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Travel Notes: April 28, 2013

By Staff reports

Bramwell homes tour

BRAMWELL, W.Va. -- The 30th annual Spring Historic Tour will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. May 11 in Bramwell in honor of the town's 125th birthday.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased beginning at 1 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in the middle of town.

The Mercer County town was once referred to as the "town of millionaires" because so many coal barons built mansions there at the turn of the 20th century.

Bike at Twin Falls

MULLENS, W.Va. -- The annual Bike the Park Day at Twin Falls State Park begins with registration at 10 a.m. May 4 at the park's ball field.

All skill levels are welcome and beginners are encouraged to attend the free event. Rides are paced for the individual mountain biker's skill and endurance level. Clinics provide opportunities for improving riding skills. Riders should bring their bike and lunch.

For more information, visit www.twinfallsresort.com or call 304-294-4000.

Irish road bowling

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An outdoor sport linked to Civil War times, Irish road bowling, will be played May 4 at Kanawha State Forest.

Registration starts near the restrooms across from Rattlesnake Hollow at 12:30 p.m. Bowling starts at 1:30 p.m. For more information about Irish road bowling, contact Stephen Wallington, 304-638-3224.

"This is an exciting opportunity to do something a little bit different in the outdoors, and we expect a lot of people to come out and give it a try," said Kevin Dials, assistant superintendent at Kanawha State Forest.

Confederate raids

BEVERLY, W.Va. -- Confederate soldiers will once again raid Beverly on May 4 and 5, as they did 150 years ago.

On May 4, Union soldiers will be in town, as Beverly was occupied by federal troops for most of the Civil War. At 2:30 p.m., along Walnut Street behind the Beverly Heritage Center, Confederate troops re-enacting Gen. John Imboden's spring 1863 raid will attack the town. During the raid, the Union troops will retreat and Confederates will take control of the town.

Also May 4, there will be a living history of the occupied town with Civil War camps, sutlers selling period goods, and civilian activities. A camp dinner will be offered at 5:15 p.m. for $10. The Civil War Ball at 7:30 p.m., featuring the Rich Mountain String Band, will teach 19th-century period dances.

On May 5, the raid by Gen. William L. "Mudwall" Jackson from July 1863 will be re-enacted at 1:30 p.m. A church service with 19th-century music by Mountain Winds woodwind ensemble will take place at 10 a.m. at the Beverly Presbyterian Church. Afterward, a light lunch will be available for $6 at the church hall.

For more information or meal reservations, contact the Beverly Heritage Center at 304-637-7424, or info@beverlyheritagecenter.org, or visit online at www.beverlyheritagecenter.org or Facebook.

Cornstalk's campaign

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The living-history educators of Trails Inc. will commemorate the 250th anniversary of Shawnee warrior Cornstalk's raid on the western Virginia Euro-American settlements in the Trans-Allegheny region.

In 1763, Cornstalk conducted a military campaign against the British colony of Virginia in what is known as Pontiac's War. Cornstalk's campaign took place through the Kanawha/New River Valley to colonial settlements in the Greenbrier Country, upper New River valley, Roanoke River and Jackson's River.

The history-changing event will be commemorated at various sites this year: Kanawha State Forest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4; Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, June 1; Lake Sherwood Recreation Area (Monongahela National Forest), June 19; Sandstone Visitor Center (National Park Service) July 6; and Hawks Nest State Park, Sept. 7.

Cultural life-ways, such as warrior camps, Virginia settler forts, prisoner treatment, food gathering and growing, gender roles, children's activities and language will be explored through lecture, living-history demonstration and hands-on activities. There will be an opportunity to interpret Cornstalk's Raid in an audience-interactive, multifaceted manner, with an unbiased treatment of all sides in the conflict.

"The Roots of the Un-Civil War" series is the cooperative effort of the West Virginia Humanities Council, New River Gorge National River, Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia State Parks and Trails Inc. The complete schedule and activities at each state park date is posted online at www.wvstateparks.com, Event Calendar tab, Summer Programs.

Flatpick contest

GANDEEVILLE, W.Va. -- The West Virginia State Flatpick Guitar Championship Contest, hosted by the Robin Kessinger Festival, will take place May 3 and 4 at Camp Sheppard in Gandeeville.

Evening concerts and concessions will take place both days. General admission is $10 May 3, $15 May 4 or $20 for both days. Free camping is available on a first-come basis.

The registration fee for contestants is $10. Several workshops will be offered for $50 for two-hour sessions. The first-prize winner will receive a Craig Southern guitar, a full-festival ticket to the 2013 Walnut Valley Festival, and be a registered contestant for the national title at the 2013 Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kan.

Visit www.robinkessingerfestival.org or call 304-593-5650 or 304-927-1415 for additional information.

North Bend offerings

CAIRO, W.Va. -- Discover the history behind turn-of-the-20th-century oilfield, industrial and farm machinery and equipment at the ninth annual Engines and Wheels Festival, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4 at North Bend State Park. The event is free.

Local engine and wheels enthusiasts will be on hand displaying and demonstrating their knowledge of the equipment and the mechanisms that make them work. Other activities include classic and antique cars, crafts and food vendors.

For more information on the event, or to bring engines and wheels, contact Fred Steed at 304-628-3396 or Clifford Deem at 304-643-4254.

Also at North Bend, on May 3 and 4, Kim Coram will teach mountain biking. Courses will cover evaluating your bicycle, selecting appropriate gear and trails, when to use your brakes and when to change gears. Courses will consist of four separate classes packaged at $30 per person. Call the park at 304-643-2931 for additional information on the courses or on lodging.

Pipestem bird count

PIPESTEM, W.Va. -- Count songbirds and raptors at the annual spring bird count May 4 at Pipestem Resort State Park and the surrounding area.

Various hikes will be featured. Call 304-466-1800, ext. 344, for more information.

Heritage Farm Festival

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Heritage Farm and Museum Spring will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4.

All the museum exhibit buildings will be open for touring, including the sawmill/shingle mill, broom and wood bucket shops, cornmeal grinding, one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, the Pioneer and Trappers cabins and a replica coal mine. The petting zoo will be open, as will the Children's Hands-On Museum, where kids can pump water, milk a cow, grind corn, play store and school, learn about bees, get their faces painted and enjoy wagon rides (weather permitting).

Mark Hall will have antiques available for purchase in the new craft building. Soup beans and corn bread will be among the food offerings for purchase.

Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 2-12. Visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com or call 304-522-1244 for additional information.


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