Winter will bring many events of interest to West Virginia's state parks this weekend, said Sissie Summers, state parks programming services coordinator.
"Canaan Valley has downhill skiing and Blackwater Falls has sledding. Hiking and bird watching are outdoor activities that park visitors enjoy in winter and any other time of year. But our special weekends generally focus on a specific interest or activity and generally with an overnight package available," she said.
A History Alive program at Blackwater Falls will present some early images depicting West Virginia's scenic areas, the people and their lifestyles created by artist and illustrator David Hunter Strother, whose pen name was Porte Crayon.
Strother was one of the most accomplished and diverse men of the new state of West Virginia in the mid to late 1800s. Born in Martinsburg, which was then part of Virginia, he trained as an artist in Europe and gained fame as a writer and illustrator for national magazines.
The program, to be presented by Don Teter of Monterville, is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday at Blackwater Falls State Park. It is a free presentation and is open to the public.
More information is available by calling Blackwater Falls at 304-259-5216.
The history program is made possible by funding from the West Virginia Humanities Council and Blackwater Falls State Park. To view illustrations and drawings preserved digitally by Strother, an artist and writer once considered a household name, anyone interested can visit images.lib.wvu.edu/StrothBook.pdf.