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Travel Notes: May 20, 2012

By Staff reports

Mountain festivals

WESTON, W.Va. -- Traditional West Virginia music, Appalachian food, arts, crafts and native wines will be featured during Stonewall Resort's Mountain Heritage Festival and Mountain Lakes Food and Wine Festival June 8 and 9.

The Mountain Heritage Festival, partially sponsored by the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce and the Stonewall State Park Foundation, will kick off at 7 p.m. June 8 with music by the Falling Branch Band. Mountain Echoes, a traditional storytelling duo, will present children's storytelling at 8 p.m.

The Falling Branch Band will play bluegrass and traditional mountain music at 1:30 p.m. June 9, followed by more children's storytelling from 3 to 4 p.m. Musical act DC Grass will perform at 4 p.m. Mountain Echoes will then present an "Appalachian Sampler" of stories from 5 to 6 p.m. The Hillbilly Gypsies, with opening act DC Grass, will perform from 7 to 9 p.m.

Jackson's Mill will present its "History Hitting the Road" demonstration, which takes a look into the arts, trades and modes of transportation from the early 19th century.

The Mountain Lakes Food and Wine Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 9. The $10 admission fee includes wine sampling, a wine glass and corkscrew.

In addition, there will be craft booths, barnyard petting zoo and, for a small fee, pony rides.

Stonewall Resort is offering a special nightly room rate of $119 for the weekend, which includes breakfast.

A $3 gate fee will be charged to enter the state park property. For additional information or reservations, contact Stonewall Resort at 888-278-8150 or visit www.stonewallresort.com.

Greenbrier wine tasting

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Winemaker John Abbott with the Abeja winery in Washington State will be featured at the Abeja Winery Wine Weekend June 8 and 9 at The Greenbrier resort.

A wine tasting will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. June 8 in the Crystal Room. Price is $50.

A wine reception and dinner will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. June 9 in Prime 44 West. Price is $150. To make reservations, call 855-276-7083.

Eastern Panhandle tour

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The artists of Berkeley Springs will open their doors to visitors for the spring studio tour and art and crafts sale May 26-28.

Brochures are available at the Ice House Co-op Gallery in downtown Berkeley Springs. The guide contains maps to each of the studios, where visitors may meet the artists, ask questions and view and buy their work. The tour features the work of 24 area artists.

For more information, call Travel Berkeley Springs at 800-447-8997, or visit www.berkeleyspringsstudiotour.org.

Ivy Terrace Series

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg will begin its free summer concerts May 31 on the lawn of Carnegie Hall and New River Community and Technical College.

The Ivy Terrace Series begin at 6:30 p.m.

The lineup is: May 31, Studebaker John; June 14, The Carpenter Ants; June 28, Crow Moon; July 12, Kike, Miguel and Janiah; July 26, Jake Krack, Mike Bing and friends; Aug. 9, Shayar; and Aug. 23, Bryan Elijah Smith.

For more information, call 304-645-7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.


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