Saturday, 1 December 2012
Visit historic Beverly for the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas on December 1.
Among the festivities offered will be the Beverly Presbyterian Church Bazaar and
lunch and holiday specials and sales at Beverly businesses. Victorian Santa and
caroling add to the holiday splendor, plus a make your own basket weaving
workshop at the Beverly Heritage Center.
The Beverly Presbyterian Church will host its annual Holiday
Bazaar and Luncheon between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The church will serve
homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts and sell holiday
gift baskets and baked goods.
Children will delight in Victorian Santa at the Beverly Heritage
Center and throughout town. Santa will hear the children’s wish
list, and have some candy to share.
The Elkins Farmers’ Market will join in the festivities by
opening the doors of the IOOF Building. The vendors will have a wide
range of items including jams, jellies, baked goods, arts and
crafts, and more.
“It’s nice to have such a variety of homemade items to choose from,”
says Alison Thornton, a volunteer at the Beverly Heritage Center. “I
like to shop local and Beverly’s Old Fashioned Christmas offers this
in a traditional, Victorian setting”.
Leslie Gordon will show participants in the
workshop how to make homemade wall baskets for the holidays. This
workshop has a suggested $10 donation for supplies and materials,
and will be held at the Beverly Heritage Center at 10 a.m. Please
call ahead to reserve a slot in the workshop.
Unique gifts can be found at many of the Beverly businesses. The
Beverly Heritage Center is stocked with heritage themed gifts for
children and adults. Handmade, local gift items are showcased at
Back in Tyme. Cornucopia offers a variety of candles and home décor
items, and has a whole room dedicated to Christmas cheer. Blossom
Village will spruce up any home or event with holiday inspired
The Historic Beverly Antique Mall, located in the historic Goff
House, has unique items for the hard to find for person, including
jewelry, books, civil war memorabilia, furniture, and a room full of
vintage Christmas decorations and gift items. The Chenoweth House
Antiques and Museum showcases quality antique furniture, home tools,
and paper items.
In keeping with the historic theme and holiday spirit, the
Beverly Heritage Center will also host the Mountain Winds woodwind
trio of Richard Evans, Morris Kittle, and Linda Wolfersheim, who
will perform Civil War era music at 10 a.m. Pam Dodds will join the
group in the afternoon playing the vintage melodeon. At 3 p.m.
everyone is invited to join in a Christmas carol sing to round out
The Beverly Heritage Center, Farmers Market, and Beverly shops
will also be featuring Christmas shopping and specials each Saturday
through December, starting with Small Business Saturday on November
Contact the Beverly Heritage Center for more information at
304-637-7424, or email at
our page on Facebook, or visit us in person at 4 Court
St., Beverly, WV 26253.
CREATE YOUR OWN
Basket-Making Workshop at
Beverly Old-Fashioned Christmas
Will Teach Fundamentals
Learn to make your own wall basket at the Beverly
Heritage Center during Beverly Old-Fashioned Christmas, December 1.
This Saturday workshop taught by basket-maker Leslie Gordon will
allow you to make a basket to decorate your house or jump start your
gift list. Baskets were a mainstay of Civil War times, with many
made for specific uses throughout the home and for commerce. In the
workshop we will make a traditional Wall Basket, which will be both
useful and decorative. The 9 inch by 7 inch basket will look great
holding Christmas Cards, flowers, or guest towels. The basket is
blue and white accented with Tulip Poplar, which can be painted, and
a wooden heart. Leslie will offer some creative options such as
additional colors for dying or staining and natural (and local)
weaving materials such as her favorites: Tulip poplar, Hickory, and
Willow. This workshop is a fine time to start learning the old
fashioned art of basket making, suitable for beginers and satifying
for advanced basket makers.
The workshop will run from 10 am until about 4 pm, with a break for
lunch and to explore Old-Fashioned Christmas. The instruction is
free but a materials donation of $10 is requested. The workshop is
suggested for ages 14 and up, as some sharp tools will be used.
Participants are encouraged to bring
a 2.5 Gallon Bucket, an old towel, a small screwdriver, some clothes
pins, and utility scissors, or a basketry tool kit if they have one.
If you don’t have the tools, some extras will be available.
Reservations are suggested as numbers may need to be limited.
Contact Beverly Heritage Center, 304-642-7427 or