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 Jan. 9-22, 2012

12/30/2011
Lore and Tracking Weekend: Jan. 13-15, Twin Falls State Park, Mullens

Each January, on Martin Luther King Jr. birthday weekend at Twin Falls State Park, Trails, Inc. holds a Lore and Tracking Weekend Workshop that focuses on cultural exchanges during the 18th century in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Abundant wildlife at the park helps enhance your tracking skills – skills necessary to the survival of early Americans who frequented the trails of the region on hunting, trading, and warring expeditions. Other skills explored include plant uses, scavenging and hide tanning. The event provides credits for participants in the West Virginia Master Naturalist Program. The park offers package deals for the weekend event with both cabins and lodge rooms available on a first reserved, first served basis. For a brochure events and information on instructors, visit www.trailsinclivinghistory.com. For additional information and reservations, visit http://www.twinfallsresort.com or contact 304-294-4000.

Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat: Jan. 13-15, Shepherdstown University, Shepherdstown
The fiddle retreat features two-hour classes in the morning and afternoon on a variety of topics. The weekend includes a Friday night showcase concert, a Saturday night contra dance with a teacher-led open band, jam sessions, student-led mini-classes and more. 2012 special guest teachers are Klezmatic’s fiddler, Lisa Gutkin; New England fiddler Amy Cann; Irish fiddler Cleek Schrey; and many returning local favorites. A weekend tuition fee of $150 covers all program events including the evening concert, sessions and eight hours of instruction in classes and workshops. Partial weekend tuition options are also available. For information, call 304- 263-2531, email updf@earthlink.net or visit http://www.fiddleretreat.info.

Battle of Droop Mountain Dinner Theatre Presentation: Jan. 14, Hawks Nest State Park Superintendent of Droop Mountain Battlefield and Civil War researcher Mike Smith relates the story of the Battle of Droop Mountain. The presentation features rarely seen photos and a display of Civil War artifacts found at Droop Mountain. The cost is $54.25 per person or $200 for four and includes a full dinner with drinks, dessert, admission to the performance and all tax and gratuities. Seating is limited and couples should expect to be seated four to table. For more information, contact 304-658-5212 or email hawksnestinfo@wv.gov.

Ghost Hunt: Jan. 14, Trans Allegheny Asylum, Weston
Ever thought about spending the night in a haunted asylum? This ghost hunt, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., allows 40 people, divided into four groups of 10, to explore all the dark recesses of this massive gothic asylum. Check-in time is 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Each group will have a guide to assist with the transition between floors. After a brief paranormal tour, you may either hunt alone or with an experienced ghost-hunting guide. Guides will ensure that you have a positive and safe evening. Contact 304-269-5070 or visit http://www.trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com for additional information.

28TH Annual Festival of Food and Wine: Jan. 20-22, Lakeview Resort, Morgantown
Embark on a journey filled with sensational food and wine. This year’s event is titled “A Culinary Road Trip Across America” and is bigger and better than ever before. Whether you are a returning guest or a first-time visitor, you will enjoy this adventure of food, wine, cooking classes, seminars and an artisan marketplace featuring the area’s most talented artisans! Weekend getaway packages are $415 per couple and day packages are $125 per person. Call 800-624-8300 for reservations or visit http://www.lakeviewresort.com for more information.

Country Western Couples Weekend: Jan. 20-22, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem
This is a dance weekend packaged with instruction, overnight accommodations and some meals. Weekend cost per couple/double occupancy is $200.22. The price includes Friday and Saturday lodging, Saturday dinner, instruction/classes and activities. Advanced reservations are recommended. Contact 304-466-1800 or visit http://www.pipestemresort.com for more information.

West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show: Jan. 20-22, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston
This is the largest, most comprehensive hunting and fishing show in West Virginia with more than 240 booths. The primary purpose for this event is to bring hunters and fishermen into contact with organizations that can provide them with goods and services related to these activities. The show features exhibitors from as far away as Alaska, New Zealand, Spain and South Africa. In conjunction with the show, The West Virginia Whitetail Hall of Fame provides an opportunity for individuals to bring their West Virginia deer trophies in for official scoring and to display the largest racks harvested. Additional activities will include an auction for wildlife, seminars and deer antler scoring. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults; $1 for children 6 -12; and free to children under 6. For more information, contact 304-562-9412 or visit http://www.wvtrophyhunters.com.

Winter Wonder Weekend: Jan. 20-22, North Bend State Park, Cairo
Come for a weekend filled with activities for winter enthusiasts of all ages! The weekend will feature outer space-themed crafts, hikes, games, sleigh riding (weather permitting), contests and much more. The cost is $135 per person based on double occupancy and single reservations are $160. This includes two nights’ lodging in either the lodge or a cabin, five delicious meals and registration fee which includes a craft, door prizes and all weekend activities. Contact Teri Surface or Emily Fleming at 304-558-2754 or visit http://www.northbendsp.com for additional information.

The Amazing Kreskin: Jan. 21, Capitol Theatre, Wheeling
With a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit, and the capacities of a bona fide mentalist or thought reader, The Amazing Kreskin has, for some six decades, dramatized the unique facets of the human mind … his own. His very name has become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world, invoked in comedy clubs, comic strips, print stories, and TV shows from sitcoms on through national magazines. It was during a childhood game “hot and cold” that Kreskin’s remarkable ability to find hidden objects emerged. His ability to read thoughts expanded, and by his teens he also became nationally recognized in the United States as “The World’s Youngest Hypnotist,” resulting in his collaborating in psychological clinical studies extending into the realm of parapsychology and the power of suggestion. The show begins at 2 p.m. For tickets and additional information, contact 304-233-4470 or visit http://www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com.

Star Party: Jan. 21, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank
NRAO staff will orient you to the star-filled sky and then invite you to view the night sky on the Star Party Patio. Some optical telescopes and binoculars are provided or you may bring your own. You won’t believe the view! Program begins 30 minutes before dark. Cloudy skies will cancel the night viewing. In addition, a featured monthly activity will be offered to the public at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The activities will be 30 to 60 minutes long. These events are free and reservations are not required. Contact 304-456-2150 for more information.

Contact Information

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