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The toughest, most spectacular and most unique race on the whole GNCC tour, the race is set in the upscale ski village at Snowshoe, West Virginia’s largest ski resort. The surroundings are not only several steps above the typical GNCC course, they’re also plusher than many luxury resorts. The array of hotels, shops and restaurants provide plenty of entertainment off the race track, and the facility also hosts an amazing golf course and some of the best mountain bike trails in the country. The famed Blackwater 100 was the original GNCC race, and it took place in the same part of the state as Snowshoe. So to celebrate the Blackwater heritage, the Snowshoe race starts “in town.” Unlike a typical GNCC dead-engine start in a field, riders at the Snowshoe line up on a paved road in groups of five. They start live engine every 10 seconds, which makes for a spectacular scene. This is a fitting place for this type of event. Not only with it’s close proximity to Blackwater but the mountain itself has a rugged history. Snowshoe Mountain is the name of the resort, the mountain itself is actually named Cheat Mountain with its highest point, Thorny Flat, sitting at 4,848 feet making it the second highest point in the state of West Virginia. From the early 1900s through the 1960s, the mountain was home to a large logging operation thanks in part to the valuable timber on the property. Once the land was logged, it was found to be a great place for a ski resort and Snowshoe Mountain was born. Today, the ski slopes are named in honor of this rich logging history. But once the riders are on the course, everything beautiful disappears. A few miles of the course make up simply the roughest, toughest section of GNCC track you’ll see all year. Deep mud bogs, massive tree roots and hills going both up, and down, are enough to stop almost everyone, and if not for the help of the ever determined Howard's Hole “mud fleas” (GNCC fans) some sections may not be passable at all.
The Cass 5K Stump Run is a scenic trip through the area in and around the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Cass was a lumber town and the base for a massive logging operation in the early 20th century. The sawmill is now a rusting hulk and the trains carry tourists instead of logs. The Cass Stump Run route is mostly on an old railroad grade and passes through the site of a plant that extracted chemical from the bark stripped from logs. The course runs through a mix of history and great scenery. The course starts and ends on Front Street in Cass. Total elevation change over the course is less than 75 feet and the majority of the course is at least partly shaded. The course starts on Front Street in Cass then descends to the Greenbrier River Trail (GRT). The largest part of the run is on the GRT, which is a former railroad grade that is essentially flat. The trail hugs the Greenbrier River and offers river views. You will travel to mile marker 79 on the GRT where you will turn around and run up the river trail toward the town of Cass. You stay on the trail until to you see the arrow directing you towards the Extract Plant ruins. You will then travel through the ruins and up a gravel/stone road until it reconnects with trail. The Extract Plant ruins portion of the race is the most difficult and has some uneven terrain. From ths point you head up the GRT towards the town of Cass. You will enter Cass at Front Street. The Finish is on Front Street. If your registration form and payment is received in the mail by June 10, 2018, entry fees are $20 for runners 18 and above (with age based on race day age). The entry fee is only $15 for those under 18. If you register after June 10, entry fees go up to $25 for adults 18 and over and $20 for those under 18. Race will start at 9 a.m. For more information or to register for the 5K Stump Run, click "Visit Website" in the contact information below.
Plan to take a scenic drive and enjoy the sounds of traditional mountain music on Cranberry Mountain. The event will include an antique car show starting from 1-4 p.m. With Appalachian music by Mountain Music Trail musicians, The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys starting around 1 p.m.
For the 22nd year Allegheny Echoes Summer Workshops is pleased to present our annual study and celebration of West Virginia and Appalachian culture and heritage. It is an opportunity for students to join accomplished, honored performers mountains for a week of instruction and fun in beautiful Pocahontas County, West Virginia. In addition to learning in an intimate workshop setting, students will be invited to participate in exciting outdoor activities in the heart of the mountains that provided inspiration for some of the greatest work of West Virginia musicians and writers. Participants will be exposed to a type of interactive, collaborative instruction that is fresh and unique, yet preserves the honesty and emotional legacy of the culture. Allegheny Echoes is the concept of a group of West Virginia musicians, writers and artists who wish to promote, support, preserve, and teach their art in a traditional way in a traditional setting. Their goal is to provide an accurate representation of West Virginia art that is not packaged and altered to appeal to a specific market. There is a strong emphasis placed on West Virginia style with an acknowledgement of the encompassing Appalachian culture. The Summer Workshops offer a chance for students of all ages and abilities to come together to learn, appreciate, and enjoy our West Virginia ways.
These workshops are offered in one of West Virginia's most unique settings, the Hillsboro birthplace of internationally renowned and beloved author, Pearl S. Buck, one of only a few writers to have been awarded both the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes. Celebrating the rich literary legacy of such luminous writers as Pearl, Louise McNeill, G.D. McNeill, and Calvin W. Price, the 2018 workshops feature West Virginia Masters poet Earl Randal Keener, novelist and non-fiction writer Carter Taylor Seaton, and poet/story-teller Susanna Connelly Holstein. Event will be held from 1-4 p.m. Please call ahead to register.
Think you can compete with some of the best riders around? The Snowshoe Classic offers you the chance to prove it.
If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Appalachia, this weekend is for you. The mountains we live in and enjoy have shaped one of America’s most unique cultures, and this is your chance to experience it. The festival will feature local musicians, artisans, craft brews, and of course foods!
Spend hours in the forest and learn identification, ecology and lore of local medicinal plants. Participate in our forest farming project. Back at the lodge, learn how to prepare tinctures and other preparations with responsibly collected plant material. Learn how forest farming can protect wild populations of sought-after plants. This work has the potential to make us healthier as well as protect and enhance the forested environment. Visit yewmountain.org/forest-herbs.html for program schedule and details.
Join us on top of the mountain for a loud and colorful salute to America’s independence! Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and head to Skidder Slope for the best seat in the house.
Cass will have an indoor bat cave on July 7th & 8th. On those days, children and adults can go into the bat cave and celebrate the amazing world of bats and the important roles they play in our ecosystem. Come explore a giant inflatable bat cave to experience a cave ecosystem first-hand! There will also be presentations given by two seasoned spelunkers and the WVU spelunking club. This weekend, Cass will also be hosting Irish Bowling.
Cheick (pronounced "shake"), is a West African historian in the Griot tradition, and a world-recognized master of the ngoni, a Malian tradition instrument. A sought after performer, lecturer, storyteller and choreographer throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and Canada, Cheick Hamala began touring in the U.S. in 1995. His performances have been featured at such notable venues such as The Smithsonian Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest and many of the top festivals across the U.S. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. - entry fee $10 for adults.
Arts, science, exploring... join us, for a fun day in the woods! Recommended: close toed shoes, hat, insect repellant, sunscreen and an extra pair of long pants. Children ages 5 and up can be unaccompanied, but adults are welcome. Children under 5 should attend with an responsible adult. Fee is a sliding scale donation of $5-$10 per child. Pack a lunch, or purchase one for $5. Please inform Yew Mountain Center if you plan on attending by following the website link in the contact information. Or email Yew Mountain Center at email@example.com to reserve your space. Spaces are limited to ensure a quality experience.
Family friendly homecoming style festival with country fair atmosphere. Music concerts nightly, featuring bluegrass, country and pop. Lots of shopping with local craft talent. Competitions in horseshoe pitching, photography, quilting, needlework and art keep all ages involved!
It's Friday the Thirteenth - what could go wrong? Join us for a low milage, non-technical seep-over-in-the-woods at Yew Mountain Center. Kids must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please bring your own food and gear, if possible. If you don't know what to pack, give us a call. If you need something, If you need something, we will try to find equipment for you to borrow. We'll learn about "leave no trace" practices, investigate the wildlife surrounding us, and tell stories, not too scary. It's Friday the 13th after all! Fee is a sliding scale donation of $10-$20 per person. Please let us know if you are attending by July 11th. Call 304-653-4079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot! Spaces are limited to ensure a quality experience.
Some of the country’s best mountain bikers will meet one of the most epic courses in the East during this year’s championship ride at Snowshoe Mountain. Riders of all ages will take on Cheat Mountain in pursuit of adrenaline, bragging rights, various titles and that coveted stars-and-stripes jersey.
Have you ever wanted to see if you can run a triathlon? Or wondered just how fast you can race? The Northern Pocahontas Community Wellness sponsors two triathlons annually, each with three different levels of difficulty! Races start at 9am at the Observatory Pool in Arbovale, West Virginia. Head down Hannah Run Rd, near Trent’ General Store. At the end, go down the hill and drive until you reach the pool Results from the July & August 2017 race are now posted at http://npcw.org/2017-tri-results (2016 are at: http://npcw.org/2016-tri-results) Three different levels of difficulty: Mini (200 yds (4 laps) swim, 5k bike, 2.5k run) Half-Sprint (400 yds (8 laps) swim, 10k bike, 5k run) Sprint (800 yds swim, 20k bike, 10k run) For more information - visit the link below.
Join us at the High Rocks Campground on Saturday, July 28th from 11am-4pm for our 12th Annual Nettlefest music festival! Pre-order tickets = $10, tickets at the door = $15 Youth 17 & under are FREE! All proceeds will support High Rocks Academy programs.
Learn more about the mushroom spices that inhabit Appalachia and how to prepare them. Visit yewmountain.org for more program details!
The annual Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival is a mountain showcase of the region's best craft beers paired with some down-home, finger lickin'; barbeque. Throw in the bold sounds of renowned blues artists like Ben Prestage and Joe Louise Walker, and you're in for one sweet, savory weekend. What's even better? Book your lodging through Snowshoe and you can save up to $15 on your event ticket! Schedule of events: Friday, July 27, 2018 7:30pm | Musical entertainment featuring: Reggie Wayne Morris Saturday, July 28, 2018 3:00pm – 6:30pm | Registration – Event ticket must be picked up or sold from The Depot before proceeding to event venue 4:00pm- 7:00pm- Breweries will begin to pour their product. 3:00pm - Musical entertainment featuring: Ben Prestage 5:30pm - Musical Entertainment featuring: Rusty Wright A Blues Hall of Fame inductee; The Rusty Wright Band has earned International recognition for their distinctive “bluescentric" sound and live shows, which have been described as “an energized blues storm. 7:30pm - Musical Entertainment featuring: Joe Louise Walker Joe Louis Walker is a true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer and prolific song Writer. Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner, has toured extensively throughout his career, performing at the world’s most renowned music festivals, and earned a legion of dedicated fans. Barbeque meals will be sold separately through the plaza.
This summer, several state parks will host special farm to table dinners featuring the best of West Virginia's locally sourced food and beverages. Make your reservations today - you don't want to miss this meal at Last Run Restaurant at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park! The dinner starts at 6 p.m. The ladies of Blue Roof Caterers are preparing a menu of locally sourced produce and products from West Virginia farmer's markets. Their award winning desserts will feature seasonal fruits. Seating is limited, and dinner tickets must be purchased in advanced. For reservations and pricing call Cass Scenic Railroad State Park at 304-456-4300 View the PDF below to see menu options for this event.
It’s a Shoot ‘em Up Adventure in the mountains for young and old alike! Take this opportunity to ride steam driven Heisler No. 6 in Durbin with a cast of Western characters who take over the weekend. The Wild West Weekend in Durbin is an annual favorite!
What’s better than winning big? How about winning big AND helping your Snowshoe community! Cash and prizes totaling $250,000 will be given away in just one day. Your ticket gets you not one, but two chances to win, plus free food and drinks. Prizes include up to $25,000 cash, great getaways and awesome new rides, to name a few. You don’t have to be present to win, but let’s face it, it’s way more fun if you are! All proceeds benefit the Snowshoe Foundation. Please note: West Virginia law prohibits individuals under the age of 18 from entering the event area. This includes babies and children of all ages. Please make arrangements for child care or check out "Kids Day Out."
With Treasure on the Mountain Kid's Day Out, Mom and Dad can enjoy the festivities of the Raffle while the kids have a little fun of their own.From 12:30 PM to 7:30 PM, kids and teens ages 4 to 15 will spend time at the lake and/or Split Rock Pools, building arts and crafts and more (activities will vary based on age, participation & weather). Dinner and snacks are included for all participants. It's just $99 per child, but space is limited.
Experience a Place Where the Music Grows. Join us after the Appalachian String Band Festival at Clifftop, WV for three days of relaxation, inspiration, and pickin'! Your hosts, old time musicians, Mary Sue and Mike Burns, share their local knowledge of music and excursions to ensure an experience steeped in creative traditions and stunning landscapes. The Yew Mountain Center will provide in-season, delicous meals. Camp or stay in a private guest room. Optional activitites: Visit a working blacksmith and Appalachian broom-maker. Play music with old and new friends. Enjoy bands in the evening. Canoe, hike, fish. Gab, pick, around a campfire. Learn about forest herbs, traditional uses, and cultivation. Visit area attractions such as beautiful rock formations, waterfalls, swimming holes, Cranberry Glades Botanical Reserve, and sites of historical interest. Sit on the porch. Use our art supplies. Take naps. Local friends can join us for any of these parts. See the website for more info. www.yewmountain.org/oldtime
Make your way to Snowshoe Mountain Resort, as they host the 2018 International Bow Hunters Association World Championships.
The Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Races is a primary fund-raiser for Watoga State Park Foundation. Furthermore, the Races are a great and fun trial for racers. The Challenge is 2 races. Most noteworthy is the Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Half Marathon. Especially relevant is the 5K. In addition, each race is run on a separate mountain trail course while sharing the start – finish line.
A ONE DAY "SUMMER CAMP" FOR GROWING MUSICIANS Join internationally acclaimed classical and folk musicians for a day of learning and enjoying string music. Attend master classes, collaborate with new musician friends, play-explore-create outside, and enjoy a faculty concert in the evening. OUR FACULTY Members of the Marks Family and Friends perform in professional orchestras around the world and supplement their musical appetites with traditional and original folk music. They embody the ideas that good music transcends genre and good musicians gain inspiration from embracing the interesting and beautiful parts of the world around them. In addition to their expertise in performance, they are talented teachers to music learners of all ages. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Violin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin players with modest to advanced proficiency on their instrument are invited to attend. Both classical and folk students will grow from playing in this setting. Reading music is not required. We encourage families to spend the day with musicians under the age of 6. WHAT DOES IT COST? Thanks to our sponsors, we can offer this full-day experience for $25 per participant, paid in advance. Lunch and dinner are available for purchase or campers can pack their own. Scholarships are available. Camping and lodging are available for those who want to stick around for a post-concert campfire and Sunday morning breakfast. SCHEDULE 10:00 Welcome 10:30 Session 1: Making Music 12:00 Lunch 1:00 Session 2: Performance Games 2:00 Explore, Create, and Play Outside 4:30 Session 3: Making Music 6:30 Dinner 7:30 Faculty Concert (open to the public) Sponsored by Pocahontas County Dramas, Fairs, and Festivals and an Anonymous Patron of the Arts. Spaces are limited. For more information and to register: www.yewmountain.org/strings 304-653-4079
Head to the Pocahontas County Opera House to catch this special screening of Travels with Darley. There will be activities, an ice cream social and a Q&A with Darley herself. Be sure to watch the new season of "Travels with Darley" starting on West Virginia PBS. This special episode on the Monongahela National Forest premieres Saturday, July 14 at 12:30 p.m.
Grab your frisbees and head over to the first Disc Golf Tournament being held at the park. Our nine hole course is nestled in the woods, and is sure to challenge any team. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m., with the tournament beginning at 10:00 a.m. Fore more information, please contact the park at 304-799-4087.
We offer these workshops in one of West Virginia's most unique settings, the Hillsboro birthplace of internationally renowned and beloved author Pearl S. Buck, one of only a few writers to have been awarded both the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes. Celebrating the rich literary legacy of Pocahontas County, the birthplace of such luminous writers as Pearl, Louise McNeill, G.D. McNeill and Calvin W. Price, the 2018 workshops feature West Virginia Masters poet Earl Randal Keener, novelist and non-fiction writer Cater Taylor Seaton, and poet/story-teller Susanna Connelly Holstein. Event will be held from 1-4 p.m. Please call ahead to register.
Meet the future farmers of our community and their livestock. Pigs, cattle, sheep and goats are on site. Held at the Marlinton Stockyards, located 1.5 miles North of Marlinton. Turn off Route 219 onto Brush Country Road, then next right onto King's Cabin Road. Open at 11 a.m., show begins around noon. Sale begins at 7 p.m. Food will be available for lunch and dinner. This event is free.
Think you can compete with some of the best riders around? The Snowshoe Classic offers you the chance to prove it.
Have you ever wanted to see if you can run a triathlon? Or wondered just how fast you can race? The Northern Pocahontas Community Wellness sponsors two triathlons annually, each with three different levels of difficulty! Races start at 9am at the Observatory Pool in Arbovale, West Virginia. Head down Hannah Run Rd, near Trent’ General Store. At the end, go down the hill and drive until you reach the pool Results from the July & August 2017 race are now posted at http://npcw.org/2017-tri-results (2016 are at: http://npcw.org/2016-tri-results) Three different levels of difficulty: Mini (200 yds (4 laps) swim, 5k bike, 2.5k run) Half-Sprint (400 yds (8 laps) swim, 10k bike, 5k run) Sprint (800 yds swim, 20k bike, 10k run) For more information, click the link below.
Welcome to FreeFall! Where we turn everything up a notch... And then we pick up the tab! If you've never been to FreeFall, let's just say we celebrate the outdoor lifestyle all weekend long with one epic send off to summer. What makes it so epic? For starters: FREE live shows from J Roddy Walston and The Business, Yonder Mountain String Band, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and Tim Reynolds You can also count on mountain-wide entertainment like Village games and contests, yoga and art classes, the WV Enduro MTB Series Championships, a Friday night Brewfest, Monster Energy BMX demos, and one of Snowshoe's famous firework shows. Sound good? Select activities such as the Brew Fest may not be free of charge. Other activities may require advance registration (even if there is no charge) due to limited space. Check back soon for more details.
Welcome to FreeFall! Where we turn everything up a notch... And then we pick up the tab! If you've never been to FreeFall, let's just say we celebrate the outdoor lifestyle all weekend long with one epic send off to summer. What makes it so epic? For starters: FREE live shows from J Roddy Walston and The Business, Yonder Mountain String Band, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and Tim Reynolds You can also count on mountain-wide entertainment like Village games and contests, yoga and art classes, the WV Enduro MTB Series Championships, a Friday night Brewfest, Monster Energy BMX demos, and one of Snowshoe's famous firework shows. Sound good? More info here -> http://content.snowshoemtn.com/things-to-do/events/freefall-festival Select activities such as the Brew Fest may not be free of charge. Other activities may require advance registration (even if there is no charge) due to limited space. Check back soon for more details.
Come join us September 1 and 2 for art, music, food, hikes, yoga, and all kinds of other fun.
The West Virginia Mountain Biking Association’s final Enduro event of the season, followed by an awards ceremony where the event and series champs will be crowned.
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Local musicians, artisans, community members and visitors come together to experience and celebrate mountain music, craft and dance in the making. Friday night features Mountain Music Trail musicians kicking off the evening program at 7:30pm. Friday’s lineup includes: The River Drivers, Rebecca Wudarski, The Elk River Ramblers, and Born Old. Saturday afternoon activities begin at 1pm with the Mountain Music Trail Fiddle & Banjo Contest, as well as make-and-take crafting opportunities, craft demonstrations, children’s games, an open old-time music jam, fiddle and banjo contests, cornbread contest, and more. Kettle corn and homemade ice cream will be available throughout the day followed by a cornbread and soup bean dinner at 5:30 p.m. Entries for the cast iron cornbread contest must be at the Opera House by 4 p.m. to be considered. On Saturday evening, beginner square dance lessons start at 6:30 p.m. with a traditional square dance to close the weekend’s festivities at 7 p.m. The Music in the Mountains Old-Time Festival is sponsored through the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau Cal Price Enrichment Series in partnership with the 4th Avenue Gallery Artisan Co-op. All activities take place at the Opera House.
You don’t have to be a survivalist to feel at home in the woods. This weekend is about finding inspiration and your comfy zone in nature. Yoga, forest fitness, wild plant medicine & food, woodland skills, delicious healthy meals, crafts, and music…choose to do it all, or take this time to breathe, rest, meander at your own pace. Visit https://www.yewmountain.org/wild-women-in-the-woods.html for a detailed schedule of program events.
It's back by popular demand! Head to Marlinton, WV for the renowned Autumn Harvest Festival and WV RoadKill Cook-off. Browse countless vendors and sample one-of-a-kind roadkill vittles right in here in Nature's Mountain Playground! Check back for more details on Appalachia's most whacky and unique festivals!
Come early for the 2018 Pocahontas County Autumn Harvest Festival to partake in a true Appalachian square dance. Don't know the moves? Don't worry! The kind folks of Pocahontas County will show you the steps so you and your family can join in on this rockin' good time! Check back for more details!
Produce farming is a growing trend on small farms, giving folks an efficient way to extend the produce growing season. Learn more about high tunnel production at this event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gourds, seasonal squash soups and produce for sale. Marlinton Middle School is located 2 miles south of Marlinton on Route 219.
After getting your fill of wild food at Marlinton’s Autumn Harvest Festival and West Virginia Road-kill Cook-off, the Opera House invites you to come be a part of the “Hammons Musical Heritage Celebration.” The Hammons Family carried on long-standing traditions of fiddling, banjo playing, ballad singing and story telling at their remote mountain home in Pocahontas County. Their legacy continues and is proudly celebrated among today’s musicians. In recent years, musicians from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina have taken to the Opera House stage to pay tribute to the Hammons family, celebrating their own diverse range of musical styles and talents. Musicians and storytellers of all ages are invited to be a part of the celebration. Registration is free and available by calling the Opera House at 304-799-6645
The West Virginia Scenic Trails Association, Inc. (WVSTA) developed and continues to maintain the State's first long-distance hiking trail -- the 300 mile Allegheny Trail. WVSTA has over 20 years of experience conducting backpacking fund raising events, and would like to invite you to participate in this year's 3-day, 25 mile backpacking trip. This hike is suitable for beginners, who will have the benefit of support from a ground crew, as well as the camaraderie of experienced backpackers. TREK 2018 will be in section 3 in/near Watoga State Park. More information about the gathering and camping spot will be available in our August newsletter and further information will be emailed, or mailed, to those who register. Registration is $25 (you receive a t-shirt, snacks and luncheon). Please refer to the PDF attached for more details.
Come join us for the last weekend of the season for biking and golfing here at the Shoe. Don’t be surprised if it snows!
These workshops are offered in one of West Virginia's most unique settings, the Hillsboro birthplace of internationally renowned and beloved author Pearl S. Buck, one of only few writers to have been awarded both the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes. Celebrating the rich literary legacy of Pocahontas County, the birthplace of such luminous writers as Pearl, Louise McNeill, G.D McNeill and Calvin W. Price, the 2018 workshops feature West Virginia Masters poet Earl Randal Keener, novelist and non-fiction writer Carter Taylor Seaton, and poet/storyteller Susanna Connelly Holstein. Event will be held from 1-4 p.m. Please call ahead to register.
Come join us in Riverside Campground for a ghostly evening. Fun for children of all ages. Additional details at a later date. Mark your calendar and make your reservations in the campground early. Call the Watoga State Park office at 304-799-4087
Christmas at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park includes the lighting of the company houses and the Cass Community Christmas Tree. Santa arrives in town via firetruck and visits with the children on two separate nights in the Cass Company Store. The Last Run Restaurant alsos holds its annual bazaar during this time, boasting some of the best sweets and other treats of the season.