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Morgantown: Sunshine Fairies and Theater Wizards

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A July 2003 trip to Morgantown by kjlouden

Caperton Trail Photo, Morgantown, West Virginia More Photos
Quote: Waterfront bike trails with dappled sunlight, riverfront jazz in the sun, and nights of theater magic, all in designated landmark settings -- this formula for perfect days is compliments of the nation’s "#1 Mainstreet Organization."

Morgantown: Sunshine Fairies and Theater Wizards

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Overview

Caperton Trail Photo, Morgantown, West Virginia
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Welcome to my favorite city in West Virginia, my home for 8 years, and the state’s most vibrant downtown, complete with well-used riverfront park on the Monongahela. Morgantown reaps praise like a gin reaps cotton: "Best Small City in the East" (Guide to Life in America’s Small Cities), "#1 Dreamtown in the Country" (Demographics Daily), and "’A’ for Econonomic Development" (Census Bureau--Pleased residents agree!). A model for planners and statisticians to study, the city has big plans that continue to surprise former residents like me. The nation’s #1 Mainstreet project, a thriving arts community drawing talent from WVU, and enterprising local merchants make Morgantown a del...Read More

La Casa

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Restaurant | "La Casa Mexican Grill"

La Casa Photo, Morgantown, West Virginia
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La Casa was an instant hit when it opened downtown around 1980. The enterprising owner had a "gimmick": white Mexican. They had red sauce, too, but the luscious sour cream goo was more suited to the sophisticated tastes of the University community. Immediately, lines formed outside the nondescript former retail location that could just as easily have been a Picway as a Mexican restaurant. Weekends, we had to allow extra time or be late for the movies, so long was the wait. Decor inside suggested "beatnik Mexican," a cross between the country south of the border and a Jack Kerouac hangout, but sparse decorations couldn’t cover walls that still screamed "low-end retail"! No ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

La Casa
156 Clay Street
Morgantown, West Virginia 26501
(304) 292-6701

WV Brewing Company on the Trail for a Good Brew Photo, Morgantown, West Virginia
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West Virginia Brewing Company makes fine beer, I am told, and they sell at least half of it in their own pub located on University Avenue with a high deck overlooking Morgantown’s riverfront park on the Monongahela. It’s a great location for refreshment on festival days listening to jazz at the amphitheater or peddling the trail. For downtown specialty shopping, visits to the University main campus, and excursions to the antique shops on Beechurst Avenue, the brewery is a convenient stop. With this location, it’s popular with students and locals alike. Parking isn’t visible in front, but there is plenty around back. Decor lacks the special ambience of Wheeling’s or Pittsburgh’s brewer...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

WV Brewing Company on the Trail for a Good Brew
1291 University Avenue
Morgantown, West Virginia
(304) 296-BREW

M T Pockets Theatre Company

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Attraction | "M. T. Pockets Theatre Company"

M T Pockets Theatre Company Photo, Morgantown, West Virginia
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"Wait ‘til the lights go down!" I tell everyone I take to M. T. Pockets. My criterion for choosing a theater is simple: it must have a good selection of "proven" plays and good talent. M. T. Pockets qualifies. Architecture and decor are extras, but they aren’t essential. We are excited as we walk down Spruce St. to the awning of Morgantown Florist--that’s our landmark. Miss it, and we miss the door to the steps down. It’s not a "beatnik" cellar, either, so we don’t expect style. The room with commercial tile floors, fluorescent ceiling fixtures, and black velvet curtains strung all around is a temporary home with all the basic requirements: air conditioning, adequate stage lighting, a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

M T Pockets Theatre Company
233 Spruce Street
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
(304) 284-0049

What a Difference a Trail Makes!

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Story/Tip

Boys Alone Downtown Photo, Morgantown, West Virginia
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Sunday, residents and students alike were out enjoying this city and navigating it via Caperton Trail. It was a rather idyllic scene reminiscent of a time when America was safe and carefree and rivers were clean, lazy channels that connected us so that we knew them intimately and visited them in solitude. Now, a Mother with a baby carriage venturing way out from downtown along the old B & O Railroad must have felt assured of her safety. Two boys jumping into the Monongahela River from an isolated dock wouldn’t have been allowed to go there over ten years ago, but from the tressle atop the embankment, we waved down at them. "Hi!" they replied. Splash! All was well again downtown in me...Read More