For the past couple of weeks, I've noticed a lot of students just milling around at Goodwin Hall and the Mollohan Campus Community Center, but without much activity going on in town.
Of course, Glenville isn't Pittsburgh, Charleston, Cincinnati, or St. Louis where students have a beaucoup of museums, parks, zoos, theatrical and musical performances, and other similar activities to occupy their interests and studies on the weekends.
A musical town
In the main, though and to the contrary, I've been impressed with Glenville in recent weeks on the number of activities that are going on toward the week's endings. For instance, on last Thurs. evening, Sept. 19, the gala 1st Anniversary of Glenville State College's Pioneer Stage put much life into this community. Ringing out were Bluegrass music by community/college musicians, old-fashioned Hoedown Square Dancing, and much perhaps Appalachian food to growl in one's stomach- all of this was happening and keeping life alive for both the GSC students and area residents.
In fact, on each Thursday evening 6-to-9 p.m., the community's musicians are invited to come down to the Pioneer Stage and jam. This facility is the GSC Bluegrass Dept.'s headquarters now.
So, kudos to Glenville State College in its initiatives to bring the institution closer to the community!
Also, on last Fri. evening, Sept. 20, the talented Nikki Renay English gave her spirited Senior Concert on the flute. She was well pleased by the large turnout of students and locals. And, such a nice young lady deserved that, as she's working her way through college as a part-time server at Tudors Biscuit World. Hence, good luck in your student teaching, Nikki!
The Theater is NOW!
Then, starting at 7 p.m. on this Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 26-28, the GSC Theater students will perform a fantasy play entitled: “She Kills Monsters,” which revolves around Dungeons & Dragons gaming players. It's an addictive game, of which some parents may want to see before letting their preteens and teens jump into it. This play came too late for this Sr. Editor, as his kids jumped into it, for good or ill, in years past. I know that good Son No. 1, Dave Jr., would stay up all night writing the D & D magazine articles, sending them into their contests, but receiving no responses. I suspect that his ideas were later used in the Wisconsin publishing company's magazines for everyone to use. One never knows about this type of contest???
Back to the GSC play: The Drama Dept.'s performances, under the seasoned and devoted Professor Dennis Wemm, are always excellent and the low admission's cost makes them even more attractive.
Another unusual event, always in Glenville, is one of the annual Conferences of the W.Va. Trappers & Wild Root Association. There, at the Recreation Center, any history major can get a firsthand experience of what happened at a 17th century French Fur Trading Post. All of the pelts and roots, like ginseng, are brought in from this and several other surrounding states.
Additionally, they offer trapping classes, among other related subjects that trappers need to know relative to the laws and capture techniques. They also have a good time with a dance on Saturday evening. Nevertheless, any student of American history can see, firsthand, the pelts of various animals being brought in, how they are graded, then placed on racks, and, finally, sold to the highest bidders. The buyers come from everywhere, but primarily Russia, where thick winter garb is needed to combat the harsh snows and low temperatures.
If you have an allergy to animal smells, though, don't go to this type of Fur Rendezvous, as the trappers call them! The odor will overtake you.
New GSC President
On a side note, GSC's new Interim President Kathy Nelson and her husband, Mike, have spent quite a few years in the upper Great Lakes area when she was President of the Lake Superior College. In one of my brief conversations with her, I noted that I had camped out in the area north of Duluth, MN and had gone up to see Grand Marais and Grand Portage on the way to Thunder Bay, Canada. She said that the only way to Canada from their home was by boat. That must have been an interesting trip!
I had wanted to give her my one-hour History Lesson on the French Fur Trade (haha), but she was on her way to a meeting in Clarksburg (she was safe then from an old professor). On the other hand, I suspect that she's more interested in the Glenville State College's history, and I know who can give her that lesson!
Then again last Saturday, I spoke of this rugged lakeside region of Minnesota to the kindly attendees at that evening's Cedar Creek State Park public meeting. Superintendent Benny McCune is trying to do his best to advance the public offerings there. Moreover, with the enthusiastic crowd that met him there, a group of avid park advocates who are making progress in setting up a tax-exempt foundation to help finance some of those projects.
The Park's Mr. Retiree, Wayne Woodyard, got a standing ovation for his 40+ years of service there. That round of applause was well-deserved, too!
And, working all together on the on the State Park's upgrades, it will all come about! So, commendations to all of those who came out in support of the forthcoming Park Foundation and their love of a special place!
Moreover, for students at GSC and in Gilmer County, what better spot to study nature, to recreate, and to enjoy the outdoors. There are plenty of well-mapped walking trails full of adventure, great tennis courts for more exercise, great fishing and boating ponds for those desiring sports and romance, plus much more to see.
* Last weekend, I believe, there was a Flatwoods Monster Festival in Flatwoods, at Exit 69 on I-79. Even if a fest isn't happening, visitors can just ask anyone about the Flatwoods Monster and you'll probably get an earful.
According to a brochure picked up on the interstate, there's plenty to do in Braxton County. Kayaking on either the Little Kanawha or Elk rivers, boating or swimming at Sutton or Burnsville Dam areas, many back roads adventures, and fine dining at Cafe Cimino in Sutton and the Red Rooster in Gassaway- those in addition to many fast foods at the Flatwoods exit and strip mall.
The flier states, Discover everything: BraxtonWV.org! Yes, much is going on in our neighboring county.
* Another booklet picked up last weekend features the 66th Annual Hardy County Heritage Days, which has quite an extensive list of events from this Fri.-Sun., Sept. 27-29.
On Sat., they have two historical re-enactors portraying Underground RR go-between Harriett Tubman and an hour later, Stonewall Jackson. Plus, a nighttime movie, “Mary Poppins” in the Historic McCoy Theater.
Hardy County not only preserves it historic homes, but also shows them off during the Annual Heritage Days, all of them being open for the people to see. One of the cabins was built by one son of Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee, of Revolutionary War fame, who had another son named: General Robert E. Lee. Plus, all of the historic churches and barns are open, generally on Saturday. Additionally, community Yard Sales are going on throughout the county.
Hence, there's much variety in Hardy County, especially in historic sites that local leaders are taking advantage of. Wish this would be the case in Gilmer County, especially in making the Poor Farm a place of attraction and education!
Nevertheless, to see Hardy County's rich heritage, log onto the website under: www.heritageweekend.com
Other odds 'n' ends
* Note from a satisfied subscriber- “Love reading my Glenville News! Keep those great stories coming!” Our editorial appreciation for her kind words goes to Suzi Call Hauman, of Pittsburgh, and a former GSC cheerleader. Moreover, she's still leading the cheers for good ole Glenville State!
* The idled Country Life Health Store on North Lewis Street remains closed. David and Alice Myer, the owners, may want to sell it. Any buyers out there? Kudos to Debbie Greenlief Yeager and Lori Ross who have kept it open for regular customers for some time.
* No word yet from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) on their updates on Glenville State College's status. Two weeks ago the HLC team met with administrators, Board of Governors, faculty, students, and community members in order to check up on certain accrediting issues faced in 2016. Again, good luck to GSC, but the faculty, students and public will have to be informed of these gathered facts, so they can be confident in their current prospects.
* “Appalachian Alchemy” - Still not any updates or more information from No. 2 Son Patrick about his new business, “Appalachian Alchemy,” in Beckley. The ancients used alchemy a lot, so we'll have to find out what its 21st century application is. He also does Massage Therapy as a sideline in the Old United Bank Building across from the downtown Courthouse.
Best wishes for much success to Patrick and all of my creative and hardworking kids, too!
* Saw June Evans on Monday evening, former owner of the State Liquor Store, who asked about my daughter, Catherine Corcoran. She's doing well but needs to plan a longer visit to Glenville in order to see all of her friends who have asked about her. She just came in for a day for No. 1 Son, Dave, Jr. and Mary Kay Miller's wedding three weeks ago. By the way, Son Dave informed me that in my description of their wedding that I had gotten three things wrong. Well, now all of you newsmakers and readers know that I don't discriminate in my reporting and writing gaffs. Haha! To the good, he's taken the issues in his own hands and done a rewrite in this edition (to be seen right below here).
A final note: Have a great week and weekend! Also, thanks to all who have contacted us over the past week, for we value the input of you subscribers and advertisers!
Also, commendations to one of our State Senators, The Honorable Charles Clements, for sponsoring this week's GSC-PAC ad on the sports page. Have a great Interim Session, Charles!