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Travel Notes: May 5, 2013

By Staff reports

Flea market, antiques

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- The Giant Spring Flea Market at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds is set for May 17-19. The deadline for discounts on space reservations is May 10.

The three-day market features a wide variety of antiques, collectibles, flowers and produce, and new and used merchandise. For more information, visit www.statefairofwv.com or phone 304-645-1090 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Chief Logan show dates

LOGAN, W.Va. -- "The Aracoma Story" and "The Wizard of Oz" will return to the outdoor stage this summer at Chief Logan State Park.

"The Wizard of Oz" will be performed June 18-July 7, and "The Aracoma Story" will run July 23-Aug. 4. All performances begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater.

Auditions for both productions will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. May 10 and noon to 4 p.m. May 11 in the Logan High School theater. Rehearsals for "The Wizard of Oz" begin May 15, and June 24 for "The Aracoma Story."

For more information on auditions or the summer productions, visit www.loganshows.com or call the Aracoma Story Inc.'s office at 304-752-0253.

Mother's Day at Adaland

PHILIPPI, W.Va. -- The historic 1870 Adaland Mansion near Philippi will host its annual Mother's Day buffet May 12 as its first official event for the 2013 season.

There will be three seating times between 1 and 4 p.m. for a buffet that will feature two entrees, multiple sides, salad, homemade bread, drinks and desserts.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling 304-457-2415 or 304-457-1587. Adult tickets are $20 and children's are $10.

Smoke Hole opening

CABINS, W.Va. -- The 26,000-square-foot Smoke Hole Caverns Gift Shop has opened for business three years after a fire forced its closing. A grand opening is set for June at Smoke Hole Caverns & Resort, 13 miles north of Seneca Rocks and 7 miles south of Petersburg on W.Va. 55.

The resort includes a log motel, log cabins, riverside cottages and the geologically unique caverns -- with such features as the world's longest ribbon stalactite and a crystal cave coral pool -- that dates back more than 13 million years and is a constant 56 degrees.

The caverns also has accommodated the needs of Seneca Indians, Civil War soldiers and moonshiners. Guided tours are offered daily year-round.

In the gift shop are trophy wildlife displays from New Zealand, Canada, New Mexico and elsewhere. Log Cabin Resort property also has a catch-and-keep pond to feed or to catch fish.

Visitors to the area can hunt, fish, ride horseback, hike and mountain bike. Other nearby attractions are Seneca Rocks, Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Canaan Valley Resort, Cass Scenic Railroad, Green Bank National Radio Observatory, Fort Mulligan Civil War Earthen Fort, Potomac Eagle Train and Blackwater Falls.

For more information, visit www.smokehole.com or call 800-828-8478.

Strawberry Festival

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. -- A horse and carriage parade will be part of the West Virginia Strawberry Festival for a second year, starting at 5 p.m. May 11. The parade kicks off the 72nd annual festival, which continues through May 19.

Dozens of carriages, old and new, are pulled by horses of all breeds. Serving as honor unit and leading this year's parade will be the flag-carrying, 16-member United Horseman's Association Equestrian Team from Virginia.

Downtown Buckhannon will be filled with live musicians and vendors selling food and baked goods for sale. A Wild West Show will take place at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3 p.m. at Jawbone Park. Stagecoach, carriage rides and pony rides will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit at www.wvstrawberryfestival.com.

Rowlesburg arts festival

ROWLESBURG, W.Va. -- The sixth annual River City Festival of the Arts will take place May 24-26 at the Janet and Imre Szilagyi Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Rowlesburg, Preston County.

The three-day event will feature music, living history portrayals, food, receptions, exhibits and a play about the Civil War Jones-Imboden Raid.

For more information, visit rowlesburg.org or rowlesburgguide.com.

Arts and garden tour

WESTON, W.Va. --A tour of five gardens -- all on one street -- will be included in the Arts in the Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 in Weston.

Included are shade, cottage, Asian and riverside gardens. Dale and Dauna Hawkins will talk on the garden-to-table movement. There also will be a display of six miniature fairy gardens.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased the day of the tour at West Hall at St. Paul Episcopal Church, Center Avenue at Second Street. For the tour, park across the street in the St. Patrick's Catholic Church parking lot and take a shuttle to Kitson Street.

Nature programs

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is the setting for a series of nature programs in 2013 focusing on the area's native plant and wildlife.

The walks or activities take place from 2 to 3:15 p.m. and will be hosted by the Parkersburg/Marietta area master naturalists chapter known as the "Nature Nuts."

There is no charge to attend the interpretative activity, but there is a charge for transportation to the island on the Island Belle sternwheeler. Tickets for the boat ride are sold at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History, Second and Juliana streets.

The next program is "All About Birds" on June 8. At least 14 species of birds are adapted to life along the river. Learn bird characteristics through scavenger-hunt-type clues including the food that birds eat and descriptions of feet, beaks and overall bird shape.

To learn more about Blennerhassett Island, tours, other activities and special events, visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com or call 304-420-4800.

Company houses for rent

GREEN BANK, W.Va. -- New for 2013, and just in time for its 50th anniversary, company-house accommodations may be reserved at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park through a new online service. Reservations may also be taken by telephone.

"There are 20 of the company houses in town that have been renovated as vacation houses," said Cass Superintendent Rob Sovine. "Cass has rented these homes for many years both in the summer and winter months."

Call the park for tickets to ride on the Cass Scenic Railroad. Trains begin operating May 24.

Visit www.wvstateparks.com and click "Reserve Online" or visit the individual park website and click "Online Reservations." For Cass Scenic Railroad, visit www.cassrailroad.com or call 304-456-4300.

Bluegrass at North Bend

CAIRO, W.Va. -- The 19th annual Bluegrass Festival will take place May 10 and 11 at North Bend State Park.

Bluegrass bands from throughout West Virginia will be performing. Arts and crafts, and food from the park's outdoor grill be available.

For more information or reservations, call 304-643-2931 or visit www.northbendsp.com.

Civil War Days

OCEANA, W.Va. -- Wyoming County Civil War Days will be celebrated May 11 and 12 at Gilliland Park.

Civil War history will be taught through displays, living history and re-enactments. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. All activities are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/civilwardays or email Jim Cook at jimcook@jetbroadband.com or call 304-682-5096.

Migration Celebration

BEAVER, W.Va. -- Three Rivers Avian Center at Little Beaver State Park will host Migration Celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11.

The free event includes a hike, nature programs, birds of prey presentation and information. Call 304-466-4683 or visit www.tracwv.org/ for additional information.


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