MATEWAN – The Matewan Drama Group is preparing for Heritage Day scheduled for Saturday, May 21.
This season marks the 16th year that this group has recreated the Battle of Matewan of 1920. The battle is noted as the bloodiest mine war in West Virginia History. The battle played an important role in the labor movement across the country.
Until now, the group has performed the Drama on Main Street. This year, they are taking their show to the future site of the Amphitheater.
The organization has some funding for the amphitheater and hopes that more funds will be attained in the near future. Donna Paterino, leader of the group and one of the actors, believes this will help bring more tourism to Matewan and the Tug Valley area.
The historical acting group wants to build on the land along the floodwall in downtown Matewan, directly behind the Local 1440 Union Hall. The group has a busy day planned for May 21, with two shows starting at 11 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Between the shows, the featured band, “County” will perform on the Rotary Pavilion.
The group also invites all “pickers” to bring a table, set up, and be a part of the floodwall flea market. The group hopes to make this an annual tradition as well.
For more information call Matewan City Hall at 304-426-4522.