Philippi Library hosting artists

The Philippi Public Library will host local artists Gary and Millie Goetze as part of the library’s “Meet Your Local Artist” series.

The weaving workshop will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the library.

Millie Goetze’s love of weaving began many years ago while living in Michigan. She completed adult weaving programs at Greenfield Village while her oldest daughter was taking children’s classes. After moving to West Virginia nine years ago, she renewed her enthusiasm for the craft at Jackson’s Mill in Weston. The Fiber Arts Guild led to Jubilee participation for several years.

Gary Goetze became knowledgeable about the skills needed when he applied his engineering background to repairing the older looms at the Mill.

Both have participated at Adaland’s Fall Festivals, taught weaving classes during Barbour County Arts Camps and demonstrated in prior Philippi Arts Strolls. As well as weaving, they also sing with the Blue & Grey Festival Chorus, grow vegetables for the Philippi Garden Market and square dance with the Centennial Squares Club in Mount Clare.

They also volunteer delivering Meals on Wheels in Clarksburg on a weekly basis to help others.

While reenacting as Senator and Mrs. John Carlile, both Gary and Millie have enjoyed demonstrating weaving and other Civil War crafts at a grade school in Harrison County. Married almost 53 years, the Goetzes are enjoying an active lifestyle in “Wild & Wonderful” West Virginia.

For more information about this program or other programs at the Philippi Public Library or to register for this event, please call the library at 304-457-3495.