet. Couple that with the rocks, roots, and everything else and it's no wonder why Snowshoe is so tough. In the tradition of the old Blackwater, which was known as “America's Toughest Race,” the Snowshoe GNCC is the ultimate test for a cross-country racer. Luckily, the course also features a few miles of open ski slopes which offer a much-needed rest. The surroundings are not only several steps above the typical GNCC course, they’re also plusher than many luxury resorts. The array of hotels, shops and restaurants provide plenty of entertainment off the race track, and the facility also hosts an amazing golf course and some of the best mountain bike trails in the country. But once the riders are on the course, everything beautiful disappears. A few miles of the course make up simply the roughest, toughest section of GNCC track you’ll see all year. Deep mud bogs, massive tree roots and hills going both up, and down, are enough to stop almost everyone, and if not for the help of the ever determined Howard's Hole “mud fleas” (GNCC fans) some sections may not be passable at all.

 
June 24, 2017 to June 25, 2017

The GNCC Racing Series consists of 13 motorcycle/ATV races at various locations throughout the northeast. The Series has been strong since the 1970s and has roots in Davis WV, where the first race took place. The race here at Snowshoe is known as the toughest and most unique race on the whole tour and pays homage to the series history in the Mountain State.

 
June 24, 2017

Guest speaker Charles Garrett will give a photo presentation and talk on native orchids. Followed by a trip to the Cranberry Glades and surrounding area to look at various orchids. Bring a lunch, notepad, and camera. Be prepared for rain and be out all day.

 
June 24, 2017 to June 24, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own broom or enjoy a quilting bee? Take a trip back in time and join the members of the Pocahontas County Artisan Cooperative in a fun filled day as we celebrate Appalachian Heritage Arts and Crafts with hands-on workshops and demonstrations at the Little Levels Heritage Fair from 10am until 4pm. The Pocahontas County Artisan Cooperative artists will offer workshops and demonstrations on hand quilting, yo-yo making, quilted potholders, blacksmithing, wood working, jewelry making, traditional broom making, and wild harvesting/preserving. Kids will have the opportunity to make and take an old fashioned loop weaved potholder. Workshops will be scheduled throughout the day and included in the Little Levels Heritage Fair Schedule.

 
June 30, 2017 to July 01, 2017

The Homegrown Music & Arts Festival is a celebration of the music, arts and culture of Appalachia and our beautiful state of West Virginia's homegrown artists. Beyond the music, this family-friendly event features local artisans and vendors, activities, and a spectacular fireworks display.

 
July 06, 2017 to July 09, 2017

YES! Pioneers is back with new activities and events. Great homecoming style festival celebrating 51 wonderful years as the premiere festival in the region. Featuring bluegrass music, a fireman's parade, a grand parade, food concessions, old fashioned games, and demonstrations. Check back here often as more details become available.

 
July 12, 2017 to July 16, 2017

This event is 3 evenings, 1 full day, and a Sunday afternoon of fun, entertainment, and learning for all ages. Various events pit contestants to be the best at horseshoes, rug-of-war, greased pig chase, showing their pet, karaoke, hay bale throwing, archery shooting, and running or walking the 5K. There is music, bingo, food, and a carnival every day but Sunday. For Sunday we're planning a community covered dish noon meal and gospel music which is an addition to our festival. Saturday is a day filled with children’s activities, car show/and fireworks interspersed with other events listed above. We also include the Fireman's Parade on Friday and will be holding "Incarcerate a Friend" at the newly renovated town jail on Saturday. Please like” our Facebook page Durbin Days Heritage Festival for updates or contact us at durbindaysheritagefestival@gmail.com

 
July 22, 2017 to July 22, 2017

A mushroom foray cosponsored by Watoga State Park and the Pocahontas Nature Club will be held at Watoga State Park on July 22, 2017 at Watoga State Park. Saturday’s activities will commence at Watoga State Park with a presentation on edible mushrooms, and mushrooms to avoid, that are commonly found in Pocahontas County in the summer months. Afterwards guided mushroom hikes will be available on trails ranging from easy and short to moderate and longer. After the hikes there will be a station set up for identification of collected mushrooms. There will also be a demonstration on mushroom cookery with a speaker and live music at Yew Mountain Center. Vendors and artisans will be invited to set up booths offering a variety of mushroom items and mushroom art, and books about mushroom identification. While attending this mushroom event you are invited to explore the trails and sights at Watoga State Park as well as nearby attractions such as the Greenbrier River Trail, Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, Beartown State Park and the magnificent Highland Scenic Highway. For those staying overnight Watoga State Park offers camping and cabin rentals. For further information about attending the Watoga State Park Mushroom Foray or if you are a vendor interested in selling mushroom related items please contact Mary Dawson at 304-799-4766 or by email at ssmpdawson@gmail.com.

 
August 03, 2017 to August 05, 2017

We only have the dates right now but mark your calendars as this workshop series is always a big hit and fills up quickly. Check back in late spring and we'll have details of classes and instructors. Our program consists of three one-day workshops with experienced teachers for your learning enjoyment and quilting experience.

 
August 11, 2017 to August 12, 2017

Take the best craft brewers in West Virginia and combine them with great food, live music and amazing vistas from the top of the mountains. It just doesn't get much better than that.

 
August 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017

5K and half marathon trail races on beautiful Watoga trails in the cool mountains of West Virginia. The races start and finish at Watoga's Beaver Creek Campground. Sponsored by The Watoga State Park Foundation. Information and registration links www.watogafoundation.org Contact: David Elliot (304)497-3526

 
September 01, 2017 to September 03, 2017

This celebration of autumn blends savory food, awesome music and alluring microbrews from around West Virginia with awe-inspiring vistas and some of the best riding and fall foliage on the east Coast. During our main event, guests will sample premier craft beers from regional breweries and enjoy the beats of a nationally recognized band. The weekend will have family-friendly activities and games, local vendors and crafters and a spectacular Mountaintop fireworks display.

 
September 10, 2017 to September 10, 2017

Join us Sunday Sept. 11 for an afternoon (from 1 to 5 pm) of FREE family friendly activities: Check out all this fun! Science Day,Build and Launch Rockets, Build Engineering Kits, Visit the 140' Telescope • Science Experiments • Liquid Nitrogen Demos • Solar Telescope Viewing • Colorful Chemistry • Tie Dye a T-shirt • GBT Control Room Tours

 
September 24, 2017 to September 24, 2017

This traditional Appalachian festival features local artisans to demonstrate and sell their goods from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demonstrations and goods including blacksmithing, spinning wheel, fly tying, wood turning, wood sculptures, dulcimer making and demonstrating, homemade soap, fudge, honey, maple syrup, and much more. We have limited space. Center merchandise 20% off.

 
September 29, 2017 to September 30, 2017

Join in on the fun at this legendary festival in the mountains of Pocahontas County. Music by local bands, great food vendors throughout the festival, as well as lots of fun! A $5 ticket gets you in to the tasting area where you can sample all the RoadKill delicacies. There will be dozens of crafters from all over the region with handmade arts and crafts. Food by local non-profits with some yummy goodies for worthy causes. Come spend the day in our Appalachian home!

 
September 30, 2017 to September 30, 2017

You're invited to show off your favorite biscuit recipe at the Hudson Cream Flour West Virginia Biscuit Bake Off at the Autumn Harvest Festival & WV Road Kill Cook Off Saturday, September 30 in Marlinton, WV Registration & receiving of entries @ Marlinton Municipal Building on 2nd Ave. 9 - 10 a.m. Judging begins at 10 a.m. Announcement of winners – Gazebo area at 12:30 p.m. Get complete rules and registration form by clicking the PDF at the "More Details" link.

 
October 06, 2017 to October 07, 2017

Huntersville Traditions Day is a way to step back in time and enjoy the Appalachian Culture by taking part in demonstrations of some of the lost arts that have disappeared through the decades. Visitors have the opportunity to tour the historical buildings and enjoy the history throughout the Huntersville Community. Wagon rides provided for transportation after arriving in Huntersville.