ArtSpring events set at Canaan Valley State Park

ArtSpring at Canaan Valley Resort State Park is Memorial weekend, May 24-26. The opening-of-summer event features birding, crafts and youth activities, clogging, Motown Steel Concert, hayrides and other family-oriented activities.

“It’s going to a full weekend with a wide variety of activities,” said Lenore Testerman with Canaan Resort Services. Most activities will begin or occur at the Nature Center.

ArtSpring is a High Mountain Arts Festival in Tucker County. Events are scheduled throughout Canaan Valley and the historic towns of Davis, Thomas and Parsons. A complete agenda of activities and events in Tucker County is posted at

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge also will participate in ArtSpring with two activities Saturday.

Participants can stop by the Refuge Visitor Center from 1 to 3 p.m. for some fun hands-on activities for the whole family, including bird-related crafts, games and information. Anyone who hasn’t visited the center before might want to take time to visit the center’s interactive displays, do a scavenger hunt or explore the touch table to take part in “build-a-bird.”

Another program is set for 6 p.m., when participants can join local photographer Joe Henry at the Refuge Visitor Center when he presents “Spring Colors in Canaan Valley and Dolly Sods.” Henry’s images depict the rapidly moving weather fronts that produce stunning changes in light and reveal the beauty of the subarctic flora and landscapes of Canaan Valley and Dolly Sods.

Both activities are free and open to the public. More information is available by calling 304-866-3858, ext. 33.

The schedule for ArtSpring Activities at Canaan Valley Resort includes the following activities:

Friday: A beginner’s bird watching hike at 10 a.m. and a Poisonous Plants of West Virginia walk at 2 p.m. are interpretative programs to learn more about nature. There is no charge to participate.

Saturday: Kite making and other outdoor crafts are scheduled from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and are repeated on Sunday. Crafter and vendor displays coincide with craft time. At 10 a.m., relay games for kids, a family nature hike and clogging with the West Virginia Cloggers are scheduled. The Cloggers will be demonstrating this dance style and welcome participation. Clogging is repeated at 3 p.m. A Cornhole Tournament at 1 p.m. and live entertainment featuring Motown Steel, a steel drum band, are good afternoon fun. The 2 p.m. nature hike explores wildflowers. A concert by Motown Steel at Canaan Valley Lodge is scheduled from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. with no admission charge. An 8 p.m. bonfire is planned.

Sunday: A Bald Knob hike that includes a scenic chairlift ride starts at the Ski Area Gift Shop at 9 a.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for youth or seniors. This approximately two-hour hike is moderate difficulty and participants should bring water and snack. Choose Bingo or a Club Run Jaunt guided hike at 10 a.m. The Club Run Hike begins that the trailhead in the cabin area. A horseshoe tournament at 11 a.m., kickball at 1 p.m. and guided hike: “Is It a Pine?” at 2 p.m. provide a broad variety of activities to enjoy at no charge.

Wagon rides are offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. with a charge of $7 for adults and $4 for youth. Saturday and Sunday conclude with bonfires at 8 p.m.

More information about ArtSpring activities or other events at Canaan Valley Resort is available at or 304-866-4121.