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Travel Notes: Aug. 11, 2013

By Staff reports
Titanic-themed dinnerMORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Café Bacchus, in Morgantown, will host Titanic-themed dinners Aug. 16 and 17.The dinners mark the birth month of Lucian Smith, who once lived in the High Street house that now contains Café Bacchus. Smith and his bride were returning from their honeymoon when the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in April 1912. Smith died; his young wife, Eloise, survived.Chef Heath Finnell will provide menu details later this week. Call Café Bacchus at 304-296-9234 for details and reservations.New River Trail RunOAK HILL, W.Va. -- Organizers of the 2013 New River Gorge-ous Trail Run have moved the 12th annual race to Aug. 24 from late October in hopes it will boost late-summer travel in the New River Gorge region.The three race options -- half-marathon, 7.8-mile run and 5-mile walk -- are hosted by ACE Adventure Resort. The new schedule will allow racers and their guests to combine the event with rafting and other warm-weather adventures. Free camping in the resort's 40-acre campground will be provided to participants who choose to rough it through the weekend.According to race organizer Beth Gill, $2,500 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners for men and women in the long and short courses. The shorter run course navigates the highlands above ACE Lake; the half-marathon course circles much of the resort's 1,500-acre property.A complimentary burrito buffet lunch will be served following the race.
Registration for the race will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at the resort. The races begin at 10 a.m. The registration fees are $30 for the long course, $20 for the short course, and $15 for the walk; same-day registration will cost an additional $5.Participants are encouraged to preregister online at homecomingPARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- The Parkersburg Homecoming will take place Aug. 16-18 in Bicentennial Park.Activities and attractions include national entertainment, dog show, magic show, square dancing, Zumba dancing, antique car show, rubber ducky derby, chess tournament, talent show, parade, fireworks, carnival rides, food vendors, arts and crafts, flea market, petting zoo and a half-marathon.
For more information, visit or call 304-588-6245.Folk singer returnsMARLINTON, W.Va. -- Folk singer John McCutcheon returns for his fifth performance at the Pocahontas County Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.McCutcheon plays a dozen different traditional instruments, and his 30 recordings have garnered many honors, including seven Grammy nominations.Tickets are $10 and available in advance at or at the Fourth Avenue Gallery in Marlinton.Performances at the Opera House are informal, family-friendly and open to all. Children 17 and younger are admitted free. The entrance and main seating are handicap-accessible.
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