Friday, September 30, 2016

2016 Bridge Day concert expected to attract thousands

Kentucky Headhunters to headline Bridge Day 2016 concert
Organizers of the second annual Bridge Day concert in Fayetteville say they expect several thousand guests to attend the two-day line-up, thanks in part to inclusion of a big-name band -- The Kentucky Headhunters, pioneers of the Southern Rock genre.

Bill Wells, co-founder of the October 14-15 performance series, says response is exceeding what he and other proponents had expected from the fledgling event, now in its second year.

"Our numbers are far better than they had been at this time last year, which we think is partly a result of securing The Kentucky Headhunters, a band whose audience has a strong overlap with Bridge Day festival-goers in West Virginia," Wells said.

"However, we've accomplished much more in this second year in terms of attracting an audience -- adding camping, coordinating with local events, and building on the area's strength as an outdoor-recreation destination."

Toward those ends, Bridge Jam will feature performances on a full stage near the historic district in Fayetteville as well as a late night bonfire venue.

Southern W.Va. "hidden" photography on display at Tamarack

Detail from photo by Patrick Hutchinson
Photography documenting historic resources in southern West Virginia will be on display at the Tamarack arts center off I-77 at Beckley through the end of October, according to Jodi French-Burr, ranger for the New River Gorge National River.

Thirty-nine images submitted by amateur photographers captured hidden and not-so-hidden elements of southern West Virginia’s heritage, according to Burr, an organizer of the Hidden History Photography Contest sponsored annually by the National Park Service and the National Coal Heritage Area.

"This contest gives participants a chance to share their love of history through the lens of a camera," says French-Burr. "These photos tell parts of our region’s rich history through images."

Many of these images highlight state and national parks of southern West Virginia and in the region's National Coal Heritage Area.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Volunteers needed for Friends of the Gorge clean-up

Friends of New River Gorge National River is calling for volunteers to help remove steps at Grandview's Tunnel Trail that were impacted by arson in April, according to Julena Campbell, public affairs officer for the National Park Service.

The Saturday event has been arranged to take place in conjunction with National Public Lands Day and is the non-profit organization's first volunteer event, Campbell said.

Volunteers should meet at the Grandview visitor center in the national park between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Volunteers and park staff will demolish and remove the burned steps and carry them off the trail with the assistance of a rope line. No special skills are necessary.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Kanawha Valley antiques dealers reinvest in New River market

Keith and Drema Wood
Two veteran antiques dealers renowned for their expertise in glassware and West Virginia collectibles have relocated to Fayetteville and are enjoying success in its burgeoning antiques market.

Drema and Keith Wood, co-owners of D&K Collectibles, say they couldn't he happier with their move to the town near the New River Gorge that is increasingly known as a state destination for pickers.

"Fayetteville is quickly becoming an antiques market that people are talking about across the state and beyond," says Drema Wood.

"By our count there are now 12 antiques shops in Fayette County alone, and, in this business, the more shops, the merrier."

Earlier this summer, after Keith Wood learned that his primary job was being eliminated, the couple decided to leave their long-term location in the Nitro Antiques Mall and search for a location nearer their home in Boomer.

The Woods had been aware of the potential in Fayetteville, but two months after opening they say the soundness of their decision has been confirmed.

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