For years, Buckhannonites have complained that “there is nothing to do around here.”  Many have added that “there is nothing to do around here… except go to bars and churches.”

Well, the old adage simply doesn’t hold up any longer.

Spring is just around the next bend in the road, but even while it’s still cold and dreary, there is no lack of “things to do” in Buckhannon and the surrounding area during the next month.

While Fasnacht and the West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival are held in Helvetia and Pickens, WV, respectively, and are, therefore, not technically, part of Upshur County, the events have drawn large crowds from Upshur County for decades and signals, to many, the last vestige of winter and the welcome approach of spring.

Fasnacht, a pre-lent celebration of the end of winter, takes place on March 2 and will feature, a Buckhannon eatery, The World’s End Restaurant, serving their German fair at the event for the first time. (See individual Fasnacht story this page for more details).

Pail used to collect sap of maple trees to produce maple syrup. Photo Credit: marcbruxelle ©123RF.com

The West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival, held March 16 and 17, offers an array of crafts and vendors as well as plenty of opportunities to buy local maple syrup. Pancake breakfasts, served with locally-made maple syrup, will be served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pickens American Legion Hall on both days of the event.  The Pickens School will also host a pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  West Virginia music will be played at the Pickens Opera House, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 17.  There will also be wood chopping, axe throwing, a children’s art show and a photo display by the Buckhannon Camera Club.

If those events don’t make you happy, Buckhannon is home to an event in March that is sure to make you laugh. The Fifth Annual West Virginia Comedy Festival will be held March 29 and 30 at the Buckhannon Opera House on Main Street.  The event, held in Buckhannon for the first time this year, boasts being the states largest celebration of comedy and comedians. Individual tickets will be $25 per night or $40 for a festival pass. Additional details about the event will be available as the festival date approaches.

If music and dancing are more your style, “Mountain Music — Mountain Dance,” will be held March 14 at the Buckhannon Opera House, complete with a string band and caller.  Dances, including circles, reels, contras, waltzes and squares will be taught. Beginners are welcome. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dancing begins at 7 p.m.  General admission is $5; students with ID pay $3 and children under 12 can attend for free.

Theatre anyone? West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Theatre Department will be presenting the play, Jane Eyre, at the Virginia Thomas Law Performing Arts Center, February 21 – 23 at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 24.  General Admission is $10; senior and student admission is $8 and WVWC students with a valid ID can attend for $5.

Buckhannon-Upshur High School’s play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, will be performed February 26 at 7 p.m. at B-UHS. The event will mark the final hometown performance of the play, before the two-time award-winning cast departs for the State Thespian Festival and the South Eastern Conference in Tennessee. 

Three-Quarter Café, Main Street, Buckhannon, will host another session of “Beer and Barbs” featuring live music and literary readings along with food and drinks on Tuesday, March 12. 

Dough Re Mi, located on College Avenue, Buckhannon, will hold “Open Sessions” for music, poetry, literature and other types of art the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. The event is free to the public.

Have no fear, there are still plenty of bars and churches in the area, and they also have no shortage of upcoming events planned.

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church will be holding a Harry Potter Mission Trip Fund Raiser on March 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Guest are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Harry Potter character and partake of the Harry Potter themed feast as well as wand making, potion making, quidditch and dueling sessions. 

When guests arrive, they will be sorted into houses with the famous Harry Potter “sorting hat.”  Participants who register before March 24 will be guaranteed to receive a Hogwarts Acceptance Letter via Owl Post.  Those who register the day of the event, may or may not, receive a letter. 

Tickets are $20. Tickets the day of the event will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Harry Potter Trivia will begin at 3 p.m. Trivia teams will be charged a $20 entry fee. The winning team will win half of the pot.  Watch for further details about this fund raiser as the event date approaches.

As for the bars, Saint Patrick’s Day falls on Saturday, March 16, this year, so local watering holes will have plenty of green beer and Irish Car Bombs on tap as well as their normal schedules of live music and karaoke throughout the month.

So, don’t let the short, dark days of winter get you down. Go out and partake of some the events offered, right here, in the Buckhannon area. 

And, don’t despair, the first day of spring is March 20, and for a true West Virginian that ,not only, means the days will be getting longer and warmer, but it means ramps season isn’t far behind and that makes everything a little better.

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