The city of Philippi is the place to be this coming weekend, with many holiday attractions to check out centered around the theme of Santa's village.
The city's events on Friday are expected to kick off with the opening of the annual holiday craft show from 4 to 9 p.m., along with the Christmas parade at 7 p.m.
Local businesses will be decorating their shop windows, with everything set to be in place by Friday evening. Parking meters will even be decorated for contest judging.
Photo by Barbara Wolfe
Susie Higgins, a 4-H volunteer involved with organizing the holiday craft show in Philippi the past two years, also had her own table set up at the 2010 event.
Anyone in Philippi on Saturday can kick off the day at 9 a.m. at Alderson-Broaddus College's Heiner Hall for Healthy Breakfast with Santa.
Letters to Santa can be dropped off in Santa's Mailbox outside of City Hall, and then folks can make their way to Adaland Mansion for an open house between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The mansion also will be open between noon and 4 p.m. Sunday for a holiday buffet dinner.
A craft show, sponsored by the Barbour County 4-H group for the second year running, will be held in the basement of the Philippi City Building Friday and Saturday, and it will feature crafts and more with items such as quilts, soaps, wood crafts, Longaberger, jewelry, candles, baskets, lotions, crocheted items, Rada Cutlery and items from Avon, among many others.
The snow in the previous two years may have limited the attendance for the Craft Show. However, the weather for this weekend is looking much more favorable for the city and all the events.
"We're hoping for more (attendees)," explained Barbara Wolfe, WVU program assistant, who is helping organize the craft show.
To help kick-start the holidays at home, Philippi Main Street is offering two different limited-edition Treasure Scene ornaments to help decorate Christmas trees. The ornaments will feature the Barbour County Courthouse and the Philippi Covered Bridge.
Anyone interested in purchasing the ornaments can call Philippi Main Street at 304-457-3700. They are expected to sell quickly.