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Travel Notes: Aug. 25, 2013

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Fair at the CrossroadsELKINS, W.Va. -- Fair at the Crossroads will celebrate the state's 150th birthday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 on the grounds of the historic Herman G. Kump house.The all-day festival is a fundraiser for the Kump Education Center. The day begins with a tribute to the Daughters of the American Revolution, John Hart Chapter, which was instrumental in obtaining a recent $10,000 national DAR grant for continuing renovations to the home of the governor, who served in 1933-37.The celebration will include actors portraying Gov. and Mrs. Francis Pierpont and an original historic drama about the politicking that led to the formation of West Virginia.Other activities include an old-fashioned pie auction, croquet, face and marble painting, puppets and tours of the historic house from 10:20 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m. Displays of early toys and demonstrations of 18th-century parlor games will take place.Folk singers Carrie and Michael Kline will perform, as will the Elm Street Alley Cats. Artisan vendors and food booths will be set up on the south lawn.The Kump House is located at the crossroads of highways U.S. 33, U.S. 219, U.S. 250, W.Va. 55 and W.Va. 92. Admission to the grounds and the event will be $10 for adults.More information is available by calling 304-636-3590 or visiting Donations can also be made to P.O. Box 1106, Elkins, WV 26241.Greenbrier Tennis ClassicWHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A limited number of tickets are still available to attend The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic, featuring exhibition matches with Tennis Hall of Famer members Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl and Tommy Haas Sept. 20-22.Tickets cost $125 per seat per day for general admission, and $200 per seat per day for preferred seating for Sunday only. To buy tickets, call 855-239-7531 (press option 2).Tribute to the RiverPOINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- Tribute to the River will take place Aug. 30 and 31 at Riverfront Park. Activities and attractions will include: exhibits, boat rides, line throw, cornhole contests with cash prizes, children's games beginning at noon with prizes, food, entertainment and Sternwheel Boat Parade in Ohio River.Admission is free. Point Pleasant River Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults and $2 for children.
For more information, call 304-674-0144 or email or visit at Sweet CreekMINERAL WELLS, W.Va. -- The fifth annual Gathering at Sweet Creek old-time music festival begins Aug. 30 and continues through Sept. 1 at Sugar Camp Road.The Gathering is expected to draw more than 50 musicians playing fiddles, guitars and banjos.
Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 31, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 1. Call 304-580-6929 or 304-489-2042 for more information.Italian festival
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- Considered one of the top Italian festivals in the nation by the National Sons of Italy, the 35th West Virginia Heritage Festival begins Aug. 30 in downtown Clarksburg.The three-day street festival offers cultural events, authentic Italian cuisine, fun and games for all ages and nationally known entertainers -- all free.For more information and the schedule of activities, visit, email or call 304-622-7314.Jackson's Mill JubileeWESTON, W.Va. -- Step back in time Labor Day weekend at the Jackson's Mill Jubilee, which starts Aug. 31 and continues through Sept. 3 at Jackson's Mill.Activities and attractions include an art show, arts and crafts, children's activities, folk dancing, heritage music concerts, historical encampments, home-cooked food, authors and book signings, grist mill demonstrations, living history, antique engines and fire truck rides.For more information, visit or call 304-269-7328 or 800-296-7329.Firemen's art festivalJANE LEW, W.Va. -- The Jane Lew Firemen's Arts and Crafts Festival will take place Aug. 30-Sept. 1 in Jane Lew.More than 200 contemporary and heritage crafters will be display and sell their wares, including glass, wood, leather, jewelry, dolls, dried and silk flowers, baskets, ceramics, soaps, candles, paintings, honey and jams and jellies. Food vendors will be at the festival.Call 800-296-7239 or 304-269-7328 or visit for more information.Droop Mountain hikeHILLSBORO, W.Va. -- Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Droop Mountain by hiking the same trails and paths on Aug. 31 that soldiers did back in 1863.The 3-mile hike through fields and woodlands with very steep grades begins near Hillsboro and ends at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park.The hike is limited to 35 participants, and preregistration is required. Visit or call 304-653-4254 for more information.Also at the state park, the West Virginia Reenactors Association will re-enact the Nov. 6, 1863, battle that pitted Gen. John Echols' Confederates, controlling the Greenbrier Valley, against Gen. William Averell's Federals, advancing from the north.A welcome social will take place the evening of Aug. 30 in the park shop building. The evening of Aug. 31 will feature the Droop Mountain Open Air Ball and Young Ladies' Cotillion. Period music and dance instruction will be provided, with a special opportunity for a "coming out" presentation for young ladies.On Sept. 1, an authentic church service will take place at the overlook near the Confederate camp.
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