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Things to do Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012

By Staff reports

Music

KENNETH BRIAN BAND: 8 p.m. $10. Outlaw country. Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Visit www.facebook.com/KennethBrianBand.

THE GRASS STAINES: 7:30 p.m. Adults $15, seniors $12, children $5. Bluegrass. Mountaineer Opry House, Milton. Call 304-743-5749 or visit www.mountaineeropry.com.

THE DISAPPEARING MAN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. Call 304-342-1461 or visit www.taylorbooks.com.

GOSPEL SINGING CONVENTION: Mount Nebo. The 62nd annual West Virginia Gospel Singers Convention has 24 performers scheduled. Sings begin at 7 p.m. All singers and groups are welcome. An invitation-only sing will take place at 2 p.m. and features West Virginia groups The Cross Bearers, Glorymen Trio, The Hale Family, Heavens Harmony, Laborers, New Prophets and Pathfinders as well as South Carolina's Soldiers of Faith. Admission is by donation. Camping is available. Call 304-622-0546 or 304-872-1977 or visit www.wvgospelsing.com.

GATHERING AT SWEET CREEK: Sugar Creek Road in Mineral Wells. Admission is free. This fourth annual folk music festival features 58 West Virginia old-time musicians. For information, call 304-580-6929 or 304-489-2042.

AUNT JENNIE MUSIC FESTIVAL: 4 to 10 p.m., Liz Spurlock Amphitheater (near Museum in the Park), Chief Logan State Park. Free. The eighth annual festival is named for West Virginia folk legend Virginia Myrtle "Aunt Jennie" Wilson. Wilson's grandson, Logan native Roger Bryant, will emcee the event and open the concert. Other singers are gospel singers Cora and Fred Hairston, folk musician Glen Simpson, activist songwriter Elaine Purkey, bluegrass group The Dick Taylor Band, Logan's East Street Band, Appalachian singer-songwriters Jack and David Morris, folk-Americana performer Jeff Ellis and classic pop-rock group the Daddy Rabbit Band. Contact Elizabeth Williams at 304-792-7229.

BLACK MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS BOYS: 7:30 p.m., Pocahontas County Opera House, Marlinton. One of West Virginia's longest-running bluegrass bands. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $8, free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at www.pocahontasoperahouse.org.

Stage/theater

"CHARLOTTE'S WEB": 7 p.m. Adults $15, seniors and children under 12 $10. E.B. White's classic tale of a girl, a pig and one smart spider. Free live petting zoo one hour before the show, with ponies, goats, a pig and other creatures. The Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St. Call 304-721-8896 or visit albanartscenter.com.

Dance

DANCE: 7 to 10 p.m. Admission $8. Music by Don Gibson and The Velvetones. Marmet Recreation Center, 8500 MacCorkle Ave. Call 304-949-9692.

Fairs/festivals

LINCOLN COUNTY FALL FESTIVAL: Fairgrounds in Hamlin. Highlights include a noon mud run and 9 p.m. fireworks display. Music by Idletymes at 7 p.m. Admission $10 for adults and children, $7 for seniors and free for children under 6 ($5 for a carnival wristband). Passes are good for the entire weekend. Call 304-549-7301 or visit www.lcfairsandfestivals.com.

JANE LEW FIREMEN'S ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Jane Lew Fire Station. More than 200 artisans will display works during this free festival. Items include glass, wood, leather, dolls, dried and silk flowers, baskets, ceramics, soaps, candles, paintings, candy, honey, jams and jellies. Call 800-296-7329.

HOLLY RIVER FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., The 21st Holly River Festival at Holly River State Park, Webster County. Among the activities are an antique car show, hayrides, children's games, a horseshoe tournament, arts and crafts sale and tours of the Windy Gap One-Room School Museum. Food competitions include cakewalks, potato peeling, pie eating and pumpkin-seed spitting. Music is by country band Rob Lane and The Way from 1 to 4 p.m.; gospel singer Mark Chapman at 7 p.m. in Jerry Run Summer Theater. A complete schedule of events will be available at the festival grounds. Call 304-493-6699 or 304-493-6391.

Etc.

WEST VIRGINIA GAMES: Athletic activities of all kinds take over Magic Island and Kanawha Boulevard. Events include the Charleston Distance Run, West Virginia state Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission wrestling championships, distance skateboarding competition, strength challenge with Phil Pfister and a Zumbathon. There are also tournaments for beach wrestling, beach volleyball, five-on-five basketball and cornhole as well as a children's play area with inflatables. An after party runs from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at Haddad Riverfront Park. Events are free to watch. For information on how to participate, visit www.thewvgames.com. Call 304-340-3544.

JACKSON'S MILL JUBILEE: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the venue near Weston. It features more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, a vintage car show, antique and book sales, fireworks and numerous exhibits and demonstrations. There will also be old-time, gospel, country and Christian music. In the historic area, watch wheat and corn grinding demonstrations, tour the Old Jackson's Mill Museum and the buckskinner encampment and take in Civil War re-enactments. In the children's area, dig for goodies on Treasure Island, ride a fire truck, get your face painted and draw with sidewalk chalk. Call 800-296-7329.

TRIBUTE TO THE RIVER: Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. Free. The event features a sternwheel boat parade at 2 p.m., towboat tours and exhibits at the River Museum. Entertainment is provided by Myron "King of the Calliope Players" Duffield at 1 p.m., a sing-along with the stars at 4 p.m., the All of the Above band at 6 p.m., storytelling from Donna Wilson at 7:30 p.m. and gospel music by The Elsons at 8:30 p.m. Other events are kids' games and inflatables beginning at noon, cornhole and line throw competitions at noon (registration at 11 a.m.), a captain's dinner at 5 p.m. and a memorial service for deceased rivermen at 7 p.m. Call 304-674-0144.

ROANE COUNTY HOMECOMING CELEBRATION: Ball field at 811 Madison Ave., Spencer. Music, activities and more. Speakers at 1:15 p.m. include Miss West Virginia 2012 Kaitlin Gates; former CBS "Big Brother 11" reality-TV star Ronnie the Rat; and former Harlem Globetrotter Seth Franco. Blues Brothers Tribute Show will take place from 4:15 to 5 p.m.

ALDERSON PATRIOTIC DAYS: Alderson will host its Patriotic Days celebration at various locations. Activities are free unless noted. Featuring a horseshoe tournament, field events, a 7:30 p.m. concert by The Esquires ($5 admission) and a 10 p.m. fireworks display. Visit www.alderson4th.com.

PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST: 8 to 11 a.m., American Legion Post 73, 1011 Pennsylvania Ave. $6 for adults, $3 for children.


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