image

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!

December 07, 2016 to December 11, 2016

Departs from Cass at 5 pm and 7 pm Learn what it takes to earn your Elf stripes and join in with Santa’s troop for that true feeling of Christmas!

 
December 10, 2016

Bio Ritmo is recognized around the world as one of the most innovative and influential Latin dance bands of the 21st century. They are leaders of the new generation of musicians that thrive on the spirit of experimentation that once defined the Afro-Caribbean rooted, 70’s Latin sound that came to be known as ‘SALSA’. The ten-piece powerhouse was founded in 1991 in Richmond, VA with the serendipitous meeting of a famed local rock drummer, who brought together two Puerto Rican art students to form an experimental drumming ensemble. It quickly grew into a full fledge Salsa band with the addition of horn players and a pianist who all came out of jazz traditions. Bio Ritmo has released 7 full-length albums, numerous singles and EPs including their latest 2015 7″ release “Oriza” on Peace & Rhythm Records. They have toured across North America, Puerto Rico, Europe – including The Republic of Georgia – playing some of the biggest World and Latin music festivals. The 2014 album “Puerta Del Sur” (Door to the South) was released on the veteran Spanish label, Vampisoul and received global acclaim, ranking on numerous top-ten world and Latin charts with critics calling the group “Latin music visionaries” and “one of the most innovative salsa bands of the 21st century”. They are the only salsa band that has been invited to play NPR’s Tiny Desk music blog. 2016 will see the release of Bio Ritmo’s first “live” album and appearances in South America. Members: Marlysse Simmons: keys, band leader; Rei Alvarez: lead vocals, guiro; Giustino Riccio: timbales, backup vocals; Hector “Coco” Barez: congas; Will Roman: bongo; Bob Miller: trumpet, synth, vocals; Marc Roman: trumpet & vocals; John Lilly: tenor sax; Toby Whitaker: trombone; Edward Prendergast: electric bass.

 
December 17, 2016 to December 17, 2016

The 10th annual Christmas Bird Count will take place in Pocahontas County on December 17, 2016 starting at 7:00 a.m. Barnett Cabins at Mill Point will be the staging area for birding enthusiasts and West Virginia Division of Natural Resource staff to gather and divide up a 15 mile map into specific areas. Local and visiting birders will take to the back roads and barren woods during the CBC to list particular birds they see or hear. Each field team will cover a specific area of the 15 mile diameter circle on a specific route. Lunch and coffee will be provided.

 
February 06, 2017 to February 06, 2017

One of Snowshoe's oldest traditions, conquer the steeps of the legendary Western Territory in this giant slalom race. Multiple classes for ski and snowboard

 
February 11, 2017 to February 12, 2017

A camp dedicated to the little shredders! The grooms work with our expert coaches as they make new friends and spend the day expanding their skills. Non-competitive prizes for all participants.

 
February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017

George Washington never got to ski the Western Territory, but you can! Take advantage of the long weekend with peak conditions.

 
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.

 
February 25, 2017 to February 25, 2017

Presenting the annual slopestyle competition, WV Open presented by Monster. The best riders in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast will compete for a cash purse, prizes and more! Registration is $25 and the competition will be held on Mountaineer Park at Silver Creek. Registration starts at 12pm.

 
March 03, 2017 to March 05, 2017

A celebration of the region's best musicians. Live music includes Larry Keel, The Jawga Boys and more, across the mountain all weekend long.

 
March 10, 2017 to March 12, 2017

An unforgettable spring break, you'll likely not remember. Free Village concerts, competitions, games & more.

 
March 18, 2017 to March 18, 2017

We're giving out free lift tickets to all residents of West Virginia! Yep, you heard it right. Just bring your proof of residency and get a ticket to ski and ride all weekend long.

 
March 18, 2017

Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller perform country and old-time music, singing close harmony with Jesse’s unique finger-picked guitar style and a healthy dose of old-time fiddling. Emily was raised playing and singing old-time and country music (the Louvin Brothers and the Stanley Brothers were household favorites) with her parents while they traveled the world as journalists. Jesse grew up in the world of West Virginia old-time music, learning from masters like Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter as well as his father, Gerry Milnes. They now make their home in central West Virginia. In addition to their duo performing, Emily tours extensively with The Sweetback Sisters (a 6-piece country band fronted by Emily and her pseudo-sister Zara Bode), they both play for square dances around West Virginia, and also frequently teach harmony singing with Emily’s mother Val Mindel.

 
March 26, 2017

We know, it's a sad day, but come on out and mourn with us the est way we know how - smiling, laughing and spraying snow.

 
April 01, 2017

For over 40 years, The Bing Brothers have played their hard-driving brand of string band music from Canada to Florida – from Spain to England, and from Australia, to Ireland and Scotland. Their sound has been formed in the West Virginia mountains, and they remain true to their roots. Yet The Bing Brothers are highly versatile, playing selections in old time and bluegrass, as well as traditional Irish songs and ragtime. Banjo player Tim Bing is a 14-time West Virginia State Champion and Appalachian String Band winner. Fiddler Jake Krack has won the Galax Fiddler’s Convention Contest 6 times and is known as one of today’s top old time fiddlers. Mandolin player and band leader Mike Bing has been the glue that has kept the band together for over 40 years, and created The Allegheny Echoes Summer Workshops, which celebrate Pocahontas County and West Virginia music. Mike has developed his own style of Mandolin which blends a solid rhythm chop and unmatched melody playing into the Bing Brothers style. Because of their contributions to West Virginia music, Mike and Tim Bing were the 2012 recipients of the West Virginia Culture and History’s Vandalia Award. http://www.wvculture.org/vandalia/award/index.html The Bing Brothers Band have kept the powerful rhythm of the band cranking with the additions of guitarist Bob Lieving and bassist Tim Corbett in 2002. In 2010 fiddler Jake Krack joined the band as they began to reach new levels. Since that time, The band has won First Place in the Old Time Band Contest at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention 4 times, at which Jake Krack was also awarded First Place Fiddler 6 times and Best All Around Performer 5 times. In March 2011 the group began recording live performances for the release of their “LIVE from Pocahontas County WV” recording, which was released in March 2012 and received great reviews. The recording was the 3rd release for The Bing Brothers Band. Also in 2012 the band toured Australia including performances at the 30th Yarra Junction Fiddler’s Convention http://www.yarrajunctionfiddlersconvention.com/ in addition to their performances at festivals and venues here in the U. S. In March 2015 the band was invited to perform on Broadway in New York City as part of The Irish Arts Center’s Celtic Appalachian Celebration http://www.irishartscenter.org/. The band was part of 2 sold out performances of the event, and in June of 2015 they released the “Live from Broadway NYC” DVD featuring their portion of the show which again received great reviews. In addition to performing, The Bing Brothers Band is involved personally with the Allegheny Echoes Workshops which Mike helped create http://www.alleghenyechoes.com/ held the last week of June in Marlinton, WV. All of the band members are staff instructors. 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Allegheny Echoes Workshops.

 
April 07, 2017

Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry. “We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be,” says Beauchamp. “It informs how we write our original songs. There’s a real energy exchange between the old and the new.” This two-way connection takes center stage with Red Tail Ring’s latest studio recordings, Middlewest Chant and Mountain Shout, released in April 2011 on Earthwork Music. Ostensibly two separate albums, the pair form a complete picture of Red Tail Ring’s blending of old with new. Middlewest Chant is comprised of all original songs, while Mountain Shout features Red Tail Ring’s interpretations of Appalachian ballads and melodies. As Premo explains, “We wanted to showcase the traditional forms that inspire our songwriting.” Both albums spotlight the duo’s forceful work on a bevy of acoustic instruments, including guitar, fiddle, banjo, octave mandolin, mandolin and jaw harp.

 
April 22, 2017

Steel Away is the main full band performance group from cb Studios in Morgantown, WV. The all-female group was formed in 2007 as a class learning how to play steel drums. The group is currently made up of 10 women, ranging in age from 25 to 70, and is directed by Chanler Bailey. It includes three leads, two double seconds, two guitar/cello, one tenor bass, and two bass. They perform at various events including Ellie Mannette’s Festival of Steel, music festivals, fund raisers and community concerts in the Morgantown area and throughout West Virginia. Steel Away performs various musical styles including traditional Island, classic and pop rock,latin, jazz and classical musics

 
April 29, 2017 to April 29, 2017

The Great Greenbrier River Race is a triathlon held in Marlinton, consisting of a 3 mile run, a 4 mile river trip by kayak or canoe, and a 10 mile bike ride. This triathlon takes place along the Greenbrier River Trail and is for the young and old alike. The Great Greenbrier River Race is a family friendly event, and people come from 13 different states to enjoy the event. It's also become a great spectator sport so if you're not in it, come out and cheer for the rest of them.

 
May 18, 2017 to May 21, 2017

The 29th Annual GTBT is a 3-day, 100-mile ride on the Greenbrier River Trail. Cyclists with varying levels of experience are invited. All meals, lodging and transportation included as well as sag service, medics and mechanics. There is a non-refundable registration fee and riders are required to raise $500 in pledges. Funds raised will benefit the American Lung Association in WV to support its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, advocacy and education. Please register through the website. For more information contact: 304-342-6600

 
May 20, 2017

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.

 
May 27, 2017 to May 27, 2017

The Ladies for Liberty revive the great music of the 1940s and Word War II era in the stle of the Andrews Sisters. Through their own rendition of vocals, costumes, hairstyles and the spirit of patriotism reminiscent of the 1940s, that period is remembered and celebrated by the Ladies of Liberty as “When America was at its finest.” The Ladies have performed for a number of national and international air shows, World War II reunions, dinner theaters, variety shows, hangar parties, aircraft museums military functions andcCeremonies, parades, television appearances, radio broadcasts, and any other events having a patriotic flavor. The Ladies for Liberty are very popular for their precision-timed, a cappella rendition of the National Anthem that has become their trademark at open-air shows across the country.

 
June 09, 2017 to June 11, 2017

Come join us for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's 5th annual Space Race Rumpus! This unique cycling event festival is located at the home of the world's largest steerable telescope, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank telescope or the GBT as we call it around here. The Observatory's location in beautiful Pocahontas County sits in the middle of some of the most scenic views and trails in the mid-Atlantic. The Space Race Rumpus routes explore both the Observatory's unique property and the surrounding area. Over the weekend long event you can participate in guided rides - for both mountain and road biking enthusiasts - and compete on a short track course right next to eight radio telescopes, including the 485-foot tall GBT. There will be rides and races for all ages and levels, as well as cycling clinics and vendors.

 
June 19, 2017 to June 24, 2017

Allegheny Echoes is the concept of a group of West Virginia musicians and writers who wish to promote, support, preserve, and teach their own art without distracting influences. Their goal is to provide an accurate representation of West Virginia art that is not packaged and altered to appeal to a specific market. There is a strong emphasis placed on West Virginia tradition with an overall look toward the embracing Appalachian culture. The Summer Workshops offer a chance for students of all ages and abilities to come together to learn, appreciate, and enjoy our West Virginia ways.

 
June 23, 2017 to June 25, 2017

The Little levels Heritage Fair honors the achievements of members of the Little Levels community and celebrates the birthday of Pearl S. Buck. The event showcases local musicians, artisans, and local vendors.

 
July 06, 2017 to July 09, 2017

YES! Pioneers is back with new activities and events. Great homecoming style festival celebrating 51 wonderful years as the premiere festival in the region. Featuring bluegrass music, a fireman's parade, a grand parade, food concessions, old fashioned games, and demonstrations. Check back here often as more details become available.

 
July 12, 2017 to July 16, 2017

This event is 3 evenings, 1 full day, and a Sunday afternoon of fun, entertainment, and learning for all ages. Various events pit contestants to be the best at horseshoes, rug-of-war, greased pig chase, showing their pet, karaoke, hay bale throwing, archery shooting, and running or walking the 5K. There is music, bingo, food, and a carnival every day but Sunday. For Sunday we're planning a community covered dish noon meal and gospel music which is an addition to our festival. Saturday is a day filled with children’s activities, car show/and fireworks interspersed with other events listed above. We also include the Fireman's Parade on Friday and will be holding "Incarcerate a Friend" at the newly renovated town jail on Saturday. Please like” our Facebook page Durbin Days Heritage Festival for updates or contact us at durbindaysheritagefestival@gmail.com

 
August 03, 2017 to August 05, 2017

We only have the dates right now but mark your calendars as this workshop series is always a big hit and fills up quickly. Check back in late spring and we'll have details of classes and instructors. Our program consists of three one-day workshops with experienced teachers for your learning enjoyment and quilting experience.

 
August 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017

Our inaugural Watoga State Park Mountain Trail Challenge Half Marathon & 5K was so popular that we decided to have it again! 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. Start your regimen now as we expect some great times on both races.

 
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 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 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.

 
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.