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In Short: Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2013

By Staff reports

The Gathering at Sweet Creek

The annual Gathering at Sweet Creek runs Friday through Sunday in Mineral Wells. The free old-time music festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday's are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival is at 316 Sugar Camp Road, two and a half miles off the Mineral Wells I-77 on W.Va. 21. Call Steve Parker at 304-489-2042 for more information.

Blue Highway concert

Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Blue Highway will perform Saturday in Bluefield as part of the Bluefield Preservation Society's first Lemonade Festival, celebrating the city's long-standing promotion of serving free lemonade on 90 degree or hotter days. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Granada Theater, 537 Commerce St.

The festival begins at 9 a.m. with car show registration, and also includes a $500 lemon hunt, farmer's market, art exhibit, cook-off, parade and arts and crafts show. Other music comes from The Kingsmen at noon and JC/BC at 4 p.m., both in Chicory Square.

Tickets for the concert are $40 for priority seating and $25 for general admission. To purchase tickets or for more information on festival events, call the preservation society at 304-589-0239. You can also find a schedule of events by searching for "The Lemonade Festival" on Facebook.

East End Bazaar

Saturday is Kids' Day at the East End Bazaar, featuring a magic show, inflatable rides and free activities for kids of all ages. There will also be art, craft and food vendors.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bazaar is on the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue. Call 304-767-9800 or visit www.charlestoneastend.com/east-end-bazaar.

Aunt Jennie Music Festival

The ninth annual Aunt Jennie Music Festival takes place 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Chief Logan State Park. The free festival is hosted by old-time/folk musician Roger Bryant, who will also perform both days. He is the grandson of West Virginia folk legend Virginia Myrtle "Aunt Jennie" Wilson.

Saturday's performers are Glen Simpson (folk), Elaine Purkey (activist songwriter), The Dick Taylor Band (bluegrass), the Easy Street Band (country/rock/oldies), Jeff Ellis (Americana/folk/acoustic rock) and the Daddy Rabbit Band (classic pop/rock). Sunday's are Cora and Fred Hairston (gospel), The Earl of Elkview (songs about West Virginia), Robert Shafer and The Pour House Band (country), The Samples Brothers (old-time/bluegrass), the Stewarts (gospel) and the Street Players (classic rock).

Due to the threat of thunderstorms, the festival has been moved from the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater to the Pickin' in the Park theater in the former park stables building, about halfway between the amphitheater and the campgrounds.

For more information, contact site manager Elizabeth Williams, at 304-792-7229.

Holly River Festival

The free Holly River Festival runs Saturday and Sunday at Holly River State Park in Hacker Valley, Webster County. It features live bluegrass music, a wide variety of craft vendors, antique/vintage car show, games, apple butter making, cakewalks, hayrides, a craft auction, one-room school museum and more.

Activities begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Call the park office at 304-493-6353 for more information.

Symphony at Beckley Labor Day

The West Virginia Symphony will perform a free pops concert, sponsored by the Beckley Area Foundation, at the Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium in Beckley at 7 p.m. Monday. Call 304-253-3806.

Culturefest

The 10th annual Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival runs Sept. 5-8 at the Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem. It features four performance stages, children's activities, workshops, healing arts and more.

National acts performing are Sylvana Joyce + The Moment, William The Accountant, Rattlemouth, Luminaries, Green Sunshine, Gideon's Rifle, A Ghost Like Me, Infinite Third, DragonSong, KT VanDyke & Drifting Westword, DJ Oko Yono and Spongecake & The Fluff Ramblers.

West Virginia performers are Option 22, The Gin Mills, The Company Stores, Melissa McKinney, Tim & Maggie, Cody Perkins & Company, Colby Elswick, Pipes and The Peacehounds and Chally Erb.

Full weekend passes, which include camping, are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate for adults and $15 for children ages 6-12; children 5 and under are free. Day passes are $10 Thursday, $15 Friday and Saturday and $12 Sunday.

Call 304-425-6425 or visit www.culturefestwv.com.

'Finding Faith'

Milton Baptist Church, 1123 Church St., will host a free screening of "Finding Faith" at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Members of the cast will be present. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

The faith-focused, family-friendly film is based on the true story of a Virginia teen who is kidnapped by an Internet predator and the search for her, which ended in West Virginia. It stars Erik Estrada ("ChiPS"), and members of the West Virginia State Police appear in it, as well.

For more on the screening, call 304-743-3461 or visit www.miltonbaptistchurch.net. For more on the film, visit www.findingfaith.com.


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