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Featured Events

There's so much to do in Nature's Mountain Playground.  Our biggest and best events are listed here but don't forget to go to the calendar and see even more weekly and monthly activities!

August 25, 2017 to August 25, 2017

Enjoy an evening with Leftover Salmon! FREE concert in the Snowshoe Village on Friday, August 25th! For the past quarter-century, Colorado’s Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of Americana music, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences; rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues. During their twenty-five plus years as a band they have headlined shows and festivals from coast to coast, released nine albums, and maintained a vibrant, relevant and influential voice in the music world. The evolution of Leftover Salmon’s music is influenced by Leftover Salmon co-founders Drew Emmitt (mandolin/vocals) and Vince Herman‘s (guitar/singer) keen musical instincts, and follows a musical path that adheres to the deep tradition the duo started when they first formed the group along with deceased banjo player Mark Vann. The addition of new band members over the years has nurtured an unmistakable evolution and freshness in Leftover Salmon’s sound, and has added an edge to the long-lasting power of the band’s music. Fueled by the rhythm section of long time bassist Greg Garrison, drummer Alwyn Robinson, and Salmon’s newest member, keyboardist Erik Deustch, the band is currently enjoying a creative renaissance. The front line trio of Emmitt, Herman and prodigious banjo player Andy Thorn are continually challenged and pushed in new directions as the band collectively searches for new spaces and sounds within their extensive catalog of songs.

 
September 01, 2017 to September 03, 2017

This celebration of autumn blends savory food, awesome music and alluring microbrews from around West Virginia with awe-inspiring vistas and some of the best riding and fall foliage on the east Coast. During our main event, guests will sample premier craft beers from regional breweries and enjoy the beats of a nationally recognized band. The weekend will have family-friendly activities and games, local vendors and crafters and a spectacular Mountaintop fireworks display.

 
September 01, 2017

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by GBO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
September 02, 2017 to September 03, 2017

Watoga Art in the Park – bringing together artists and the great outdoors. Watoga Art in the Park features a great fun-filled weekend for families set in one of West Virginia's most beautiful parks – Watoga State Park. The juried fine art and craft fair will feature some of the region's most impressive artists and craftspeople showcasing jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and much more. Find that perfect gift for a loved one or yourself. Along with showcasing fine art for purchase, there will be eight professional artists, instructing 22 workshops throughout the two-day event to help you create your own work of art. Learn pastels, watercolors, or acrylics from accomplished artists, watch and participate in wood-fire pottery or black smithing, make your own mask and paint or decorate it, check out white oak basketry, as well as yoga and art therapy. Join in one or all three nature walks lead by a Watoga State Park Naturalist. Learn about birds and then return to paint what you observed, make a clay dish using some of the natural materials you'll find along your walk, or check out the hike where you learn to identify animal footprints. In the evening you can participate in an Owl Prowl and the even make owl houses to take home with you. There will be great music both days as well as a variety of foods. Kids Corner open all day. Check us out on the web for details and to submit your artwork for consideration. https://watogaartinthepark.com/

 
September 02, 2017

If you’re not familiar with Enduro bike racing, it’s time to check it out! This hybrid race combines cross country with downhill mountain biking for the ultimate adrenaline-fueled challenge.

 
September 02, 2017 to September 02, 2017

To loyal Opera House concertgoers and anyone who knows bluegrass music in West Virginia, the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys need no introduction. The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys are among West Virginia’s longest-running bluegrass bands. The group first organized in 1968 around the foursome of Richard Hefner (banjo/tenor vocal), his brother Bill Hefner (guitar/mandolin/baritone vocal), their late uncle Glenn “Dude” Irvine (mandolin) and the late Harley Carpenter (guitar/lead vocal). They took their name from Black Mountain in their native Pocahontas County. For five years the group worked a weekly radio show on WVAR, in Richwood. They also made regular appearances at local events and regional bluegrass festivals. In the mid-1970s they recorded a pair of albums: “Million Lonely Days” and “Talk of the County.” More recent albums include “Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys 1968-1973,” “Live at Midnight,” “Live at The Opera House,” and “Live at Greenbrier Valley Theatre.” As with many bluegrass bands, the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys have had changes in personnel over the years. Richard Hefner remains as the lone original member. Hefner’s traditional bluegrass banjo playing and tenor vocals have contributed both continuity and much of the “high lonesome” sound for which the band has become so well-known. He has displayed his banjo skills many times as a victor in contests and at the Vandalia Festival. Chris Nickell from Monroe County, contributes driving lead and rhythm guitar work as well as lead vocals. Rick Carpenter—son of founding member Harley Carpenter—picks a fine mandolin and sings lead and baritone vocals. Bass player Mike Smith, of Culloden, has worked with such notables as Larry Sparks, Dave Evans, and the Goins Brothers. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.; admission $10.00.

 
September 08, 2017

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by GBO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
September 10, 2017 to September 10, 2017

Join us Sunday Sept. 11 for an afternoon (from 1 to 5 pm) of FREE family friendly activities: Check out all this fun! Science Day,Build and Launch Rockets, Build Engineering Kits, Visit the 140' Telescope • Science Experiments • Liquid Nitrogen Demos • Solar Telescope Viewing • Colorful Chemistry • Tie Dye a T-shirt • GBT Control Room Tours

 
September 15, 2017 to September 16, 2017

Local musicians and artisans come together to bring you music, craft and dance. Friday night features old-time music. Saturday activities include craft demonstrations, informal old-time music jam, cornbread contest. old-fashioned dinner and square dance lessons at a traditional square dance Saturday night.

 
September 16, 2017 to September 16, 2017

Old time music is rooted deep in Appalachian culture. Head out to the Music in the Mountains Old Time Festival to partake in old fashion games, listen to Appalachian music and even join in a square dance! At 7 p.m. the swinging starts, so join us at the Opera House.

 
September 22, 2017

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by GBO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
September 24, 2017 to September 24, 2017

This traditional Appalachian festival features local artisans to demonstrate and sell their goods from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demonstrations and goods including blacksmithing, spinning wheel, fly tying, wood turning, wood sculptures, dulcimer making and demonstrating, homemade soap, fudge, honey, maple syrup, and much more. We have limited space. Center merchandise 20% off.

 
September 29, 2017 to September 30, 2017

Join in on the fun at this legendary festival in the mountains of Pocahontas County. Music by local bands, great food vendors throughout the festival, as well as lots of fun! A $5 ticket gets you in to the tasting area where you can sample all the RoadKill delicacies. There will be dozens of crafters from all over the region with handmade arts and crafts. Food by local non-profits with some yummy goodies for worthy causes. Come spend the day in our Appalachian home!

 
September 29, 2017 to September 29, 2017

Grab your partner and celebrate the start of Autumn Harvest Festival at the Pocahontas County Opera House. Dancing starts at 7 p.m and is open to beginners and experts.

 
September 30, 2017 to September 30, 2017

You're invited to show off your favorite biscuit recipe at the Hudson Cream Flour West Virginia Biscuit Bake Off at the Autumn Harvest Festival & WV Road Kill Cook Off Saturday, September 30 in Marlinton, WV Registration & receiving of entries @ Marlinton Municipal Building on 2nd Ave. 9 - 10 a.m. Judging begins at 10 a.m. Announcement of winners – Gazebo area at 12:30 p.m. Get complete rules and registration form by clicking the PDF at the "More Details" link.

 
September 30, 2017 to September 30, 2017

After getting your fill of wild food at Marlinton’s Autumn Harvest Festival and West Virginia Road-kill Cook-off, the Opera House invites you to come be a part of the “Hammons Musical Heritage Celebration.” The Hammons Family carried on long-standing traditions of fiddling, banjo playing, ballad singing and story telling at their remote mountain home in Pocahontas County. Their legacy continues and is proudly celebrated among today’s musicians. In recent years, musicians from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina have taken to the Opera House stage to pay tribute to the Hammons family, celebrating their own diverse range of musical styles and talents. Musicians and storytellers of all ages are invited to be a part of the celebration. Registration is free and available by calling the Opera House at 304-799-6645. Celebration starts at 7:30 p.m.; $10.00 admission.

 
October 06, 2017 to October 07, 2017

Huntersville Traditions Day is a way to step back in time and enjoy the Appalachian Culture by taking part in demonstrations of some of the lost arts that have disappeared through the decades. Visitors have the opportunity to tour the historical buildings and enjoy the history throughout the Huntersville Community. Wagon rides provided for transportation after arriving in Huntersville.

 
October 06, 2017

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by GBO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
October 07, 2017 to October 07, 2017

Hearts Gone South plays true, solid original country and honky tonk. Born out of an unfortunate tale of love gone wrong and ending in a stack of classic country- style hits. Hailing out of Asheville, Nc Hearts Gone South shoots straight from the hip and hits their target dead on. Lead by Tricia Tripp, with a cast and crew of all star country players- Joel Jackson, Mick Glasgow, Derrick Spivey and John James Tourville- Hearts Gone South cranks out tear soaked ballads, heartfelt dance tunes and straight up solid country gold. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.; $10.00 admission.

 
October 20, 2017

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by GBO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
October 21, 2017 to October 21, 2017

The daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America, Dana Louise is a new songstress astonishing audiences with her vibrant, melodic vocals, adept finger-picking and cool sound. Now touring her debut album, she is joined by the Glorious Birds — Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass). Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, carrying a contemporary beat, the sound is roots-rooted flung-into-the-future folk. Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.; $10.00 admission.

 
October 27, 2017 to October 27, 2017

Head to the Pocahontas County Opera House for dinner and an interactive murder mystery! The Pocahontas County Opera House will host "The Ghost of the Opera House" October 27th at 6:00 p.m. Dinner and theatre: $35.00 For tickets call 304.799.6645 or visit online at www.pocahontasoperahouse.org

 
October 28, 2017 to October 28, 2017

Come out in full costume to enjoy this family friendly ride this Halloween season! Live music and a hot dog roast will take place at Whittaker Station with fun and candy for all. Train departs on October 28th at 6 p.m.

 
November 04, 2017 to November 04, 2017

Rooted in the Gypsy Jazz/Gypsy Swing and Latin Swing styles, this high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, standup bass, percussion and keyboards (including accordion) has emerged as one of the shining lights of Savannah’s burgeoning music scene. This band plays upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and relentless sense of humor. Bringing together the eclectic sounds are a motley crew of super talented musicians from Venezuela, Serbia, Austin Texas, Iowa, Boston, and Southern Georgia. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.; $10.00 admission.

 
November 18, 2017 to November 18, 2017

Although its beginnings have been lost to the mists of time, Andean music has been played in South America for thousands of years. It is one of the few prehistoric art forms to survive five hundred years of European occupation. Unlike gold and jewels, it could neither be melted nor stolen. Many indigenous South Americans believe that it is the music that preserves the heart and soul of the ancient ones. This beautiful and powerful music continues to be played from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, and none play it better than the four Lopez brothers—Fernando, Luis, Bolivar and Jorge—as Andes Manta. Natives of the Ecuadorian Andes, the brothers are classically trained musicians who learned their traditional folk music as it has been learned for thousands of years, passed from father to son, and brother to brother. From the lyrical sound of the quena (Andean Flute) to the haunting tones of the six-foot long pan-pipes, Andes Manta performs in the purest and most authentic way using more than 35 traditional instruments. Far from being melancholy, the music of Andes Manta is a joyous celebration of daily life. Andes Manta is well known to presenters all over America for their virtuosity and extraordinary performances. From Carnegie Hall to the Discovery Channel, from the National Cathedral to Lincoln Center and hundreds of schools, colleges and universities, and performing arts venues across the country, their powerful and moving performances have played to standing ovation after standing ovation. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.; $10.00 admission.

 
December 01, 2017 to December 01, 2017

Get into the spirit of Christmas, enjoy the parade and watch Santa arrive in Marlinton. You can do some shopping and visit the local craft show while enjoying all the lovely Christmas decorations. Many of the businesses in downtown Marlinton will be having an open house on that evening so be sure to drop in if not to buy then certainly to enjoy fellowship and a hot drink.

 
December 01, 2017 to December 02, 2017

Get into the spirit of Christmas, enjoy the parade and do some shopping and visit the local craft show while enjoying all the lovely Christmas decorations.