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Contributing Writers Leslie Bonham Happening Around Town P6 M. Lynne Squires Looking Back: at Wine Cellar Park P10 Melody Pittman Weekend Traveler Johnson City, TN PP20-21

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Happening Around Town

It’ll be summer soon and many businesses in Charleston are dropping the mask mandate for those who have been vaccinated. That is a huge step toward normalcy, but it will be a while before crowd capacities will be as they were “preCOVID”. It still feels great to come to town and see our friends and neighbors! “Food Truck Friday” is the newest event to begin in downtown Charleston. It is in conjunction with the closure of Capitol Street during weekends for outdoor dining. “Live on the Levee” will begin in July. In the meantime, the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center (the CC&CC) has several events scheduled throughout the month. The “Monster Truck Jam”, the “WV Home Show”, “BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Festival”, and “Disney on Ice” are all coming to Charleston in June. “Mountain Stage” returns to the WV Culture Center for TWO shows. However, for now, they are seating at 25% capacity. Unfortunately, the first show this month is already sold out. Hopefully soon, with the restrictions easing up, subsequent performances will have bigger audiences. “Symphony Sunday” will be held at a different venue this year. It will be at the Appalachian Power Park and the audience will be seated in the stadium instead of everyone bringing their own chairs and quilts for picnics. Appalachian Power Park is

being utilized by different businesses and organizations. It is a great stadium in a prime location. It’s terrific that it can be enjoyed by the entire community. The WVSO plans to return to the University of Charleston lawn for the summer 2022 event. “FestivALL” is returning with some live performances and some virtual events. Many of the in-person concerts and exhibits will be held outdoors. Instead of the usual arts & crafts sales during FestivALL, artisans and vendors will be selling their goods at a booth located at the “FestivALL at the Capitol Market: Summer Art Fair”, from May 1 through July 11. This is a wonderful opportunity to support our local artists and crafters several weeks throughout the summer. The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences is open during weekends, Friday-Sunday. Their capacity is limited & reservations are recommended, but not required. Their museums, planetarium, and theaters are open with special events for children. It has been a tough 15 months, adjusting to so much more than any of us could have ever imagined. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel and all of us will appreciate everything Charleston has to offer with even more gratitude and excitement! Have a great June!!!

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June 4-6:

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“Aaron Lewis and Stateliners”, 8pm, Municipal Auditorium, cost: varies

“Monster Jam”, CC&CC, cost: varies

“WV Home Show 2021”, CC&CC, cost: $8, $7, & FREE

WVSO’s “Matric Symphony Sunday”, Appalachian Power Park, cost: FREE

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“FestivALL”, venues vary

“Mountain Stage”, WV Culture Center Theater, featuring Paul Thorn, Amythyst Kiah, and John Ellison; cost: $30

“Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party”, CC&CC, cost: varies

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June 25:

“Juneteenth Celebration featuring Yung Bleu & Mooski”, Municipal Auditorium, cost: varies

“Mountain Stage”, WV Culture Center Theater, featuring Amy Helm and Libby Titus; cost: $30

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Looking Back

By: M. Lynne Squires

... at Wine Cellar Park

Wine Cellar Park, also known as Dutch Hollow Wine Cellars, is located at 1101 Dutch Hollow Road in Dunbar. Not overly large, it is one of the more picturesque parks in the Kanawha Valley. A popular venue for outdoor weddings, the park provides a lovely backdrop of three brick arches framing the entrances to the cellars. Constructed in 1860 by vintner Tom Friend, the Dutch Hollow Wine Cellars served as storage for locally produced wine. They are the last known remnant of what was once a thriving industry in West Virginia. In the 1870s, West Virginia had a role in the business of producing wine. The state had warm and long enough summers to be a prime location for the growth of grapes. There were nearly 1,000 acres of vineyards in the state at that time, with around 700 acres in Ohio County alone. The crops of grapes from that county were valued at over $100,000 and shipped to Boston, Pittsburg, and New York. The type of grapes grown in Kanawha County varied but was likely to be primarily Concords. They were harvested, pressed, fermented, and casks set in the cool Dutch Hollow cellars to age. The barrels were then transported to Charleston by oxcarts and loaded onto steamboats that carried them to Cincinnati. After the Civil War ended, labor became more costly, and the production of grapes for wine didn’t remain profitable. By 1904, only one winery remained in West Virginia. The wine cellars in Dunbar were abandoned after only a few years of use. Then, the shipments of wine leaving Charleston were supplied from vineyards in Virginia and Ohio. The cellars were comprised of three separate but con-

Email your responses about Wine Cellar Park or requests for locations you’d like Looking Back to visit to Squires’ book Looking Back at Charleston is a compilation of 24 essays and color photos from her column and is available on Amazon. Visit

nected vaults with barrel roofs. The measurements are roughly 40 feet wide and 19 feet high. The thickness of the walls varies from a little over a foot to over 3 feet. On the exterior, the center arch keystone has a wine cask in relief in the stone. In 1974, the cellars were purchased by the City of Dunbar to be included as part of the park. Now, Wine Cellar Park is a recreation destination. There are picnic shelters, a playground, and a walking trail. Laura Anderson Lake provides good fishing and beautiful scenery. The 7-acre lake is accessible to all who care to ‘wet a line.’ The lake was built by the city of Dunbar in 1984. According to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the lake is an average of 18 feet deep with a maximum depth of 33 feet. The lake has channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and is stocked with trout twice a year. Paths surround the lake providing easy fishing access or a short but pleasant hike in nature. In 2013, the inaugural tournament of a new disc golf course at the park was held. Seasoned Frisbee enthusiasts in attendance described the 9-hole course as ‘challenging.’ Dutch Hollow Wine Cellars was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. Standing at the foot of a wooded hill in Dutch Hollow, they are a reminder of a long gone industry of the Kanawha Valley. Next month, Looking Back explores Charleston’s Coonskin Park.

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FRONT OF THE HILL CHARMING CAPE COD. Hardwood floors, crown moldings, high-ceilings. Wonderful deck for entertaining. Walk downtown on Sun-rise Trail. Three minutes to Bridge Road shops and restaurants! MLS: 246955

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This amazing large family home located in one of Charleston’s most prestigious neighborhoods, this home boasts ample sq. footage & bedroom space in which to accommodate families of any size! This home has top quality construction from the main level to the third level. Outside, you can lounge by the pool, and for guests, there is a 900+ Sq Ft 1 bd/1 ba pool house. Inside boasts a gourmet kitchen w/breakfast area & large formal dining. Master suite is overly spacious. 3rd floor is fully finished.

Beautiful 1 owner home in the heart of So. Hills. Spacious open floor plan offers updated kitchen w/ SS appliances, main floor master ensuite with walk-in closets & living room with vaulted ceilings & multiple French doors. Covered back patio with built-in gas grill looking to a waterfall with fire features on both sides. Lower level is perfect for entertaining with game tables & full bar with fridge, ice maker & dishwasher. Heated driveway to an oversized 2 car garage finished with epoxy floors

Elegance in the forest best describes this magnificent home located South Hills. This home sits on 17+ private and gated acres with 100+ acres available for pleasure or development. 6 Bedrooms 4.5 Baths. The indoor pool offers year around pleasure in its own detached 2200 sq ft pool house with a kitchen and full bath. Built in 2004, this amazing home is quality throughout with beautiful trim and hardwoods, 10ft main level ceilings and 9ft upper level ceilings.

A charming 3 bedroom house in the front of South Hills. Short walk to Bridge Road restaurants and shops. Updated throughout, including finished basement, new paint inside/outside, new HVAC, new front door/ garage door - plus more! Excellent school district.

Fabulous find! A prestigious home providing soft 1 floor living w/ loft on over an acre of privacy, this house has been completely remodeled. 3BR 3.5BA on main inc Master Suite. Wood Paneled Library/Family, just off the Dining room & impressive open kitchen, leading to sunroom w/ commanding views of downtown. Recently finished upper level w/open concept, perfect for home office. Lower level offers an additional 1900+ sq ft that has been dry walled & is semi-finished with 2 additional BR/BA.

This spectacular home is located in gated Elk Hills Community, and just a short distance to downtown Charleston and its many amenities. With 5 bedrooms and 4.4 baths, along with over 8,400 square feet of open living space, this home provides plenty of breadth to stretch it out. Rich with elegance, custom finishes include, numerous porches and patios, and four fireplaces. An attached 3-car garage, 3-car detached guest carriage house, gourmet kitchen and lower level recreation space.

Exceptional town home located in Southgate Subdivision. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths including 1st floor master. Gorgeous hardwood floors. Many updates throughout, both functionally and cosmetically. Full finished lower level offering rec and family rooms. Conveniently located for access to the corridor, interstate and downtown Charleston and minutes from elementary, middle, and high schools.

Completely renovated South Hills home situated on 3 acres. 5 bedrooms 4 full baths including newly remodeled main floor master suite. Additional bedrooms on the upper level with 2 full baths. Recent renovations include a new kitchen with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances; bathroom renovations; new roof; new electric; and so much more.

Beautiful ranch style home on the river. 4 Bedrooms 3.5 Baths. New hardwoods, sunroom with skylights and large open kitchen with cherry cabinetry. Views of the river from the eat in kitchen and master bedroom. Fully finished lower level guest suite w/ full bath. Brick stairway to recently constructed deck and dock on river.

Luxury home at the end of a private Cul-De-Sac. Sitting on 5+ acres, this renovated home has a huge 2 story living room, a large gourmet kitchen & a 1st floor Master Suite w/ a huge master bath & his/her closets! The lower level has been remodeled to become the ultimate Entertainment level w/ a bar, pool room, & bedrooms if needed. 4 decks off the back of the home allow for unobstructed views of the woods in privacy.

Enjoy the carefree condo life in this beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo in downtown Charleston. Priced to sell, this 3 bedroom condo has been completely renovated. This unit offers access to the beautiful common areas and gated parking. Your HOA fees cover water, sewer, trash, electric, building maintenance and insurance. Additional 1 BR units available as well.

Completely remodeled unit with views of the city and state capital. Approximately 1000 square feet of living space. 2 bedrooms 2 baths. New flooring and freshly painted throughout. Updated kitchen with new cabinetry, countertop and appliances. All utilities included in HOA except electric. Only minuets to downtown Charleston. Outdoor pool, fitness center and laundry facility on site.

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INCREDIBLE FOXCHASE ESTATE offering 10+ acres of gorgeous views and privacy! Formal living and dining, 2 story great room with fireplace, 7 bedrooms and 4.5 baths including beautiful main floor master suite with tiled soaking tub and walk-in shower, updated kitchen with stainless appliances and granite countertops and informal eating area. Lower level family area with brick fireplace and your own outdoor oasis feature a stunning walk out patio overlooking your 40X16 heated pool with purification system and beautifully landscaped yard complete with solar lights and greenhouse. Whole house generator included. Separate lower level living quarters including bedroom, bath, family room, and kitchenette. A total of 6,715 square feet of quality built by Roger Monk. MLS 240146 | $929,000 South Hills - Vaulted ceilings and skylights are featured in the spacious great room that’s perfect for entertaining. A 3 season sunroom flows onto a lovely deck overlooking the gorgeous backyard. The master suite has its own private full bath. The lower level features a large rec room and 2 bedrooms. 2 car garage, concrete basketball area, usable yard space, and the list goes on! $239,000 MLS 246864

NEW ROOF - Lovely mid entry - Large living room and dining room with beautiful hardwood floors, master with private ensuite, huge deck perfect for entertaining, fenced yard, large rec room in lower level with gorgeous wooden accents on the walls, extra parking beside driveway, new roof, only minutes from amenities. JA/GW school district. Call today to schedule your private showing! $197,900 MLS 247240

Elkview - OVER SIZED 3-CAR GARAGE. ain level living! ancher on a flat lot with tons of garage space, separate shop, ample parking, hardwood floors, main level laundry, fenced yard, screened porch, sunroom, beautiful deck, large kitchen with lots of storage and counter space, master bedroom with private ensuite, large unfinished basement, 2 closets in each bedroom, whole house generator, the list goes on! $221,500 MLS 247222

NEW SALT WATER PRIVATE POOL Beautiful 2 bed, 2.5 bath, end unit condo with abundant natural light and tons of storage. A huge living room and a formal dining area lead onto a back deck- perfect for entertaining! Large master features multiple closets and a private ensuite! The unit also has a one car garage, a spacious family room in the basement, 2 story foyer, and more. Conveniently located in Shadybrook Subdivision. JA/GW school district.


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MAGNIFICENT KANAWHA CITY HOME Situated on a corner lot, this home features quality updates thru out. Oversized master suite addition including large bath with walk in shower and cedar lined closet make this a complete first floor living area. There are 2 possibly 3 additional bedroom with a custom marble bath on the upper level. Other updates include newer kitchen, architectural designed roof and gorgeous hardwood floors thru out. Beautiful step down dining room and private office with wood paneling complete the first floor. Outside features include professional landscaped level backyard with access to attached 2 car garage. $639,900

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1 & 2 bedroom units with phenomenal views of Capitol and river. Furnished with all kitchen appliances. Turn key units. HOA fees include all utilities except electric. Amenities include, pool, private workout room and on-site laundry. Units from $105,000 and up.

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SITUATED ON A PEACEFUL, HIGHLY SOUGHT- after street, 2 miles from elementary, junior & college prep HS. 14 Norwood has a stunning, wide and flat front yard. Features include built-in bookshelves in formal living, marble floors in den, Wainscoting in dining room, Italian tile in breakfast area & kitchen, quartz & granite countertop from the Greenbrier in kitchen, coffered ceiling, 3 gas fireplaces, 3 HVAC’s, new roof, bathroom upstairs remodeled w/ Caesar stone countertop.


BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE CITY. Gorgeous, front of the hill location with the views of the city & river! Located in award-winning school district and convenient to downtown and area hospitals! This lovely home was built in 1876 and is full of historic charm. Features include open concept kitchen and living area, as well as a private backyard that gives the feeling of being in the country. This home is a must see! Dual HVAC- 1 unit less than a year old.


ONE ACRE LEVEL LOT LOCATED THREE MILES FROM RT 60. Recently updated mid-entry. Like new, ready to move in. Neutral colors new carpet, new windows, and a new HVAC! Two outbuildings great for storage. All weather sunporch and fenced yard.


TOWNHOME LOCATED IN PRIVATE & RELAXED LOCATION. First floor master suite. Open floor plan both levels. An abundant amount of space & storage space. HOA includes lawn care and exterior maintenance.


LOOKING FOR ACREAGE JUST MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN? This nearly 5 acre property is the one for you! Nestled on Chappell Road, this property is just minutes from area hospitals, the interstate, and downtown Charleston! Tie into city utilities!

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NESTLED IN SOUTH HILLS, the 1896 Whitney Farm House & Carriage House, w/ an additional 780 sq ft, enjoys convenience while secluded in a private, natural setting. This classic gem offers heart-pine floors, glass cabinetry from original windows, gorgeous stonework, gardens, expansive yard, & wrap-around porches. The interior offers recently renovated kitchen, bath, & laundry rooms feat Winchester English & French Tile, high-end appliances, & marble countertops


NESTLED IN SOUTH HILLS. Close to shops & downtown Charleston, the 1896 Whitney Farm House & Carriage House, w/an additional 780 sf, convenient yet secluded private, natural setting. This classic gem offers heart-pine floors, glass cabinetry from original windows, stonework, gardens, expansive yard, & wrap-around porches. The interior offers recently renovated kitchen, bath, & laundry rooms feat Winchester English & French Tile, high-end appliances, & marble counters.


DESCRIPTION: PERFECT CORNER LOT TO BUILD. Conveniently located to all your South Ridge shopping and Route 119.


OVER 1.5 ACRES OF LAND IN WONDERFUL KANAWHA CITY LOCATION! Just minutes to area hospitals, the interstate, and downtown Charleston! Easily tie into city utilities!

LOCATED IN A DESIRED NEIGHBORHOOD IN SOUTH HILLS. Near great schools, South Hills pool, easy access to RT. 119. This beautiful home offers you spectacular upgrades like a totally remodeled kitchen & powder room, crown-molding, new hardwood & wainscoting in master, new HVAC system. Great space & features outdoors for entertaining guests. 1913 Woodside will easily become your forever home.


EVER WANTED TO FIND YOURSELF TUCKED AWAY IN THE HISTORIC DISTRICT OF THE EAST END? This beautiful 4 story Brownstone offers you just that and more. Your just blocks away from Downtown Charleston and steps away from the Clay Center. End unit, two car garage, unfinished basement for plentiful storage, laundry second floor, spacious third floor that can be used as a bedroom or entertainment space.


CHARMING DESIRED “SUNRISE AREA” OF SOUTH HILLS. First floor living. Great natural lighting throughout. Beautiful backyard area with patio, perfect for bird watching. Spacious kitchen. 2 car garage. Lower-level can be utilized as family room or bedroom & also has a full bath.


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We’re continually on the hunt for experiences that add richness to our lives. In the spirit of the revival of road trips, we are proud to feature a monthly section featuring destinations within driving distance of Charleston. We feel that our smart and savvy readers will find these trips interesting and entertaining.

Johnson City, TN



By: Melody Pittman

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Photo by Melody Pittman.

Driving a little over three hours forty minutes southwest of Charleston brings you to Johnson City, Tennessee, a beautiful mountain town mentioned in the iconic 1970’s Wagon Wheel song by Old Crow Medicine Show. Johnson City often shies behind its bigger state counterparts, Nashville, Memphis, and Gatlinburg. Still, it is a fantastic weekend getaway with a vibrant downtown, a tasty food scene, and arguably the best beer in the state. Here are recommendations for your visit. 20 | JUNE 2021

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The beer scene is alive and well in Johnson City, with nearly ten breweries, include Yee-Haw Brewing Co, one of the finest in the state. The taproom is comfy and welcoming, offering corn hole, games, and a massive fire pit. White Duck Taco Shop is next door so that you can enjoy delicious tacos and Mexican food with your beer experience. If cocktails are more your thing, the Windsor Speakeasy has a craft cocktail list with magical adult libation creations. Johnson City has a historic, walkable downtown area filled with locally-owned shops, eateries, coffee bars, a gaming store, and photogenic murals. Founders Park is a lovely five-acre green space with a walking path, lovely rotating art installments, and a water feature that adds the icing on the cake, but was designed for stormwater retention. Photo by Melody Pittman.

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You’ll find lakes and rivers in Johnson City, great for boating, fishing, and rafting. Warriors’ Path State Park even offers a campground. Pamper yourself in the Austin Springs Spa & Salon, a luxury spa experience with skilled aestheticians. The spa is located inside the Carnegie Hotel and offers a variety of pedicures, manicures, facials, waxing, and body treatments.


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lunch should be less crowded. Another option is Gourmet and Company, with the Appalachian Cobb Salad, a popular choice with chicken, Benton’s bacon, tomato, pickled eggs, and avocado. If you need something heartier, the Tuna Melt was the best I’ve ever had, nestled between cranberry raisin bread and topped with cheddar and provolone. Photo by Melody Pittman.

A unique attraction is the Gray Fossil Site & Museum, home to the ongoing dig site outback that has turned up hundreds of Miocene-early Pliocene era artifacts. At the same location is The Hands On! Discovery Center, an exciting science center with a climbing apparatus, musical Tesla coil, and many hands-on exhibits for kids.

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Photo by Melody Pittman.

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If you are a biker, Tannery Knobs will make your knees weak. This meticulously designed course is for beginners through pros, with varying levels of expertise for mountain biking and hiking. A pump track is also at the property and benches for great panoramic Johnson City views and picnicking.

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You’ll be amazed at the sheer number of delicious dining spots around Johnson City. For breakfast, look no further than Pal’s Speedy Service, which you’ll see when you drive into town. Pal’s is the turquoise building with a hamburger, hot dog, fries, and shake jutting out from it. The kitschy eatery is also a good lunch or anytime option. Don’t miss the cheddar rounds. Java Juice House is another, with açaí bowls, fancy toasts, and great coffee and tea options.

Dinner options range from German to Indian, and one with an A+ for originality. At Freiburg’s, one of Johnson City’s international restaurants, try the German sausages or something more traditional like Schnitzel or Sauer Braten. For your Indian Fix, Sahib has all the favorites and impeccable service. Timber is themed after camping and National Parks, offering fried Brussels, succulent pork sandwiches, and a variety of vegetarian fare.

WHERE TO STAY IN JOHNSON CITY Deluxe accommodations in Johnson City are found at the stunning Carnegie Hotel. This AAA four-Diamond Hotel has loads of charm, a picturesque library with private seating nooks, and Wellington’s, a full-service high-end restaurant. The room’s sleigh bed featured high-thread-count linens and all the amenities you could wish for.

JOHNSON CITY: A CITY ON THE RISE Photo by Melody Pittman.

For lunch, Label is excellent for gourmet burgers, steaks, and the Cinnamon Oblivion dessert. It’s one of the town’s most popular eateries, so Photo by Melody Pittman.

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Hopefully, you will be as bowled over by the fun, hospitality, and pride of Johnson City as I was. This is a city that is getting noticed and growing by leaps and bounds. If you still need more to do, consider a 17-minute drive over to Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee. Happy travels.

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