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Plenty of winter fun happening in the Mountain State

Dec. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- So now that Christmas is behind us the winter doldrums can set in. If you're looking for some fun this January there are plenty of unique opportunities coming up throughout the Mountain State.

Here's a look at a few of the events scheduled in the coming weeks.

Elvis Lives: Jan. 7, Clay Center, Charleston

"Elvis Lives" is a multimedia and live musical journey across Elvis' life. His iconic style, embraced by many of today's artists, continues to intrigue audiences of all generations. Featuring finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises' worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, as well as a tribute to Ann-Margret, audiences "Can't Help Falling in Love" with this phenomenal theatrical concert experience. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Visit http://www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570 for tickets and additional information.

Regional Student Art Exhibition and Opening Reception: Jan. 9 - Feb. 14, Stifel Fine Arts Center & School of Dance, Wheeling

Now in its 25th year, this annual exhibition showcases students' artistic achievements while providing a foundation for continued creativity. The opening reception is free and open to the public from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 9. The exhibit continues through Feb. 14. For more information, visit http://www.oionline.com or call 304-242-7700 or email stifelcustomerservice@oionline.com.

Photography Workshop: Jan. 10-12, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem

Grab your camera and head to Pipestem for an educational weekend focused on increasing your photographic enjoyment and skills. This is a good winter workshop for the amateur photographer. Instruction will be provided in various lighting conditions both indoors and out and includes the basics of downloading and editing your photographs. A special package rate includes instruction from Tina Blankenship of Blankenship Photography, LLC, two nights' lodging at Pipestem' s McKeever Lodge and dinner on Saturday night in The Bluestone Dining Room. Call Pipestem at 304-466-1800 for reservations and more information or visit http://www.pipestemresort.com.

Winter Wonder Weekend: Jan. 17-19, North Bend State Park, Cairo

Come for a weekend filled with activities for all ages, including hikes, games, contests, arts and crafts, and much more. For more information, visit http://www.northbendsp.com or call Emily Fleming or Wendy Greene at 304-558-2754. For reservations at North Bend, call 304-558-2754.

West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show: Jan. 17-19, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston

This show brings hunters and fishermen into contact with organizations that can provide them with goods and services related to these activities. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 304-562-9412 or visit http://www.wvtrophyhunters.com/ or email darylhaid@frontier.com for additional information.

Magic at Hawks Nest State Park: Jan. 18, Ansted

Comedian/Magician, Dewayne Hill, is back by popular demand for a one-hour program by a master of comedy magic. Hill is a performer that brings a Vegas-quality act to G-rated venues across the country. Check out his mind-bending magic, hilarious comedy and storytelling with personality at Hawks Nest State Park. Call Hawks Nest at 304-658-5212 for reservations or additional information.

The Queen of Bingo: Jan. 18, Chuck Mathena Center, Princeton

The audience will howl with laughter when two gals, played by guys, get together for the big game. This off-Broadway comedy about life and bingo is a must see, and the audience joins the game, with the winner receiving a 10-pound frozen turkey. The performance begins at 8 p.m. For more information or tickets, call 304-425-5128 or visit http:// www.chuckmathenacenter.org.

The Addams Family: Jan. 19, Clay Center, Charleston

"The Addams Family" is a smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. Come meet the family and they'll make sure to leave the lights off for you. Showtime is 7 p.m. Visit http://www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570 for tickets and additional information.

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