Film Club
Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Film Club

Join us for The River House Film Club night!

Welcome to all cinefiles and casual movie goers alike. Enjoy watching a buzz worthy film followed by a guided discussion.

Screening starts at 6:30- we recommend people arrive at 6 for a film intro including topics that will be discussed after the film.

Stay tuned for teaser details...

FREE / $5 donation suggested

Complimentary popcorn included, food & drink available for purchase.

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Open Mic Night
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Open Mic Night

Come and share your music, poetry, comedy, or other form of performance art on The River House stage! We have a warm space and a welcoming audience.

Anyone can get on stage at Open Mic Nights (Note: We are an inclusive and family friendly venue so please keep your performance respectful and appropriate). 

Participants must sign up for a 10-20 minute performance block, sign ups will begin by phone or in person as early as 5pm on Open Mic Fridays. (If there is a full list, performances may be reduced to 10 minutes or less)


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

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Art for All
Jan
19
12:00 PM12:00

Art for All

Every Saturday The River House offers opportunities to participate in art activities that are fun for all ages. Bring your imagination and come for an Art for All craft. We provide the materials, you provide the inspiration.

We will be making beaded snowflakes!

Free (donations appreciated)

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Bud's Collective
Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Bud's Collective

Bud's Collective is a powerful group of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. While their music reflects roots firmly planted in Bluegrass tradition, they do not hesitate to add to it in ways all their own. Playing a tasteful mix of front man Buddy Dunlap's original material and popular hits ranging from Stevie Wonder to Alabama and all points in between, Bud's Collective has been making waves in the music scene since the inception of the group in 2012.

$10 in advance/ $12 at the door/ $5 student/ kids 12 & under free

get your tickets here: www.theriverhousewv.org/eventregistration

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Poetry Workshop: Coming and Going
Jan
20
9:30 AM09:30

Poetry Workshop: Coming and Going

Join poet, publisher and story-teller, Michael Czarnecki, and local River House poet, John Berry as they lead a day-long poetic retreat exploring where poetry comes from, and how we send it back out into the world. In this program, they will be exploring the ways in which we are able to voice our poetry; through the spoken and written word and how the inspirited Spirit of Poetry asks us to share.

Michael and John will be inviting conversation into living in the present moment, honoring our creative spirit, and listening deeply when Inspiration calls. They will also be exploring the vulnerability of speaking your poem, writing Haiku, and learning to hold nothing back in your writing.

Round robin sharings of poetry throughout the day, and an open mic to cap off the retreat. Each participant will receive a chapbook to be published honoring the event with poems included from all in attendance.

The cost for the event is $50.00 per person, and will be held Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. with a rain (or snow) date of January 27

The River House Café will be open all day serving food and beverages (not included in the tuition).

tickets here: www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

Snow date: 1/27/19

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Meet Featured Gallery Artist: Kristen Colebank
Jan
20
12:00 PM12:00

Meet Featured Gallery Artist: Kristen Colebank

Meet January & February's featured gallery artist Kristen Colebank and learn about her artistic process!

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT

I am fascinated by the interplay of pigment and paper. Watercolor is an exciting medium to explore because of its unpredictability, yet the painting process must be tempered by careful decisions. The resulting work becomes a balance of these competing energies. As for my subjects, I seek the extraordinary in the commonplace. I explore the tensions between light and dark values, and I try to develop compositions that will draw the viewer into unexpected, yet meditative, spaces.

BIOGRAPHY

Primarily self-taught, artist Kristen Colebank has been painting in

watercolor since her first experience with the capricious medium in a high school art class in the late 1980s. She is eternally grateful that her high school had a full-time art teacher and that her teacher

included a lesson on watercolor in the sophomore-level course. A West Virginia native, Colebank currently lives in Hardy County, near the western flank of Great North Mountain.

MEMBERSHIP and AWARDS

Colebank holds Signature membership with the West Virginia Watercolor Society and is a juried associate artist with the Dickirson Gallery at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, in Beckley, W.Va. Colebank’s work has been accepted in national and regional exhibitions hosted by the West Virginia Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Virginia Watercolor Society, and Southern Watercolor Society. In 2013, Colebank won a Merit Award at the biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition. She also has been featured in three previous solo exhibitions in Harrisonburg, Va., and Lost River, W.Va. In 2019, in addition to The River House exhibition, her work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, W.Va.

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Yoga in the Gallery
Jan
21
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga in the Gallery

Join local yoga teacher Terri Ward for a warm & restorative yoga flow in the River House Gallery. Every Monday evening!

$10. please bring your own mat.

reserve your spot. space is limited!

https://www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

Terri Ward, 500-RYT began practicing yoga in 2012 to deepen her meditation practice. Inspired by the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits yoga brought to her life, Terri enrolled in yoga teacher training to share her passion with others. She completed her 200-HR teacher certification in 2017 and her 300-HR advanced teacher certification in 2018, both with Christa Mastrangelo Joyce and Jala Yoga of Shepherdstown. A poet, Terri loves the meditative flow and challenge of a Vinyasa practice, but also teaches Gentle Yoga, Deep Relaxation, Hatha Yoga, and Yoga for Health & Wellness.

As a teacher, Terri’s provides a safe and compassionate space for her students to challenge themselves, connect with their essential wisdom, and engage in self-discovery. She is the co-owner of UpDog Yoga, opened in 2018 with her husband, Mike Ward, 200-RYT.

Connect with her at www.updogyogawv.com, updogyoga.terri@gmail.com, or on Facebook at UpDog Yoga


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Midweek Melodies Concert Series - Drew Aclin & Taylor Berryhill
Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

Midweek Melodies Concert Series - Drew Aclin & Taylor Berryhill

Come out and enjoy a Midweek Melodies Concert Series featuring Capon Bridge's Drew Aclin & Taylor Berryhill! 

**Food and drink specials available on Midweek Melodies Thursdays** 

Drew Aclin:

If anything at all, I am a musician. I started on the piano at 6 and received my first guitar, as a gift, when I was 9. I practiced, first, under a teacher who taught me basic scales and styles that were mostly bluegrass oriented. I was well practiced and catching on well by the time I started taking lessons with my second teacher. He taught me bar chords and the basic structure of playing rock and after learning under him for two months, I began to solely teach myself from the age of 13 on. I was brought up mainly on rock 'n' roll (The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers) but soon, and at an early age, began branching out into a variety of genres including jazz, metal, funk, R&B, raggae, and hardcore punk. 

I began playing in front of live crowds during my piano years, at various recitals, starting around age 7. I remember always being so afraid before getting up on stage, nerves driving me crazy, and then sitting down, playing a few notes, and sinking into comfort. Through high school, I worked with my dad, who was teaching art at the time, to do a yearly "variety show" and establish a solid network of musicians and peers who enjoyed the performing arts as much as I did/do. The nervous feeling never stopped occurring, but through time and experience, I have come to appreciate the unique feeling that playing for a crowd provides and have to thank the different organizations that have given me a facet to perform freely and without judgement, including The River House. 

My set list and aspirations for performances are constantly evolving but, as long as those who are watching have fun, clap their hands, and maybe draw connections with the music I love to play, I am getting my job done. I hope to only do justice to the artists who have influenced me and make sure every member of the crowd smiles at least once


Taylor Berryhill:
Hello friends!
I was born and raised in the Piedmont of North Carolina (around Charlotte) and really took to music once I started playing trumpet in the sixth grade. This branched my musical tastes to include forms of classical-symphonic and wind band repertoire, as well as jazz, blues, funk, soul, reggae, ska and other genres that incorporated “horns.” As a teenager, I picked up electric guitar, a leather jacket and a bad attitude to try and emulate the punk bands I was listening to at the time (though it was all a guise…I’ve always been a peace-loving hippie at heart, haha). I played in several bands throughout high school, rehearsing very loud music in very tiny rooms. Between that and going to equally loud shows every week I probably lost half of my hearing spectrum very early on in my musical career. So, naturally, I decided to study audio engineering in college!
I finished up my studies at Appalachian State University in the summer of 2010 and temporarily moved to Boston, MA, to intern at a recording studio before coming back to NC to graduate that December with a B.S. in Music Industry Studies. After half a year of working, living at home and generally trying to save as much money as possible, I moved out to Nashville, TN with a college friend and was determined to find work in the industry!
This proved to be way harder than an I ever anticipated, and I found living in Nashville to be very challenging for the first several years. I eventually bought a bike, however, and fell in love with cycling. I became a bicycle courier for the last couple years I was in Nashville but was still playing in various bands (ranging from Americana to hip-hop) and investing in some form of music, all the while.
My love of biking and desire to live out west (my sister lives in Northern California) spurred a spontaneous adventure. Once again, I moved back home to save money and eventually began a cross-country bicycle trip with my sights set on San Francisco…but have strangely found myself living in Capon Bridge, West Virginia, for the last year. Living and taking part in this wonderful little community has inspired me in so many ways and proved to be monumental in elevating my creative self. Life is beautiful and so very unpredictable in the best way possible!

$8 ticket. kids 12 & under free
get your tickets in advance here: www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

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Trivia Night
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Trivia Night

Ready for another night of Trivia challenge?!

Bring your art & music knowledge to The River House's Trivia Night! It's free to play- Join our host, the clever Grassi family, and test your smarts over different rounds of trivia questions. 

Teams of 2-5 will compete. Come in a group or join a table of fellow trivia players.

Sip a soda, beer or glass of wine and compete to win a River House prize. Start studying!


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

 

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Art for All
Jan
26
12:00 PM12:00

Art for All

Every Saturday The River House offers opportunities to participate in art activities that are fun for all ages. Bring your imagination and come for an Art for All craft. We provide the materials, you provide the inspiration.

We will be making snowman measuring sticks!

Free (donations appreciated)

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Family Movie Night
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Family Movie Night

Join us for Family Movie Night

We'll be showing a well-loved PG-rated film, providing free popcorn and comfortable seating, as well as a variety of snacks and drinks for purchase.

Bring the whole family!

Free event (donations appreciated)

**You may call The River House 304-359-2440 to find out which film we'll be playing

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Yoga in the Gallery
Jan
28
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga in the Gallery

Join local yoga teacher Terri Ward for a warm & restorative yoga flow in the River House Gallery. Every Monday evening!

$10. please bring your own mat.

reserve your spot. space is limited!

https://www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

Terri Ward, 500-RYT began practicing yoga in 2012 to deepen her meditation practice. Inspired by the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits yoga brought to her life, Terri enrolled in yoga teacher training to share her passion with others. She completed her 200-HR teacher certification in 2017 and her 300-HR advanced teacher certification in 2018, both with Christa Mastrangelo Joyce and Jala Yoga of Shepherdstown. A poet, Terri loves the meditative flow and challenge of a Vinyasa practice, but also teaches Gentle Yoga, Deep Relaxation, Hatha Yoga, and Yoga for Health & Wellness.

As a teacher, Terri’s provides a safe and compassionate space for her students to challenge themselves, connect with their essential wisdom, and engage in self-discovery. She is the co-owner of UpDog Yoga, opened in 2018 with her husband, Mike Ward, 200-RYT.

Connect with her at www.updogyogawv.com, updogyoga.terri@gmail.com, or on Facebook at UpDog Yoga


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Open Mic Night
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

Open Mic Night

Come and share your music, poetry, comedy, or other form of performance art on The River House stage! We have a warm space and a welcoming audience.

Anyone can get on stage at Open Mic Nights (Note: We are an inclusive and family friendly venue so please keep your performance respectful and appropriate). 

Participants must sign up for a 10-20 minute performance block, sign ups will begin by phone or in person as early as 5pm on Open Mic Fridays. (If there is a full list, performances may be reduced to 10 minutes or less)


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

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Art for All
Feb
2
12:00 PM12:00

Art for All

Every Saturday The River House offers opportunities to participate in art activities that are fun for all ages. Bring your imagination and come for an Art for All craft. We provide the materials, you provide the inspiration.

We will be making Chinese New Year dragons!

Free (donations appreciated)

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Steve Kaldes & The Shifters
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Steve Kaldes & The Shifters

  Piano  my first true love 

                 A lifetime of composing  

                     I reach out to share music 

                         one person at a time  

                 Inspired by  

                     the love of people

                         the spirit of nature 

                 My music is 

                     a journey of goodwill 

                        with every note precious

                          and thoughtful 

                 As an artist, 

                     my mission is to create 

                        a pause in time,

                          a connection with ourselves 

                            and our surroundings 

                                           ️

                                 Steve Kaldes 

With special guests The Shifters

FREE CONCERT



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Herb Club Meeting: Self-Care, an Herbalist's Perspective, Part 1
Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

Herb Club Meeting: Self-Care, an Herbalist's Perspective, Part 1

February is the month of love, self love! The River House Herb Club will be hosting two meetings in February!

DeAnna McCasland, owner of Wild Nettle Apothecary in Wardensville, WV will be facilitating this 2-part series of Self-Care, an Herbalist’s Perspective. Do you find your needs last on your to-do list? Do you treat yourself with the same kindness you treat others? These days are busy and we have so much to do, remembering and caring for yourself is paramount to caring for others. 

Part 1 will be sharing tips and resources for developing a self-care routine involving herbs. We will have teas to taste and a hands-on activity. More details to come.

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” - Eleanor Brownn

FREE

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Yoga in the Gallery
Feb
4
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga in the Gallery

Join local yoga teacher Terri Ward for a warm & restorative yoga flow in the River House Gallery. Every Monday evening!

$10. please bring your own mat.

reserve your spot. space is limited!

https://www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

Terri Ward, 500-RYT began practicing yoga in 2012 to deepen her meditation practice. Inspired by the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits yoga brought to her life, Terri enrolled in yoga teacher training to share her passion with others. She completed her 200-HR teacher certification in 2017 and her 300-HR advanced teacher certification in 2018, both with Christa Mastrangelo Joyce and Jala Yoga of Shepherdstown. A poet, Terri loves the meditative flow and challenge of a Vinyasa practice, but also teaches Gentle Yoga, Deep Relaxation, Hatha Yoga, and Yoga for Health & Wellness.

As a teacher, Terri’s provides a safe and compassionate space for her students to challenge themselves, connect with their essential wisdom, and engage in self-discovery. She is the co-owner of UpDog Yoga, opened in 2018 with her husband, Mike Ward, 200-RYT.

Connect with her at www.updogyogawv.com, updogyoga.terri@gmail.com, or on Facebook at UpDog Yoga


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Drawing Club
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Drawing Club

Love to draw? Come to The River House to practice your skills by working from a still life or from your imagination. Bring your own supplies or borrow a pencil and paper from us.

All ages welcome, but activities directed for elementary through high school level kids.

The drawing club is free and open to anyone interested in learning and sharing!

FREE Club (donations appreciated)
Food & Beverages available for purchase in the Cafe

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'Crooked Tune' Film Showing with Guest Ben Townsend
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

'Crooked Tune' Film Showing with Guest Ben Townsend

Enjoy a showing of the film CROOKED TUNE

with a special live performance from Ben Townsend

Crooked Tune:

For eight years, filmmaker Charles Cohen has followed Dave Bing, one of this country’s preeminent Old Time fiddlers, from the backwoods of West Virginia to the pubs in England and back again. The result is an exploration of a thriving musical form that is in no need of saving but rather prefers to twist and turn under the radar, which ironically is the very attraction for the young and old looking for a break from the digital age. It makes Dave Bing wonder can Old Time survive its newfound success?



Trailer available at: https://vimeo.com/123488044



Ben Townsend:

Born and raised in Romney, West Virginia, multi instrumentalist, Ben Townsend has studied Appalachian traditional music extensively. With banjo mentors such as Riley Baugus and Ron Mullennex, and Fiddle mentors the likes of Dave Bing, Joe Herrmann and Earl White, Townsend has studied a variety of old-time traditions ranging from the archaic, haunting fiddle of his home to the Round Peak music of North Carolina and Virginia to the Bluegrass of East Kentucky and Ohio.

As a member of The Fox Hunt, Old Sledge, The Iron Leg Boys, The Hackensaw Boys, and now as a member of the Hillbilly Gypsies, Ben Townsend has traveled across the country and around the world spreading his unique take on West Virginia regional old-time music. He has shared the stage with acts varying from Ralph Stanley to the Henry Girls of County Donegal, Ireland to the Taiko drummers of Yamagata Prefecture, Japan and the rowdy Aussies at the Yarra Junction Fiddler’s Convention in Victoria, Australia

He is also a devoted teacher of the music of his region and works both privately and as a featured teacher at music festivals and camps. He has been involved in the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, West Virginia as a staff musician and teacher and has also worked as an instructor at The Allegheny Echoes Festival in Marlinton, West Virginia, Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College in Maryland and The Upper Potomac Fiddle Festival in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia just to name a few.

Townsend’s most recent project, 2 Guys Named Ben is a video series based on footage collected by Townsend and long time friend Ben Guzman on a cycle tour from Romney, West Virginia to Los Angeles, California, The series features interviews with traditional musicians and folk artists throughout Appalachia, across Texas, New Mexico and Arizona and is complimented by a Grammy nominated Album, Deep End Sessions, Vol 3: Ben Townsend and Friends.

$7 in advance / $10 at the door / $5 student

www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

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Art for All
Feb
9
12:00 PM12:00

Art for All

Every Saturday The River House offers opportunities to participate in art activities that are fun for all ages. Bring your imagination and come for an Art for All craft. We provide the materials, you provide the inspiration.

We will be making Valentine’s garlands!

Free (donations appreciated)

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Slow/ Fast Old Time Jam
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Slow/ Fast Old Time Jam

Hey Musicians! Come on out for another OLD-TIME JAM The River House! Bring your instrument and a tune and we'll all have a great time!

Starting at 6pm we are going to start off the night with a slow jam specifically geared to beginning students/musicians though all levels are welcome to come participate. We will be playing slow and will be playing songs like Boil Them Cabbage Down, Angeline the Baker, Barlow Knife, Buffalo Gals, Cripple Creek, Soldier's Joy and Old Joe Clark just to name a few.

Then around 7:30 we will kick it up a gear to a fast jam. Beginners are still welcome to stay, but the music being played then will be faster and may be more complicated.


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the Cafe

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Yoga in the Gallery
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga in the Gallery

Join local yoga teacher Terri Ward for a warm & restorative yoga flow in the River House Gallery. Every Monday evening!

$10. please bring your own mat.

reserve your spot. space is limited!

https://www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

Terri Ward, 500-RYT began practicing yoga in 2012 to deepen her meditation practice. Inspired by the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits yoga brought to her life, Terri enrolled in yoga teacher training to share her passion with others. She completed her 200-HR teacher certification in 2017 and her 300-HR advanced teacher certification in 2018, both with Christa Mastrangelo Joyce and Jala Yoga of Shepherdstown. A poet, Terri loves the meditative flow and challenge of a Vinyasa practice, but also teaches Gentle Yoga, Deep Relaxation, Hatha Yoga, and Yoga for Health & Wellness.

As a teacher, Terri’s provides a safe and compassionate space for her students to challenge themselves, connect with their essential wisdom, and engage in self-discovery. She is the co-owner of UpDog Yoga, opened in 2018 with her husband, Mike Ward, 200-RYT.

Connect with her at www.updogyogawv.com, updogyoga.terri@gmail.com, or on Facebook at UpDog Yoga


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Open Mic Night
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Open Mic Night

Come and share your music, poetry, comedy, or other form of performance art on The River House stage! We have a warm space and a welcoming audience.

Anyone can get on stage at Open Mic Nights (Note: We are an inclusive and family friendly venue so please keep your performance respectful and appropriate). 

Participants must sign up for a 10-20 minute performance block, sign ups will begin by phone or in person as early as 5pm on Open Mic Fridays. (If there is a full list, performances may be reduced to 10 minutes or less)


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

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Art for All
Feb
16
12:00 PM12:00

Art for All

Every Saturday The River House offers opportunities to participate in art activities that are fun for all ages. Bring your imagination and come for an Art for All craft. We provide the materials, you provide the inspiration.

This week we will be putting out art supplies from past projects and letting you decide what to create!

Free (donations appreciated)

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Family Movie Night
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

Family Movie Night

Join us for Family Movie Night

We'll be showing a well-loved PG-rated film, providing free popcorn and comfortable seating, as well as a variety of snacks and drinks for purchase.

Bring the whole family!

Free event (donations appreciated)

**You may call The River House 304-359-2440 to find out which film we'll be playing

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The Artist's Way: A 13-Week Creative Group
Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

The Artist's Way: A 13-Week Creative Group

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. It aims to dispel the 'I'm not talented enough' conditioning that holds many people back and helps you to unleash your own inner artist.

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How to Join

If you would like to join this group, please email us at arts@theriverhousewv.org. You will get confirmation that you are registered. Only 12 spaces!


How Does The Group Work?

Our WEDNESDAY evening group works together through the 12 weeks of The Artist's Way book, by Julia Cameron. Beth Reese, fellow creative, will guide us through the book. We will meet each week to share our progress and support each other in our creative journeys. Creative recovery at its best is a nonhierarchical, peer-run, collective process. You do not need to have done the Artist's Way before and returners are welcome!


To honor the process and the group, we ask that you make a commitment to the full 12-week program (plus one introduction meeting). We know you may have to miss one or two, but plan on all of them- each chapter builds on the previous one. You will be so glad you did!


Supplies

Each week, please bring a journal, writing implements, inexpensive spiral notebook, $5 donation, and Artist's Way book. Members need to purchase or borrow their own copy of The Artist's Way book (it is inexpensive if you buy used). https://www.amazon.com/Artists-Way-25th-Anniversary/dp/0143129252/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516673344&sr=8-1&keywords=Artists+Way


What will happen at the first gathering ?

The first meeting is about 'Getting Started'. In this session, we'll share how the meetings work and set the conditions for a warm, safe, inspiring journey. To prepare, please read the introduction and Basic Tools section of the book and bring a notebook with you!


Does it cost anything?

There is a suggested donation of $5 each week to The River House for allowing us to use their facilities and to support their nonprofit community arts program.


"Creative Cluster"

This is a "creative cluster", not a taught course or therapy group. It is semi-facilitated with Beth working through the book alongside everyone else. You might like to read the appendix in the book called Trail Mix which covers Julia's concept of Sacred Circles (although we do it our own particular way!). Beth hosted another Artist Way group in 2006 that continued meeting for 10 years! (They just couldn't stop!)


Time, Dates and Location

We'll meet on Wednesdays. We will be at The River House at 6pm and the meeting starts promptly at 6:30pm. The session starts at 6:30pm and finishes by 8:30pm. This group will meet for 13 weeks (which includes the Getting Started session on Feb. 20), until May 15, 2019. We hope you'll commit to coming to most all of the meetings.


~ Light refreshments provided. Drinks for sale ~


Any questions?

beth.reese218@gmail.com or (304) 359-3637.

See you there!

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"This international bestseller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process. First published twenty-five years ago, The Artist's Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. Perhaps even more vital in today's cultural climate than when it was first published, The Artist's Way is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In it, Julia Cameron takes readers on an amazing twelve-week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves."

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Film Club
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Film Club

Join us for The River House Film Club night!

Welcome to all cinefiles and casual movie goers alike. Enjoy watching a buzz worthy film followed by a guided discussion.

Screening starts at 6:30- we recommend people arrive at 6 for a film intro including topics that will be discussed after the film.

Stay tuned for teaser details...

FREE / $5 donation suggested

Complimentary popcorn included, food & drink available for purchase.

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Trivia Night
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Trivia Night

Ready for another night of Trivia challenge?!

Bring your art & music knowledge to The River House's Trivia Night! It's free to play- Join our host, the clever Grassi family, and test your smarts over different rounds of trivia questions. 

Teams of 2-5 will compete. Come in a group or join a table of fellow trivia players.

Sip a soda, beer or glass of wine and compete to win a River House prize. Start studying!


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

 

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Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller

Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller perform country and old-time music, singing close harmony with Jesse's unique finger-picked guitar style and a healthy dose of old-time fiddling.  Emily was raised playing and singing Louvin Brothers and Stanley Brothers songs with her parents while they traveled the world as news editors. She is now a lead singer and twin fiddler in the country band, the Sweetback Sisters, as well as musical director of the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble. Jesse grew up in the world of West Virginia old-time music, learning from masters like Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter as well as his father, Gerry Milnes. He regularly plays for square dances around West Virginia when he isn't on the road playing as a duo with Emily. Jesse and Emily live in central West Virginia.

Website link--

https://www.emmyandjesse.com/

Videos-- 

https://www.emmyandjesse.com/watch--listen.html

$12 at the door / $10 in advance / $5 student

tickets: www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

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Herb Club Meeting: Self-Care, an Herbalist's Perspective, Part 2
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Herb Club Meeting: Self-Care, an Herbalist's Perspective, Part 2

February is the month of love, self love! The River House Herb Club will be hosting two meetings in February!

DeAnna McCasland, owner of Wild Nettle Apothecary in Wardensville, WV will be facilitating this 2-part series of Self-Care, an Herbalist’s Perspective. Do you find your needs last on your to-do list? Do you treat yourself with the same kindness you treat others? These days are busy and we have so much to do, remembering and caring for yourself is paramount to caring for others. 

Part 2 will be Self-Care through skin care. We will have teas to taste, products to sample and a hands-on activity. More details to come.

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brownn

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The Artist's Way: A 13-Week Creative Group
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

The Artist's Way: A 13-Week Creative Group

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. It aims to dispel the 'I'm not talented enough' conditioning that holds many people back and helps you to unleash your own inner artist.

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How to Join

If you would like to join this group, please email us at arts@theriverhousewv.org. You will get confirmation that you are registered. Only 12 spaces!


How Does The Group Work?

Our WEDNESDAY evening group works together through the 12 weeks of The Artist's Way book, by Julia Cameron. Beth Reese, fellow creative, will guide us through the book. We will meet each week to share our progress and support each other in our creative journeys. Creative recovery at its best is a nonhierarchical, peer-run, collective process. You do not need to have done the Artist's Way before and returners are welcome!


To honor the process and the group, we ask that you make a commitment to the full 12-week program (plus one introduction meeting). We know you may have to miss one or two, but plan on all of them- each chapter builds on the previous one. You will be so glad you did!


Supplies

Each week, please bring a journal, writing implements, inexpensive spiral notebook, $5 donation, and Artist's Way book. Members need to purchase or borrow their own copy of The Artist's Way book (it is inexpensive if you buy used). https://www.amazon.com/Artists-Way-25th-Anniversary/dp/0143129252/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516673344&sr=8-1&keywords=Artists+Way


What will happen at the first gathering ?

The first meeting is about 'Getting Started'. In this session, we'll share how the meetings work and set the conditions for a warm, safe, inspiring journey. To prepare, please read the introduction and Basic Tools section of the book and bring a notebook with you!


Does it cost anything?

There is a suggested donation of $5 each week to The River House for allowing us to use their facilities and to support their nonprofit community arts program.


"Creative Cluster"

This is a "creative cluster", not a taught course or therapy group. It is semi-facilitated with Beth working through the book alongside everyone else. You might like to read the appendix in the book called Trail Mix which covers Julia's concept of Sacred Circles (although we do it our own particular way!). Beth hosted another Artist Way group in 2006 that continued meeting for 10 years! (They just couldn't stop!)


Time, Dates and Location

We'll meet on Wednesdays. We will be at The River House at 6pm and the meeting starts promptly at 6:30pm. The session starts at 6:30pm and finishes by 8:30pm. This group will meet for 13 weeks (which includes the Getting Started session on Feb. 20), until May 15, 2019. We hope you'll commit to coming to most all of the meetings.


~ Light refreshments provided. Drinks for sale ~


Any questions?

beth.reese218@gmail.com or (304) 359-3637.

See you there!

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"This international bestseller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process. First published twenty-five years ago, The Artist's Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. Perhaps even more vital in today's cultural climate than when it was first published, The Artist's Way is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In it, Julia Cameron takes readers on an amazing twelve-week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves."

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Open Mic Night
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Open Mic Night

Come and share your music, poetry, comedy, or other form of performance art on The River House stage! We have a warm space and a welcoming audience.

Anyone can get on stage (Note: We are an inclusive and family friendly venue so please keep your performance respectful and appropriate). 

Participants must sign up for a 10-20 minute performance block, sign ups will begin by phone or in person as early as 5pm on Open Mic Fridays. (If there is a full list, performances may be reduced to 10 minutes or less)


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

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Hay Fever
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Hay Fever

Join us as we welcome Hampshire County band, Hay Fever, back to the stage!

Hay Fever is a neo-traditional Appalachian band with a sound unique to itself. While leaning heavily on the flavors and traditional of the Old-Time fiddle music played in the hills of West Virginia, each member brings his or her own musical history to the band. When listening to Jim Morris (Guitar), Josh Haza (Mandolin) and Dakota Karper (Fiddle) it is no surprise to hear hints of The Beatles, Bluegrass or even Beethoven. Whatever the style being highlighted, Hay Fever is sure to deliver a musical experience with both finesse and the raw, breathing sounds of living music.

$7 in advance / $10 at the door / $5 for students

www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

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Drawing Club
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

Drawing Club

Love to draw? Come to The River House to practice your skills by working from a still life or from your imagination. Bring your own supplies or borrow a pencil and paper from us.

All ages welcome, but activities directed for elementary through high school level kids.

The drawing club is free and open to anyone interested in learning and sharing!

FREE Club (donations appreciated)
Food & Beverages available for purchase in the Cafe

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Documentary Film: "Dance All Night" & Jam led by the Herrmanns
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Documentary Film: "Dance All Night" & Jam led by the Herrmanns

DANCE ALL NIGHT – THE HIGHWOODS STRINGBAND STORY

In the 1970s, the Highwoods Stringband’s unique blend of musical brilliance, exuberance, sparkling wit, and eclectic repertoire introduced tens of thousands of delighted listeners to traditional old-time music. The Grammy-nominated band traveled extensively, playing major folk festivals across the U.S. and touring in Latin America and Europe, and released three albums on Rounder Records. The band also inspired countless other musicians and their influence on the music can still be heard today. Blending rare performance footage, photographs, sound recordings, and interviews, this colorful film aptly captures the spirit of the time and the joy and excitement generated by the band. 

Documentary showing will be followed by an open jam lead by Sam and Joe Herrmann.

FREE (Donations Film Project Appreciated)

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Open Mic Night- St. Patrick's Day Theme
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Open Mic Night- St. Patrick's Day Theme

Come and share your music, poetry, comedy, or other form of performance art on The River House stage! We have a warm space and a welcoming audience.

Anyone can get on stage at Open Mic Nights (Note: We are an inclusive and family friendly venue so please keep your performance respectful and appropriate). 

Participants must sign up for a 10-20 minute performance block, sign ups will begin by phone or in person as early as 5pm on Open Mic Fridays. (If there is a full list, performances may be reduced to 10 minutes or less)


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

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Irish Ceildh- Special Music Featuring Dál Riata
Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

Irish Ceildh- Special Music Featuring Dál Riata

Join us for Saturday evening dinner, Irish Beer, & Live Music by Dál Riata!

The River House kitchen will also celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a special Saturday evening dinner menu

(Details to come)

Dál Riata

The members of Dál Riata all hail from central Virginia – from Harrisonburg to Charlottesville. An extensive repertoire of Irish and Scottish tunes, paired with both traditional and modern songs makes them the ideal band for almost any event. They are available for weddings (ceremony, reception), private parties or other social gatherings and regularly play at venues from Luray to Staunton to Richmond.

http://dalriatacelticband.com/

Dinner begins at 4:30 pm

Live music with Dál Riata from 6-9 pm

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FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the Cafe

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Film Club
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Film Club

Join us for The River House Film Club night!

Welcome to all cinefiles and casual movie goers alike. Enjoy watching a buzz worthy film followed by a guided discussion.

Screening starts at 6:30- we recommend people arrive at 6 for a film intro including topics that will be discussed after the film.

Stay tuned for teaser details...

FREE / $5 donation suggested

Complimentary popcorn included, food & drink available for purchase.

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Open Mic Night
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Open Mic Night

Come and share your music, poetry, comedy, or other form of performance art on The River House stage! We have a warm space and a welcoming audience.

Anyone can get on stage at Open Mic Nights (Note: We are an inclusive and family friendly venue so please keep your performance respectful and appropriate). 

Participants must sign up for a 10-20 minute performance block, sign ups will begin by phone or in person as early as 5pm on Open Mic Fridays. (If there is a full list, performances may be reduced to 10 minutes or less)


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

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Drawing Club
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

Drawing Club

Love to draw? Come to The River House to practice your skills by working from a still life or from your imagination. Bring your own supplies or borrow a pencil and paper from us.

All ages welcome, but activities directed for elementary through high school level kids.

The drawing club is free and open to anyone interested in learning and sharing!

FREE Club (donations appreciated)
Food & Beverages available for purchase in the Cafe

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Slow/ Fast Old Time Jam
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Slow/ Fast Old Time Jam

Hey Musicians! Come on out for another OLD-TIME JAM The River House! Bring your instrument and a tune and we'll all have a great time!

Starting at 6pm we are going to start off the night with a slow jam specifically geared to beginning students/musicians though all levels are welcome to come participate. We will be playing slow and will be playing songs like Boil Them Cabbage Down, Angeline the Baker, Barlow Knife, Buffalo Gals, Cripple Creek, Soldier's Joy and Old Joe Clark just to name a few.

Then around 7:30 we will kick it up a gear to a fast jam. Beginners are still welcome to stay, but the music being played then will be faster and may be more complicated.


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the Cafe

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Hoot & Holler
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Hoot & Holler

Hoot and Holler are the sum of two parts: guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey. Each are songwriters dedicated to honing their craft, both equally influenced by wordsmiths like Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt as they are to authentic mountain musicians like Roscoe Holcomb and Ola Belle Reed. After spending the better part of 2016 living in a camper van while playing shows across the country, they now call Asheville, North Carolina their home.

Instrument swapping is common during a performance. Sometimes they don two guitars, other times switching to fiddle and banjo, all the while seamlessly blending their vocals as they sing songs infused with the vitality of the landscapes which they have traveled.

They have received scholarships to the Blackpot Camp as well as Augusta Heritage Center to study the stylistic nuance of Cajun and Appalachian music. in 2018 they won third place in the traditional band category at the Appalachian string band festival ("clifftop"), and first place at south Carolina's state fiddler's championship. When performing or teaching workshops, they strive to honor the ancient sounds of those who came before while bringing their own voice to the stage.

https://www.hootandhollermusic.com

$7 in advance / $10 at the door / $5 for students

www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

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Open Mic Night
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Open Mic Night

Come and share your music, poetry, comedy, or other form of performance art on The River House stage! We have a warm space and a welcoming audience.

Anyone can get on stage at Open Mic Nights (Note: We are an inclusive and family friendly venue so please keep your performance respectful and appropriate). 

Participants must sign up for a 10-20 minute performance block, sign ups will begin by phone or in person as early as 5pm on Open Mic Fridays. (If there is a full list, performances may be reduced to 10 minutes or less)


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

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The River House Fundraiser at The Alamo "Loving Vincent"
Apr
13
4:30 PM16:30

The River House Fundraiser at The Alamo "Loving Vincent"

LOVING VINCENT is a stunning, fully painted animated feature, starring Douglas Booth and Oscar-nominated Saoirse Ronan and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.

LOVING VINCENT explores the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.

Proceeds from the ticket sales as well as a portion of the food and beverage sales will be donated to THE RIVER HOUSE.  

$8

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZX7OANSoAg

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Chris Haddox
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Haddox

Help us welcome Chris Haddox back to Giffin Stage!

$7 in advance, $10 at the door, $5 for students

www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

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"Hey folks….here’s my musical story.

I was born Chris Haddox in Logan, WV in 1960. My first exposure to the type of music I would eventually come around to write and play came from my dad. He was always singing songs that seemed strange to me…turns out they were old folk songs he had heard growing up in rural WV in the 30’s. My other early musical influence was my dad’s older brother—my uncle Jim—a fantastic country blues singer and picker.

My first formal music lessons came on the piano at age 6 and I continued those until age 18. I wrote my first song in the second grade—stealing a few lines from a poem that a fellow classmate wrote about missing his father. As a teen I was influenced by John Prine, Neil Young, John Denver, Kenny Rankin and folks like that. My first year of college I met a guy who played the Dobro and who introduced me to the music of Tony Rice. For the next several years I devoted most of my musical time to bluegrass flatpicking. While in graduate school I happened upon an album of recordings by the Delmore Brothers from the late 20s and early 30s….my life was forever changed by that experience. I quit college and moved to Nashville—determined to make a life as a songwriter. Well…that didn’t quite pan out as expected, despite three healthy stints in Music City. I left Nashville for the last time in the late 80s and have continued to write/perform original songs in the folk/traditional/oldtime, and country veins.

Like most writers, I try to find new ways to address old topics…some songs are funny, some sad, but they are all honest…even the ones that are full of lies.

If any of this strikes your fancy, come on out for a listen!"

http://chrishaddoxmusic.com

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Jack Dunlap Band
May
26
3:00 PM15:00

Jack Dunlap Band

$10 in advance / $12 at the door / $5 student / kids 12 & under free

www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

Jack Dunlap is the mandolinist for the trio Bud's Collective, but has also worked alongside past and present members of Mountain Heart, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Dailey and Vincent, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Blue Highway, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, to name a few.

Though growing up playing bluegrass music, Jack stretches his instrument into other genres such as jazz, swing, blues, rock, classical, country, Eastern Indian folk music, Celtic, polka and many others. He worked as the apprentice to VA based mandolin legend Danny Knicely through the VA Folklife Program. Knicely and Dunlap recorded the album "Chop, Shred & Split - A Mandolin Player's Apprenticeship" together in 2015. The album went on to win Best Bluegrass Album of the Year at the Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES).

An ambassador of music, Jack Dunlap has made a bee-line for success. When he is not playing onstage, he is playing offstage.

At the age of 24, Jack is already endorsed by Fairbuilt Guitars, Carey Mandolins and Eastman Guitars, is a hand- chosen apprentice to the legendary Danny Knicely and is the music director for Cacapon River Arts.

www.jacksmandolin.com

He teaches privately all around the Shenandoah Valley. Always forging ahead, Jack blazes his trail with the aid of the influences from Sam Bush, Eric Clapton, Chris Thile, Joe Walsh and other musical greats.

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The Kevin Prater Band
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

The Kevin Prater Band

$10 in advance / $12 at the door / $5 for students / 17 and under free

www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

Hailing from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, one of the hottest bands on the Bluegrass circuit today, The Kevin Prater Band.  Though considered a Traditional Bluegrass band, they are highly appreciated and sought after for their Gospel Music Ministry.   Additionally, the band blends in Classic Country and Grassed Up Vintage Rock, assuring everyone will enjoy something from The Kevin Prater Band.

Kevin Prater began his musical journey at age four, thanks to his Uncle Boone Estep whom started his desire and love of music.  It was obvious from birth he was destined to be  musician.   His first professional touring job came at age seven.  By age nine Kevin had secured College Credits in Guitar and was getting the attention of many industry legends.  At age eleven, Kevin formed "Elkhorn Grass" with three friends, being blessed to tour throughout the surrounding area opening for many great bands.  Dr. Ralph Stanley took a personal interest in the band and utilized them often.

After eleven years of Elkhorn Grass, upon High School Graduation the band became part of the house band at Dollywood.  They worked for Ms. Dolly Parton for three years.  In 1997 Kevin was asked to audition for what would become, Grammy nominated James King Band.  That audition lasted twelve years, taking Kevin to 24 countries.  It also provided him the opportunity to be part of two "Album of the Year", a "Song of the Year" and a Recorded Event of the Year", award winning recorded projects.  Kevin then spent three years with The Bluegrass Brothers, earning a nomination as "Banjo Player of the Year". Filling in for and touring with many of the legends of bluegrass (Dr. Ralph Stanley, Ralph Stanley II, Charlie Waller & Country Gentlemen, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain and others) along the way. 

Kevin formed The Kevin Prater Band in 2007.  Now in the eleventh year, touring the USA and Canada.  The current band line up is filled with young, talented, high energy, hard driving musicians.  Adam Burrows, aka "The Dancing Fiddler" fills the Fiddle position, Lead and Harmony Vocals as well as the band comedian.  His brother, Jake Burrows plays Dobro and Banjo, can sing any part. The Burrows Brothers are from Randalman, NC.  Filling the Guitar position, Ryan Lester, singing Lead and Harmony.  Ryan comes from a long line of bluegrass greats from Hurley, VA. area.  Newest and Youngest member of the band, on Bass, Daniel Pugh, also from NC.  He is seventeen years old, is a Senior in High School.  Daniels talent and knowledge of Bluegrass music makes him a great addition to the band.  All members of The KPB play multiple instruments. 

Their current CD, "All I Ever Wanted" released by Patuxent Music in June 2017 spent eight months on the Roots Music Charts Top 50 World Wide, peaking at #21.  Preparations are underway for a new CD later in 2018.  The bands six CD's and all information on The Kevin Prater Band can be found at http://www.thekevinpraterband.comor our facebook page.  Booking inquiries should contact Stacey Wright at 740-641-7884 or lonepine9039@yahoo.com.

https://www.thekevinpraterband.com/about

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg9BkHMl3y0&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ5vqfjm_vU&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUYACa9NFuc&feature=youtu.be

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Slow/ Fast Old Time Jam
Jan
12
6:00 PM18:00

Slow/ Fast Old Time Jam

Hey Musicians! Come on out for another OLD-TIME JAM The River House! Bring your instrument and a tune and we'll all have a great time!

Starting at 6pm we are going to start off the night with a slow jam specifically geared to beginning students/musicians though all levels are welcome to come participate. We will be playing slow and will be playing songs like Boil Them Cabbage Down, Angeline the Baker, Barlow Knife, Buffalo Gals, Cripple Creek, Soldier's Joy and Old Joe Clark just to name a few.

Then around 7:30 we will kick it up a gear to a fast jam. Beginners are still welcome to stay, but the music being played then will be faster and may be more complicated.


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

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Art for All
Jan
12
12:00 PM12:00

Art for All

Every Saturday The River House offers opportunities to participate in art activities that are fun for all ages. Bring your imagination and come for an Art for All craft. We provide the materials, you provide the inspiration.

We will be making felt snowmen!

Free (donations appreciated)

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Andy Cohen
Jan
11
7:00 PM19:00

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen is a virtuoso finger-style guitarist who has recorded over a dozen albums and is known as a "walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia."

He grew up in a home with a piano and lots of Dixieland Jazz records. During the Sixties Folk Revival, he got hooked on the music of Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. When Andy was 16, he heard South Carolina’s Rev. Gary Davis perform and the effect on him was profound. He has devoted his life to studying, performing, and promoting tra- ditional blues and folk music of the pre World War II era.

Andy toured with Martin, Bogan and Armstrong, John Jackson, Rev. Gary Davis, Brother Daniel Womack, Rev. Dan Smith, Jim Brewer, and Honeyboy Edwards. He also worked extensively with Walt and Ethel Phelps, Big Joe Duskin, Pigmeat Jarrett, Etta Baker, Big Boy Henry, and Son Thomas.

Andy has helped to support a number of his mentors and younger players, by organizing festivals and other venues for them to playin. He has written about several of the old masters and studied their work in a systematic way. Many of his students are now professional touring musicians. The Country Blues says “One thing is for sure, the boy can play. There are few people around today who had a chance to pick it all up from the old

generations, get this good at it and continue to cherish and preserve the old traditions.” He has been assiduous in sharing his expertise in classes, camps, and anywhere people are making music.

Andy Cohen has more than a dozen recordings to his credit, including Oh Glory, How Happy I Am: The Sacred Songs of Rev. Gary Davis and Andrew M. Cohen: Dolceola Favorites. An enthusiastic proponent of the

dolceola, Andy says he “never leaves home without it.” Described by some as a “miniature piano,” the dolceola has a keyboard, but the strings are struck with wooden mallets.

Along the way, Andy earned a Master’s Degree in anthropology. His passions come together in his essay on “The Hands of Blues Guitarists,” published in Ramblin’ On My Mind: New Perspectives On the Blues, edited by

David Evans (2008).

At an Andy Cohen concert, expect to hear blues rooted in Mississippi, the Piedmont, Memphis, and Chicago, as well as some ragtime, gospel, and original tunes.

In 2011 Andy received the Eisteddfod Award from The Eisteddfod Traditional Music Festival. Festival Director Dr. Jerome Epstein said, “We decided to give the award to Andy, one of this year’s performers, because of his outstanding contributions to the field of traditional music, as performer, collector, and advocate.”

In 2012 Andy received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Autoharp Gathering.

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$7 in advance, $10 at the door. $5 for students

get your tickets here:

www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

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Drawing Club
Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

Drawing Club

Love to draw? Come to The River House to practice your skills by working from a still life or from your imagination. Bring your own supplies or borrow a pencil and paper from us.

All ages welcome, but activities directed for elementary through high school level kids.

The drawing club is free and open to anyone interested in learning and sharing!

FREE Club (donations appreciated)
Food & Beverages available for purchase in the Cafe

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Second Season Finale
Dec
29
6:00 PM18:00

Second Season Finale

DON'T MISS OUR SECOND SEASON FINALE!

Come experience the best of The River House Season Two and help us say goodbye to 2018. Tickets include hearty H'ors D'oeuvres, drink and a reserved seat at our Second Season Finale.

Come dressed to impress and enjoy a River House Celebration that will be the perfect end to your year

Tickets: Early Bird $25 (Dec 1 - Dec 12) / After that $30 (Dec 13 - Dec 27)

www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

**Come at 6pm to enjoy your h'ors d'eovres, a drink from our Cafe and festive activity. The show will begin at 7pm. Please try to reserve your ticket by Dec. 27th**

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Art for All
Dec
29
12:00 PM12:00

Art for All

Every Saturday The River House offers opportunities to participate in art activities that are fun for all ages.

Bring your imagination and come for an Art for All afternoon of creativity! We provide the materials, you provide the inspiration.

We will be making New Year’s Eve party hats!

Free (donations appreciated)

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Open Mic Night
Dec
28
6:00 PM18:00

Open Mic Night

Come and share your music, poetry, comedy, or other form of performance art on The River House stage! We have a warm space and a welcoming audience.

Anyone can get on stage (Note: We are an inclusive and family friendly venue so please keep your performance respectful and appropriate). 

Participants must sign up for a 10-20 minute performance block, sign ups will begin by phone or in person as early as 5pm on Open Mic Fridays. (If there is a full list, performances may be reduced to 10 minutes or less)


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

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SOLD OUT: Dakota Karper and Mike&Jo Holiday Concert
Dec
22
7:00 PM19:00

SOLD OUT: Dakota Karper and Mike&Jo Holiday Concert

THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT

Join us for an evening of good cheer!

Dakota Karper perform the first act and Mike&Jo the second.

Dakota Karper:

Dakota Karper, fiddler and vocalist, was born and raised in rural West Virginia where she grew up surrounded by Old-Time Appalachian String Band music. From a young age she took to this music with great abandon. Absorbing as much as possible, she apprenticed under fiddler Joe Hermann, spent weeks at Augusta Heritage Center, and various music festivals in and around West Virginia as well as studying classical violin at the Shenandoah Arts Academy in Winchester, VA. After living in Baltimore, MD for 7 years, Dakota moved back to her roots in Capon Bridge, WV where she is now teaching Appalachian fiddle, as well as performing in the the surrounding areas. Dakota was a founding member of the 'Short Mountain String Band', and now 'Hay Fever' which released its first album in June 2018. Whether performing, teaching, or jamming, Dakota is always looking for a way to share her passion for mountain music.

Find out more: https://www.dakotakarper.com/


Mike&Jo:

Mike&Jo are a folk-rock duo whose original songs are inspired by places, people, and experiences from their travels around the U.S.A. Soulful harmonies, hard-hitting acoustic guitar, and tongue twisting lyrics will pull in any listener to the deeper message of their original songs.

Find out more: www.facebook.com/mikeandjomusic


$7 in advance / $10 at the door / $5 for students

tickets: www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

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Art for All
Dec
22
12:00 PM12:00

Art for All

Every Saturday The River House offers opportunities to participate in art activities that are fun for all ages.

Bring your imagination and come for an Art for All afternoon of creativity! We provide the materials, you provide the inspiration.

We will be making spool ornaments!

Free (donations appreciated)

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Trivia Night
Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Trivia Night

Ready for another night of Trivia challenge?!

Bring your art & music knowledge to The River House's Trivia Night! It's free to play- Join our host, Taylor Berryhill, and test your smarts over different rounds of trivia questions. 

Teams of 2-5 will compete. Come in a group or join a table of fellow trivia players.

Sip a soda, beer or glass of wine and compete to win a River House prize. Start studying!


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

 

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Film Club
Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

Film Club

Join us for The River House Film Club night!

Welcome to all cinefiles and casual movie goers alike. Enjoy watching a buzz worthy film followed by a guided discussion.

Screening starts at 6:30- we recommend people arrive at 6 for a film intro including topics that will be discussed after the film.

Stay tuned for teaser details...

FREE / $5 donation suggested

Complimentary popcorn included, food & drink available for purchase.

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Yoga in the Gallery
Dec
17
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga in the Gallery

Join local yoga teacher Terri Ward for a warm & restorative yoga flow in the River House Gallery. Every Monday evening!

$10. please bring your own mat.

reserve your spot. space is limited!

https://www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

Terri Ward, 500-RYT began practicing yoga in 2012 to deepen her meditation practice. Inspired by the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits yoga brought to her life, Terri enrolled in yoga teacher training to share her passion with others. She completed her 200-HR teacher certification in 2017 and her 300-HR advanced teacher certification in 2018, both with Christa Mastrangelo Joyce and Jala Yoga of Shepherdstown. A poet, Terri loves the meditative flow and challenge of a Vinyasa practice, but also teaches Gentle Yoga, Deep Relaxation, Hatha Yoga, and Yoga for Health & Wellness.

As a teacher, Terri’s provides a safe and compassionate space for her students to challenge themselves, connect with their essential wisdom, and engage in self-discovery. She is the co-owner of UpDog Yoga, opened in 2018 with her husband, Mike Ward, 200-RYT.

Connect with her at www.updogyogawv.com, updogyoga.terri@gmail.com, or on Facebook at UpDog Yoga


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Poetry Afternoon
Dec
16
2:30 PM14:30

Poetry Afternoon

Do you have a poem you'd like to share? Of course you do! 

Local poet John Berry will be there to kick off the event, reading from his respective works, and from some of the poets who have influenced him with an open mic of the spoken word to follow

Free (donations welcomed)

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Family Movie Night- CHRISTMAS
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

Family Movie Night- CHRISTMAS

Join us for Family Movie Night

We'll be showing a well-loved PG-rated film, providing free popcorn and comfortable seating, as well as a variety of snacks and drinks for purchase.

Bring the whole family!

Free event (donations appreciated)

**You may call The River House 304-359-2440 to find out which film we'll be playing

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Art for All
Dec
15
12:00 PM12:00

Art for All

Every Saturday The River House offers opportunities to participate in art activities that are fun for all ages.

Bring your imagination and come for an Art for All afternoon of creativity! We provide the materials, you provide the inspiration.

We will be making pinecone trees!

Free (donations appreciated)

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Open Mic Night- UGLY XMAS SWEATER THEME
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

Open Mic Night- UGLY XMAS SWEATER THEME

Come and share your music, poetry, comedy, or other form of performance art on The River House stage.

Wear your ugliest Xmas sweater- Best sweater wins a prize!

Participants must sign up for a 10-20 minute performance block, sign ups will begin by phone or in person as early as 5pm. (If there is a full list, performances may shortened a bit)

*We are an inclusive and family friendly venue so please keep your performance respectful and appropriate*

FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the Cafe

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Yoga in the Gallery
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga in the Gallery

Join Terri for a warm & restorative yoga flow in the River House Gallery. 

All levels welcomed. $10. Please bring your own mat

reserve your spot. space is limited

More about Terri:

Terri Ward, RYT200, is Yoga Alliance certified through Jala Yoga of Shepherdstown, WV, and currently teaches at Jala Yoga Winchester and Trilogy at Lake Frederick. Although her primary style of practice is Vinyasa (flow yoga), Terri also teaches Gentle Yoga, Yoga for Health and Wellness, and Deep Relaxation Yoga. She enjoys exploring other styles of yoga to share with her students and is passionate about helping others discover the transformative power of a consistent yoga practice on and off the mat. Through yoga and meditation, Terri helps individuals of all backgrounds connect with and blossom into the wisdom, strength, and wholeness of their essential self. Terri lives in Slanesville with her husband, sons, two dogs, and two cats. In addition to teaching yoga and meditation, she is a poet and Reiki Master Practitioner. You can reach her at bloomyoga.terri@gmail.com or 540.550.7357.

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Camera Club
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Camera Club

All are welcome - everyone who loves photography - from beginners to experts.

The mission is to encourage each member at whatever level you are and to share ideas among members, both technical and creative.

FREE

 

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Slow/ Fast Old Time Jam
Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

Slow/ Fast Old Time Jam

Hey Musicians! Come on out for another OLD-TIME JAM The River House! Bring your instrument and a tune and we'll all have a great time!

Starting at 6pm we are going to start off the night with a slow jam specifically geared to beginning students/musicians though all levels are welcome to come participate. We will be playing slow and will be playing songs like Boil Them Cabbage Down, Angeline the Baker, Barlow Knife, Buffalo Gals, Cripple Creek, Soldier's Joy and Old Joe Clark just to name a few.

Then around 7:30 we will kick it up a gear to a fast jam. Beginners are still welcome to stay, but the music being played then will be faster and may be more complicated.


FREE EVENT (donations appreciated)

Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

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Art for All
Dec
8
12:00 PM12:00

Art for All

Every Saturday The River House offers opportunities to participate in art activities that are fun for all ages.

Bring your imagination and come for an Art for All afternoon of creativity! We provide the materials, you provide the inspiration.

We will be making holiday cards!

Free (donations appreciated)

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Capon Bridge Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec
7
5:30 PM17:30

Capon Bridge Christmas Tree Lighting

May Capon Bridge be Merry & Bright!

Join us at Capon Bridge Public Library for the annual town Christmas tree lighting.Come and join the fun with free hot chocolate and cookies, the lighting of the tree outside, Santa inside for the kiddos with a gift, caroling, live nativity, a play and great fellowship.

The River House Chorus will be caroling!

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Drawing Club
Dec
6
6:30 PM18:30

Drawing Club

Love to draw? Come to The River House to practice your skills by working from a still life or from your imagination. Bring your own supplies or borrow a pencil and paper from us.

The drawing club is free and open to anyone interested in learning and sharing!

FREE Club (donations appreciated)
Food & Beverages available for purchase in the cafe

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Yoga in the Gallery
Dec
3
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga in the Gallery

Join Terri for a warm & restorative yoga flow in the River House Gallery. 

All levels welcomed. $10. Please bring your own mat

reserve your spot. space is limited

More about Terri:

Terri Ward, RYT200, is Yoga Alliance certified through Jala Yoga of Shepherdstown, WV, and currently teaches at Jala Yoga Winchester and Trilogy at Lake Frederick. Although her primary style of practice is Vinyasa (flow yoga), Terri also teaches Gentle Yoga, Yoga for Health and Wellness, and Deep Relaxation Yoga. She enjoys exploring other styles of yoga to share with her students and is passionate about helping others discover the transformative power of a consistent yoga practice on and off the mat. Through yoga and meditation, Terri helps individuals of all backgrounds connect with and blossom into the wisdom, strength, and wholeness of their essential self. Terri lives in Slanesville with her husband, sons, two dogs, and two cats. In addition to teaching yoga and meditation, she is a poet and Reiki Master Practitioner. You can reach her at bloomyoga.terri@gmail.com or 540.550.7357.

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The River House Community Chorus
Dec
2
5:00 PM17:00

The River House Community Chorus

Love to sing? The River House has a new chorus! The River House Community Chorus will be lead by Elizabeth Podsiadlo - voice instructor at Honeybee Music Studios.

Elizabeth Podsiadlo owns and runs Hampshire Honey Bee Music in Romney, WV.  She has studied a taught voice and piano for more than 15 years.  Her specialty being free and unimpeded vocal production, which stems from an understanding of “belly breathing”   This type of breathing will free the voice and bring more comfort and color into the voice of each singer.  The understanding of “color” comes into play as well, as we learn that each voice has a different timber or color which can be manipulated by the singer through “breathing and facial movement”  We will learn how to blend these colors to make a choir produce a unified sound.   

The understanding of the belly breathing and the facial movement will be taught through breathing exercises and vocal exercises.   These can be very fun and will oxygenate those participating which can lift mood and increase health.    

There is an opportunity to sing a song or two at a WW! Concert as well as carol at the tree lighting ceremony in Capon Bridge!

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Holiday Artisan Market
Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Holiday Artisan Market

Join us for a Holiday Artisan Market!

It will be held inside our Cafe on Saturday December 1st & Sunday December 2nd from 10am-3pm. Some of our favorite local artisans will be set up in the cafe with holiday gifts, including wooden children's toys, herbal tinctures and products, handcarved treenware, knit & sewn children's clothing, hands on pottery with Joy Birdy and more!

Come get your hands in local clay with Joy Bridy.  Joy will be bringing a well-seasoned batch of local clay for our use this weekend, ready for your hands and hearts.  While we visit the river at the River House, we'll sit and talk, breathe, relax, make a pot, tell stories, and when we're good and ready, we'll leave our pots full of leaves and stories to go back into the ground, or float them down the river, or take them home to watch them change in our gardens and yards....it's up to you.  All ages and all abilities welcome, of course.



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Tall Tales & Appalachian Stories with Adam Booth
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Tall Tales & Appalachian Stories with Adam Booth


Tall Tales and Appalachian Stories with Adam Booth
Time: 7PM
Cost: $10 at the door / $7 in advance / $5 students

tickets: www.theriverhousewv.org/event-registration

Join Adam Booth for an evening of tall tales and Appalachian stories.

Adam Booth's storytelling blends traditional folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. His original voice, both humorous and touching, is influenced by generations of diverse storytellers from West Virginia. His telling appearances have included Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center, New Voice at the National Storytelling Festival, resident at the Banff (Alberta) Spoken Word program, collaborations with the West Virginia Dance Company and Goose Route Dance Company, and multiple events in seventeen states. Equally at home as a teller and educator, his research and presentations have included the Berea Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship, the National Academy of Medicine, Ghost Ranch, the National Storytelling Conference, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Voices from the Misty Mountains summer seminars and institute. He is a member of the Recording Academy and his recordings have been honored with two Parents' Choice Silver Honors, four Storytelling World Awards and Honors, the NSN's J.J. Reneaux Mentorship Grant to work with Dovie Thomason, and four West Virginia Liars’ Contest wins. He teaches Appalachian studies at Shepherd University and is the founding director of the Speak Story Series. Adam is most at home sharing stories and music with the next generation of listeners and tellers throughout Appalachia.



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