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Travel Notes: July 22, 2012

By Staff reports
Civil War Trail siteANSTED, W.Va. -- The Contentment Complex, one of three Civil War Trail sites in Fayette County, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays from June through August.Within the complex is a one-room schoolhouse, a heritage museum and Contentment, the home of Ansted's first mayor, Col. George Imboden. The house is decorated in the period from 1870s to 1920s, according to Ann Skaggs, president of the Fayette County Historical Society.Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and younger.Fayette's other trail sites are Westlake Cemetery, where Julia Jackson Woodsen, the mother of Stonewall Jackson is buried, and Tyree Tavern, now a private home.Brew Skies FestivalDAVIS, W.Va. -- Singer-songwriter Todd Snider will perform at the Brew Skies Festival Aug. 17 and 18 at Canaan Valley Resort in Tucker County. Mountain State Brewing Co. owners Brian Arnett and Willie Lehmann hope to make the festival of brew tasting, music and food an annual event. In addition to Mountain State, other breweries represented will be Bridge Brew Works in Fayetteville, Lost River Brewing Co. in Hardy County, Morgantown Brewing Co. and Blackwater Brewing Co. in Davis.White Grass Café and Canaan Resort will be among the food vendors.Music will go from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 17 and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 18.Tickets are $30 for the event. For tickets or more information, visit or call 304-463-4500.
For lodging options, visit or season in BeverlyBEVERLY, W.Va. -- The Beverly Heritage Center is continuing its summer season of programs with concerts by Michael and Carrie Kline on July 29, Born Old on Sept. 1, and a "History Alive" presentation on Aug. 12 when Karen Vuranch portrays Clara Barton.A Progressive Porch Party will take place Aug. 18. The fundraiser for the center will feature a dinner of traditional courses served on the porches of the historic homes in Beverly.
The center is a museum, visitor center and gift shop in four historic buildings in Beverly, 6 miles south of Elkins on U.S. 219. Summer hours for the center are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Museum admission is $5.For more information, visit, or call 304-637-7424.Pickin' in the PanhandleHEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- The sixth annual Pickin' in the Panhandle festival combines a weekend of bluegrass and country music with barbecue competitions Sept. 7-9 at the Lazy A Campground.Headliners include bluegrass band Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, country rockers Kentucky HeadHunters and Colt Prather, and West Virginia favorites the Davisson Brothers Band.At the festival, the grand champion of the West Virginia State BBQ Championship, certified by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, will be crowned and will then represent the state at the national level. The festival also hosts a backyard barbecue cook-off, a bluegrass band competition, children's activities, arts and crafts, a beer garden (21 and older only), camping and more.
Tickets for Pickin' in the Panhandle are available at Weekend passes are $60, one-day passes are $25, and children ages 12 and under will be admitted free.For additional information, visit or contact the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 304-264-8801.
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