The Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park will present a Kids’ Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public.
Mark Wood of Jackson, Ohio, will perform magic tricks, crazy comedy and juggling with lots of audience participation. He also will make balloon sculptures and do some western rope-spinning demonstrations while strolling the grounds.
Wood started his show business career in the third grade and has been performing for more than 38 years. He calls his act the “Mark Wood Fun Show.” He taught himself magic from books he found at his local library, and says “Everything that I have learned about show business has been from books.” Wood has been featured on many television shows and travels extensively throughout the Midwest, performing at schools, libraries, county fairs, festivals, malls and corporate events.
In addition to Wood’s performance, the museum also will have an old-fashioned cake walk, a duck pond, many other games, prizes and refreshments. Visitors are also encouraged to tour the Museum and see the exhibits on display, including West Virginia Quilts: A Tradition of Excellence featuring award-winning quilts from the West Virginia State Museum collection and loaned quilts from local collections; Dehue . . . A Special Place which examines aspects of coal camp life including business and social life; Remembering Buffalo Creek presents artifacts relevant to the Buffalo Creek disaster; The Ron Moxley Collection: Native American Artifacts which includes a nutting stone found in Chief Logan State Park; Rising Light and Fallen Field, two mixed media installations conceived by David Jeffrey of Wyoming County as a tribute and memorial to coal miners; and An Early History of Firearms in West Virginia, a selection of firearms from state and private collections spanning from the 1700s to the Civil War.
For more information about the festival, contact Frankie Spears-Esposito at the Museum in the Park, at (304) 792-7229.
The Museum in the Park is a regional cultural center showcasing the best in West Virginia history and the arts. It features changing exhibits and displays of artwork and historical items from the collections of the West Virginia State Museum and the State Archives. One area of the museum is dedicated to local and regional history. It is operated and maintained by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and is located four miles north of Logan on West Virginia Route 10 at Chief Logan State Park.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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