The Times West Virginian

June 16, 2013

Numerous events to mark state’s 150th birthday

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A look at some free events surrounding West Virginia’s 150th birthday celebration in the coming week. For a complete list, visit :


Ansted: Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival.

Charleston: Kanawha Valley Community Band concert, Kanawha State Forest, 3 p.m.

Davis: West Virginia Irish road bowling, Canaan Valley Resort.

Huntersville: School reunion, tours of school house, churches, jail, demonstrators of crafts, old time music, pony rides and wagon rides, state birthday cake and homemade ice cream.

Shenandoah Junction: Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival.


Lewisburg: Author Ben Crookshanks reads Civil War literature, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Parkersburg: Children’s log cabin tours, City Park, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Author Jim Wallace discusses the history of the West Virginia Capitol, Riverside Public Library, noon; Clendenin Branch Library, 6 p.m.

Lewisburg: Fiction writer Glenn Taylor of West Virginia University discusses his works, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Parkersburg: Pictures and local art work on display, followed by an outdoor showing of a West Virginia movie, Bicentennial Park, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Wheeling: Legislative interim meetings begin. West Virginia statehood speeches, Independence Hall, 5 p.m.; Statehood Block Party, River City, 5:30 p.m. Discussion of Wheeling Conventions, Ohio County Library, 9 p.m.


Statewide bell ringing ceremony, 1:50 p.m.

Charleston: Charleston Light Opera Guild free performance of Broadway musical “Civil War,” Culture Center Theater, 4 p.m., West Virginia Symphony and Appalachian Children’s Chorus perform, Capitol steps, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 3-D show with fireworks, state Capitol, 10 p.m.

Fairmont: 150th birthday celebration, includes beard and period-costume contest.

French Creek: Meet-and-greet with Civil War re-enactors at the West Virginia Wildlife Center, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mathias: Two Civil War living historians discuss the state’s birth at Lost River State Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Morgantown: The WVU Libraries and the West Virginia and Regional History Center hosts a speakers panel on the state’s 150th birthday at the Milano Reading Room, 8:30 a.m., exhibit “Lincoln” The Constitution and the Civil War” on display at Erickson Alumni Center, noon to 2 p.m., Lincoln impersonator Michael Krebs answers questions on the president’s attitudes toward West Virginia statehood, 2 p.m.

Parkersburg: 150th birthday concert, City Park.

Summersville: 150th birthday concert and fireworks, Main Street.

Vienna: Sesquicentennial parade, 10:30 a.m. Antique car show, noon.

Wheeling: Legislative interim meetings continue. Sesquicentennial ceremonies, Independence Hall, noon. Tours of first state Capitol building, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., West Virginia Day concerts, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks show, 10 p.m.


Charleston: Sen. Robert C. Byrd exhibit opens, State Museum. Kathy Mattea performs, Haddad Park, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., 3-D show with fireworks, state Capitol, 10 p.m.

Elkins: Mick Souter concert, Elkins Depot Welcome Center, 6:30 p.m.

Fairlea: West Virginia Symphony concert and fireworks show, West Virginia State Fairgrounds.

Wheeling: Blue and Gray Community Choir concert featuring Civil War period music, American folk songs. Independence Hall,


Berkeley Springs: Sesquicentennial fireworks, Cacapon Resort State Park.

Bridgeport: Vintage baseball game, Bridgeport Recreation Complex, 10 a.m., fireworks show at dusk.

Charleston: Parade and chili cook-off, Kanawha Boulevard, 10 a.m., free sternwheeler rides, Haddad Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 150th birthday celebration including shows, concerts, and history lectures, state Capitol, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 3-D show with fireworks, state Capitol, 10 p.m.

Wheeling: Wheeling Arts Fest, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Civil War Ball, McLure Hotel, 6 p.m.