Experience the charms of Christmas
ELKINS — We welcome the Christmas season with open arms and anticipation that some special moments have arrived. How fortunate we are that we live in an area where people actually devote days and weeks toward filling our lives with attractive displays of color and delight that provide enchantment and charm.
While there are a great assortment of holiday venues, I will share a few that always seem to bring lots of joy and non-caloric elevation, while rendering heartfelt good-will that can chase away memories of the more serious episodes we have been experiencing for quite awhile.
Today, a short trip to Beverly will engage one with an “Old-Fashioned Christmas” sponsored by the Beverly Heritage Center. A visit with an Olde World Santa, as well as a Presbyterian Church meal of soup, sandwich and dessert, will be available by mid-morning. The ladies group serving assures, also, the sale of their traditional trays of decorated Christmas cookie assortments.
If passing through Elkins on your return trip from this event, a stop at The Arts Center will provide an opportunity to view many hand-made gift items that their experts are gathering to sell. One-of-a-kind presents are always special.
One will want to reserve some time in the coming week to view Larry Gowers’ greenhouses in South Elkins where hundreds of new poinsettias fill the shelves and one can be immersed in colorful reds and pinks — even gold and blue– while walking through the buildings.
A destination on Weston’s Main Avenue near its Masonic Temple is Minnich’s Florists, that always goes into overdrive with decorating efforts. Attractive trees, wreaths, ornaments and floral arrangements are multiple and beautiful to the eye. Most depart from this store understanding what the word “breathtaking” means.
A new feature in downtown Elkins is the addition of a gnome congregation that will appear at several locations. The first of these showed up at Beander’s a couple years ago, adding some life to the streets. Now, we have a full-fledged committee recruiting some more gnomes to join in this year’s holiday fun. This growing collection should produce plenty of company for visitors to our fair town.
We can always depend on our schools and churches to provide holiday music selections in performances they will make. Our bell choirs will also be on cue for producing Christmas melodies we have enjoyed through the years.
Do take drives through the county and see the light displays all around. One would be amazed at the number of residents who take time to provide decorations. And, if you make it to Mill Creek, “Who-ville” will be the ultimate light show that can be attended.
Upon entering town, take a left to the back road toward Tyrand and I am sure you will not have trouble finding it.
Of all the splendid sights there are to see during this season, keep on the look for a creche with a baby and some worshiping shepherds. The enlightened thought and purpose of this child gave the word “charm” an acceleration. The love that was added to the world on Christmas Day saves us and preserves us to celebrate again.