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Travel Notes: Oct. 21, 2012

By Staff reports

Scary fun at state parks

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A variety of Halloween activities are planned at West Virginia's state parks.

  • A Halloween train departs at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 from Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Pocahontas County. The haunted train travels to Whittaker Station and back to Cass with surprises along the way. Passengers are encouraged to wear costumes. Adults $32, children 5-12 $26, children younger than 5 $16. Reservations required. Call 304-456-4300.
  • The 35th annual Pipestem Pumpkin Run begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 27 for a 10K run, a 5K run, a 5K walk and an 800-meter fun run (fun run is for kids 12 and younger). Registration is at the Canyon Rim Center. Races ($15 in advance; $20 on race day) begin at 10 a.m.; fun run is free and starts at 11 a.m. Contact Shirley Martin or Nathan Hanshaw, 304-466-1800. A registration form is posted at www.pipestemresort.com.
  • North Bend State Park will throw a free Halloween party from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Shelter No. 3. The party will feature games, prizes, children's costume contest, crafts and more. For more information, call 304-643-2931.
  • Chief Logan State Park is having its first Zombiefest on Oct. 27. Registration for the Zombie Walk is at noon with the lineup and walk at 2 p.m. There's also a Thriller Dance Party, costume contest, concert and prize drawings. Tickets are $15. Visit www.loganzombiefest.com for the rules and other information. Event proceeds go to the Huntington Food Bank.
  • Little Beaver State Park, in Raleigh County, offers nights of ghosts and goblins on its haunted trail from 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Oct. 31. Walking trails, shelter mazes and staged areas for Halloween fun. Adults $8, children 12 and younger $6.
  • For details about specific Halloween activities, call the park directly. For information about West Virginia state parks and forests, visit www.wvstateparks.com.

    Historical dinner guests

    MULLENS, W.Va. -- Clara Barton and Robert E. Lee will be portrayed at Twin Falls Dinner Theater on Nov. 10.

    Performers Karen Vuranch and Al Stone will bring two noted figures in U.S. history to the stage during a "History Alive" presentation following dinner. The dinner theater price is $44 per person. An overnight package of dinner, theater and accommodation for two is $151. Reservations are requested.

    Twin Falls State Park, in Wyoming County near Mullens and Pineville, features a 47-room lodge, hiking and biking trails and full-service restaurant. For more information about the dinner theater, call 304-294-4000 or visit www.twinfallsresort.com.

    Bluesman in Marlinton

    MARLINTON, W.Va. -- Bluesman Austin "Walkin' Cane" Charanghat brings his slide guitar and soulful voice to the Pocahontas County Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Tickets are $8.

    Walkin' Cane has opened for or performed with a number of other notable musicians, including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, BR549 and many others.

    Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Opera House, 818 Third Ave. Children 17 and younger are admitted free. Tickets are available in advance at pocahontasoperahouse.org.

    Logan Frontier Days

    LOGAN, W.Va. -- Frontier Days continue from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at Chief Logan State Park's Museum in the Park.

    As part of Frontier Days, re-enactors create an encampment on the museum's grounds and demonstrate different techniques used by settlers to survive.

    Visitors can learn how early frontiersmen, Indians, Civil War soldiers and craftsmen lived, and how clothing, lifestyles, firearms, weapons and crafts have changed over time. Participants can watch gunsmiths break down and rebuild firearms, and observe re-enactors as they set off cannons and fire flintlock guns.

    Two special exhibits at the museum are the "History of Guns and Firearms" and a private collection of dolls and toys from the mid-1700s through the 1800s.

    All Frontier Days activities are free.

    Beekeeping exhibit

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Heritage Farms Museum and Village opens a new interactive history of Appalachian beekeeping at 3 p.m. Oct. 24.

    The touch-screen exhibit is designed to educate youths on the importance of the honeybee, how it traveled to America, and other tidbits. The exhibit was created by Trifecta Productions.

    There is also a live observation beehive, where visitors can watch honeybees via cameras, and a bee garden, decorated by Perennial Favorites.


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