Winter Market features local talent

PARKERSBURG – An accomplished entertainer from West Virginia will perform Saturday at the Winter Market in downtown Parkersburg.

Dan Cunningham, known as the Pick’n’ Dawg, is an acoustic and folk artist from Morgantown who has released five CDs. Cunningham has performed and recorded with Phil Keaggy, a Grammy nominee and Dove award winner; Robin Kessinger, 1985 National Flatpicking Champion; Nedra Talley Ross of the Ronettes; Phil Madeira, a Nashville songwriter, producer and recording artist; Lance DeMers of Hannah’s Prayer; John Fischer, Jenny Allinder, Ted Sandquist and others.

The performance will be immediately followed by a cooking demonstration at noon with James Auvil. Auvil is the owner and chef at CJ’s Italian Kitchen in Vienna. In addition to tasting his culinary creations, participants will receive a copy of Auvil’s recipe to try at home.

The market is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 705 Market St. at the future downtown campus of West Virginia University.

“Since opening in November, the Market has grown in vendors and attendance,” said Rickie Yeager, planning administrator for the city of Parkersburg and organizer with the market. “More than 18 vendors have signed up to participate this month.” Shoppers can expect to find everything from locally grown winter produce and select cuts of meat, to homemade baked goods, knitted wares, soaps and other agricultural products. “The Market has something for everyone,” Yeager said.

Because of limited space, there will not be a seminar for the Winter Blues Healthy Lifestyle School this month. Organizers had been trying to pull together a fitness fair of sorts for the New Year.

“We just didn’t have room,” said Jay Fisher, a V.I.S.T.A. volunteer with the city. “However, the Information Booth will be giving out programs and activities schedules from area fitness facilities, such as the YMCA and Planet Fitness.”

The school resumes in February.