Published On: Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014

Tamarack cures winter doldrums

Tamarack FebruaryAlthough the wintertime is bleak, Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia is a bright spot of live entertainment, fine cuisine and gift shopping.

Dinner theater, Sunday @ Two, chef specials and gifts for every Valentine make Tamarack a pleasant stop during the winter doldrums.

According to Events Director, Kelly Elkins, Tamarack’s three dinner theaters are popular plays accompanied by fine dining. The first, “Red Velvet Cake War,” is set for Feb. 7 and 8, at 6:30 p.m. Presented by the Historic Fayette Players, this comedy of errors during a Texas family reunion heats up when two characters face off against each other to bake the best red velvet cake.

On Mar. 7 and 8, Mercer County’s 4Pals Productions will perform “Pearls of Wisdom,” sequel to “The Passing of Pearl.” An original play by Vain Colby, this dramatic comedy set in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, a year after Pearl’s death. One of Pearl’s best friends, Daphney, ends up with a gold digger. Pearl’s ghostly wisdom and best friend Leateen’s support offer her lessons on life and love.

Tamarack’s dinner theater season concludes on Apr. 11 and 12 with the Treehouse Arts Ensemble production of the popular play “Steel Magnolias.” The lives of the town’s women characters connect at Truvy’s beauty parlor. Their loves, their neighborly gossip, their challenges and their lifelong friendships create a funny and memorable story.

Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. in Tamarack’s Conference Center with the performance following at 8 p.m. in the Gov. Hulett C. Smith Theater. Tickets are $45 per person with reservations accepted Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Call 304-256-6843 ext. 168. Tickets will not be available at the door, and must be reserved by the Wednesday prior to the performance.

Tamarack’s also celebrating February as the month for Valentine’s Day. Tamarack offers a live musical performance and gift shopping for that special someone.

“Some Kind Of Wonderful” singer John Ellison will perform at Tamarack on Feb. 14 and 15 at 6:30 p.m. Accompanied by the Carpenter Ants, West Virginia native John Ellison’s song is one of the world’s most played and recorded pieces. Tickets are $25 per person with a limited number of seats available.

Shopping for Valentine’s Day may always be a challenge, but not at Tamarack, where everything is handmade in the Mountain State. From candies, candles, bath and body products to fashionable hats and apparel, fine art, glass and pottery.

To get out of the house, and get out of cooking, Chef Jamie Henderson offers weekday specials to eat in or carry out Monday-Thursday. Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Tamarack food court serves daily specials noted on tamarackwv.com. Everything on the menu is also available to-go on-site or by calling ahead.

Open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tamarack is located off Exit 45 on I-77/64 in Beckley. For details about other events, Valentine’s Day shopping, conference center availability, gallery exhibits and more, call 1-88-TAMARACK or visit tamarackwv.com. Join Tamarack on Facebook and twitter, and catch up with the latest activities on Tamarack’s youTube channel.