Two Barbour County organizations are honoring the 160th birthday of the Philippi Covered Bridge with special Christmas ornaments this holiday season.
Philippi Main Street preserves the image of various historical buildings each year on a collectible Christmas ornament. For the first time, the Barbour County Convention and Visitor's Bureau also has produced a collectible ornament.
"We wanted to honor the covered bridge," said Annette Fetty-Santilli, president of both Philippi Main Street and the Barbour County Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Fetty-Santilli revealed the ornament Wednesday at the pavilion next to the Barbour County Courthouse.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Melissa Toothman
Annette Fetty-Santilli, president of the Barbour County Convention and Visitors Bureau, proudly displays an ornament commemorating the 160th anniversary of the historical Philippi Covered Bridge.
"We wanted to do something special to honor the 160th birthday of the Covered Bridge. It's such a historic icon for the town."
The ornament sold by the CVB is different than the traditional red Christmas bulb on which Philippi Main Street features the image of the Covered Bridge. The CVB ornament recognizes the Philippi Covered Bridge within a thin metallic rectangle. The bridge is offset from the foreground for a more three-dimensional appearance.
The CVB ornament was made by ChemArt, the same company that creates the White House and capitol ornament each year, Fetty-Santilli said.
Both the CVB and the Philippi Main Street commemorative ornaments can be purchased at Philippi City Hall. The CVB ornament may also be purchased from Philippi Public Library, Adaland, Country Blooms, The Petal Patch, and Barbour County Historical Museum.
The Philippi Main Street ornament sells for $12, and the CVB ornament sells for $20. Older ornaments featuring the Philippi Post Office, Myers Clinic, Presbyterian Church, The Williams Building, Philippi High School, Old Main and the Barbour County Courthouse are still available from past years. They range in price from $5 to $12.
Upcoming events in Philippi also may offer further opportunities to decorate one's home for Christmas. The annual craft show of Philippi will take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the basement of City Hall. Anyone interested in becoming a crafter or in need of more information about the show may call 304-457-3654.
The time of the craft show overlaps the time of the annual Christmas parade at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Parking meter decorating contest deadlines approach just in time for the parade. This year's decorating theme is "Merry Christmas aboard the Philippi Express."
Philippi Main Street sponsors the parking meeter decorating contest and the business window decorating contest. Participating businesses decorate their windows or storefronts to the holiday theme. First, second and third place contest winners receive a plaque.
An additional holiday event inspired by the tradition of hunting for Easter eggs, will give children the opportunity to go on a flashlight candy cane hunt. The hunt is co-sponsored by Philippi Main Street and Philippi Public Library. Children who participate will meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Philippi Public Library for the hunt, refreshments, a story and the making of a craft.