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April 2017

Spend the Night with Alice Cooper

April 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Charleston Municipal Auditorium, 200 Civic Center Dr., Charleston, WV 25301 United States + Google Map

Rock legend Alice Cooper will perform at Charleston Municipal Auditorium on April 25th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34.50, $59.50 and $74.50 Tickets can be purchased at Charleston Civic Center ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

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$23

Buddy Guy

April 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
WVU Creative Arts Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, 26506 United States + Google Map

Buddy Guy is one of the most celebrated blues guitarists of his generation. For more than half a century, he has blended the genres of blues and rock and roll like no other performer. His early work at Chess Records where he could be found sitting in with Muddy Waters, and his early gigs in Chicago where he became famous for his fiery guitar work and flashy stage style led him to the pinnacle of the blues ‘n’ rock genre for which he is known. Guy has earned seven Grammy Awards—Best Blues Album (2015), Best Contemporary Blues Album (2010), Best Traditional Blues Album (2003), Best Contemporary Blues Album – or Contemporary Blues Recording (1991, 1993, 1995) and the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2015). He has received the National Medal of the Arts as well as the Kennedy Center Honors and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 where he was presented with his award by Eric Clapton and B.B. King. It’s no coincidence that Guy counts King among his influences along with T-Bone Walker and Otis “Lightin’ Slim” Hicks but he is also credited with influencing the careers of Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Don’t miss your chance to experience one of Buddy Guy’s legendary live concerts in the intimacy of the Creative Arts Center Clay Theatre!

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“The Work of Rodney Gordon” Opening Reception

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road, Wheeling, 26003 + Google Map

"The Work of Rodney Gordon" Opening Reception, April 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Opening reception is free and open to the public. Exhibit is on display through June 23, 2017.

About the Artist: Broadway's master milliner and mask maker Rodney Gordon shares a collection of masks, hats, headdresses, jewelry, and armor created for some of the most popular and historic productions in theater history.

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Free

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

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooke County Public Library, 945 Main St., Wellsburg, WV 26070 United States + Google Map

Come meet and greet

Minnie Pearl

who will be portrayed by Denise Giardina of Charleston in a West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! Program!

Free to attend; light refreshments will be served; please call to reserve a spot!

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Lecture – “Beneath the Poppies and Crosses: What Archaeology Reveals about the First World War”

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, 801 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, WEST VIRGINIA 26041-2241 United States + Google Map

By Hank Lutton, Curator, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex.

April 2017 marks the centenary of the United States’ entry into the First World War. To observe the anniversary, this program examines the recent contributions that archaeology has made to better understand “the war to end all wars.” By highlighting battlefield excavations, personal artifacts, and the forensic analysis of the fallen from unmarked graves, this lecture will reveal recent discoveries that are transforming our knowledge of how individual soldiers lived and died a century ago.

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Free

Lecture: “Beneath the Poppies and Crosses: What Archaeology Reveals about the First World War”

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, 801 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, WEST VIRGINIA 26041 United States + Google Map

By Hank Lutton, Curator, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex.

April 2017 marks the centenary of the United States’ entry into the First World War. This program examines the recent contributions that archaeology has made to provide a better understanding of “The War to End All Wars.” Recent discoveries, including forensic evidence, are transforming our knowledge of how individual soldiers lived and died a century ago.

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$5 - $12

The 45th Annual Dogwood Arts & Crafts Festival

April 28 - April 30
Big Sandy Superstore Arena, One Civic Arena Plaza, Huntington, WEST VIRGINIA 25701 + Google Map

The Dogwood Arts & Crafts festival is one of the largest arts and crafts show in the Tri-state area featuring over 90 vendors with hand-crafted items such as jewelry, food products, woodwork, art, soaps and lotions, yard art, pottery and much more.

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Free

Skirmish On The River

April 28 @ 9:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm
Civil War Reenactment, LJHCC Property, Gilbert, WV 25621 United States + Google Map

Come see how your ancestors lived during that turbulent time! There are live battles on Saturday and Sunday. Educational Day for students is Friday. Ladies Tea Saturday at Noon. Period costumes and Dance Saturday night. Cannon Night Firing. Camps open to the public all weekend.

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West Virginia Dance Festival

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - April 30 @ 11:00 pm
Culture Center, State Capitol Complex 1900 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, WEST VIRGINIA 25305 United States + Google Map

Enjoy dance classes throughout the day and evening performances. West Virginia dance schools and companies are featured performers.

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Free admission

25th Annual Spring Mountain Festival- Tri County Fairgrounds

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - April 30 @ 4:00 pm
Tri County Fairgrounds, 19 Rig St. , Petersburg, WV 26847 United States + Google Map

25th Annual Spring Mountain Festival features: free entertainment, enjoy food, crafts, free inflatables for kids, rock wall, mechanical bull, Horse Show, Golf Tournament, 5K Color Run, Corn Hole, Toothless Ruth, Josh Oldaker and more! Great fun- FREE admission!
Festival is held at the Tri County Fairgrounds in Petersburg, WV.

The Spring Mountain Festival parade will be on Saturday, April 29th at 3:00pm- note the time change to the afternoon!

Applications for Craft, Flea and Food vendors are ready: call the chamber office for your application.

Applications for Corn Hole Tournament, Gold Scramble and 5K Color Run can also be requested the same way.

Entry forms will be available by calling the chamber office.

Friday night is "Open Mike Night" and FREE Movie Night- showing is Rogue 0ne- A Star Wars Story!

Check the chamber facebook page for complete schedule of events! Chamber phone is 304-257-2722

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Free

The Annual Stand Against Racism Day Program Featuring: The Project on Racism Essay Contest

April 28 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
State Capitol Building, Capitol Complex 1900 Washington St. E., Charleston, WEST VIRGINIA 25305 United States + Google Map

The MLK Commission, in conjunction with the YWCA Wheeling hosts annually, The Project on Racism Essay Contest that honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while encouraging grades K-12 students’ creativity through essay writing. This year, first, second and third place winners will be recognized and the first place winners will read their essays. The celebration will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 3:30 PM in the Lower Rotunda of the State Capitol. Join Us and Take a Stand!

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Hawk Knob Tasting Room Opening

April 28 @ 4:00 pm - April 29 @ 7:00 pm
Hawk Knob Cidery and Meadery, 2245 Blue Sulphur Pike, Lewisburg, WV 24901 United States + Google Map

Come on out to Hawk Knob for our tasting room spring opening! We're going to have the tasting room open Friday the 28th for a soft opening from 4-7pm. Then on Saturday, where going to be open from 12-7pm with a cider pressing in the early afternoon, tree grafting demonstration, and music from the infamous Corey Lee McQuade from 4-7pm. There will be cider and mead available to taste. 5 dollars for a tour and tasting

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$38.95

Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gandy Dancer Theatre, 359 Beverly Pike, Elkins, 26241 United States + Google Map

Enjoy West Virginia's ONLY Branson-style dinner shows. Our featured two hours Premier Show offers a high energy, state of the art show with music from the 50's to today including Country, Gospel, Pop, Rock and Patriotic presentations all performed by top musicians and performers. Enjoy a plated meal of fried chicken, meatloaf, coleslaw, green beans, roasted potatoes, rolls, beverage and desserts served right to your table, then sit back and be entertained by the area’s finest musicians, dancers and performers.

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Boy Scout Badge Weekend

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - April 30 @ 10:30 am
Green Bank Observatory, 155 Observatory Road, Green Bank, WV 24944 United States + Google Map

Select weekends are set aside for boy scout troops to visit the Green Bank Observatory and complete activities to earn their astronomy merit badge.

Scouts and Chaperones stay in our affordable bunkhouse ($10/person/night, $200/night minimum). Camping is also available in a designated area on the campus ($5/person/night, $150/night minimum). Meals are available in our cafeteria. See:

Most designated weekends are devoted to the Astronomy Merit badge. There is no charge for the Astronomy program.

In 2017, we will host one Electronics Merit badge weekend. As we will be soldering electronic kits as part of the program, there is a $5.00/scout charge to cover the cost of the materials.

Our Electronics Badge weekend will be September 15-17, 2017

We begin activities promptly at 10:30 a.m. on the Saturday, but offer the bunkhouse on Friday night for groups who have a far distance to travel.

Space is limited.

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31st Annual Great Greenbrier River Race

April 29
Great Greenbrier River Race, 8th Street, Marlinton, WV 25954 United States + Google Map

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.

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$30

WV Craft Brew Festival

April 29 @ 2:00 am - 10:00 pm
State Fairgrounds, 891 Maplewood Ave, Fairlea, WV 24901 United States + Google Map

Join us for a full day filled with West Virginia Craft Breweries, a food truck rodeo and live music. This event will also have special workshops on beer and food pairings, home brew and the importance of agriculture in the brewing process.

Breweries entered in this event will be judged by certified BJCP judges. Winners will earn the title of “Best Beer at the West Virginia Brew Festival” and take home the first-ever traveling trophy.

Ticket Prices:

· $30 advanced (includes 8 – 4 oz. tastings)

· $50 VIP ticket, includes special parking early entrance to event and special tastings

· $15 designated driver ticket

· $20 under 21 ticket

*Add $5.00 to all tickets purchased at the gate

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Free

Spring Bird Walk

April 29 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Pricketts Fort, 88 Park Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554 United States + Google Map

Come celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk. Staff of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources will lead the public on this annual rite of passage. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. Free and open to the public.

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$20

Ramps & Rail Festival Bike Ride

April 29 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Elkins Depot Welcome Center, 315 Railroad Ave, Elkins, WEST VIRGINIA 26241 US + Google Map

Come to Elkins and enjoy good music and great food at the eighth annual Ramps & Rail Festival. Peruse the over fifty craft and food vendors and over to the Highlands Trail Foundation booth to enter our annual bike raffle, receive the latest news on our efforts, and purchase some of our new memorabilia. Be sure to arrive early and take part in our annual bike rides along the Trail from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. We’ll start out at the Elkins Depot and enjoy a leisurely 15 or 24 mile ride along the trail before heading back to overindulge ourselves in the good old fashioned country cooking and music available at the festival.

Pre-registration at $20 is available thru April 28 at the link below while or you can register onsite for $25.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ramps-rail-ride-tickets-33017516280

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YWCA Race to End Racism

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Magic Island, Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, WEST VIRGINIA 25301 United States + Google Map

Join the YWCA, local leaders and local businesses, and individuals at the inaugural Race to end Racism.

The 5K run / 1 mile walk starts at Magic Island.

Admission:$25 run/$15 walk thru 4/15; $30 run/$20 walk after 4/15

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$5

Chocolate Fest & Book Faire

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

From cupcakes to truffles, local and regional authors and chocolate-themed activities, visitors won't find a more decadent or enjoyable festival than the Chocolate Festival and Book Faire April 23, hosted by Main Street Martinsburg. Local businesses throughout downtown host authors for book signings and discussions, as well as display chocolate-themed specials. Guests can also tour a local chocolate shop, sample cupcakes from a cupcake competition and watch "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" throughout this day-long adventure.

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Free

Annual Ramps and Rail Festival

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Elkins Depot Welcome Center, 315 Railroad Ave, Elkins, WEST VIRGINIA 26241 US + Google Map

The Ninth Annual Ramps and Rail Festival will be held on April 29, 2017. The festival continues to grow each year and the Depot hopes everyone will come out again this year! People taste different ramp cuisine and listen to live music, enjoy the craft vendors, and vote for their favorite vendors. Train rides are available throughout the day through the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.

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Free

Site Inventory and Analysis

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WEST VIRGINIA 26508 + Google Map

Whether you are designing a landscape for a bare lot surrounding your home or redesigning an area because your needs have changed, all plans need to start with a site inventory and analysis. Through this design process, you will determine which features to keep and where change is desirable. With Master Gardener Jan Mitchell, learn how to inventory your yard, determine your needs, and make a base map. Most appropriate for adults. Free.

Register online at www.wvbg.org.

* Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Contact us at 304-322-2093 or info@wvbg.org if you have any questions.

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Free

5th Annual Shepherdstown “DogFest”

April 29 @ 10:00 am - April 30 @ 4:00 pm
Downtown Shepherdstown, German Street, Shepherdstown, WV 25443 United States + Google Map

Shepherdstown WV will hold its fifth annual "DogFest" the weekend of April 29-30.

Originally held during August, the event has been shifted to the spring the past two years to get away from the summer heat.

This year's DogFest will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. It will include a wide variety of activities for dogs, their owners, dog lovers, and the general public. Most of the activities will be located on King Street, downtown. All the activities will be free and everyone will be welcome.

One of the main events will be a Saturday parade of rescue dogs that will showcase adoptable dogs from different breed-specific rescue organizations and local all-breed shelters. As each dog goes on parade, a representative of the sponsoring organization will provide commentary on the animal. 

DogFest coordinator Marianne Davis says this parade format offers a good opportunity to educate the public about the needs of different breeds and adoption and fostering options. 

Other highlights of the weekend will include a community dog show on Sunday afternoon open to all dogs owned by both visitors and residents.

Both days will include blessings of the dogs; exhibits and demonstrations by trainers, rescue organizations, and others; and children's activities.

Throughout the weekend, many restaurants and stores will let dog owners bring their dogs inside. Many will also be offering special dog-themed food, drinks, and items for sale.

DogFest is sponsored by the Shepherdstown Visitors Center; watch the Center's website at www.shepherdstown.info for schedule details.

For more information, contact Ms. Davis at 304-876-2786 or SVC@shepherdstown.info.

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$12

Camp Creek State Park’s Timbersports Competition & Ramp Feast

April 29 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Camp Creek State Park, 2390 Camp Creek Rd., Camp Creek, WEST VIRGINIA 25820 USA + Google Map

Camp Creek State Park and Forest host the Timbersports Competition & Ramp Feast held at the Camp Creek State Park Amphitheater. Schedule of events are as follows: 8:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M. Flower and bird walk with Bibbee Nature Club. 11:00 A.M.-3 P.M. Ramp Feast. Includes ramp casserole, brown beans, cornbread, slaw, drink and dessert. Cost $12.00. Timbersports Competition: 11 A.M.-12:30 P.M. and 1:30 P.M.-3 P.M. Admission is free.

Call (304) 425-9481 for more information or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1353196324740906/ for more details.

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Camp Caesar Ramp Dinner

April 29 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Camp Caesar Ramp Dinner, 4868 Webster Road, Cowen, WEST VIRGINIA 26206 US + Google Map

Camp Caesar Ramp Dinner: 4868 Webster Rd, Cowen, WV 26206

Cost: Single Dinner $15.00 or Two for $25.00, Children Ages 6-11 $8.00, and Children 5 and under free with paid adult.

Menu: Ham, Bacon, Eggs, Ramps, Fried Potatoes, Brown Beans, Biscuits, Cornbread, Desserts and Drinks. For Additional Information Contact Us: 304-226-3888 or campcaesar@frontiernet.net

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$40.00

The Spring Gala

April 29 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Village Square Conference Center, 1650 Milford St, Clarksburg, WV 26330 United States + Google Map

The Spring Gala is the yearly event that kicks-off all things Italian! Regina Maria, the reigning royalty of the WV Italian Heritage Festival, is announced along with her court. Dinner and dancing follow.

For reservations, please call 304-622-7314 or email wvihf@wvihf.com. Reservations accepted until April 19, 2017.

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Casting Crowns

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV 25301 United States + Google Map

Multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY® winning group Casting Crowns will hit the road again this spring for the second leg of "The Very Next Thing" Tour, featuring K-LOVE Radio’s Male Artist of the Year Danny Gokey and special guests Unspoken. Presented by Compassion International and Museum of the Bible, the 40-city arena tour kicks off Feb. 16, in Baltimore and will make stops in markets like Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Orlando, Tampa, Grand Rapids, Minneapolis, Houston, and many more before wrapping up in San Antonio on May 7. “The Very Next Thing” Tour supports Casting Crowns’ newest studio album, The Very Next Thing, (Beach Street/Reunion). This marks the group's 15th release and eighth studio album since the label debut release in 2003. With more than 10 million records sold, Casting Crowns has held the position of Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007.

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Free - $20

Two Rivers Piano & Wind Ensemble Concert

April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, W. German Street, Shepherdstown, 25443 United States + Google Map

The Friends of Music will present the fourth concert of their current season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown. The concert will feature the Two Rivers Piano and Winds Ensemble. The pianist will be Shepherd University's Scott Beard.

The program, entitled "Windswept," will include the following works by American, German and French composers:

Paquito D’Rivera (b. 1948), Invitación al Danzón for clarinet, horn and piano

Friedrich W. Voigt (1833-1894), Nocturne for clarinet, horn and piano Op. 75

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano (1926)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 16

Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $20 per person ($18 before April 16).

Tickets and Friends' memberships can be purchased on the Friends' website at www.friendswv.org or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443). Visa and Master Card will be accepted.

The Two Rivers Piano and Wind Ensemble includes the following musicians:

Scott Beard, Piano. Dr. Beard has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra soloist throughout the U.S. and Canada and in Europe and South America. He was Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Shepherd University from 1998-2011, and currently serves as Shepherd's Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies & Continuing Education.

Noelle Drewes, Oboe. Dr. Drewes is the principal oboe with the Apollo Orchestra and is a founding member of the Capital Reeds. She has performed on numerous occasions as a guest with the National Symphony Orchestra and many other orchestras in the region. She teaches at Montgomery County Community College, and maintains a private teaching studio out of her home in Bowie, Maryland

David Drosinos, Clarinet. Mr. Drosinos has performed in Greece, Ireland, Moscow, Finland, the Bahamas and all over the continental U.S. He teaches at the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Peabody Preparatory, and Shepherd University.

Lynn Moncilovich, Bassoon. Ms. Moncilovich is the principal bassoonist of Central Maryland's Londontowne Symphony Orchestra, and second bassoonist with the Keystone Wind Ensemble in Pennsylvania. She also performs frequently with the Lancaster PA Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel Carter, Horn. Mr. Carter is adjunct horn instructor at Shepherd University and teaches Elementary Band and Strings in the Howard County MD Public System. He is principal horn of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra.

The piano used for this concert has been graciously provided by the Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, DC.

The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence in the Eastern Panhandle. For full information about the Friends and their concerts go to www.friendswv.org.

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Naughty by Nature with Kid ‘n Play

April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, One Clay Square, Charleston, WEST VIRGINIA 25301 United States + Google Map

Take a trip to the 90's with hip-hop and rap group Naughty by Nature! Teaming up with Kid 'n Play - the groups will bring an upbeat, fun night of music and dancing to the Clay Center with favorites like “Hip Hop Hooray,” "OPP," and more!!!

Tickets start at just $25! Hurry now for your spot in the DANCE ZONE where you can really drop it like it's hot! You don't want to miss the show your friends will be talking about all year!

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Road Scholar Workshops

April 30 - May 5
Cedar Lakes Conference Center, 82 FFA Drive, Ripley, 25271 United States + Google Map

Week-long craft workshops are scheduled for stained glass, creative writing, quilting, watercolors, flyfishing and woodworking. For information, call 304-372-7860 or email mhumphrey@wvda.us.

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Free

Wetland/Amphibian Walk

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WEST VIRGINIA 26508 + Google Map

West Virginia University (WVU) Professor Jim Anderson will lead us to and acquaint us with the frogs, toads, and other amphibians found in a variety of wetland habitats. Be prepared to get your shoes muddy. Free for all ages. Register online at www.wvbg.org.

* Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted.

Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Contact us at 304-322-2093 or info@wvbg.org if you have any questions.

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WVU Creative Arts Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, 26506 United States + Google Map

For more than 30 years “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” has been the home of live music on public radio. The two-hour radio show is produced in West Virginia and distributed by National Public Radio weekly on more than 150 stations across America and around the world via NPR Music and mountainstage.org. The show, which is recorded before a live audience, features performances by seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues and country to indie rock, synth pop, world and alternative music, and beyond. Singer/songwriter Larry Groce serves as the show’s host, artistic director and co-producer. The Mountain Stage house band includes jazz pianist Bob Thompson, vocalist Julie Adams, bass player Steve Hill, drummer Ammed Solomon and guitarists Michael Lipton and Ryan Kennedy. The band is directed by Ron Sowell. While “Mountain Stage” is based in Charleston, Morgantown has been the show’s second home for more than a decade.

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May 2017
$20

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Challenge

May 1 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm

This is a catch and release type of tournament, with your contest entry submitted to Tygart River Outfitters via phone pictures. This challenge will be throughout the month of May. Each month a different type of fish will be in competition. Cast out and join the fun !!

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

May 4 @ 10:00 am - May 7 @ 8:00 pm
Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV 25301 United States + Google Map

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Out of This World DON'T MISS THE FINAL FAREWELL!

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“RENT”

May 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Capitol Theatre, 1015 Main Street, Wheeling, WV 26003 United States + Google Map

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

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Charleston Light Opera Guild presents SISTER ACT

May 5 @ 12:00 am - May 20 @ 12:00 pm
Charleston Civic Center Little Theater, 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston , 25301 United States + Google Map

The musical follows disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who witnesses a murder and is put in protective custody in a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community.

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May Craft Workshops

May 5 - May 7
Cedar Lakes Conference Center, 82 FFA Drive, Ripley, 25271 United States + Google Map

Weekend workshops on making jewelry, dulcimer playing and fiber weaving are planned. On May 12-14, artist Vivian Ripley offers an acrylic workshop. Contact Marsha Humphrey at mhumphrey@wvda.us or 304-372-7860 for details.

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Cheat River Festival

May 5 - May 6
Albright, WV,

First weekend in May, every year – Cheat Fest 2017 is May 5th and 6th, 2017. Gates open Friday night from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The festival grounds in Albright, West Virginia will once again transform into a haven for boaters, music lovers, and families. Bands from all over Appalachia will entertain crowds with live music.

Held rain or shine, Cheat Fest is always a good time! There will be activities for the whole family including kids' tents and parade, delicious food, art market, 5K, downriver race, vendors, live entertainment, workshops, silent auction and raffles.

Kids under twelve are free! Kids of all ages can congregate at the ever-growing Kid’s Tent from noon ’till 5:00 p.m. on Saturday for a host of hands-on activities.

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Free

Spring Fest 2017

May 5 - May 7
Town of Franklin, Rt. 220, Franklin, WV 26807 United States + Google Map

Family friendly festival featuring a Trophy Trout Rodeo (catch a tagged trout for the opportunity to win cash prizes and have a great time along one of West Virginia’s premier fishing rivers), Box Car Derby, arts and crafts, food and live music.

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First Friday After Five

May 5 @ 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Downtown Lewisburg, 200 West Washington Street, Lewisburg, 24901 United States + Google Map

First Fridays after 5 takes place all year long in downtown Lewisburg with shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Lewisburg open until 9pm serving complimentary refreshments and entertainment, sponsored by City National Bank. Downtown Lewisburg, America's Coolest Small Town, is just 1 mile south of I-64 via exit 169. The town center is located at the intersection of Washington Street (Rt. 60) and Jefferson Street (Rt. 219).

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$12 - $15

Morning Yoga in the Garden

May 5 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WEST VIRGINIA 26508 + Google Map

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. Register online at www.wvbg.org.

Contact us at 304-322-2093 or info@wvbg.org if you have any questions.

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$38.95

Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gandy Dancer Theatre, 359 Beverly Pike, Elkins, 26241 United States + Google Map

Enjoy West Virginia's ONLY Branson-style dinner shows. Our featured two hours Premier Show offers a high energy, state of the art show with music from the 50's to today including Country, Gospel, Pop, Rock and Patriotic presentations all performed by top musicians and performers. Enjoy a plated meal of fried chicken, meatloaf, coleslaw, green beans, roasted potatoes, rolls, beverage and desserts served right to your table, then sit back and be entertained by the area’s finest musicians, dancers and performers.

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Wheeling Health Right Chef’s Auction

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WesBanco Arena, 2 14th Street, Wheeling, WV 26003 United States + Google Map

Enjoy great food, great chefs and great auction items! For tickets, call 304-233-1135.

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Beer Tasting at OI: Art and Ale

May 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road, Wheeling, 26003 + Google Map

Beer Tasting at OI: Art and Ale
6:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017

$30/$25.50 OI Members. Register online or call 304-242-7700.

Oglebay Institute’s beer tasting events are must-attend social gatherings for craft beer enthusiasts in the Wheeling area. Discover new breweries. Try a variety of beer styles. Enjoy a buffet of foods that complements the featured beverages. Learn about the increasingly popular – and creative– craft beer industry.

Events take place at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, a grand 100-year-old mansion that was once home to one of Wheeling’s most prominent families.

More than just a beer tasting. . .

During the events, you can also view the art exhibit on display in the gallery and explore the elegant mansion. You can purchase your favorite brews to take home, too. Most of all, unwind and have fun. Although events begin at 6:30 p.m., you can arrive early to meet the friendly staff. At some events, guided tours of the art exhibit are offered at 6 p.m. Explore one of Wheeling’s grand, historic properties and view interesting and thought-provoking art at OI’s popular beer tasting events.

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$28

Mamma Mia!

May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
WVU Creative Arts Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, 26506 United States + Google Map

A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads.
And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

Over 50 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, Mamma Mia! is the world’s No.1 show! Don't miss it on its farewell tour!

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$20

Bonus Round SciFi and Gaming Convention

May 6 - May 7
Days Inn Conference Center, 350 Days Dr, Flatwoods, WV 26601 United States + Google Map

Bonus Round is an annual fan and gaming convention steeped in horror and science fiction! It's a weekend of fun in the beautiful hills of central West Virginia!

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Free

Coopers Rock State Forest Irish Road Bowling

May 6
Cooper’s Rock State Forest, 61 County Line Dr., Bruceton Mills , WEST VIRGINIA 26525 United States + Google Map

Located near Cheat Lake, Lakeview Golf Resort and with an overlook into Cheat River Gorge, this 12,713 acre forest with cliffs and 11 rustic picnic shelters is ideal for Irish Road Bowling.
See www.coopersrockstateforest.com.
Contact Coopers Rock (304) 594-9024. For the WVIRBA
Clifton Colebank (304) 698-9065.

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Free

Spring Bird Walk

May 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Pricketts Fort, 88 Park Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554 United States + Google Map

Come celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk. Staff of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources will lead the public on this annual rite of passage. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. Free and open to the public.

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$30

Dirt Dash Trail Run

May 6 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Greenbrier State Forest, H.C. 30, Box 154, Caldwell, WEST VIRGINIA 24925 United States + Google Map

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 6, 2017 for the Dirt Dash Trail Run and the Rocky Ridge 15K. The Dirt Dash course is five tough, but beautiful miles through the Greenbrier State Forest. Expect lots of hills, single track trail and lots of amazing scenery. You will be on six different trails during this challenging adventure.

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Free

Antique Gas & Engine Show

May 6 @ 9:00 am - May 7 @ 5:00 pm
WV State Farm Museum, 1458 Fairgrounds Road, Point Pleasant, WV 25550 United States + Google Map

Exhibits of working saw mill, displays of small engines and antique tractors, over 30 historic buildings and numerous other exhibits. May 6 : Antique & Farm Tractor Pull 1:00pm. May 7 : Church Service 9:00am. Gospel Sing : 1:30pm. Farm museum Country Kitchen and Gift Shop open. Camping available at the Farm Museum.

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