Create Buckhannon announces events

Members of Create Buckhannon announced Thursday a variety of activities scheduled in the next month.

The West Virginia Wesleyan College Honors Program will present “The Civil War and American Art.” The presentation and a lecture by Dr. Eleanor Jones Harvey, the senior curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Hyma Auditorium in the Christopher Hall of Science on the college campus. Harvey’s presentation will be followed by a book signing.

Representatives of the Main Street Arts Festival in Buckhannon are gearing up for the festival’s third year. This year, the festival will take place at Jawbone park in conjunction with the local Farmers Market chili cook-off event. So far, the organization reports that 15 artists have signed up for the Sept. 21 festival. Artist applications are still being accepted. The original entry fee has been waived. Artists who need a tent or tables should coordinate their needs with the Main Street Arts Cooperative.

To learn more or find out how to get involved, call the Main Street Arts Cooperative at 304-473-1444 or e-mail

C.J. Rylands, a member of the Main Street Arts Cooperative and organizer of the festival, said the organization received a $2,000 grant from the Governor’s Community Participation Grant Program. The organization is currently brainstorming ideas for how to use the money. Rylands said that the grant was awarded for the purchase of art supplies.

City Recorder and Create Buckhannon member Rich Clemens announced that Create Buckhannon has submitted a request to the Buckhannon Consolidated Public Works Board, asking permission to install, maintain and fund additional Little Free Libraries in the public parks of Buckhannon. Those parks would include the Riverwalk trail at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The request has not yet been approved.

The Little Free Library is a small box stationed outside of the Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau on East Main Street. It is designed to be a place for the public to share books, magazines or other reading materials free of charge. Community members can pick up a free book without the worry of late fees. They can keep the book or return it, as they desire. Community members also can donate books simply by placing them inside the Little Free Library.

Create Buckhannon also is considering placing these libraries at county schools, allowing each school to decorate its own library. This project also is not yet approved.

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