Putnam County, it’s time to get creative this weekend. Art is all around us, in these mountains and valleys, so let’s learn about it!


Valley Park is hosting the Pickin’ in the Park Bluegrass Festival this Saturday from 11am-5pm. The schedule is jam-packed with local artists, so bring your whole family to watch! The Back Porch String Band will open up the event promptly at 11:00am, followed by Ridgetop at 12:15pm. Southern Stompers are set to perform at 1:30pm and The Putnam Family goes on at 2:15pm. Finally, the festival will wrap up with music from Johnny Staats & the Delivery Boys. To stay up to date on events and news, follow Valley Park’s Facebook. It’s sure to be a knee-slappin’ good time that you won’t want to miss!


Also on Saturday, Jerill Vance is hosting an open house at the Appalachian Heritage Woodshop in Culloden! The event will be held from 8am-8pm and is a great way to learn and experience the old-school process of crafting wood furniture, the Appalachian way. Vance is offering refreshments, door prizes, and demos for all guests who decide to stop by his farm. To see the list of possible prizes you could win, check out his Facebook and website! The address for the open house is 555 Middle Road, Culloden, WV 25510.


And for those of you that don’t enjoy woodworking or bluesy tunes, there is still something to occupy your time! The Teays Valley Cinema has tons of flicks for you to enjoy and they also have a very reliable ICEE machine, so you’re never without your favorite movie drink! So, if you haven’t watched Top Gun: Maverick yet (it’s a must), or you’ve been wanting to experience Austin Butler as Elvis (also incredible), then stop by the theater. All of their movie options and showing times can be found on their website! And follow their Facebook to stay updated on listings and which free family movies are being shown on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s this summer.


This community is full of art, so take the time to find it, Putnam County.