CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The city of Charleston was busy last weekend with two seasonal events paralleling one another. FestivALL Fall and East End Main Street's HallowEast celebrated all things autumn and Halloween, as each played to different sensibilities for this time of year.
FestivALL Fall started off with a bit of a hitch, according to Director Larry Groce. Friday night's Fall Ball -- live music and dancing on the levee -- was accompanied by weather hovering around 40 degrees, he said. While Groce said the show was great, he acknowledged, "the weather hurt us."
"We have to consider in the future whether we want to continue to try to do things outdoors this time of year," Groce said.
In contrast, Groce said Sunday's weather bestowed good fortune upon attendees of the Carriage Trail Leaf Walk -- a walk in the city's woods with the accompaniment of actors and musicians.
"The weather was gorgeous," Groce said. "We had about 400 people there."
HallowEast saw its own share of success. East End Main Street Director Ric Cavender said he thought this year's event might have been the best yet.
New to HallowEast was the Run Like Hell Zombie 5K Run/Walk. More than 900 runners registered for the event, Cavender said. Organizers at TriStateRacer, a West Virginia-based race-timing group that assisted with the event, were impressed, according to Cavender.