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.

 Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Dec. 26, 2011 – Jan. 8, 2012

12/16/2011
The Nutcracker: Dec. 26, Towngate Theatre, Wheeling
Performed by Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance, charming and radiant young dancers bring all your favorite characters and dances to the historic Towngate Theatre. Performance times are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission prices are $12.50 for adults; $11 for Oglebay Institute members; $10 for children 10 and under; and $8.50 for children 10 and under who are Oglebay Institute members. Visit http://www.oionline.com for more information or contact 304-242-4200.

17th Annual GoodNight Celebration: Dec. 31, Charleston
This year’s celebration will feature a blend of crowd-pleasing return acts and a variety of new performers. There will be a strong lineup of entertainment, from Dixieland jazz to rock 'n' roll, to classical music, to Celtic tunes to barbershop harmony. The performances, all free, will be presented at 14 venues in Charleston's downtown and East End districts. Most venues will host performances at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m., with each show lasting about 45 minutes. KRT trolleys will travel in a continuous loop between the venues to pick up and drop off passengers at no cost. Free parking will be available after 6 p.m. in the parking garage adjacent to City Hall on Virginia Street East. Contact 304-343-8961 for additional information.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Blackwater Falls State Park: Dec. 31, Davis
End 2011 at beautiful and relaxing Blackwater Falls State Park with a dinner, followed by entertainment. Package options are available. For more information, contact 304-259-5216 or visit http://www.blackwaterfalls.com/special.htm.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Cacapon Resort State Park: Dec. 31, Berkeley Springs
Bring in the New Year with a bang! Celebrate with music, dancing, and a formal toast to start of a new year! A special package is available including lodging, some meals and entertainment. Contact 304-258-1022 or visit http://www.cacaponresort.com for additional information.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Chief Logan State Park: Dec. 31, Logan
Featuring “The Jaguars” and music from the 1950s to the present, this party package is $179 and includes king or queen overnight hotel accommodations for two, dinner for two and two drink tickets for the champagne toast at midnight. Also featured will be gifted psychic, Jerry Lee (not included in the package, $30). Cash bar opens at 7:30 p.m.; dinner seatings are 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the full-service restaurant. The band/dance is from 9 p.m. to midnight in the conference center. Dinner/party only: $112 per couple. Reservations are required. For additional information, visit http://www.chiefloganstatepark.com or contact 304-855-6100.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Canaan Valley Resort State Park: Dec. 31 - Jan. 1, Davis
Ring in 2012 at Canaan Valley Resort with your choice of adult or family parties. Both include dining, party favors, entertainment and more. Reservations are highly suggested for the family party. Visit http://www.canaanresort.com or contact 800-622-4121 for more information.

New Year’s Celebration at Pipestem Resort State Park: Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, Pipestem
Pipestem hosts an evening of fun and celebration to bring in the New Year. Package includes lodging at McKeever Lodge, dinner for two Saturday evening and dance on Saturday night with midnight toast. For more information, visit http://www.pipestemresort.com or contact 304-466-1800.

New Year’s at Stonewall Resort: Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, Roanoke
On New Year’s Eve, the resort will host two party packages from which to choose. A decadent dinner in Stillwaters Restaurant will be offered, featuring an array of food, dessert and drink options, as well as live entertainment by jazz combo Kevin Frieson and Charles Berwinkle (Grand Hall 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and the Stalnaker Brothers (T.J. Muskies Lounge 9 p.m. to midnight). The dinner, offered from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., is $34 per person and reservations are requested. The Stillwaters Overnight Package includes overnight lodging, dinner for two in Stillwaters, breakfast for two and a late checkout for $249 per couple. The Lightburns Restaurant package will provide guests an over-the-top five course menu with paired wine and, following dinner, a dance party featuring the Jenny and Nathan Wilson Trio. As part of this package, guests will receive breakfast in bed on New Year’s Day. The cost is $399 per couple. For more information, visit http://www.stonewallresort.com or contact 302-269-7400.

New Year’s Eve “Having a Ball” at Tygart Lake: Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, Grafton
Let us get your New Year started right! Activities include live music, dinner, dance, snacks, party favors, champagne toast, door prizes and more. Overnight and other packages are available. Pre-registration is required and space is limited, so call early! Visit http://www.tygartlake.com or contact 304-265-6144 for additional information.

New Year’s Eve Party at Twin Falls Resort State Park: Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, Mullens
This special package includes one or two nights of lodging, dinner/dance, evening refreshments and champagne toast at midnight, party favors and music. A cash bar will be available. Overnight accommodations are available in either the Twin Falls Lodge or year-round cabins. Contact 304-294-4000 or visit http://www.twinfallsresort.com for additional information.

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31 - Jan. 1, South Main St., Petersburg
As a community service, Love Christian Assembly has, for the past few years, sponsored a New Year’s Eve event in the public parking lot of downtown Petersburg. This year’s alcohol-free event will feature a snow board simulator, skee ball machines, horse-drawn sleigh rides, train rides, live music, and a blow-up screen that will show the ball drop live from New York City and a fireworks display at midnight. Free food and beverages will be available. All activities are free. Contact 304-538-7997 or 304-257-3985 or visit http://www.lovechristianassemblyonline.com for additional information.

Little Princess Ball at North Bend State Park: Jan. 7-8, North Bend State Park, Cairo
Bring your little princess (ages 5-12) to North Bend State Park’s 3rd Annual Little Princess Ball. Celebrate with dinner, father/daughter dance, arts and crafts and much more! Dress your daughter in her favorite party dress and be prepared to make some special memories. Reservations include lodging, dinner, dance, arts and crafts, and a souvenir photo of fathers and daughters. Contact 304-643-2931 for reservations or additional information.

WVSO’s Montclaire String Orchestra presents “To Russia with Love”: Jan. 8, Erma Byrd Gallery at University of Charleston, Charleston
The Montclaire String Quartet, resident chamber ensemble of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, continues its 2011-2012 concert series with “To Russia with Love” on Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Erma Byrd gallery on the University of Charleston Campus. Joining the Quartet is pianist Deborah Gross. To Russia with Love features: Alexander Glazunov’s Five Novelettes for String Quartet, Op. 15, Peter Dyson’s Testimony, Five Statements by String Quartet and Dimitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G minor, Op57 with Mrs. Gross. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and are available in advance by calling the Clay Center Box Office at 304-561-3570 or online at www.wvsymphony.org. Tickets will also be sold at the door beginning at 2 p.m., one hour before the concert.

Contact Information

Andrea Bond
304-957-9347
Andrea.B.Bond@wv.gov