<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2014\/01\/Tamarack-February.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3651" alt="Tamarack February" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2014\/01\/Tamarack-February-200x300.jpg" width="200" height="300" \/><\/a>Although the wintertime is bleak, Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia is a bright spot of live entertainment, fine cuisine and gift shopping.\r\n\r\nDinner theater, Sunday @ Two, chef specials and gifts for every Valentine make Tamarack a pleasant stop during the winter doldrums.\r\n\r\nAccording to Events Director, Kelly Elkins, Tamarack\u2019s three dinner theaters are popular plays accompanied by fine dining. The first, \u201cRed Velvet Cake War,\u201d 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.\r\n\r\nOn Mar. 7 and 8, Mercer County\u2019s 4Pals Productions will perform \u201cPearls of Wisdom,\u201d sequel to \u201cThe Passing of Pearl.\u201d An original play by Vain Colby, this dramatic comedy set in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, a year after Pearl\u2019s death. One of Pearl\u2019s best friends, Daphney, ends up with a gold digger. Pearl\u2019s ghostly wisdom and best friend Leateen\u2019s support offer her lessons on life and love.\r\n\r\nTamarack\u2019s dinner theater season concludes on Apr. 11 and 12 with the Treehouse Arts Ensemble production of the popular play \u201cSteel Magnolias.\u201d The lives of the town\u2019s women characters connect at Truvy\u2019s beauty parlor. Their loves, their neighborly gossip, their challenges and their lifelong friendships create a funny and memorable story.\r\n\r\nDinner is served at 6:30 p.m. in Tamarack\u2019s 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.\r\n\r\nTamarack\u2019s also celebrating February as the month for Valentine\u2019s Day. Tamarack offers a live musical performance and gift shopping for that special someone.\r\n\r\n\u201cSome Kind Of Wonderful\u201d 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\u2019s song is one of the world\u2019s most played and recorded pieces. Tickets are $25 per person with a limited number of seats available.\r\n\r\nShopping for Valentine\u2019s 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.\r\n\r\nTo 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.\r\n\r\nOpen 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\u2019s 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\u2019s youTube channel.