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End of October Fun

October 24, 2012

The cycle of life on a farm means there is always something to do. This time of year, when most harvests are in, there may be a moment or two to relax in between those other “catch-up” chores. Take some time and enjoy the season. This weekend there are plenty of activities that help celebrate the harvest.

October 26 and 27: The Pumpkin House, located at 748 Beech Street in Kenova with over 3,000 carved pumpkins . Free. After dark the lights inside the pumpkins shine. A wall of pumpkins carved as orchestral instruments are lit in time to the music. Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

October 25-28: Taste-of-ALL Charleston is offering a “Taste-of-FALL” at some of Charleston’s favorite restaurants and food vendors. Each establishment will choose a seasonal treat offered for a fixed price between $2 and $7. Drop in for a “Taste” sample or order from the normal menu or both! For example, one of the participating restaurants, Mission Savvy at 202 Hale Street in downtown Charleston, offers organic vegan take-out using local ingredients.

October 26-November 4: Mountaineer Week at West Virginia University in Morgantown includes a crafts fair, wood carving and whittling, mountain music and dancing. Events at Jackson’s Mill will include stone-ground corn for sale. Ghost walks will be offered in the evenings.

October 27-28: Hinton Railroad Days Festival celebrates how Hinton grew as a result of the railroads.  The New River Train Excursion runs from Huntington to Hinton each day of the festival, offering a unique view of the fall foliage through the gorge.  Two blocks of Temple Street are lined with vendors offering crafts and food; some of these vendors are Artisans that offer their wares at Tamarack. In the town center park, live music is provided for your listening pleasure.

Other fall festivals are taking place this weekend at North Bend State Park in Cairo with a Quilter’s program, trick or treat in Charles Town on Friday evening, a haunted train ride at Cass  and a ZombieFest in Logan.

Monday, October 29, celebrating the culinary heritage of West Virginia,   five excellent Executive Chefs from around the state will team up for a wine-paired, five course dinner.For an evening that promises to be an enjoyable join Friends of Food and The Collaborative for 21st Century Appalachia at the Berry Hills Country Club.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available from Loren Smith at Berry Hills Country Club [(304) 744-1393] , or from Jack Cipoletti  [(304) 346-3351 and]. Ticket prices are $75 per person, $135 per couple, or $500 for a VIP table of eight. Checks should be made out to “Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia.”Directions to the Berry Hills Country Club can be found here.

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  1. October 24, 2012 5:25 am

    Celebration time! I love this time of year except for the shorter hours of sunlight.

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