HNN Staff

February is a sweetheart of a month for winter activities at TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia.

The month starts with the sweet sounds of Simply Jazz and Blues, celebrating its one year anniversary on February 5 at 7 p.m. The hour long radio show featured on Groovy 94 locally, goes live on Tamarack’s stage featuring Platinum, John Yurick, Lewisburg songstress Susanna Robinson, Beckley singer Tia Martin Davis, bassist Holden Toler and Robert Gray.  Ten dollar tickets, on sale now, must be reserved in advance.

Appropriately timed as the perfect Valentine evening out, Tamarack’s first dinner theater of the season is set for Feb. 11 and Feb 12. “Before Elvis, there was nothing,” according to John Lennon, and the two lead characters in two interwoven one-act plays, Graceland and Asleep on the Wind, agree. Rootie and Bev vie to be the first guest when Graceland opens, then in Asleep on the Wind, Rootie sends her brother off to service in Vietnam, keenly aware of what Elvis means to him. Two other plays follow the first dinner theater, one in March, the other in April. Tickets are on sale now for the season or the individual plays.

Also perfect for Valentine’s Day is the Make-N-Take stained glass workshop taught by Stephanie Danz on February 11-13 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. All ages are welcome to make a sun catcher for $10 per piece. Plan to spend at least 40 minutes.

Tamarack’s annual Bridal and Special Occasions Fair sponsored by Beckley Newspapers and Harvey’s is a match made in heaven for brides to be. The event on Feb. 26 is a one stop shop for formal attire, flowers, cakes, catering, music, photography, rentals and more. There is no cost to attend the show, but reservations for the Bridal Luncheon must be made through Beckley Newspapers.

Sunday @ Two free concerts continue through February as Tamarack’s gift to its guests. On Feb. 6 The Carpenter Ants perform, followed by Lady D and Mi$$ion on Feb. 13. Davis & Elkins Performing Ensemble, composed a string band, clogging team and Soul Review, takes the stage on Feb. 20. Local favorites The Gospel Singaleers perform on Feb. 27. There is no charge for Sunday @ Two; tickets are required due to limited seating. Call for tickets Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 pm. or pick up tickets at the front desk Sundays after 10 a.m.

Last but not least Tamarack commemorates Presidents’ Day with a visit from Lincoln reenacter Jim Rubin.  Guests are welcome to have pictures taken with the 16th president, who gives out pennies to everyone.

Tamarack, located at Exit 45 off I-77/64, is open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. during January and February. For more details about events, catering, conference center space reservations and studio artisans, call 1 88 TAMARACK, visit tamarackwv.com, join the Tamarack Facebook page or follow Tamarack on Twitter.

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