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Golden days of yore: how Victorians celebrated Christmas

Christmas trees, Christmas cards, Christmas crackers— much of our merry holiday associations come from Victorian England. Southern West Virginia owes much to Queen Victoria’s reign, too. Exquisite coal baron mansions, quirky company stores, historic towns— our region is crammed with 19th-century treasures. Let’s see how Victorian settlers might have celebrated Christmas, shall we? Trimming the tree … Continue reading Golden days of yore: how Victorians celebrated Christmas

December 19, 2017

Got any New Year’s resolutions? Find ‘em in all 9 counties!

Why stop at one resolution? Southern West Virginia has pulse-pounding adventures for the whole year. Resolve to do one (or more) of these activities for 2018! 1. Beckley-Raleigh County Welcome to the “Hub of Southern West Virginia.” Raleigh County’s convenient roads and interstates make road trips a snap. Prime whitewater rivers and climbing mountains are minutes away. … Continue reading Got any New Year’s resolutions? Find ‘em in all 9 counties!

December 19, 2017

SHOP SMALL: Bluefield Edition

“Nature’s Air-Conditioned City” will celebrate Small Business Saturday both online and on the ground. Here’s the scoop on special social media events, participating merchants, and upcoming Christmas events. Contests Shop Small Saturday may be Nov. 25, but Bluefield starts earlier than that with three online competitions. If you’re a participating merchant, try your luck with the Favorite Small Business … Continue reading SHOP SMALL: Bluefield Edition

November 20, 2017

Need a little Christmas? These 5 events will make you merry in no time

Now that we’re into November, it’s perfectly acceptable to celebrate the joy of Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of year, after all! So go ahead— lift your spirits with parades, light displays, cookies, and small-town cheer. Here’s where to get started: 1. Lewisburg Holiday Festival Nov. 18-19 If you associate Christmas with Victorian elegance, … Continue reading Need a little Christmas? These 5 events will make you merry in no time

November 17, 2017

7 spook-tacular Halloween events for you and the family

From heart-racing scares to daytime “trunk-or-treats,” Southern West Virginia has Halloween activities for all ages. Teens and adults 1. Lake Shawnee Abandoned Amusement Park Every October, one of America’s most haunted places opens to the public. How can Halloween possibly get better? Two features are available this year: the photo and history tour and Lake … Continue reading 7 spook-tacular Halloween events for you and the family

September 29, 2017
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