Sunday, April 13, 2014

With the weather warming up WV is starting to bloom and come back to life.  We could not let a day as beautiful as today pass by without getting out in the Wild and Wonderful that can be found in Mercer County. Even the bees were buzzing with excitement! 

Rosa, Susan and I enjoyed driving around with the top down on the VW bug and visiting Pipestem  State Park for a picnic lunch and walking the trails to look for a geocache. Our attempt at geocaching today was plagued with technology difficulties but that did not stop the fun. After our visit at Pipestem we headed to a place that I had never been. Brush Creek Falls. The trail was well maintained and I was grateful to see that there was not a large amount of litter. The walk to the first set of falls is one that would be safe for kids of all ages they just have to watch the ground to adjust for the rocks and roots you will find on any nature trail. We did not venture on out to the second falls today but will make a return trip to finish the trail. 
This is a must stop for anyone. 


 We wrapped up our trip and day in the sun with a quick stop at Berkshire's Old Fashioned Frozen Custard for a delicious cold treat! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014


If you love taking your camera with you and snapping as many pictures as you can of the beautiful scenery or of you friends and family, I have an experience you may not want to let pass you by.  

  I recently made a trip to his studio off of Mercer street to use his studio to take some pictures of a friend and his little girl.  This studio is packed full of scenes from beaches to barns and anything you can really imagine.  Mr. Jessee helped us set up in his studio and provided us with the flash we needed to use and was there to help in anyway that he could. Hiss studio is available for anyone to rent on an hourly basis and if you enjoy taking pictures it is not an experience that you want to miss.  I must admit that I felt overwhelmed at first but soon I was snapping away and taking picture after picture in fact I walked away with over 150 photos taken in just an hour. I look forward to my next trip there and I know there will be many more in my future. 

I had the chance to take a photography class from Steve Jessee during the fall semester at a local university.  Mr. Jessee is an award winning Master Photographer and if I listed all his titles they would fill up this page because he has over 37 years of experience. He teaches not only at local universities but offers photography classes and Adobe Photoshop classes on a local and regional level. It is great to meet someone who is passionate about what he does and is willing to share that passion with others. 

If you are sitting here thinking that all this sounds nice but you don't really take pictures you should still stop by and check out his art, and many award winning pieces,  he has on display in his store and studio!   


Monday, March 24, 2014

An evening at the Chuck Mathena Center and Driving Miss Daisy

Mom and I arrived at the Chuck Mathena Center on Friday night to watch Driving Miss Daisy.  We were able to get our tickets and enjoy the art work that they had displayed from various schools in the area. I love seeing the creativity of our children and what they can do when given the chance to show it off.
Artwork was not the only thing on display. In the lobby we saw this beautiful car, and yes if one had the money, they could have driven it home that night.
Once the doors were opened for us to be seated, staff and volunteers were friendly and ready to assist in anyway needed. We found our seat and anxiously awaited for the show to begin. And it was worth the wait. We found ourselves laughing until it hurt and even shedding tears along with the characters. We witness the struggle that Miss Daisy has as she must learn that she is growing older needs to rely on others to help her do the simple things she has done by her self for so long.  This play is set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Era, the 25 year long tale follows Miss Daisy, with a life of privilege, and her African-American chauffeur as they deal with racism and class differences while their bonds grow stronger.  Even though the play had many parts that would make you double over in laughter it also reminded us how very difficult this time in history was as many fought for equal rights and dealt with discrimination. 

If you are looking for an evening full of fun and the arts then you need to check out the Chuck Mathena Center, it truly is a treasure that we should share and use. Each year many shows are put on that will, no doubt, entertain. There are shows and events that will accommodate all age groups so be sure to check out their website www.chuckmathenacenter.org.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Discover Historic Downtown Bluefield

With the winter weather on its way out, we took advantage of one of the beautiful days to discover Historic Downtown Bluefield. You can walk the streets where you will find 9 buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The town came alive in the 1920's with the arrival of the Norfolk and Western Railroad.  The architecture of these buildings take you back in time and you can feel the pride they had in the town they were building.





The buildings are not the only thing that will amaze you on this walk around town.  As you are walking by take time to look into the windows of the businesses that you pass (or visit) and you will see beautifully designed trains that tell the story of those who painted them. 




There is much beauty in this town so take the time to learn of its history by walking its streets! 

After we left Bluefield we headed back to Princeton for a bite to eat at one of my favorite places.. Angelo's pizza.  I have a weakness for their BBQ wings but I must say you can't stop at Angelo's without an order of their Douby Douby Bread

Our last stop that day was at another favorite of mine, Camp Creek State Park and Forest.  The fishermen had started to come out after a long cold winter and there were many dogs taking their humans out for a walk to enjoy the sun and warmer temperatures. We drove to the Mash Fork Falls to grab a few pictures and then we had to bring our day to the ends as the sun was beginning to set.

  Be sure to take time to visit there are many adventure and stories waiting to be discovered!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A brief introduction

Hello!  Our names our Pam and Thomas Wallace and we are the new bloggers for Mercer County!  We are very excited to have this opportunity and look forward to the many adventures yet to come.  Thomas and I are both students at Concord University and seeking a degree in Recreation and Tourism Management.  Being the non-traditional student (in other words we are older than most students) keeps us busy with school and work but we would not trade it for anything in the world.  We have always loved to travel and love finding those unique places that make our state so wonderful.  We are members of the WV State Park VIPP (Very Important Parks Person) Program and take every chance we have to visit.  Thomas discovered Geocaching (www.geocaching.com) a few years ago and we love it. We are currently working on completing the Civil War Geocache Trail and love the history that we have in our state. We look forward to discovering all the wonders of Mercer County and sharing them with you. If you know of a hidden gem or a place we need to visit please don't hesitate to let us know.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bluefield Remembers 9/11

Chicory Square was bursting with patriotism and national pride yesterday at noon as fire fighters, policeman, soldiers and citizens of Bluefield gathered to commemorate Patriot Day. It was a touching scene as a huge American flag loomed over the ceremony.



The Pledge of Allegiance was taken and the National Anthem was sung. The keynote speaker for the ceremony was John Feutchetenberger the former Commander of the 304th Military Police Company. John spoke of the lesson we learned from 9/11 both good and bad. He also touched on the importance of the nation-wide and even world-wide support that was shown following the attacks. Emphasizing how we all pulled together in the face of this tragedy.



 The fire chief read the Fireman's Prayer. This was followed by the last call bell ceremony.



The ceremony was a testiment to the importance of our servicemen and women, whether they are fireman, policemen, soldiers, or nurses. It is obvious that the events of 9/11 and the sacrafices made that day will not be soon forgotten by the people of Bluefield.

Friday, September 7, 2012

CultureFest 2012


Thursday night kicked off CultureFest 2012. I decided to stop by and check things out. Anytime I'm offered the opprotunity to see live music (especially in festival form) I jump at the chance, and let me tell you I was not disappointed. As soon as I got to the event grounds (The Appalachian Folklife Center in Pipestem, WV) it was as if I was transported to a whole new world, a world full of love, acceptance, art and music. The feeling in the air was electrifying. There were encouraging signs, beautiful homemade decorations and enough of the 1960's hippie vibe to make my soul happy. I felt comfortable enough to ditch my shoes and walk around in the grass barefoort and quickly noticed many others were doing the same.
Vendors were set up all over selling goods, displaying art and making friends. There was also a selection of vendors selling international foods. I met several people from North Carolina and Virginia who had traveled to West Virginia to enjoy the festival.  Many people were camping on the grounds for the 4 day event and there was a large community fire pit with plenty of seaiting so everyone could gather around for music and stories.   





The event kicked off with a drum circle around the fire-pit followed by performances by folk artist Cassidy Rae Ponton and the rock band Cygnus X3, both of whom I thoroughly enjoyed. People were dancing, singing and playing while the music was taking place. There was a very strong sense of unity thooughout the evening.

 


However, I must say my favorite part of the evening was watching people be comfortable just being theirselves. The feeling of acceptence was in the air and people really took advantage of the non-judgemental atmosphere. It was a great experience and I plan to go enjoy it all over again tonight =0). Tickets are $15 dollars a day (events begin around 10am and end around 2am) and $30 for the whole weekend. For a full schedule of artists and activities visit www.culturefestwv.com . Trust me this is an event you don't want to miss!