West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 “Murder Among the Meringues” serves up dinner, a slice of pie for a mystery at North Bend State Park April 5-6

CAIRO, W.Va. – Gigi Sharp and The Meringues newest song, “Sweet Sugar,” is a hit single, topping the charts. And, Gigi has just learned that she has been nominated for a Grammy award for the song. Gigi is currently touring the nation, promoting a new album. Gigi is a fabulous singer. The Meringues are her back-up singers and any one of them would like to see her deflate and go away.

Gigi Sharp and her backup singers are characters in Karen Vuranch’s newest murder mystery production, “Murder Among the Meringues. The murder mystery dinner theater is scheduled for two evenings at North Bend State Park Lodge, performed by the In Cahoot Players, April 5 and 6. “Friday’s show begins at 8 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The Saturday show is an hour earlier with the show beginning at 7 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.” said Ken Zebo, event coordinator.

A killer lurks as the play unfolds and someone will be “done” before the night is over. As the evening progresses, the murderer must be found. Clues are given and the audience will have the chance to interrogate suspects and solve the dastardly deed. Dinner and performance cost is $50 per person. An overnight package for two is $179 includes room reservations at North Bend Lodge, dinner and play, dessert bar and breakfast. Reservations are required in advance and available by calling 304-653-2931. For more information about North Bend State Park visit www.northbendsp.com.

About the mystery players
In addition to Gigi Sharp, there are the Meringues as the backup singers. Rebel Cleft is a wild child who wants to break her contract and break out on her own. Bea Minor loves Gigi’s son, but Gigi is not about to let her precious son marry a back-up singer. Wanda Major loves being in The Meringues, but she longs to be the lead singer. And Ivory Tickler has been keeping a secret about who really wrote that Grammy nominated song.Two others to watch out for are: Gigi’s assistant, Emma Offskey, a rather glorified lackey who was married to Gigi’s no-account, gambling brother. And there is agent and manager, Brandy Jackson. Cast members are Karen Vuranch and Jen Garvin from Fayetteville, W.Va.; Andrea Fout-Tinsley of Scott Depot; Merry Hanning of Oak Hill; Julie Brown of Pax Branch; Debbie Cooper and Sandi Shrewsbury of Beckley

Contact Information

Ken Zebo, Activities Coordinator