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.
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.