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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!

October 20, 2017

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 GBO 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 21, 2017 to October 21, 2017

The daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America, Dana Louise is a new songstress astonishing audiences with her vibrant, melodic vocals, adept finger-picking and cool sound. Now touring her debut album, she is joined by the Glorious Birds — Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass). Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, carrying a contemporary beat, the sound is roots-rooted flung-into-the-future folk. Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.; $10.00 admission.

 
October 27, 2017 to October 27, 2017

Head to the Pocahontas County Opera House for dinner and an interactive murder mystery! The Pocahontas County Opera House will host "The Ghost of the Opera House" October 27th at 6:00 p.m. Dinner and theatre: $35.00 For tickets call 304.799.6645 or visit online at www.pocahontasoperahouse.org

 
October 28, 2017 to October 28, 2017

Come out in full costume to enjoy this family friendly ride this Halloween season! Live music and a hot dog roast will take place at Whittaker Station with fun and candy for all. Train departs on October 28th at 6 p.m.

 
October 29, 2017 to October 29, 2017

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater comes to the Opera House! The Pocahontas Opera House will host the premier of “The Ghost of the Opera House,” a murder mystery dinner theater to be held Friday, October 27 and Sunday, October 29 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm both evenings. Tickets are $35 and include the play, dinner and beverages. For years we have heard stories about ghost sightings at the Opera House… People would hear strange noises and see flashes of light. Last year when the Greenbrier Paranormal Society from Lewisburg inspected the building, our fears were confirmed: The Opera House is definitely haunted. The Opera House hopes to get to the bottom of this ghost business by inviting audience members to help them solve the mystery that surrounds the Opera House. (They also hope to raise some money to fund their programming and purchase black out curtains so they can show films and host other events during daylight hours at the Opera House.) The play, written by Arla Ralston, Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation Board President and playwright, centers on the story of Lily Lacey, a local girl who becomes a famous singer and returns to perform at the Opera House in 1917. During the course of the evening, the audience will watch her story unfold and be able to ask questions of the characters before casting their votes as to “who dun it.”

 
October 29, 2017 to October 29, 2017

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater comes to the Opera House! The Pocahontas Opera House will host the premier of “The Ghost of the Opera House,” a murder mystery dinner theater to be held Friday, October 27 and Sunday, October 29 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm both evenings. Tickets are $35 and include the play, dinner and beverages. For years we have heard stories about ghost sightings at the Opera House… People would hear strange noises and see flashes of light. Last year when the Greenbrier Paranormal Society from Lewisburg inspected the building, our fears were confirmed: The Opera House is definitely haunted. The Opera House hopes to get to the bottom of this ghost business by inviting audience members to help them solve the mystery that surrounds the Opera House. (They also hope to raise some money to fund their programming and purchase black out curtains so they can show films and host other events during daylight hours at the Opera House.) The play, written by Arla Ralston, Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation Board President and playwright, centers on the story of Lily Lacey, a local girl who becomes a famous singer and returns to perform at the Opera House in 1917. During the course of the evening, the audience will watch her story unfold and be able to ask questions of the characters before casting their votes as to “who dun it.”

 
November 04, 2017 to November 04, 2017

Rooted in the Gypsy Jazz/Gypsy Swing and Latin Swing styles, this high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, standup bass, percussion and keyboards (including accordion) has emerged as one of the shining lights of Savannah’s burgeoning music scene. This band plays upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and relentless sense of humor. Bringing together the eclectic sounds are a motley crew of super talented musicians from Venezuela, Serbia, Austin Texas, Iowa, Boston, and Southern Georgia. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.; $10.00 admission.

 
November 18, 2017 to November 18, 2017

Although its beginnings have been lost to the mists of time, Andean music has been played in South America for thousands of years. It is one of the few prehistoric art forms to survive five hundred years of European occupation. Unlike gold and jewels, it could neither be melted nor stolen. Many indigenous South Americans believe that it is the music that preserves the heart and soul of the ancient ones. This beautiful and powerful music continues to be played from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, and none play it better than the four Lopez brothers—Fernando, Luis, Bolivar and Jorge—as Andes Manta. Natives of the Ecuadorian Andes, the brothers are classically trained musicians who learned their traditional folk music as it has been learned for thousands of years, passed from father to son, and brother to brother. From the lyrical sound of the quena (Andean Flute) to the haunting tones of the six-foot long pan-pipes, Andes Manta performs in the purest and most authentic way using more than 35 traditional instruments. Far from being melancholy, the music of Andes Manta is a joyous celebration of daily life. Andes Manta is well known to presenters all over America for their virtuosity and extraordinary performances. From Carnegie Hall to the Discovery Channel, from the National Cathedral to Lincoln Center and hundreds of schools, colleges and universities, and performing arts venues across the country, their powerful and moving performances have played to standing ovation after standing ovation. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.; $10.00 admission.

 
December 01, 2017 to December 01, 2017

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.

 
December 01, 2017 to December 02, 2017

Get into the spirit of Christmas, enjoy the parade and do some shopping and visit the local craft show while enjoying all the lovely Christmas decorations.