Lawn Party to celebrate Beverly

The Beverly Heritage Center is hosting its first Harvest Lawn Party – a free event especially for the Beverly Community – from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The party is a celebration of Beverly heritage and history with food, music and games. Darryl DeGripp, executive director of the Beverly Heritage Center, said that it is an opportunity to recall and enjoy what the Beverly Community has to offer.

The party includes interactive heritage demonstrations for children from the group History Hitting the Road!, which hails from Jackson’s Mill. Among this year’s demonstrations will be yarn spinning, candle making and a storytelling session that will include heritage stories and ghost stories. The public is also invited to participate in the Share Your Beverly Heritage event by sharing information about their family history in Beverly; bringing in photographs of family and friends; old photographs of the town of Beverly; and stories of their experiences and lives in the historic town.

Photos may be donated or scanned as a contribution to the Beverly Heritage Center. Owners of the photographs will be able to keep the originals.

The public is invited to partake in a free lunch at 12:30 p.m. including hot dogs, chili and sides, as well as free admission to the Beverly Heritage Center museum. Potluck contributions are welcome in the form of homegrown garden or produce items. Anyone who wants to bring their acoustic instruments to play or sing is encouraged to do so as part of a community jam session. Lawn games are scheduled for the afternoon and include croquet and corn hole, but the public is welcome to bring their own from home.

One major impetus for the celebration is to promote the center’s community garden, which is operated by volunteers. DeGripp attributed credit for the funding of the garden to grant money through the Benedum Foundation, the Child Development Center and the West Virginia Economic Development Authority.

“They have been a great help,” De Gripp said. “We thought this would be a great opportunity to showcase many of the things the center is involved with, including the community garden.”

For more information on the Harvest Lawn Party or the Beverly Heritage Center, call 304-637-7424 or visit

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