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History of Preston County

Soprano Cristina Nassif is acclaimed on the operatic and concert stage for her "powerful, expressive voice and electric stage presence”  (The Washington Post)

Anna R. Nassif - Dancer, Choreographer, Professor Emerita, Department of Kinesiology, School of Education Dance Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2018 SPECIAL EXHIBITS all weekend

Gov. James Patton Preston by Teresa Hyre

World War I exhibit W.B. Shaver by Walter "Bud" Shaver

Books by RAHS and Preston County Authors

Displays by Susan Ramey - Ridgetop Pottery

Carolann Hooton Library Exhibits

Christmas Quilt & Quilts for Purchase by Vickie Jackson & Helen Edmunds

Creative Arts Studio - Rowlesburg High School

Picture Gallery

4-H Display - Deakin Exhibit

Buckwheat Festival Princess 1974 Display

History of Rowlesburg Lions Club

Orange & Black Set 'em Back

Friday 25 May 2018 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Museum & Exhibits Tour & Lunch for Preston County Middle & High School Students and Parents

Szilagyi Center Auditorium

Friday 25 May 2018 - 11:00 am

Outline of the History of Preston County

by Doug Roley

Szilagyi Center Auditorium - Free admission

Friday 25 May 2018 - 2:00 pm

Creative Non-Fiction Writing workshop - Preston County Experiences

by Dr. Sandra Wales - Author

Szilagyi Center - 3rd Tier - Carolann Hooton Library - Free admission

Friday 25 May 2018 - 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Back Porch Music with a Country Twist
by Clyde Sypolt and Group

Rowlesburg Park - Free admission


Saturday 26 May 2018 - 10:00 am

Return of the Buckwheat Stars - Mike Argabrite & Gene King

Newburg Sports History - 1938 Kingwood & Newburg Football Game

Tributes: Barney Fortney, Roy Nutter, Glenn Luzier, George Ayersman, Milt Metheny

Preston County Parks and Recreation - Rails to Trails

Szilagyi Center - 3rd Tier - Preston County Sports Museum

Saturday 26 May 2018 - 3:00 pm

Cristina Nassif, Soprano

presents an afternoon of  arias, art songs and

Broadway Show Tunes

Ms. Nassif's father, Dr. Thomas Nassif

will accompany her on the piano

Her husband, baritone Jamie Kotmair,

will make guest appearances.

Szilagyi Center Auditorium

$15.00 Adults - Free for children and teenagers

4:15 pm Reception at the River City Cafe

Saturday 26 May 2018 - 5:00 pm

Turkey & Ham Dinner with all the fixins'

Christ United Methodist Church

West Main Street - $10.00 / $5.00

Saturday 26 May 2018 - 8:00 pm

River City Gala Dance with the Classics Rock Band

Fingerfood, Casa Marrara Wine & Soft Drinks, BYOB

Organized by Lorenza & Judy Halterman and Tom & Kanneta Moreland

Szilagyi Center Auditorium - $25.00 / $15.00


Sunday 27 May 2018 - 2:30 pm

World War I - The War to End All Wars - The Christmas Truce

An original play directed by Lynn Broderick with the Preston High Theater Ensemble

Dedicated to WWI Preston County Soldiers on the occasion of the

100th Anniversary of the end of World War I

Szilagyi Center Auditorium - $15.00 Adults - Free for children and teenagers

Sunday 27 May 2018 - 5:00 pm

Patriotic Dinner  catered by Sidetracked Restaurant

Meatloaf, baked potato, green salad, roll, apple crumb cake, coffee, iced tea

Invocation by Rev. Keplinger and Sister Priscilla

"WWI Poetry" - dinner program read by Rev. Keplinger, Eric Bautista, sister Priscilla and George Nassif

ON TRAC Upoming New Business Award: Cheat River Trading Post

Jason Riggs and Paul Riggs

Silent Auction organized by Mary & Phil Wotring

VFW Post 3008 Social Hall - $10.00 / $5.00


Monday 28 May 2018 - 2:00 pm

Nelly Bly - American Journalist

A Living History Portrayal by JoAnn Peterson - Actress

Szilagyi Center Auditorium - Free admission

Sponsored by the WV Humanities Council

Monday 28 May 2018 - 4:00 pm

Preston County Community Choir

Wayne Williams & Shauna Bloom, Conductors

Kent Pomeroy, Accompanist

Szilagyi Center Auditorium - Free admission



River City Café open on Saturday and Sunday as of 10:00 am for Continental breakfast, and lunch

Museums, Exhibits, and more

Wheel throwing and pottery demonstrations by Susan Ramey, Ridgetop Pottery 

at the Arts Preston Studio (Szilagyi Center - 3rd Tier)

Event Email: annarnas@aol.com

For tickets, passes and information

Anna Nassif, Festival Director - 304-454-9786 or 608-354-9355

Eric Bautista, RRC Chairperson - 304-454-9506

George Nassif, RRC Vice-Chairperson - 304-454-9845

Shirley Hartley, Asst. Treasurer - 304-329-1240

PC Chamber of Commerce - 304-329-0576

Convention & Visitors Bureau - 304-329-4660


World War I

"The Classics” are a group of five-musicians who possess a diverse background of musical style. They are known for their dynamic musical styles, wide vocal range and harmonies, playing a variety of classic oldies, rock & roll, country and dance music ranging from the 50s to the current hits of today.


Dr. Thomas Nassif  accompanies

Soprano Cristina Nassif

The 11th Annual River City Festival of the Arts is tied into the

Nelly Bly

River City Festival of the Arts -  Memorial Day Weekend


Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust

Clear Mountain Bank

Cheat River Limestone - Greer Industries

Preston Chamber of Commerce

Mark Payne - WV Humanities Council

Rowlesburg ON TRAC Community

WV Fairs & Festivals

Mike Hooton

Street's Store

Charles Buckingham

Preston County Commission

The Nassif Family

Janet & Imre Szilagyi

Thomasina & Nick Caporella

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