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News Release: May 21, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Lenore Testerman, testermanl@canaanresort.com, 304-866-4121  

ArtSpring 2013 at Canaan Valley State Park Memorial Weekend

            DAVIS, W.Va. – ArtSpring at Canaan Valley Resort State Park is Memorial weekend, May 24-26. The opening-of-summer event features birding, crafts and youth activities, clogging, Motown Steel Concert, hayrides and other family oriented activities.

            “It’s going to a full weekend with a wide variety of activities,” said Lenore Testerman with Canaan Resort Services.  Most activities will begin or occur at the Nature Center.

            ArtSpring is a High Mountain Arts Festival in Tucker County. Events are scheduled throughout Canaan Valley and the historic towns of Davis, Thomas, and Parsons. A complete agenda of activities and events in Tucker County is posted at www.artspringwv.com.  Canaan Valley Resort State Park pleased to be part of this 3rd annual celebration.

ArtSpring Activities at Canaan Valley Resort

Friday, May 24, 2013

            A beginner’s bird watching hike at 10 a.m. and a Poisonous Plants of West Virginia walk at 2 p.m. are interpretative programs to learn more about nature.  There is no charge to participate.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

            Kite making and other outdoor crafts are scheduled from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and are repeated on Sunday. Crafter and vendor displays coincide with craft time. At 10 a.m., relay games for kids, a family nature hike and clogging with the West Virginia Cloggers are scheduled.  The Cloggers will be demonstrating this dance style and welcome participation. Clogging is repeated at 3 p.m.  A Cornhole Tournament at 1 p.m. and live entertainment featuring Motown Steel, a steel drum band, are good afternoon fun.  The 2 p.m. nature hike explores wildflowers. A concert by Motown Steel at Canaan Valley Lodge is scheduled from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. with no admission charge.  An 8 p.m. bonfire is planned.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

            A Bald Knob hike that includes a scenic chairlift ride starts at the Ski Area Gift Shop at 9 a.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for youth or seniors. This approximately two-hour hike is moderate difficulty and participants should bring water and snack. Choose Bingo or a Club Run Jaunt guided hike at 10 a.m. The Club Run Hike begins that the trailhead in the cabin area.  A horseshoe tournament (11 a.m.), kickball (1 p.m.) and guided hike: “Is It a Pine?” (2 p.m.) provide a broad variety of activities to enjoy at no charge.

            Wagon rides are offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. with a charge of $7 for adults and $4 for youth. Saturday and Sunday conclude with bonfires at 8 p.m.

            For more information about ArtSpring activities or other events at Canaan Valley Resort, visit www.canaanresort.com or call 304-866-4121.