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Travel Notes: Feb. 17, 2013

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Train ride to D.C.HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Cherry Blossom Express train tour from Huntington and Charleston to Washington, D.C., leaves March 24 and returns March 27.The trip sponsored by the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society will be on a private railcar at the rear of Amtrak's Cardinal.The tour includes three nights' lodging at a Holiday Inn Express, meals and tours of Washington monuments, Smithsonian museums and Arlington Cemetery.Prices are $769 per person double occupancy and $869 for single occupancy. For information, call 866-639-7487 or 304-523-0364. Visit at CanaanDAVIS, W.Va. -- Canaan Valley Resort State Park's Wild Thing Weekend is March 1 and 2 at the Tucker County resort near Davis.Attractions and activities include buffet dinners, family cakewalk, oldies dance, DJ entertainment, vendors, snow art display, Lollipop Race for children, air board demonstrations, saucer races, boarder cross race, frozen T-shirt contest, hot wings eating contest, parade of costumes, pond jump, ice skating party and bonfire.For more information, call 800-622-4121 or visit ski raceDAVIS, W.Va. -- Participants of all ages and abilities may race in the 53rd annual West Virginia Governor's Cup Ski Race March 1-3 at Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Canaan Valley. Race registration is from 6 to 9 p.m. March 1 and 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. March 2 at the resort lodge. The giant slalom race will be March 2, and the slalom race will be on March 3. Course inspection is at 8:30 a.m. and races begin at 9:30 a.m. each morning. Awards include a pair of skis to the fastest overall man and woman.Race fee is $20 per day. For more information, visit or call Timberline Resort at 800-766-9464 ext. 1132 or the Tucker County Alpine Festival at 800-782-2775.Tygart writing weekendGRAFTON, W.Va. -- Charleston writer Colleen Anderson will lead a Woodland Writing Weekend March 1-3 at Tygart Lake State Park, near Grafton.
The writing workshop is for beginners and practiced writers ages 16 and older. Anderson is a published writer and performer and owns Mother Wit Writing and Design, a creative studio.The package includes two nights' lodging, meals, snacks and workshop tuition. The workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. March 1 and ends late morning on March 3. Call 304-265-6144 for reservations or visit for more information.
Civil War displayPETERSBURG, W.Va. -- "Our Civil War Heritage," a large historical display and event, will take place from March 1 to April 30 at the Landes Performing Arts Center.Presentations will include commercial and hand-drawn Civil War maps, photographs made from glass negatives made 150 years ago, displays of currency and stamps, newspapers, letters and documents.The parts that railroads, ships and hot-air balloons played in the war will be featured.
For more information, contact Albert C. Mach II at 304-749-8757 visit or email at North BendCAIRO, W.Va. -- Scott Cain will perform from noon to 2 p.m. March 3 as part of Sunday in the Park in the lodge lobby at North Bend State Park.Cain plays hammered dulcimer and lap dulcimer and lets guests try playing the dulcimer. For more information, call the park at 304-643-2931.Pipestem musicPIPESTEM, W.Va. -- Pipestem Resort staff members, and their friends and family, will present an evening of musical performances, starting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the McKeever Lodge Conference Center.The free program is open to the public and guests."With Family and Friends" weekend offers a split rate on Feb. 22 and 23 at the lodge. Pipestem's Bluestone Restaurant features a seafood buffet every Friday.For more information, visit or call 304-466-1800.Pocahontas Opry NightMARLINTON, W.Va. -- Opry Night will feature a trio of Pocahontas County bands specializing in old-time and traditional bluegrass music: The Elk River Ramblers, the Hefner Family and the Viney Mountain Boys will be onstage, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23.The bands will be playing to honor the memory of Alan Dutchess, a member of the Elk River Ramblers and former member of the Viney Mountain Boys, who recently passed away unexpectedly. Proceeds from the concert will be used to establish a music scholarship in Dutchess' name.Tickets are $8; youths 17 and younger are admitted free.Pocahontas County Opera House is at 818 Third Ave., Marlinton.
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