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DardenFest benefit returns

Submitted photo The fourth annual DardenFest will be a benefit concert to raise money for ArtsBank, Inc. ArtsBank is a local non-profit that funds educational arts experiences in Randolph County public schools.

The fourth annual DardenFest will be a benefit concert to raise money for ArtsBank, Inc. ArtsBank is a local non-profit that funds educational arts experiences in Randolph County public schools.

The concert will feature performances by local favorites Emay, Gracie Metheny, Josh Wanstreet and Kevin Chesser, plus Tucker Riggleman and more. These musicians are generously donating their time to ensure that all proceeds go directly to ArtsBank.

The event will be held Jan. 25 upstairs at the Darden Mill, corner of First Steet and Railroad Avenue in Elkins. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the music begins at 7 p.m. There will be limited seating and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Parking is located in Elkins Town Square behind the Elkins Depot Welcome Center.

This event is presented by The Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area in cooperation with ArtsBank. AmeriCorps members with the AFNHA are organizing the event to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. The Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area works in 16 counties of West Virginia and two in western Maryland on conservation, forestry, cultural heritage, asset-based tourism and community development. The mission of ArtsBank is to expand and enrich the arts experiences in our public schools to cultivate artistically literate citizens.

For more information about the event, contact Ben Duvall-Irwin at 304-704-1422 or ben.duvall.irwin@gmail.com, or Hannah Wroton at 303-748-3116 or hannah.wroton@usda.gov. Learn more about ArtsBank and the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area at http://www.artsbankwv.com/ and appalachianforest.us.

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