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Travel Notes: June 16, 2013

By Staff reports

Coal festival

MADISON, W.Va. -- The 20th annual West Virginia Coal Festival is set for June 18-22 in Madison.

Activities and attractions include a carnival, mine equipment displays, miners memorial service, gospel concert, karaoke show, food vendors, coal museum tours, fireworks and local and national entertainment.

Visit www.boonecountywv.org for the complete schedule or call 304-369-9118 for additional information.

Bluegrass festival

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. -- The 33rd annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival begins June 19 and continues through June 22 in Summersville Music Park.

More than 20 bands are scheduled to perform bluegrass music. Camping, food and vendors will be available. For more information, visit www.adamsandandersonbluegrass.com or call 706-864-7203.

Civil War showcase

CAIRO, W.Va. -- On West Virginia Day, June 20, North Bend State Park will showcase Civil War events with cannon firings and a ladies tea.

The Kanawha Artillery Battery D, from St. Marys, will portray Union soldiers as they would have appeared in the 14th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Company F, as well as Confederate soldiers under the Kanawha Artillery/Jackson Battery D.

Several cannon firings will take place throughout the day, with exhibits of cultural items, period toys and clothing on display.

Verna Owen will host a ladies' tea from 11 a.m. to noon. Discussions will include women's issues of the day. Afternoon tea will take place on the back deck. For more information, call 304-643-2931 or visit www.northbendsp.com.

Summersville celebrates

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. -- Summersville will celebrate the state's Sesquicentennial and will dedicate the lighthouse at Summersville Lake June 20.

There'll be Civil War re-enactors and encampments, historic portrays of Mary Todd Lincoln and Robert E. Lee, children's games, costume contest, concessions, special birthday cake, Appalachian dancing and performances by Craig Heath and the Davisson Brothers. The evening will end with fireworks.

For more information about the Sesquicentennial events, go to www.summersvillecvb.com or call 304-872-3722. For more information about the lighthouse lighting dedication ceremony, visit www.summersvillelakeretreat.com or call 888-872-5580.

Toy convention

WHEELING, W.Va. -- The 15th annual Marx Toy and Train Collectors National Convention will take place June 21 and 22 in Wheeling.

The convention was started in 1998 by the Miller Family, owners of the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum, as way to preserve the history of Louis Marx & Co. in the Ohio Valley.

About 100 vendor tables will hold anything and everything related to the Marx Toy Co. Workshops and presentations will also take place. For more information, call 877-242-8133 or 304-242-8133 or visit www.toyandtrain.com.

Multicultural festival

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- The Mid-Ohio Valley Multi Cultural Festival will take place June 21-23 in Parkersburg City Park.

The free outdoor international festival will feature traditional music and dance, ethnic foods, an international marketplace and children's activities. For more information, call 304-482-7790 or visit www.movmcf.org.

Kids' Tuesdays at Camden Park

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Camden Park features Terrific Tuesdays Children Festival from noon to 4 p.m. every Tuesday.

The regular Midway attractions, rides and games expand to include balloons of all shapes and sizes, the Honey Hill Petting Zoo and the Steve Free band jamming on the Arbor Stage.

Camden Park, open for its 110th season, is located on U.S. 60 West, Huntington. For information on special discounts or packages, call 304-429-4321 or visit www.camdenpark.com.

'Oz' opens at Chief Logan

LOGAN, W.Va. -- The family classic "The Wizard of Oz" opens June 18 at Chief Logan State Park's Liz Spurlock Amphitheater.

Songs including the famous "Over the Rainbow" from the 1939 musical fantasy film will be performed during the show's run on Tuesdays through Saturdays each week until July 7. All performances start at 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday performances are designated Kids Nights with $4 admission to children age 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased by calling The Aracoma Story Inc. office at 304-752-0253. For more information, visit www.loganshows.com.

Carnegie fete for 150th

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- In Greenbrier County, West Virginia's 150 years of statehood will be celebrated at noon Thursday with birthday cake served on the lawn at Carnegie Hall. Live music will be performed for guests at the free event.

From 7 to 9 p.m., the Hoyt Street Hotshots will play for an old-time square dance in the auditorium. The price is $5.

For a full listing of events, visit the Greenbrier County Sesquicentennial Celebration event page on Facebook.

Droop Mountain hikes

HILLSBORO, W.Va. -- Four memorial hikes are planned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Droop Mountain.

The hikes are scheduled for June 22, July 20, Aug. 31 and Nov. 5-6 and will be sponsored by Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park in cooperation with the Pocahontas County Tourism Commission's Appalachian Enrichment Series.

At various points during the hikes, there will be short readings of official reports, letters and diaries to give historical context. The hikes will alternate among the routes taken by the Confederate and Union armies.

Re-enactors with authentic period clothing are welcome to give a military air to the excursions. All hikes will begin at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park and participants will carpool or be shuttled to the starting points.

For safety and logistics, participation will be limited and pre-registration is required.

To get more information on each hike and a registration form, visit www.droopmountainbattlefield.com and click on the Events tab.

Kanawha State Forest pool

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha State Forest swimming pool is open for the summer from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children 11 and younger.

Kanawha State Forest has a 46-site campground, picnic shelters and hiking and biking trails. These facilities and the swimming pool are open to the public. There is no admission fee to enter the forest.

The Kanawha Valley Community Band will give a concert at 3 p.m. June 16 at the pool to celebrate the state's 150th birthday.

At 10 a.m. June 22, naturalists Sara Miller and Lynn Hartman will lead a program on the mysteries of forest birds. Bring binoculars or use ones available at the forest and meet at Shelter No. 5.

Greenbrier kids discount

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier resort is promoting itself as "America's Family Resort," with discounts of 40 percent off an additional room for children.

The offer is good through Oct. 31, excluding holidays, and requires a minimum two-night stay. The resort notes that there are more than 55 activities "on our 10,000 acre playground."

For reservations, call 877-567-1194.

Snowshoe golf deals

SNOWSHOE, W.Va. -- Snowshoe Mountain Resort is offering a variety of golf deals and packages this summer.

A 2013 unlimited season pass to golf is $199 per person and $299 for a family of four (two adults and two children under age 18.) Season passes do not include cart or practice range fees.

Packages that include one-night lodging range from $79 to $149. Call 877-441-4386 to book tee times.

150th at Blennerhassett

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will honor the 150th anniversary of West Virginia's becoming the 35th state on June 20 with a birthday celebration beginning at 1 p.m. on the island.

Activities and entertainment include Appalachian music, a historical presentation about West Virginia's statehood, free birthday cake and ice cream, a barbershop quartet concert and free bike rentals and family games. Horse-drawn wagon rides, mansion tours, gift shop and snack stand also will be available.

The Island Belle Sternwheeler departs hourly for Blennerhassett Island from Point Park in Parkersburg beginning at 11 a.m. with the last boat leaving from the island at 4:30 p.m. There is a fee for the boat ride; tickets are available at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History at 137 Juliana St., near Point Park.

For more information, call 304-420-4800 or visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com and click on the Events tab.

Stonewall concert series

WESTON, W.Va. -- The McFly Outdoor Concert Series at Stonewall Resort continues at 6:30 p.m. June 22 with country music by Girlz in Black Hats and the acoustical sounds of Bradley Shaw.

The concert will take place at the outdoor theater at the Roanoke Activity Plaza. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs.

There is no charge to attend the concert. There is a $5 per car admission fee to enter Stonewall Resort State Park. For more information, visit www.stonewallresort.com.


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