The Feast of St. Nicholas marks the beginning of the Christmas season, as the communities of Helvetia and Pickens welcome visitors to rediscover the origins of Saint Nic Saturday in the Helvetia Community Hall. The feast includes Swiss cookies, the story of St. Nicholas, a pot-luck, square dance and Saint Nicholas himself.
The evening will begin with children's games and activities in the Helvetia Community Hall at 5 p.m. Peter and Patricia Schaeffer from Zurich, Switzerland, are instructing children on how to make Grittibanz, a Swiss version of the gingerbread man. Youngsters are invited to bake cookies and decorate their own Grittibanz. The traditional story of St. Nicholas will be read out loud by Patricia Shaeffeer first in Swiss-German, then translated into English.
Following these activities at 7 p.m., a covered dish dinner will be served in the hall. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish and one wrapped child's gift.
Peter and Patricia Schaeffer from Zurich, Switzerland, are instructing children on how to make Grittibanz, a Swiss version of the gingerbread man. Youngsters will be able to bake Grittibanz during the Feast of St. Nicholas celebration in the communities of Helvetia and Pickens Saturday.
At 8 p.m., The Helvetia Star Band lead by Joe McInroy will kick off its monthly square dance. Local callers will be calling traditional square dance figures as they dance on the floor. "Round Dances," waltzes and polkas will be mixed in throughout the evening. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children age 12 and younger. Saint Nicholas (Santa) will arrive at the dance at 9 p.m. to hand out gifts.
The Community Hall is located on Helvetia-Pickens Road.
This event is sponsored in part by the Helvetia Farm Women, a West Virginia Community Education Outreach Service. For more information, call Sandy Burky at 304-924-6149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.