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FestivALL Fall is a terrific addition

FestivALL, which has made June a fun month in Charleston, will try its hand at Halloween for the first time. A four-day FestivALL Fall is planned for Oct. 25-28.

"While FestivALL Fall will not be on the same grand scale as FestivALL is every June, we are able to build on events that are already happening and add some flavor of FestivALL to the weekend to make it another special time to be in Charleston," said Executive Producer Larry Groce.

The events will coincide with a Create West

Virginia conference in Charleston.

Existing events, such as the East End's fourth

annual HallowEast, which features a zombie parade, will be incorporated into the four-day weekend.

Taste of All will be re-dubbed Taste of Fall.  

There will be an encore presentation of Live on the Levee, an every-Friday-night feature in the summer. The Huntington band Qiet will headline the concert, with The Tom McGees as the opening act.

Likewise, "Mountain Stage," the national weekly two-hour radio show produced by West Virginia

Public Broadcasting, will have a show. British singer-songwriter Beth Orton was the first act announced.

And 25 juried artisans will take part in the Art Fair at Capitol Market.

"We had no idea how the artists would respond," said Betty Rivard, FestivALL art fairs director. "But the response was phenomenal."

A lot of hard work by many good people goes into the various parts that will make up FestivALL Fall.

Joining Groce and Rivard in the official announcement of FestivALL at a press conference at the Capitol Market were Emily Wall, chairwoman of Taste-of-All Charleston; East End Main Street Director Ric Cavender; Tammy Borstnar, director of Capitol Market; and mayoral assistant Rod Blackstone.

Charleston has many assets, including its location and its rivers, but the best thing the city has going is its people. FestivaALL Fall sounds like fun.


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