Sweet Celebration

Chocolate Lovers Feast coming up in Weston

The Inter-Mountain photos by Shannon Bennett Campbell A family affair, this grandmother treats her granddaughter to chocolates at last year’s Chocolate Lovers Feast, which takes place in Weston. This year’s event is set for Feb. 10.

WESTON — After enduring an almost endless series of frigid days, many people look to February and the possibility that warmer weather will allow us to get out of our houses and back to routines. Walks, shopping mall trips and favorite eating spot outings can once again be accomplished.

One ride that may certainly be a fun choice for next weekend is the 40-minute Corridor H drive to Weston, where the fourth annual Chocolate Lovers Feast will take place at the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia, at 230 Main Ave. Scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 10, the entire family is welcome at the event, with “all-you-can-eat” tickets available for adults and children.

Tables and more tables of chocolate items will greet visitors as they stroll through the beautiful glass display areas. Fay Bell, one of the coordinators, promises at least 30 area confectionery bakers will produce a multitude of chocolate delicacies that you will be tempted to try.

The elegant affair also will offer a chocolate fountain for dipping items, a chocolate beverage assortment and cups of coffee to accent one’s chocolate choices. To add some additional flair, live music will be provided by Gassaway organist Marjie Foster, and her happy melodies will fill the hall.

Children may enjoy the annual scavenger hunt with prizes or a visit to the glass dollhouse. Older visitors will want to peruse through the encased 18,000 glass display pieces in the museum.

With many tables of chocolate samples available, no one leaves this event wanting more.

A new and magnificent collection just received this year is the Martin Massman 213-piece Steuben Glass Collection from Corning, New York. It is truly spellbinding and greets people as they enter the building. Each glass creation in this group is more than a foot high and depicts some very unique form. It will be a memorable part of your experience here.

The Museum Shop will be open for glass purchases and book buys that souvenir-hunters often seek when they visit new and original places. With the volume of glass given to the museum throughout the years, some duplications exist and are offered on shop shelves.

For several years, Lewisburg has celebrated a Chocolate Festival where people walk the streets and can be served chocolates at various eating establishments. The very nice thing about this Central West Virginia chocolate event is that it is being held under one roof, and no matter what the weather, all can enjoy a warm atmosphere with tables, chairs and friends while comfortably finding pleasure in their choices.

Takeouts are available for nominal fees after the 3 p.m. feast closing. Nearly two-hundred visitors stopped by last year, and while plenty was eaten, the prepared stock of items was never depleted.

It is a bit of a magical affair where your Valentine celebration can begin. Lots of smiles fill the large museum rooms and the gloom of winter seems to melt with the disappearance of every chocolate bite. Enjoy.