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Travel Notes: June 9, 2013

By Staff reports

Cass dinner train

CASS, W.Va. -- The next dinner train on the Cass Scenic Railroad is June 22 and will feature Matt Jennigan, a guitar-playing comedian and impressionist who captures the sound of such entertainers as Britney Spears and Elvis Presley.

The evening includes a round trip from Cass to Whittaker Station and back, buffet dinner prepared by the Last Run Restaurant, and guest entertainment at Whittaker Station. Dinner trains depart from the Cass Depot at 5:15 p.m. Prices are $36 for adults, $26 for youths ages 5-12 and $16 for children ages 5 and younger. Reservations are required. Visit www.cassrailroad.com.

Other dinner trains run July 13 with Once Blue; July 27 and Aug. featuring 10 Wolf Creek Band; and Aug. 24 with Juanita Fireball and the Continental Drifters.

The dinner trains are in addition to the other 360 train trips scheduled at Cass Scenic Railroad in 2013. Cass Scenic Railroad makes daily trips up Cheat Mountain with trips to Whittaker Station and a noon run to Bald Knob. The schedule is posted at www.cassrailroad.com.

The 50th anniversary run of the No. 4 locomotive will leave Whittaker Station at 10:30 a.m. June 15. Call 304-456-4300 for reservations. There are 240 tickets available and they will be sold in advance.

W.Va. Day in Beckley

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The Exhibition Coal Mine and the Youth Museum will celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday by hosting a birthday party from noon to 4 p.m. June 20. Music will be provided by musician and storyteller Jimmy Costa. Cake and punch also will be served.

The Wildwood House Museum will host a West Virginia Humanities Council "History Alive" with JoAnn Peterson portraying Mary Todd Lincoln at 2:30 p.m. June 23. The program is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Exhibition Coal Mine and the Youth Museum are in New River Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, call 304-256-1747 for the Exhibition Mine or 304- 252-3730 for the Youth Museum.

Badlands Bluegrass Fest

WILLIAMSBURG, W.Va. -- Two days and nights of bluegrass and country music are in store at the Badlands Bluegrass Festival June 14 and 15 at Poor Farm Festival Grounds, Williamsburg, Greenbrier County.

For additional information, call 781-771-4375 or visit www.badlandsbluegrass.com.

Irish road bowling

DAVIS, W.Va. -- A two-day road bowling event will take place June 15 and 16 at Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley Resort State Park. Bowling begins at 1:30 p.m. on both days.

Irish road bowling is an old Irish sport that was played by troops in West Virginia during the American Civil War. To play, a 28-ounce iron and steel cannonball, the size of a tennis ball, is hurled down a country lane. The player or team taking the fewest rolls to get to the finish line wins.

For more information, call Blackwater Falls at 304-259-5216 or Canaan Valley at 800-622-4121. Visit www.wvirishroadbowling.com for more information.

Beverly statehood program

BEVERLY, W.Va. -- The Beverly Heritage Center will hold daylong activities and a statehood commemoration program, beginning at 1 p.m. June 15.

Author and historical interpreter Hunter Lesser will present "Lincoln's Odd Trick: Heroes, Rascals & Rogues of West Virginia Statehood," a multimedia presentation that will focus on the colorful personalities of the statehood saga.

Actors portraying Francis Pierpont, governor of the Restored Government of Virginia, and Sen. John Carlile will discuss with each other and the audience some of the issues and controversies of statehood.

Following the program, a reception will feature a West Virginia birthday cake. Reception music will be provided by the Rich Mountain String Band performing Civil War and minstrel tunes.

The Beverly Heritage Center is a museum, visitor center and gift shop at the intersection of U.S. 219 and Files Creek Road in Beverly, six miles south of Elkins.

Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. For more information, call 304-637-7424 or visit www.beverlyheritagecenter.org.


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