Actor Don Knotts, best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom, “The Andy Griffith Show,” is a native of Morgantown. In 1998, Morgantown’s South University Avenue was officially changed to Don Knotts Boulevard and the city honored the actor with a star in front of the Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Morgantown. A life-size statue is on schedule to be completed in 2015.
Just five miles out of Morgantown is Brown’s Creations In Clay, Anna Brown’s pottery enclave, where the artist grows her own herbs and presses them into clay to complete her signature dishware, decorative vases and drinking vessels. Stan and Sue Jennings run Allegheny Treenware, handcrafting kitchen and other household implements from West Virginia hardwoods. The couple demonstrates their art by making a spoon, from beginning to end, while you watch!
Don’t miss the chance to meet some of the area’s visual artists at gallery openings, which take place year-round but more frequently during the summer months. Arts Mon, The Monongalia Arts Center and WVU’s Creative Arts Center Mesaros Galleries are sure bets!
Broadway comes to Greater Morgantown every summer. The West Virginia Public Theatre’s elaborate musicals pack the house in the historic Met Theatre. Community theater groups offer fans a never-ending showcase of dramatic plays, musicals, comedic performances even children’s dance and theater. Rising stars performing at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheater are rivaled by -- the stars! The outdoor venue is situated on the riverfront and hosts live performances and family movie nights all summer long.
The WVU Arts Series brings nationally-touring, professional performances to Greater Morgantown: The Ten Tenors, Garrison Keillor, African Children’s Choir and Brian Wilson are just a few!