Festivals, fairs, food, rides, tons of stuff to do this summer! It’s too bad it’s kind of all the same. Except for PATTYFEST 2014!    PattyFest is full of jammin, workshops, dancing, and an open stage. Cool thing about PattyFest? Acoustic only. Traditional West Virginian cuisine (with vegetarian options) is served. From the above description, you might not understand how this event got its name.

Patty isn’t an instrument, a food or a dance. Patty was born in Mannington Feb. 7, 1925.  She attended Fairmont State, then Central Michigan University, then taught for the next 35 years. Eventually, and thankfully, she moved back to West Virginia. She found that she loved the dulcimer, both hammered and Appalachian. She taught classes, performed at weddings and festivals, and won multiple awards for her dedication and talent. So right now, she probably sounds like a great musician. But she’s more than that.  She is responsible for the perpetuation of [...]

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