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Folk, Bluegrass and Celtic round out Opera House lineup Drew Tanner Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation

have made in restoring a Climax locomotive. Registration information for Railfan Weekend can be obtained online at

The Sea, The Sea March 8, 7:30 p.m., $8 Winners of the 2012 Kerrville New Folk competition, The Sea, The Sea is Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa. The intimacy of their performances evokes the likes of other contemporary duos, but The Sea, The Sea has carved out a niche with a unique blend

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of voices and seamless phrasing. The duo’s name comes from a cry of joy by ancient Greek soldiers after an arduous journey back home from war. Costa toured for years as a solo artist and independently released five albums. He was also the appointed 2011-2012 Official Connecticut State Troubadour. Stanley combines extensive training in dance, theater and music (Boston

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IN THIS ISSUE Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Opera House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Wild Edibles Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Mountain State Trout Festival . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Fly Fishing School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Ballhooter Spring Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Greenbrier River Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Country River Cabins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Elk Springs Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Railfan Weekend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Cover: Engine Shay No. 5 leads the Cass Sce-

nic Railroad State Park train on a run to the top of the mountain. Photo courtesy of Chase Gunnoe

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Greenbrier Branch of the Chesapeake and Ohio’s line from Ronceverte with the DVGRR’s Moore-Keppel Lumber Company Climax No. 3 locomotive and several passenger cars. The special railfan weekend prelude will be capped off with an 8-to-10 p.m. night photo session with Climax No. 3 at the Durbin depot. Friday through Sunday, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park’s unparalleled fleet of rare Shay and Heisler locomotives take center stage for Railfan Weekend, from sun-up and well into the evening. During the day, the historic town, depot and water tank, as well as breath-taking mountain settings at Whittaker Station, Bald Knob and the S-curve near Old Spruce, will be the backdrop for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. On Friday and Saturday from 8:30 p.m. until 10 p.m., striking night-time photographs of the loco-

motives will be made possible by no less than 25,000 watts of high-powered lighting that will illuminate the engines, depot, water tank locomotive shop and company store. Friday will also feature a commemorative address and celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park at the Cass Shop. Scheduled speakers include Jim Wrinn, editor of Trains Magazine, as well as state park officials. Saturday’s activities will include guided walking tours of the town and tours of the MSRLHA restoration shop where people can see the significant progress volunteers

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he woods of Pocahontas County are full of nourishing plants, mushrooms and herbs, and foraging for wild edibles is a bit of a local tradition. Whether it’s to preserve a way of life, or just an interest in shaving down the grocery bill, more and more people are returning to the forests in search of food. Last year’s well-attended Wild Edibles Festival kicked off at the Hillsboro Library with a talk delivered by clinical herbalist Mimi Hernandez from the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University. Hernandez talked about chestnuts and their place in early Appalachian diets, how to properly prepare acorns, the health-benefits of wild berries, and the best way to cook edible greens like garlic mustard, cleavers

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and dandelions. After the presentation Hernandez answered questions from the audience, and attendees were invited to The Pretty Penny Café in Hillsboro for a special wild-edibles lunch. After the meal, local naturalist Mike Smith took everyone on a hike down the Greenbrier River Trail to identify some wild victuals.

This year’s Wild Edible Festival — Saturday, April 20 — hosts a similar schedule. Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. at the Hillsboro Library. A presentation delivered by Dr. Rebecca Linger will focus on “Folk Remedies and Reliable Edibles of Appalachia.”

Linger is an assistant professor at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and holds a PhD in medicinal chemistry. “I teach at the pharmacy school,” Linger said. “What I do is teach students the basic sciences — like biochemistry. Then in the second year of their curriculum, I teach them medicinal chemistry.

Then I’ve got an elective class they can choose to take. It’s not part of the core-curriculum, but it talks about folk medicine in the Appalachian region.” Linger said she plans to talk about different plants indigenous to Pocahontas County, and highlight the ones that are both edible and nutritious. “There are various plants in that area that you might think are a weed, that you really don’t want to play with,” she said. “Like, I don’t know if you’ve heard of stinging nettles, but they’re actually a very nutritious

plant. You can make tea from it, and you can also pick the leaves and boil them up like you would spinach. It’s a really good source of vitamins A and C. It’s one of the more nutritious plants in terms of green leafy vegetables and it’s one of the easiest to identify.” Linger said people are usually surprised when she talks about some of the weeds that are even growing in their yards — like wild plantains or dandelions. Linger said one of her focuses is on what she calls “pot herbs” — leafy greens you can boil See EDIBLES page 20

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densation to be drawn away from the body. The “Handling a fly rod has Fly Shop has waders in nothing to do with how everyone’s price range – strong you are,” Lewis from $99 to nearly $500. continued. “The harder Longtime fishermen you try, the worse you’ll can appreciate the imdo. If you try to force it, it provement in this area. works against you.” The old rubber waders Fly-fishing is a hobby were hot in the summer for a lifetime. and cold in the winter. “Older people can con“Kids have to be comtinue to fly-fish,” Skeen fortable,” Lewis said, “or said. “You can be 85-yearsfifteen minutes into it, old and still be playing in they’re going to be ready the creek.” to go home.” Another misconception The guides at Elk is that fly-fishing is an exSprings have been pleased pensive hobby. with the number of young “You can show up in a Tpeople who have signed shirt and jeans,” Skeen up the past few years for said. “We can outfit you fly-fishing school. with clothes, waders, rod Lewis recalled a comand reel.” ment made by one of the Everything is for rent at resort’s clients: The Fly Shop, and it’s all “When my kids wanted for sale, as well. to learn to drive, I sent “Fly-fishing has the repthem to Driver’s Ed. Now The best investment “right out of the gate” is a set of good waders. The Fly Shop utation of being expenmy son wants to learn to has you covered – and dry – with the latest wader technology. sive,” Brietmeier said. fly fish. So I brought him “But it doesn’t have to here to learn.” The dad spent the day a divorce.” erns deep below the Albe.” The son took the class. in a cabin at the resort. The Elk River and Elk legheny Mountains,” and Another gentleman said Springs Resort have a the resort has been estabthat his wife wanted to story that is unique. lished to make the most of learn to fly-fish, and “this The Elk River “comes what nature has to offer in class will be cheaper than forth from limestone cav- a peaceful, out-of- the-way place. Its website puts it best: “We live and breathe Visit Highland County, “Virginia’s Switzerland,” located in the Allegheny Elk River, and we have Mountains. Highland County is known for its rural charm, rich history you need for a If you forgot to pack it, we’re here to help! everything and scenic beauty. Explore back roads and scenic highways for unique day on the river or a life•Emergency prescription refills time in the sport of fly shopping, dining and outdoor recreational experiences. fishing.” •Over-the-counter meds And just like the river UPCOMING EVENTS: •First aid, toothbrushes and on the evening of a Maple Festival, “hatch” – when it comes to personal care items experience and knowlMarch 9 - 10 and 16 - 17 •Diabetic supplies edge of the sport – Brietmeier, Skeen and Lewis Farmers Market •Sun care and baby items are “all over it!” June - September Call them today to begin your lifetime of fly We now offer two locations to serve you better! Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, fishing, and visit them at June 13-16 The Fly Shop at Elk Monday - Friday Pocahontas Open9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Springs Resort for a most Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Artists’ Weekend, Pharmacy informative and invigorat105 Duncan Road, Marlinton ing conversation about the June 28 & 29 (just off Rt. 219 N by Hospital) 304-799-4944 world of fly fishing. They can be reached 365 days a year at 304Monday - Thursday Green Bank Open9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 339-2FLY. Ω Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pharmacy Jaynell Graham may be (540) 468-2550 • www.highlandcounty.org In the Comunity Care Clinic at jsgraham@poc 304-456-3333 contacted Rt. 28/92 Green Bank ahontastimes.com

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For a few hundred dollars you can get what you need. “Fly-fishing equipment lasts longer than spinner rods.” Lewis said. “Rods have a twenty-five year warranty. If it snaps in ten to fifteen years, most companies will replace them. Some come with a lifetime warranty.” Just as the guys have found a favorite river in the Elk, they have found a favorite corner in The Fly Shop. “If you’re going to spend money right out of the gate, I’d invest in a good set of waders,” Skeen said. “A good rod is important, but the wrong waders - or no waders makes you uncomfortable.” The development of Gortex has made wading in 40 degree water a comfortable experience. The breathable membrane allows moisture and con-

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The 27th annual Greenbrier River Race takes place Saturday, April 27. The mini-triathlon totals 17 miles — a three-mile run, followed by a fourmile kayak trip, finishingup with a 10-mile bike ride along the Greenbrier River Trail back into Marlinton. For more information, contact the Pocahontas County Convention Visitors Bureau or visit www.tristateracer.com For anyone interested in volunteering for the race, contact Brenda Cochran at luvbnamomof5@ yahoo.com Ω Angelo Jiordano may be contacted at amjiordano@ pocahontastimes.com

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eating.” The camp does not have an age limit and Holt said he would love to see more children attend the camp. “This will be my fifth year and in the time that I’ve done it, I’ve only had one person under the age of 18 take the school,” he said. “It’s not like we don’t want kids here. We want to get youth involved. It’s a great father/son weekend.” When Holt took over directing the camp five

years ago, he made a major change in moving it to Pocahontas County, which, to him, was an easy decision to make. “For over 20 years it was at Beverly and after I took the school over, I made the switch to Pocahontas County because it’s the birthplace of rivers,” he said. “There’s so much trout water right there around Thornwood. For goodness’ sake, there’s a couple trout streams running right through the camp. I think it’s a better location in my opinion. It

offers so much more for the student, instructional wise.” Registration for the camp is online at www.wvtu.org/fly-fishingschool.html The fee may be mailed to Holt or paid by credit card online through a Paypal account. For more information on the fly fishing school, contact Holt at wvtufly fishingschool@yahoo.com Ω Suzanne Stewart may be contacted at sastewart@poc ahontastimes.com

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est Virginia Trout Unlimited is hosting the first-ever Mountain State Trout Festival June 1 and 2 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. The event includes seminars with world famous fishing experts, competitions and a vendor expo. “We want to highlight the fisheries in the state of West Virginia,” Trout Unlimited’s Bubba Holt said. “I’ve fished every state east of the Mississippi and south of New York. I’ve fished a lot of waters – Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico. I’ve done a lot of trout fishing and West Virginia, by far, has the best trout water of any place I’ve ever been. That’s what we went to highlight at the event, make people aware that there’s really good trout fishing here in the

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state of West Virginia.” The seminars will be led by three world-renowned fishing experts, two of whom are from West Virginia. “We got Jack Bell. He’s a casting champion, and he’s actually from Morgantown,” Holt said. “Then we’ve got Joe Messenger. He is widely known as one of the best fly-tiers in the nation. He’s from Morgantown. He’s invented a couple patterns that are sold nationwide, worldwide, as well. We also have author Ed Engle coming, who is very wellknown. His articles have been published in many publications, and he’s written many books.” Other events include a spin-casting competition and fly tying race, both on Saturday. Sunday, participants can travel to Elk Springs Resort in Monterville, for the

one-fly compurchase quality goods at stuff than just the room. petition. this event throughout the The registration into the Holt said there weekend.” festival is already paid for are several vendors The lodging pack- when you get a lodging signed up for the event, age offered by package through Snowbut he is still looking for Snowshoe in- shoe, so we really want to more. cludes the reg- push people to get your “We want vendors that istration price accommodations at Snowhave anything to do with for the festival, as well as shoe where everything is

also kind of a membership drive. It lets people become aware of what we actually do, and they might become a member and help us in future projects. You never know when some father is going to bring his son to some-

“I’ve fished every state east of the Mississippi

and south of New York. I’ve fished a lot of waters – Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico. I’ve done a lot of trout fishing and

West Virginia, by far,

has the best trout water of any place I’ve ever been.”

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Bubba Holt, Trout Unlimited the outdoors,” he said. “Fly fishermen don’t just need fly rods and waders. Anything you can possibly think of that an outdoorsman would need, we would like the vendors there. We want to offer people the opportunity to

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at 8 a.m. at the gazebo. We’ll have the big tent setup there, and we’ll be doing registration there. Then there’s a mandatory race meeting at 10:30 and then the race begins promptly at 11. Packet pick-up is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday night at the Marlinton Municipal Building, then again at 8 a.m. on Saturday for people who aren’t coming in on Friday.” Cochran said they’re always looking for volunteers for the 17-mile event. “We’ll always take volunteers,” said Cochran. “It takes between 60-80 volunteers to be able to pull

off the entire race, and we can’t do it without their help. Without them, we can’t have a race.” Cochran said everyone is invited to the race, and there will be live music at the gazebo — Mixed Nuts, of Charleston, is scheduled to perform. “They do a really great job — just easy listening. People will enjoy having them there,” Cochran said. “Come out, enjoy the fun. It’s a nice family event. It used to be we didn’t have many spectators, maybe just five or six people watching. Now, we get a lot of local people, as well as the racers, bringing their families. So it’s become a spectator sport, too.”

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richment Series. Dawson said this year’s festival will include a nature walk to identify wild edibles, vendors on scene selling nature-themed products, door prizes and an optional lunch at The Pretty Penny Café featuring “a touch of wild.” T-shirts, tote-bags, and a wild edibles cookbook will all be for sale, with tasting tables and a wild edibles potluck supper rounding out the afternoon. Dawson said everyone is invited and the event is free except for the optional lunch at The Pretty Penny. Ω Angelo Jiordano may be contacted at amjiordano@ pocahontastimes.com

other opportunities to experience the resort. “You get the opportunity to roam around the mountain all weekend – ride the lift down to the lake, row a boat around the lake,” Holt said. “It comes with a lot of other

going on.” Trout Unlimited plans to make this an annual event and hopes it receives a good reception from area anglers. “I think this is kind of a way to highlight the efforts that everybody puts into making the fisheries that we have, as well as it’s

thing like this and then you get a lifelong member of Trout Unlimited.” For more information on the festival, visit www.wvtu.org/mountainstate-trout-festival.html Ω Suzanne Stewart may be contacted at sastewart@poc ahontastimes.com

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together in a pot. “What I find interesting is, sometimes in the audience, there’s people whose families have been wildforaging for years, and they’ll say ‘oh yeah, I remember my grandma used to pick that.’ Especially in this area. I get a lot of that.” Linger is invited to speak all across the state. She was in Pocahontas County a couples of years back to talk with members of the Pocahontas County Nature Club, and she said she was astounded by the local ecology. “I came out to give a talk about both medicinals and wild edibles,” Linger said. “I was blown away.

They took me to an area that was kind of a ravine going down to the Greenbrier. I was just amazed by what was growing down there. I’d never seen rhododendrons that big before. They were just huge. Out here [in Charleston] a lot of the area has been mined and forested, so we’re basically seeing third growth forest, not a lot of unspoiled areas like you have there.” Mary Dawson helps organize the Wild Edibles Festival on behalf of both the Pocahontas County Nature Club and the Hillsboro Library Friends. She said the event is cosponsored by the organizations, and is supported by a grant from the Calvin W. Price Appalachian En-

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rab your reel and rod, and head to the 4-H Camp in Thornwood. It’s time again for the West Virginia Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing School – May 17 through 19. The three-day camp includes tips on all you need to know about fly fishing. “It’s a really good starting point for a newbie getting into the sport,” School Director Bubba Holt said. “We cover casting, reading the water, wading safety, equipment selection and other little tidbits of info throughout the weekend.” The camp includes two nights of lodging at the 4H camp, meals – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – as well as a box of fly fishing supplies. “The only thing they need to bring fishing related are waders,” Holt said. “It’s mid-May, I wet wade by that time of year,

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so I don’t wear waders. They don’t really need to bring those if they don’t want to. As for fly fishing stuff, we have rods available and each student walks away with a little fly

fishing box with supplies in it.” The camp is filled with instruction from skilled fly fisherman, who spend most of the time with their students on the river

Photos courtesy of West Virginia Trout Unlimited

The Fly Fishing School offered by West Virginia Trout Unlimited is open to anglers of all skill levels who want to either perfect their trade or learn a new type of fishing.

banks, or in the river itself. “For Saturday instruction, I want no less than a 2:1 ratio – students per instructor,” Holt said. “On Sunday, I’ve got other people that come in and go fishing with the students. I try to keep it 1:1.” Holt, who has been fly fishing since the age of six, said the camp is perfect for all types of fisherman – those who have never fished before, to those who are very skilled in spin fishing, but have never tried fly fishing. “I think there’s a misconception that it’s harder to fly fish than to do other types of fishing,” he said. “Again, I started when I was about six. My dad put a fly rod in my hand when I was about six-years-old. Is it harder? It’s like anything else, it takes practice.” As with any type of fishing, you can’t become skilled unless you understand the streams and understand the fish. “You can be the best caster in the world, but if you don’t know where the fish are, you’re not going to catch a dang thing,” Holt said. “If you don’t know what they’re eating, you’re not going to catch a daggone thing. It’s not so much about the casting as

pect. It’s more about un- can, so you have to underderstanding the fish in the stand where the fish are in stream. With fly fishing, the water and what they’re you’ve got to get that fly as See SCHOOL page 20 close to the fish as you

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he Calvin W.Price Appalachian Enricment Series is a celebration of life in Appalachia. It’s acclaimed series of in-depth workshops and educational field trips will expose you to some of our best-kept mountain secrets. Immerse yourself in our culture, create a life-lasting experience and connect to the outdoors in a whole new way. Wild Edibles Festival April 20 Hillsboro Library Experience the nourishing botanic biodiversity of our region. Local naturalists will lead a walk to identify wild edibles. Dr. Rebecca Linger, PhD, assistant professor at University of Charleston will lecture on folk remedies and reliable edibles in Appalachia. Demonstrations, tastings and vendors availalbe. Lunch availble at the Pretty Penny Café in Hillsboro. See page 3 for more information on this event. Good Earth Garden Series May through August Pearl S.Buck Birthplace Come join in this series

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mountain music. The open-air event includes free, make-and-take arts and craft activities designed for all ages, along with demonstrations by local artisans ranging from a blacksmith to a maker of wildflower teas. Capping off the day is a learn-as-you-go square dance led by area favorites Juantia Fireball and the Continental Drifters. See page 14 for more information on this event. Droop Mountain 150th Anniversary June through November Commemorate the

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Droop Mountain by hiking the same routes soldiers did in 1863. Follow the Union Army route from Hillsboro to Droop; follow the Confederates’ route from Lewisburg to Droop. Space limited, register early. June 22 – Nine mile hike from Hillsboro to Droop; July 20 – Four mile hike from Hillsboro to Droop; August 31 – Three mile hike from Hillsboro to Droop; and November 5 and 6 – Thirty mile hike from Lewisburg. Herb Fair July 20 and October 12 Green Bank Learn about harvesting herbs for health and pleasure. Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG), educator and herbal clinician shares personal insights into the use of common wild herbs. Teresa shares how to make effective syrups, codrials and tinctures. Marcia Laska (AHG) will guide participants as they make their own custom salve or lotion. Laska will teach about syrups, tinctures and lotions on October 12. Limited space. Traveling Rt. 219 August 17 and 24

Winding through idyllic farmland and the rugged mountain landscape of Pocahontas County, the Seneca Trail takes you on a journey into the past as you encounter the ancient farms, mills, museums and battlfields. The Traveling 219 Project will be hosting an afternoon van tour along this stretch of Pocahontas County. The tour will leave from Marlinton and include stops at local hertage sites to listen to and learn from different speakers about this historic and culturally rich part of West Virginia. Tunes and Tales of the Mountain Music Trail Sundays in August As part of the Mountain Music Trail, join local musician, instructor and radio personality Caleb

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the weekend there’s going to be skiing, music, a live comedy show, drink specials, a beach party, contests — all that good stuff.” Dekema said the festivities will take place all around the mountain. “On the slopes, off the slopes, in the bars and restaurants,” he said. “Out in the middle of the village is where the concerts are going on. There’s going to be a big festival stage set-up there.” According to Dekema, the music line-up is going to feature some great bands. “There’s going to be some good college-touring type acts,” Dekema said. “MiM0SA — for people that are into electronic dance music — MiM0SA is pretty big. Good Old War, Dirty Guv-nahs, Boombox — they’re a dif-

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ferent kind of music we’ve got planned. The band Trapped, we just signed them for late night Sunday. They’ve had some hits on the radio the past few years, so people will probably recognize that when they hear it.” All the music is free except for the Trapped concert — that event is an indoor, after-hours party. Dekema said the weekend kicks off Friday morning. “The first morning, there’s arrival-day skiing,” he said. “Then at nine that night, there’s a party in the Big Top. Also there’s gonna be a big Snuggie pub-crawl on Friday. I don’t know if you know what a Snuggie is, but you don’t want to miss that.” “At the bottom of the Ballhooter chairlift, we’re setting up a beach party — hot tubs, snow volleyball, games, prizes. Up in the village we have a zipline now, so we’ll be doing some bomb-run kind of challenges on the zip line — dropping into targets off the zip-line.” Other events lined up for the weekend include video contests, DJs, a fashion show and VIP parties, but a bash at Snowshoe wouldn’t be complete without fun on the slopes.

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“We’re gonna have racing on the slopes — it’s called NASTAR racing. So we’ll do some fun stuff, colleges versus each other,” Dekema said. According to www.nastar.com, NASTAR is an acronym for NAtional STandard Race and is the largest, public grassroots ski race program in the

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he Greenbrier River Race hasn’t changed much the past couple decades or so. There were a couple of years it was held in Greenbrier County, and the route has been altered once or twice, but for the most part, it’s the same thrilling experience for racers every year. The 27th annual Greenbrier River Race is going to mark some changes aimed at streamlining registration and timing during the race. This is the first year online registration will be available for the race at www.tristateracer.com Race director Brenda Cochran said last year’s 498 registrants was the biggest turnout they’ve ever had. With the minitriathlon attracting more racers every year, Cochran said she hopes the online registration will make things a little easier for race organizers. “The deadline this year is April 12, but the majority of people wait until after the first of April to register — they wait until the last minute,” joked Cochran. “Normally the last week before the race, we’re getting 40 or 50 registrations a day.” Another change this year will be the implementation of electronic chip-timing, rather than manual timing like in years past. “It’s brand new this year so we’re not exactly sure how everything works,” admitted Cochran. “What we are told, the chip will be inside the racer’s bibs, so everything is done electronically. Once they cross the pad, it will auto-

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matically read their time. Manual timing takes a lot of work, a lot of people, and a lot of time afterward getting the totals together. So we’re hoping chip-timing will alleviate some of that.” Cochran has been involved with the race for years now, but this is her first year as race director. “I’ve been involved with the race since 1999,” Cochran said. “For years I helped my sister with the race registration. Then for the last two years, I’ve been volunteer coordinator. Our race director decided she needed some time off, and they needed a new race director, so I stepped up to the plate. I felt like I had enough allaround experience that I

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as everything that is standing still – rocks, lights, cars and buildings. “You can see a hatch come off about six in the evening,� Skeen said. “With similar weather conditions, you will see the same event the same time next year. You’ll see the babies of the ones from last year. Some rivers are very fertile, but not to the scale you get here.� “That’s what makes this a great place,� Lewis added. The guys said that some waters may have only a couple dozen hatches, but it is limestone that makes the Elk so fertile. “For West Virginia, it’s kind of rare,� Lewis said. “There is good water quality – a good pH.� Brietmeier said “the beauty of the Elk is that is it spring-fed, allowing for fishing year-round.� “The peak season is mid-April to the fourth of July,� Skeen offered. Continuing with their

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Steve Brietmeier works with a variety of fowl feathers as he produces ties for the Fly Shop. When not on or in the river the guides keep busy tying flies to stock the shopĘźs display case, below. How many flies can a fly-tier tie? The LED lit fly display case has seen an inventory in the neighborhood of 60,000.

tag-team approach to fish“Ah, that’s my favorite ing and conversation, time,� Skeen said. Lewis added that “once Lewis said there was a the heat of the summer is misconception about flyover, fall fishing is great.� fishing. “People think fly-fishing

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ation, and the Brushy Flat Bushwackers 4-H club are hosting a pair of square dances and hour-long beginner workshops in March and June. Juanita Fireball and the Continental Drifters will provide music, with local callers Tom Sharp, James Carpenter, and Ellen and EuSee LINEUP, page 15

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first pole and asked if he could go fishing in the creek. “Am I gonna catch a shark?� he remembers asking. Skeen’s father ran the Orvis Store in Spring Hill. Following in his footsteps, Skeen ran his own shop for several years. “My dad gave me a flyfishing kit when I was nine or ten-years-old. I practiced in the driveway and shredded the fly line.� Skeen accompanied his dad when he taught fly fishing at the Cheat Mountain Club in Durbin. “When I was in seventh grade, I started to help teach,� Skeen said. “I met Joe at the school. He was helping to teach there, too.� Joe is Joe Lewis, of Barboursville, who came on board this year as a guide for the resort. Lewis has been a guide for 23 years and has man-

aged shops, as well. He worked in Montana for a while, was affiliated with Mountain State Outfitters and has had his own business - On the Fly. “Every person has a different objective,� Lewis said. “Some just want to learn the basics, while others need help to polish their skills.� The conversation with these guys really takes off when they talk of the fertile waters of the Elk and “the hatch.� The knowledge of entomology plays an important role in a fly-fisherman’s success or frustration. And the lifecycles of the mayfly are a world unto their own. Skeen talks of those stages with ease and in great detail – the nymph, the dun and the spinner. A hatch takes place once a year – in May or June, the sulphur season. At Elk Springs it is quite an event as the top of the water is covered with flies, as well

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River-front and trail-side Comfortable, convenient lodging at Country River Cabins Angelo Jiordano Staff writer

hether you’re riding the river trail — on horseback or bicycle — fishing the Greenbrier, or just looking for a quiet, comfortable getaway, Country River Cabins might be a spot to consider. Brian and Cherie Friel recently opened their first two cabins and hope to attract kayakers, equestrians, trail enthusiasts and fishermen. “Anybody that uses the river trail or goes to the river, I guess,” Brian said. “We’ve got a pit for horses — there seems to be a lot of interest in people wanting to ride horses around here. There’s a lot of old Forest Service roads and the river trail and stuff here. We’ve already had some people ride their horses from Cass down

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here and stay with us.” According to Brian, the brand-new cabins offer a prime spot for anyone interested in outdoor recreation. “If you look out the window, that’s the river trail right there,” pointed Brian. “There’s a road right down to the river. We got it all cleaned up. There’s almost 1,500 feet of riverfront down through there. Good for fishing; it’s good for swimming. That’s the Kee Eddy hole. There’s a good swimming hole about five or six feet deep. Our plan is anybody staying here would have full access to all that down there.” Brian said he’s a builder by trade, and it was kind of his idea to start the new venture. “I build anyway,” Brian said. “That’s what I do for a living. We bought this

land and our house is here, but down here beside the river trail — we never used it for anything. I thought maybe it’d make a good place for some rental cabins. So we started working on this one here.” Brian said over the course of the past three years, they started building the first, smaller cabin. He said he had some help, but for the most part, he and Cherie would just work on the cabins on the weekends. From the outside, the cabins are solid, simple and straightforward, but the interior reveals Brian’s and Cherie’s handiwork and creativity. Exposed wooden beams, stonework, and spiraling staircases add an air of luxury to the common areas of the cabins. See CABINS, page 17

Bring the kids dressed in their Easter best to meet Peter Cottontail on the Train! Join the Easter parade of animals in a mad search for that hippity, hoppity Bunny. Hop down the rails with face painting, singing, and more!

Wine & RRoses ose oses o es June 7 Leave the kids with the sitter and enjoy the fruits of West Virginia best vineyards. Wine tasting plus informative demonstrations and hors d’oeuvres on this four-hour trip to the High Falls of Cheat.

Father’s Dayy Cookou Cookout ut June 16 Give Dad a break and let us do the grillin’! Live music and a cookout at the High Falls of Cheat. We’re talking real honest to goodness grilling of burgers and hot dogs! Extended layover at the High Falls of Cheat. Bring a blanket.

Other Speciall TTrains raains & Pr Promotions roomotions See our web site for more Special Trains: rai r Dinner and Murder Mystery trains, and Summer / Autumn events. Great savings with our Family Day and Golden Day discounts!

1.866.998.7005

mtn-rail.com mtn-r ail.com

Pocahontas County Drama Workshop presents: The Pickers May 17 and 18 8 p.m., $8 In the debut of this original comedy by Margaret Baker, Hazel and Lloyd Arbuckle are hunkering down for a West Virginia style snowstorm when a

of being snowed-in with strangers bites both couples in the backside. Tickets only available at the door. Tickets for Performance Series events are available in advance at pocahontasoperahouse.org and at the 4th Avenue Gallery in Marlinton. Take note: starting this spring, season ticket holders can enjoy call-ahead reserved seating for all

Performance Series events. Call 304-799-6645 ahead at least 24 hours before the show, and the Opera House Foundation will reserve your seat so you can beat the crowd. The Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Avenue in Marlinton. Performances at the Opera House are informal, family-friendly and open to all. 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. The Opera House Performance Series is presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts,

with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Financial support for these performances is also provided by Pocahontas County Drama, Fairs and Festivals, Pendleton Community Bank, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Kellison-Bialek Nationwide Insurance, the Law Office of Roger D. Forman, and Brightside Acres. Ω

The Mountain State Trout Festival

June 1 - June 2

at Snowshoe Mountain Resort West Virginia Trout Unlimited is proud to present the first ever Mountain State Trout Festival! This event will become a rendezvous for trout fishing enthusiasts from across West Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region. It is expected that more than 1,000 anglers may attend. It is no coincidence that the first weekend in June marks one of the most magical periods for trout fishing in the Mountain State as insect hatches are at a peak. Schedule of Events SATURDAY, JUNE 1 Trout Vendor Exposition The Expo at Snowshoe Mountain will host many retailers, outfitters and non-profit organizations related to trout, trout fishing and the conservation surrounding trout. If you are interested in showcasing your business or non-profit to the many Mid-Atlantic area anglers, download the Festival Vendor Form online at wvtu.org. Seminars - Top anglers, fly tiers, conservation heroes and fisheries managers will provide incredible opportunities to develop your knowledge of trout fishing and conservation throughout the weekend.

Currently slated presentations include noted fly fishing and fly tying author Ed Engle, casting expert Jack Bell and fly tying expert Joe Messenger. Spin-Casting Competition Test your skills with an ultralight spinning rod and trout spinner and see how you stack up. Talk some trash with your buddies and have some fun. Fly Tying Race - How fast can you tie an Elk Hair Caddis? What about a Woolly Bugger? We will have sign ups for a bracketed tournament that will take place on stage in the middle of Snowshoe Village. This will be big fun for fly tiers.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2 One Fly Competition - This fundraising event will be the highlight of the weekend and is sure to bring out the competitive spirit as well as a load of laughs. Teams consisting of four anglers will choose a fly per person and in four hours compete to catch the most fish, biggest fish, littlest fish, quickest to lose his/her fly, etc. After your fly is gone, your scoring for the day is over. Elk Springs Resort, Monterville, is the primary sponsor. Complete rules and details online The Mountain State Trout Festival is a sanctioned event by the WV Council of Trout Unlimited which is chartered by Trout Unlimited National as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

More information online at wvtu.org. or call Phil Smith at 304-610-0992 Visit SnowshoeMtn.com for details on lodging and other activities that are available for your weekend at the Mountain State Trout Festival!

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MOUNTAIN TIMES Supplement to The Pocahontas Times • Spring 2013

gene Ratcliffe calling big circle square dances.

pair of skiers become stranded at their home. They are at first delighted to find themselves hosts to a Senator from Virginia and his wife, but as the evening wears on they begin to doubt the couple’s story about who they are and what was behind their aborted trip to Snowshoe. Suspicions mount until a game of Scrabble leads to gun play and the cold hard reality

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grown teas and learn woodworking tips. Individuals can join in the fun by making jewelry, learning candle wicking and painting a quilt square to become part of a community quilt displayed at the Fourth Avenue Gallery. If you have ever wanted to make an old-fashioned broom, but sure to sign up for the hands-on activity by sending an email to jhunt9@sysmatrix.net

During the noon to 1 p.m. lunch break, folks visiting Marlinton’s local businesses and restaurants will receive a free raffle ticket for the afternoon drawings. A ticket will be drawn ever half hour starting at 1 p.m. until closing. Winners will receive a handcrafted art or craft item donated by the members of the Co-op. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the Fourth

Avenue Gallery. The afternoon activities will include new and repeated demonstrations and make and take opportunities. Musical entertainment will include Juantia Fireball and the Continental Drifters. At 4:30 p.m., a “learn as you go” square dance will bring you to your feet and into the street for some old-time fun. Ω

Dunmore Country Mart & Bakery Baked fresh daily!

Breads • Rolls • Cookies Pastries • Pies • Meat Pies • Daily lunch/dinner specials • Good selection of takeout, or dine-in convenience.

We Specialize in

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE… ALL YEAR ROUND! No matter the season or your reason for visiting Pocahontas County, we offer great food and affordable lodging year-round with Wi-fi and cable TV. Open daily 7 am. - 9 p.m.

CAKES!

Birthday, Anniversaries, Wedding and all other Occasions

We also do catering for small or large events.

Intersection of Routes 28 & 92, Dunmore • 304-456-3483 Visit our website: greenbriergrille.com

Open Tuesday - Thursday 7 a.m - 7 pm. • Friday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. • Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Facebook: DunmoreCountryMartBakery

Jaynell Graham Editor

t has been said that if you enjoy what you do, you will never work a day in your life. That statement is certainly true at Elk Springs Resort’s new Orvis Fly Shop in Monterville. The Elk Springs website invites you to “Experience West Virginia’s finest with the people who know her best.” A visit to the Fly Shop will put you in the midst of everything you need for a day - or a lifetime - of fly fishing. And you will find the atmosphere is charged as guides Dave Brietmeier, Patrick Skeen and Joe

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Lewis talk about the joy of and their love for the world of fly fishing. “I work with my friends,” said Brietmeier. “I work for my friends in my favorite place in the world. And I have never ventured off the Elk.” Brietmeier has been fly fishing for 22 years, 16 of those as a guide. Prior to his arrival at Elk Springs, he worked with Elk Mountain Outfitters and the Elk River Trout Ranch. Patrick Skeen, formerly of Scott Depot, has been interested in fishing since he was a toddler. Photo by Jaynell Graham His dad got excited Waiting to serve you at the Orvis Fly Shop at Elk Springs Resort by equipping you with the right gear and when Skeen picked up his putting you in a perfect fishing spot are, l–r, guides Patrick Skeen, Steve Brietmeier and Joe Lewis. The

See SERIOUS page 16 shop has a wide array of rods available – for the first time fisherman and the seasoned angler – as well.

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No matter the season, or your reason for staying in Pocahontas County, the Carriage House makes you feel as if you have disappeared into a place where all that matters is the peacefulness and the joy of life in the country.

FIVE BEDROOMS ~ ATTIC SUITE ~ PRIVATE BATHS ~ WIRELESS INTERNET THREE GREAT PORCHES ~ DELICIOUS, FILLING BREAKFASTS ~ GIFT SHOP Packages for the outdoorsman, the cooking enthusiast, reunions and even yoga retreats. Other meals offered IF renting the entire Inn. Family-oriented • Convenient to all of Pocahontas County's attractions, state parks, forests, hiking and biking trails and great fishin’ holes!

carriagehousewv.com ~ Huntersville, WV ~304-799-6706

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oin the Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op on Saturday, May 25, of Memorial Day Weekend, for a fun filled day of Appalachian activities beginning at 10 a.m. Fourth Avenue in Marlinton will be closed to traffic, for demonstrations and funfilled activities for all. The Street Jubilee will include a working blacksmith, a potter throwing clay on a wheel, a broom maker and music. Plein air artists will be on hand to assist visitors who wish to paint a picture. Participants will learn the benefits of mountain-

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very spring, die-hard railroad buffs get the first rides of the season on the rails of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park as part of the

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annual Railfan Weekend. The Mountain State Railroad and Logging Historical Association has been sponsoring Railfan Weekend nearly as long as Cass has operated as a state park. With the park turning 50 years old this summer, MSRLHA is

celebrating with four days of “Titans of the Mountains” May 16 through 19. Tucked away among some of the highest mountains of West Virginia, Cass offers excursions that transport passengers back in time to relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Two things set Cass apart from other historic and scenic railroads around the world, said MSRLHA secretary and treasurer Bob Hoke. “The authentic geared locomotives are quite rare—especially in the number that they have there,” said Hoke. “There are other places that have them, but not in the concentration that Cass does.” “Secondly, it’s a totally authentic line,” Hoke added. “The route that you take up the mountain is the same route they took in 1901. Nothing has changed. The track is new, but the switchbacks are the same, the route is the same.” Cass is also unusual in that the knowledge of how to keep the century-old locomotives running is passed verbally from one generation to the next. “Some people say it’s 100 years of oral tradition, unhampered by progress,” said Hoke. “But the bottom line is they still go up and down the mountain. There’s no operating manual on this stuff. The older guy teaches the younger guy—the apprentice-level guy.” The association’s annual railfan event can draw anywhere from 170 to 600 participants who want an up-close and personal look at this remarkable

Fly Fishing School May 17 - 19 Thornwood 4-H Camp Thornwood, WV Photos courtesy Chase Gunnoe

piece of living history, Hoke said. This spring, registered participants are traveling to Cass from as far away as England and Japan. “Cass is well-known internationally as a pretty neat place, if you’re a railfan,” said Hoke. Most railfans come from much closer. Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida are typically

well-represented among the railfan contingent, said Hoke. “Cass is a nationally significant, historical resource,” said Hoke, “because of the town—what’s left of the mill— the whole situation of everything being relatively authentic, the track being authentic, and the equipment that actually runs.” Railfans are also consummate shut-

terbugs, noted Hoke. With the mountains and historic setting, Cass offers unlimited potential for some spectacular railroad photographs, as evidenced by the entries in MSRLHA’s annual photo contest and the images that grace the eight-page, full-color 2013 Railfan Weekend brochure. While Cass is the focus of railfan weekend, on Thursday, up to 130 passengers will be treated to an excursion on first-generation diesel equipment along a seldom-visited, picturesque stretch of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River, courtesy of the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad. Photo locations will feature the unique lumbering and mining communities of Pratt, Coal Rock, Harper and authentic Western Maryland section houses at Linan. After the train returns to Cheat Bridge at 3 p.m., passengers will depart from Durbin at 3:45 p.m. for photo run-bys along the former See RAILFAN page 22

Spend two and a half days learning about fly casting, equipment selection, flies, knots and personalized instruction on a nearby trout stream. Cost includes instruction, meals and reference material.

$220 for adult Trout Unlimited members $255 non-members; includes a one-year TU family membership $195 children aged 12 -17, with paid adult

Friday (Day 1): Student registration, orientation and casting instruction comprise the instruction which takes place on Friday evening. Finger foods provided on Friday night. Saturday (Day 2): Fly casting, with instruction on knot tying, equipment selection, fly selection, rods, fly tying, entomology and much more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided. The West Virginia State Council of Trout Unlimited will host its annual spring meeting at Thornwood on this day. Students will get to see a portion of the meeting and how ordinary anglers get together to work for trout conservation across the state.

Sunday (Day 3): Students are taken to one of numerous nearby trout streams for a personalized guided fishing excursion. They'll have their casting reinforced and receive instruction on trout food, safe wading, reading water and landing and releasing fish. Breakfast and lunch provided. What to Bring: Bring your own sheets, blankets and pillows or sleeping bag. Lodging is dormitory style, with separate bathhouses and sleeping facilities for men and women. A limited number of loan rods & reels are available. Wading gear is recommended; loan waders are not available.

Camp lodging is an additional $20/person for the weekend. Other lodging options available.

Class size is limited to preserve quality of instruction. Download registration form online at wvtu.org/school.html. or call WVTU Fly Fishing School Director, Bubba Holt, 304-299-9617 or email wvtuflyfishingschool@yahoo.com

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grown teas and learn woodworking tips. Individuals can join in the fun by making jewelry, learning candle wicking and painting a quilt square to become part of a community quilt displayed at the Fourth Avenue Gallery. If you have ever wanted to make an old-fashioned broom, but sure to sign up for the hands-on activity by sending an email to jhunt9@sysmatrix.net

During the noon to 1 p.m. lunch break, folks visiting Marlinton’s local businesses and restaurants will receive a free raffle ticket for the afternoon drawings. A ticket will be drawn ever half hour starting at 1 p.m. until closing. Winners will receive a handcrafted art or craft item donated by the members of the Co-op. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the Fourth

Avenue Gallery. The afternoon activities will include new and repeated demonstrations and make and take opportunities. Musical entertainment will include Juantia Fireball and the Continental Drifters. At 4:30 p.m., a “learn as you go” square dance will bring you to your feet and into the street for some old-time fun. Ω

Dunmore Country Mart & Bakery Baked fresh daily!

Breads • Rolls • Cookies Pastries • Pies • Meat Pies • Daily lunch/dinner specials • Good selection of takeout, or dine-in convenience.

We Specialize in

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE… ALL YEAR ROUND! No matter the season or your reason for visiting Pocahontas County, we offer great food and affordable lodging year-round with Wi-fi and cable TV. Open daily 7 am. - 9 p.m.

CAKES!

Birthday, Anniversaries, Wedding and all other Occasions

We also do catering for small or large events.

Intersection of Routes 28 & 92, Dunmore • 304-456-3483 Visit our website: greenbriergrille.com

Open Tuesday - Thursday 7 a.m - 7 pm. • Friday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. • Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Facebook: DunmoreCountryMartBakery

Jaynell Graham Editor

t has been said that if you enjoy what you do, you will never work a day in your life. That statement is certainly true at Elk Springs Resort’s new Orvis Fly Shop in Monterville. The Elk Springs website invites you to “Experience West Virginia’s finest with the people who know her best.” A visit to the Fly Shop will put you in the midst of everything you need for a day - or a lifetime - of fly fishing. And you will find the atmosphere is charged as guides Dave Brietmeier, Patrick Skeen and Joe

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Lewis talk about the joy of and their love for the world of fly fishing. “I work with my friends,” said Brietmeier. “I work for my friends in my favorite place in the world. And I have never ventured off the Elk.” Brietmeier has been fly fishing for 22 years, 16 of those as a guide. Prior to his arrival at Elk Springs, he worked with Elk Mountain Outfitters and the Elk River Trout Ranch. Patrick Skeen, formerly of Scott Depot, has been interested in fishing since he was a toddler. Photo by Jaynell Graham His dad got excited Waiting to serve you at the Orvis Fly Shop at Elk Springs Resort by equipping you with the right gear and when Skeen picked up his putting you in a perfect fishing spot are, l–r, guides Patrick Skeen, Steve Brietmeier and Joe Lewis. The

See SERIOUS page 16 shop has a wide array of rods available – for the first time fisherman and the seasoned angler – as well.

H O U E S G E A I I R N R N A CIRCA 1852 C  

No matter the season, or your reason for staying in Pocahontas County, the Carriage House makes you feel as if you have disappeared into a place where all that matters is the peacefulness and the joy of life in the country.

FIVE BEDROOMS ~ ATTIC SUITE ~ PRIVATE BATHS ~ WIRELESS INTERNET THREE GREAT PORCHES ~ DELICIOUS, FILLING BREAKFASTS ~ GIFT SHOP Packages for the outdoorsman, the cooking enthusiast, reunions and even yoga retreats. Other meals offered IF renting the entire Inn. Family-oriented • Convenient to all of Pocahontas County's attractions, state parks, forests, hiking and biking trails and great fishin’ holes!

carriagehousewv.com ~ Huntersville, WV ~304-799-6706

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oin the Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op on Saturday, May 25, of Memorial Day Weekend, for a fun filled day of Appalachian activities beginning at 10 a.m. Fourth Avenue in Marlinton will be closed to traffic, for demonstrations and funfilled activities for all. The Street Jubilee will include a working blacksmith, a potter throwing clay on a wheel, a broom maker and music. Plein air artists will be on hand to assist visitors who wish to paint a picture. Participants will learn the benefits of mountain-

Serious about having fun

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River-front and trail-side Comfortable, convenient lodging at Country River Cabins Angelo Jiordano Staff writer

hether you’re riding the river trail — on horseback or bicycle — fishing the Greenbrier, or just looking for a quiet, comfortable getaway, Country River Cabins might be a spot to consider. Brian and Cherie Friel recently opened their first two cabins and hope to attract kayakers, equestrians, trail enthusiasts and fishermen. “Anybody that uses the river trail or goes to the river, I guess,” Brian said. “We’ve got a pit for horses — there seems to be a lot of interest in people wanting to ride horses around here. There’s a lot of old Forest Service roads and the river trail and stuff here. We’ve already had some people ride their horses from Cass down

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here and stay with us.” According to Brian, the brand-new cabins offer a prime spot for anyone interested in outdoor recreation. “If you look out the window, that’s the river trail right there,” pointed Brian. “There’s a road right down to the river. We got it all cleaned up. There’s almost 1,500 feet of riverfront down through there. Good for fishing; it’s good for swimming. That’s the Kee Eddy hole. There’s a good swimming hole about five or six feet deep. Our plan is anybody staying here would have full access to all that down there.” Brian said he’s a builder by trade, and it was kind of his idea to start the new venture. “I build anyway,” Brian said. “That’s what I do for a living. We bought this

land and our house is here, but down here beside the river trail — we never used it for anything. I thought maybe it’d make a good place for some rental cabins. So we started working on this one here.” Brian said over the course of the past three years, they started building the first, smaller cabin. He said he had some help, but for the most part, he and Cherie would just work on the cabins on the weekends. From the outside, the cabins are solid, simple and straightforward, but the interior reveals Brian’s and Cherie’s handiwork and creativity. Exposed wooden beams, stonework, and spiraling staircases add an air of luxury to the common areas of the cabins. See CABINS, page 17

Bring the kids dressed in their Easter best to meet Peter Cottontail on the Train! Join the Easter parade of animals in a mad search for that hippity, hoppity Bunny. Hop down the rails with face painting, singing, and more!

Wine & RRoses ose oses o es June 7 Leave the kids with the sitter and enjoy the fruits of West Virginia best vineyards. Wine tasting plus informative demonstrations and hors d’oeuvres on this four-hour trip to the High Falls of Cheat.

Father’s Dayy Cookou Cookout ut June 16 Give Dad a break and let us do the grillin’! Live music and a cookout at the High Falls of Cheat. We’re talking real honest to goodness grilling of burgers and hot dogs! Extended layover at the High Falls of Cheat. Bring a blanket.

Other Speciall TTrains raains & Pr Promotions roomotions See our web site for more Special Trains: rai r Dinner and Murder Mystery trains, and Summer / Autumn events. Great savings with our Family Day and Golden Day discounts!

1.866.998.7005

mtn-rail.com mtn-r ail.com

Pocahontas County Drama Workshop presents: The Pickers May 17 and 18 8 p.m., $8 In the debut of this original comedy by Margaret Baker, Hazel and Lloyd Arbuckle are hunkering down for a West Virginia style snowstorm when a

of being snowed-in with strangers bites both couples in the backside. Tickets only available at the door. Tickets for Performance Series events are available in advance at pocahontasoperahouse.org and at the 4th Avenue Gallery in Marlinton. Take note: starting this spring, season ticket holders can enjoy call-ahead reserved seating for all

Performance Series events. Call 304-799-6645 ahead at least 24 hours before the show, and the Opera House Foundation will reserve your seat so you can beat the crowd. The Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Avenue in Marlinton. Performances at the Opera House are informal, family-friendly and open to all. 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. The Opera House Performance Series is presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts,

with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Financial support for these performances is also provided by Pocahontas County Drama, Fairs and Festivals, Pendleton Community Bank, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Kellison-Bialek Nationwide Insurance, the Law Office of Roger D. Forman, and Brightside Acres. Ω

The Mountain State Trout Festival

June 1 - June 2

at Snowshoe Mountain Resort West Virginia Trout Unlimited is proud to present the first ever Mountain State Trout Festival! This event will become a rendezvous for trout fishing enthusiasts from across West Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region. It is expected that more than 1,000 anglers may attend. It is no coincidence that the first weekend in June marks one of the most magical periods for trout fishing in the Mountain State as insect hatches are at a peak. Schedule of Events SATURDAY, JUNE 1 Trout Vendor Exposition The Expo at Snowshoe Mountain will host many retailers, outfitters and non-profit organizations related to trout, trout fishing and the conservation surrounding trout. If you are interested in showcasing your business or non-profit to the many Mid-Atlantic area anglers, download the Festival Vendor Form online at wvtu.org. Seminars - Top anglers, fly tiers, conservation heroes and fisheries managers will provide incredible opportunities to develop your knowledge of trout fishing and conservation throughout the weekend.

Currently slated presentations include noted fly fishing and fly tying author Ed Engle, casting expert Jack Bell and fly tying expert Joe Messenger. Spin-Casting Competition Test your skills with an ultralight spinning rod and trout spinner and see how you stack up. Talk some trash with your buddies and have some fun. Fly Tying Race - How fast can you tie an Elk Hair Caddis? What about a Woolly Bugger? We will have sign ups for a bracketed tournament that will take place on stage in the middle of Snowshoe Village. This will be big fun for fly tiers.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2 One Fly Competition - This fundraising event will be the highlight of the weekend and is sure to bring out the competitive spirit as well as a load of laughs. Teams consisting of four anglers will choose a fly per person and in four hours compete to catch the most fish, biggest fish, littlest fish, quickest to lose his/her fly, etc. After your fly is gone, your scoring for the day is over. Elk Springs Resort, Monterville, is the primary sponsor. Complete rules and details online The Mountain State Trout Festival is a sanctioned event by the WV Council of Trout Unlimited which is chartered by Trout Unlimited National as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

More information online at wvtu.org. or call Phil Smith at 304-610-0992 Visit SnowshoeMtn.com for details on lodging and other activities that are available for your weekend at the Mountain State Trout Festival!

MOUNTAIN TIMES Supplement to The Pocahontas Times • Spring 2013

MOUNTAIN TIMES Supplement to The Pocahontas Times • Spring 2013

gene Ratcliffe calling big circle square dances.

pair of skiers become stranded at their home. They are at first delighted to find themselves hosts to a Senator from Virginia and his wife, but as the evening wears on they begin to doubt the couple’s story about who they are and what was behind their aborted trip to Snowshoe. Suspicions mount until a game of Scrabble leads to gun play and the cold hard reality

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as everything that is standing still – rocks, lights, cars and buildings. “You can see a hatch come off about six in the evening,� Skeen said. “With similar weather conditions, you will see the same event the same time next year. You’ll see the babies of the ones from last year. Some rivers are very fertile, but not to the scale you get here.� “That’s what makes this a great place,� Lewis added. The guys said that some waters may have only a couple dozen hatches, but it is limestone that makes the Elk so fertile. “For West Virginia, it’s kind of rare,� Lewis said. “There is good water quality – a good pH.� Brietmeier said “the beauty of the Elk is that is it spring-fed, allowing for fishing year-round.� “The peak season is mid-April to the fourth of July,� Skeen offered. Continuing with their

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Steve Brietmeier works with a variety of fowl feathers as he produces ties for the Fly Shop. When not on or in the river the guides keep busy tying flies to stock the shopĘźs display case, below. How many flies can a fly-tier tie? The LED lit fly display case has seen an inventory in the neighborhood of 60,000.

tag-team approach to fish“Ah, that’s my favorite ing and conversation, time,� Skeen said. Lewis added that “once Lewis said there was a the heat of the summer is misconception about flyover, fall fishing is great.� fishing. “People think fly-fishing

is hard,� he said. “It’s not. It’s just different. It is the archery of fishing. You are constantly making adjustments. It is never boring.� See SERIOUS page 18

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first pole and asked if he could go fishing in the creek. “Am I gonna catch a shark?� he remembers asking. Skeen’s father ran the Orvis Store in Spring Hill. Following in his footsteps, Skeen ran his own shop for several years. “My dad gave me a flyfishing kit when I was nine or ten-years-old. I practiced in the driveway and shredded the fly line.� Skeen accompanied his dad when he taught fly fishing at the Cheat Mountain Club in Durbin. “When I was in seventh grade, I started to help teach,� Skeen said. “I met Joe at the school. He was helping to teach there, too.� Joe is Joe Lewis, of Barboursville, who came on board this year as a guide for the resort. Lewis has been a guide for 23 years and has man-

aged shops, as well. He worked in Montana for a while, was affiliated with Mountain State Outfitters and has had his own business - On the Fly. “Every person has a different objective,� Lewis said. “Some just want to learn the basics, while others need help to polish their skills.� The conversation with these guys really takes off when they talk of the fertile waters of the Elk and “the hatch.� The knowledge of entomology plays an important role in a fly-fisherman’s success or frustration. And the lifecycles of the mayfly are a world unto their own. Skeen talks of those stages with ease and in great detail – the nymph, the dun and the spinner. A hatch takes place once a year – in May or June, the sulphur season. At Elk Springs it is quite an event as the top of the water is covered with flies, as well

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he Greenbrier River Race hasn’t changed much the past couple decades or so. There were a couple of years it was held in Greenbrier County, and the route has been altered once or twice, but for the most part, it’s the same thrilling experience for racers every year. The 27th annual Greenbrier River Race is going to mark some changes aimed at streamlining registration and timing during the race. This is the first year online registration will be available for the race at www.tristateracer.com Race director Brenda Cochran said last year’s 498 registrants was the biggest turnout they’ve ever had. With the minitriathlon attracting more racers every year, Cochran said she hopes the online registration will make things a little easier for race organizers. “The deadline this year is April 12, but the majority of people wait until after the first of April to register — they wait until the last minute,” joked Cochran. “Normally the last week before the race, we’re getting 40 or 50 registrations a day.” Another change this year will be the implementation of electronic chip-timing, rather than manual timing like in years past. “It’s brand new this year so we’re not exactly sure how everything works,” admitted Cochran. “What we are told, the chip will be inside the racer’s bibs, so everything is done electronically. Once they cross the pad, it will auto-

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matically read their time. Manual timing takes a lot of work, a lot of people, and a lot of time afterward getting the totals together. So we’re hoping chip-timing will alleviate some of that.” Cochran has been involved with the race for years now, but this is her first year as race director. “I’ve been involved with the race since 1999,” Cochran said. “For years I helped my sister with the race registration. Then for the last two years, I’ve been volunteer coordinator. Our race director decided she needed some time off, and they needed a new race director, so I stepped up to the plate. I felt like I had enough allaround experience that I

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he Calvin W.Price Appalachian Enricment Series is a celebration of life in Appalachia. It’s acclaimed series of in-depth workshops and educational field trips will expose you to some of our best-kept mountain secrets. Immerse yourself in our culture, create a life-lasting experience and connect to the outdoors in a whole new way. Wild Edibles Festival April 20 Hillsboro Library Experience the nourishing botanic biodiversity of our region. Local naturalists will lead a walk to identify wild edibles. Dr. Rebecca Linger, PhD, assistant professor at University of Charleston will lecture on folk remedies and reliable edibles in Appalachia. Demonstrations, tastings and vendors availalbe. Lunch availble at the Pretty Penny Café in Hillsboro. See page 3 for more information on this event. Good Earth Garden Series May through August Pearl S.Buck Birthplace Come join in this series

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mountain music. The open-air event includes free, make-and-take arts and craft activities designed for all ages, along with demonstrations by local artisans ranging from a blacksmith to a maker of wildflower teas. Capping off the day is a learn-as-you-go square dance led by area favorites Juantia Fireball and the Continental Drifters. See page 14 for more information on this event. Droop Mountain 150th Anniversary June through November Commemorate the

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banks, or in the river itself. “For Saturday instruction, I want no less than a 2:1 ratio – students per instructor,” Holt said. “On Sunday, I’ve got other people that come in and go fishing with the students. I try to keep it 1:1.” Holt, who has been fly fishing since the age of six, said the camp is perfect for all types of fisherman – those who have never fished before, to those who are very skilled in spin fishing, but have never tried fly fishing. “I think there’s a misconception that it’s harder to fly fish than to do other types of fishing,” he said. “Again, I started when I was about six. My dad put a fly rod in my hand when I was about six-years-old. Is it harder? It’s like anything else, it takes practice.” As with any type of fishing, you can’t become skilled unless you understand the streams and understand the fish. “You can be the best caster in the world, but if you don’t know where the fish are, you’re not going to catch a dang thing,” Holt said. “If you don’t know what they’re eating, you’re not going to catch a daggone thing. It’s not so much about the casting as

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The 27th annual Greenbrier River Race takes place Saturday, April 27. The mini-triathlon totals 17 miles — a three-mile run, followed by a fourmile kayak trip, finishingup with a 10-mile bike ride along the Greenbrier River Trail back into Marlinton. For more information, contact the Pocahontas County Convention Visitors Bureau or visit www.tristateracer.com For anyone interested in volunteering for the race, contact Brenda Cochran at luvbnamomof5@ yahoo.com Ω Angelo Jiordano may be contacted at amjiordano@ pocahontastimes.com

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eating.” The camp does not have an age limit and Holt said he would love to see more children attend the camp. “This will be my fifth year and in the time that I’ve done it, I’ve only had one person under the age of 18 take the school,” he said. “It’s not like we don’t want kids here. We want to get youth involved. It’s a great father/son weekend.” When Holt took over directing the camp five

years ago, he made a major change in moving it to Pocahontas County, which, to him, was an easy decision to make. “For over 20 years it was at Beverly and after I took the school over, I made the switch to Pocahontas County because it’s the birthplace of rivers,” he said. “There’s so much trout water right there around Thornwood. For goodness’ sake, there’s a couple trout streams running right through the camp. I think it’s a better location in my opinion. It

offers so much more for the student, instructional wise.” Registration for the camp is online at www.wvtu.org/fly-fishingschool.html The fee may be mailed to Holt or paid by credit card online through a Paypal account. For more information on the fly fishing school, contact Holt at wvtufly fishingschool@yahoo.com Ω Suzanne Stewart may be contacted at sastewart@poc ahontastimes.com

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est Virginia Trout Unlimited is hosting the first-ever Mountain State Trout Festival June 1 and 2 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. The event includes seminars with world famous fishing experts, competitions and a vendor expo. “We want to highlight the fisheries in the state of West Virginia,” Trout Unlimited’s Bubba Holt said. “I’ve fished every state east of the Mississippi and south of New York. I’ve fished a lot of waters – Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico. I’ve done a lot of trout fishing and West Virginia, by far, has the best trout water of any place I’ve ever been. That’s what we went to highlight at the event, make people aware that there’s really good trout fishing here in the

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state of West Virginia.” The seminars will be led by three world-renowned fishing experts, two of whom are from West Virginia. “We got Jack Bell. He’s a casting champion, and he’s actually from Morgantown,” Holt said. “Then we’ve got Joe Messenger. He is widely known as one of the best fly-tiers in the nation. He’s from Morgantown. He’s invented a couple patterns that are sold nationwide, worldwide, as well. We also have author Ed Engle coming, who is very wellknown. His articles have been published in many publications, and he’s written many books.” Other events include a spin-casting competition and fly tying race, both on Saturday. Sunday, participants can travel to Elk Springs Resort in Monterville, for the

one-fly compurchase quality goods at stuff than just the room. petition. this event throughout the The registration into the Holt said there weekend.” festival is already paid for are several vendors The lodging pack- when you get a lodging signed up for the event, age offered by package through Snowbut he is still looking for Snowshoe in- shoe, so we really want to more. cludes the reg- push people to get your “We want vendors that istration price accommodations at Snowhave anything to do with for the festival, as well as shoe where everything is

also kind of a membership drive. It lets people become aware of what we actually do, and they might become a member and help us in future projects. You never know when some father is going to bring his son to some-

“I’ve fished every state east of the Mississippi

and south of New York. I’ve fished a lot of waters – Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico. I’ve done a lot of trout fishing and

West Virginia, by far,

has the best trout water of any place I’ve ever been.”

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at 8 a.m. at the gazebo. We’ll have the big tent setup there, and we’ll be doing registration there. Then there’s a mandatory race meeting at 10:30 and then the race begins promptly at 11. Packet pick-up is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday night at the Marlinton Municipal Building, then again at 8 a.m. on Saturday for people who aren’t coming in on Friday.” Cochran said they’re always looking for volunteers for the 17-mile event. “We’ll always take volunteers,” said Cochran. “It takes between 60-80 volunteers to be able to pull

off the entire race, and we can’t do it without their help. Without them, we can’t have a race.” Cochran said everyone is invited to the race, and there will be live music at the gazebo — Mixed Nuts, of Charleston, is scheduled to perform. “They do a really great job — just easy listening. People will enjoy having them there,” Cochran said. “Come out, enjoy the fun. It’s a nice family event. It used to be we didn’t have many spectators, maybe just five or six people watching. Now, we get a lot of local people, as well as the racers, bringing their families. So it’s become a spectator sport, too.”

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richment Series. Dawson said this year’s festival will include a nature walk to identify wild edibles, vendors on scene selling nature-themed products, door prizes and an optional lunch at The Pretty Penny Café featuring “a touch of wild.” T-shirts, tote-bags, and a wild edibles cookbook will all be for sale, with tasting tables and a wild edibles potluck supper rounding out the afternoon. Dawson said everyone is invited and the event is free except for the optional lunch at The Pretty Penny. Ω Angelo Jiordano may be contacted at amjiordano@ pocahontastimes.com

other opportunities to experience the resort. “You get the opportunity to roam around the mountain all weekend – ride the lift down to the lake, row a boat around the lake,” Holt said. “It comes with a lot of other

going on.” Trout Unlimited plans to make this an annual event and hopes it receives a good reception from area anglers. “I think this is kind of a way to highlight the efforts that everybody puts into making the fisheries that we have, as well as it’s

thing like this and then you get a lifelong member of Trout Unlimited.” For more information on the festival, visit www.wvtu.org/mountainstate-trout-festival.html Ω Suzanne Stewart may be contacted at sastewart@poc ahontastimes.com

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together in a pot. “What I find interesting is, sometimes in the audience, there’s people whose families have been wildforaging for years, and they’ll say ‘oh yeah, I remember my grandma used to pick that.’ Especially in this area. I get a lot of that.” Linger is invited to speak all across the state. She was in Pocahontas County a couples of years back to talk with members of the Pocahontas County Nature Club, and she said she was astounded by the local ecology. “I came out to give a talk about both medicinals and wild edibles,” Linger said. “I was blown away.

They took me to an area that was kind of a ravine going down to the Greenbrier. I was just amazed by what was growing down there. I’d never seen rhododendrons that big before. They were just huge. Out here [in Charleston] a lot of the area has been mined and forested, so we’re basically seeing third growth forest, not a lot of unspoiled areas like you have there.” Mary Dawson helps organize the Wild Edibles Festival on behalf of both the Pocahontas County Nature Club and the Hillsboro Library Friends. She said the event is cosponsored by the organizations, and is supported by a grant from the Calvin W. Price Appalachian En-

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he woods of Pocahontas County are full of nourishing plants, mushrooms and herbs, and foraging for wild edibles is a bit of a local tradition. Whether it’s to preserve a way of life, or just an interest in shaving down the grocery bill, more and more people are returning to the forests in search of food. Last year’s well-attended Wild Edibles Festival kicked off at the Hillsboro Library with a talk delivered by clinical herbalist Mimi Hernandez from the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University. Hernandez talked about chestnuts and their place in early Appalachian diets, how to properly prepare acorns, the health-benefits of wild berries, and the best way to cook edible greens like garlic mustard, cleavers

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and dandelions. After the presentation Hernandez answered questions from the audience, and attendees were invited to The Pretty Penny Café in Hillsboro for a special wild-edibles lunch. After the meal, local naturalist Mike Smith took everyone on a hike down the Greenbrier River Trail to identify some wild victuals.

This year’s Wild Edible Festival — Saturday, April 20 — hosts a similar schedule. Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. at the Hillsboro Library. A presentation delivered by Dr. Rebecca Linger will focus on “Folk Remedies and Reliable Edibles of Appalachia.”

Linger is an assistant professor at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and holds a PhD in medicinal chemistry. “I teach at the pharmacy school,” Linger said. “What I do is teach students the basic sciences — like biochemistry. Then in the second year of their curriculum, I teach them medicinal chemistry.

Then I’ve got an elective class they can choose to take. It’s not part of the core-curriculum, but it talks about folk medicine in the Appalachian region.” Linger said she plans to talk about different plants indigenous to Pocahontas County, and highlight the ones that are both edible and nutritious. “There are various plants in that area that you might think are a weed, that you really don’t want to play with,” she said. “Like, I don’t know if you’ve heard of stinging nettles, but they’re actually a very nutritious

plant. You can make tea from it, and you can also pick the leaves and boil them up like you would spinach. It’s a really good source of vitamins A and C. It’s one of the more nutritious plants in terms of green leafy vegetables and it’s one of the easiest to identify.” Linger said people are usually surprised when she talks about some of the weeds that are even growing in their yards — like wild plantains or dandelions. Linger said one of her focuses is on what she calls “pot herbs” — leafy greens you can boil See EDIBLES page 20

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densation to be drawn away from the body. The “Handling a fly rod has Fly Shop has waders in nothing to do with how everyone’s price range – strong you are,” Lewis from $99 to nearly $500. continued. “The harder Longtime fishermen you try, the worse you’ll can appreciate the imdo. If you try to force it, it provement in this area. works against you.” The old rubber waders Fly-fishing is a hobby were hot in the summer for a lifetime. and cold in the winter. “Older people can con“Kids have to be comtinue to fly-fish,” Skeen fortable,” Lewis said, “or said. “You can be 85-yearsfifteen minutes into it, old and still be playing in they’re going to be ready the creek.” to go home.” Another misconception The guides at Elk is that fly-fishing is an exSprings have been pleased pensive hobby. with the number of young “You can show up in a Tpeople who have signed shirt and jeans,” Skeen up the past few years for said. “We can outfit you fly-fishing school. with clothes, waders, rod Lewis recalled a comand reel.” ment made by one of the Everything is for rent at resort’s clients: The Fly Shop, and it’s all “When my kids wanted for sale, as well. to learn to drive, I sent “Fly-fishing has the repthem to Driver’s Ed. Now The best investment “right out of the gate” is a set of good waders. The Fly Shop utation of being expenmy son wants to learn to has you covered – and dry – with the latest wader technology. sive,” Brietmeier said. fly fish. So I brought him “But it doesn’t have to here to learn.” The dad spent the day a divorce.” erns deep below the Albe.” The son took the class. in a cabin at the resort. The Elk River and Elk legheny Mountains,” and Another gentleman said Springs Resort have a the resort has been estabthat his wife wanted to story that is unique. lished to make the most of learn to fly-fish, and “this The Elk River “comes what nature has to offer in class will be cheaper than forth from limestone cav- a peaceful, out-of- the-way place. Its website puts it best: “We live and breathe Visit Highland County, “Virginia’s Switzerland,” located in the Allegheny Elk River, and we have Mountains. Highland County is known for its rural charm, rich history you need for a If you forgot to pack it, we’re here to help! everything and scenic beauty. Explore back roads and scenic highways for unique day on the river or a life•Emergency prescription refills time in the sport of fly shopping, dining and outdoor recreational experiences. fishing.” •Over-the-counter meds And just like the river UPCOMING EVENTS: •First aid, toothbrushes and on the evening of a Maple Festival, “hatch” – when it comes to personal care items experience and knowlMarch 9 - 10 and 16 - 17 •Diabetic supplies edge of the sport – Brietmeier, Skeen and Lewis Farmers Market •Sun care and baby items are “all over it!” June - September Call them today to begin your lifetime of fly We now offer two locations to serve you better! Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, fishing, and visit them at June 13-16 The Fly Shop at Elk Monday - Friday Pocahontas Open9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Springs Resort for a most Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Artists’ Weekend, Pharmacy informative and invigorat105 Duncan Road, Marlinton ing conversation about the June 28 & 29 (just off Rt. 219 N by Hospital) 304-799-4944 world of fly fishing. They can be reached 365 days a year at 304Monday - Thursday Green Bank Open9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 339-2FLY. Ω Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pharmacy Jaynell Graham may be (540) 468-2550 • www.highlandcounty.org In the Comunity Care Clinic at jsgraham@poc 304-456-3333 contacted Rt. 28/92 Green Bank ahontastimes.com

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For a few hundred dollars you can get what you need. “Fly-fishing equipment lasts longer than spinner rods.” Lewis said. “Rods have a twenty-five year warranty. If it snaps in ten to fifteen years, most companies will replace them. Some come with a lifetime warranty.” Just as the guys have found a favorite river in the Elk, they have found a favorite corner in The Fly Shop. “If you’re going to spend money right out of the gate, I’d invest in a good set of waders,” Skeen said. “A good rod is important, but the wrong waders - or no waders makes you uncomfortable.” The development of Gortex has made wading in 40 degree water a comfortable experience. The breathable membrane allows moisture and con-

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Folk, Bluegrass and Celtic round out Opera House lineup Drew Tanner Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation

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IN THIS ISSUE Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Opera House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Wild Edibles Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Mountain State Trout Festival . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Fly Fishing School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Ballhooter Spring Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Greenbrier River Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Country River Cabins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Elk Springs Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Railfan Weekend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Cover: Engine Shay No. 5 leads the Cass Sce-

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Greenbrier Branch of the Chesapeake and Ohio’s line from Ronceverte with the DVGRR’s Moore-Keppel Lumber Company Climax No. 3 locomotive and several passenger cars. The special railfan weekend prelude will be capped off with an 8-to-10 p.m. night photo session with Climax No. 3 at the Durbin depot. Friday through Sunday, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park’s unparalleled fleet of rare Shay and Heisler locomotives take center stage for Railfan Weekend, from sun-up and well into the evening. During the day, the historic town, depot and water tank, as well as breath-taking mountain settings at Whittaker Station, Bald Knob and the S-curve near Old Spruce, will be the backdrop for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. On Friday and Saturday from 8:30 p.m. until 10 p.m., striking night-time photographs of the loco-

motives will be made possible by no less than 25,000 watts of high-powered lighting that will illuminate the engines, depot, water tank locomotive shop and company store. Friday will also feature a commemorative address and celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park at the Cass Shop. Scheduled speakers include Jim Wrinn, editor of Trains Magazine, as well as state park officials. Saturday’s activities will include guided walking tours of the town and tours of the MSRLHA restoration shop where people can see the significant progress volunteers

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22th Annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Cookoff

OCTOBER 2013

Mad March Racing Intermediate & Advanced Downhill / Freeride Mountain Biking Camp

6th Annual M&O Downhill Mountain Bike Race Snowshoe Bike Park Closes

Mad March Racing Junior Downhill Mountain Biking Camp

Dates are subject to change

Rally West Virginia Snowshoe Gravity Series: Race II, Downhill Mountain Bike Race

FOR DETAILED EVENT LISTINGS PLEASE VISIT SNOWSHOEMTN.COM

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Vol. 12, No. 1 Spring 2013 Supplement to The Pocahontas Times Post Office No. 436-640 ISSN No. 07388376


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