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Here are just a few possible wedding reception sites in the Tri-State, organized by seating capacity. If you know of a reception site that isn't listed, call Features Editor Rhanda Damron at 304-526-2788, and we will add it to the list on our website and include it in the 2017 Bridal Guide.
Things are getting done in Wayne County, West Virginia — a not-so-sleepy suburb of the Huntington metro area that offers not only rural scenery, but also a rural way of life that embraces the time-honored handcrafts of yesteryear.
America's favorite animated family "The Simpsons" aired on Fox for the first time. "Home Alone," "Ghost," and "Pretty Woman" were box-office hits.
It was also the year the Ceredo-Kenova Alumni Band was formed.
CAMDEN PARK: Originally developed as a picnic area by the Camden Interstate Railway in 1903, Camden Park has survived into the 21st century as a thriving traditional amusement park. Today, it is the oldest amusement park in West Virginia with about 30 rides, including the classic wooden roll…
Retired art teacher Ann Grimes does something that's a little unique. She uses sheep wool roving, which is the woolen fleece that's left after a shearer does his/her work, to produce art.
ORIGIN: Wayne County was established by the state of Virginia on Jan. 18, 1842. It and 43 other counties joined to form West Virginia on June 20, 1863. It’s the westernmost county in what is now the state of West Virginia, and it was named in honor of Gen. “Mad Anthony” Wayne. The general is…
Milton, West Virginia, is a small town of fewer than 3,000 people; but it's known around the world by glass collectors, and it's also home to several renowned artists. How does such a small town find itself on the world art map? The Blenko Glass Company has been churning out colorful glass pieces for collectors, along with glass for more practical applications, for nearly 100 years. The shop brings thousands of visitors to Milton each year, employs several glass artists, and has persevered through many changes and challenges in the glass industry.
"The most important thing in art is the frame. For painting: literally; for other arts: figuratively - because, without this humble appliance, you can't know where the art stops and the real world begins."
Retired special education teacher Laura Moul traded in her blackboard for a camera, but she continues to teach. Her focus in the classroom these days is photography.
BLENKO GLASS: Located at Blenko Glass Company off of James River Turnpike in Milton. Historic museum on second floor of the Visitors Center features extensive stained glass display, history of the family-owned glass company, Country Music Award and U.S. Capitol lighting globe on display. Tou…
The Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series. The Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA championship. Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" was President Richard Nixon. The No. 1 television show in America was "All in the Family." Cher, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, and the Bee Gees all enjoyed No. 1 hit songs.
"New and improved.” That's how Debbie Conard describes the 2016 Cabell County Fair.
Serving as the parade, entertainment, parks appearance, and concessions chairwoman, Conard spearheads most everything that is not on the livestock side of the parade.
The mission of the Milton Performing Arts Center, also known as MPAC, consists of providing high-quality entertainment to the area by presenting a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the population of the region, in addition to enhancing the economic vitality of western West Virginia.
Beautiful things are happening in the Valley. Nestled between the two largest metropolitan areas in the state of West Virginia, Putnam County is anything but sleepy. Rather, it is alive with a vibrant, diverse art community.
Winfield's Pat Cross is preparing to deliver from her studio two paintings to a juried show at the Parkersburg Art Center - a biennial event. The artwork was installed last weekend, and the opening reception is today, Sunday, June 26. The show runs through Aug. 6.
The former architect who holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from University Engineering and Technology in Dhaka, Bangladesh, worked for years in Philadelphia on R & D and commercial buildings. Her passion, though, was anchored in the visual arts.
ORIGIN: Putnam County was formed in 1848 from Kanawha, Cabell and Mason counties. The county was named for Israel Putnam, a New England patriot, who served as a general in the Revolutionary War.
CABOOSE MUSEUM: Hurricane's railroad history is still evident on History Row in the center of the city. Folks may find historical artifacts and railroad memorabilia in the restored "caboose museum" and view a bit of pre-history Hurricane, a 77-inch petroglyph that bears the image of the anci…
The Rev. Don Gatewood, chairman of the PipeSounds committee, said the PipeSounds concert series showcases that organ.
The series features four concerts per year on the Harrah symphonic organ at the Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane.
"Providing a nurturing and creative atmosphere where students and their parents fall in love with dance" is the main mission of the Academy of Arts at January's. The Academy also offers students opportunities in visual art, theater, and music.
For the nearly 89-year-old Inge Klein, her inspiration for painting stems from her passion for drawing as a small child living in her native Germany.
Deborah Brooks was at a conference in San Antonio, Texas, a dozen years back for her day job when she discovered Viking-knit chain jewelry. Her interest in the craft set in and grew.
The "exciting" growth to which Joni Cantrell, executive and founding director, refers is that of her organization, Arts in Action - a school of performing and visual arts in Putnam County that she and others founded in 2003.
Hannah Johnson went to school in North Carolina to learn how to create pottery. Her husband was transferred there, working for one of the local chemical companies.
Lawrence County, Ohio — once known for the forging of iron in its historic iron furnaces — is now forging something different: a strong relationship with the arts.
Professor Pat McCoy, senior lecturer in fine arts at Ohio University Southern, is living that old 1927 George Gershwin number. McCoy is the director of the OUS Community Band.
OHIO UNIVERSITY SOUTHERN CAMPUS: Collins and Riffe Centers and Bill Dingus Technology Center of the University. Located at 1804 Liberty Ave., Ironton. Also a Proctorville campus. Call 800-626-0513 for information on future exhibits.
Opening its doors in downtown Ironton in 1949, the Ro-Na Theater played host to such classic films as "The Ten Commandments," "The Godfather," and "King Kong." That was before it closed in 1973.
The entirety of Lawrence County will resonate with the deep, bass, musical vocals of Richard Sterban and the rest of the Oak Ridge Boys during the 2016 Lawrence County Fair.
ORIGIN: Named for Capt. James Lawrence, commander of the frigate Chesapeake during the war of 1812. Founded Dec. 20, 1816. Burlington was first county seat. County seat subsequently moved to Ironton.
There's a lot that goes into making Barboursville the "Best Little Village in West Virginia," and one big factor is the artistic and entrepreneurial spirit of its residents.
"I asked my grandfather how to draw something, and he told me "you take a square, a triangle, and a circle, and he showed me how to draw a truck and some other things," Howell said. "It began when I was probably around preschool age really."
Paul Callicoat, co-owner of Route 60 Music, is the person who takes care of Route 60 Music's Live Songwriter Stage, and is a songwriter himself.
WV Quilt opened its doors after the owner, Michelle Hill, had been selling quilter's fabric for a long time on eBay, and realized how much potential her business had to grow.
Many years ago, Norman Alexander received a book of painted ponies captured in photographs from his wife, and as he studied the photos, he realized he could create carousel horses through wood carving.
But come fall, if you're driving through Barboursville and see a deer, you'll probably want to park your car and get out for a closer look.
Chris Tatum, mayor of Barboursville, said the village would like to offer area residents a wine and jazz festival next year in Barboursville.
Michelle Hill not only owns WV Quilt, but she is also a quilter and loves doing quilts in her downtime, though downtime has become a commodity as the result of owning a few successful companies.
Nestled inside the Barboursville Park, the amphitheater offers an inviting setting for those who are looking for entertainment during holiday celebrations or other activities the park hosts.
When the Keith-Albee Theater opened its doors in 1928, no one would have guessed the theater would see so many changes in the community, nor the changes to the building itself — but still proudly standing tall, the Keith-Albee remains alive and well today.
Huntington's HART in the Park is working to make the theatrical arts accessible to children and adults alike through its summertime shows at the Ritter Park Amphitheater.
The Huntington Museum of Art is one of Huntington's gems that has sat atop one of the hills between the city and Interstate 64 for more than 63 years, and offers a nice variety of art that is sure to offer something of interest to everyone.