This Saturday will be the daylong Neighborhood Block Party at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 6263 Appalachian Highway, in Canaan Valley. Activities will begin with a nature walk at 8 a.m., and they will conclude at 4 p.m. after a tour of the refuge gardens.
The party has an impressive schedule of activities lined up with something for everyone, including a presentation with live birds of prey, a dedication of the new Founders Overlook, a portrayal of historical figure Porte Crayon by Don Teter and live music. A dedication ceremony for the completion of the Canaan Valley Public Service District project also will take place.
Families can try their hand at archery, add to the habitats mural and play nature games. Later, they can check out the garden and make and take home some wildflower seed balls. And if that isn't enough, free food will be served up by Refuge volunteers and staff.
Some of the featured entertainment acts include The GinSangers, a popular group from Elkins. The group will be performing at noon and 2:30 p.m.
Teter will portray David Hunter Strother, also known as Porte Crayon, at 1:30 p.m. Strother was a famous chronicler of the Canaan and Blackwater country in the 1850s. He illustrated several early travel stories including The Blackwater Chronicle that shared the exploits of an 1851 expedition of sportsmen into the Canaan Valley.
This daylong community celebration is sponsored by the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the Canaan Valley Public Service District and the Friends of the 500th.
Events, which are subject to change, are listed below:
8 a.m. - Nature Walk
10 a.m. - Management Tour; PSD Dedication at Timberline Road; Exhibits and activities open; archery open until noon
11 a.m. - Raptor Presentation at WV Raptor Center; Migration Game
11:30 a.m. - Lunch begins
Noon - Music by the Ginsangers
1 p.m. - Dedication of Founders Overlook
1:30 p.m. - Porte Crayon performance
2 p.m. - Quick! Frozen Critters Game
2:30 p.m. - Music by the GinSangers; Maintenance Shop Tour
3 p.m. - Garden tour and make seed balls; Oh Deer! Game; Archery reopens
4 p.m. Music ends.