MARCH 2022

​After a colder and snowier winter than usual, “March Madness” and “Spring Fever” cannot come soon enough! Most indoor venues still require or request wearing masks, especially for the unvaccinated. “Mountain Stage”, while selling tickets for full capacity, requires masks, and offers live-streaming for anyone. While the live-streaming is free, donations are appreciated.

Throughout March and April, there is a fascinating exhibition at the Craik-Patton House. “Seventeen Men: Portraits of African American Civil War Soldiers” is the result of the discovery of an album containing Civil War photographs of men primarily from Company G of the 25th United States Colored Troops Infantry Regiment. Life size portraits and detailed biographies are on display for this free exhibit.

The 6th Celtic Calling Gathering will be held in Charleston the first weekend of March. It will feature music, dance, sporting events, cultural presentations, and film & theater. On Saturday, the 5th, there will be an attempt at the Largest Gathering of People Wearing Unicorn Horns”! That will be at Haddad Riverfront Park at 3pm.

“March Madness” WV style, returns to the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center (CC&CC) this year with the WVSSAC Girls and Boys Basketball Tournaments. Check the CC&CC website for specific schedules 

and details. A 2-Day National Boxing Tournament, the Gary Toney Memorial Tournament, will also be held at the CC&CC. Shawnee Sports Complex will be the site for two soccer tournaments this month.

The Clay Center will present “March Science Madness Round 1” on Saturdays at 12pm and 2pm. The whole family will enjoy watching famous scientists from history battle it out. YOU decide who will be the “ultimate science winner”. The Clay Center will also be the venue for “Beginner/Intermediate Watercolor Class with Ellie Schaul”. The class will be held on Thursdays from Mar. 10 to Apr. 14. The cost is $150. Advance registration is required.

After surviving two full years of a global pandemic, Charleston is coming to life in many exciting ways. The $36.8 million allocation for Charleston from the American Rescue Plan Act is being carefully invested in several areas, including updated parks, playgrounds, and the new City Center. The City Center, at Slack Plaza, will be home to KRT, food trucks, live entertainment, and children’s events.

“Conde Nast Traveler” magazine has selected West Virginia as one the of 22 best places in the WORLD to visit in 2022! With the “New River Gorge National Park & Preserve” only about 90 minutes away, Charleston will certainly be a “go-to” destination for everyone!