Several Christmas events scheduled in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! I hope that you all had a good Thanksgiving. We had 35 family and friends around our table. I love family time.

Now, we move onward towards Christmas! I did get my cards ready for the mail and the tree is up, but shopping is another thing. I guess I need to get to work on that!

Today, Dec. 1, is the craft show at the city gym in Philippi from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They always have a good variety of arts, crafts and food. I hope to make it there myself and check out all the nice things. Maybe I can check some things off of my Christmas list!

Also today, Adaland Mansion will be having an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge for admission and you will be able to see the Christmas decorations they have put up in the beautiful historic mansion.

The Belington Christmas parade will take place on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. There will be Christmas activities in the town square following the parade.

Junior will be having a Christmas event at the community building on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Come out for a visit with Santa, cookies, hot chocolate and Christmas carols.

Philip Barbour softball team will be having a Christmas Craft Bazaar on Dec. 8 at the high school, beginning at 9 a.m. Homemade crafts, local vendors, auction, raffles and food will be available. For more info, or to reserve a table, call 304-621-1460 or 304-627-0105.

A Covered Bridge Christmas will be performing a Christmas play, “The Trial of Santa Claus,” on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Funkhouser Auditorium at Alderson Broaddus University. I was able to participate in last years’ play, and I can’t wait to see the performance this year!

Belington Fraternal Cemetery will be participating in Wreaths Across America on Dec. 15 at noon. By visiting the website you can learn about the mission of the event.

On Dec. 16, there will be a Belington Community Christmas Cantata, “Joseph & the Nativity.” This will take place at 7 p.m. at the Asbury United Methodist Church. Come out and join them for an evening of fellowship. This is comprised of choir members from several Belington churches, as well as community members.

Looking ahead to the new year, the Barbour River Rats are preparing for their annual jump into the river on New Year’s Day. If this sounds like something you would like to join in on, or perhaps just watch, they will be meeting under the covered bridge in Philippi to jump in the icy water at 11:30 a.m. Last year, they actually had to break the ice first! Hopefully for them, this year it won’t be quite so cold! Good luck!

Animal Friends of Barbour County has opened a thrift store in the Tygart General Store in Belington. Animal Friends Attic is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. Animal Friends is facing hard times, and this will help in the effort to remain open. They have furniture, knick-knacks, lamps, jewelry, table ware, tools and more. They are looking for volunteers to help run the store, so stop by and lend a hand this Christmas season!

If you have any Barbour County news that you would like to see in the Inter-Mountain, give me a call at 304-614-7782. You can also send me an email to I love hearing from you!

Until next time. … “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more!”— the Grinch.