Pickin and Story Tellin at Pipestem State Park for West Virginia Birthday

Pipestem Amphitheater
Pipestem Amphitheater


Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings of West Virginia Day week are brimming with music and stories at Pipestem Resort State Park. In addition to hikes and nature center activities, this Summers County destination features three special events.

June 19, 2014 – Thursday Evening Pickin’
Thursday evening features Daniel Lilly of the Lilly Mountaineers, carrying on the bluegrass and country traditions of The Lilly Brothers from the 1930s. Daniel is a singer, songwriter and all-around cut-up and entertainer. He will be at Pipestem’s McKeever Lodge from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Cardinal Deck area and admission is free.

June 20, 2014 – “The Mountain and other Legends from Around Pipestem”
Gale Buck shared the stories and music of the Great Highland Bagpipes in schools around his home in North Carolina but it was not until he told about the Magic of Christmas that he was called “Storyteller.”

Author of more than 200 short stories and two published books, Gale is now an avid storyteller and promoter of the vocal art. Gale and his wife, Christy, enjoy traveling to festivals and helping others find the magic in our lives. Gale is co-founder of Village Storytellers, a casual group of folks who enjoy improving their skills in Raleigh, North Carolina, and creator of Front Porch Stories, a quarterly storytelling event in Raleigh.

Stories told this evening will include Frogbiters, How The Clouds Came Back, Mountain Trolls, Miranda’s Kiss, Mall Santas, The Red Balloon, The Stowaway, or The Elf Who Borrowed Santa’s Sleigh. Show begins at 8 p.m. at the Pipestem Outdoor Amphitheater and admission is free.

June 21, 2014 – Valley Bluegrass Band – Amphitheater Show
Valley Bluegrass Band plays bluegrass music at its finest. Featuring Larry Cox on guitar and vocal; Eddie Cales, one of the best traditional bluegrass dobro players in West Virginia; Tommy Crigger on bass and backup vocals; and Tim York on banjo and guitar and vocals.

Loretta Cox is on the sound boards. Valley Bluegrass performs at Pipestem amphitheater at 8 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Find daily activities at Pipestem and other West Virginia state parks at www.wvstateparks.com under “At-A-Park” at the bottom of the home page.

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