Rhododendron Festival MayMay 08 2021 - MayMay 22 2021 UTC

May 8 – 29: Active Southern WV Facebook Photo Contest: Take a hike on one of the trails near Beckley & submit your rhododendron photos to the 2021 Rhododendron Festival event page with hashtag #WVRhodofest21 by May 29 for a chance to win a prize with the most “likes” – amateur photographers only. 

Saturday, May 8Neighborhood Cruise:  4 - 4:30pm Cruise Line-up at Cross Point Church, Crescent Rd.  Cruise McLean Addition & Harper Road with option to Old Mill Village and to Shade Tree Car Club’s Cruise-in at Logan’s.

Sunday, May 9Recognition of Ms. Stroud, Woman Coal Miner: 2 pm, Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine 

Saturday, May 15: Shade Tree Car Club & First Responders Show: 9am - 4pm, Little Beaver State Park, Music by East of Memphis

Raleigh County Historical Society Dedication 11am - Bill Withers Historical  marker located across from Stratton School, 1129 South Fayette Street

Concerts celebrating the music of Bill Withers 12-6pm, Beckley Intermodal Gateway.  Featured artists:  Matt Mullins & the Bringdowns, Drew Lawrence, Lady D, The Carpenter Ants, Lords of Lester, Shawn Benfield & The Untrained Professionals. Food Vendors available.

Saturday, May 22Rhododendron Cruise:  4-4:30 pm Cruise Line-up at the Beckley-Raleigh County Memorial Airport. Ride to Grandview (New River Gorge National River) to scenic overlooks and rhododendrons in bloom 

Rhododendron Walks: 4 and 5:30pm, Grandview. Walks led by National Park Rangers

Pickleball Tournament - Contact Dave Barksdale 304-673-8390 or 304-763-5885 

Coalfield Architecture Tour - 6pm. Raleigh Playhouse & Theater.  Walking tour & presentation on Alex Mahood, Architect of the Coalfields.  $10. Contact: Scott Worley 304-228-1851

Monday, May 24: Open Mic, 7pm, The Raleigh Playhouse & Theatre.  To reserve a performance slot, message the theatre at facebook.com/TheRaleighWV or email TheRaleighWV@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 26Full Moon Ride/Walk: group bicycle ride & walk, 8pm, McManus Trail, meet at the Art Park 3rd Ave parking lot

Friday-Saturday, May 28, 29WV Miners Home Baseball Games, 6:35pm, Linda K Epling Stadium; Fireworks after the game on the 29th (Saturday)

Saturday, May 29: Neighborhood Cruise & Concerts: 4 - 4:30 pm, Cruise Line-up at Park Middle School, cruise neighborhood ending at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway Plaza for Concerts: 5:30 pm – Motown Music by How Great Thou Art; 6:30 pm – 80’s music by Quiet Enough

Also, check out the Beckley Exhibition Mine, Youth Museum (Exhibit: Tuesday - Saturday, Thomas & Friends Ride the Rails), Beckley Art Center, Tamarack, Mountain State Mini-Golf and other local attractions. 

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