Community celebration rescheduled
ELKINS — This summer’s “Our Nation, Our People, Our Town” celebration, which was originally slated for May 29 but was postponed due to rain showers, has been rescheduled for June 16.
Our Town Inc. organized and planned the event, along with 12 window displays that are scattered throughout downtown Elkins. The organization’s theme will be reflected in each of the window displays.
The rescheduled event will now fall during the same week that will include three holiday — Emancipation Day, Flag Day and West Virginia Day.
Although all 12 of the displays will feature speakers and surprise gifts at the windows during the celebrations, the three celebrating the aforementioned holidays will have some special surprises.
“There are three major holidays running the same week as the event, so we’re adding a little special twist to those windows,” said Our Town Inc. volunteer Bobbi Trimboli. “So if you come to one of those three windows you will get a little special something to celebrate those holidays. But we are going to give away a little something at every window.”
The Flag Day window display will be in the empty building next to Mama Mia’s, while T.D.’s Classic Tees will host the West Virginia Day display, which was constructed by Elkins Middle School students. The Emancipation Day display is at the Old Brick Playhouse.
“Everybody is going to be at their windows to talk about their presentation and what they did,” Trimboli said. “They will answer any questions someone may have and will have handouts to share with the people in the community.”
The celebration will begin at the Randolph County Community Arts Center at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, when children, along with a parent or guardian, will gather and construct lanterns for a lantern parade.
From The Arts Center, the youngsters will move to Kerens Avenue at 6:30 p.m., where they will parade down the street before turning onto Third Street. From there they will finish up at the intersection of South Davis Avenue and Third Street, where Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco will cut a ribbon, welcoming citizens to take a look at the window displays.
One of the displays features coloring book pages completed by residents and students from The Inter-Mountain’s Coloring Contest special section.
The American Legion Post 29 flag bearers and the West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College will also take part in the parade. Post 29 will also honor member Joe Harman, who will participate in the parade.
“We hope a lot of people come out and look at these beautiful displays everyone worked so hard on,” said Trimboli. “The groups have done a fantastic job of bringing these windows to life. They’ve really helped make downtown even more attractive to not only residents, but visitors as well.”
The window display groups and their themes include:
Beverly Elementary School (“Laborers are the Fabric of Today’s Society”); Davis & Elkins College Art Department (a photo display of Our Town); Davis & Elkins College Black Student Union (“A Celebration of Emancipation Day”); Emma Scott Garden Club (Blue Star Marker Program); John Hart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (“Commemorating Flag Day”); Log Cabin Quilters (“Looking at Our Community, State and Nation through the Art of Quilting”); Mountain Heart Community Services (“Family Fun for Independence Day and Child Appreciation Day”); Randolph County Schools’ Fourth and Eighth Graders (“Learning About West Virginia History”); Randolph County Schools’ Second Graders (National Holidays Coloring Contest sponsored by The Inter-Mountain and Papa Johns); West Virginia Railroad Museum Discovery Center (“Labor in Early Appalachia”); Our Town Inc. Volunteers (“Birth of Our Nation”); and Our Town Inc. Volunteers (“Reflections of the Mountain State Forest Festival”).