Last week I talked about an upcoming article about things to do the area with children during this summer break from school. I anticipated having that article in this week's paper, but it appears that there is more interest in this subject than I anticipated. Also, there is a whole lot to do without going very far.
So, we are hoping to make a special supplement out of it. Unfortunately that takes a bit more time, so we're hoping to get that out to you in a few weeks. Stay tuned. . .
In the meantime, find your own fun out there! I appreciate Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's column below that talks about spending a summer in West Virginia.
There really is so much to do right here in the Mountain State. While we all like to venture beyond our borders from time to time, there isn't really any need to do so to find just about anything we could want to do.
We have water and beaches, even if they aren't along the Atlantic Ocean. We have amusement parks -- I'm thinking I may need to go to Camden Park near Huntington sometime soon, as I've never been there. Our outdoor pursuits are almost limitless. And of course we have the arts.
I almost shocked myself and certainly Dan Henthorn by this revelation, but I have never been to a production at Cliffside Amphitheater. I hope this is the year to break that drought, particularly since so many locals are involved in that venue's revival.
I will need to plan to go see Hatfields and McCoys and I hope many of you do the same. Let's support this institution that tells part of our state's history.
The story on page 5 about the New Martinsville Records Challenge contains a bit of information that will undoubtedly be troubling to some: There will not be a Festival of Memories this year.
The Festival of Memories was very possibly my favorite event in Wetzel County. I must admit that I was sad when I first heard the news. However, I understand the decision.
Many of the people who organized it also organized the Records Challenge and, frankly, people can only do so much.
Also, if you weren't interested in the fast boats, the Records Challenge might have left you wanting more. Now, hopefully, with the combination, it will create one fabulous event!
Given the recent hot temperatures, I'd also venture to say that being out at a street fair in September is much more desirable than July.
Finally on the fairs and festivals front, I had been told that the Chili-Fest was going to be moved to the Wetzel County 4-H Grounds. I am happy to report that the decision has been reversed. It will remain on Main Street. So mark your calendars for Oct. 25 and enjoy the traditional event-also a favorite of mine!