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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: August 13, 2013

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


Sissie Summers, Parks and Recreation Section  304-558-2764 Sissie.A.Summers@wv.gov

WV State Parks offer special events in late August, 2013

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – There’s still a lot of summer to enjoy, and many activities are available in late August at West Virginia’s state parks. While most activities are free of charge, some have modest fees and all are open to the public.

Cass Scenic Railroad features bluegrass music, daily trips and a Lunar Run

  • Listen to the Valley Bluegrass Band play on Friday, August 16, at 1 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m., and also on Saturday, August 17, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Performances are at the Cass Scenic Railroad Depot. In the event of rain, follow the music to the Community Center.  The performance is open to the public and free.
  • Full Moon Run on August 20 is one of the Lunar Express Series at Cass Scenic Railroad
    This special run departs at 8 p.m. and is the first of two “full moon” runs scheduled in 2013 that travels to Bald Knob. The train leaves for Whittaker Station, with a short stop at Whittaker and then proceeds to Bald Knob. This special run is fee-based and reservations are required.
  • Daily train trips to Whittaker Station continue through October as well as a daily noon trip to Bald Knob. Trans do not run on Mondays and some mid-week days in September.   Two Whittaker Wednesday dates remain in 2013 – August 21 and 28.  Whittaker Wednesday is a free train ride for youth when accompanied by a paying adult.

            For information about Cass Scenic Railroad, train schedules and other evening trips, call 304-456-4300 or visit www.cassrailroad.com.

Pullman Road performs at North Bend State Park August 18

            Pullman Road Band is a three-piece local band that mixes folk with soft rock for a sound that is truly unique. In addition to covering some of your favorite tunes, this group also has several original songs that are especially entertaining and amusing. Pullman Road will perform at North Bend amphitheater at 7 p.m. on August 18.  Other activities are scheduled in August, such as hikes, bug identification, and crafts  at North Bend State Park on www.northbendsp.com.

"Wings of Wonder" - Birds of Prey at Cacapon Resort State Park August 17

            A birds of prey program will be presented by the Three Rivers Avian Center of Brooks, W.Va., at Cacapon Resort State Park on August 17 at 7 p.m. Open to the public, the live bird presentation includes owls, hawks and eagles. You’ll learn about the habitat, diet and behavior of each bird presented, the most common causes of injury to each species, and the laws protecting these special birds. No fee to attend. www.cacaponresort.com   304-258-1022

Fireworks at Parkersburg’s Homecoming August 17

            Fireworks at Parkersburg’s Homecoming Weekend are wonderful evening activities for family and friends to attend. Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park offers two ways to watch the night sky firework activities on August 17.

  • Family Fireworks Cruise is an onboard-the-Island-Belle-sternwheeler activity. Watch the fireworks while cruising on the Ohio River. Space is limited and advance reservations are required.
  • Island Fireworks Adventure is a little different because viewers will watch the fireworks from Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. Watch the Ohio River reflect the most sensational array of fireworks from the head of the island. Advance reservations are required and are fee-based. Call 304-420-4800 for details so you don’t miss the boat.

Berkeley Springs Music and Art

            In West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, enjoy the Daryl Davis Band on August 17 and Art in the Park on August 18 at Berkeley Springs State Park.  Both events are open to the public and without charge. Get more information at www.berkeleyspringsp.com.

About Daryl Davis Band August 17

            Rhythm & Blues, Rock! Daryl Davis is a smokin’ hot boogie woogie keyboard player as well as a vocalist, guitarist and composer at Berkeley Springs State Park. An international recording artist, published author, actor and band leader, he showcases impressive keyboard work as well as strong vocals in his four-person band. Davis has played with everyone from Chuck Berry to Jerry Lee Lewis. Contact: Morgan Arts Council, 304-258-2300

About Art in the Park August 18

            In its seventh year, Art in the Park provides access to fine artists located in the Berkeley Springs region. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is - they are local. Shows are rain or shine; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The events are organized and sponsored by an arts group – find more information on Facebook at Art In The Park WV. Contact: Michael Nathan, 304-258 -6419