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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 Staged for fun, Pipestem State Park Amphitheater announces variety of outdoor entertainment in 2013

4/29/2013
PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Pipestem Resort State Park in Summers County has a variety of entertainment planned for the 2013 summer season, from a community band and local music school productions to bluegrass and gospel music evenings. Pipestem’s 525-seat amphitheater is a summer outdoor venue. Show attendees also can bring blankets for additional hillside seating. A refreshment concession stand is onsite. The venue is family friendly and no alcohol is allowed. A minimal attendance fee helps to defray costs for some shows and some evenings are without fee. All shows are open to the public. All amphitheater shows begin at 8 p.m.

For more information about Pipestem Resort State Park, accommodations, golf, horseback riding, dining, activities and events, call 304-466-1800 or visit www.pipestemresort.com.

Amphitheater entertainment at Pipestem Resort State Park in 2013 includes:

May 25 - East River Mountain Town Band
East River Mountain Town Band is a community band that performs an eclectic mix of classical, popular and patriotic concert band music. This ensemble of 60-plus members is directed by Concord University graduate and retired Mercer County music teacher Mel Saunders. Admission is free and the entertainment is open to the public.

June 1 - Summers County K.I.D.S.
A dramatic stage performance by youth from the Summers County area, Summers County K.I.D.S. will be performing “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children 6-12 years.

June 15 - Maurice Ulmer Group
The Maurice Ulmer Group has been rocking the two Virginias for several years with classic rock, blues and rockabilly. Original music composed by Maurice Ulmer is on the compact disc “Rock of the Alleghenies.” The band includes Maurice Ulmer on guitar, bass and vocals; Cathy Lowry on keyboards, flute, recorder, bass and vocals; Steve Herald on drums; and Jimmy McCutchen on guitar, bass and vocals. Members of the band live in Covington, Va. and Clifton Forge, Va. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12.

June 22 - Carla Bragg, Southern Gospel Singer/Songwriter
Bragg holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concord University, majoring in both psychology and sociology, Bragg followed her heart and family musical roots, and began a weekly radio broadcast after graduation. She writes, produces and sings gospel music. Her CDs include “God Is a Good God…All the Time,” “The Calling,” “Song in My Soul” and “In the Garden.” An award-winning vocalist, Bragg has performed throughout West Virginia and surrounding states. Adult admission is $6 and children 6-12, $3.

June 29 - The Furrow Family
The Furrow Family shares a rich background in gospel music of close harmony and musical abilities. From Princeton W.Va., this family group has shared music and ministry cross the country for over 40 years. Adult admission is $6 and children 6-12, $3.

July 6 - Acoustic Crossroads (A.C.R.)
Acoustic Cross Roads is a New River Valley-based band that covers a wide variety of musical styles: country, rock and blues. A.C.R. started off years ago as an acoustic duo, but today the band is a five-piece electric band with vocals that mimic notable singers like Luke Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Cash and Blake Shelton. Band members include Steve Stewart - lead vocals, guitar; Dale Summers - lead guitar, vocals; Tommie Lee Stewart - vocals, keyboard; Mark Skidmore - bass guitar, backing vocals; and Allen Meadows – drums, percussion, and vocals. Adult admission is $6 and children 6-12, $3.

July 13 - The Grass Stains
The Grass Stains play from the heart and offer an innovative and upbeat style of bluegrass music. The “Stains” have years of experience performing traditional bluegrass, “new grass” and gospel music. Adult admission is $6 and children 6-12, $3.

July 20 - Stages Music
An evening of entertainment by several student groups of Stages Music School of Princeton, W.Va. Featured performance will include The Graham Twins, 11-year-old singer/musicians who play a mix of country, pop and oldies. Miss Behavin’, an all-girl band of teenagers that plays rock and pop music. The Heartbreakers also is an all-girl band of 11- and 12-year-old girls playing county and pop music. Time Machine is a classic rock band that plays way beyond their years. Hanna Belle is a singing duo of two firecrackers that entertain with gigantic voices. Adult admission is $6 and children 6-12, $3.

July 27 - Stonestreet
An evening of great music of the best Top 40 from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today: Stonestreet has been the opening act for national entertainers such as Sheena Easton; Michael McDonald; Jefferson Starship; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Paul Young and others. Advance tickets are available for adults ($10) and day-of-show price is $8.

Aug. 3 - Hans Creek Grass
From Greenville in Monroe County, W.Va., Hans Creek Grass is a traditional bluegrass group that will get your toes tapping and your hands clapping. Adult admission is $6 and children 6-12, $3.

Aug. 8 - Geology! Rocks!
Meet Geologist Ken Ashton at the amphitheater for a presentation on geology of West Virginia. The evening focuses on how the land we now know as West Virginia originally formed. Images around the state illustrate the importance of West Virginia's hundreds of millions of years of geologic history to our present mineral wealth, economy, breathtaking scenery, and the geology of the particular park. The presentation answers questions such as: How did the mountains form? Can dinosaur remains be found in West Virginia? Can I find gold here? Did glaciers ever cover the state? Ashton will lead a “rock ’n walk” on Aug. 9 departing from Mountain Creek Lodge at 10 a.m. and follow the Bluestone River exploring. Both programs are fee-free and open to the public.

Aug. 10 - Taylor Made Country
One Nashville icon described the group as “three distinct voices with family harmony.” He compared Brian to an early Merle Haggard, described Greg as a blend of Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett, and said Wendy sounded like a cross between a young Loretta Lynn and Janis Joplin. Accompanied by top-of-the-line musicians, the brothers and sister aren’t confined to one particular musical genre. Country ballad, country dance, bluegrass, southern gospel, southern rock, classic covers and even doo-wop – they do it all with a unique style that comes from decades of performing together. Advance tickets are available for adults ($10) and day-of-show price is $8.

Aug. 17 - Bil Lepp, Champion Liar
A winner of the West Virginia Liars Contest, Bil Lepp tells tall tales written by himself and his brother. His outrageous stories about Buck-dog, fishing, politics, trains, the rodeo and many others get the audience roaring with laughter. Be prepared to laugh out loud and hold your sides. This one-hour program is free.

Aug. 24 - Rick K and the Allnighters
One of the most exciting performers on the music scene today, native West Virginian Rick K shares his enthusiasm and love of music with an ever-growing audience across the country. A distinctive vocal style and charismatic stage presence have earned Rick K and his band rave reviews at major fairs, casinos, and clubs. Rick K‘s grandmother, an accomplished gospel and jazz pianist, and his father, a drummer, paved the way for this rock ’n‘roll band‘s energized leader. Advance tickets are available for adults ($10) and day-of-show price is $8.

Aug. 31 - Adam Tucker
Adam D. Tucker presents a powerful show that thrills and captivates audiences everywhere. His Tim McGraw tribute accurately recreates the music and mystique of country music icon. Tucker was born and raised in Charleston, W.Va. He has been the opening act for 42 national acts such as Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins, and Blake Shelton. Adam is currently performing in Las Vegas in the award-winning Country Superstars Show at the V Theater Planet Hollywood. Advance tickets are available for adults ($10) and day of price is $8.

Contact Information

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