It finally feels less like winter and more like spring. And these warm, sunny days have made me start looking for excuses to extract myself from my home.
Turns out, there’s no shortage of stuff to get into, be it shopping, catching some music or getting in touch with my Irish roots and trying my hand at road bowling.
Here are some ideas for anyone else with cabin fever:
The Handcrafted Cooperative
This seasonal retail market returns from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Morgantown Marketplace at 413 Spruce St. It is dedicated to hand-crafted items created by independent makers in the area, such as paper goods, pottery, dog leashes, beer accessories, bath and body products, paintings, greeting cards, scarves and jewelry. And, bonus, there will be food. Garcia’s Grill at the Cue and 3-0- PHO To Go will both be on hand.
Spring Spectacular Bonus Bike Ride
This one is pretty ambitious for a person who’s basically lived on her couch for three months, but riding a bike is one of the few forms of exercise, besides hiking, that I truly enjoy.
This free ride is set for 9 a.m. Sunday and starts at the Wharf District Parking Garage. Participants may choose a 21-mile rail-trail ride or a challenging, hilly 60-mile road ride. A helmet and a signed waiver are required.
The event is put on by Country Roads Cyclists, a group that advocates bicycling and schedules rides every Saturday and Sunday from March 1 to Oct. 31. These can range from five miles to multi-day tours, so if 21 miles seems as daunting to you as it does to me, don’t sweat it. There will be plenty of other opportunities for a good workout.
Irish road bowling
Irish road bowling is the kind of sport I like, as it doesn’t require participants to run or be all that coordinated. You can just gather some friends and take turns hurling a ball down a rural lane. If that sounds like a nice way to spend a weekend afternoon, head to Cooper Rock State Park on Saturday. The West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association will host bowling at 12:20 p.m. Registration begins at noon at the lower gate. Registration is $5 per team (usually 3-4 people), and includes one bowl (ball) and scoring materials.
Spring Arts Walk
For the first time, Arts Walk, typically held in the fall, will also come downtown this spring. The free stroll is set for 6-9 p.m. May 18. Peruse works by area artists at various eateries and businesses — also, if past experience is to be trusted, there will be a fair amount of free wine and snacks.