Mountain Stage & Clay Center Free Admission!

A couple of Charleston venues are offering free admission to the public to bring some joy into the lives of locals suffering through the WV American Water ban/Freedom Industries chemical spill/licorice-scented toxic tap water extravaganza.

The Clay Center is offering “Pay What You Wish” (including free) admission to their museum gallery January 18th through February 14th. Clay Center CEO Judy Wellington said: “This is our way of giving something positive and enjoyable to our community, after the stressful week everyone has had.

Sunday night’s Mountain Stage concert featuring Bettye LaVette, David Broza, Matrimony, Declan O‚ÄôRourke and Noah Gundersen will also be free. Mountain Stage is general admission and often quickly sold out even when they charge, so I recommend getting there early if you want a seat. Host Larry Groce’s announcement for the event emphasizes what a gem Mountain Stage is to the local community: “After the water disruption and the extreme weather, we all need a chance to re-boot and I think an evening of good music seems like a fine way to do it.

Info & Music for WV Water Ban

The Muruch household is one of many in West Virginia affect by the WV American Water ban after a chemical spill in the Elk River – the news of which, we hear from family, reached Ireland. We’re ok, though it’s a tough time for everyone. Locals in need of water should check for news updates and frequently updated lists of water distribution sites, businesses offering free showers and laundromats and other places to wash clothes in the affected counties. Also be wary of false stories and scams, WV American Water’s official Facebook page says some have received automated calls with false information regarding the water ban and there’s even more conflicting word of mouth reports goin’ around. So always check an official news source (, or or WV American Water’s official Facebook page) before you believe a story.

If you use Spotify, here’s a little distraction for ya…

Muruch’s Tainted Water Spotify Playlist