Elizabethtown Fest Is Next Weekend

The 15th annual Elizabethtown Festival will be an 18-hour event over a two-day period.

The early 1800s heritage festival will honor the former community that was settled prior to West Virginia becoming a state.

It will take place within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

There will be no admission charge for the event, which will be from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. next Sunday.

There will be historical displays and memorabilia, heritage demonstrations, musical entertainment, food, games and rides for youngsters, special activities along with 44 vendors, which is the largest number in the festival’s history.

Several new attractions will be taking place and among these are:

The Sons of the American Revolution will trace a person’s ancestry. SAR members are descendants of the men who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. Members will be conducting seminars at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

From 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday there will be an Ole Tyme Appalachian Music Gathering in which anyone can join. If you can make music using spoons, a wash board, a jug, a violin, a mandolin, a banjo or other instruments from olden days you are invited to participate. This is not a contest, but instead just an opportunity for festival-goers to listen to a different kind of music.

Also new this year will be the Saturday Night Fireside entertainment event, which will be from 6-9 p.m. Eric Wellman and Mary Blake will be featured from 6-7:15 p.m., followed from 7:15-9 p.m. by the National Pike Pickers. There will be a bonfire where those in attendance can make their own S’mores. For this occasion the public should bring their own lawn chairs.

West Virginia University head basketball coach Bob Huggins will be the speaker for the annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce dinner to be held Oct. 3 at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

Reservations are to be made by Sept. 26 by calling the chamber at 304-845-2773.

The Cameron Rotary Club and the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will be holding a “Cameron Connection” event at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in the cafeteria of the former Cameron High School.

It will be an introduction of the chamber to businesses and individuals. Cameron American Legion Post No. 18, BB&T and Williams Ohio Valley Midstream are sponsoring the free event.

Reservations are to be made by calling the Chamber office at 304-845-2773 or by email at chamber@marshallcountychamber.com.

The third in a series of events at the newly renovated historic Freight Depot in Cameron will be held Saturday. It will be a square dance from 7-10 p.m. with Ronnie Goodrich and the Plumm Lost Band providing the music. J.R. Hubbs will be the caller.

Lessons will be offered by some of the “seasoned” square dancers.

The event is being sponsored by the Greater Cameron Landmarks Commission.

The Freight Depot is not only one of the oldest buildings in Cameron, but one of the oldest remaining structures on the original Baltimore & Ohio rail line.

Attended a meeting of the Moundsville Salvation Army Board this week and although Christmas is some 15 weeks off, the main topics involved the Christmas season.

Included were the dates for submitting applications for the Angel Tree, Food Baskets and Toys. Signups will be Oct. 14-25 for Marshall County; Oct. 29-30 at the Thrift Store in New Martinsville for Wetzel County residents; and Nov. 6-7 for Tyler County, the location to be announced.

The Kettle Kick-Off will be on Nov. 18, with the exception of the two Wal-Marts (Moundsville and New Martinsville) which will be Nov. 29. Kettles will be located from Benwood to New Martinsville, with at least one previous location needing to be replaced, as the Kroger Store in Benwood recently closed.

The Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvation Army, Moundsville, will hold its semi-annual luncheon from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the First Christian Church.

The event helps underprivileged youngsters go to camp, get Christmas gifts and other services provided by the Salvation Army.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Salvation Army at 304-845-0510. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

The annual Gospel Sing and Special 9/11 Memorial Service will be held next Sunday at Riverfront Park in Moundsville, sponsored by the Ash Avenue Church of God Men of Action. It is a free event to which family and friends are to bring lawn chairs.

There will be free hot dogs and beverages available. The Ash Avenue Church of God Youth will have a bake sale in conjunction with the event.

The Gospel Sing will be from 2-6 p.m., with the 9/11 Memorial Service to take place from 6-6:30 p.m.

The Marshall County Association of Retired School Employees will hold its initial meeting of the 2013-14 year at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at the new shelter at Glen Dale Park.

All 2013 retirees and their spouses or guests will be the honored guests.

President Harry Sacco will provide chicken for the meal, and all other members are to bring covered dishes to share.

Dues can be sent in or paid at the picnic

Anyone who did not receive a summer/fall newsletter is asked to call either 304-845-5099 (Myrtle) or 304-845-5859 (Mickey).

The John Marshall High School Wall of Fame committee has selected the 2013 inductees. They included Dr. Kristin (Shimp) Beadle, Byron W. Filben, Greg Gellner, Dr. Anne (Gemensky) Metzler and Charles Underdonk.

The induction ceremony will take place at a banquet on Oct. 26 at the Moundsville Country Club. Reservations and tickets may be obtained by calling WOF committee chair Joseph Komorowski at 304-845-3403. The banquet is open to the public. Reservations are to be made by Oct. 10.