According to the venerable Farmer's Almanac, fall arrives this year on Wednesday, September 22, at 3:21 p.m. (to be precise). Soon we'll be enjoying cool, crisp days, chilly nights and hopefully, vibrant-colored mountainsides. Who doesn't look forward to fall in Nature's Mountain Playground? And while I'm sorry to see summer go, and not always excited to welcome winter, I love fall. It's that transitional time of year when summer winds down and the frozen days of winter are still several weeks away; when the heat and humidity of summer slowly release their hold and foggy August mornings remind us that cooler nights have arrived. But before we swap out those shorts and t-shirts for heavy coats and gloves, let's say good-bye to summer with a little fun. September is that time of year to enjoy one last summer fling and prepare for fall's arrival. So here's a quick rundown of a few events and festivals coming up in September here in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, as we say good-bye to summer.
For over 30 years now fall has been welcomed to Pocahontas County with a wonderful event simply known as the Cranberry Shindig. This annual autumn festival, hosted at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, is a day-long celebration of traditional Appalachian culture featuring local artisans and crafters educating, demonstrating and selling their mountain wares. In past years the festival has highlighted traditional demonstrations of blacksmithing, fly tying, wood turning and wood sculpting, dulcimer making, as well as purveyors of soap, honey, fudge and maple syrup. As the festival grows in popularity, and new crafters get involved, each year has the potential to showcase something different from the year before. Bring the whole family and celebrate all things Appalachia. And once you've seen our mountain heritage come alive (and purchased a few souvenirs), make sure to take advantage of the nearby hiking trails of the Cranberry Area. Whether it's a short hike around the Nature Center or jumping in the car to make the quick drive to the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area boardwalk, there's plenty of natural beauty and wonder to enjoy in the Cranberry Area. What a fun-filled way to say good-bye to summer. The Cranberry Shindig will be held September 26, 2021, and typically runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information contact the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center at 304-653-4826.
UCI World Cup
Where the Cranberry Shindig brings Appalachia to the world, the UCI World Cup brings the world to Appalachia. The Paris, France based Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the worldwide governing body for cycling; managing and promoting cycling's eight disciples, one of which is mountain biking. The UCI represents the interest of 197 National Federations, five Continental Confederations and more than 1,500 professional riders, as well as millions of cyclists around the world. So, when I say the world is coming to Pocahontas County, I'm not exaggerating. This September, as part of the UCI mountain biking schedule, Snowshoe Mountain Resort will once again host the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals, making it the only North American site on this season's circuit. And as part of the UCI mountain bike series, there won't be just one race but two! The first downhill race, Wednesday, September 15, will take place on the Snowshoe's Western Territory followed up by the World Cup Finals at the same location, two days later, September 17-19. Even if you haven't been on a bike sense you were 12 years old, can you imagine a more exciting way to close out your summer? Take in the races, track the mountain bike standings and all the behind-the-scenes excitement while enjoying the cooler summer climate found at Snowshoe's nearly 5,000-foot elevation. And while you're rubbing elbows with our international guests, be sure to treat yourself to some of Snowshoe's world-class dinning. Round out your international weekend with a stroll through Snowshoe Village as summer crosses the finish line for 2021. For ticket information and booking, call 877-441-4386 or contact [email protected]
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
If you're looking to fill your calendar with upcoming festivals and end-of-summer fun this September, be sure to leave room for Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Cass has not one, but three enjoyable summer-closing events planned for September. The festivities kick off on Saturday, September 11, at 10 a.m. with "Music on the Mountain". The mountainsides of Cass will ring with festival music as Cass Scenic Railroad State Park has partnered with West Virginia University to bring to life traditional mountain music. Beginning at 10 a.m. and running to 12 p.m., an impromptu "picking on the porch" session will be held at the Cass General Store as members of the Augusta Heritage Center and local musicians come together for some good old-fashion, down-home playing. And if you play, be sure to rosin up your bow, because at this jam session, visitors are invited to play along. After a morning of great mountain music, don't miss the opportunity to grab some lunch at The Last Run Restaurant. Just be sure you're back at the General Store by 2 p.m. as "Music on the Mountain" will conclude with a lecture and demonstrations of traditional timber camp songs led by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College.
September 17 marks the second good-bye to summer event at Cass, and this one is truly unique. It's a guided evening hike under the light of a full moon. This particular full moon is known by some as a "Full Corn Moon" due to its correlation with the autumn harvest. The hike begins at the visitor center at 7:30 p.m. and is about a three-mile round trip. While most of the hike is flat terrain, expect a slight grade. Closed toe shoes are recommended as well as bringing along a light-weight jacket for cooler weather.
If you make it to Cass for the Full Moon Hike, you might want to considered staying overnight for their third end-of-summer celebration - Harvest Day. But whether you can get to Cass for the hike or not, you definitely don't want to miss this summer send-off celebration on September 18. This day-long, farewell to summer event kicks off at 9:00 a.m. and features local artisans, blacksmithing and woodworking demonstrations as well as delicious fall-favorite foods. Take in the sights and sounds of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park as you walk the streets of town, do a little shopping at the General Store and sit down to a homemade meal and dessert at The Last Run Restaurant. For more information contact Cass Scenic Railroad State Park at 304-456-4300 or [email protected]
West Virginia has a long-standing tradition of holding festivals and fairs as a fun way of saying so long to summer and hello to fall. And Pocahontas County has some of the best summer send-offs you'll find in the entire state. Whether you're looking for a simple fall festival surrounded with the history and lore of the logging industry, a celebration of all things Appalachia or a world-class mountain resort hosting athletes from all over the world, it's hard to deny that Nature's Mountain Playground knows how to say bon voyage to summer.
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