Arts & Culture

National Geographic / Twitter

A miniseries filmed predominantly in the Eastern Panhandle premieres Monday on the National Geographic Channel.

Martin Valent / West Virginia Legislative Photography

West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole will be the honorary starter for the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

National Geographic

  A cable TV miniseries filmed in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle will debut next month.

The state Film Office says the eight-part series "American Genius" will premiere on June 1 on the National Geographic Channel.

The series that chronicles battles in innovation was predominantly filmed in Berkeley and Jefferson counties. Among the genius rivals highlighted were Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, firearms makers Samuel Colt and Daniel Wesson, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, and the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss.

Courtesy of Kenneth King and the WV Mine Wars Museum

Amid news of more mine lay-offs, one former coal town has built a labor museum to attract visitors. Driving down to the new West Virginia Mine Wars Museum , you really feel the fading towns and cities, sliding into the backdrop of the mountains. It's surreal. Many places in Appalachia are. It’s sad to many people who remember the thriving economy here when coal was booming. Wilma Lee Steele says she hopes the museum in Matewan will become a place where people throughout the coalfields can come to reclaim their identity. “I think that we have a lot to say, and I think we’re gonna say it. We’re gonna tell our history, and we’re gonna come together as a community.”

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Memorial Day Weekend and the livin' is easy, especially when we've got your late nights covered with superb live performance radio. But don't take our word for it: hear it for yourself on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Mountain Stage After Midnight takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Cooperatives aimed at reducing the costs of residential solar arrays are sprouting up around West Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette says the nonprofit WV Sun has helped form co-ops in the city of Charleston and Fayette and Monroe counties. Similar collectives are beginning to take shape in Wheeling and Morgantown.

This past weekend, over 500 people visited Matewan, West Virginia- to catch a glimpse of a brand new museum that tells the story of a dark and bloody time in West Virginia’s labor history. 

Coal miners were fighting for the right to organize--and to stop the practice of using mine guards. They also wanted an alternative to shopping at coal company stores and being paid in scrip, instead of money. In the early 1900’s, miners led a series of strikes in southern West Virginia, leading up to the climatic march on Blair Mountain in 1921.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Even if Backbone Food Farm didn’t sit below Backbone Mountain, its name still would be very appropriate. That’s because Max Dubansky and his family farm the way he learned from the old folks, letting pigs turn the soil and using horses to work the land. 

 

Max Dubansky and his family farm 50 acres in Pleasant Valley outside Oakland, Maryland, on the edge of the Allegheny Mountains.

In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re taking a road trip through the region to find people who are reviving the old recipes and bringing something fresh to our plates. This episode is also helping us kick off a new segment, called Appetite Appalachia, which features restaurants and recipes with Appalachian roots.

Chris Light / en.wikipedia

BridgeValley Community and Technical College will host the West Virginia Bridge Design Contest Saturday.

The contest at the BridgeValley Advanced Technology Center in South Charleston will host 39-teams of amateur engineers competing in the West Virginia Bridge Design Contest. The teams will vie for awards totaling close to $7,000 in cash.

Magnus Manske / wikimedia Commons

Jackson's Mill has been spruced up for the upcoming 4-H camping season with help from Dominion Resources.

More than 100 Dominion workers spent Wednesday at the state 4-H camp in Lewis County revitalizing the grounds. They landscaped flower beds, painted and repaired a gazebo, rebuilt a stone patio and power washed and painted the amphitheater. They also installed a water filtration system in the fish pond.

Mountain Stage

It's National Pizza Party Day this weekend (seriously), so why not grab a pie, a pal and a Pug (acoustic rocker Joe Pug, to be exact) for Mountain Stage After Midnight.

Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Mountain Stage After Midnight takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners.

30 Mile Meal Huntington

Members of the Huntington community have taken an idea from nearby Athens, Ohio to try to connect local food producers with local food consumers. 

Local Restaurants 

Susan Ballard is the co-owner of the Bodega, a gourmet style sandwich restaurant. She's interested in any 

  locally growned food she can get her hands on. After doing a taste test with Celeste Nolan of Laurel Valley Creamery she decided to use locally produced cheeses to top off some the sandwiches on the menu.

Clark Davis / WVPublic

Cooking Light Magazine has named the Wild Ramp as one of the top Farmers’ Markets in the country.

The Wild Ramp was picked by Cooking Light Magazine as one of America’s 50 Best Farmer’s Markets. The local market opened in 2012 and is built by a collaboration of the local community and the farmers in the region.

Harpers Ferry was the site of the US Armory, and played a vital role before and during the Civil War.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Harpers Ferry, John Brown, US Armory, Robert E. Lee, Civil War

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is a contender for Best Historic Southern Attraction in the USA Today, 10Best Readers’ Choice contest.

Clark Davis

West Virginia is making slight progress in making the state more bicycle-friendly.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports West Virginia is 42nd in the nation, according to the League of American Bicyclists, which released its annual report Monday.

blenko.com

The Blenko Glass Company in Milton has started working on its 2015 West Virginia Day piece, "Autumn Flame."

The Herald-Dispatch reports the vase, which pays tribute to West Virginia's trees, will go on sale June 20 in celebration of the state's 152nd birthday.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A national nonprofit group that builds custom houses for severely wounded veterans broke ground Saturday on its first project in West Virginia. Homes for Our Troops will hand over the keys to Sergeant Charles “Doug” Harris later this year. The mortgage-free house in Romney will include hundreds of adaptations specially designed for Harris.

 

“I was injured May 30 of 2012 — just stepped on an IED.”

Bobak Ha'Eri / wikimedia Commons

Keith Urban and The Band Perry will perform in concert during this year's Greenbrier Classic golf tournament.

Officials of the PGA Tour event said Thursday the country music acts will perform Wednesday, July 1, at the State Fair of West Virginia's amphitheater in Fairlea the day before the tournament begins at the White Sulphur Springs resort.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Late nights, good tunes and great friends. That's what's in store for you this weekend on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

Pages