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Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Gospel Sing & Picnic w/ Sugar Run

May 23, 2015 @ 8:15 am - 5:00 pm

$47 – $91
Mountain Music Trail Gospel Sing and Picnic

Celebrate with us a musical heritage that extends throughout our mountain region. Enjoy great traditional music by Sugar Run and a Memorial Day picnic at Spruce, the historic location of one of the highest elevation logging towns in the East that disappeared with the railroad logging days. Bring a blanket, rain gear, and a warm jacket.

The Durbin and Greenbrier steam train will leave the depot in Elkins at 8:15 am, and will arrive at the inspirational High Falls of Cheat around 12:45. There, passengers and musicians will join in a Gospel Sing and picnic on the new viewing platform during an extended one-hour layover. Lunch will also be served. In case of rain, singing will take place on the train, both to and from the falls. On the way back to the depot, individual singers will travel through the cars leading in song.

Sugar Run began as the husband and wife team of Mike (banjo, guitar and vocals) and Bonnie Johnson (bass fiddle and vocals), and has grown to include Geoff White on fiddle and vocals, Rachel Johnson on Fiddle, and Stanley Asbury on the rhythm and flat-pickin’ style guitar and vocals. All of us play in or with other groups in the region, as well.

Their musical repertoire consists primarily of traditional music of the Southern Appalachian and Piedmont regions in the style of older (and some contemporary) Bluegrass, Old-Time, old “Country” music, a few Cajun tunes (in French, by Geoff) and some ancient ballads and tunes with roots back to the Scottish, Irish, and English lands. Our music includes songs of: love-gone-bad; train wrecks; bad-men and hangings; murders; ghosts and hauntings; moonshine whiskey; and death and Redemption. (Many, if not all those themes may occur in the same song!).

They also include songs of humor as well as peppy fiddle tunes suitable for flat-footin’, square dancing, or just standing around and tapping your feet.

Departs Elkins Depot at 8:15 am (approximately 9 hours)
Round trip ticket: Adults: $91, Seniors 65+: $89, Children 4-11: $79, 3 and under: free
Departs Cass Depot at 10:30 am (approximately 3.5 hours)
Round trip ticket: Adults: $57, Seniors 65+: 55, Children 4-11: $47, 3 and under: free
Departs Cheat Bridge at 11:25 am (approximately 3 hours)
Round trip ticket: Adults: $57, Seniors 65+: 55, Children 4-11: $47, 3 and under: free
After the train, from 6 until 8, head to the Railyard Restaurant next to the depot for more traditional music with dinner!


Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad


Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
Elkins, WV 26241 United States + Google Map