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2018 Try This conference schedule

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Artist Erica Bota drew while people were talking during the opening session of the 2016 Try This connference, and she captured the spirit of the whole session!

Thursday, June 14:

Come early! Relax and be fresh for the conference!

Enjoy special activities, exhibits, Dale Hawkins Dinner and Physical Activities on The Green!!


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Thursday night is a great time to kick back and relax, catch up with old friends and meet new ones!

5 – 7 pm  Chef Dale Hawkins’ tour of his FishHawk Acres organic farm, followed by a gourmet farm dinner. A private event, piggybacking on the conference. Experience a West Virginia local foods legend! $37.50 per person. Must make a reservation (use link above). Limited to 100 people.

4 pm: Conference registration and room check-in starts. Closes at 9 pm. Please try to get there before 9 pm, but if you have to be late, please contact the conference assistant on duty at 304-613-9316. They will get you checked into your room.

7:00 – 9:00 pm: Try This Exhibits open. Wesleyan dining hall. A great chance for one-on-one conversations with exhibitors. List of exhibitors here.

7:00 pm: Networking fun.Wesleyan dining hall. Fun networking exercises to help you meet and trade ideas with strangers.

All evening: Relax and play games on the green. Hula hoops, Frisbees, etc. – and the gaga pit!

Dining Hall will NOT be open for Thursday evening.


Friday, June 15:

The fun officially begins!


7:00 – 8:30 Physical activity! Couch to 5K running workshop + run. Yoga, tai chi on the green in front of the chapel.  Meditation / mindfulness session: go in door at back of the Chapel building.  The Gym/ Wellness Center will be open (Jenkins Building)

7:30 – 9:00   Breakfast and exhibits in the dining hall.

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At Try This, you get right down to having fun!

8:00 – 9:15   Register at Performing Arts Center Coffee,  greet friends, network and enjoy a healthy treat!

9:15 –  11:30: Opening Session!

Getting inspired, getting ideas. Talking with strangers! Spotlighting West Virginia success stories >  The movement is growing fast!

11:30 – 1:00 Lunch: network! More talk with strangers! Network! No speeches! An extra half-hour this year so you can check out exhibits.

1:-00– 2:15 Breakout sessions # 1 : 10 great sessions by inspiring West Virginians, sharing what they know


2:30 – 2:50: Break time: more trading ideas

2:45 – 4:00  Breakout sessions #2 : 10 more great sessions

4:30 – 5:30 Whole-group session: Turning a little pile of $$ into a bigger pile! Hear from champion leveragers! These people know how to start with a little and end up with a lot! We’ll come out of this session with a big list of ideas!

5:45 – 7:00   Dinner.

6:30 – 7:30 Exhibitors at their exhibits

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We don’t just talk about getting active!

6:45 – 8:45 Fun activities on the green: Games and demos: Join in! Enjoyable, low-cost activities you can copy for your community!  Bouchee Ball and Slackline! Tai chi and yoga! Ultimate frisbee and Disc golf! Check out Barboursville’s Wheelie Healthy-Food wagon! Get a profile of your area from the WV FOODLINK  folks.

Evening: Your time: Enjoy downtown Buckhannon, hang out with friends, old or new, or take the opportunity to turn in early! Up to you!






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Friday evening, the Wesleyan Green is full of great stuff to do!

Saturday, June 16:

More friends to make, 20 more workshops to choose from!


7:30 – 8:30 Couch to 5K/beginner running workshop, meets by the fountain.

Yoga meet on the green in front of the chapel.

Tai Chi meet on green in front of dorms.

Meditation and Mindfulness in the small chapel: Go in door at back of the chapel.

Walk with Ease demonstration (Arthritis Foundation): at the fountain.

Gym/ Wellness center will be open. (Jenkins building)


7:30 – 8:45 Breakfast in dining hall, exhibits.  Want to network around a particular interest? Let us know you’d like to have an interest table! So far, biking as transportation and Running Resource Network!

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Our presenters know what they’re talking about because they’ talk about what they do!

9:00 –  10:00 Group session:  Healthy Communities = Economic Development:  

10:15 – 11-:30 Breakout sessions # 3: Yet another 10 great breakout sessions! See the descriptions here.

11:45 – 1:00 Breakout session # 4: Can you believe it? Another great 10!

1:15 – 2:15 Lunch: Want to network around a particular issue?  You can join – or organize – an interest table!

2:15 – 3:30 Teams work on mini-grants! A great chance for local teams to get a good start and consult with state-level people who can tell you about resources, etc.

Checkout by 4:30. Keys in.


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It’s a great place for your team to compare notes and ideas if you want to apply for a mini-grants.



18. one on one.Chuck Talbott

At the conference, you can sit down and get advice on your projects from all the conference experts. Come pick their brains about your project! They’re there to help! Here’s Chuck Talbott, Extension Agent, Putnam County, who can advise you well on most any aspect of gardening, community gardening, hightunnel programs for kids, livestock raising, etc. etc. etc.

1 Comment

  1. This will be our first time coming to Try This. We are so excited to be a part of this program. Can’t wait!
    Group from Larry Joe Harless Community Center, Gilbert. WV Mingo County

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