Tag: Vandalia Gathering

Country Roads – Day 6 – The Vandalia Gathering

Our next stop on our adventure was to Charleston to check out the Vandalia Gathering. The festival highlights the passing down of time-honored traditions of West Virginia’s mountain culture. For 38 years, the gathering has brought together dancers, musicians, storytellers, and craftspeople from their front porches in quiet communities and isolated valleys to the grounds of the State Capitol to showcase their talents.

The State Capitol
The State Capitol

Vandalia was the name fro a “proposed” colony on land that is now West Virginia. The word “Vandalia” was chosen as a political gesture to George III, whose consort, Queen Charlotte, was defended from the German Vandel. The American Revolution, however, halted the plans for the colony.

Arts & Crafts booths
Arts & Crafts booths
Musicians warming up
Musicians warming up
Banjo contest
Banjo contest
Impromptu Jam Session
Impromptu Jam Session
Food court
Food court
Who knew there would be bagpipes!
Who knew there would be bagpipes!

We had a great time at the festival. The weather couldn’t have been better for an outdoor event. Even though I’m an “old school” rocker, the music was really great and the impromptu jam sessions were neat to watch.

It was a great day all around!

Daily Expenses:

  • Gas $50.00
  • Dining Out $46.00
  • Souvenirs $20.50
  • Campsite $42.17