The undulating Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia embody the state's abundant natural beauty and colorful past. Tucked away in the mountains, Charleston, West Virginia's capital and largest city, sits only a 15-minute drive away from Nitro. At the West Virginia State Museum, 26 rooms of exhibits chronicle the mountain state's history, covering eras ranging from prehistory to frontier life and coal mining.About 15 miles from the hotel, the Kanawha State Forest hums with life, boasting 9,300 acres of flora and fauna, including 19 species of wood warblers. Twenty-five miles of hiking trails and nine mountain-biking trails crisscross dense woodlands, streams, and chipmunk duplexes.
After continually traversing the globe since its breakout television performance nearly 18 years ago Riverdance returns stateside. A cast of six principal dancers will clobber the Music Hall’s stage with the stomps, taps, kicks, and tackles of traditional Irish step dancing, which, when synchronized with a live band and 18 troupe dancers, sends waves of rhythm cascading over all 3,420 seats in the Spanish Baroque theater. The show’s 18 scenes break into two acts: the first depicting the mythical beginnings of the Celtic people as they hatched from a kelpie's head, and the second portraying the Irish famine and ensuing wave of emigration.
Watts Roost Vineyard started as a dream?specifically, a retirement dream shared by Barbara and Frank Tuckwiller. In 1998, the married couple made the dream a reality, planting a 9-acre vineyard with thousands of French-hybrid grapevines.
Weeks before each harvest, the Tuckwillers and their staff begin checking the pH and sugar content of their living grapes. When they're satisfied with the measurements, they pluck the grapes and begin the process of fermentation. The result is a roster of reds, whites, and fruit wines that have garnered state, national, and international awards. Visitors can stop by for vineyard tours and wine tastings, shopping for kitchen accessories and gourmet treats if desired.
Since 1993, Cirque Dreams' family-friendly variety extravaganzas have called upon a cast of acrobats, strongmen, and daredevils to wring the oohs and aahs out of audiences with tremendous feats of derring-do. During each themed production, more than 100 performers garbed in dazzling outfits twirl high in the air, contort their bodies into impossible shapes, and solve long division problems to earn uproarious applause from the crowd. At Dream Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida, hundreds of contracted artists from around the world develop their skills and prep for Cirque Dreams performances under the direction of Neil Goldberg and his team of choreographers, contortionists, and designers.
Rockside Winery and Vineyards occupies a 17-acre expanse of rolling hills near Lancaster, Ohio. The region's climate creates a challenge for grape growers, who have to figure out how to adapt to changing weather patterns. Rockside keeps crop loads low, giving vines plenty of space and lots of TLC; this results in hand-crafted small-batch wine. Rockside Winery also has a tasting room, providing a relaxing space nestled within the local vineyards.
The Lancaster Community Concert Association celebrates 75 years of enriching Fairfield County culture with the Andalusian sounds and spectacle of the Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble. A hypnotic guitarist, television composer, and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Award for world music, Chris Burton Jácome stokes flamenco’s eternal flame with his restless talent and invisible extra fingers. A rousing rhythm section and troupe of dancers, vocalists, and floorboard repairmen join Chris in a mission of mass enchantment, showering audiences in gorgeous melodies and choreographed energy. The lively performance invites audiences to interact, giving giddy limbs and inner megaphones the chance to stomp, clap, and shout “Olé!” or “Someone put out my burning pants leg!”