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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!

August 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014

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

 
August 30, 2014

A perennial Opera House favorite, The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys are among West Virginia’s longest-running bluegrass bands. As with many bluegrass bands, the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys have had changes in personnel over the years. 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. $10 tickets

 
September 13, 2014 to September 13, 2014

The Celebration of Women and The Arts has been designed to introduce the women of Pocahontas and surrounding counties to the dynamic arts community we have here and inspire them to become involved as customers, patrons, and perhaps as artists themselves. The Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op is conjunction with The Pocahontas County CVB is sponsoring this event from 1 pm to 5 pm at Locust Hill Inn on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Tickets will be sold for $5.00 in advance at the 4th Avenue Gallery and at the door. Local artists will display and sell their creations in a tent on the grounds. Hors d'ouerves will be served and a cash bar will be available. Goody bags with purchase and raffle prizes! Perfect timing for early-bird Christmans shoppers! From Route 219 turn east on Route 39. Travel through the town of Marlinton and at the top of the hill turn left when you see the brick pillars of Locust Hill Inn. Parking is available in the field.

 
September 20, 2014

From his early days as the hot New Orleans transplant in the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America’s most distinctive acoustic performers, Chris Smither has always been his own man. He has zigged when others have zagged, eschewing sophisticated studio tricks and staying true to his musical vision, surrounding himself with sympathetic musicians ranging from Bonnie Raitt and the late Stephen Bruton to the next-generation kindred spirits with whom he works today. It’s easy to see that Smither’s primary touchstone is acoustic blues, once describing his own guitar style as “one third Lightnin’ Hopkins, one third Mississippi John Hurt and one-third me.” $10 tickets

 
September 27, 2014 to September 27, 2014

This festival has become a legend in the mountains of Pocahontas County. Original country crafts, great sounding music by regional bands, and the best food you can find anywhere. Spend one last day enjoying the yellow leaves before the winter sets in. Fun for the whole family! Meet Ms. RoadKill at 10:00 a.m. at the Gazebo. Last year Smokey the Bear stopped in - you won't know who dropped in this year unless you come see for yourself.

 
September 27, 2014 to September 27, 2014

Come see what Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods calls "The Real Deal." This outstanding event was rated by Parade Magazine as thee festival in WV and we couldn't agree more! You've heard about this festival, you've seen it on the Food Channel and the Travel Channel - now come enjoy a whole new experience and have a lot of funtoo at the 22nd Annual RoadKill Cook-off. Anything goes as long as the main ingredient is an animal commonly found along the road. You can taste some very unique dishes. The cooking begins at 9 a.m.; the judging begins at noon and the tasting beings when you're ready to sample a taste! Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams chosen by our panel of unbiased judges.

 
September 27, 2014

The Pocahontas Opera House is pleased to bring back the “Hammons Musical Heritage Celebration,” as part of Marlinton’s Autumn Harvest Festival. 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 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. $8.00 tickets

 
September 27, 2014 to September 27, 2014

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 27, 2014 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 27, 2014 to September 28, 2014

It's almost time to say goodbye to fall and welcome in winter with open arms. Help us celebrate the changing seasons with live music, bike games, Village activities, and so much more.

 
September 27, 2014 to September 27, 2014

We have a great weekend of downhill mountain bike racing. Descend 1500 vertical feet on the Western Territory. This race is on Saturday and is the final race of this series.

 
September 28, 2014 to September 28, 2014

Traditional Appalachian festival featuring live folk dancing and music. Local artisans will be set up demonstrating and selling their goods from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Demonstrations and goods including blacksmithing, spinning wheel, basketry, fly tying, wooden bowls, homemade soap, fudge, and much more. If interested in setting up a booth please send us an example or photo of your work along with contact information. We have limited space. Center merchandise 20% off.

 
October 03, 2014 to October 04, 2014

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 lst arts that have disappeared through the decades. Visitors have the opportunity to tour the Huntersville School, Presbyterian and Methodist Church, Jail, Civil War Cemetery and enjoy the history throughout the Huntersville Community. You can also take a walking tour or catch a horse and buggy to enjoy making apple butter, make ice cream, spin wool, cane chairs, grind coffee, watch soap being made, listen to Beatrix Potter's story, start a hit and miss engine, take a pony ride, help make sorghum, keep in tune with the cloggers, practice muzzle leading, let the children play old time games, visit the old time post office, enjoy a cup of cider, tap your foot to mountain music and watch corn meal ground. Take a tour of the old county jail,check out the old tool wagon and enjoy a wonderful meal at the Methodist Church. Make a visit to the lunch room at the school and step back in time with Laura Ingalls and enjoy the quilt display. What a wonderful weekend in Huntersville WV of stepping back in time when life was simple and our traditions began.

 
October 05, 2014

As part of the observation of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War singer-song writer Judith Avers and story teller John Burt present a program from the journals, letters and remembrances of women who lived during the time. The stories and songs you will hear will represent some of the lesser known women and their varying roles in the Civil War. Socialites, spies, women dressing as men and fighting in the war…you name it. The afternoon will be filled with surprises and an entirely different way to look at such a big part of American history–a time one matron in Washington, D.C., described as “a grand convulsion in society.” $10 tickets

 
October 17, 2014

Red Tail Ring is the Americana roots duo of Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, jawharp and plain-old foot stomping. Since 2009, Red Tail Ring has released three albums, and traveled increasingly farther in their musical ramblings – performing throughout the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast, as well as touring in Denmark and Germany.

 
November 08, 2014

Since 2008 Raya Brass Band has thrilled audiences with its energetic brand of soul shaking, border defying dance music. Given the way these five musicians electrify clubs, festivals, underground parties, and even subway cars with their riotous performances, it’s no wonder that they’re often mistaken for a band twice the size. The members of the band all bring their unique voices to the group, creating a sound informed as much by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, hot jazz, and a host of other international sounds. When they put it all together, this hard working band gets straight to the point, dancing and sweating, shouting and crying alongside its audience. $10 tickets

 
November 21, 2014

If music is a gift, Kim Kalman received a major inheritance. Her grandpa, George Kindler, was a band leader with a hot swing band and his own radio show in the 1940s. Known for his riffs on a mean sax, he played it his way. As Kim Kalman rocked her cradle to the big band sounds of her mother’s favorite golden oldies station, WNEW in New Jersey, it became apparent that George Kindler’s granddaughter had inherited his passion for music. Music is in her blood, and Kim plays it her way. She does not fit into a niche. She does not sound like anyone else. Although fully in command of her acoustic guitar, Kim’s voice is the true instrument. Her song selection and interpretation echoes her spirituality as she alternately lifts you, rocks you, soothes and seduces. $10 tickets

 
February 28, 2015

Opry Night at the Opera House has come to showcase some of the best musical talent from the two Virginias. This season’s Opry Night features Virginia favorite Southern Rail Express and West Virginia banjo virtuoso Bob Shank. $100 ticket

 
March 28, 2015

Toting an ample supply of vintage instruments and a sound that brings listeners back to the days of old-time radio, Steppin’ In It is determined to make a dent in the roots community. Hailing from Lansing, Michigan—the heart of Factory Town, USA—these young men pound out their own brand of roots combining old-time country, swing and blues. Together, they achieve the seemingly impossible task of making the most traditional sounds contemporary playing what Performing Songwriter Magazine calls “some of the liveliest and most rocking acoustic roots music around.” $10 tickets

 
April 10, 2015

Potluck is a feast of stories, songs, and poems that will satisfy your soul, lift your heart, and tickle your funny bone. Karen Vuranch, Julie Adams, and Colleen Anderson have gathered their very best and very favorite pieces about cookery and community—and the connections between them—into an hour-long live performance that’s full to the brim with laughter and love. $10 tickets

 
April 25, 2015

The Sweetback Sisters may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to the Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson. Their honky-tonk and western swing tunes touch on subjects of heartbreak, revenge, regret and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong—albeit with a contemporary sensibility.