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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!

July 30, 2016

Damn Fine Blues! Original & classic delta blues featuring slide guitar and soulful vocals. A blues gumbo repertoire that can conjure up the ghosts of highway 61 & the delta blues experience. Austin Walkin’ Cane is a blues singer, songwriter and slide guitarist that performs acoustic solo, duo & electric band sets. Austin Walkin’ Cane has toured Australia, Nepal, Colombia, France, Germany, England, Wales, and the US, from New Orleans, Louisiana to Juneau, Alaska with only a guitar & suitcase in hand. Austin walked for ten years with a cane due to an arterial venous malformation at birth. While performing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a homeless man called out “Hey Walkin’ Cane got some spare change for a brother?!” Austin took the jibe as his nickname. In 1996, after years of battling the inevitable, his left leg was amputated below the knee. A year after the surgery, he returned to the music scene stronger & without need of a cane.

 
August 04, 2016 to August 06, 2016

Our program consists of three one-day workshops with experienced teachers for your learning enjoyment and quilting experience. On Thursday Aug. 4 join Linda Adams as she instructs on making the "Watching Over You" wall hanging by McKenna Ryan. This intermediate class is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Friday Aug. 5 join Cheryl Taylor Dean from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for instruction on "Feathered Star" a lap-sized throw. The final day of instruction and fellowship will be Saturday August 6 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with Michelle Hill instructing the Evening Star" wall hanging from 9 am to 3:30 pm. To register or get more information, download the event brochure listed here. Tuition fees, kit fees and other details are listed there. Click to get the registration form.

 
August 05, 2016 to August 06, 2016

Blues, Brews and BBQ has become a classic Snowshoe event, combining sizzling food sampling, refreshing beers from regional microbreweries and music that will get you grooving. The Southeast Tourism Society recognized the events as one of the Top 20 in the region in 2007, and since then, it's only gotten bigger.

 
August 06, 2016

NRAO Staff will orient you to the star-filled sky and then view the night sky on the Star Party Patio. Bring optical telescopes and binoculars - you won’t believe the view! Program begins at 8pm.

 
August 12, 2016

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 NRAO 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 $40. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
August 13, 2016

Join us for the inaugural Watoga State Park Mountain Trail Challenge Half Marathon & 5K. Both races begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Beaver Creek Campground at the Park. Chip timing provided by TriState Racer. Hikers and park personnel have worked to make this 13.2 mile run through some of the best trails an experience you'll treasure. Proceeds go to the Watoga Foundation to assist the park with trail clearing, signage, rec hall and shelter upgrades and other maintenance tasks to keep the park and its trails in top-notch shape so people like you can enjoy them.

 
August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016

Treasure on the Mountain is the Snowshoe Foundations largest fundraising event of the year. With the purchase of a raffle ticket, you gain access to the raffle grounds where there is additional raffles (50/50, Instant Winner, Gun Tips, and other drawings) that can be played, plus free food and rink. We sponsor area organizations to provide food and drink to the event guests. We start the main raffle at 3:00 pm with a winner every 5 minutes, with the grand prize being raffled off at 7:00 pm. All proceeds of this event help to support the Snowshoe Foundation and our mission to enhance the surroundings quality of life through charitable contributions.

 
August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016

Set against the majestic Cranberry Mountain at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, hear the summer sounds of mountain heritage music with the dynamic group Juanita Fireball & the Continental Drifters. Together for over 25 years, this group has such a good time playing music together that they don't even sit down - they're up working the stage and telling stories and making everyone in the audience tap their feet and smile. Bring a picnic lunch and lawn chair - show runs from 2pm to 4pm. A program of the Cal Price Appalachian Enrichment Series.

 
August 20, 2016

Greenbrier Valley Theatre is a live-performance theatre and much more. GVT is involved in all aspects of the arts and humanities, with people of all ages. From its 1966 productions in a tent alongside the Greenbrier River to Actor’s Equity affiliation in a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Lewisburg, the Greenbrier Valley Theatre has adhered to the founders’ concept: quality live theatre centered around a core of professional actors and directors with opportunities for members of the community to learn stagecraft. Greenbrier Valley Theatre has enjoyed the support of a loyal community whose nurturing has developed a vigorous, professional organization with a vision to establish GVT as a significant regional performing theatre. In March 2006 GVT became West Virginia’s Official Year-Round Professional Theatre.

 
August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016

There is a long standing tradition of square dancing at the community center in Dunmore. Dancing starts at 8pm. Admission is $4 for adults and free to students. All dances are beginner- friendly and open to all ages and levels. This dance is part of The Mountain Dance Trail and a complete schedule of dances throughout the state can be found at www.mountaindancetrail.org or 304.637.1349.

 
August 21, 2016 to August 21, 2016

USA Cycling National Pro GRT series returns to Snowshoe for a downhill race on the legendary Western Territory with 1500 feet of vertical!

 
August 26, 2016

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 NRAO 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 $40. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
August 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016

Fat Tire Weekend is back by popular demand. Discover the back roads of Pocahontas County during this fun event. Be ready for great rides, races, and socials. The fat tire 50k and lite class will be on August 22nd. Race starts 10 a.m. Contact info is info@wvmba.com or gmooreguide@yahoo.com We'll have more information coming soon on

 
August 27, 2016

The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys are among West Virginia’s longest-running bluegrass bands. They took their name from Black Mountain in their native Pocahontas County. 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. a $10 tickets gets you into the show at 7;30 p.m.

 
September 02, 2016 to September 04, 2016

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with us and soak up the last moments of the summer.

 
September 02, 2016 to September 04, 2016

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 09, 2016

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 NRAO 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 $40. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
September 09, 2016 to September 10, 2016

After an overwhelmingly positive reception in 2015, the Pocahontas County Opera House, in partnership with the Pocahontas County Artisans Co-op 4th Avenue Gallery, is pleased to bring back the two-day Music in the Mountains Festival. This event is part of the Cal Price Enrichment Series, sponsored by the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 
September 11, 2016 to September 11, 2016

Join us Sunday Sept. 11 for an afternoon of FREE famliy 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 23, 2016

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 NRAO 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 $40. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
September 24, 2016

NRAO Staff will treat you to views of the night sky through optical telescopes. If it rains, don’t worry! You are invited into our portable planetarium for a stellar presentation. Start time changes seasonally. Starts at 8 pm.

 
September 24, 2016 to September 24, 2016

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 24 in Marlinton, WV Registration & receiving of entries @ competition tent - Main Street & 2nd Ave from 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 24, 2016

After getting your fill of wild food at the 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 ancient 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.

 
September 24, 2016 to September 24, 2016

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 24, 2016 to September 24, 2016

Join in on the fun at this legendary festival in the mountains of Pocahontas County. Music by local bands. Stay tuned here for more details. 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.

 
September 30, 2016 to October 01, 2016

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.

 
September 30, 2016 to October 01, 2016

The Green Bank Art Center is offering a free two day painting workshopin our picturesque farm valley. Local historians will be available to tell stories about pre-civil war buildings still standing as well as many old farmhouses and barns. Refreshment tents with seating will provide comfortable time to chat. This will be a time to enjoy the autumn highland colors, paint, relax, meet new faces, learn history, promote local art and preserve our heritage in northern Pocahontas County.

 
October 07, 2016

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 NRAO 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 08, 2016

Hard Days Night band mates Will Newman and Tommy Cox team up with several special guests for a return to the Opera House stage. The band’s name is a play on The Beatles 1964 classic “Hard Day’s Night” and a line from The Grateful Dead’s 1970 hit “Truckin’” (“What a long, strange trip it’s been…”). Fittingly the evening will feature a family-friendly combination of Beatles favorites, followed by a rocking set of Grateful Dead jams, making for another memorable night from Newman, Cox and their fellow musicians.

 
October 21, 2016

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 NRAO 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 22, 2016 to October 22, 2016

NRAO Staff will treat you to views of the night sky through optical telescopes. If it rains, don’t worry! You are invited into our portable planetarium for a stellar presentation. Start time changes seasonally. Starts at 8 pm.

 
October 22, 2016

One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her recent CD “Nightlight Daylight” has won top honors in 11 national awards. She has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Her obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. An engaging performer, Muriel’s unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune and the next, a Rodrigo concerto. Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT® and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE charity. In addition, her new program incorporates stunning visuals by Bryan Allen.

 
November 05, 2016

Paul Asaro is known as one of the finest of a select group of pianists who have mastered the demanding two-handed jazz and ragtime piano styles from the first half of the 20th century. The Stride piano of James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion” Smith and Fats Waller, the New Orleans styles of Jelly Roll Morton, the ragtime of Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake, stomps, boogie woogie and swing, Asaro plays them all with a fine ear for detail, blending the elements into his own personal style. Indeed, most of Paul’s earliest influences were more recent pianists such as Dick Wellstood, Ralph Sutton and Butch Thompson, musicians who worked within these traditions while at the same time developing their own unique approach.. In a career now spanning two decades, Paul has performed at theaters and clubs worldwide and has appeared at such major venues as the Chicago Jazz Festival, Ravinia, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal and the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He has performed onstage with such musical legends and luminaries as Leon Redbone, Steve Allen, Marian McPartland, Butch Thompson, Jeff Healy and Vince Giordano.

 
November 12, 2016 to November 12, 2016

NRAO staff guides kids of all ages through fun-filled, hands-on science projects. We provide all the materials. Each lab highlights a different science/engineering theme. 10 am - noon

 
November 19, 2016

Kentucky-born cellist and composer Ben Sollee likes to keep moving. He kicked off 2014 with the release of his score for the documentary film Maidentrip. In March, he performed at Carnegie Hall as part of a tribute to Paul Simon. Throughout April and May, he was out supporting song-writer William Fitzsimmons. This September, he toured for two weeks in Europe and returned to the United States to perform with the Charlotte Ballet. If you’ve seen him perform, you know it’s not to missed. For listeners just discovering Ben’s music, you’ll find that there’s a lot more to it than just songs. Ben’s music can be heard in film and on TV. Shows like ABC’s Parenthood and HBO’s Weeds have placed songs. In 2013, Ben was invited by director Mark Steven Johnson to write a song for the film Killing Season starring John Travolta and Robert De Niro. 2014 is Ben’s second year performing with the North Carolina Dance Theater in Dangerous Liaisons, a play with music written by Ben Sollee.

 
December 02, 2016 to December 02, 2016

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.

 
February 18, 2017

Sugar Run began as the husband and wife team of Mike (banjo, guitar and vocals) and Bonnie Johnson (bass fiddle and vocals), and has grown to include Geoff White on fiddle and vocals, Rachel Johnson on Fiddle, and Stanley Asbury on the rhythm and flat-pickin’ style guitar and vocals. All of us play in or with other groups in the region, as well. We are located in the Allegheny Mountain regions of Virginia and West Virginia, and our regular performance venues include the New River Valley of Virginia and West Virginia, and the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia. We do, of course, play in other areas as the opportunities arise. Our musical repertoire consists primarily of traditional music of the Southern Appalachian and Piedmont regions in the style of older (and some contemporary) Bluegrass, Old-Time, old “Country” music, a few Cajun tunes (in French, by Geoff) and some ancient ballads and tunes with roots back to the Scottish, Irish, and English lands. Our music includes songs of: love-gone-bad; train wrecks; bad-men and hangings; murders; ghosts and hauntings; moonshine whiskey; and death and Redemption. (Many, if not all those themes may occur in the same song!). We also include songs of humor as well as peppy fiddle tunes suitable for flat-footin’, square dancing, or just standing around and tapping your feet. Hot Mater Gravy Hot Mater Gravy features Homer Hunter, who is a one-of-a-kind story teller and a local radio personality. “Hot Mater Gravy,” is a band that plays traditional bluegrass. The band’s influences include Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Ricky Scaggs, Flatt and Scruggs, and Larry Sparks. Members of Hot Mater Gravy include Homer Hunter, Dana Moyers from Lewisburg W.Va. on the mandolin; Dewitt Daniell also from Lewisburg, plays a straight ahead Scruggs-style banjo; Bob Riggleman from Lewisburg is on bass; Bob’s wife, Julie Riggleman is on vocals and a second rhythm guitar; and Dave Buck, from Pocahontas County, is on lead guitar.