As of the day this went into print, the following activities and events are still planned for September. Due to the rising cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19, rules and schedules can quickly change. If all goes as planned, Charleston will be featuring performances by ZZ Top, The Beach Boys, and Jeff Foxworthy!
The Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema plans to reopen Sept. 1. This independent movie house, located in the basement of Taylor Books has been closed nearly 18 months. Proof of vaccination will be required to enter the cinema. The first film shown will be “Quarantine Life”, which a collection of comedic, but true stories from the lockdown. Current news and updates from the WV International Film Festival can be found at www.wviff.org.
Also on Sept. 1, Alice Cooper’s son, Dash Cooper, will be making a stop in town at Sam’s Uptown Café. He will be performing with his band CO-OP. Also appearing will be California rockers, Sunflower Dead.
At the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, (CC&CC), “The Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial Kickoff” will take place Sept. 3. There will be pre-concert activities, along with artwork by local artisans. The concert will feature two of the accomplished musicians behind the soundtrack of the 1987 movie “Matewan”. If COVID restrictions result in the public not being able to attend, the concert will be a virtual performance. All tickets are non-refundable, as this is a fundraiser to help fund the events taking place in WV and throughout Appalachia over Labor Day weekend.
On Sept. 11, FOOTMAD, the Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance, will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a festival at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. In addition to the performances by local groups and musicians, there will be music and dance workshops, children’s activities and a contra dance. Proof of vaccination is required in order to participate.
Beginning this month, the Charleston Ghost Tour Company will begin offering guided walking tours along the Kanawha River and through downtown Charleston. Each walk will include stories of haunts, folklore, and history of the Kanawha Valley. The tours will take place every Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and 8:30pm. Group sizes are limited. For tickets and details, check out:
Mountain Stage changes venues this month for their concert on Sept. 12. They will hold the performance at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences. Mountain Stage will return to the WV Culture Center for their show on the following Sunday.
Jeff Foxworthy, the comedy icon, comes to town on the 17th. His performance at the Municipal Auditorium is titled “The Good Old Days”. This will be a great show for the whole family.
The kids are back in school and autumn is on the way. As life slowly inches toward normal, there is so much to enjoy in Charley West!