Guitars, Getaways, Quilts, and Running – A Spring Mix at West Virginia State Parks March 23-25

Guitars, Getaways, Quilts, and Running – A Spring Mix at West Virginia State Parks March 23-25

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The first spring weekend of the year offers a wide variety of activities at several West Virginia State Parks March 23-25. They include:

Guitar Workshop at Twin Falls State Park

    Kessinger, Ritchey, and Shafer return as instructors for the Twin Falls State Park Guitar Workshop.  The weekend focus is on instruction and includes guitar electronics and sound, chords, flat-picking, and licks. Combined sessions with all attendees and instructors include jam etiquette, stories, questions and answers and discussion. Individual instruction is also a key element during the weekend.

    Robin Kessinger is one of the country’s leading flatpick guitarists. He’s been featured on PBS and BBS television, is a National Flatpicking Champion and has won multiple-state flatpicking contests, multiple times.  An accomplished guitarist, his passion is to teach and to pass on his heritage to others to preserve the music.

    Robert Shafer has played guitar professionally since 1981 and also a multiple-time winner of National flatpicking contests as well as multiple-state contests, multiple times.  He has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry.  His talent on the electric guitar has also receives rave reviews from Guitar Play Magazine, The Washington Post, Vintage Guitar Magazine and others.

    Jim Ritchey is a recording engineer, published songwriter and touring musician. His songs have been recorded and performed by numerous artists including Kenny Rogers, Jim Messina and B.W. Stevenson.

    “There are few places a person will find three more qualified musicians and teachers than at Guitar Workshop at Twin Falls,” said Scott Durham, park superintendent.  “If you’re just learning guitar or have been playing for years, this weekend is a must.” A two-night package including meals and instruction is available. Call 304-294-4000.

Massages, pedicures, and facials – Oh My! at North Bend State Park

    The Women’s Getaway 2012 at North Bend State Park is girlfriend weekend.  Lee’s Studio provides a variety of spa treatments beginning Friday through Sunday.  Sessions and classes include the newest techniques in the art of make- up application. Dr. Alex De Souza returns to the weekend bringing his tips, tricks, and professional knowledge. His Anti- Aging Luncheon will teach participants, course by course, about super foods anyone can take advantage of to improve their health and appearance.
hroughout the weekend, enjoy sessions and classes that will inspire your creativity and interests. Several classes will be offered, including scrapbooking, cooking instruction, new trends in fashion and cosmetics, and diverse exercise classes.

    Thresa Prunty will be reviewing several books related to women, including a special discussion on “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. A beaded jewelry workshop from Treo Treasures is also scheduled.

    Weekend packages include two nights lodging, meals and activities.  Spa treatments are an additional cost. Reservations are required by calling 304-643-2931. North Bend’s Quilters Spring Retreat begins on March 25 – 30.

8th Annual Mid-Ohio Valley Quilt Show at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park  
    Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park promises a grand display for its 8th Annual Mid-Ohio Valley Quilt Show. The Museum of Regional History, located in downtown Parkersburg, will showcase area quilts and wall hangings. Prizes will be awarded for "Best of Show" and "People's Choice."  The display is open to the public.  Along with the quilt show, a private collection of antique and toy sewing machines, handkerchiefs, quilt blocks, and red work will also be on display. To learn more about how to display textiles for the show or about the event, please call the park office at 304-420-4800.

“Run the Rock" 10K at Coopers Rock State Forest March 25

    The Coopers Rock State Forest Challenge began in the 1970s as a five-mile event and was changed to the Run the Rock 10K in 1991. The race is run on the last Sunday in March to take advantage of the final weekend of spring that Coopers Rock State Forest is closed to vehicular traffic. The course starts at the forest entrance and follows a rolling course on a paved road through the overlook and picnic areas before returning to a downhill finish.

    “Run the Rock” at Coopers Rock State Forest begins at 2 p.m. Registration begins at noon and the cost is $25 on race day or $18 pre-registration. The event is organized and conducted at the forest by the Morgantown Road Runners/WV Track Club and is open to the public to participate. This is a rain or shine event. To register to “Run the Rock,” call 304-215-9271 or email


West Virginia Division of Natural Resources           
Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: March 14, 2012

Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365  
Contact: Sissie Summers, Parks and Recreation Section