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Celebrate the Rebirth of WSS at Dry Creek Music & Arts Festival

There is no better way to celebrate the rebirth of the Spa City than with a weekend filled with food, fun, friends, and entertainment! 

On Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, Main Street in White Sulphur Springs will play host to the Dry Creek Music and Arts Festival, the biggest community event of the summer! 

Saturday, June 18, 9:00 p.m.: John R. Miller on the main stage

The weekend festival includes concerts and events Friday and Saturday throughout town, kicking off at 6:30 p.m…

According to the event’s organizers, “The weekend festival includes concerts and events Friday and Saturday throughout town, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday with a New Orleans-style jazz funeral parade from The Schoolhouse Hotel to Big Draft Brewery Stage for a show. On Saturday, Main Street will be closed from 12-6 p.m. for some of the best regional artists and craftspeople to display their paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, glassware, and more. We also welcome live performing artists throughout the afternoon, as well as activities for the kids.”

FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

FRIDAY, JUNE 17:

  • 10:00 a.m.: The Schoolhouse Hotel official dedication ceremony.
  • 6:30 p.m.: New Orleans-style parade from The Schoolhouse Hotel to the Big Draft Brewing Main Stage.
  • 7:00 p.m.: Rebirth Brass Band at Big Draft Brewing Main Stage.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18:

  • 8:00 a.m.: Stream cleanup. 
  • 12:00 p.m.: 50 East Stage presents Stillwater Hum, Nathan Seldomridge and the Whistlepig Rodeo. 
  • 1:00 p.m.: Artist Road opens on Main Street. 
  • 2:00 p.m.: Kids’ Field Day at The Schoolhouse Hotel. 

Saturday’s “Field Day” will feature face painting and bounce houses for the kids, as well as a balloon sculptor. The event will also feature all-day street performers, including stilt-walkers, magicians, caricature artists, and much more! 

Friday, June 17, 7:00 p.m.: Rebirth Brass Band at Big Draft Brewing Main Stage.

BIG DRAFT BREWERY SATURDAY MAIN STAGE:

  • 5:00 p.m.: Wayne Graham
  • 7:00 p.m.: Wolfpen Branch
  • 9:00 p.m.: John R. Miller

The Kentucky-based “Wayne Graham” band takes their name from a “legendary renaissance man with more soul than his body could hold.” Wayne Graham’s twangy, blues-infused melodies will please the ear, and satiate the soul. 

Raised in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, singer-songwriter John R. Miller has been described as “a well-traveled wordsmith mapping out the world he’s seen, three chords at a time.

The recently formed Wolfpen Branch was named 2022’s “Best Bluegrass” by Appalachian Arts and Entertainment. Recognized as “a band to watch” by the Lexington Herald Leader, “The high energy, Kentucky-made bluegrass quintet combines the region’s most powerful singers and number-one songwriters.”

Raised in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, singer-songwriter John R. Miller has been described as “a well-traveled wordsmith mapping out the world he’s seen, three chords at a time. Miller is somehow able to transport us to a shadowy honkytonk and get existential all at the same time.”

“This area is so rich with artists and artisans, but we have very few events focused on them” – Clay Elkins

“This area is so rich with artists and artisans, but we have very few events focused on them,” said Clay Elkins. Along with Anne Bowling Tuckwiller, Clay is one of the event’s planners, and a founding partner of Big Draft Brewing. “Mostly everything is focused on food. So we’re having this festival to celebrate and enjoy the amazing artistry that our beautiful area has to offer.”

All day Saturday, festival attendees will also have the opportunity to explore downtown White Sulphur Springs, enjoying all the restaurants and shops the Spa City has to offer, free of automobile traffic.  

“We’re trying to create an artist’s festival,” Clay added. “Artists down the middle of the street – showing their wares and celebrating the rich, artistic-culture of this community.”

Admission to the Festival is free. For additional information, visit the Dry Creek Music and Arts festival on Facebook. 

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Matthew Young has been a resident of Lewisburg, WV since December 2019. Prior to arriving in West Virginia, Matthew resided in the Philadelphia area, where his reporting, commentary, and editorials have been featured in numerous local and regional publications. Previously, he has served as a scriptwriter and consultant for television, radio, and various other short-form digital-media platforms, both within the United States and internationally. Since moving to the Mountain State, Matthew spent eighteen months as senior writer/managing editor for the West Virginia Daily News and is currently an active journalist with the West Virginia Press Association.

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