Cranberry Mountain Shindig
HILLSBORO, W.Va. -- The Cranberry Mountain Shindig, a traditional Appalachian festival, will feature folk dancing and music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, Hillsboro.
Local artisans will demonstrate and sell their goods. Call 304-653-4826 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/attmain/mmf/specialplaces for additional information.
Stonewall on 'best' list
WESTON, W.Va. -- Stonewall Resort has been selected as one of the best resort properties in the Southern U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean in a poll conducted by Meetings Focus Magazine.
According to Karen Smith, magazine vice president, "Our readers were asked to choose their favorite properties considering many key factors: quality of meeting space, guest rooms, staff, food and beverage and value."
She said Stonewall was chosen in a poll by meeting planners as one of 70 properties in the South to receive the award.
Greenbrier pastures tour
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier Valley Pasture Network is offering a self-guided tour of farms from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6. Participating farms will open their gates to the public to view their farming operations and pasture-raised livestock.
Passes cost $25 per vehicle in advance through Eventbrite.com (can also be accessed via gvpnfarmtour.com), and $30 at Swift Level Farm the day of the tour.
Participating farms are Hillyrock Farm, Milligan Creek Farm, Pembroke Farm, Swift Level Farm, Vernal Vibe Rise and Walkup Farm.
Martha Holdridge, of WestWinds Farm, will give a presentation on the environmental implications of pasture-raised meat at 9:30 a.m. both days at Swift Level.
Pasture-raised meat has greatly reduced (often removed) need for antibiotics, growth hormones and medications, and high omega-3 content. Meat will be for sale at the farms.
A farm dinner featuring a variety of local foods will take place Oct. 5 at Swift Level. Tickets for the dinner are $75. The farm tour and dinner weekend is a fundraiser for the Greenbrier Valley Pasture Network.
For more information, visit gvpnfarmtour.com or call Jennifer Jones at 304-661-6777 or email swiftle...@gmail.com.
Freshwater Folk Festival
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The ninth annual Freshwater Folk Festival will entertain and inform children and adults about rivers, creeks, wildlife biology and conservation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery on East Main Street.
The free festival also will feature music and dance performances. Performance times are: 10 a.m., Strum Sum Band; 11:40 a.m., Kountry Kickers cloggers; 12:10 p.m., Possum Holler Glee Club; and 2:20 p.m., Little Sparrow.
Dance Exchange, from Washington, D.C., will perform. Foods and crafts will be available for purchase. Generation Greenbrier Valley will sponsor the Freshwater 5K Race, which will start and end at the hatchery before the festival opens. For more festival information, visit freshwaterfolkfestival.org.
Indian drum group
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- All Nations Drum, an American Indian drum group, will give a free performance at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park as part of Point Pleasant Battle Days.
All Nations Drum will feature multiple drummers and dancers in traditional Indian dress. They will provide short demonstrations throughout the day.
Pleasant Battle Days commemorate the Battle of Point Pleasant, fought Oct. 10, 1774. This year's Battle Days event is set for Oct. 4-6. For more information, call 304-675-0869 or by visit www.tu-endie-weistatepark.com.
Hunting and Fishing Days
WESTON, W.Va. -- Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County will host West Virginia's celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days Sept. 28 and 29.
The event is the largest outdoor hunting and fishing show in the state, with more than 100 vendors exhibiting hunting, fishing and conservation related merchandise and information.
Special guests this year include Curtis Fleming, from the Outdoor Channel's "Fly Rod Chronicles," who will participate in a meet-and-greet session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29. Gould Brothers Exhibition Shooting will perform one show each day, and exhibition archer Byron Ferguson will perform several shows each day.
Children ages 6-18 may participate in the Outdoor Youth Challenge and be eligible to win prizes such as a lifetime hunting and fishing license and Conservation Camp scholarships.
The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29. Admission is $6 for adults, and free to children 15 and younger. Complete schedules can be found at www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/NHFD/2013%20Schedule.pdf.
Rebellion in the Hills
LOGAN, W.Va. -- Rebellion in the Hills, a Civil War heritage weekend, will include free historical re-enactments and battles, hayrides, children's activities and a dance next weekend at Chief Logan State Park.
There will be a ladies tea with Mary Todd Lincoln at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28, and President Lincoln speaks from the train at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and 1 p.m. Sept. 29. Noel Clemmer will appear as a Civil War surgeon. His program includes a demonstration about limb amputations that occurred frequently during the Civil War.
A "Civil War Dance Under the Stars" takes place from 8 to 10 p.m. at the shelter, with music played by Towner Street String Band, an authentic period band.