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  1. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hardy County

    Register for June 26 session on business fundamentals

    MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26, in Hardy County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Rural Development Authority building, 223 North Main Street, Suite 102, Moorefield.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. Registration is required by Tuesday, June 24. To register, call B. Ludewig at 304-530-4964.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. WVSBDC coach Beth Ludewig can provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2014
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964

    posted Friday, May 30, 2014 aP 2:38 PM
     

  2. WVSBDC business coaches earn professional certifications

    WVSBDC recognized business coaches who had received certifications in specialized capabilities. Josh Jarrell, Deputy Secretary and General Counsel at West Virginia Department of Commerce, presented awards:

    Export and Trade Counseling from Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee and the U.S. Small Business Administration: Beth Ludewig, Sharon Stratton, Justin Gaull and Rob Hinton.

    Certified Global Business Professional for knowledge in international trade, issued by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators: Amber Wilson, Terry Cyfers and Steve Johnson.

    Research Commercialization Course for understanding of innovation, commercialization and tech transfer required to successfully function in industry: Justin Gaull, Sharon Stratton and Steve Johnson.

    Federal Acquisition Management for skills regarding managing federal government contracts: Doug Spaulding and Terry Cyfers.

    Capital Access Recognition for accessing more than $1 million of capital infusion for their clients: Terry Cyfers, Jim Epling and Bob Marggraf.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.




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    posted Monday, June 23, 2014 aP 1:00 PM
     

  3. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for July 8 session on Business Fundamentals

    WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 8, in Putnam County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Putnam Chamber of Commerce, 5664 State Rt. 34, Winfield. 

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for start-ups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Dreama Wolfingbarger at 304-957-2083 or email dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov.  

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

    posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 aA 11:49 AM
     

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Grant County

    Register for July 17 session on business fundamentals

    PETERSBURG, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 17, in Grant County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Region 8 Planning and Development Council, Grant County Industrial Park – 131 Providence Road, Petersburg.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. Registration is required in advance. To register by Tuesday, July 15, call B. Ludewig at 304-530-4964.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. Business coach Beth Ludewig provides assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2014
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964

    posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 aP 3:05 PM
     

  5. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for July 18 session on Business Fundamentals

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, July 18, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the RCBI, 100 Angus E. Peyton Dr., South Charleston.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Steve Johnson at 304-528-5617 or email Steve.D.Johnson@wv.gov.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

    posted Monday, June 30, 2014 aP 4:12 PM
     

  6. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for July 24 session on business fundamentals

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, in Cabell County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), 1050 Fourth Avenue, Huntington.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Amber Wilson at 304-528-5616 or email amber.c.wilson@wv.gov.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2014

    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

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    posted Wednesday, July 2, 2014 aA 10:15 AM
     

  7. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for July 31 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 31, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Charleston Area Alliance Building, 1116 Smith Street, Room 310, Charleston. 

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Dreama Wolfingbarger at 304-957-2083 or email dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov.  

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

    posted Thursday, July 10, 2014 aP 4:12 PM
     

  8. Welcome Centers to celebrate West Virginia Day around the state

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia celebrates its 151st birthday on June 20, 2014, and all eight of the state’s welcome centers will join in the celebration. All travelers in the Mountain State and local communities are encouraged to stop by and participate in a variety of events and activities of all kinds.  A variety of refreshments will be offered. All Welcome Center events are scheduled between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Be sure to check out the tourism exhibits, enjoy some refreshments and join in the festivities.
    Following are just a few of the events that will be occurring throughout the day at West Virginia Welcome Centers:

    I-79 S Morgantown
    (304) 328-5261
    Civil War interpreters – tents and mock hospital
    Car Show – Dream machines Classic Car Show – over 50 cars
    Pat Harper, dulcimer player
    Local artisans’ displays
    Hovatters Zoo
    Food from pepperoni and cheese rolls to cookies, Lolly pops and more
     
    I-81 N Inwood
    (304) 229-8836
    Demonstrations, entertainment and interpretations:  
    Trisha Strader will interpret Belle Boyd – civil war spy
    Trisha Strader’s father will interpret a Confederate General
    Carol Slovikosky will demonstrate a spinning wheel and be in period dress
    Friends of Carol will demonstrate Drop Spinning and Twined Rag Rug weaving
    Joe with The Wonderment Puppet Theatre of Martinsburg will perform
    Country Roads Car Club will be displaying cars from distinct design eras over the past 100 years
    Old Friends Quartet (members of the Blue and Gray Chorus) will perform
     
    I-64 W White Sulphur Springs
    (304) 536-4553
    New River Jet Boats will provide two tickets for rides
    General Lewis Inn will provide pecan pie
    ACE Adventure Center will provide tickets for a rafting trip
    Rivers Expedition will provide a rafting trip
    Fairfield Inn & Suites (Lewisburg) will provide pillows of white chocolate popcorn
    Displays and representatives throughout the New River and Greenbrier Valleys
     
    I-70 Wheeling
    (304) 767-0177
    Whitewater Cut-Out Display for photos
    Birthday Coloring Sheets for children
    Birthday Cake compliments of Reisbecks
    Giveaways
    Hampton Inn-Grilled hot dogs
    Civil War Roundtable enthusiasts will share Civil War stories and literature
    West Liberty University Tourism Management Students
    Antique Cars display
    Musicians and more
     
    I-77 Williamstown
    (304) 375-2700
    Live music and local exhibitors celebrating West Virginia’s history, culture, and nature
    Refreshments
    Visitors may register to win door prizes
    The Mid-Ohio Valley Fly Wheelers Association
    Butterflies from Heather, Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
    Smokey the Bear
     
    I-81 S Falling Waters
    (304) 274-2281
    Petrucci’s Market
    Wonderment Puppet Theatre
    Whisper Woods at North Mountain Arts
    Bloomery Plantation display
    Dolly’s cupcakes
    Hillbilly Daylilies
    Sleepy Creek Campground
     
    I-68 W Bruceton Mills
    (304) 379-2648
    Preston County CVB
    Anna Brown Pottery demo
    Eleanor's Quilts
    M & M Bakery will provide biscuits
    Exotic Jungle Pet Center
    Gillum House B & B
    Face Painting by Gabby
    Ed Hargro will speak about The Tuskegee Airmen
    Smokey the Bear
     
    I-64 E Huntington
    (304) 545-1819
    Exotic Flowers from the Huntington Art Museum
    Adventures On the Gorge Whitewater rafting display
    Paul Stowers and his Blue Grass Band
    Motorcycle Cut-Out Display for photos
    Corp of Engineers Huntington District -Beech Fork Water Safety and Tuggy the Tug Boat
    Cookies Snacks Lemonade & Punch
     
    The West Virginia Statehood page details the history of the Mountain State and lists commemoration events: www.wvtourism.com/statehood.
    For more information about events and activities, call 1 800 225-5982 or visit the West Virginia Division of Tourism online at www.wvtourism.com.

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    June 17, 2014
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Jacqueline Proctor
    304-957-9312
    Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov

    posted Tuesday, June 17, 2014 aA 11:09 AM
     

  9. Tourism Adventure Media Advisory July 7-20

    Pioneer Days: July 9-13, Marlinton
    Music, games, and demonstrations highlight the event that many come “back home” to celebrate. Attractions and activities will include: craft and quilt show, food vendors, carnival, flea market, horseshoe pitching, parades, youth events, contests, demonstrations, antique car show, Saturday pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m., truck and tractor pull, mud bog, live music, and lots more! For additional information, call 800-336-7009, 304-799-4452, email pioneerdaysfestival@hotmail.com, or visit pocahontascountywv.com

    Bridgeport Benedum Festival: July 10-12, Bridgeport City Park, Bridgeport 
    We're putting a new spin on our festival by incorporating an Oil and Gas Expo into the event. With the option to set up booths, producers and related industries can distribute literature, exhibit displays describing procedures, and products and answer questions about the drilling and extracting process. Another new activity is a talent contest, which will include $500 in monetary prizes to be awarded. The competition is open to all middle and high school students of Harrison County. We are also bringing back some of the older games including a dunking booth with local celebrities, bean bag toss, ring toss, dart throw, and more. Additionally, we will still provide long standing staples such as the best fireworks in the area, live music, food and craft vendors, Pet Parade, 5K Run, fishing derby, chicken roast, children's activities, teen night activities, and a car show. Hours vary each day. Visit bridgeportbenedumfestival.com, or call 304-669-2062 for more information. 

    Heston Arts and Music Festival (HAM Festival): July 11-12, Pleasant Valley 
    The festival features non-stop live musical performances, as well as artists, artisans, and craftsmen showcasing and selling wares such as fine art, sculptures, folk art, pottery, jewelry, and much more. Heston Farm will be offering all of your favorite festival foods while the staff at The Foxfire will be cooking up a variety of our popular menu staples and sought after features. Tickets for the festival will be sold at the gate for $10/person per day. Ages 12 and under are admitted free. Hours on July 11 are from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. and on July 12 from noon – 11 p.m. For additional information, visit hestonfarm.com or call 304-366-9463. 

    19th Annual John Henry Days: July 11-13, Talcott 
    John Henry Days is an annual 3-day festival held on the second weekend of July. The festival starts on Friday night with a concert at the stage near the Great Bend Tunnel and ends on Sunday with the Rubber Duck Race at the Talcott Bridge overlooking the Greenbrier River. On Saturday, there will be an out-and-back four mile road race (8 a.m.) and a one mile fun walk (8:05 a.m.) beginning at Talcott Public Access, meandering along the scenic Greenbrier River to the historic Keller Presbyterian Church. Registration cost for the run is $15 and $5 for the walk. Additional attractions and activities include: WV craft and food vendors, Grand Parade (Saturday at 11 a.m.), inner tube race, splash and dash for cash, car show (Sunday at 12 noon), children’s activities, talent show, live musical performances, fireworks and much more. Friday and Saturday night concerts are free. For additional information, call 304-466-3745, email bbirdfarm@msn.com or visit johnhenryhistoricalpark.com

    Trans-Allegheny Asylum Music Tours: July 11-13, Weston 
    Are you seeking Asylum from mundane music tours? Then come inside! We’ll grant you a full day of country, rock and bluegrass (reserved seats). The Music Fest Stage is crazy with musicians, lawn games, food, craft vendors, historic hospital tours, laughter and high-spirited fun! For more information and a crazy good time, call 304-485-8687, 888-393-8687, or visit AsylumConcerts.com.

    Bloomin’ Bash at Hillbilly Daylilies: July 12, Bunker Hill 
    Join us at Hillbilly Daylilies in Bunker Hill for a fun-filled day of activities including: bluegrass music, food, vendors, farm animal exhibit, kid’s garden projects, display of antique tractors and steam engines, and thousands of beautiful daylilies in bloom! Admission is $10/adults, $5/children ages 6-12 and free to children age 5 and under. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit hillbillydaylilies.com/daylily-care-facts/bloomin-bash/bloomin-bash-details/, call 304-229-6698 or email info@hillbillydaylilies.com for more information. 

    Point Pleasant River Museum Car/Bike Show: July 12, Point Pleasant 
    The show takes place on Main Street next to the River Museum. Registration is from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. with the show taking place from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Entry fee for show participant is $10. Trophies will be presented in three classes: 1984 and older vehicles, 1985 and newer vehicles, and motorcycle and motor bikes. Additional attractions and activities include a 50/50 drawing, raffle, music and awards. The Captain’s Creamery will be open for a large variety of food, ice-cream and drinks. Admission fee to the River Museum is $5 per adult and $2 per child. For additional information, call 304-674-0144 or visit pprivermuseum.com

    Slavery, the Abolitionist Movement and Reflections of Jefferson: July 12, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry 
    Watch an insightful dramatic presentation on the issue of slavery featuring Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson. Presentation times are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Call 304-535-6298, 304-535-6019, or visit nps.gov/hafe/index.htm for more information. 

    29th Annual Scenic Mountain Triathlon: July 13, Richwood 
    This race is held entirely within the Monongahela National Forest making it one of America’s most beautiful triathlons. The race begins at 10 a.m. at Summit Lake (located east of Richwood) with a .5 mile swim, followed by a 17.1 mile bicycle leg on the National Scenic Byway (Rt. 39/55) and over challenging 9% grade Kennison Mountain, and concluding with a 6.2 mile run at the Cranberry Nature Center. Divisions are broken down by gender and 5-year age intervals. Prizes and trophies will be awarded for the top three places in all age categories. Other activities include a pasta dinner on Saturday in Richwood and a post-race cookout at the finish line at the Nature Center on Sunday. Each athlete eats for free at the pasta dinner and the cookout. This is a spectator-friendly race with lots of food and fun for everyone. Must have photo ID with you day of race for registration. Contact the Richwood Chamber of Commerce at 304-846-6790 or visit scenicmountaintriathlon.com for additional information. 

    West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition: July 15-19, Mineral Wells 
    Events and activities include: 4-H exhibits, various contests, professional entertainment, track events, livestock exhibits, carnival, art show, flower show, concessions, and much more. Hours are from noon – 11 p.m. daily Tuesday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information, visit wvinterstatefair.org or call 304-489-1301. 

    The Aracoma Story: select dates from July 15-27, Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre at Chief Logan State Park, Logan 
    Based on historical facts and local legend, the drama unfolds as a wise old mountain man weaves the tragic tale of Aracoma, daughter of Shawnee Chief Cornstalk, and her ill-fated love for Boling Baker, a British soldier captured by her father. The story asserts that Princess Aracoma and Boling Baker moved into this valley sometime close to the year 1760 and lived in peace on the island (today's City of Logan) until 1780. It is an eternal touching story of love and a dramatic account of the cultural fight for survival in a rapidly changing world. Audiences will experience love, laughter, family, tradition, gun fights, raids and living history.  There's something for everyone in this show! Performances begin at 8:30 p.m. Advance Tickets are available at a discounted price. Phone orders are taken Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. by calling our office at 304-752-0253.  For dates, prices or general information, visit thearacomastory.com

    Pre-1840 Rendezvous Encampment and Shriver Gray Civil War Encampment: July 16-20, Tomlinson Run State Park, New Manchester 
    The Rendezvous Encampment will setup from July 16-18 at the Mineral Spring Picnic Area. For encampment information, call 304-564-5497. The Shriver Gray Civil War Encampment will set up on July 18 at the swimming pool area. They will have reenactments on July 19 and 20.  For additional information, call Tomlinson Run at 304-564-3651. 

    6th Annual Riverside Blues Festival and Riverside Blues Train: July 18-19, Elkins 
    Come on over the mountains, kick off your shoes and let’s celebrate! On June 18, Riverside Blues Train will depart Elkins at 11 a.m. Enjoy live music on board en-route to the High Falls of Cheat with special performances by Shirley King, daughter of B. B. King, and Lawrence T, of Detroit. Back at the Depot, it’s a Mardi Gras with Blues on the balcony of the Rail Yard Restaurant from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Featuring the Shirley King Band and Max-A-Million, international Gold/Platinum recording artist from Chicago. On July 19, the Riverside Blues Fest takes place in front of the Riverside School on River Street in Elkins. Performances will include music by the daughters of B.B. King, Claudette King-Robinson “the Bluz Queen” and Shirley King “Daughter of the Blues”, plus Max-A-Million, Lady D, Laurence T., Moondog Medicine Show, Pett Crow, The Blues Babies, and more! Additionally, there will be food and drink including Soul Food and a fish fry, artisans and heritage! Visit mountainrailwv.com/special-trains  or call 877-686-7245 to make reservations for the train. Festival hours are 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Admission price is $10 for the festival. Visit riversidebluesfestwv.com or call 304-590-1057 for more information. 

    6th Annual Sutton Dam 5K Race and 2nd Annual Elk River Canoe and Kayak Float: July 19, Sutton 
    The 6th Annual Sutton Dam 5K Walk/Run begins with registration at 7 a.m. and the race starting at 8 a.m. The course begins under the backdrop of the Sutton Dam at the Downstream Recreation Area with a strenuous climb uphill to the top of the dam and across it. The course then takes runners on a trip through the woods, down to the Elk River, over brick paved streets, past beautiful historic buildings and returning to the Downstream Recreation Area for the finish. Following the race, join us for the 2nd Annual Elk River Canoe and Kayak. The float will begin at 1 p.m. at the Sutton Dam and end at the Gassaway Dairy Queen. The trip is about 5 miles long and will take between 2-3 hours to complete. Participants in the float will receive a coupon for a FREE Mini Blizzard from the Gassaway Dairy Queen. The float trip is free and open to all. For registration and additional information about this event, visit braxtonwv.org, email info@braxtonwv.org, or call 304-765-6533. 

    Cowen Historical Railroad Festival: July 19-27, Cowen 
    The annual festival is held the last full week of July at various locations in Cowen. Activities and attractions include: pageants, live entertainment, pig roast, various contests for children and adults, and much more. The craft show, grand feature parade, car show, 5K run and other main events will be on Saturday, July 26. The train show is from July 25-27. For more information, call Tabitha or Brad Williams at 304-226-5682.

    The West Virginia Division of Tourism produces this media advisory with the help of other agencies and tourism businesses across the Mountain State. If you would like additional information about coming events in the Mountain State or if you are an event organizer or promoter and would like to have your event considered for inclusion in the Adventure Advisory, please contact Jacqueline Proctor at Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov.   

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    June 27, 2014
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Jacqueline Proctor
    304-957-9312 
    Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov 

     

    posted Friday, June 27, 2014 aP 3:01 PM
     

  10. Moth Night on Blennerhassett Island, Sunday July 27

                PARKERSBURG, West Virginia –The Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the West Virginia Master Naturalist program, in conjunction with Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, is sponsoring a “Moth Watch” outing on Blennerhassett Island, Sunday evening, July 27. Participants will board the Island Belle sternwheeler at 7 p.m. for a river trip to the island. Attendees will gather at the picnic shelter for a short program about moths and how to catch and observe them. Moth attracting stations will be in place for participants to observe and catch moths. Participants will depart at 11 p.m. for the ride back to the docks. Light refreshments will be provided.

                People of all ages are invited to enjoy a special night observing animals rarely seen. Master Naturalists will be on hand to assist and help identify moth species.

                “Moth species outnumber those of butterflies by a factor of 15 to 1. Many of them are as stunningly beautiful as butterflies and yet rarely seen because they work at night,” according to Emily Grafton of the local Master Naturalist chapter. “Moths provide an important link in the ecology of our forest ecosystems and much information is needed about the populations. We will also take the opportunity to identify other night life that may appear.” Grafton will be joined by entomologist Sue Olcott for this evening of winged discoveries.

                Participants are encouraged to bring cameras for photographing moths. Some moths will be collected for identification by WVU entomologists. All data will be submitted to a national database, part of the Citizens Scientist network. Participants also should bring a flashlight, light jacket and comfortable walking shoes.

                The cost to participate in Moth Night at Blennerhassett Island is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-12. This covers the boat ride, light refreshment, program and nighttime experience.

                The Blennerhassett Island Moth Night July 27 is scheduled in tandem with National Moth Week occurring July 19-27, 2014. National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles and habitats of moths, encouraging people of all ages and abilities to learn about, observe and document moths in their backyards, parks and neighborhoods.

                To learn more about the Blennerhassett Island Moth Night event, call 304-420-4800 or email blennerhassettislandsp@wv.gov. Find these events and more at www.wvstateparks.com.

    Moth Watch website:  http://nationalmothweek.org/

    Naturalist/Entomologist for Moth Night at Blennerhassett Island July 27

    Sue Olcott

                Susan Olcott has worked as a wildlife diversity biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources since 1995. Currently project leader for the West Virginia Butterfly Atlas, she also headed up the West Virginia Dragonfly and Damselfly Atlas. She has been an avid naturalist and birder since her childhood in upstate New York. She holds a B.S. from the University of Maine in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. from Frostburg State University in the same. In addition to numerous point count routes and surveys that she runs annually, she leads public bird walks in the Morgantown, West Virginia, area and spring walks at Prickett’s Fort State Park each year and coordinates the northern panhandle region for the current West Virginia Breeding Birds Atlas.

    Emily Grafton

                Emily Grafton, a West Virginia native, spent the past 35 years roaming the fields and forests of the state observing and learning its natural history. She’s earned degrees in botany and special education with an emphasis on teaching science. Emily has worked for several agencies with a focus on environmental education and program development, biological field studies and nature writing. She has written numerous articles on plants and wildlife published in various state newsletters, the DNR Wildlife Magazine and other publications. She has also written two comprehensive field guides to two state parks and is an avid birder.

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  11. Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Course at Cacapon Resort a Great Golf Drive

                BERKELEY SPRINGS, West Virginia – Golfers at all levels enjoy the many great golf courses available in West Virginia state parks, but the Robert Trent Jones course at Cacapon Resort State Park near Berkeley Springs is offering special discounts this summer.     

                “The Robert Trent Jones course at Cacapon offers a variety of greens fees and golf packages this year to encourage play during the summer months, as well as to introduce new players to the game of golf,” according to Ken McCarthy, golf professional at the Morgan County destination.

    • Some Like it Hot” is a July golf incentive for golfers who can take advantage of Monday-Thursday play. Greens fees are $20.50 per player without cart.
    • Afternoon of Rest is a Sunday after 1 p.m. foursome rate package. Greens fees, shared motorized cart and all taxes total $140.
    • On Mondays, a “buy one greens fee and get one free” promotion is available for twosome play when renting a motorized golf cart after 1 p.m.
    • Two for Tuesday Golf invites you hit the links with a friend on Tuesdays. Two 18-hole green fees and shared cart is $75 including tax. This rate is good any time of the day Tuesdays.
    • Wise Ol’ Wednesday is a foursome play rate. The anytime Wednesday rate requires that one player be age 60 or older. The cost for the foursome is $120, including greens fees, golf carts and taxes.  “Because most golfers 60 or wiser don’t look their age, proof of age may be required,” said McCarthy.
    • tHERSday is a ladies golf rate. Golf twosomes, when one or both players are ladies, play for $75 including green fees, golf cart and taxes. This rate is available any tee time on tHERSday (Thursday).
    • “Youth with Drive” is a golf play rate offer every day for youth golfers under the age of 18. The rate is a half-priced greens fee for the youth when playing with a paying adult.
    • “Dog Days of Summer” is a per-person rate August 1–31. Beat the heat on 18-hole play with cart for $35 Monday through Thursday or $40 on weekends (Friday through Sunday.) Taxes are included. Replays on the same day are cart rental fees only; unlimited green fees are part of the Dog Days of Summer, when tee times are open.

                These special rates may not be combined with other discounts or overnight packages. To learn more about Cacapon Resort, golf, other activities and accommodations, visit www.cacaponresort.com. Golfers may make tee times in advance by calling 304-258-1022. 



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    Cacapon Resort State Park lodge

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    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                             

    Frank Jezioro, Director

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  12. Tourism Adventure Media Advisory July 21 – Aug. 3

    Jackson County Junior Fair: July 21-26, Cottageville
    Located at the Fairgrounds near Cottageville, the Jackson County Junior Fair is one of West Virginia's largest and well attended county fairs. Make your plans today and enjoy entertainment for the whole family -- featuring farm fresh produce, outstanding food, carnival rides, ATV races, truck and tractor pulls, horse shows, live entertainment and much more!  The entertainment lineup includes the 8th Annual Jackson County Idol Karaoke Contest, Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Dan + Shay, Diamond Rio, Guy Penrod, Austin Webb, and Jamie Lynn Spears. The fairgrounds provide plenty of parking and camping is also available. Visit jcjf.net or call 304-372-5066 for additional information. 

    Wild and Wonderful MountainFest Motorcycle Rally: July 23-27, Morgantown 
    This four-day event shares the magic of West Virginia with bikers everywhere. Live musical entertainment includes Big and Rich with Cowboy Troy, Ted Nugent, Jackyl and Jesse James Dupree, Chris Janson and Geneva. Additional activities and attractions include stunt shows, food, motorcycle vendors, vintage car show, poker run and much more! Visit wvmountainfest.com or call 304-284-8244 for more information. 

    Bramwell Theatre Festival presents “Smoke on the Mountain”: July 24-27, July 31, and Aug. 1-3, Bramwell 
    “Smoke on the Mountain” is a musical comedy that takes place during the Great Depression and is set at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Mount Pleasant’s principal industries are farming and pickle production, and Saturday night sings have become the much-needed and highly appreciated entertainment of the time. The play presents a Saturday Night Gospel Sing featuring the Sanders Family in their first night back on the gospel circuit in five years. It uses a cast of seven with the audience being the congregation. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and reservations are strongly recommended. For additional information or reservations, visit visitbramwell.com/smoke_on_the_mountain.html or call the Bramwell Theatre at 304-589-0246 or 304-248-8145.  

    All Brand Motorcycle Event: July 24-27, McKee Sky Ranch, Terra Alta 
    McKee’s Sky Ranch and Moto Promo LLC, presents an All Brand Motorcycle Event. This is a family friendly event where you can make new friends and visit with old motorcycle heroes. Activities include a Dual Sport Ride, Road Rally Ride, AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motorcycles Association) Vintage Cross Country, AHRMA Vintage Moto Cross, AHRMA Post Vintage Moto Cross, Vintage Motorcycle Display, and swap meet. West Virginia Motorcycle Safety Program will host a field meet on July 25 and is also the host for the Road Rally the same day. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $10 each day or $30 for all four days. Visit mckeesskyranch.com or call 304-789-2810 for more information. 

    32nd Annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival: July 25-27, Wheeling 
    The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival celebrates Italian-American traditions and culture with a renowned outdoor celebration at Wheeling’s Heritage Port. The festival has more to offer than just free entertainment, great food, cold beer, delicious wine, and good fellowship. Throughout the festival grounds, you can find many fine arts and crafts booths, 50/50 raffle, and numerous games of skill and chance to keep everyone in your party entertained the whole weekend! The Fun Zone at the South end of the Festival, located near WesBanco Arena, offers many thrilling amusement rides, kiddie games and much more! Plan to bring the kids for fun, safe family entertainment. For the schedule and additional information, visit italyfest.com/ or call 304-233-1090. Benvenuto!

    10th Annual West Virginia Hot Dog Festival: July 26, Pullman Square and 3rd Ave., Huntington 
    It’s national hot dog month and a great way to celebrate this unique and delicious aspect of our region is by attending the annual WV Hot Dog Festival (always held the last Saturday in July each year)! Enjoy contests and competitions including the annual 10K and 5K Bun Run and Walk, annual Buns on Bikes bicycle tour of Huntington, wiener dog races, hot dog eating and root beer chugging contests, and much more. Additionally, there will be live music and entertainment all day, displays, prizes, demonstrations, crafts, shopping, car and truck shows, and sample all of the delicious hot dogs (as much as you can eat) in one location for an entire day. For more information, visit wvhotdogfestival.com or call 304-525-7788. 

    Kevin’s Lazy River Adventure: July 26, Racine 
    Kevin’s Lazy River Adventure is a 10.5 mile community float trip on the Big Coal River in Boone County. Boats will put in at John Slack Park in Racine and take out at Dartmont Park in Ashford. The Big Coal River Branch of the Coal River Group will have their annual free West Virginia Picnic at the end of the float at Darmont Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Teresa Perdue 304-836-5948 or Mary Browning 304-837-3702 for any questions. Visit coalrivergroup.com for additional information.  

    94th Annual Tri-County Fair: July 26 – Aug. 2, Petersburg 
    What started in 1920 as a 4-H/open class exhibit at the old courthouse in Petersburg has evolved into an annual exhibit of agriculture, horticultural, floriculture, livestock, home economics and art.  These exhibits plus nonprofit organizations, commercial exhibitors and vendors, coupled with a variety of entertainment, events, and a varied midway makes the fair one of the finest county fairs in the state of West Virginia. Hours vary daily. Visit tri-countyfair.com or call 304-538-2278.  

    Cherry River Festival: July 27 – Aug. 2, Richwood 
    This weeklong celebration features music shows every night and ends with a craft show, antique car show and Grand Parade on Saturday. Additional activities and attractions include: pageants, Fireman’s Parade, an appearance by Smokey Bear, 5K walk/run, 10K run, military display, talent show, carnival rides, magician/illusionist, cherry pie contest, battery powered motor races, remote controlled vehicle races, book signing, antique car parade, food vendors, Friday night fireworks, and much more! For additional information, call 304-846-6790 or visit richwoodchamberofcommerce.org or cherryriverfestival.org.  

    Belle of Cincinnati Dinner Cruise: July 28, Point Pleasant 
    Point Pleasant River Museum is bringing back an evening to remember, reminiscent of the days of the excursion boat Avalon. As the Belle of Cincinnati travels on the beautiful Ohio River, there will be entertainment, a buffet-style meal and dancing. The cruise is 2 1/2 hours long, boarding at 6 p.m. and departing at 7 p.m. A photographer will be available for pictures. The boat is handicapped-accessible. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 4-12. For more information, call 304-674-0144, email museum@pprivermuseum.com or visit pprivermuseum.com.

    Wings of Wonder—Birds of Prey: July 29, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs 
    What bird says, “Who cooks for me, who cooks for you?” Come to this Birds of Prey Education Program featuring live birds native to West Virginia to learn about owls, hawks and eagles and their habitat, diet, behavior, most common causes of injury, and the laws protecting these special birds. This free event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Cacapon Lodge Conference Center. Visit cacaponresort.com or call 304-258-1022 for additional information. 

    11th Annual Pickin’ in Parsons: July 30 – Aug. 2 
    Come and celebrate Bluegrass and Hillbilly music at the 11th Annual Pickin’ in Parsons Bluegrass Festival. Some of the don’t-miss acts include: Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Hillbilly Gypsies, Dailey and Vincent, Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Flatt Lonesome, Nothin’ Fancy, The Grascals and many more! Performance times are daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Schedule of acts is subject to change. This is a sheltered, outdoor event with festival seating, food and craft vendors, hot showers and modern restrooms. For a complete list of performers or to purchase tickets, visit fiverivercampground.com or call 304-478-3515. For lodging information, call 800-782-2775. 

    Appalachian String Band Music Festival: July 30 – Aug. 3, Camp Washington Carver, Clifftop 
    Known as Clifftop, this is a five-day mountaintop gathering of musicians and friends with contests, concerts, workshops, traditional dancing, camping and a Sunday morning gospel sing. Traditional music masters and new musicians perform to an audience of more than 3,000 musicians and string band music lovers from around the world. Over the history of this festival, more than 20 foreign countries and 48 of the 50 states have been represented, with many returning year after year to this much-loved festival. For additional information, call 304-438-3005 or visit wvculture.org/stringband/index.html.  

    Critter Dinner: Aug. 2, Fort Randolph, Point Pleasant 
    On the frontier there were no stores as today to go out and pick up meat for dinner. Whatever could be shot, trapped, or caught on a hook was brought back to the house or fort and cooked up. Our kitchen crew will be cooking all the “critters” that are brought into the fort for dinner. We invite anyone who is brave enough to test the fare! There will be an entrance fee of $2 at the gate to help cover the cost of preparing the meal. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 304-675-7933, email chesson1774@suddenlink.net or visit fortrandolph.org

    Captain Thurmond New River Gorge Challenge: Aug 2-3, Fayetteville and Thurmond 
    Formerly known as Captain Thurmond’s Challenge, Captain Thurmond New River Gorge Challenge begins with a rugged 28 miles that consists of a 15-mile mountain bike ride, 7-mile paddle and 6.5-mile run in the New River Gorge. The second day of the weekend will consist of the Thurmond Triathlon, a beginner-friendly race of a 2-mile bike, 1.5 mile paddle, and 2-mile run. Anyone pre-registering will be provided a duckie to use for the 1.5 mile paddle on the mild section of the New River. Registration forms can be obtained by emailing thurmondwv@gmail.com or by stopping by the New River Gorge Convention and Visitors Bureau on Oyler Avenue in Fayetteville. Call 800-927-0263, 304-465-5617 or visit NewRiverGorgeCVB.com for more information. 

     

    The West Virginia Division of Tourism produces this media advisory with the help of other agencies and tourism businesses across the Mountain State. If you would like additional information about coming events in the Mountain State or if you are an event organizer or promoter and would like to have your event considered for inclusion in the Adventure Advisory, please contact Jacqueline Proctor at Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov.  

     

    July 9, 2014
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Jacqueline Proctor
    304-957-9312 
    Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov 

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