Travel Notes: Sept. 1, 2013
DAVIS, W.Va. -- SeptemberFest at Blackwater Falls State Park is four days and three nights of activities, good food and entertainment. "It has elements of a cruise without the ocean, a sort of 'terra-cruise,'" said Paulita Cousin, activities coordinator.
Scheduled for Sept. 17-20, the annual event is for those ages 50 and older. The evening entertainment schedule features all West Virginians: magician Dave Powers, of Clarksburg; singer Dustin McCray, of Ireland; and storyteller Granny Sue, of Sandyville.
The package includes nine full meals, refreshments, access to all planned activities and events, crafts and door prizes. Transportation is provided to off-site tours.
Preregistration is required. The package rate varies based on room occupancy. Visit www.blackwaterfalls.com or call 304-259-5216 for information or to make reservations.
Labor Day weekend at Camden Park
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Blues & Barbeque continues at Camden Park Sept. 1 and 2 with entertainment both days and fireworks Sept. 1.
Humming House band will play bluegrass music on the Midway stage Sept. 1; The Black Twig Pickers will perform Sept. 2, the close of the park's 110th season.
Camden Park has 26 rides and attractions for all ages and an 18-hole miniature golf course, paddleboats, full-service café, shops, games and concessions. The park is located on U.S. 60, off Interstate 64, Exit 6.
Friday in Lewisburg
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Stories will be read to children ages 3 to 10 at four outdoor tents from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at City National Bank.
The Read-Aloud event with kid-friendly refreshments is part of First Fridays after Five! from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Lewisburg.
Studio 40 will be celebrating its fifth anniversary with a show of new work by local artist Josh Miller.
Banks Jesser, from The Country Vintner, will offer a complimentary "Back-To-School Stress Relief Wine Tasting" at Harmony Ridge Gallery.
Musical offerings include Robert Wilson on clarinet with jazz, Irish tunes and old-time music at Plants Etc.; Patrick O'Flaherty will play traditional Celtic music, followed by Richard Hefner and the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys at 8 p.m. at The Irish Pub; Pushin' String at The General Lewis Inn; and the Strum Sum Band at The Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center.
Wine and jazz fest
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The 20th annual West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival will take place Sept. 7 and 8 at Camp Muffly on 4-H Camp Road.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7 and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 8. Admission is $20 per person per day and includes a wine glass and wine tasting for those 21 and older.
Food and artisans exhibits will also be featured. For more information and a complete list of wineries, bands, restaurants and artisans, visit www.wvwineandjazz.com or call 877-989-4637.
Poor Farm Festival
WILLIAMSBURG, W.Va. -- The Poor Farm Festival is Sept. 6 and 7 at the Greenbrier County Poor Farm in Williamsburg.
This year, the mountain will rock with a combination of national, regional and local bands. Headliners include Royal Southern Brotherhood, Dirk Quinn, Normal Bean Band with Tom Constanten of the Grateful Dead, Food Will Win the War of NYC, and The Weight from Greenbrier County.
For the complete schedule, prices or to purchase tickets, visit www.poorfarmfest.com. For other information before the festival, email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or text to 781-771-4275.
Heritage Farm Cook-off
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The third annual Heritage Farm Museum and Village Cast Iron Cook-off and Antique Car Display is Sept. 7 at the farm.
Visitors may sample food prepared on a stove/hot plate/Crock-Pot or over a wood fire in cast-iron cookware. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 2-12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission fee includes entrance to three museums, a chance to take a wagon ride around the farm and to the petting zoo.
To compete in the cook-off, visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com for the registration form and details or call 304-522-1244 to register.
Fun 3-D bow shoot
PIPESTEM, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Bowhunters Association is host to three days of bow shooting fun Sept. 13-15 at Pipestem State Park.
Registration for a 3-D Coon Shoot is 8 p.m. Sept. 13. A 28-target 3-D Bowhunters Course, novelty shoots and food concessions will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15.
For more information on the association's Fall Rendezvous, call Roger Collins at 304-575-8994. There is no hunting allowed in state parks.
World music/arts festival
PIPESTEM, W.Va. -- Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival, a weekend-long, multicultural immersion in the creative arts, will celebrate its 10th anniversary Sept. 5-8 at Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem.
The event features four stages of performances, children's activities, workshops, healing arts and camping. A new lounge tent complete with inflatable furniture and atmospheric lighting will allow the show to go on even in inclement weather.
The lineup of performers includes Sylvana Joyce + The Moment (gypsy rock, blues, cabaret), from New York City; William the Accountant (funk, new wave with cultural polyrhythmic undertones), from Columbus, Ohio; Rattlemouth (world sounds from Lebanese trance music to Ethiopian jazz), from Richmond, Va.; Luminaries (hip-hop), from Venice Beach, Calif.; Geen Sunshine (hip-hop) from Tampa, Fla.; and Gideon's Rifle (folk/newgrass), from Louisville, Ky.
Several West Virginia artists are in the lineup: Option 22 (eclectic/Americana), The Gin Mills (blues/rock), The Company Stores (modern blues/folk), Melissa McKinney (rock/blues), Tim & Maggie (folk), Cody Perkins & Company (indie/folk rock), Colby Elswick (Americana), Pipes and The Peacehounds (rock); and Chally Erb (movement/performance art).
Full weekend passes are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate; the price includes all four days plus camping. Weekend passes are $15 for children age 12 and younger; free for children 5 and younger. Day passes are $10 on Sept. 5, $15 on Sept. 6 and 7, and $12 Sept. 8. Purchase tickets www.culturefestwv.com or at the gate. Call 304-425-6425 with questions.
Dinner cruise and concert
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- A sternwheeler ride on the Ohio River, dinner and Motown-sound concert is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 6 in Parkersburg.
Enjoy a country-style dinner and cruise on the sternwheeler Island Belle, which will return to Point Park at 7:30 p.m. for Who's Bad, a live performance tribute to Michael Jackson.
Prices are $25 for adults, $20 for children ages 3-12. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call Blennerhassett Island State Park office at 304-420-4800.
Mountain Music Trail
MARLINTON, W.Va. -- Five counties have joined together to create the Mountain Music Trail to promote cultural tourism and sustainable economic development through traditional music, dance and folkways of the Allegheny Mountains region.
The music genres are focused on old-time, bluegrass, regionally significant ethnic, country and gospel that ties to place. The trail is loosely based along the U.S. 219 corridor and currently has 27 partners, said Cara Rose, coordinator of the Mountain Music Trail.
Kick-off events include:
Sept. 6: Hillbilly Gypsies at the Purple Fiddle Café, Thomas, $12; 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 19: Old-time traditional square dance at Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, $5; 7 p.m.
Oct. 19: Little Sparrow at Festival in the Hills, Salt Sulphur Springs Resort, Union; $10 festival gate admission, free for ages 10 and younger; 2 p.m.
Nov. 1-3: 20th Annual Fiddlers' Reunion, Augusta Heritage Center, Elkins.
For a full Mountain Music Trail calendar of events, visit www.mountainmusictrail.com.