October is a much-loved time of year. It has always been like that. Even before pumpkin-spice lattes! The trees turn a beautiful variety of colors and the weather is perfect. Not too hot and not too cold. Then, in Charleston, the month begins with the popular “Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop”, which is WV’s largest 5 day Motorcar Festival. Other family friendly events throughout the month include the WV Book Festival at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center (CC&CC) and the FestivALL Fall activities.

There are three entertaining fundraisers this month. The “Market Mixer Fundraiser” is a benefit for the non-profit Capitol Market. The “One Club Golf Scramble” assists the Appalachian Children’s Chorus, and Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center’s 26th annual fundraising event currently known as “Friday Night Live” helps provide counseling throughout the area. These are enjoyable ways to generously support our community.

The “Charleston WV parkrun” continues every Saturday morning, beginning at 9am this month. This free 5K run/walk begins and ends at Magic Island.

Kanawha State Forest is the site for a colorful hike Oct. 12. This 4.5-mile trek through the forest begins at the Camp Kanawha parking lot.

The 2019 WV Book Festival features the popular author James Patterson, among several other well-known writers. There are also several writing workshops, discussions, and lectures. This is always a much-anticipated event in town. The CC&CC is also the venue for a fun murder mystery dinner, “Belles Bourbon & Belladonna” and for the spooky Children’s Theatre of Charleston presentation of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”.

“ZZ Top” comes to the Clay Center as the band celebrates 50 years of performing. The band holds the undisputed record of being the longest major rock band with the original personnel intact. This concert promises to be a sellout and enormously entertaining.

With so much happening this month, time will surely fly! Next up, Thanksgiving!!!
Happy Fall, Y’all!