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Wine & Girlfriends in Berkeley Springs, WV

Image Courtesy of Wilkes Street Wine Shop

Image Courtesy of Wilkes Street Wine

I don’t know about you, but I like to enjoy a class of wine when I get together with friends, particularly my girlfriends. We enjoy wine tasting, wine with meals, cooking with wine—just about anything we can do to enhance our appreciation and knowledge. Berkeley Springs, WV is the ideal location for a quick getaway this weekend due their special wine activities Saturday, June 7, 2014.

There’s wine tasting at Wilkes Street Wine Shop from noon to 5:00 p.m. Just down the block, Jules Enchanting Gifts & Collectibles invites you to “wine a bit with your girlfriends” with a wine and treats party from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Even the art is soaked with wine on Saturday. The Morgan Arts Council launches its new Corks & Creation art classes from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at the Ice House where you can make and take fused glass photo frames along with complimentary wine. Mountain Man Homebrew appeals to DIY folks with a make your own wine class starting at noon.

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Harpers Ferry, WV River Riders Steal of a Deal

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A great deal for those of you are have always wanted to try exciting river sports! Join River Riders Friday, May 17,2014 Friday at their Harpers Ferry Campground for an evening of canoe, kayak, and stand up paddle board demos. FREE for all Jefferson County WV residents. All others welcome $20 per person. 5:00-8:00 PM Call us to RSVP 800-326-7238

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West Virginia Travel Contest


With miles of crystal clear waters, spectacular mountain sunsets and incredible views, there’s a reason people know Pocahontas County, WV as “Nature’s Mountain Playground.” Enter now for a chance to win a mountain escape full of outstanding scenery, sweet champagne and the best of Pocahontas County, an outdoor wonderland just waiting for you to explore!

Pocahontas County has a new contest for an exciting two-night getaway. Winners will enjoy a two night stay with two breakfasts each mornings, a bottle of champagne and a farm tour at The Inn at Mountain Quest. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy hiking, horseback riding; fly-fishing, or more leisurely activities like badminton, horse shoes and picnicking. At night, enjoy their two-story library (something I want to see) or try star gazing in their glass domed observatory.

Driving through the region, you’ll notice a very large, world-record smashing-sized telescope in Pocahontas County. In order for the Green Bank Telescope to perform its job, it needs a quiet, peaceful place in which to exist – free from harmful radio frequency broadcasts. There are over 13,000 square miles of land in this area designated as the National Quiet Zone. Contest winners will learn more about it during the National Radio Astronomy Observatory regular tour. (Two complementary tickets.)


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Duct Tape Downs in West Virginia

It’s not too late to get your duct tape on, express you creativity and join the Duct Tape & Cardboard Sled Race at Blackwater Falls, W.Va., this weekend.

Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce  Blackwater Falls State Park’s sled run will host the annual Duct Tape & Cardboard Sled Race Feb. 22.

Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce
Blackwater Falls State Park’s sled run will host the annual Duct Tape & Cardboard Sled Race Feb. 22.

Blackwater Falls State Park’s sled run will host the annual Duct Tape & Cardboard Sled Race Feb. 22. For the second year, winter enthusiasts/duct tape engineers are invited to design and construct a person-powered, corrugated cardboard sled that can withstand the descent on the Blackwater Falls State Park Sled Run.

“In an era of high-tech and prefab equipment, we still rely on ingenuity, creativity, and the basic handyman tools duct tape and cardboard for some real winter fun,” said Blackwater Falls State Park Activities Coordinator Paulita Cousin.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 with the race starting at 11 a.m. The registration fee is $1.00. Three awards will be presented: “Tip Top” for most visually appealing sled, “Spirit” for the team demonstrating the most “for the fun of it” spirit, and “Speed” based on best downhill time.

“The sleds can only be constructed of corrugated cardboard and duct tape. No plastics or other materials are allowed,” said Cousin, who will inspect the sleds prior to the race.
All sleds must be free of safety hazards including sharp edges and pointy objects. To qualify as a finisher, participants must be on or in the sled when crossing the finish line. One of the rules is to maintain control of the Duct Tape and Cardboard contraption.

“Another guideline, and the most important, is to have fun,” Cousin said. “Observance of safety rules and guidelines keeps the activity safe for everyone involved.”

To pre-register, a race form is posted at the park website at The race is open to children and adults. It will be held at the Blackwater Falls Sled Run, which is covered with natural snow. A conveyor system at the run makes access to the top of the mountain easier.
Additional information about the Duct Tape and Cardboard Sled Race is online at under Events/Deals, or call 304-259-5216 or email