Saturday, October 27, 2012


Coopers Rock State Forest, 13 miles East of Morgantown, was the first attraction on our list.  The weather was fabulous and the leaves were multi-colored at this time.  The drive alone gave us a glimpse of the oxygenated outdoors. I'm not sure as to whether we were viewing a growth a the bottom of a tree or a set up for Halloween next to the parking lot.  Although there are hiking trails it was the overlook that we had heard so much about.  Rockcliffs line the Cheat River Gorge furnishing a panorama as well as distant horizons.

We wanted to see something called Henry Clay Furnace just nearby but the hike would have been a few miles.  Instead we just took photos of more of the state forest. 

Morgantown Theatre Company has a usual focus of "teaching" as it functions as a community theatre for elementary, middle and high school students..  Our timing was perfect as the cast were mainly composed of alumni and performing Ragtime The Musical at the Metropolitan Theatre, located in the downtown area.  Trevor Dion Nicholas an alumni who has gone on to a much more professional career had the leading role of "Coalhouse Walker, Jr.".  I was quite impressed by the performance, far beyond any community theatre.  I guess you have to thank Director Hillary Phillips, Choreographer General McArthur Hambrik, and Music Director Ken Godwin (you'd a thunk there were an orchestra).

No matter what state you travel in there always seems to be wineries.   Forks of Cheat Winery is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains with a tasting room that could keep you there for the afternoon.  Owned by Jerry and Eric Deal, the view alone is worth the ride.  There is no charge for the wine tastings of which you can taste them all.  White wines are my thing, reds are Laurie's.  Then there are fruit wines and dessert wines.  All can even be tasted on the decks.  Did I tell you that they also have a distillery?  Moonshine anyone?

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