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 Feb. 18 – March 3

2/5/2013
23rd Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting: Feb. 21-24, Berkeley Springs
The award-winning 23rd annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting welcomes more than one hundred waters from across the country and around the globe on Saturday, February 23. Held in the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs, it is the largest water tasting competition in the world. Preliminary judging is Thursday, Feb. 21 and the final tasting is conducted Saturday, Feb. 23, followed by a reception announcing winners for both bottlers and municipalities. Once again we are bringing together expert panelists from within the industry to lead our seminar “Beneath the Surface and Around the Globe,” Friday, Feb. 22, at The Berkeley Springs Inn Best Western Conference Center. Time: 1 to 5 p.m. The Saturday evening tasting and reception, billed as black tie/bib overalls optional will feature some of the wonderful food from Angus and Ale at the conference center at Berkeley Springs. All of the events are free and open to the public. Visit http://www.berkeleysprings.com or call 800-447-8797 for more information.

Pricketts Fort 18th Century Firearms and Accoutrements Show: Feb. 22-24, Pricketts Fort State Park, Fairmont
Come join us for a fun and educational buying experience from some of the best craftsmen in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. For the 18th century re-enactor or the serious collector, there will be something for everyone. Public hours are Friday 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $3 per person. Call 304-363-3030 or visit http://www.prickettsfort.org for more information.

Marshall Artists Series Spring International Film Festival: Feb. 22-28, Huntington
The films to be shown will include Adrift, The Skin I Live In, I Wish, Monsieur Lazhar, The Deep Blue Sea and Where Do We Go Now? Visit www.marshall.edu/muartser/festival.asp?name=08_sff or call 304-696-6656 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for additional information.

Apollo Civic Theatre Annual Talent Show: Feb. 23, Martinsburg
This is our 9th Annual Community Talent Show Extravaganza! Categories include Male/Female vocalist, Dance/Physical movement, and Instrumentalists and Bands. Prizes will be awarded to the top acts and the Grand Prize winner will be featured in the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival Parade in October 2013!! The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Date is subject to change. Call 304-263-6766 for more information.

Dinner Theater-Bessie Smith-Empress of the Blues: Feb. 23, Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted
The astonishing voice of Lady D takes you back in time to the life of 1920s-30s blues legend Bessie Smith. Bessie Smith was among the most powerful female vocalists that brought blues music and vaudeville to the forefront during the roaring twenties – and likewise prohibition and the Jim Crow era. In the spirit of blues music, this first-person living history performance incorporates elements of emotion, survival, and even a little humor! For reservations and additional information, call 304-658-5212.

Duct Tape and Cardboard Sled Race: Feb. 23, Blackwater Falls, Davis
Design and construct a person powered, corrugated cardboard sled adept of withstanding the descent down the Sled Run. The race is conducted on natural snow only. Awards will be presented for the best design, team spirit and speed. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the race starts at 11 a.m. There is a $1 registration fee. Call 304-259-4833 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or email blackwaterfallssp@wv.gov or visit http://www.blackwaterfalls.com for more information.

Sunday in the Park with Steve Ritter: Feb. 24, North Bend State Park, Cairo
Enjoy live entertainment in the lodge lobby from noon until 2 p.m. featuring Steve Ritter. Steve is a singer, songwriter, and acoustic guitar player from Cairo, WV. There is no admission charge. Call 304-643-2931 for more information.

Winter Lecture Series #4 - The Appalachian Experience: Musical Treasures and Ballads, Feb. 24, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Parkersburg
The final of four history talks in 2013 Blennerhassett Winter Lecture Series all held in February. Strong-willed and hard-working people, primarily from the United Kingdom countries, brought great treasures upon their immigration to the new world. Not carried in duffels but in their memories were the old ballads and songs, dance tunes, old-world beliefs, and tales ---all having been passed down orally from communities to ancestors. Hank Arbaugh, music educator from Columbus, Ohio, has been studying this lore and performing this music for over fifty years while studying for an MA. Hank will give a history about the ballads and songs with their origins, sources, musical style, old-world beliefs, and legendary figures in certain songs. He plays several string instruments and during his talk he invites the audience to participate in the Appalachian learning experience. Sunday talks begin at 2 p.m. and are held at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required. For additional information, call Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park at 304-420-4800.

Wild Thing Weekend: March 1-2, Canaan Resort, Davis
Get wild this weekend at Canaan! Plenty of activities, games, contests and more will be available for your enjoyment! Attractions and activities include: buffet dinners, family cake walk, oldies dance, DJ entertainment, vendors, snow art display, Lollipop Race for children, airboard demonstrations, saucer races, boarder cross race, frozen T-shirt contest, hot wings eating contest, parade of costumes, pond jump, ice skating party and bonfire. Event schedule is subject to change. Contact 800-622-4121 or visit http://www.canaanresort.com for more information.

53rd Governor’s Cup Ski Race: March 1-3, Timberline Resort, Davis
Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome to race at the annual West Virginia Governor’s Cup Ski Race, presented by the Tucker County Alpine Festival. Race registration is Friday, March 1st from 6 p.m. -9 p.m. at Timberline Four Seasons Resort Lodge and the morning of Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The Giant Slalom (GS) race will take place Saturday and the Slalom race will be on Sunday. Course Inspection is 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. each morning. Awards include a pair of skis to the fastest overall man and woman and West Virginia handcrafted glass trophies. Individual trophies will also be awarded in age groups. A t-shirt will be given to racers that enter and pay for both race days. Race fee is $20 per day. For additional information, visit http://www.canaanvalley.org or call Timberline Resort at 800-766-9464 ext. 1132 or the Alpine Festival at 800-782-2775.

Woodland Writing Weekend: March 1-3, Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton
Tygart Lake State Park will host this weekend writing workshop for beginners as well as practiced writers aged 16 and above! Writer Colleen Anderson leads this affordably priced weekend. Colleen is a published writer, performer, and owner of Mother Wit Writing and Design, a creative studio in Charleston. Enjoy two nights’ lodging, meals, snacks and workshop tuition. Workshop begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. and ends Sunday late morning. If you journal, blog or love to write, this weekend is for you! Call 304-265-6144 for reservations or visit http://www.tygartlake.com for additional information.

“Our Civil War Heritage” – Escape to the Mountains 2013: March 1 – April 30, Landes Arts Center, Petersburg
This is a huge and unique historical Civil War display and event with short seminars and discussions as well as displays by historians, educators, re-enactors, and collectors. Among other things, the presentation will include a history of mapping during the Civil War--both commercial and actual hand drawn maps; a large display of pictures and portraits from the glass plate negatives made 150 years ago; the part the railroads played in the war; a comprehensive history of ships including the Monitors, ironclads, and a submarine; the amazing history of balloons in the war; a display of currency and stamps from the CSA, a wonderful display of first day covers and stamps from the 100 year anniversary, as well as today; a display of the history of Lincoln, his four children, and wife; newspapers, documents, telegrams, and letters of famous Civil War events will be displayed including Lee’s handwritten surrender and a general order to his troops to surrender; see and find out history for both the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address; the display of medical activities and living history events and much more. For more information, contact Albert C. Mach II at 304-749-8757 visit https://sites.google.com/site/escapetothemountains2013/activities or email escapetothemountains@hotmail.com

17th Annual Wheeling Celtic Celebrations: March 2, Wheeling Artisan Center, Wheeling
From 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., the Wheeling Artisan Center will be filled with Celtic music, entertainment, dance, culture, and great food offerings. There will be a children’s activity area on the second floor from noon until 4 p.m. Celtic vendors will be on hand on the 2nd and 3rd floors offering a wonderful selection of Celtic merchandise including: clothing, Celtic stitchery kits, paper art specializing in contemporary Celtic design, pub shirts, glasses and signs, jewelry, photography, honey mead wines, and much more. The Wheeling Celtic Society will be on hand to provide educational information about Celtic culture, heritage, and their local organization. Members of Gallowglass will provide educational information and cultural presentations on various Celtic instruments and practices. Entertainment will include returning favorites such as The MacDonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh, Wheeling’s Gallowglass, Burke Conroy School of Irish Dance from Pittsburg, Brigid’s Cross, Hooley and many more. World renowned Makem & Spain Brothers will perform in the evening. Admission is $5 per person. Children under age 12 are free. Call 304-232-1810 or 800-828-3097 or visit http://www.artisancenter.com for more information.

Sunday in the Park with Scott Cain: March 3, North Bend State Park, Cairo
Come and spend the afternoon enjoying free, live entertainment in the lodge lobby from noon until 2 p.m. Scott Cain is from Parkersburg, WV, and plays the hammered dulcimer and the lap dulcimer. Cain lets guests try playing the dulcimer and talks with them about the instruments and his music. For more information, call North Bend State Park at 304-643-2931.

Contact Information

Jacqueline Proctor
304-957-9312
Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov