Charleston is the picturesque capital city of West Virginia, located at the confluence of the beautiful Kanawha and Elk Rivers. Couples looking to create lasting wedding memories can rent a number of gorgeous event venues throughout the city, including the spectacular Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, which is home to the state-of-the-art Maier Foundation Performance Hall and several beautiful indoor and outdoor art galleries. The Charleston Civic Center is home to the Art Deco-style Charleston Municipal Auditorium, while the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston offers the region's largest grand ballroom venue. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Berry Hills Country Club
2.Charleston Civic Center
3.Charleston Marriott Town Center
4.The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences
5.Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston
5 Best Wedding Venues in Charleston, WV
- Berry Hills Country Club, Photo: AHMAD FAIZAL YAHYA/stock.adobe.com
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More Ideas: Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences
The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia is a unique community center that presents visual arts and science exhibitions, as well as performing arts and is home to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The 240,000 square foot Center features the Maier Foundation Performance Hall, the Walker Theater, and the state-of-the-art Avampato Discovery Museum, which is home to the Juliet Museum of Art, the Digital Dome, and two floors of interactive science exhibits.
The Maier Foundation Performance Hall is a 1,883 seat theater with outstanding acoustics and views, and the Walker Theater is a modern ‘black-box theater' that can seat more than 180 people. The state-of-the-art Avampato Discovery Museum is a large complex that features the Juliet Museum of Art, the Digital Dome, the Douglas V. Reynolds Intermezzo Café, and two floors of interactive science exhibits.
The Juliet Museum of Art is a contemporary museum that features a renowned permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, while the Digital Dome boasts state-of-the-art technology used to feature large format films and spectacular planetarium shows on a giant IMAX-style screen. The Douglas V. Reynolds Intermezzo Café is a casual café in the center that serves hot and cold snacks and beverages throughout the day.
The mission of the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia is to inspire creativity and wonder and promote education and learning through a range of innovative experiences in the Arts and Sciences.
The Clay Center's Avampato Discovery Museum is home to a permanent collection of art that contains over 800 pieces of art, primarily of works on paper by American artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, outstanding examples of outdoor sculptures, and other mediums. Famous works include Phil II (Handmade paper, 1982) by Chuck Close (b.1940), Masseur Tom (Oil on canvas, 1933) by Joseph Hirsch (1910 - 1981), and Portrait of Henry Gibbs (oil on canvas, 1670) by an unknown artist. The Avampato Discovery Museum also features 12,000 square feet of exhibition space across two floors.
The Clay Center's newly renovated Digital Dome features a planetarium that uses state-of-the-art technology to present shows about the cosmos, the night sky and the science of the stars. Milton Gardner's ‘Earth City' explores earth science in a unique way by traveling through a vintage roadside attraction. Mylan Exploratory is a versatile space that presents a wealth of immersive science exhibits throughout the year, Health Royale offers a different take on health science where visitors can guess x-rays, stretch intestines, and mimic unusual body noises. Kidspace is a dynamic space designed for children under the ages of five to promote cognitive growth through free play. STEAMworks is a new gallery that explores the fields of art, engineering, mathematics, science, and technology through award-winning displays and traveling exhibits.
The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia offers a variety of educational programs, workshops, and classes for adults and children. Free family Art Workshops are held every Saturday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and focus on making pieces of art related to something on display in the Juliet Art Museum using a variety of mediums. Fun-filled family days throughout the year offer a range of family entertainment with themed science and art activities, while weekly ‘Wee Wednesdays' offer story time and related activities for preschoolers. The Clay Center Garden is an education garden and growing gallery that features many interactive activities, including a pollinator garden, a soup kitchen garden, and insect observation.
The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia is located at One Clay Square in Charleston and is open Monday through Sunday (Museum closed on Mondays) at various hours. Parking is conveniently located on Washington Street, and handicap parking is available in the Clay Center parking lot in front of the building.
The Clay Center is available for hire for special functions and events from weddings and receptions to class reunions, conventions, and other celebrations. The Center offers a range of venues from the 1,883-seat Maier Foundation Performance Hall for large functions to the John McClaugherty Performer's Lounge for smaller and more intimate gatherings. Catering and beverages are provided exclusively by an on-site caterer with a variety of menu options to cater for every taste.
One Clay Square, Charleston, West Virginia 25301, Phone: 304-561-3570
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More Ideas: Charleston Capitol Market
At Charleston Capitol Market's outdoor market, farmers from throughout West Virginia arrive each day with an abundance of seasonal products for the garden and home. The Spring season brings trees, shrubs, and flowers, while fresh vegetables and fruits appear at the market during the summer. Guests can shop for cornstalks, gourds, and pumpkins in the fall. The winter and holiday season brings Christmas trees, garlands, swags, and wreaths. A collection of specialty shops occupy the indoor market, with a selection of options for lunch, tasty treats, samplings of specialties of West Virginia, literary delights, and more. The Capitol Market of Charleston 's goal is to promote and provide a place for vendors to sell products from specialty retailers, growers, and farmers of West Virginia.
During the late 1800's, the Michigan and Kanawha Railroad constructed a rail yard on Charleston's Smith Street. For many decades, the rail yard flourished with commerce significant to the city of Charleston's growth. Unfortunately, the rail yard eventually fell into disrepair, and in the late 1900's, a new vision for the street came to life. This vision featured both a renewal of the commerce that was once vital to the city, as well the creation of a place that would serve as an anchor for the residents of Charleston.
Thus, the Charleston Capitol Market was born in 1997 as a community social hub, a leading destination for shopping, and a tourist attraction. Now, over one hundred years since the construction of the rail yard, this city market stands. The rail yard's old transfer dock is now the home to an outdoor market that is open throughout the entire year. The market also features an eclectic variety of indoor shops including shops selling produce, meat, fresh fish, chocolates, wines, and books. It's also home to one of the most popular restaurants in Charleston and West Virginia Foods & Things.
Traditions at the Charleston Capitol Market are as varied as the community: daily business lunches, weekend excursions with the family, Saturday morning coffee, after-work shopping, and much more. Planning for spring gardens, shopping for fresh produce in summer, picking pumpkins in the fall, and shopping for Christmas trees are all parts of the experience of the market. In addition to these, the Charleston Capitol Market also possesses its own traditions. Throughout the years, the market has helped to raise thousands for multiple charities and organizations.
Through making improvements to the market every year, the Charleston Capitol Market is able to remain as a central part of the many traditions that the residents of Charleston hold dear. The market is now an old friend to the city and its people, anchoring the city and providing a place for people to share the best they have to offer with each other, as well as with visitors. The market is basically the city's main street. It's a daily meeting space at which friends greet each other, a gathering place for both locals and visitors alike, a place for residents to build each other up, and place for locals to bring guests from out-of-town to show off the city.
800 Smith Street, Charleston, West Virginia, Phone: 304-344-1905
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