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.

Business

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.

Education

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.

Employment

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.

Family

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.

Health

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.

Tourism

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.

 Lou Maiuri and the Appalachian Country Cloggers at Pipestem State Park, Thursday, July 4

7/1/2013
Appalachian Country CloggersPIPESTEM, W.Va. - Circle up! It's an evening of square dancing with caller Lou Maiuri and the Appalachian Country Cloggers at Pipestem Resort State Park on Thursday, July 4, 2013. Dancing begins at 8 p.m. in the McKeever Lodge in the Faulconer Meeting Room.

“If you know your left from your right, you can square-dance at any age or stage in life,” said Dale McLaughlin, lodge manager. “Lou’s boundless energy and years of square dancing and calling makes the evening special. It’s a family oriented event for any age to enjoy”. There is no charge to attend and the event is open to the public.

Maiuri was a featured square dance caller at the recent 150th Celebration at the WV State Capitol on June 22. He is the 2008 Vandalia Award recipient, West Virginia’s highest folk life honor. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in the performance, creation or perpetuation of West Virginia traditional arts. Maiuri invites anyone to come and enjoy an evening of fun, good music and dancing.

About the Applachian Country Cloggers
The Appalachian Country Cloggers were organized in 1991 by Lou Maiuri and are dedicated to the preservation of early mountain traditional dance forms. Originally a competition, exhibition and teaching group, they no longer compete.

The group is, for the most part, an adult group with some of the founding members still active. They danced and won competitions all over the southeastern part of the country during the 1990s and are still the current reigning West Virginia champions in hoedown dancing. The team also features four dancers who have won world championships.

Current team members are Lou Maiuri, team director and dancer from Summersville, W.Va.; Joe Cooper from South Charleston; Michael Wood from Winchester, Va.; Valerie Facemire From Dille, W.Va.; Sue Samples From Frametown, W.Va.; Farrah Crane from Hurricane, W.Va.; Stephany Harper from Little Birch, W.Va.; Gene and Natalie Worlledge from Mt. Nebo, W.Va.;.

The Appalachian Country Cloggers demonstrate southern Appalachian square dance figures while using southern Appalachian clogging steps as well as the old time flatfoot steps. Dance forms that will be demonstrated will be the Appalachian Big Circle Dance, The Running Set Hoedown, Open Type Hoedown, Traditional Line and the old time style of Flatfoot dancing. They also feature a traditional square dance caller and instruction in old time square dancing with audience participation.

Contact Information

Pipestem Resort State Park
304-466-1800
pipestemsp@wv.gov