CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Capitol Complex will host a variety of activities celebrating the state's 150th birthday in a four-day celebration beginning Thursday.
A giant birthday cake will be served in the Culture Center for three days. A detailed replica of the Capitol, 8 feet long, more than 3 feet tall, uses nearly 900 pounds of fondant icing and will serve approximately 15,000. David and Darren Husband made the underlying structure, while Sara Lane took on the baking and icing.
With the exception of most showings of "The Civil War," all events are free. Visit wv150.com for more information on these activities and others around the state.
The festivities kick off with a bell ringing and sesquicentennial ceremony at 1:50 p.m. on the Capitol steps. Immediately following that, the cake will be cut.
A free performance of the Charleston Light Opera Guild's "The Civil War," with an appearance by David Selby as Abraham Lincoln, begins at 4 p.m. in the Culture Center Theater. The play is a musical drama telling the story of the war through songs from Union, Confederate and slave viewpoints.
Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Culture Center lobby.
A West Virginia-themed concert with the West Virginia Symphony and the Appalachian Children's Chorus starts at 7:30 p.m. on the Capitol steps. Selby will join the symphony to narrate Aaron Copeland's "A Lincoln Portrait."
At 10 p.m., the film "150 in 3-D: A Century and a Half of West Virginia Pride" will debut, broadcast on the side of the Capitol. A brisk six minutes, it features notable West Virginia events, people, icons and elements from the state's history through today.
Watch from the Capitol steps. Fireworks follow.
The Light Opera Guild stages "The Civil War" at 7 p.m. in the Culture Center Theater. Tickets are $20; seating is first-come, first-serve.
At 10 p.m., "150 in 3-D: A Century and a Half of WV Pride" will screen on the Capitol steps, followed by fireworks.
Activities begin at 10 a.m.
Main events include live concerts, a cruise-in, Vandalia activities, the Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off and statehood lectures and character portrayals. There also will be children's activities, Civil War re-enactors, food and craft vendors and carriage rides on Kanawha Boulevard.
The day concludes with a final screening of "150 in 3-D: A Century and a Half of WV Pride" and fireworks at 10 p.m. on the Capitol steps.
A free trolley shuttle service runs 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. with two loops: the Civic Center to Greenbrier Street and Laidley Field to the Capitol Complex.
The music stage is set up at the North Plaza. Music runs 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The schedule is:
10 a.m.: Roger Bryant
10:30 a.m.: Dan Kessinger, 2013 mandolin winner
11 a.m.: Marteka Lake, 2013 bluegrass banjo winner
11:30 a.m.: Bryant Underwood, 2013 youth flat pick guitar winner
11:45 a.m.: Tim Bing, 2013 old-time banjo winner
12:15 p.m.: Jim Mullins, 2013 senior old-time fiddle winner
1 p.m.: Full Moon Boys Band
1:45 p.m.: Martha Turley, 2013 lap dulcimer winner
2:30 p.m.: Jim Mullins, 2013 senior old-time banjo winner
3 p.m.: Lydia Hager, 2013 youth fiddle winner
3:15 p.m.: Adam Hager, 2013 flat pick guitar winner