Summer Event Preview for April, May, and June
Warmer temps are much needed relief from an awesome winter… and now is the time to think about those summer vacation plans! So what’s happening in Pocahontas County, WV this summer?
Great Greenbrier River Race - Register today! This year’s race is set for April 24, and takes place in the town of Marlinton, WV. This annual event was originally a team event with four members (canoeists, bicyclist, and runner), but now the race attracts many people would do it solo. This family-friendly event features great prizes, live music, and good food. Proceeds from entry fees and generous sponsors allow the Greenbrier River Trail Association to sponsor various projects to improve and promote the trail. REMEMBER, registration is due by April 12th – no exceptions – so get yours in today. Be sure to check out the GGRR on Facebook. More information at www.greenbrierrivertrail.com.
Greenbrier River Bike Trek – Join us for the 23th annual Greenbrier Trail Bike Trek, to take place May 13 – 16. This 3-day, 100-mile ride hits the Greenbrier River Trail, one of America’s premier rail to trail and the ride winds its way through the spectacular scenery of the Greenbrier Valley along the Greenbrier River. All proceeds benefit the American Lung Association in West Virginia. Registration is open! More information at www.trek.lunginfo.org.
Slatyfork Women’s Mountain Bike Weekend – Join the staff of Elk River Touring Center from May 21 – 23 for a fun, challening, and pampering women’s weekend. This year’s event is lead by Sue Haywood and Meredith Erlewine. Register today. More information at www.ertc.com/events.php?view=d&id=20&m=05&y=2009&d=29.
Allegheny Echoes – Being held June 20 – 26, Allegheny Echoes Summer Workshops present a study and celebration of West Virginia and Appalachian culture and hertiage. It is an opportunity for students to join accomplished, honored performers for a week of instruction and fun in beautiful Pocahontas County, WV. Registeration is open. More information at www.alleghenyechoes.com.
Little Levels Heritage Fair & Pearl S. Buck Birthday Celebration - June 25 – 27, head to Hillsboro, WV for the 13th annual LLHF, a fair designated to showcase local talent and products, and to serve as a fundraiser for volunteer and civic organizations of the area. This year’s schedule is packed with arts & crafts, food, parades, games, musical entertainment, history, and friends. More information at www.littlelevelsheritagefair.com.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort - While Snowshoe is known for its great skiing, summers are just as incredible. The mountain has endless recreation opportunities from segway tours, to downhill mountain biking, to hiking, and more. Also check out their calendar to learn more about the great events held throughout the summer including the Memorial Day Celebration, Snowshoe Foundation Golf Tournament, Mountain Bike Race Series, Grand National Cross Country, and more. More information at www.snowshoemtn.com.
Cass Scenic Railroad – Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time to relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Trips to Cass are filled with rich histories of the past, unparalleled views of a vast wilderness area, and close-up encounters with the sights and sounds of originial steam-driveen locomotives. Be sure to learn more about their summer events including the Murder Mystery Trian. More information at www.cassrailroad.com.
National Radio Astronomy Observatory – From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, the Science Center operates on its summer schedule, open daily from 8:30am – 7:00pm and offers free public tours at the top of every hour. The Green Bank Science Center has something for everyone, including interactive exhibits, fun programs and activities, and outstanding tours of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope. For more information visit www.gb.nrao.edu.
Green Bank Artisan Co-Op – From April – June, check out the Mountain Heritage Artisan Demonstrations and Workshops at the Green Bank Artisan Co-op. The Co-op showcases the originial work of artists and craftspeople from Pocahontas County and the surrounding region. Demonstrations and workshops are free and open to all. Check out the Co-op of Facebook to keep up with the latest news.
Pocahontas County Opera House – The Opera House offers informal, family-friendly performances and is open to all. Built around 1910 as a venue for the rapidly increasing number of cultural and community events, this century old building is now on the National Register of Historic Places and has become the performing arts center of Pocahontas County. On any given Friday or Saturday night the building is packed with people, who come from far and near to hear the sounds of artists like John McCutcheon, Christ Smither, or the Black Mountain Bluegrass Bloys. For a full event schedule visit www.pocahontasoperahouse.org.
Request your free 2010 Visitors Guide today by calling 800.336.7009. The guide includes lodging, attraction, and dining information – everything you need to plan your Pocahontas County, WV vacation. Also, be sure to find us on the web at www.naturesmountainplayground.com or on Facebook.