Celebration Mode

Symphony coming to Canaan Valley

The Inter-Mountain photos by Shannon Bennett Campbell As the Wheeling Symphony director steps on stage and lifts his baton, music is put into motion.

Summer’s sun is becoming more intense and outdoor activities are the norm as we slip into July and a celebration mode. With our Fourth of July in mid-week, we find many of its usual parade and fireworks events filling the calendar beyond Independence Day.

One of these special presentations that you will not want to miss is the Wheeling Symphony Concert at Canaan Valley’s outdoor amphitheater at 3 p.m. Sunday. Free to the public, it is part of Tucker County’s annual Celebration of the Arts.

People from near and far will begin filling the large grassy area with lawn chairs, picnic baskets, umbrella sun-catchers and cold drink coolers anytime after 1 p.m.

The full symphonic orchestra that produces many popular musical scores will fill the surrounding hills with melodies you will savor and long remember.

The group usually brings a guest singing artist that will render solos with orchestra accompaniment. Sometimes they will be Broadway veterans, but always with skills that match the symphony’s excellence. This program is truly one of summer’s highlights.

People from near and far will begin filling the large grassy area with lawn chairs and picnic baskets.

While visiting Canaan Valley State Park, children will enjoy seeing the wildlife that is prevalent in the extensive fields surrounding them. Walking tours are encouraged and interesting adventures usually result while stepping through this countryside.

Visiting the beautiful lodge will offer a dining room with a complete evening meal menu. A gift shop sits next door with souvenirs for those who could not make the trip.

If an early evening swim were desired, their wonderful pool staff would welcome you for a small fee and the family could be refreshed till dark.

I cannot think of another family-time activity any better than what is offered at Canaan Sunday. This red, white and blue celebration may inspire interest not only in music, but create a deeper appreciation for family togetherness.

Use the freedoms we have to experience the good fortune we can find a short distance from our homes. Understand why we have so many reasons for which to be thankful and to salute America.

Often appearing with the orchestra is a guest soloist who sings audience favorites.