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Celebrate New Year's With the Family in Moundsville

December 30, 2009 - Betsy Bethel
If you haven't already made plans to go to Moundsville on New Year's Eve day, Dec. 31, I hope you'll consider it! I am so excited to take Emma to the Winter Carnival the community is sponsoring!

Events will take place mainly on Jefferson Avenue (outdoors) and will include a professional puppet show, a juggler, a magician, face painting, balloon art, inflatables, a 100-yard fun run, a fire safety house, Native American crafts led by Andrea Keller from Grave Creek Mound and free tours for children at the Marx Toy Museum and for all at the former W.Va. Penitentiary.

The Winter Carnival is reminiscent of larger-scale, family-friendly First Night productions that take place in cities across the United States, including Pittsburgh. I've always wanted to attend a First Night celebration, even before my daughter was born, but I never have. Now I can't wait to attend something similar, so close to home!

"We wanted to give the community a way to ring in the New Year. We wanted to bring a high-end, big-city celebration to Moundsville," organizer Julia Chesla told Linda Comins for an article in the Dec. 27 Sunday News-Register.

The alcohol-free event is geared to families and is organized by the Marshall County Family Resource Network. But the whole community appears to be getting involved in supporting it, including businesses, the library, the museums and individuals.

Tickets are free but are required for several of the activities. They are available to download at

Highlights include:

Noon — Wendy's Winter Blast Kids' Fun Run. Open to children 9 and younger. Registration is $10 and includes a T-shirt, medal and five Winter Carnival tickets. Register at local Wendy's, at or at 11 a.m. the day of the race at Remke Helping Hands, 227 Jefferson Ave.

Noon to 5 p.m. — WesBanco Winter Wonderland children's activities, Jefferson Avenue

Noon to 5 p.m. — Native American crafts for children with Andrea Keller of the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, at Remke Helping Hands, 227 Jefferson Ave.

1:30 p.m. — "We're Holden Puppets" production of "Elves Fantoccini," at Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, 700 Fifth St.

5:30 p.m. — Fireworks by Presutti, Grand Vue Park

For a complete schedule, click the link to the Marshall County Family Resource Network Web site.

So bundle up the family and head to Moundsville on Thursday. Hope to see you there! Happy New Year!


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