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Travel Notes: Sept. 22, 2013

By Staff reports

Ski passes for sale

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia ski areas are again offering 2013-14 winter season passes to ski at four resorts.

The four resorts offering a Mountain Pass to ski and snowboard are Canaan Valley and Timberline in Tucker County, Snowshoe in Pocahontas County and Winterplace in Raleigh County.

The Mountain Pass is a booklet of tickets that includes 30 vouchers for skiing or snowboarding at Timberline, Snowshoe, Canaan Valley and Winterplace and 10 vouchers at the state's Nordic areas. Each voucher (140 total) is for one visit (or lift ticket) and can be used anytime during the 2013-14 season.

The pass costs $2,400. "The pass provides a family or company a chance to enjoy the whole state during the winter season," says Terry Pfeiffer, president of Winterplace Ski Resort and the West Virginia Ski Areas Association.

To buy a Mountain Pass, call the association at 304-720-5471. For more information on skiing and snowboarding in West Virginia visit goskiwv.com.

Taste of Lewisburg

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Tokens are on sale for Carnegie Hall's 29th Annual Taste of Our Towns, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 in Lewisburg.

More than 60 vendors are expected to take part in the fundraiser for Carnegie Hall.

Offerings include The General Lewis Inn's pecan pie, The Greenbrier Sporting Club's shrimp and grits, Dutch Haus' filet mignon sandwich, Stuart's Smokehouse ribs and brisket, B. Sweet Confectionery's pancakes and bacon cupcake, Stella's pumpkin roll with caramel sauce and fresh whipped cream, Fujiyama's sushi and Stardust Cafe's lobster soup.

TOOT vendors only accept official TOOT tokens in exchange for tastes. Tokens are $1 each in person the day of the festival in packets of $5, $10 or $20. Tokens can also be purchased in advance online in $20 increments at www.carnegiehallwv.org. To collect pre-purchased tokens, stop by Carnegie Hall with a printed e-receipt or at the Carnegie Hall booth in front of the greenspace in Lewisburg on day of the event.

Buckwheat Festival

KINGWOOD, W.Va. -- The Preston County Buckwheat Festival takes place Sept. 26-29 in Kingwood.

In addition to dinners of buckwheat cakes and sausage, the festival will include livestock shows, horse pull, Irish road bowling, lumberjack competition and pet and car shows.

Special guest appearances will feature Ben Jones, who played Cooter on the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV series, and "American Idol" contestant Casey James. Call 304-379-2203 or visit www.buckwheatfest.com for more information.

Apple Butter Festival

CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. -- Apple butter will be made and sold Sept. 27 and 28 during the Apple Butter Festival in Chapmanville.

Other activities include arts and crafts, clogging, live musical entertainment, a car show and carnival. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 304-855-8478 or 304-688-3483.

Marbles Festival

SISTERSVILLE, W.Va. -- The Sistersville Marble Festival is set for 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 in downtown Sistersville.

The festival is a yearly gathering of marble collectors and makers of handcrafted marbles from all around the country. There will be marble-making demonstrations, marble auction, children's marble tournament and collectible and vintage marble vendors.

Call 304-652-4030 for more information.

Big Coal River Heritage Day

RACINE, W.Va. -- The third annual Big Coal River Heritage Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 in John Slack Park, Racine.

The day will feature music, crafts, food, history, culture and more. Call 304-837-3702 or visit www.coalrivergroup.com for more information.

Dragon Boat Festival

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- The Point Pleasant River Museum Dragon Boat Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Krodel Park Lake, Point Pleasant.

Dragon boats are 40-foot-long canoes with 20 paddlers and one steersman. Boats will race on a 250-meter course on Krodel Park Lake. To enter a team or become a member of a racing team, email museum@pprivermuseum.com or call 304-674-0144 or 304-593-0541.

Food and entertainment will be available throughout the day.

Forest Festival

ELKINS, W.Va. -- The annual Mountain State Forest Festival starts Sept. 28 and continues through Oct. 6 in Elkins.

The festival offers includes the royal coronation of Queen Sylvia (crowned by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin), parades, forestry and wood products, horseshoe tournaments, strongman competition, Irish road bowling, lumberjack contest, archery shoot, chainsaw carving and muzzleloader contest.

For more information, visit www.forestfestival.com.

Cranberry Mountain Shindig

HILLSBORO, W.Va. -- The Cranberry Mountain Shindig, a traditional Appalachian festival, will feature folk dancing and music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, Hillsboro.

Local artisans will demonstrate and sell their goods. Call 304-653-4826 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/attmain/mmf/specialplaces for additional information.

Stonewall on 'best' list

WESTON, W.Va. -- Stonewall Resort has been selected as one of the best resort properties in the Southern U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean in a poll conducted by Meetings Focus Magazine.

According to Karen Smith, magazine vice president, "Our readers were asked to choose their favorite properties considering many key factors: quality of meeting space, guest rooms, staff, food and beverage and value."

She said Stonewall was chosen in a poll by meeting planners as one of 70 properties in the South to receive the award.

Greenbrier pastures tour

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier Valley Pasture Network is offering a self-guided tour of farms from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6. Participating farms will open their gates to the public to view their farming operations and pasture-raised livestock.

Passes cost $25 per vehicle in advance through Eventbrite.com (can also be accessed via gvpnfarmtour.com), and $30 at Swift Level Farm the day of the tour.

Participating farms are Hillyrock Farm, Milligan Creek Farm, Pembroke Farm, Swift Level Farm, Vernal Vibe Rise and Walkup Farm.

Martha Holdridge, of WestWinds Farm, will give a presentation on the environmental implications of pasture-raised meat at 9:30 a.m. both days at Swift Level.

Pasture-raised meat has greatly reduced (often removed) need for antibiotics, growth hormones and medications, and high omega-3 content. Meat will be for sale at the farms.

A farm dinner featuring a variety of local foods will take place Oct. 5 at Swift Level. Tickets for the dinner are $75. The farm tour and dinner weekend is a fundraiser for the Greenbrier Valley Pasture Network.

For more information, visit gvpnfarmtour.com or call Jennifer Jones at 304-661-6777 or email swiftlevel@gmail.com.

Freshwater Folk Festival

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The ninth annual Freshwater Folk Festival will entertain and inform children and adults about rivers, creeks, wildlife biology and conservation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery on East Main Street.

The free festival also will feature music and dance performances. Performance times are: 10 a.m., Strum Sum Band; 11:40 a.m., Kountry Kickers cloggers; 12:10 p.m., Possum Holler Glee Club; and 2:20 p.m., Little Sparrow.

Dance Exchange, from Washington, D.C., will perform. Foods and crafts will be available for purchase. Generation Greenbrier Valley will sponsor the Freshwater 5K Race, which will start and end at the hatchery before the festival opens. For more festival information, visit freshwaterfolkfestival.org.

Indian drum group

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- All Nations Drum, an American Indian drum group, will give a free performance at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park as part of Point Pleasant Battle Days.

All Nations Drum will feature multiple drummers and dancers in traditional Indian dress. They will provide short demonstrations throughout the day.

Pleasant Battle Days commemorate the Battle of Point Pleasant, fought Oct. 10, 1774. This year's Battle Days event is set for Oct. 4-6. For more information, call 304-675-0869 or by visit www.tu-endie-weistatepark.com.

Hunting and Fishing Days

WESTON, W.Va. -- Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County will host West Virginia's celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days Sept. 28 and 29.

The event is the largest outdoor hunting and fishing show in the state, with more than 100 vendors exhibiting hunting, fishing and conservation related merchandise and information.

Special guests this year include Curtis Fleming, from the Outdoor Channel's "Fly Rod Chronicles," who will participate in a meet-and-greet session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29. Gould Brothers Exhibition Shooting will perform one show each day, and exhibition archer Byron Ferguson will perform several shows each day.

Children ages 6-18 may participate in the Outdoor Youth Challenge and be eligible to win prizes such as a lifetime hunting and fishing license and Conservation Camp scholarships.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29. Admission is $6 for adults, and free to children 15 and younger. Complete schedules can be found at www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/NHFD/2013%20Schedule.pdf.

Rebellion in the Hills

LOGAN, W.Va. -- Rebellion in the Hills, a Civil War heritage weekend, will include free historical re-enactments and battles, hayrides, children's activities and a dance next weekend at Chief Logan State Park.

There will be a ladies tea with Mary Todd Lincoln at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28, and President Lincoln speaks from the train at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and 1 p.m. Sept. 29. Noel Clemmer will appear as a Civil War surgeon. His program includes a demonstration about limb amputations that occurred frequently during the Civil War.

A "Civil War Dance Under the Stars" takes place from 8 to 10 p.m. at the shelter, with music played by Towner Street String Band, an authentic period band.


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