Events

We care about the safety and well-being of our community above all else.  For the past year, in lieu of in-person gatherings, we created regular virtual programming and special broadcasts for each of our events. In Spring 2021, we have eased back into some live events, and we will continue with virtual programming. For the latest updates, please tune in to our Facebook page, and check out the VIDEOS PAGE to view all of our recent programs. Upcoming events are listed below. 

Previous events

1st Friday Concerts in the Park: Option 22

1st Friday Concerts in the Park: The Kind Thieves -w- Derian Mills

1st Friday Concerts in the Park: Cane Mill Road -w- Lilly Comer

Peak of the Bloom, a celebration of the art of nature

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Multiple locations in Camp Creek State Park and Mercer Street Grassroots District

Discover a hidden treasure of our area tucked in a remote area of Camp Creek State Forrest...fields of wildflowers in their peak bloom. Celebrate the art of nature at Camp Creek & Mercer Street Grassroots District with guided plein air painting & guided photo excursions, concerts, poetry, artisan markets, catered picnics in the park and more. Visit peakofthebloom.com for a complete schedule and details!

Community Paint Day for "Memories on Mercer Street" Mural!

Back of Appalachian Coffee House , 860 Mercer Street

Help paint the beautiful Mercer Street mural! Designed by Ellen Elmes, this work of art honors & celebrates the vibrant history of our beloved Mercer Street. The talented Lacey Vilandry will lead the painting. Creatively-inclined people in the area are invited to come help paint the mural; anyone age 12 & over that has a steady hand and can paint inside the lines is invited to help paint the artwork on fabric sections of an overall 12’H x 20’W mural design. The fabric pieces, once painted, will be glued with an acrylic gel permanently to the side of Kiz at Heart Day Care in the Historic District this summer. Don't feel creatively inclined? That's ok! Come watch, chat about downtown and enjoy! This program is presented by The RiffRaff Arts Collective, with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts. Questions? Call Lori at 304-320-8833 or write to lori@theriffraff.net.

Community Paint Day for the Mercer Street Mural

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Dick Copeland Town Square , 850 Mercer Street

Help paint the beautiful Mercer Street mural! Designed by Ellen Elmes, this work of art honors & celebrates the vibrant history of our beloved Mercer Street. The talented Lacey Vilandry will lead the painting. Creatively-inclined people in the area are invited to come help paint the mural; anyone aged 5th grade & over that has a steady hand and can paint inside the lines is invited to help paint the artwork on fabric sections of an overall 12’H x 20’W mural design. The fabric pieces, once painted, will be glued with an acrylic gel permanently to the wall this summer. Don't feel creatively inclined; that's ok! Come watch, chat about downtown and enjoy! This program is presented by The RiffRaff Arts Collective, with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts. Questions? Call Lori at 304-320-8833 or write to lori@theriffraff.net

Join the event page on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/923570921553736

All Together Arts Week, Virtual Edition

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Facebook & Youtube

This special day-long broadcast will celebrate the arts all around West Virginia! Meet amazing artists, filmmakers, writers and musicians, discover venues and opportunities, participate in interactive conversations about the arts in this new landscape, enjoy comedy, poetry, music and so much more. Make new friends, seed relationships we can all build upon when we re-emerge, and celebrate the vibrant creative scene our great state is home to!

All Together Arts Day of Merriment featuring The HeART Market

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Dick Copeland Town Square

We're easing back into the motion of life, and on May 22, we will celebrate the most whimsical day of the year in downtown Princeton! Don your faerie wings, grab some glitter and join the fun! There will be sidewalk chalk, face painting, music-making, costuming and joyous festivity. While we won't march the parade this year, we will repair and revitalize the floats, in preparation for the return of the ATAW Parade in 2022. The day will feature The HeART ♥ Market, featuring a variety of artisans who pour love into their work! Shop, explore & support these wonderful creative humans! This market is the brain-child of the amazing artist Lacey Vilandry of Silver Arrow Art, who certainly pours her ❤ & soul into her work. Also, help paint the new mural that will soon be installed in The Historic District, and meet the designer, Ellen Elmes! Get creative & enjoy the whimsy in the park, and stroll, shop, dine, create & explore our blossoming neighborhood, the Mercer Street Grassroots District! ♥ For more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/852960815577061

Virtual Earth Day Celebration

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Facebook & Youtube

Join us for a beautiful day of celebration honoring Mother Earth! While we can't gather together at the beautiful Appalachian South Folklife Center, we will gather virtually for a special online festival experience! Enjoy music & poetry performances, community interviews, special features, presentations and a screening of the film "What Will You Do For Your Hills," about the legacy of Don & Connie West, the founders of ASFC.

Open Stage Night in ZoomSpace!

Zoom

We're all missing Open Stage Night in The Room Upstairs, missing each other & that creative connection. Join us Monday, 3/29 for a Cyber-edition of Open Stage Night. Bring a song, a poem, story, dance, joke or just your listening ears. Let's flow in some creativity again. ❤ Call in info:

Topic: Open Stage Night Time: Mar 29, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91758118729

Meeting ID: 917 5811 8729 One tap mobile +16465588656,,91758118729# US (New York) +13017158592,,91758118729# US (Washington DC)

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Memories on Mercer Street, Virtual Edition

Zoom

Want to be a part of designing a mural depicting the vibrant history of Mercer Street? Join artists of The RiffRaff Arts Collective & Holler Gallery in an exciting project, coming this Spring! The first step is for you to join us Thursday, March 18th for “Memories on Mercer Street, Virtual Edition.” Share your favorite memories of downtown Princeton, enjoy hearing stories from all the chapters of Mercer Street's history, and discover dynamics of Princeton you may not have been aware of! Enjoy a trip down memory lane, revel in the nostalgia and watch those stories come to life in the coming months as this vibrant history becomes a colorful mural in The Historic District. Meet the talented artists who will work on the project as well as business owners who are creating the vibrant renaissance we enjoy today, and hear about some exciting developments happening right now in our beloved downtown. We encourage families to join, so that young people can hear the stories of times past, as well as share their own memories of growing up during the downtown renaissance. This program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

Zoom Call In Info:

Topic: Memories on Mercer Street, Virtual Edition Time: Mar 18, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/97757231147

Meeting ID: 977 5723 1147 One tap mobile +13126266799,,97757231147# US (Chicago) +16465588656,,97757231147# US (New York)

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Open Stage Night in Zoomspace

Zoom

We're all missing Open Stage Night in The Room Upstairs, missing each other & that creative connection. Join us Monday, 3/29 for a Cyber-edition of Open Stage Night. Bring a song, a poem, story, dance, joke or just your listening ears. Let's flow in some creativity again. ❤

Downtown Countdown, Virtual Edition

Facebook & Youtube

While we can't gather together in person this year, we'll ring in 2021 in epic fashion with The Downtown Countdown, Virtual Edition! Enjoy music performances, ice sculpting, fire dancing, local business features, conversations with the community, a special 2021 ball drop & more. Special performances by: The Carpenter Ants Frost Lion Ice Headspin Fire & Hoop Troupe Jeremy Nattaugh Option 22 Je'dah Madison Grace Campbell Derian Mills Kayla Lynn Tim & Maggie Robert Klander and more! Tune into the Facebook page of The RiffRaff Arts Collective, kick back & enjoy! Stay tuned to downtowncountdown.org for Youtube streaming link, artist bios & details. *The Downtown Countdown takes place annually in The Mercer Street Grassroots District of Princeton, West Virginia.

Celebrate Princeton, an Online Broadcast

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Facebook

While we can't celebrate our annual street fair in person, this special broadcast will celebrate superheroes in our community, local businesses & the beauty of our area. Enjoy performances, special activities & more!

EVERY MONDAY NIGHT- Open Stage Night!

The Room Upstairs

Join Us for OPEN STAGE NIGHT every Monday evening in the Room Upstairs! Relax in the comfortable living room style environment, enjoy the creativity flowing from all corners of the room, play music, read poetry, dance, tell jokes or just enjoy the show. All ages and styles are welcome. This is an all ages event, so please be mindful of your material choices when young people are present. There is a cover charge of $3 for audience and $2 for performers. Coffee, drinks and snacks are on the house.

The Charleston Rogues Live in The Room Upstairs

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The RiffRaff Arts Collective, 865-869 Mercer Street

Enjoy this raucous Irish band in The Room Upstairs, a beautiful turn-of-the-century-ballroom turned small theater located in the Mercer Street Grassroots District of downtown Princeton. The Charleston Rogues are a 8-piece Pogues cover band with their own Appalachian flair! Based in Charleston, WV, playing the songs of The Pogues, along with traditional Irish reels & jigs, a few country songs & a few originals, they have become known for their camaraderie and their high-energy, fun shows, offering a little something different to the Charleston area, which has a history of Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled in Appalachia. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Andrew Adkins Live in The Room Upstairs

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The RiffRaff Arts Collective, 865-869 Mercer Street

Enjoy the sounds of this extraordinary WV songwriter Andrew Adkins live in The Room Upstairs, a beautiful turn-of-the-century-ballroom turned small theater located in the Mercer Street Grassroots District of downtown Princeton. After seven years of fronting the popular Appalachian Stompgrass band The Wild Rumpus at countless festivals, concerts and clubs including Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and the AMA (American Music Association) as well as writing nearly all of the songs for their 3 studio albums, Andrew has now firmly established his own voice with the release of his 4th solo album. “Who I Am” on Mountain Soul Records. Produced by Mountain Stage musical director Ron Sowell, recorded by virtuoso guitarist and engineer Bud Carroll and featuring an all star line up on West Virginia musicians, the album showcases Andrew’s wry insightful songwriting and his soulful authentic voice. “Andrew Adkins is without a doubt the embodiment of the current state of roots music in West Virginia, as well as it’s most profound songwriter” -No Depression Magazine Tickets are $10 for adults & $7 for students. Drinks & snacks are on the house! This is event is part of the ART WALK in the Mercer Street Grassroots District.