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Cultural Center to offer Holiday Craft Fair and free movies over Thanksgiving weekend


The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History will kick off the season with a Holly-loo-ya! Holiday Celebration Friday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. Highlights for the weekend include a craft fair, holiday decorations and movies. The weekend’s events are free and open to the public.
Holiday shoppers can bring their gift lists and shop in ease at the Holiday Craft Fair. West Virginia artists and craftspeople will display gifts for every taste and pocketbook. In addition, live music will be provided by Ryan Kennedy, Chris Kimmons, Jarred Nutter, Katrina Sodaro and Jim Zeller. Craft fair hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Fifteen craft booths will be set up in the Great Hall, including Bill Wood Scenic Photography, Charleston, photography; Cat Designs, Cheryl Tincher, St. Albans, jewelry; Garden Treasures, Melissa Dennison, Clem, herbal soaps and products; Hickory Knoll Farm, Richard and Mary Nease, Given, Christmas ornaments and natural products; Holcomb’s Woodworking, Phil Holcomb, Spencer, musical instruments and wooden bookmarks; Holly White, Scott Depot, baskets; Isalene’s Inspirations, Isalene Carol Nichols, Dunbar, hand-crafted wire jewelry; Mountain Girl Candles, Vicki White, Mt. Gay, candles and gift baskets; Poe Enterprises, Michael Poe, Gay, new and used West Virginia books; Quilted Treasures, Judy Parcell, Clay, handmade quilts and other patchwork items; Spoons and Sweets Inc., Connie Bloss, Cottageville, wooden spoons and other kitchen utensils and specialty foods; Straight Fork Farm, Deborah Young, Ravenswood, aromatherapy items; Summer Hollow Pottery, Wendy Summers, Wallback, pottery; Sunny Hollow Farms, Jill Brookover, Auburn, Appalachian-style pickles and other products; and Woven Wheat and Straw Arts, Sue Cosgrove, Chloe, crafts using wheat, straw and other natural fibers.
Visitors also can enjoy the continuing free movie series on the big screen in the West Virginia State Theater. On Friday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m., they can see The Plymouth Adventure starring Spencer Tracy and Gene Tierney in a film about life aboard the Mayflower, and at 3 p.m. the 1935 version of Mutiny on the Bounty starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable. On Saturday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m., the film is The Captives, West Virginia filmmaker Jude Miller’s story about Shawnee captive Mary Draper Ingles, and at 2:30 p.m., Braveheart, the Oscar-winning film featuring Mel Gibson as 13th century Scottish hero William Wallace. On Sunday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m. Jude Miller’s The Captives will be shown again, and at 2:30 p.m. Around the World in 80 Days will be shown with David Niven.
Wrapping up the weekend activities, participants can view the holiday decor. Outside, on the north side of the building facing Interstate 64/77, two lighted 25-foot wreaths will be on display. The Great Hall will have nine, five-foot wreaths in the windows, pillars and the balcony walls. In addition, the holiday tree, decorated with holly garlands, and gold, silver, red and blue ornaments will be on display in the Lobby Gallery.
For more information about the Holiday Craft Fair or the free movie series, call (304) 558-0162.
The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about programs of the Division. The Department of Arts, Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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