Opera House concert
MARLINTON, W.Va. -- The Pocahontas County Opera House presents a two-part concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 with cellist and songwriter Ben Sollee and the multi-instrumentalist duo of Daniel Joseph Dorff and Ronnie Kuller.
Tickets are $8, and available in advance at pocahontasoperahouse.org. Children 17 and younger are admitted free of charge.
Sollee is known for his unique cello-playing mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B. Sollee first gained major notice with his 2008 debut, "Learning to Bend," which led NPR's "Morning Edition" to call him one of the "top 10 great unknown artists" of the year.
Around the same time, Sollee was touring the world with Abigail Washburn's Sparrow Quartet. In 2010, Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore released "Dear Companion," a collection of songs meant to inspire environmental stewardship. Sollee's fourth album is "Half-Made Man."
Dorff and Kuller came together in 2012 to record "The Quiltbox Sessions," a collection of their vignettes as well as themes from Bach, Mozart and Prokofiev reimagined through the lens of folk tradition.
Dorff is on the faculty at Northern Kentucky University, where he is professor of drum set in the jazz studies department. Ronnie Kuller is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, teaching artist and member of Mucca Pazza, a Chicago-based rock 'n' roll marching band.
Coalfields driving tour
OAK HILL, W.Va. -- A new coal heritage guide includes 33 sites in Southern West Virginia related to the state's coal history and offers four driving tours. The guide is produced by the National Coal Heritage Area in Oak Hill.
In addition, "Exploring the West Virginia Coalfields" offers maps and scannable Quick Response codes that allow people with smartphones to display information from the West Virginia Encyclopedia about the sites on the driving tours.
The routes are named "The Coal Heritage Trail," "The Road to Blair Mountain: The Struggle to Unionize the Southern West Virginia Coalfields," "Moving the Coal: Southern West Virginia Railroad History" and "The Country Roads Scenic Byway."
Copies of the guide are available at West Virginia welcome centers, West Virginia Turnpike visitors centers, convention and visitors bureaus in Southern West Virginia, and from the National Coal Heritage Area website at www.coalheritage.org or by email at i...@coalheriatge.org and phone at 855-982-2625.
Lewisburg's a favorite
NEW YORK -- Travel Leisure magazine has named Lewisburg one of America's favorite towns.
The magazine surveyed its fans to nominate their favorite towns using social media. Lewisburg was one of 744 towns nominated in 55 categories, and 20 towns were named as winners.
To read more about Lewisburg and the other favorite-town winners, visit www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-favorite-towns-2013/7.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ken Caplinger and Alisa Bailey were the top winners in this year's Stars of the Industry awards, presented Oct. 29 at the 2013 West Virginia Governor's Conference on Tourism at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
Caplinger recently retired as superintendent of West Virginia State Parks, where he worked for 35 years. He was awarded the Division of Tourism's highest honor, the Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bailey is president of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau. She formerly served as state tourism director in West Virginia as well as tourism director in Virginia before returning to West Virginia to head the Charleston CVB.