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VMCCVB to launch ‘Tourism Talks’

This month, the Visit Mountaineer Country Convention and Visitors Bureau (VMCCVB) welcomed two new staff members. Joe Vessecchia, operations manager, and Tami Wood, group sales manager. These staff additions coincide with the retirement of Kay Fanok, assistant executive director and conference, sports and group sales manager, who has spent the last eight years with the organization and more than 25 years in the hospitality industry.

This week, the VMCCVB will launch a “Tourism Talks” engagement series to provide just-in-time tourism resources to the organization’s partners. The VMCCVB will be contacting its tourism partners with a special code to access the tourism partner page on the website. If you have any questions, contact

Save the date for these upcoming events

  • Inspire Your Heart with Art at Spark! Imagination and Science Center, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

During Inspire Your Heart with Art, children can create their own torn metal collage, inspired by the works of Gustav Klimt. Families will also have the opportunity to explore the hands-on exhibits at Spark. Visitors can dig for pretend dinosaur fossils, build a ball ramp, explore outer space, play dress-up and much more. Admission is $5 per person and free for children under 12 months and Spark members. Spark is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

  • WVU Baseball Leadoff Dinner, 4-8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Celebrate the start of the 2022 WVU baseball season at the Baseball Leadoff Dinner presented by Pad2Pad Logistics and Consulting at the Morgantown Event Center. The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, program and auction. Dueling pianos will be the entertainment for the evening, and special guests include Alek Manoah, John Means, Jedd Gyorko and Harrison Musgrave. For more information, contact Kirsten Barnicle at or 304-293-9399.

  • United Way MPC’s Give to Win Auction, Raffle and 50/50, 9 a.m. Monday through 1 p.m. Feb. 11

Starting Monday, you can bid on a one-night stay at Stonewall Resort, a framed and signed Dolly Parton photo with Dollywood tickets, golf and dinner at Alpine Lake Resort, a kids’ adventure pack, a game bundle and more. Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card or a gift card for somewhere good to eat around town; or you can buy into a standard 50/50. All prizes are donated or sponsored, and no campaign dollars are used to cover the cost of this event. Proceeds benefit the United Way 2022 Campaign.

  • Harry Potter Adult Makers Program at Spark! Imagination and Science Center, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 4.

Spark is hosting an adult-only Harry Potter Makers Program from 7-9 p.m Feb. 4. Inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter, participants will create their own LED light-up wand, a Monster Book of Monsters box and a Howler greeting card. No previous experience is necessary. The cost is $20 and includes all materials. Prepayment is required and is nonrefundable. Space is limited and participants must preregister by Wednesday.

  • Winter Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 5.

Morgantown farmers market vendors will be set up indoors and outdoors at Mylan Park. They are trying to keep offering safe access to local food. The vendors each offer seasonal produce, meat, flour, baked goods, jams, maple syrup, honey and more. All produce is from within 50 miles of Morgantown. They accept SNAP as well as cash, credit and debit cards. Check Morgantown Farmers Market’s social media and website for market updates, including cancellation due to weather or Covid-19 precautions.

Visit Mountaineer Country CVB strives to increase the tourism economy by marketing and selling the destination to our guests by “wowing” them and encouraging them to stay one more night and spend one more dollar.