Gauley water release
SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. -- The Gauley River rafting season began Sept. 6 with the first Summersville Dam water release of the season, according to the West Virginia Division of Tourism.
Starting this weekend and every weekend through Oct. 19-20, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will unleash thousands of gallons of water from the Summersville Dam in Nicholas County. These events create some of the most intense whitewater rafting east of the Mississippi, transforming the Gauley River into the "Beast of the East" with more Class IV and V rapids than any other river in the Eastern U.S.
"Rafters both locally and around the country look forward to this time of year, and I am especially excited about the midweek releases," said Bobby Bower, executive director of West Virginia Professional River Outfitters.
In addition to this weekend, the water release dates are scheduled as follows: Sept. 13-30, Oct. 1-6, 12-13 and 19-20 (Note: Oct. 19 is Bridge Day, but there is still rafting that day.)
Visit www.wvtourism.com or contact 800-CALLWVA for more information on whitewater rafting opportunities and outfitters.
Squire Parsons concert
DAWSON, W.Va. -- Squire Parsons, a native of West Virginia and author of "Sweet Beulah Land" as well as many more gospel songs, performs in concert 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Meadow Grove Baptist Church on Dawson-Springdale Road, Dawson, Greenbrier County. The concert has no admission fee, but a love offering will be taken. Call 304-392-9818.
Mary Ingles weekend
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. -- The Legacy of Mary Ingles, in its 25th year, is an 18th-century living history weekend Sept. 12-15 at Beech Fork State Park.
Visitors are introduced to the lifestyle of pioneering ancestors through demonstrations and the portrayal of life in 1755 that Mary Ingles lived and encountered. The weekend is presented by the Mary Ingles Trails Association, a volunteer organization.
The four-day event features interpreters and tradesmen and tradeswomen staged in primitive encampment settings. The interpreters engage in conversation with event attendees with ongoing action and work life typical of the 18th century. The site is handicap-accessible.
Re-enactors focus on the importance of trade, animal care, spinning and weaving, music, salt making, edible native plants, medicinal native plants, finger weaving, blacksmithing, candle making, hunting skills, tomahawk throwing, plant dyes, toys and games and more.
"It's been 258 years since Mary Ingles made her trek through the Kanawha Valley and New River area, and her remarkable story is woven throughout each day of the primitive encampment as well as our current rural Appalachian culture," said Beech Fork State Park Superintendent Matt Yeager.
The event is open to the public without charge at Beech Fork State Park, near Barboursville and Huntington. Visit www.beechforksp.com or call 304-528-5794.