Travel Notes: May 19, 2013
Memorial Day at Camden Park
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Singer-songwriter Steve Free and his band will perform as part of Camden Park's Memorial Day weekend festivities. The group will perform at 2 and 3:30 p.m. on May 25, 26 and 27. Gary Boothe will craft balloon creations at 1 p.m. each day on the midway.
Guests may purchase a season pass and deduct the price of their ticket any day of the Memorial Day weekend. Season passes are 25 percent off until May 31. Camden Park is located off Exit 6, Interstate 64. For information, visit www.camdenpark.com.
DAVIS, W.Va. -- The boardwalk at Blackwater Falls State Park has reopened.
The boardwalk had to be closed to the public because of damaged and downed trees caused by last fall's Superstorm Sandy. A news release said it will be some time before the vegetative area at the falls has regenerated completely.
Park Superintendent Robert Gilligan said, "We have some very dedicated employees who have gone beyond work expectations in getting it repaired and reopened. We also appreciate all of the local residents who have assisted us."
Blackwater Falls is in Tucker County, between the towns of Thomas and Davis. The park is open year-round and offers lodge and cabin accommodations, camping, hiking, a full-service restaurant and a nature interpretive program. Visit www.blackwaterfalls.com for more information.
WEBSTER SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Webster County Woodchopping Festival, on Memorial Day weekend, offers more than just the competition for the Southern U.S. World Championship Woodchopper title.
Other attractions include the sports tournaments, car, truck and motorcycle shows, the state firemen's rodeo championship, a parade, arts and crafts shows, state turkey calling championship, food vendors and live music concerts. The festival ends May 26 with a gospel sing and fireworks display. Visit www.woodchoppingfestival.org or call 304-847-7666 for more information.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The gutsy little dandelion will be celebrated for five days, May 23-27.
Activities and attractions include a wine and cheese reception, Run for the Wall (passing through town), art exhibit, art and craft vendors, food, kid's activities, fishing derby, Superhero 5K, dunking booth, car show, pretty pet contest, veterans' appreciation and memorial service, guest speakers, disc golf, gospel, bluegrass and country music, dance, a parade, fireworks and more. For more information, call 304-536-5060 or visit www.greenbrierwv.com.
Cass rides begin
CASS, W.Va. -- Train rides begin May 24 for the 50th season at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.
This year's schedule has new special runs, including Heisler/Old Spruce Run on May 25, double headers and more. Call Cass at 304-456-4300 or find rates, schedule and events at www.cassrailroad.com/CASS_schedule.pdf.
'Greenbrier Ghost' musical
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- "The Greenbrier Ghost," a musical about a famous local ghost legend, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. May 24 and 25 at Greenbrier Valley Theatre.
The story is about the sudden death of Zona Heaster Shue, whose murderer is revealed by a late-calling ghost to Shue's mother.
Visit www.gvtheatre.org or call 304-645-3838 or 866-888-1411 for additional information.
Mountain arts festival
PARSONS, W.Va. -- The third annual celebration of ArtSpring: A High Mountain Arts Festival will take place May 24-26. Events are scheduled throughout Canaan Valley and the historic towns of Davis, Thomas and Parsons.
The streets will be filled with music throughout the weekend, with styles from Old Time String Band to Reso-phonic Stomp Rock.
The weekend will include artists at work, open studios, exhibitions, artful foods, sidewalk sales and opportunities to make paper, bird masks, polymer beads, felt, kites and other hands-on crafts. A highlight is the Silent Auction of Art & More at Cottrill's Opera House, in Thomas.
For more information, visit www.artspringwv.com or call the Tucker County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-782-2775.
MARLINTON, W.Va. -- The Appalachian Street Jubilee will take place May 25 on Fourth Avenue.
The open-air event includes free make-and-take arts and craft activities designed for all ages; along with demonstrations by local artisans ranging from a blacksmith to a maker of wildflower teas.
Capping off the day is a learn-as-you-go square dance. This is part of the Calvin W. Price Appalachian Enrichment Series in celebration of life in Appalachia and the West Virginia sesquicentennial. For additional information, visit www.pocahontascountywv.com or contact Janet Hunt at 304-799-2323.
50th Art & Craft Fair
RIPLEY, W.Va. -- West Virginia's oldest heritage fair, the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair, will celebrate its 50th year July 4-6 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center, in Ripley.
The fair began in 1963 as part of West Virginia's centennial celebration. That year the fair attracted about 6,500 people and has grown substantially in the years since.
In addition to the hundreds of juried artisans demonstrating and selling their wares, this year's fair will again offer traditional Appalachian music, food, heritage exhibits and family activities.
Visitors will find a Civil War encampment, kite making for youths along with stunt kite flying and safety demonstrations, and a NASA constructing and launching exhibit of small rockets on opening day. A youth fishing derby will take place July 5, and the Firecracker Chili Cookoff will take place July 6.
For entertainment, the headliner will be the Davisson Brothers, playing at 3 and 5 p.m. July 5.
The fair is on the grounds of Cedar Lakes Conference Center, off Exit 132 of Interstate 77 (Ripley/Fairplain). For more information and a daily event schedule, visit www.msacf.com or call 800-CALLWVA.