Upcoming entertainment at the Opera House
The Pocahontas County Opera House is bustling with activity over the next several weekends. Below is a quick run-down of our upcoming events:
Hammons Musical Heritage Celebration
Saturday, September 29 • 7:30 p.m. • $8
The Pocahontas Opera House is pleased to present the 3rd Annual “Hammons Musical Heritage Celebration,” as part of Marlinton’s Autumn Harvest Festival. The Hammons Family carried on ancient traditions of fiddling, banjo playing, ballad singing and story telling at their remote mountain home in Pocahontas County. Their legacy is proudly celebrated among today’s musicians.
Presented in conjunction with the Autumn Harvest Festival and West Virginia Roadkill Cook-off.
This event is presented with support from Pendleton Community Bank, NRAO, the Law Office of Roger D. Forman, and Jerico Bed & Breakfast and Pre-Civil War Log Cabins.
The musicians of Pocahontas County’s Hammons family continue to influence musicians to this day. All ages are invited to perform in the celebration. Register at http://www.pocahontasoperahouse.org or by calling B.J. Gudmundsson at 304-799-3989.
Nettlefest Fundraiser Event
Saturday, September 29 • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
High Rocks Educational Corporation and the Opera House Foundation present a Nettlefest Fundraiser Event at the Opera House as part of the Autumn Harvest Festival in Marlinton. Local musicians and a silent auction will be featured inside the Opera House 11am-4pm. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted to benefit High Rocks Educational Corporation and the Pocahontas County Opera House.
The all-day lineup includes High Rocks Song School 101, Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, James Riley, Judith Avers & The Early Mays, and Lynmarie Knight & Friends.
See the High Rocks Facebook page, http://facebook.com/highrockseducationalcorporation for full details.
The Roads and Rails of Woody Guthrie
October 5 • 7:30 p.m. • $8
For the past 25 years, Mick Souter has distinguished himself as one of West Virginia’s most highly-regarded, widely-touring performing artists. Souter has given 3,500 performances at schools, as well as Snowshoe Mountain, Tamarack, Charleston’s Cultural Center and The Greenbrier. His touring one-man musical theatre productions demonstrate his versatility as an actor, musician, storyteller and educator. Through this one-man production, Souter will take audiences with him along “The Roads and Rails” of American folk icon Woody Guthrie.
This performance is presented with support from Pendleton Community Bank and NRAO.
Mystery at Gauley Marsh
October 13 and 20 • 1 p.m.
A program of the Calvin W. Price Appalachian Enrichment Series. The Pocahontas County Opera House presents a one-of-a-kind outdoor performance at the Cranberry Glades, bringing to life The Mystery of Gauley Marsh, as written by G.D. McNeill in his historical novel The Last Forest. The audience becomes the jury in this murder mystery that unfolds along the Glades boardwalk, with music by local fiddler Paolo Marks.
Admission is free, but due to the special setting of this production space is limited. Call the Cranberry Mountian Nature Center to RSVP at 304-653-4826.
Performances at the Opera House are informal, family-friendly and open to all. Youth 17 and under are admitted free of charge. The entrance and main seating are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to attend; special accommodations can be arranged upon request by calling 304-799-6645.