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Beverly Holiday 2012

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 basket weaving 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 floral arrangements.

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 day.

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 24.

Contact the Beverly Heritage Center for more information at 304-637-7424, or email at
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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

PO Box 227 / 4 Court Street  -  Beverly, WV 26253
304-637-7424  -