CHARLESTON, W.Va…Kick into autumn with FestivALL Fall, a shortened version of Charleston’s summer arts festival that packs plenty of visual and performing arts, music and dance into one long weekend, Oct. 23-25.
Main events for FestivALL Fall include:
* A return of the popular West Virginia Book Festival, a two-day celebration of authors, books and writing Oct. 23-24 at the Charleston Civic Center that includes visits by well-known writers such as West Virginia native Homer Hickam, Jodi Picoult, Jeff Shaara and Neil Gaiman along with the popular used book sale. For contact information about visiting authors, call Terry Wooten, the Kanawha County Public Library’s marketing manager, at 304-343-4646.
Sponsors include the Kanawha County Public Library, The Library Foundation of Kanawha County, The Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia Humanities Council, Friends of The Library Foundation, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, West Virginia Library Commission, West Virginia Center for the Book and the Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Foundation.
* A visit by Virginia’s award-winning American Shakespeare Center, this time with a production of “Julius Caesar,” a dazzling tale of betrayal, violence and love. Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Scottish Rite theater, the production will be staged following the principles of Renaissance productions to give audience members a taste of how an Elizabethan playgoer might have enjoyed a show. For example, both stage and audience are lit to allow actors to engage with the audience and scenery is kept to a minimum. For more information, visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com. The website includes director’s notes about the production and a quick history primer. To schedule interviews, contact Tour Manager Thomas J. Coppola cell: 413-329-9819, email: thomas@AmericanShakespeareCenter.com.
Major support is provided by the Charles and Mary Fayne Glotfelty Foundation with additional support from the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Dan and Kathy Foster, Pete & Anna Dailey, and Dunbar Eye Associates.
* The 3rd Annual Harvest Gift Boutique of Fine Art & Fine Craft, scheduled for Oct. 24-25 at the elegant Woman’s Club of Charleston on Virginia Street East. Get an early start on your holiday shopping and a chance to purchase high-quality artisan items by more than 30 artists who were juried into the event. New artisans this year include Charleston potter Christine Daugherty (304-550-8696 or firstname.lastname@example.org); Elkins textile artist Michael Davis, who dyes apparel using the shibori technique (304-704-9558 or email@example.com); and Ronceverte tie-dyer David Hupstetler, whose Spiral Light Productions apparel and household items take the art of tie-dyeing to a new level (304-992-9504 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sponsor is the Charles and Mary Fayne Glotfelty Foundation.
* For the first time, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony — the 6th for the organization — will take place during FestivALL Fall. The ceremony is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the state Culture Center, where inductees who will perform include Charleston’s own jazz pianist Bob Thompson, McDowell County singer-songwriter John Ellison and Beckley pedal steel guitarist Russ Hicks. Deceased inductees include fiddler Ed Haley of Logan County, country music recording artist Buddy Starcher of Ripley and rhythm and blues pianist Harry Vann Walls of Charleston. For more information on inductees, visit www.WVMusicHallOfFame.com or the music hall of fame’s Facebook page.
Sponsors include the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the West Virginia Division of Tourism, the Central West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Charleston.
* A popular summer FestivALL event returns with an autumn version — the Carriage Trail Leaf Walk. Experience fall colors along the roughly 2/3-mile gravel trail on the south side of the Kanawha River Oct. 25, from 1p.m-4p.m., while you take in vignettes by the Alban Arts Center, Limelight Theatre Company and The Theatre Project from the Children’s Theatre of Charleston, along with music from Andrew Winter and more. A trolley will run continuously during the event to shuttle participants from the Carriage Trail to the Springhill Arboretum Founders Day Program at the historic Springhill Cemetery, which will feature reenactors of some of Charleston’s founding fathers. The trolley will stop to drop off passengers on Capitol Street.
Major support is provided by the Charles and Mary Fayne Glotfelty Foundation and sponsors include the University of Charleston with support by the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.
* The first-ever FOOTMAD Showcase, scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Scottish Rite Temple, features top-shelf entertainment from area artists, including old-time string band Modock Rounders, Elkins step dancer Becky Hill, and West Virginia’s most popular liar — and storyteller — Bill Lepp, along with a cappella trio Bare Bones and honky tonk trio Blue Yonder. Contact Steve or Martha Ballman at 304-729-4382 for more information.
Sponsors are the Charles and Mary Fayne Glotfelty Foundation and the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
*Cap off FestivALL Fall with a live Mountain Stage show Oct. 25 at the state Culture Center. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and heard on over 150 NPR stations, this show features NRBQ, Jackie Green, Nels Cline & Julian Lage, Aaron Parnell Brown and The Christian Lopez Band.
Major radio underwriters are Bailey & Glasser, LLP and Wild, Wonderful West Virginia #GOTOWV with support from the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
FestivALL Fall is rounded out by numerous other events including a concert by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Oct. 24 and the Charleston Ballet’s season-opening “Contemporary Classics” Oct. 23-24. In addition, area restaurants again have stepped up with plans to offer special FestivALL Fall features for Taste-of-FALL and the East End Bazaar will host its first Hops & Heat chili cookoff and craft beer event Oct. 24. Other events include an all ages Cartref pop-up concert, Pullin’ for MS! wine and craft beer tasting with silent art auction, an organ performance and Tiffany stained glass tour at Kanawha United Presbyterian, Academy Singers’ “Magical Motion Picture Moments” and more.
For a complete schedule of events, venues and ticket prices, visit www.FestivallCharleston.com. For more information, contact FestivALL co-director Brittany Javins, 304-470-0489, email@example.com.