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State Parks: Performances Under the Stars

Performances Under the StarsEnjoy performances under the stars at one of the many amphitheaters nestled in the mountains of West Virginia. Many State Parks host outdoor performances. For information on upcoming shows, check the calendar at www.wvstateparks.com or call 1 800 CALL WVA.


Performances Under the Stars
Pipestem Resort State Park
amphitheater, Mercer County

Extend a fun evening of live performance into an overnight vacation at Pipestem Resort State Park in Summers County. The park’s amphitheater seats 525; attendees may also bring blankets for hillside seating. Performances run the gamut – from community band and dramatic presentations to bluegrass and rock and roll or the stories and mirth of champion liar Bil Lepp. The stage also is the setting for nature programs such as “Geology! Rocks” and Three Rivers Avian Center’s popular “Wings of Wonder: Birds of Prey” series. Attendees do not have to be overnight visitors to the park, but if you’ve got the time, Pipestem’s setting in the beautiful Bluestone Gorge makes it well worth the stay.

Between Beckley and Princeton, Camp Creek State Park also hosts regular performances at its amphitheater. The 8th Annual Appalachian Heritage Festival, co-sponsored by the Appalachian Highland Music Association and Camp Creek State Park Foundation, will take place Sept. 17 and is billed as a great family-friendly day complete with food and music. The park’s convenient location – only two miles off I-64 – makes it a popular destination with campers.


Performances Under the Stars
“The Aracoma Story,” Chief Logan State Park, Logan County

Liz Spurlock Amphitheater at Chief Logan State Park features a series of productions starring local singers and actors. Recent offerings include “Cinderella” and “Disney’s Jungle Book.” The theater is perhaps best known for it presentation of “The Aracoma Story,” the modern version of which blends tales of the Shawnee people with the story of young love between an Indian princess and a British soldier.

While the original Prickett’s Fort of 1774 served as a refuge from Native American war parties on the western frontier of Colonial Virginia, Prickett’s Fort State Park in Fairmont now serves as a monument to living history. In addition to tours and pioneer demonstrations offered daily, the park also stages shows at its outdoor theater. Visitors can find entertainment selections ranging from string music and polka bands to the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”
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