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Celebrating 150 YEARS

June 1, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

Editor's Note: Below is a partial list of events celebrating the Mountain State's 150th anniversary as a state. Additional calendar items will be published leading up to West Virginia Day. Readers are encouraged to submit event listings to Inter-Mountain Executive Editor Matthew Burdette at mburdette@theintermountain.com

Today

Event: A Sense of Place: The

West Virginia Sesquicentennial Artist Invitational

Location: Huntington

Huntington Museum of Art has invited 18 artists some native born to West Virginia and others who have chosen to make West Virginia their home to explore the idea of "A Sense of Place," each in their own individual way. The artists selected for this exhibition also teach at colleges and universities in West Virginia and will include Grant Johnson (Alderson-Broaddus), Michael Doig (Davis & Elkins, Liza Brenner (Glenville), Andy Bloxham (WV Wesleyan), Reidun Overbo (WV State), Mark Tobin Moore (Erma Byrd Higher Education Center), Sony Evanisko (Shepherds), James Biggs (Concord), Jennifer Boggess (Fairmont State), James Hazlett (West Liberty), Erika Osborne (WVU), Michael Sherwin (WVU), Christian Benefiel (Shepherd), Kenneth Morgan (Bethany), Peter Massing (Marshall), Natalie Larsen (Marshall), Molly S. Erlandson (WV State).

Sunday

Event: Cornstalk's Raid - 250th commemoration History Alive! - Tu Endie Wei State Park

Location: Point Pleasant

Subsumed in the 150th birth year celebration is another anniversary of no less importance and perhaps with even greater impact on the future course of history in the region that 100 years later became the Mountain State. That is the 250th anniversary of Shawnee Warrior Cornstalk's Raid on the western Virginia Euro-American settlements in the Trans-Allegheny region.

June 5

Event: Mountain Quilt Quest

Location: Buckhannon

This four-day event is filled with fabric, fun and prizes. Each of the Quilt Shops will have a different pattern and fabric kit designed by Huntington-based

artist Eileen Farren, and share the theme of celebrating West Virginia and quilting. Participants are encouraged to collect all 11 kits to create a quilt as a memory of the journey.

June 6

Event: The Revolution That Forged a State

Location: Wheeling

A presentation by Ronald L. Lewis as part of the 150th commemoration of statehood. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

June 7

Event: Hatfield & McCoy Reunion Festival & Marathon

Location: Matewan

The Hatfield's and McCoy's are back at it again, but this time they're having fun instead of feuding. The Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival will be celebrating its 12th anniversary in Matewan, Williamson and Pikeville, Ky. The festival will include a variety of activities, events and free entertainment suitable for the whole family with.

Event: Historic Arts Workshops - Leather Work with Pat Davis

Location: Fairmont

Learn the ins and outs of fine leather working of the 18th century. Pat Davis, a well-known bag maker and leather worker, will take you through the step-by-step process of lying out and hand-stitching an 18th century belt bag. Some tools are required. For more information, call 304-363-3030.

Event: The Greenbrier Martyr

Location: Lewisburg

This play, commissioned by Greenbrier Valley Theatre and written by KC Davis, tells the story of David Creigh. Hanged by the Union Army for protecting his home against the soldier ransacking it, Creigh became known as The Greenbrier Martyr.

Event: Born of Rebellion Traveling

Exhibit

Location: Bridgeport

BORN OF REBELLION - West Virginia Statehood, is an award-winning traveling exhibit about the creation of the Mountain State. The story of our statehood is unique in American history.

June 8

Event: Historic Arts Workshop - Bobbin Lace - Kimberlee Miller

Location: Fairmont

Bobbin lace, or pillow lace, takes its name from the way it is made: on a pillow to which a picked-out pattern is tacked and each twist of the bobbins is held in place by a pin. The class is open to anyone who wants to get started or build their skills.

Event: Experience the Civil War Years & Celebrate West Virginia's 150th Birthday

Location: Clarksburg

The 35-star flag, hand sewn in Harrison County in 1963, will be on display at the Waldomore, known as the 'Sycamore-Dale' or 'Rider Flag,' along with other artifacts.

Event: 150th Statehood of West Virginia Program

Location: Paw Paw

This lecture, with some interpretative information, will focus on the life and times of the 150th anniversary of West Virginia's statehood.

June 9

Event: 25th annual Blue & Gray Car Show

Location: Philippi

The 25th annual Blue & Grey Car Show will set up around the historic Barbour County Courthouse Square. The registration fee is $10.

Event: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln: Emancipation and West Virginia Statehood

Location: Wheeling

This presentation will be by legal and historical scholar Forest 'Jack' Bowman. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the program.

June 14

Event: Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival

Location: Ansted

This festival is a great way to celebrate West Virginia Day. Hometown crafts, food, a parade and carnival rides are on the menu.

Event: Mountain

Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival

Location: Shenandoah Junction

The 42nd annual Spring Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival will take place June 14, 15, 16. A wine tasting, great food, Bluegrass bands on Saturday and Sunday and face painting are highlights of the festival.

Event: Premier: The Road to Statehood Documentary

Location: Charleston

This event will be the first opportunity to see the 30-minute documentary that tells how West Virginia became a state.

Event: West Virginia Statehood and Chenoweth Day

Location: Beverly

Join Gov. Pierpont and Sen. Carlisle as they talk about the new state of West Virginia, statehood birthday commemoration, music and demonstrations.

June 15

Event: West Virginia Irish Road Bowling

Location: Davis

Irish troops marched over rugged hills, cutting their way through vast rhododendron thickets, all over what is now West Virginia during the Civil War, 1861-1863.

Event: 50th anniversary Run at Cass Scenic Railroad

Location: Cass

On June 15, 1963, Cass Scenic Railroad made its first trip to Whittaker Station operating as a tourist train. No. 4 was the locomotive that powered the maiden trip and at 10:30 a.m., shess geared and fired up to celebrate.

June 16

Event: West Virginia Day Concert - Kanawha State Forest

Location: Charleston

Celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday at Kanawha State Forest. A concert by the Kanawha Valley Community Band begins at 3 p.m. at the swimming pool area. The event is free and open to the public.

Event: 'Wheeling Conventions,' presented by Dr. Javersak

Location: Wheeling

People's University at the Ohio County Library will host this presentation.

June 17

Event: Ben Crookshanks' Faded Memories

Location: Lewisburg

Ben Crookshanks' Civil War-era script brings history to life in a reading at Lewisburg's Greenbrier Valley Theatre.

June 18

Event: WV Celebrates Under the Stars

Location: Parkersburg , WV

History will be on display as 140 pictures, artwork by locals and entertainment dominates this event.

Event: A History of the West Virginia Capitol

Location: Belle

The West Virginia Capitol is perhaps the most recognizable building in the state, but few West Virginians realize all the twists and turns that led to the Capitol we have today. Jim Wallace, author of "A History of the West Virginia Capitol: The House of State," relates how the state might have ended up with a Capitol in a different location or even a different city.

Event: The Silver Bridge Disaster of 1967

Location: St. Albans

Most West Virginians know the story of the collapse of Point Pleasant's Silver Bridge on Dec. 15, 1967. Ruth and Martha Fout from the Point Pleasant River Museum and Stephan Bullard and Bridget Gromek of West Hartford College in Hartford, Conn., have woven together 200 period photographs and first-hand, eyewitness accounts to create a compelling narrative of this horrific event in their book "The Silver Bridge Disaster of 1967."

June 19

Event: West Virginia Heritage Day

Location: Elkview

This event will include exhibits and demonstrations of traditional arts, crafts, and homesteading skills.

Event: Premiere: West Virginia: The Road to Statehood

Location: Wheeling

A special showing of the new documentary produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "West Virginia: The Road to Statehood."

June 20

Event: 150 Years: West Virginia Sesquicentennial Celebration

Location: Wheeling

This will be a day-long celebration of West Virginia statehood. Civil War re-enactors, historic speeches, the Wildcat Regiment Band a birthday cake and much more will be on tap.

Event: West Virginia's Birthday Celebration at the State Capitol

Location: Charleston

Official Schedule of Events

1:50 p.m. Statewide bell ringing

1:50 p.m. Sesquicentennial Ceremony, State Capitol

4 p.m. Civil War, the Broadway musical performed by the Charleston Light Opera Guild, Culture Center Theater*

7:30 p.m. Performances by the West Virginia Symphony and Appalachian Children's Chorus, Capitol Steps

10 p.m. 150 in 3-D: A Century and a Half of West Virginia Pride with Zambelli fireworks, State Capitol

June 21

Event: West Virginia's Birthday Celebration at the State Capitol

Location: Charleston

Official Schedule of Events

7 p.m. Civil War, the Broadway musical performed by the Charleston Light Opera Guild, Culture Center Theater

10 p.m. 150 in 3-D: A Century and a Half of West Virginia Pride with Zambelli fireworks, State Capitol

June 22

Event: West Virginia's Birthday Celebration at the State Capitol

Location: Charleston

Official Schedule of Events

10 a.m. WV150 History & Art Parade, Kanawha Boulevard

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free sternwheeler rides, Haddad Park

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. WV150 Celebration, State Capitol

To include the Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off*, vintage car show, outdoor concerts, elements of the Vandalia Gathering, activities for children, history lectures, Civil War re-enactors, West Virginia food and craft vendors, birthday cake, and much more.

2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Civil War, the Broadway musical performed by the Charleston Light Opera Guild, Culture Center Theater*

10 p.m. 150 in 3-D: A Century and a Half of West Virginia Pride with Zambelli fireworks, State Capitol

June 23

Event: West Virginia's Birthday Celebration at the State Capitol

Location: Charleston

Official Schedule of Events

2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Civil War, the Broadway musical performed by the Charleston Light Opera Guild, Culture Center Theater

 
 

 

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