Driving on I-77/I-64 near Beckley (between the Harper Rd. exit and the Rt. 19 exchange) you will see a large, intriguing, spired roof line peeking out from the hillside above the travel plaza. This round, red-roofed building is Tamarack, one of the greatest showcases of West Virginia anywhere in the state.
If you’ve been to Tamarack you know how much West Virginia culture this building houses. And if you haven’t been there, add it to your list of must-sees. From the display of local artisans wares to the theater, conference center, and food court serving up southern cuisine, Tamarack has something for everyone.
Here’s a quick look at what Tamarack is about and why you should visit on your next trip to southern West Virginia.
If you are one of those people who likes to give unique, one of a kind gifts while supporting local artisans, Tamarack is your place to shop. You can actually watch some of the artists work in on-site studios.
Tamarack has thousands of handmade crafts, specialty foods, and artwork. Hand carved wooden bowls, unique pottery and ceramics, soft goods, and hand blown glass vases and art are just some of the WV made items you’ll find at Tamarack. It also has a book store with lots of local and regional authors’ works available.
The Governor Hulett C. Smith Theater, located within Tamarack, is a great spot to enjoy all kinds of live entertainment. Every Sunday Tamarack offers a free Sundays@Two series, featuring performances from many local musician and actors. There’s also a great line up of plays, films, and music performed throughout the year.
Tamarack hosts a dinner theater several times over the course of the year. A gourmet meal prepared by Tamarack’s culinary staff precedes each locally produced and performed show. The theater schedule and menus can be viewed on Tamarack’s website.
In addition to the many specialty food items you can purchase in the shopping areas, Tamarack has a wonderful food court. The court is hosted by the Greenbrier, a WV tradition. Serving full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, Tamarack chefs focus on using locally grown food in their meals.
Tamarack also has a well trained catering staff to handle in-house events. The on-site conference center makes Tamarack ideal for weddings, business meetings, conferences and many other functions.
Tamarack’s David L. Dickirson Gallery represents over 500 juried WV artists and rotates exhibits every 6 to 8 weeks. The gallery gives both established and emerging artists a great place to display their work to thousands of people daily.
You can also find wonderful coffee at the Greenbrier Shoppe. Talk to Tamarack’s visitor specialists on local attractions, dining, and shopping. And be sure to stop in at Tamarack’s West Virginia Music Hall of Fame display, just outside of the Theater.
Tamarack showcases WV made products and its cultural traditions and heritage. Have you visited yet?