Cranberry Shindig is Sunday, September 25

Everyone is invited to the 33rd annual Cranberry Shindig Sunday, Sept. 25th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center in the Monongahela National Forest per a press release from the US Forest Service.  You can bring the whole family to enjoy a day of mountain music, clogging, artisans and fall color.

This year’s Shindig features music by The Bing Brothers and Jake Krack. Old Dominion Cloggers will showcase traditional dancing. Live demonstrations will include blacksmithing, pottery, spinning wheel, wood turning, apple cider press and more. Artisans will display and sell their wares, and there will be food available for purchase.

You can also check out new features at the Nature Center, including four new displays in the exhibit hall, and concrete and electricity in the new pavilion. The Nature Center’s store is stocked with field guides, outdoor gear, books and souvenirs.

And you can enjoy these special scenic areas while attending the Shindig.

  • Cranberry Glades is especially beautiful during the fall when the cotton grass is blooming, and plants and trees are displaying their fall colors.
  • You can view three cascading waterfalls from the boardwalk at the Falls of Hills Creek.
  • Or take a scenic fall drive on the Highland Scenic Highway and complement your drive with an audio tour. CDs are available for purchase at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, Gauley and Marlinton Ranger District offices, Richwood CVB office and Pocahontas CVB offices in Marlinton and Cass.

The Nature Center is located 16 miles west of Marlinton and 23 miles east of Richwood at the intersection of Rt. 39/55 and Rt. 150 (Highland Scenic Highway). For more information call the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center at (304) 653-4826. The Nature Center is open Thursday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Oct. 15, closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

USDA policy requires that the event be canceled if the Pocahontas County community level for Covid-19 is high Friday, Sept. 23. We will notify the public as soon as possible if this occurs.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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