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johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
March 2, 2007
Member since 07/18/2001 🔗
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The latest Purple Fiddle schedule and some interesting info about the place. The owner, John Bright (yes, he's related to Bill), is looking for a new partner since he and his wife Kate (the other partner) recently split up.

Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2007 13:10:56 -0500
From: purplefiddle@citlink.net Add to Address Book Add Mobile Alert
Subject: Inside The Fiddle


Here's the scoop. March is here, it is starting to feel like spring,
but yet the area's best skiing is still in front of us. All three ski
mountains here are 100-percent wide open, with not a lot of souls
filling lift lines. This is prime ski season, no doubt. We still have a foot
of natural snow on the ground and the groundhogs are still hibernating
here. And if you are one of those Christmas season skiers... well, I
suggest moving that family ski vacation into March. The last few years
the snow has been marginal in December but wonderful in March... besides
the lift fees and many hotels (such as the Fiddler's Roost B&B) are

I am excited to relate that we have bought foosball table number two
(the old one died a couple years ago) and it is available for free use to
anyone during our regular store hours. It is on our new covered (and
temporarily heated and enclosed) patio, guarded by our two eight-foot

If anyone has knowledge of a commercial refrigerator that might be for
sale in the area, please give a shout. Our largest and most dependable
finally called it quits last week. A two-door model is preferable, but
single door is OK too. Let me know if you see any restaurants that have
recently gone out of business. Did I ever mention that we have made it
past our five year anniversary this past Feb 1?

Kate's two oldest children, Matt (18) and Mady (15) are already
excelling in college courses at Davis and Elkins College. This has prompted
Kate to begin thinking about a move to Fairmont, where everything is
less expensive, most importantly tuition for the fine college there. This
move has Kate looking for ways to liquidate her 50-percent interest in
the Purple Fiddle, without hurting the growing success of the business.

She is looking for investor(s) who would like to buy her half of the
business. It is a sure-fired investment if you ask me. That is why I plan
to stay and watch it grow into hopefully one solid nest-egg for
retirement and Silas? college fund. You too can get in on this amazing
investment. (I didn't mean to sound like an info-commercial, but it is the
truth in my mind). Even without the hugely successful business, the
value of the property has at least doubled since we started investing just
five years ago. This is being seen throughout the area, but
particularly in Thomas. I welcome anyone to talk to local real estate agents to
find out for themselves.

Here's a story I love to relate. My mom moved here 2 years ago, just
two blocks up the street. She bought a three-bedroom, one-bath ranch,
with a nice yard, basement and garage, in immaculate condition (no
repairs needed yet) for $47,000! Now try to tell me that she could NOT sell
this house for nearly twice this amount today. The only houses in
Thomas for less than $90,000 are fixer-uppers. Why? We are within 11 miles
of the two most popular state parks in the entire state. We border the
Mon National Forest. We are at the trailhead of a new rail-trail being
developed that takes hikers and bikers downhill through the scenic
Blackwater Canyon, and all the way to Elkins if they wish. There are three
ski mountains, an amazing assortment of hiking and biking trails, lots
of great trout fishing and hunting to be done here too. We are within a
mile and a half of a future exit ramp that will be built as part of
Corridor H - a four-lane highway that is already half-completed and will
get drivers to and from Washington DC in about 2 hours 40 minutes. Add
all that to the fact that more and more people are capable of
cyber-commuting, and working out of their home, so why not move to the mountains,
where the air is cleaner, the land is greener, and life is much less
hectic? All these reasons point to the continuation of tremendous growth
of the area, for better or for worse.

So, for the benefit of keeping one thing constant throughout all the
impending change, I plead for everyone out there to keep their eyes and
ears open for potential investors. Help us keep our dream alive. I
don't intend to leave this amazing community and business and I welcome a
new partner. And actually I welcome Kate to continue as my partner, but
it has been her decision to do what she believes is best for her kids.
Anyone with serious inquiries can contact Kate at her home -

Thanks for your attention to this matter,... now back to our regularly
scheduled entertainment. Here is what you can look forward to in the
next few months on the Purple Fiddle stage....

Upcoming shows at the Purple Fiddle. Check the website for more info.

Thurs March 1 Billy Matheny ; plus the Princes of Hollywood $7
Fri March 2 @ 8:30 pm Bawn in the Mash $8
Sat March 3 @ 8:30 pm the Recipe $12/$15
Sun March 4 @ 7:30 pm Jeff and Benares $5
Thurs March 8 @ 7:30 pm Rising Appalachia $7
Fri March 9 @ 8:30 pm The Lowlands $7 Boca Chica to open
Sat March 10 @ 8:30 pm Jackass Flats $8
Sunday March 11 @ 8 pm Rob Smith $5
Wed March 14 @ 8 pm Greensky Bluegrass $10
Fri March 16 @ 8:30 pm Waitin On A Train $7
Sat March 17 @ 8:30 pm St. Patrick's Day show with Stewed Mulligan
Sunday March 18 @ 8 pm Bob Sima $7
Fri March 23 @ 8:30 pm Steppin In It and Amity Front $10
Sat March 24 @ 8:30 pm East Run Band $7
Sun March 25 @ 8 pm Mark Brine $5
Thur March 29 @ 8 pm Jesse Harper and Jake Armerding $8
Fri March 30 @ 8:30 pm the Grassstains $7
Sat March 31 @ 8:30 pm Hillbilly Gypsies $10
Sunday April 1 @ 8 pm Jason Ring $5
Tues April 3 @ 8 pm Chris Trapper $7
Friday April 6 @ 8 pm Mountain Fury $7
Sat April 7 @ 8:30 pm Walt Michael & Company $7 Ian Smith to open
Sunday April 8 @ 8 pm Josh Zuckerman $7
Fri April 13 @ 8:30 pm Born Old $7
Sat April 14 @ 8:30 pm Chester River Runoff $7
Sun April 15 @ 8 pm Michael Young $5
Friday April 20 @ 8:30 pm Casey and Chris and the Two-Stringers $7
Saturday April 21 @ 8:30 pm Big Leg Emma $10
Sunday April 22 @ 8 pm Gypsy Dave and the Stumpjumpers $7
Thur April 26 @ 8 pm Pelusa $7
Fri April 27 @ 8:30 pm the Ginsangers $7
Sat April 28 @ 8:30 pm American Dumpster $7
Sunday April 29 @ 8 pm Amity Front $7
Thur May 3 @ 8 pm Oddway $7
Fri May 4 @ 8:30 pm the Floorwalkers $7
Sat May 5 @ 8:30 pm James Reams and the Barnstormers $7
Sun May 6 @ 8 pm Everybody Fields $8 Jess Pilmore to open?
Thur May 10 @ 8 pm Brianna Lane, Judith Avers and Katie Sawicki $7
Fri May 11 @ 8:30 pm Sally Spring $8
Sat May 12 @ 8:30 pm Justin Trawick Band $7
Sun May 13 @ 5 pm Johnny Staats and Robert Shafer $10
Tues May 15 @ 8 pm Erynn Marshall, Chris Coole and Arnie Naiman $7
Fri May 18 @ 8:30 pm Jen Chapin $10 Brennen Leigh to open
Sat May 19 @ 8:30 pm The Low Anthem $7
Sun May 20 @ 8 pm Herb and Hanson $7
Thurs May 24 @ 8 pm Woody Pines & The Lonesome Two $7
Fri May 25 @ 8:30 pm Carla Gover of Zoe Speaks and Kev Rowe $7
Sat May 26 @ 8:30 pm Special Ed and the Shortbus $10
Sunday May 27 @ 8:30 pm Greensky Bluegrass $10
Thur May 31 @ 8 pm Coyote Run $10
Fri June 1 @ 8:30 pm Fieldstone $7
Sat June 2 @ 8:30 pm Marc Silver Band $7
Thurs June 7 @ 8 pm Bill Toms $7
Fri June 8 @ 8:30 pm Biscuit Burners; Plain Slice Mike to open $12
Sat June 9 @ 8:30 pm Blue Mother Tupelo $7
Sun June 10 @ 8 pm Nathaniel Seer $7 Misha to open
Thurs June 14 @ 8 pm Iain Campbell Smith $5
Fri June 15 @ 8:30 pm the Reese Project $7
Sun June 17 @ 8 pm David LaFleur and Mary Dailey $7
Fri June 22 @ 8:30 pm Hit and Run Bluegrass $10
Sun June 24 @ 8 pm Emily Singleton $7
Thur June 28 @ 8 pm Buncombe Turnpike $7
Fri June 29 @ 8:30 pm LaTresa $7
Sat June 30 @ 8:30 pm Cadillac Sky $12
Sun July 1 @ 8 pm Whiskey Rebellion $7
Mon July 2 @ 8 pm Folk by Association $7
Thurs July 5 @ 8 pm Johnson's Crossroad $7
Sun July 8 @ 8 pm Uncle Eddie $5
Thursday July 12 @ 8 pm Delaware Rag $7
Fri July 13 @ 8:30 pm Isabella with Jenn Wertz of Rusted Root $12
Sun July 15 @ 8 pm the Black Twigs $7
Mon July 16 @ 8 pm Slidin Slim $5
Thurs July 19 @ 8 pm the Two-Man Gentleman Band $7
Fri July 20 @ 8:30 pm Amy Steiberg $5
Wed July 25 @ 8 pm Doug Spears $5
Fri July 27 @ 8:30 pm Furnace Mtn $8
Fri Aug 3 @ 8:30 pm Orrin Star and Danny Knicely $10
Sun August 5 @ 8 pm Option 22 $7
Fri August 10 @ 8:30 pm Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart $10
Fri Aug 17 @ 8:30 pm Morwenna & Jpun's What The Folk band $8
Thur Aug 24 @ 8 pm Brian McGee and Hollow Speed $7
Mon Sept 3 @ 8 pm David LaFleur $5
Fri Sept 7 @ 8 pm Jennifer Brantley Band $8
Sat Sept 8 @ 8:30 pm Dixie Bee-Liners $10
Sun Sept 16 @ 8 pm the Barrelhouse Mamas $7
Fri Sept 21 @ 8:30 pm Clinton Collins & The Creekboys $7
Sat Sept 22 @ 8:30 pm Coyote Run $10
Fri Oct 19 @ 8:30 pm The Kickin Grass Band $7
Sat Oct 20 @ 8:30 pm Johnny Staats and Robert Shafer $12
Sat Nov 3 @ 8:30 pm Polyjesters $12

The Purple Fiddle is a smoke-free and family-friendly establishment
located in the historic DePollo General Store in Thomas, WV, near
Blackwater Falls State Park, just 12 miles north of Canaan Valley and 22 miles
south of Oakland Md.

We offer WV's biggest and most unique selection of beer, plus deli
sandwiches, wraps, salads, ice cream, organic coffee, homemade desserts,
local wine, amazing music and relaxed feel-good vibe. Open daily,

The Fiddler's Roost Bed and Breakfast is located next door to the
Purple Fiddle.
It offers 8 guest rooms in a centurion company coal duplex (sounds
fancy, don't it? - ed.). There are 5 shared bathrooms and a community
kitchenette, dining and living room.
See www.purplefiddle.com for more info.
March 2, 2007
Member since 03/27/2005 🔗
3,530 posts
& Johnf comes back with a splash! OK..What Kind of Info are you not Sharing about MPC? JB Is related..afterall!.... 2 questions..What is the 3rd ski area he is talking about..Wisp Or the Shoe or WG?..&.Will I be packing for NH or am I staying in WV...Support the Fiddle!
The Colonel - DCSki Supporter 
March 2, 2007
Member since 03/5/2004 🔗
3,110 posts
Thanks for the article about the Purple Fiddle. I have enjoyed the hospitality and music. More importantly, thanks for exposing DCSkiers to the Fiddlers Roost B&B. I checked out the website and it looks wonderful and the price is right. I recommend all DCSkiers check it out!
The Colonel
March 2, 2007
Member since 12/15/2005 🔗
289 posts
When they opened this place it was a real breath of fresh air.
(Are they really allowed to call themselves Special Ed and the Short Bus? Can you do that?)
johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
March 3, 2007
Member since 07/18/2001 🔗
1,987 posts
Purple Fiddle is one of the best-run small businesses in the Canaan Valley area, and I just hope John can find a good partner who can help him continue the business. Andy, while he is related to Bill, his ideology is very different--more of a tree hugger than a big development type. He's not in this business for the money but for the mission--bringing great music to the valley.
Roger Z
March 3, 2007
Member since 01/16/2004 🔗
2,181 posts

He's not in this business for the money but for the mission--bringing great music to the valley.

But he's not even in the valley! See? This is why hippies should never be allowed to run a business. (just kidding) More seriously, I assume he has a goal of making enough profit to keep the place going, right? He'd fail the mission if he couldn't make any money at all.

I've seen Special Ed and the Short Bus down in Southern VA before. Fun band! The names of bluegrass bands are half the reason to go.

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