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Public welcomed to take a look at Lewis Co.'s $60 million gem

by Shannon Blosser

REGIONAL WRITER

ROANOKE -- Forgive Stonewall Resort General Manager Greg Parsons if he is busy this weekend. All he will be doing is showcasing the $60 million resort to the public -- to many for the first time.

The resort's Spring Open House, which was scheduled in conjunction with completion of the resort, will conclude on Sunday. The resort's lodge opened in October, with other amenities opening earlier this year.

According to Parsons, several of the scheduled events will be geared toward families.

Parsons estimates approximately 400 people, on both Saturday and Sunday, will visit the park during the open house.

There is no charge for events at the resort in conjunction with the open house, Parsons said. The only charges for customers will be for dining and other amenities, said Parsons.

"It's just going to be a good, busy weekend for us," said Parsons. "It's an opportunity for the entire community to see what we have at the resort and lodge."

Among the main events for the open house is Sunday's Easter egg hunt, Parsons said.

The resort is billing the hunt as "West Virginia's Largest Easter Egg Hunt." The hunt will begin at 2 p.m. and will be held at the Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park headquarters, Parsons said.

Approximately 1,000 stuffed eggs will be hidden throughout the headquarters' lawn, Parsons said.

Children ages 1 through 12 can participate in the hunt in three age groups.

Youngsters ages 1 to 4 will hunt for eggs in the headquarters' parking lot side lawn. The second group, ages 5 to 8, will hunt in the lakeside lawn. The final group, ages 9 to 12, will hunt in the lawn near the multipurpose building, according to resort information.

Other events are also scheduled during the weekend at the resort, Parsons said.

On Sunday afternoon, the Stillwaters restaurant will host an Easter brunch for lodge guests. Approximately 400 people have made reservations for the brunch.

For the avid golfer, a spring clinic will be held at 3 p.m. each day through Sunday at the pro shop. The clinic will cover the basics of the golf swing.

Today, Mountain Jazz Trio will perform in the resort's grand lobby from 4-8 p.m. Illusionist Jason Bishop will perform during the band's one-hour break.

On Saturday, Morgantown's Falling Run Bluegrass Band will be available in the grand lobby from 4-8 p.m.

Also today and Saturday, a regional wine tasting will take place in Ballroom I. The wine tasting will include wines from Roane Vineyards and Lambert's Vineyards.

The Stillwaters restaurant will hold a food expo on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. in Ballroom I.

Other events that will take place throughout the weekend include lodge tours, trolley rides, lake tours and carriage rides. The resort will also offer specials at the Mtn. Laurel Spa.

Parsons said resort officials are treating the weekend like any other, except for an increase in customers.

"It's a big weekend for us," said Parsons.

Regional writer Shannon Blosser can be reached at 626-1404 or by e-mail at sblosser@exponent-telegram.com