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FestivALL Fall offers plenty of fun

Lawrence Pierce
The Charleston Light Opera Guild opens its season with "Hello, Dolly!" beginning Friday at the Clay Center. The show, part of FestivALL Fall, stars Debbie Spradling as a meddlesome matchmaker.
Chip Ellis
East End Main Street Director Ric Cavender points out some of the works that are part of HallowEast's annual Artmares horror-themed art show. This year, HallowEast is joining forces with the inaugural FestivALL Fall.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- FestivALL is back for a special fall edition that runs Thursday through Sunday at various venues around Charleston. The festivities include a number of returning FestivALL favorites as well as new events and activities included in East End Main Street's fourth annual HallowEast.Unless a different address is noted, information about all events can be found at www.festivallcharleston.comTicketed entertainment"HELLO, DOLLY!": The Charleston Light Opera Guild opens its season with this classic musical at the Clay Center. The 10-time Tony winner focuses on a meddlesome widow who plays matchmaker and brings romance to several couples, as well as herself.The cast includes Debbie Spradling in the title role and Tim Harper as Horace Vandergelder, the man she hopes to marry. Among the other couples matched are Rachel Cox as Irene Malloy and Cameron Vance as Cornelius Hackl, Lindsey Duvall as Minnie Fay and Cameron Burford as Barnaby Tucker and Carly Thaw as Ermengarde Vandergelder and Austin Thomas as Ambrose Kemper.Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Nov. 2-3 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 4. Tickets are $15 and $20. Call 304-561-3570 or visit"MOUNTAIN STAGE": At 7 p.m. Sunday, the radio show returns to the Culture Center after some time away with a folk-heavy show featuring Beth Orton, Jesse Harris, David Wax Museum, Lucy Kaplansky and Barnaby Bright.Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door. Call 800-549-TIXX or visit"ANIMAL FARM": Charleston Stage Company closes out its production of "Animal Farm" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. The show, based on George Orwell's classic novel, mixes puppets and live actors and features original music by local singer/songwriter Jeff Ellis.Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 304-343-5272 or visit www.charlestonstagecompany.comReturning favoritesART FAIR: The art fair relocates to Capitol Market, running noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. More than 25 artists will sell their wares, which include paintings, photos, mixed media works, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, bath and body products, clothing, pens and more.BB&T CAPITOL MARKET STAGE: Friday acts are The Modock Rounders at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Bob Shank at noon and 3 p.m. and Robin Kessinger and Robert Shaffer at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday performers are Bug at 10 a.m., Marium Bria at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Jim Lange and Ryan Kennedy at noon and 2 p.m., the River City Youth Ballet Ensemble at 1 p.m. and the Charleston Ballet at 4 p.m. Also watch for the FestivALL princess (Jude Binder) and stilt walkers Chally Erb and Elizabeth White.
CHILDREN'S ART FAIR: Running concurrent with the regular art fair at Capitol Market on Saturday, the children's art fair has make-and-take art activities, youth art sales and, from 2 to 4 p.m., a zombie makeup workshop by Adam Bryan of the Alban Arts Center. The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame traveling museum will be on hand as well.SPIRIT OF WEST VIRGINIA CRUISES: Take a one-hour cruise from Haddad Riverfront Park to the 35th Street Bridge and back. Cruises depart at 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $10 for veterans and seniors and $7.50 for children under 12. Call 304-419-2497 or visit ART AND ARCHITECTURE TOURS: Walking tours highlighting the history behind architecture and public art in downtown Charleston were so popular during the summer FestivALL that they're back for this one. They depart at 1 and 1:30 p.m. Saturday from the Lee Street Triangle.CARRIAGE TRAIL WALK: Also being revived after a successful summer run is the Sunrise Carriage Trail Walk. This one, "Art of Man and Nature," is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. It features music ensembles and artists at work at various points along the .65-mile trial.MUSICAL EASELS: Local artists paint or draw the scenery while rotating easels in sync with music by street musicians during ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdsay and on the Sunrise Carriage Trail from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. 
New eventsTASTE-OF-FALL: Similar to but not the same as the summer event, Taste-of-FALL lets diners sample treats (priced from $2-$7) from various local restaurants, but this time, the goodies are offered on location at the restaurants. Stop by just for a taste or sit down for a meal.Participants are Ichiban (103 Capitol St.), Ellen's Ice Cream (225 Capitol St.), Savage Sweets (at Ichiban), I Rise Soul Food Café (1599B Washington St. E.), Mission Savvy (202 Hale St.), Vandalia Grille (212 Hale St.), Bluegrass Kitchen (1600 Washington St. E.), Frutcake (1599A Washington St. E.), Tricky Fish (1611 Washington St. E.) and Da' Sweeterie (call 304-542-3611 for location information). Taste-of-FALL runs Thursday through Sunday.NINA AND PINTA TOURS: Head to Haddad Riverfront Park between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday through Nov. 4 to take a self-guided tour of these sailing museums, which are hand-built re-creations of the Portuguese ships used by Christopher Columbus.Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children ages 5-16 and free for children 4 and under. Visit
PRESERVATION ROADSHOW: Head to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 301 Piedmont Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to quiz historic preservation experts in the fields of masonry, plaster, windows, historic architecture, historic interiors and structural engineering. If possible, bring photos or easily transportable items along with your questions. Call the Preservation Alliance of WV at 304-345-6005.HALLOWINE TASTING: From 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, the Wine & Cheese Shop and Capitol Market will have a cornucopia of wines at the HallowWINE tasting event in Capitol Market's Center Court. It's limited to 75 people, so advance registration is encouraged. Tickets are $12. Email or call 304-343-9463.LATE-NIGHT HOUSE PARTY: Jam with Cam P, North Starr and the Bob Thompson Unit from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Clay Center Walker Theater. Admission is $10. Call 304-561-3570. See more here.  HallowEast happeningsFor information on these events, visit This horror-themed art show featuring works by 25-30 local artists is open 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Contemporary Galleries, 1210 Smith St. Friday's event is a closing reception with wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music.MURDER MYSTERY PARTY: This dinner theater with the No Pants Players begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Charleston Women's Club, 1600 Virginia St. E. Audience members will try to solve the murder while enjoying food from Bluegrass Kitchen. Top detectives have a chance to win prizes.Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 13 and under. However, the event will most likely sell out. Moxee Coffee will stop selling tickets Thursday morning; there might be a limited number available at the door. Call 304-767-9800.ZOMBIE WALK: On Saturday, dress up as the undead and head to Moxee Coffee on the corner of Lee and Morris streets for a stroll through the East End in your best zombie get-up. The walk steps off at 5:30 p.m., with the line gathering at 4:45 p.m. Some makeup artists will be on hand to provide touch-ups.If you want to watch, the route goes down Lee Street to Bradford Street, then to Quarrier Street all the way down to Elizabeth Street, ending at the corner of Elizabeth and Washington Street. If you're a "Walking Dead" fan, have some fun searching for Carl, who, as usual, isn't where he's supposed to be. (For more on that, see page 2D.)COSTUME CRAWL: This new HallowEast event runs 6 to 11 p.m. in the Washington/Elizabeth Street area. It will be shut down for a pub-crawl through Bluegrass Kitchen, Little India Lounge, Tricky Fish, the Red Carpet and the Empty Glass, where participants will get food and drink specials.There's also live music outdoors by Pepper Fandango (7-8 p.m.) and Fletcher's Grove (8:30 to 10 p.m.) in addition to live broadcasting by Electric 102.7 DJs and the Halloween Hootenanny at the Empty Glass, featuring horror punk acts The Renfields and The Big Bad. A costume contest nets the two best costumes $500 cash.Tickets in advance and for zombies are $15. At they door, they're $20, though you'll get $5 off if you present a receipt from co-sponsor Magic Makers. Other activitiesARTWALK: The official monthly ArtWalk was last week, but it's back for an encore from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. In addition to the art to be found in the 18 participating venues, there will also be live music in the streets from Mark Scarpelli and Joseph Cevallos, Josh Buskirk, the Good News Garage PickUp Band and the Bark-o-Loungers. Visit Bark-o-Loungers are playing on the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Bandwagon, which will also have music by the Carpenter Ants at 11:45 a.m. Friday at Dem2 Brothers and a Grill at Five Corners on the West Side.MCCREIGHT LECTURE: Pulitzer Prize-winning Theodore Roosevelt biographer Edmund Morris gives the lecture "The Nine Lives of Theodore Roosevelt" from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Culture Center Theater. The event is free, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visit PIG GIG: Head to the Chase Tower Plaza, 707 Virginia St. E., for a pig roast from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. The Fund for the Arts fundraiser will feature a selection of sauces from different Southern regions as well as craft beer. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate. Call 304-345-0775 or visit ON THE LEVEE: Temperatures should still be nice Friday night for this fall edition of the popular summer concert series at Haddad Riverfront Park. The free concert features two high-energy bands making their Live on the Levee debuts. First up is nine-piece ska/punk act The Tom McGees from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Then, the musicians/performance artists of Qiet take the stage until 9:30 p.m.NO PANTS PLAYERS: The improv troupe hosts a Halloween-themed performance for ages 21 and up at Timothy's at Quarrier Diner, 1022 Quarrier St. (below the restaurant), at 10 p.m. Friday. The evening also features a costume contest with prizes for scariest, funniest, most original and best couple.Tickets are $12, and food and drinks will be available. Call 304-343-5686 for dinner reservations. For show information, call 877-467-7689 or visit Tickets are available online or at the door.CREATE WV CONFERENCE: This conference for entrepreneurship and innovation runs Friday and Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center. Keynote speakers are filmmaker Mary Mazzio, actor Lou Myers, magazine publisher Nikki Bowman, WVSU president Brian Hemphill and a team from Generation West Virginia. There is also a young talent showcase Saturday featuring musicians Miss Behavin' and Hannah Peterson.You can register for both days, one day or some individual events. For prices and to register, visit Amy Robinson at or 304-348-4881.
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