Mound Complex Schedules Events for West Virginia Day

Visitors to the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville on Wednesday will be able to participate in several events in conjunction with West Virginia Day.

West Virginia was formed on June 20, 1863, thus this year’s marks the state’s 155th birthday.

Visitors to the Mound can sign a giant birthday card, and take home free vintage post cards.

In addition, from 2-4 p.m., visitors can pose for a photo that will be printed on their own personalized post card. Depending on the weather, the photos will be taken with the Mound in the background.

The complex will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday.


Gary Rider will be present at the Delf Norona Museum from 2-4 p.m., Saturday to sign copies of his and co-author Karen L. Grubber’s book.

The book is part of a Marshall County postcard history series and tells the historic, culture and economic crossroads of the county.

Rider is a librarian, retired high school teacher and past president of the Marshall County Historical Society.

He is also the author of the popular series, “Marshall County Patriots and Heroes.”


Featured artists of the Month at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex are Hilda Steen and Ann Headley.

Steen discovered her love for art while in high school in Chester, N.J. She spent two years at the School of Fine and Industrial Arts in Newark, N.J., and later studied at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and at The Orange Shop in Florida. She has shown her works in Florida, New Jersey and West Virginia, and her paintings have ended up as far away and Oregon and England. She teaches private art lessons at her home in Middlebourne.

Headley is a retired pulmonary specialist who has always loved art. She has been a member of the Society of Decorative Painters for 30 years, and has taken many seminars during that time frame. Living only 10 miles apart, Hendley met Steen, who introduced her to pastels.


For more information about activities and programs at Grave Creek Mound, contact Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator, 304-843-4128 or at andrea.k.keller@wva. gov or visit creekmound and

Visitors to GCM can also tour the complex’s many exhibits, including “The Buried Past:Artifacts from West Virginia’s Wild, Wonderful History,” which showcases a series of West Virginia archaeology sites selected from the curation facility. Also available is “Prehistoric West Virginia,” which features casts of animals that once roamed the state, and a cast of a skull of a stag moose.

Admission to the complex is free. The hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Outdoor access closes at 4:30 p.m.

The complex/museum is operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.


The Ron Retzer Trio will be performing from 7-9 p.m., on Friday at the Moundsville Riverfront Park, sponsored by Moundsville Pharmacy and the Marshall County Commission. There will be no admission charge for the summer series, which also involves the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.


There will be a free ice cream social, sponsored by the Marshall County Farm Bureau, beginning at 6:30 p.m., on June 25 on the lawn of the Marshall County Courthouse.

Those attending are to bring their lawn chairs to enjoy an ice cream sundae and live music.

There will be a brief meeting of the MCFB afterwards in the county commissioners’ office on the lower level of the courthouse. Members are invited to join the directors for this meeting.


Two other annual Farm Bureau events will be taking place, one in July and the other in August.

The organization’s annual picnic will be held at 6 p.m. on July 16 at Shelter No. 2 at Grand Vue Park.

The meat, table services and beverages will be provided. Those attending are to bring a covered dish to share.

This event is open to all members, their friends and families of the MCFB.

The annual Farm Bureau dinner will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m., on Aug. 23 at the Limestone Community Center. It will be a catered dinner and there will also be entertainment. There will be a charge for those attending, with tickets to go on sale on July 16 from any board member or by calling either Mike Merinar at 304-547-5875, or Barbara Otte at 304-455-1267.


A Collage Art Show and Reception with New York pop artist and author Michael Albert will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library at 700 Fifth St., Moundsville.

At 4:45 p.m., Albert will be honoring the community with the presentation of two original collages celebrating Moundsville and Marshall County.

He will discuss his work and take questions while kids and adults try their hand at cereal box collage art.

Light refreshments will be available.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be sponsored by the Library, the Evan G. Roberts Trust/BB&T, and the Robert Baker family.

For more information visit the library or call 304-845-6911.


A Children’s Theatre Production will be taking place this week at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville.

Members of the Missoula Children’s Touring Company will be at the Strand conducting auditions Monday morning, and throughout the week will be involved in putting together a musical production.

The auditions are open to children in grades 1-12.

The Performing Arts Council of the Strand Theatre Preservation Society is bringing the MCTTC from Missoula, Mont., to Moundsville. The MCTTC is the largest children’s theatre in the United States and has been in operation since 1973.

The tour team will arrive with a professional set, lights, costumes, props and make-up –everything it takes to put on a play, except the cast.

The major sponsor in bringing the touring company to Moundsville is the Evan G. Roberts Trustee and BB&T.


Although the weather cut short the Relay for Life of Marshall County event on June 8, the money raised exceeded the $45,000 goal.

The time frame was scheduled to be from from 6 p.m., until midnight, but because of lightning to the west, it was decided to close out the event at 9:30 p.m.

Among the events which had to be canceled were the Luminary Ceremony, along with the closing ceremony and final lap.

This coming Wednesday, the team captains are to turn in money which they still have.


A number of items are on the agenda of Moundsville City Council for Tuesday’s meeting. Among these is the discussion of funding for an urban planner to perform a study for placing a second floor on the City Building. The finance committee has already made it known that council should move forward with the process.

Also, discussion of obligating 20 percent of initial collections of sales tax for street paving is scheduled. The traffic committee recommended authorizing this obligation from the 1 percent sales tax.

Another matter on the agenda involves resurfacing of several streets.

Speaking of the street department, the traffic committee is recommending that council approve the purchase of a 2020 plow truck at a cost of $119,246.


The Moundsville American Legion Post No. 3 youth baseball team will be playing three home games, one of which will be a doubleheader, this week.

On Tuesday, Brilliant will visit Valley Fork Park, while on Thursday, Fairmont will visit Moundsville, and on Saturday, Post 3 will host Bridgeport.

The Brilliant and Fairmont games will both be at 6 p.m., while the first game of the doubleheader against Bridgeport will begin at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, Post 3 will be at Weirton.


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