WESTON, W.Va. -- Stonewall Resort is celebrating Appalachian holiday traditions Dec. 14-16 with storytelling, music by the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band, culinary demonstrations, wreath-making workshops, Sunday brunch with Santa and a holiday menu filled with such comfort foods as slow-roasted brisket, baked potato casserole, corn bread muffins, indoor s'mores dessert and pumpkin pie.
On Dec. 21-23, the resort offerings include crafts, paper marbling, a "Feast of the Seven Fishes" culinary demonstration, fireside storytelling, a "Holiday Martini Mixology" demonstration, and live music from a bell choir and Miss Megan & Murphy's Law.
Greenbrier D.C. office
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier resort has opened a personal concierge and sales office in Washington, D.C.
The Upper Lobby is a 700-square-foot-plus drawing room designed by The Greenbrier curator Carleton Varney to mirror the resort's signature décor.
The Upper Lobby is staffed with a personal concierge team who will be able to assist in the booking of individual rooms and groups at The Greenbrier, including special rates available only through the D.C. office. The Upper Lobby concierges will also help Greenbrier-bound travelers arrange bookings with The Greenbrier Golf Club, Spa, Casino Club and more.
National Zoo carousel
WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian's National Zoo is opening a new solar-powered carousel with hand-carved, hand-painted figures representing many endangered animals.
The Speedwell Foundation, a private family foundation based in Summit, N.J., donated $1.5 million of the $2.3 million cost to build the carousel. A zoo spokeswoman says donations covered the remainder.
The ride was named the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel. It opened Monday and costs $3 per person to ride. Proceeds from ticket sales will support animal care and conservation research at the zoo.
The carousel is powered by 162 solar panels donated and installed by Pepco Energy Services. The zoo says any excess energy is redirected to the zoo's electrical grid.
There are 58 animals represented on the carousel. They include elephants, pandas, frogs, hummingbirds, blue crabs, lions and other creatures.