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Marshall Memo: Back to School Fair; ‘In the Round’; and Wiffleball Tournament

“Bee Kind Like Mike” was the theme of the annual Marshall County’s Back to School Fun Fair which took place this past Wednesday.

This was the 22nd such event, and according to organizer Susie Baker it was the largest ever with 1,424 students in attendance.

She also noted that the theme was adopted in memory of her late husband, Mike, who worked getting things ready for the Fun Fair. She stated that the theme had been adopted a year ago, but as it turned out last year’s Fun Fair was a vehicle drive-through affair instead of having families go through lines which had previously been the way that everyone seemed to enjoy.

Getting back to the theme, the shirts worn by volunteers, were that of a “Bee.”

There were several sponsors, individuals, businesses in addition to volunteers, who enabled the Fun Fair to be just that! The sponsors included:

A&B Kia, Marshall County Schools, Evan G. Roberts Trust-Truist, First Impressions, Marshall County Federal Credit Union, Moundsville Economic Development Council, Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union, Williams Energy, FRN, and Marshall County Ladies League.

When the doors to the Training Center opened, several teachers were present to take the names of those who had been in line, and once the sign-ins were completed, the next stop was at the backpacks.

It seemed like everyone in Marshall County wanted to be a part of Fun Fair, in fact, there were vendors who just showed up on Wednesday. As mentioned previously each youth had to signup, the reason being that they were given three tickets each for drawings, a bicycle being the one that the majority hoped that they could take home.

The Strand Theatre in Moundsville will be holding a Yard Sale on Sept. 17. The sale to begin at 8 a.m., while several events will be taking place in the month of October. Among these being:

Children’s Acting Classes, Concert in the Round, the Little Mermaid Ballet, a Children’s Halloween movie and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

There will be two sessions of the acting class, Session 1 (Kindergarten-Grade 4) 8:45 a.m.-10:15, while Session 2 will be for Grades 5-8, which will meet from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. For more information visit www.strandtheatrewv.com/events or email progdirector@strandtheatrewv.com. Renee Zelinski Storm will be the instructor.

Theatre personnel are excited to feature one of the valley’s premiere musicians, Eli Lambie, on Oct. 8, for a concert presented “in the round.” For the performance, both the audience and the performer will share the stage, thus creating a more intimate setting between the two.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m., with a limited number of seats available, tickets will go on sale beginning Sept.1 at Frame and Fortunes, 239 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville or online at www.strandtheatrewv.com/events.

The theatre will also begin accepting Yard Sale donations on Sept. 10 at theatre. Drop off of items will be from Sept. 12 through Sept. 15. The Yard Sale will be a one day only affair, beginning at 8 a. m. at the theater.

The Disciples Women’s Ministries of the First Christian Church, Moundsville, have a Bus Trip planned for Sept. 20-21 to Lancaster, Pa.

The trip will include “David” at the Sight & Sound Theater, along with dinner at Hershey Farms, a night at LaQuinta Inn, shopping at an outlet mall, a lunch at Bird in Hand on the way home. For reservations call Karen Gilles at 304-780-1545.

Three musical events will be held in August at the Praise Park behind the First Christian Church, Moundsville, during the month of August. The performers will be The Carriers from Parkersburg on Aug. 14, the Retzer Trio on Aug. 21 and the Fox Family on Aug. 28. All three events will start at 6:00 p.m.

The Moundsville Country Club’s first annual Car Show will take place on Aug. 13 on the grounds of the club at 128 Country Club Drive at Washington Lands. Twenty-five trophies will be awarded, along with a Best of Show and MCC Choice. One hundred dash plaques for the first 100 cars registered. All cars must be registered by 1 p.m. to be judged.

If you want to learn more about Wiffleball you need to go next Saturday to Valley Fork Park in Moundsville where some 20 teams from throughout the Ohio Valley will be involved. There will be three playing fields, including the most recent one which has an wood outfield wall similar to Fenway Park in Boston, in fact, the leftfield is referred to as the Green Monster.

I have been informed that three teams from the Moundsville area will participate, with one of the players 72 years old.

Youngsters residing in the Park View area of Moundsville will soon have new playground equipment. Recreation Director John White states, “The equipment should arrive any day.” He said the old equipment has seen better days.

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