Elizabethtown Festival, Merchants Event Slated Saturday

The 19th annual Elizabethtown Festival will be taking place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, while the same day the Uptown Merchants Activity Committee (UMAC) will be holding its second annual “Fall Festival on the Avenue”on Jefferson Avenue between Second and Fifth Streets.

The Elizabethtown Festival will also include for the second year a Car and Motorcycle Show, to be held on Jefferson Avenue from Eighth to 10th Streets with registration from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. This event will conclude at 5 p.m.

The opening ceremony for the Elizabethtown event will take place at 10 a.m. and will include the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard, music by Willie Day and the reading of a proclamation letting it be known that for this particular day the city of Moundsville will be known as Elizabethtown. The proclamation to be read by Mayor Eugene Saunders.

The UMAC event will run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and will feature crafters, food, live music and the sale of items by the merchants. The UMAC is a non-profit organization working with local business owners to revitalize the historic central business district.

Among the all-day activities within the walls of the former prison will be:

∫ Children’s games including rock painting, sand art, sack races, archery, radio controlled car demonstrations and more.

∫ Food will include offerings by Alexander’s on 7th; German food by D’Lustigen Isartaler (The Happy People of the Isar Valley, Pa.); and beans cooked outside on an open fire. The Moundsville Economic Development Council will have its WV Pen Chow Cart up and running, and there will be homemade ice cream; snowcones, and root beer floats.

∫ There will be crocheting, blacksmithing, the Oglebay Wood Carvers, andf the Moundsville Fostoria Glass Society will display five cakes on five Fostoria cake salvers, with these to be raffled off that afternoon.

∫ There will also be displays of purses, knives, laser cut wood products, clothing, acrylic, oil and water color art, heritage photography, homemade candy and bread, custom lamps, jewelry, honey and honey products, granite engraving, and woodcraft items available for purchase.

∫ Anwar Eye Clinic will be offering free eye screenings.

∫ The Grave Creek Mound Historical displays will be shown.

∫ The Marshall County Historical Society will have a display.

Among other attractions will be:

Members of the cast of “Ticket to Nashville” show will be singing songs from that production from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Dancing by the D’Lustigen Isartaler group will take place from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m.

Students from Glen Dale and Center Elementary Schools will be be performing folk songs from 1-2 p.m.

The Opus Music group will perform at 2 p.m.

There will be a cookie judging contest at 2 p.m.; an apple pie judging contest at 2:15 p.m.; and a anything but chili soup contest at 2:30 p.m.

The Shady Grove Musical Group, to include square dancing, will perform from 3-5 p.m.


Anyone desiring additional information dealing with the Elizabethtown Festival or the car and motorcycle event should call 304-845-6200, while the phone number for the “Fall Festival On the Avenue,” is 304-69-0992.


A saying, “up the creek without a paddle” has been around for as long as I can remember, and now it has a local partner — “A museum with a canoe but no paddles!”

The canoe arrived this past Wednesday at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville, and can be viewed in Delf Norona Museum area.

Officials with the state Division of Culture and History decided that since early settlers in the area used canoes as their means of transportation that a canoe should be a part of the Museum, and they made contact with decendents of the Seneca Nation Indians in New York State about the possibility of having a canoe built.

John D. Redeye, a Hawk Clan member of the Seneca Nation, and Jay Toth, Seneca Nation of Indians tribal archeologist, coordinated the project. They arrived at the Mound Museum, where they were greeted by Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, GCMAC’s site manager Jeremy Kohus and cultural program coordinator Andrea Keller.

Redeye explained that although he had never build a canoe, he had watched others built them, and when asked if he would try his hand in building one, he told his employer that he would undertake such a challenge. Redeye is employed by the Seneca Nation as a master carver and an instructor for the Men’s Ceremonial Language Program n Steamburg, N.Y., which is located some 50 miles south of Buffalo.

He said, “The finished product has never been weighed, but I estimate it to be in the 700-800 pound range. The canoe is of white pine and its dimensions are 22 feet long, and 34 inches wide, and I know for a fact that it will seat eight individuals comfortably.”

As to the time period for completing the canoe, Redeye said, “I worked a month and a half, (eight to 10 hours a day, except on days when it rained), so I guess that I spent between 350-400 hours.”


Getting back to the September events at the Grave Creek Mound, special attractions will be:

Fossil Day from noon until 4 p.m. on Sept. 16. The public is invited to bring mystery fossils from home for expert identification by Dr. Ronald McDowell, senior research geologist and head of the geoscience section of the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey.

Family-oriented activities for the day will include finding a real fossil by looking through a pile of rock matrix, making a replica fossil critter, excavating a “fossil bed” created during Fossil Day in March, and a scavenger hunt in the exhibit Prehistoric West Virginia: West Virginia Fossils. A 19-minute film titled, “Rocks and Rivers: West Virginia Geologic Heritage,” produced by the WVGES, will be shown on a continuous loop in the auditorium.

On Sept 23 the complex will be taking part in the annual Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! event, during which participating museums will have free admission to visitors. Since admission to the Grave Creek Mound is always free, guests will be invited to participate in special activities planned for the day. Weather permitting, there will be tours of the museum’s Interpretive Garden and newly established patches of blueberry and pawpaw plants. A garden check-list will be available so visitors can keep track of the plants they find growing in the garden. The program will be from noon until 4 p.m.

The monthly Lecture and Film Series will resume at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28. Wesley Clarke, manager of collections at the Castle Museum in Marietta, Ohio, will present a lecture titled, “Hopewell Geometry, Astronomy and the Marietta Earthworks.” He will discuss prehistoric earthworks located in Marietta, including several unusual features as well as astronomical alignments..


The featured artist of the month at the Delf Norona Museum is Clare McDonald, who is displaying her artwork in the downstairs entry hall.

McDonald, a Wheeling resident, specializes in oils, acrylic, graphite and watercolor work.


Grand Vue Park will be the site for the Rise and Shine 5K Marshall County Relay For Live Run/Walk on Saturday.

Registration will be from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., with the races beginning at 9 a.m.

There will be prizes for the top three overall male and female in each age group, along with refreshments, door prizes and a drawing.

For more information, contact Susie Hinerman at 304-845-4346 or susiehinerman@gmail.com.

All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Marshall County.


The John Marshall High School Homecoming Parade will be held on Sept. 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In the past, homecoming parades have been on Friday nights, but this year it will be on a Tuesday.

Anyone wishing to enter a float in the parade should contact Melissa Coffield at melissa.coffield@k12..wv.us.


Anyone planning to enter a float in the Moundsville Christmas Parade on Nov. 18, and who has not received an application as of this past Friday is asked to call the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Office at 304-845-2773.


Clients of the House of Carpenter II of Moundsville who need to sign up for the annual Christmas giveaway can do so through Nov. 22. Anyone with questions concerning the giveaway should call 304-221-9510.


Today is the deadline for making reservations for the John Marshall Wall of Fame Banquet, at which Stanley Blankenship will be the honoree. The banquet will take place at 4 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the Moundsville Country Club.

Reservations are to be made by calling Joseph Komorowski, WOF chair, at 304-845-3403. All proceeds from the banquet will go to supporting scholarships for JMHS seniors. The banquet is open to the public.