Want to learn to draw this summer?

Join the West Virginia Botanic Garden for two drawing workshops this summer. The first is Sunday morning, May 19th, from 10am – 1. I’ll be leading the drawing workshop on Wednesday, May 29th from 5:30pm – 8.

Visit the WVBG’s event page for more information.


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A Botanical Evening


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About two weeks ago on a Wednesday summer afternoon the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce hosted an after hours event in a special garden, the West Virginia Botanic Garden.


The turnout exceeded expectations with the invitation of kids for the first time. A firetruck was onsite as well as two goats for petting. The band, The Weathered Road, offered a trio combination of violin, guitar and Djembe drum that could be heard as soon as I entered the garden drive. The background music was a perfect compliment to conversation and the soft landscape islands scattered throughout the meadow. Nearby, my favorite spot in the garden could be enjoyed solo as it is hidden within a grove of trees. It is the Secret Garden on the map below.IMG_9315

Visit the Botanic Garden at 1061 Tyrone Rd in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Where is the Garden

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Pascal’s New Restaurant / Morgantown WV



 Looking for a new restaurant in the Cheat Lake area of Morgantown?

Try Pascal’s, a restaurant my firm, Mills Group, helped make a reality.

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It went from the home above to the demolition below to…


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…to ? You will have to go visit to see the end product!

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Allegheny Restoration took on the construction of the new restaurant and worked closely with the owners to assure that they had the kitchen, dining, and atmosphere the young couple desired. I look forward to my first visit soon.



See the menu here.

Tunes from Tuesday


Spent a great time the Friday night after Thanksgiving in Thomas, WV at the Purple Fiddle listening to Mo’ Mojo and their Zydeco tunes.

It got me in the mood of music. Live music in Morgantown this week can be found at some of my favorite places to eat: Black Bear Downtown and Evansdale locations,  Brew Pub / Morgantown Brewing, The Iron Horse Tavern, Terra Cafe, and Mountain State Brewing Co.

A Jazz band my husband and I have befriended,  The Jenny Wilson Trio, will be playing at many of these establishments throughout the week. If you like music, check them out. They are also promoting The West Virginia Jazz Society who is having their 6th Annual Winter Jazz Weekend on Friday & Saturday the 23rd & 24th at the Bridgeport Conference Center.  New York City’s Eddie Allen will appear both nights.  More information at www.wvjazzsociety.com.


~More events by The Jenny Wilson Trio~


EVERY TUESDAY in January | 6:30 to 9pm

Black Bear Burritos | Evansdale


EVERY SUNDAY in January | 11 to 2pm

Terra Cafe | Star City



Wednesday, January 28 | 7:30pm & Saturday, January 31 | 8:30pm

Tin 202 | High St, Morgantown

The Phipps Spring Show with Hays LAS



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has prepared a melodic transformation of the well-known Phipps Conservatory in downtown Pittsburgh. The exhibit opens the morning of March 22nd for crowds to enjoy the sensory sights and sounds. Hays has infused blossoms with the blues in the sunken garden swamp. In the Palm Room the designers give a whimsical nod to the swing era of the 1930’s. Transcend further down the path of music history and experience the loud and colorful world of rock n’ roll. You will find classical music in the formal Broderie Room, a location popular for proposals and weddings. A peek below, with Phil’s sketch of The Grand Crescendo in the Palm Room, offers a hint of what more you will find over the rainbow.

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From Phipps’s Site :  An Invitation to Join us March 22nd

Drawing inspiration from Pittsburgh’s musical soul, Phipps comes alive with melody and rhythm

Take a toe-tapping journey through a musical world where melodies bloom like flowers. This year, Spring Flower Show combines music and garden design for a sensational new exhibit filled with sights, sounds and scents that are sure to have you singing.
From one room to the next, musical genres from swing and big band to blues and rock ´n roll will be showcased through whimsical sculptures made out of up-cycled instruments; surprising planters like an upright piano; and carefully orchestrated plantings designed to mimic the rise and fall of musical notes as they move up and down the scale. Popular songs will also be piped through some of the rooms, adding to the multi-sensory experience.
The stars of the show, of course, will be the thousands of vibrant tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other seasonal favorites, in addition to some new highlights, including several varieties of primula, foxtail lilies and Himalayan blue poppies. Arranged in spectacular groupings according to color and theme, each plant will be carefully placed to add scope to and enliven each scene, from blue and purple flowers representing the blues genre, to rainbow-hued blooms coming together to form the bars of a larger-than-life xylophone.
Spring Flower Show, designed by Hays Landscape Architecture Studio, Ltd., runs through April 20. Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (ages 2 – 18). Members and children under 2 enter for free.


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Photos © Paul g. Wiegman