Seneca Rocks Discovery Center Activities for 2009 - All programs are free and open to the public.

Shaver's Mountain Ramblers
The Discovery Center is proud once again to present traditional Appalachian artisans and crafts people demonstrating their arts and skills on weekends throughout the summer season. Demonstrations began on Memorial weekend and generally go to Labor Day weekend. This year demonstrations will extend into the fall color season. In addition to the artisan demonstrations, there will be traditional mountain music every Saturday afternoon.
Alan Miller
Sites Homestead, located nearby, is normally open Memorial Day to Labor Day on Thursday through Sunday for tours of the house and heritage gardens. Please verify a specific event or activity
with the Center at (304) 567-2827.
This is an active calendar that will be updated throughout the season. Circumstances may necessitate a change in the scheduled activities listed below.

KEY:
SRDC - Seneca Rocks Discovery Center
SH - Sites Homestead
SSA - Seneca Shadows Campground Amphitheater

Program Descriptions:
Appalachian Music
- The music of the mountains comes in many forms, and on Saturday afternoons we showcase the music in the Discovery Center. Feel free to stay for a minute. . . or an hour. The concerts are free.
Cliff-scaling Soldiers of West Virginia - As World War II raged in Europe, the army brought soldiers here to learn how to climb rock, pack horses and fire artillery. This 20-minute DVD tells the story of the West Virginia Maneuvers.
Climbing Seneca
- Each year climbers from around the world travel to Seneca Rocks to test their skills. Discover why this rock is so dear to climbers and how they attempt to meet its challenges safely.
Heritage Craft Demonstrations
- Each week crafters and artists demonstrate their skills at the Discovery Center. Please note that dates are subject to change. Contact the Discovery Center in advance if you are planning your trip to see a particular demonstration.
Kids Only: The Flower Floor Challenge - Come to the Discovery Center Children's Area on Sunday mornings between 10:00 and 11:30 and try to label the parts of our giant "floor flower." If a youth beats the clock, he or she will win a prize. Participants must bring an adult, but the adult doesn't get to play!
Meet a Snake - Meet some of West Virginia's scaly inhabitants in the Children's Area.
Stories in the Rocks - Something about Seneca Rocks inspires the imagination. Some people have seen Indian maidens; others find the faces of presidents. Let us introduce you to the legends and faces of the rocks.

JUNE
Summer Program at SRDC & SH
Art & Craft Demos 10 am - 4 pm SRDC
Music
20 Saturday 3:00 pm - Meet a Snake - SRDC
4:00 pm - Cliff-Scaling Soldiers - SRDC
White Oak Basketry - Judy Van Gundy
Pottery Demonstration - Lori Haldeman
Weaving - Betsy Viola
1:00 pm - Bear Hill Bluegrass - SRDC
3:00 pm - Bear Hill Bluegrass - SH
21 Sunday 10:30 am - Just for Kids: Floor Flower Challenge - SRDC
4:00 pm - The Cliff-scaling Soldiers - SRDC

Special Event
Quilting Bee Saturday 27 June 1:00 to 4:00 pm SH The Log Cabin Quilters of Elkins, WV and friends will be quilting under the trees at the Sites Homestead, working on a 9-patch pattern quilt set up on an old heirloom quilting frame. This was a popular way for women to socialize in the 1800s while getting practical tasks done. Please join us to experience a sense of days-gone-by. You can even do a stitch or two on the quilt. No experience necessary! Music and refreshments will be "stitched" into the afternoon.
27 Saturday 3:00 pm - Meet a Snake - SRDC
4:00 pm - Cliff-Scaling Soldiers - SRDC
Stained Glass Making and Painting - John and Titi Ferguson
Pine Needle Baskets - Anne Beardslee
1:00 pm - Jack Hedrick and Friends - SRDC
28 Sunday

10:30 am - Just for Kids: Floor Flower Challenge - SRDC
4:00 pm - The Cliff-scaling Soldiers - SRDC
JULY
Summer Programs at SRDC & SSA
Art & Craft Demos 10 am - 4 pm SRDC
Music
3 Friday
[no event scheduled]
Basket Making Demonstration - Jim Eaves
Special Event
Independence Day Gathering • Saturday 4 July 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm • SH • Experience a pioneer gathering of neighbors to celebrate the birthday of our country at the Sites Homestead. Food will be cooked over the open fire — music will be shared — old time activities and crafts will fill the time. Please come and celebrate with us!
4 Saturday 4:00 pm - The Cliff-Scaling Soldiers - SRDC
9:00 pm - Snakes of West Virginia - Roy Moose - SSA
Basket Making - Jim Eaves
Broom Making Demonstration - Gary Robinson
1:00 pm - Michael and Carrie Kline - SRDC
3:00 pm - Michael and Carrie Kline - SH
Snakes of West Virginia - Roy Moose, known throughout the state as the "Snake Man,"
will have his collection of rattlesnakes, copperheads and non-venomous snakes
to the Seneca Shadows Campground Amphitheater.
5 Sunday 10:30 am - Just for Kids: Floor Flower Challenge - SRDC
4:00 pm - The Cliff-scaling Soldiers - SRDC
Special Event
History Hits The Road Traveling Exhibit • Saturday 11 July 10:00 am - 3:00 pm • SH • The History Hits the Road Wagon is stopping at the Sites Homestead, and you're invited to try your hand 19th century activities like corn grinding, paper marbling and playing with period toys.
Special Event
Songs and Stories • Saturday 11 July 1:00 - 4:00 pm • SH •
11 Saturday 3:00 pm - Meet a Snake - SRDC
4:00 pm - Cliff-Scaling Soldiers - SRDC
9:00 pm - Movie - The Greatest Good - SSA
Basket Making Demonstration - Almar Creations
Coopering (Barrel Making) - Tom Campbell
1:00 pm - Jay Lockman - SRDC
The Greatest Good - This award winning documentary traces the history of the U.S. Forest Service
from ranger's on horseback to global positioning satellites. (2 hours)
12 Sunday 10:30 am - Just for Kids: Floor Flower Challenge - SRDC
4:00 pm - The Cliff-scaling Soldiers - SRDC
18 Saturday 3:00 pm - Meet a Snake - SRDC
4:00 pm - Cliff-Scaling Soldiers - SRDC
9:00 pm - Caves: Life Beneath The Forest - SSA
Wool Spinning - Jean Stephens
Pottery - Rita Kickert


1:00 pm - Backdoor Friends - SRDC
3:00 pm - Backdoor Friends - SH
Caves: Life Beneath the Forest - Join ecologist Cindy Sandeno
as she unveils the amazing adaptations life has made to survive in a world of darkness.
19 Sunday 10:30 am - Just for Kids: Floor Flower Challenge - SRDC
4:00 pm - Cliff-Scaling Soldiers - SRDC
Wool Spinning - Jean Stephens


25 Saturday 3:00 pm - Meet a Snake - SRDC
9:00 pm - Black Bear - SSA
Water Color Painting and Stained Glass - John and Titi Ferguson 1:00 pm - Allegheny - SRDC
3:00 pm - Allegheny - SH
Black Bear - How much do you know about the natural history and behavior of this symbol of wild country?
You're invited to become a contestant on "The Big Black Bear Game."
26 Sunday 10:30 am - Just for Kids: Floor Flower Challenge - SRDC
4:00 pm - The Cliff-scaling Soldiers - SRDC
AUGUST
Summer Programs at SRDC & SH
Art & Craft Demos 10 am - 4 pm SRDC
Music
Special Event
Songs and Stories Saturday 1 August 1:00 - 4:00 pm SH
1 Saturday 3:00 pm - Meet a Snake - SRDC
4:00 pm - Cliff-Scaling Soldiers - SRDC
9:00 pm - History and How Tos of Climbing Seneca - Diane Kearns - SSA
Water Color Painting and Stained Glass - John and Titi Ferguson 1:00 pm - Variety Pack - SRDC
History and How Tos of Climbing Seneca - Climbing Guide Diane Kearns takes a look at the history of climbing
at Seneca Rocks and demonstrates some of the techniques climbers use to day.
2 Sunday 10:30 am - Just for Kids: Floor Flower Challenge - SRDC
4:00 pm - The Cliff-scaling Soldiers - SRDC
Water Color Painting and Stained Glass - John and Titi Ferguson
Special Event
1700s Camping and Cooking Saturday 8 August 9:00 am - 4:00 pm SH 18th Century Re-enactors will be camped out in front of the Sites Homestead. Plan a visit to see how West Virginia's earliest explorers lived.
8 Saturday 3:00 pm - Meet a Snake - SRDC
4:00 pm - Cliff-Scaling Soldiers -SRDC
9:00 pm - West Virginia's Birds of Prey - Three Rivers Avian Center
Pottery Making - Lori Haldeman
Broom Making - Gary Robinson
1:00 pm - Blue Rose Band - SRDC
9 Sunday 10:30 am - Just for Kids: Floor Flower Challenge - SRDC
4:00 pm - The Cliff-scaling Soldiers - SRDC
Pottery Making - Lori Haldeman  
Special Event
Dulcimer Day Saturday 15 August 1:00 - 4:00 pm SH
15 Saturday 3:00 pm - Meet a Snake - SRDC
4:00 pm - Cliff-Scaling Soldiers - SRDC
9:00 pm - Geology of Seneca Rocks and Spruce Knob - SSA
Spinning - Betsy Viola
Pine Needle Baskets - Anne Beardslee



1:00 pm - Falling Branch Harmonies - SRDC
3:00 pm Falling Branch Harmonies - SH
Geology of the Seneca Rocks and Spruce Knob Area -
Discover how the forces of nature have shaped the spectacular scenery in this area with Jim Van Gundy.
16 Sunday 10:30 am - Just for Kids: Floor Flower Challenge - SRDC
4:00 pm - The Cliff-scaling Soldiers - SRDC
Pine Needle Baskets - Anne Beardslee

[no event scheduled]
Special Event
Soap Making - Joan Jackson Saturday 22 August 1:00 - 4:00 pm SH
22 Saturday 3:00 pm - Meet a Snake - SRDC
4:00 pm - Cliff-Scaling Soldiers - SRDC
9:00 pm - Beyond the Trailhead - SSA
Landscape Painting - Susan Parker -
Nature Photography - Mary Ann Honcharik
1:00 pm - Wendell Nelson and Friends - SRDC
Beyond the Trailhead - To really experience the Monongahela National Forest
you need to get out of the car and step beyond the trailhead.
This program will give you an idea of the solitude, overlooks, waterfalls, and surprises you may find.
23 Sunday 10:30 am - Just for Kids: Floor Flower Challenge - SRDC
4:00 pm - The Cliff-scaling Soldiers - SRDC
Landscape Painting - Susan Parker -
Nature Photography - Mary Ann Honcharik

[no event scheduled]
29 Saturday 3:00 pm - Meet a Snake - SRDC
4:00 pm - Cliff-Scaling Soldiers - SRDC
9:00 pm - Climbing: From Seneca to Yosemite - SSA
Nature Photography - Frank Ceravalo -
Pottery - Rita Kickert


1:00 pm - Helen and Hazel - SRDC
3:00 pm - Helen and Hazel - SH
Climbing: From Seneca to Yosemite - In early August, climbers from Seneca Rocks Mt. Guides
will attempt to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
See how they used Seneca Rocks as a training ground and find out if they made to the top of El Capitan.
30 Sunday 10:30 am - Just for Kids: Floor Flower Challenge - SRDC
4:00 pm - The Cliff-scaling Soldiers - SRDC
[no event scheduled]

[no event scheduled]
SEPTEMBER
Summer Program at SRDC & SH
Art & Craft Demos 10 am - 4 pm SRDC
Music
5 Saturday
3:00 pm - Meet a Snake - SRDC
4:00 pm - Cliff-Scaling Soldiers - SRDC
9:00 pm - Music - Keith and Joan Pitzer - SSA
Basket Making - Almar Creations
1:00 pm - Art Thompson and the Misfits - SRDC
3:00 pm - Art Thompson and the Misfits - SH
Keith and Joan Pitzer in Concert
Don't miss this free concert by one of the best acoustical music groups in West Virginia.
Their original music captures the magic of Appalachia.
6 Sunday
3:00 pm - Meet a Snake - SRDC
4:00 pm - Cliff-Scaling Soldiers - SRDC
Basket Making - Almar Creations
1:00 pm - Tim Seaman - SRDC
12 Saturday Broom Making - Gary Robinson
OCTOBER
Summer Program at SRDC & SH
Art & Craft Demos 10 am - 4 pm SRDC
Music
4 Sunday Basket Making - Rose Cowger - SRDC
10 Saturday Pottery Making - Lori Haldeman
17 Saturday Water Color Painting and Stained Glass - John and Titi Ferguson
Coopering (Barrel Making) - Tom Campbell
1:00 pm - Senior Moments - SRDC
24 Saturday Broom Making - Gary Robinson
 



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