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Travel Notes: July 28, 2013

By Staff reports

Stonewall car show

WESTON, W.Va. -- Stonewall Resort will offer an afternoon and evening of cars, music and food Aug. 3 at the lakeside resort state park in Lewis County.

The Summer Knights Cruzin Association car show begins at 3 p.m. and will feature all types of cars, including antiques, classics, street rods and street machines.

At 7 p.m., The Soul Miners, recently voted the best band in Morgantown, will perform on the Roanoke Activity Plaza Lawn. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Barbecue and other food items will be available for purchase at the event.

The car show and concert are free. There is a $5 per car admission fee to enter the park after 3 p.m. Aug. 3.

For more information, call 304-269-7400 or visit www.stonewallresort.com.

Cabin policy changes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Now through Labor Day weekend, the West Virginia state parks system is reducing the minimum advance cabin reservation requirements from a week to a two-night minimum stay at all parks with cabins.

While many parks' cabins are completely booked, several areas have weekend and midweek openings in August.

Parks and forests participating in the "Times Change" cabin rental night program include: Babcock, Beech Fork, Blackwater Falls, Bluestone, Cabwaylingo State Forest, Cacapon Resort, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Greenbrier State Forest, Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem Resort, Seneca State Forest, Twin Falls Resort, Tygart Lake and Watoga.

The park system always offers a midweek cabin discount in September at several areas. Also, several parks offer an "Awesome August" cabin rate option to encourage late-summer travel.

For more information, visit www.wvstateparks.com.

Blenko Festival of Glass

MILTON, W.Va. -- Blenko Glass is holding its annual Festival of Glass from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 at its visitor center, 9 Bill Blenko Drive, Milton.

Customers who attend the festival will receive a free commemorative medallion, while supplies last.

A variety of classes will be held, including a glassblowing workshop, make-your-own glass vase or candy dish, paperweight, ornament, cast animal and water bottle classes. Families can take part in classes in glass jewelry, chimes, nightlights, garden stone, dalle mosaic and dalle chipping and glass painting that the whole family to take part in.

On Aug. 3, company President Walter Blenko Jr. and Vice President Andy Blenko will sign limited-edition pieces for sale, which include a classic fade vase, yellow swirl pitcher and cobalt swirl ruffle bowl. There is a limit of one piece of each style per person.

Glassblowing demonstrations will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. both days, and guided factory tours will be given at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. both days.

For more information on the event, call 304-743-9081 or visit www.blenko.com for a complete class schedule with descriptions.

Ritchie County Fair

HARRISVILLE, W.Va. -- The Ritchie County Fair and Exposition begins July 31 and continues through Aug. 3 in Harrisville.

Attractions and activities include a quilt and needlework display, 4-H exhibits, food vendors, crafts, horseradish pickle contest, bingo, vegetable and flower exhibits, carnival rides, classic iron exhibits, antique cars, antique engines, photo contest, livestock exhibits, local artists, Family Fun Zone, live musical entertainment and fireworks.

There will be championship bull riding on the nights of Aug. 2 and 3. Confederate Railroad will perform on the night of Aug. 3. For more information, call 304-643-5200 or visit www.ritchiecountyfair.com.

Bridgeport quilt show

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. -- The Millennium Quilters' 2013 Quilt Show and One Stop Shop Hop will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 2 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Bridgeport Conference Center.

This show will feature more than 125 quilts judged by a National Quilters Association-certified judge, vendors, raffle quilt, fat quarter basket raffle, silent auction, Millennium Quilted Village, hourly door prizes and a boutique.

Admission is $5, cash only, but vendors will accept other forms of payment. Visit www.millenniumquilters.net for more information, or call 304-842-4960 or 304-629-6435.

Friday in Lewisburg

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- First Fridays After 5 and the Lewisburg Literary Festival join forces on Aug. 2 for unique events in downtown Lewisburg.

Offerings include an interactive Literary Art Walk, a meet-and-greet with authors at the Literary Town Square, a "Tequila Mockingbird" cocktail at the Irish Pub, an Old Stone Cemetery book reading and a late-night poetry jam at Harmony Ridge Gallery.

A free one-hour novel-writing workshop begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Literary Town Square at the Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center. Fans of graphic horror novels may meet Danny Boyd at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing.

Bella The Corner Gourmet will celebrate the French lifestyle with samples of Parisian-inspired food and tastings of French wines with sommelier Thaddeus Miller.

North House Museum will show its traveling exhibit "Born of Rebellion: West Virginia Statehood."

The night continues past its usual 9 p.m. ending time as families gather at the Old Stone Cemetery for a candlelit gravestone book reading at 9:20 p.m. Then, at 10 p.m., adults may attend a free poetry jam at Harmony Ridge Gallery.

For more information, visit www.downtownlewisburg.com or call 304-645-4333.

Fall train excursions

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Seats are still available on the New River Gorge train excursions, sponsored each fall by the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society.

The trip traverses the former Chesapeake & Ohio mainline from Huntington to Hinton and back on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27.

Prices are $149 per adult coach seat, $99 for children; $199 for deluxe coach; and $279 for premium.

For reservations, call 866-639-7487.


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