Travel Notes: May 26, 2013
Elk River Festival
CLAY, W.Va. -- Two days of wet, wacky fun is promised for the Elk River Festival May 31 and June 1 on Main Street in Clay.
The festival will feature fine art and crafts, children's activities, food and more. Special events include an Anything That Floats But a Boat race, a boat race down Main Street, catapult catfish contest, Mr. Bottom Feeder Pageant, rubber duck race, parade of boats, a Captain's Ball and fireworks. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and WVU Extension Service will present clinics.
The festival will be capped off June 1 with the Elk River Challenge, a 23-mile triathlon for solo racers or three-person teams. For more information, call 304-587-4166 or 304-941-2161 or visit http://elkriverpedalandpaddle.com/elk-river-fest.html.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- The Brigade of the American Revolution will take place June 1 at Fort Randolph in Point Pleasant.
The Brigade is a living-history association dedicated to re-creating the life and times of the common soldier of the American War for Independence, which took place from 1775-1783. Members represent elements of all the armies then involved plus civilian men, women and children.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- The 250th anniversary of Cornstalk's Raid will be a Commemoration History Alive program June 1 at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, Point Pleasant.
The Shawnee warrior raided the western Virginia Euro-American settlements in the Trans-Allegheny region in 1763. He conducted one of the most successful military campaigns of Pontiac's War against the British colonies.
Activities begin at 10 a.m. Contact the park at 304-675-0869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Greenbrier River rides
DUNMORE, W.Va. -- Rides on a hitching wagon or in a stagecoach are being offered along the Greenbrier River this summer.
EJ Cottages and Overnite Stabling restored a hitching wagon and are offering Dinner Wagon rides on the first Saturday of each month, beginning in June. The wagon leaves Sitlington at 1 p.m. and travels north along the Greenbrier River Trail, stopping for a chicken dinner at 2 p.m. and returning at 5 p.m.
Picnic rides also will be offered. The stagecoach leaves Sitlington at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday (except for the first Saturday of each month) throughout the summer. The Picnic Wagon rides require reservations. Call 304-456-4319 or visit www.ejcottages.net.
Trout fest at Snowshoe
SNOWSHOE, W.Va. -- West Virginia Trout Unlimited will present the first Mountain State Trout Festival June 1-3 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County.
Activities and attractions include: campout and barbecue, trout vendor exposition, seminars, spin-casting competition, fly tying race and one-fly competition. Rules and additional details are posted at www.wvtu.org/mountain-state-trout-festival.html or call 304-965-7158 for more information.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Five historic houses and gardens will be showcased during the Victorian Home and Garden Tour and Tea from 1 to 5 p.m. May 31 and June 1 in Julia-Ann Square Historic District.
To celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday, current residents will portray several former residents at their homes, such as a few of the "founding fathers" -- Sen. Peter Van Winkle, Govs. Arthur I. Boreman and William E. Stevenson, and Joseph H. Diss Debar, designer of the state seal.
There will be a Victorian Tea on the lawn of one of the homes. The price is $15 for adults; children 10 and younger accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Call 304-422-9861 or 304-485-7184 or visit www.juliannsquare.org for more information.
Cass on top-10 list
CASS, W.Va. -- TrainTraveling.com cites Cass Scenic Railroad State Park on its list of the 10 best U.S. tourist trains.
"Along the same line used by loggers a century ago, mountainside steam trains journey to Bald Knob summit," writes TrainTraveling.com. The website's Cass Scenic Railroad profile describes the peak as "the perfect vantage point for sweeping views of the surrounding Monongahela National Forest."
The story is at www.traintraveling.com/10-best-usa-tourist-trains.
Family Trails Weekend
CAIRO, W.Va. -- Family Trails Weekend, May 31 through June 2 at North Bend State Park, features a variety of outdoor and family activities.
A nature scavenger hunt, hikes, bird walks, kayak demonstrations, a fishing derby and more are planned for the weekend.
Race Around the Bend is the West Virginia Mountain Biking Association's sixth in the 2013 point series race featuring prizes and awards for all skill levels and age groups. A cross-country ride begins at noon on June 2. An entrance fee is required. Visit www.wvmba.com. A special race for kids begins at 11 a.m. and a just-for-fun race starts at 12:30 p.m., both at the Cokeley Recreation Area.
For more information, visit www.northbendsp.com or call 304-643-2931.
Ghost musical extended
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- In celebration of West Virginia's 150th anniversary, Greenbrier Valley Theatre is presenting its original musical, "The Greenbrier Ghost," at 7 p.m. May 30 and 31, June 1, 12, 14, 19 and 26-29, at 2 p.m. June 1 and 29.
Tickets cost $24 for adults, $21 for seniors and $15 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call the GVT box office at 304-645-3838.
The play tells the seemingly true local legend of Zona Heaster Shue, a young woman who grew up in the Richlands area of Greenbrier County and was murdered in 1897. The girl's mother claimed a ghost told her that her daughter had been murdered by her husband. The testimony of the ghost was allowed as evidence in the husband's trial.
Sporting clays field
DAVIS, W.Va. -- A new sporting clays target field was set to open Memorial Day weekend at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
"The sport of trap shooting is popular and this provides another outdoor activity that visitors and guests at Canaan Valley Resort can enjoy," said Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
The five-stand shooting field is located in the Canaan Valley Tube Park, adjacent to the ski area. A range supervisor will be present during operating hours, and shooters get 25 shots for $25. For more information, visit http://canaanresort.com/ and click on the Activities tab.
Train to The Greenbrier
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society is sponsoring a day trip on June 20 from Huntington and Charleston to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs to celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday.
There will be a buffet breakfast on board the train, which will travel through the New River Gorge.
At The Greenbrier, passengers will enjoy a buffet luncheon, a tour of the bunker, access to the casino and afternoon tea.
The return trip will be by motor coach with a stop at Tamarack.
The price is $279 per person. Call 866-639-7487 for reservations.
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. -- The 14th annual Hatfield and McCoy Reunion Festival and marathon takes place June 7-9 in Williamson and Matewan.
The festival will include a variety of activities and free entertainment for the whole family. The June 8 marathon encompasses 26.2-mile and 13.1-mile runs plus a kids' mini marathon.
Tours of Hatfield-McCoy feud sites will be narrated by two experts on the feud. The three-hour tours will leave at 2 p.m. June 7, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 8, and 9 a.m. June 9 from the Sycamore Inn in Williamson. Tours cost $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger.