Handmade Crafts » Tucker County, WV http://www.mountainmade.com/blog The blog of West Virginia handmade art and handmade crafts. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:48:29 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 Do You Know Where Mother’s Day Began? http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/do-you-know-where-mothers-day-began http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/do-you-know-where-mothers-day-began#comments Sun, 01 May 2011 22:00:07 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=681 Mother’s Day was first celebrated on Sunday, May 10, 1908, in Grafton, W.Va., in the Andrews Methodist Church now known as the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

Mother’s Day began in the Andrews Methodist Church now known as the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

Mother’s Day was first celebrated on Sunday, May 10, 1908, in Grafton, W.Va., in the Andrews Methodist Church now known as the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

Anna Jarvis is recognized as the founder of Mother’s Day.

During the Civil War, the Jarvis family lived in Webster, a community south of Grafton. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, provided nursing care and promoted better sanitation during the war years. After the war, Ann continued her work and strove to bring families and communities back together.

In 1902, the family moved to Philadelphia where Ann would die on May 9, 1905. On the second Sunday in May 1907, Anna invited several friends to her home to commemorate her mother’s life. Anna announced her idea of a day of national celebration in honor of mothers.

Anna Jarvis wrote to Andrews Methodist Church suggesting that the church, in which her mother had taught classes for 20 years, celebrate a Mother’s Day in her honor.

Anna established the white carnation as the symbol of the celebration and developed programming activities in honor of the event. On April 26, 1920, West Virginia Gov. William E. Glasscock issued the first Mother’s Day proclamation. In 1912, at the General Methodist Conference, Anna was recognized as the founder of Mother’s Day. A joint resolution in the U.S. Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day and was approved by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914.

Andrews Methodist Church has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is the focal point for the celebration. In 2008, the International Mother’s Day Shrine and the City of Grafton celebrated the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day. Each year, the Carnation Ball is held in April to raise funds for the shrine.

The Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum is located in Webster.

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MountainMade welcomes Paul Lucchesi http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-welcomes-paul-lucchesi http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-welcomes-paul-lucchesi#comments Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:24:30 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1116 MountainMade is very excited to welcome sculptor and painter Paul Lucchesi to the list of amazing artisans juried into our Gallery. Paul is a sculptor and painter who is inspired by Italian Renaissance and Baroque sculpture. He is known all over the world as a fine artist and instructor who loves teaching the art of making sculpture in a fun setting.

Mountain Made currently has 9 of Paul’s oil based paintings including the full serious of “NewYork/NewYork” which Paul painted after the events of 9/11 while he was living in New York.

Paul left the city life and is now a resident of Thomas where he is a very active member of the artisan community and is welcomed at every turn. Paul has been quoted, “Why wouldn’t anyone want to live here. It is beautiful.” Paul already started to share his teaching talents, and those of other artisan friends, with the community by doing his first workshop in his new hometown last summer. I must say it was a beautiful and inspiring site to drive down Front Street, on a beautiful sunny day, and see an art class in full swing down by the river.

We encourage you all to come in the Gallery and see some of this incredibly talented gentleman’s work.

Shaena Parsons
3 of the 5 "New York/New York" paintings by Paul Lucchesi

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MountainMade now located at Cafe Cimino in Sutton, WV. http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-now-located-at-cafe-cimino-in-sutton-wv http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-now-located-at-cafe-cimino-in-sutton-wv#comments Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:30:01 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1006 Tim and Melody Urbanic at Cafe Cimino

Tim and Melody Urbanic at Cafe Cimino

MountainMade has another home and it’s right in the center of West Virginia.  Café Cimino Country Inn in Sutton is now featuring the fine arts and crafts of some of West Virginia’s best artists. Now, when shopping for MountainMade artisan gifts, one can also enjoy their “new digs”.

Café Cimino Country Inn offers 10 elegant guest rooms in an exquisite Colonial Revival Estate, circa 1898. Gracefully situated on the Elk River, the Inn affords discriminating guests casual elegance and a beautiful, peaceful atmosphere for their getaway. Guests of the Inn also enjoy spa services and recreation on the Elk River and Sutton Lake. The grounds are spacious and inviting, offering several little “nooks and crannies” where you can relax and talk, read, enjoy a meal or just “be“.

Café Cimino Country Inn’s restaurant is a leader in West Virginia’s “Farm to Table” and the “Slow Food” Movement. As in Italy, dining at Cimino’s allows one to enjoy the whole experience and linger for hours with friends and family. The Inn features fresh food grown on the family farm and by local growers. The chefs at the Inn have been trained by Executive Chef Tim Urbanic, an old world chef, whose reverence for food and of the dining experience has made this property one of West Virginia’s premiere destinations.

The Urbanics say that the addition of MountainMade to the Inn’s amenities is a “perfect fit” since both businesses’ share the same clientèle.  ”I think that our demographic/target markets are the same people; ones that know, appreciate and demand quality in whatever they do in life”, adds Melody.

Melody Urbanic
Chef Tim Urbanic

Café Cimino Country Inn

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Celebrate Leaf Peepers Festival With MountainMade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/celebrate-leaf-peepers-festival-with-mountainmade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/celebrate-leaf-peepers-festival-with-mountainmade#comments Wed, 15 Sep 2010 17:57:47 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=998 This photo of blazing fall foliage at Dolly Sods Wilderness Area in Tucker County, is one of many available online from MountainMade photographer Ed Rehbein.

This photo of blazing fall foliage at Dolly Sods Wilderness Area in Tucker County, is one of many available online from MountainMade photographer Ed Rehbein.

The leaves are beginning to display their autumn colors just in time for the Leaf Peepers Festival, September 24-26.

This year marks the 22nd year for this exciting community event. Every year MountainMade works with the Alpine Festival, the Tucker Community Foundation, and the Tucker County Chamber of Commerce to coordinate the events that our visitors from near and far enjoy.

This year will feature a Fireman’s Parade on Friday and a car show on Sunday. This year the annual Tucker County Chamber of Commerce Silent Auction will be held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Davis Fire Hall on Saturday. MountainMade has donated a basket of handmade candles to the event. Profits from the auction help defray the costs associated with the festival.

MountainMade hopes you will visit the Gallery during the event. The Gallery’s featured artist this month is Bruce Wilson who makes much of his own papers and using flowers, leaves, fibers, etc. to create.  An archivist by education, he elegantly mattes and frames each piece under archival glass.

MountainMade will host its traditional food tasting on Saturday and Sunday. A variety of West Virginia food artisans will be featured. In addition, a special selection of items will be discounted for the event.

MountainMade staff hopes you will drop by the Gallery on Douglas Road sometime over the Festival weekend.

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Discover These MountainMade Artists For Fall http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/discover-these-mountainmade-artists-for-fall http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/discover-these-mountainmade-artists-for-fall#comments Wed, 01 Sep 2010 05:00:25 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=981 Come see the fall foliage for Leaf Peepers Festival, and swing by the majestic Blackwater Falls.

Come see the fall foliage for Leaf Peepers Festival, and swing by the majestic Blackwater Falls.

The nights are getting a bit cooler and kids and teachers are going back to school. Ready or not, fall is upon us. The trees are a-bloom with apples and there’s a hint of fall colors beginning to emerge.

September is around the corner. There’s still time to come in and find a great deal on acrylic/pastel artist Beth Crowder, and botanical artist Bruce Wilson will soon be exhibiting in the Gallery.

Bruce makes much of his own papers and using flowers, leaves, fibers, etc., to create. An archivist by trade, he elegantly mattes and frames each piece in archival glass.

Whether for your home or office check out Matt Thomas’ shelves (24” and 32”). Handcrafted using West Virginia oak, cherry and walnut, Matt’s shelves offer a lasting elegance and and much needed space to your workspace.

It’s the perfect time to plan a get away to Thomas. There are some great room rates and lots of fresh air. Don’t forget Leaf Peepers Festival, Sept. 24-26, 2010.

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Being Blessed — I Am MountainMade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/being-blessed-%e2%80%94-i-am-mountainmade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/being-blessed-%e2%80%94-i-am-mountainmade#comments Tue, 31 Aug 2010 05:00:30 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=977 Most days, you'll find Heidi Haldeen serving artists and guests at The MountainMade Gallery in Thomas, WV.

Most days, you'll find Heidi Haldeen serving artists and guests at The MountainMade Gallery in Thomas, WV.

I have been very blessed to work at MountainMade. I am surrounded every day by a quality, excellence and a committed group of people who believe in what we do: We represent West Virginia artists and craftspeople by knowing and promoting their work.

I am on the front-line. I have other duties, but I am often one of the first people to greet you when you walk in the door, email or call with a question. I don’t always know the answer, but I’ll find out and get back with you as soon as I can.

The “gift” is the relationship(s) I have with our customers.

We meet new people every day, but many of you have become friends. The Gallery is an open, intimate space that invites lingering exploration. I’m here to answer your questions and guide you in your search for the perfect gift, but “it’s got to be the right fit.” We get to learn a bit about your stories and your passions and preferences. We learn what’s most important to you. Your trust and commitment to quality, handmade goods keeps us alive and growing.

I am reminded of this every day. Today it was the couple who had been in 6-plus weeks ago and seen a Beth Crowder pastel and came back just to see her exhibit. Needless to say, they’ll enjoy a few of Beth’s whimsical critters and her detailed landscapes for years to come. To answer the phone and be serenaded by an artist who knows that today is my birthday is delightful. The customer who meets me at the grocery and makes the connection — MountainMade! This IS the good stuff.

But, the winning recent memory is the gentleman who shook my hand because I helped him and his wife create the perfect wedding gift for a young man who made a life and death difference to their family. A custom-made piece of glassware that will be used and cherished for a lifetime. To hear your story, makes mine better.

I AM MountainMade and part of a greater whole. I keep good company. Yours.

I look forward to serving you.

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Time For Mountaineer Days In Thomas http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/time-for-mountaineer-days-in-thomas http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/time-for-mountaineer-days-in-thomas#comments Thu, 01 Jul 2010 18:53:09 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=898 Thomas, W.Va., is ready to celebrate Mountaineer Days this Fourth of July weekend. And MountainMade would love for you to visit! Rich and Carrie are getting ready for the holiday weekend with a fresh batch of Hurley Bird Feeders, which won't last long. Some of the store's newest treasures are quilted jewelry bags and a wonderful selection of field guides on hiking and travel, and birding and wildflowers.

Thomas, W.Va., is ready to celebrate Mountaineer Days this Fourth of July weekend. And MountainMade would love for you to come visit! Some of the store's newest treasures are quilted jewelry bags and a wonderful selection of field guides on hiking and travel, and birding and wildflowers. Rich and Carrie will be ready for the holiday weekend with a fresh batch of Hurley Bird Feeders, which won't last long.

Summer’s in full swing in Thomas and the celebration is just beginning.

Thomas hosts Mountaineer Days on July 2-5, 2010. It is a celebration of our nation’s independence and a time for many of the local families to “come home.”

The historic downtown and rail-trail will be abuzz with craft, game and food booths. You can also expect live music – Mountain State Brewing Company and the Purple Fiddle will have great shows all weekend long – cake walks, pageants and more.

Saturday is an exciting day for kids of all ages with the parade that morning, the Fireman’s Water Battle, an evening with Elvis and the fireworks display. Thomas is very proud and grateful to our volunteer fire department. They are an active and committed group of individuals who serve our community.

And for one night each July they put on an amazing show of fireworks. They put on one of the region’s best displays. We recommend bringing a late-night picnic, spreading a blanket and gazing at the glorious colors! It promises to be a great evening in the mountains.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Slip down to Canaan Valley for the 20th Annual Celebration of the Arts, including a Free Concert by the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and the Red, White & Blue Golf Scramble on Saturday.

Stop by and see us in the Gallery. We promise, there’s something for everyone.

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Grafton Memorial Day Dates Back To The Civil War http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/grafton-memorial-day-dates-back-to-the-civil-war http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/grafton-memorial-day-dates-back-to-the-civil-war#comments Thu, 20 May 2010 22:00:44 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=845 American Flag

Memorial Day brings memories of parades, picnics and a day off from work or school.

In West Virginia, the origins of Memorial Day go back to the Civil War. In 1867, Maj. R. C. Bates was ordered by the War Department to locate a permanent burial site for the Union soldiers who had died in hospitals and battlefields throughout West Virginia.

Bates chose the Grafton location because it was relatively level in a region noted for mountainous terrain and it was near Maple Avenue Cemetery, where many war dead had already been buried. In 1867, Grafton held a “Flower Strewing Day” later called Memorial Day to honor those who served the community and the country during the Civil War.

In 1903, Thornesberry Baily Brown was reinterred at Grafton National Cemetery. Brown was rumored to be the first Union casualty of the Civil War, having been killed May 22, 1861, when he refused a Confederate sentry’s order to halt and shot the sentry in the ear. The sentry responded by shooting Brown through the heart.

Grafton has the honor of celebrating the longest ongoing Memorial Day observance in the country. Grafton now celebrates the Spirit of Grafton, a weekend festival around the parade. Though casual today, in years past men dressed in suits and ties and ladies in dresses and hats for the parade which was followed picnics and swims at Tygart Lake.

Today, like yesterday, school children march in the parade through town to the Grafton National Cemetery where they place flowers and American flags on the graves. The parade is still followed by picnics.

Taylor County hosts both the Grafton National Cemetery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, and the West Virginia National Cemetery located approximately five miles west of Grafton. These cemeteries are the only national cemeteries in West Virginia. The West Virginia National Cemetery was created in 1987 because the Grafton Cemetery was running out of burial space.

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The History of Thomas, WV’s Peacock Building http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-history-of-thomas-wv%e2%80%99s-peacock-building http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-history-of-thomas-wv%e2%80%99s-peacock-building#comments Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:06:57 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=495 The MountainMade Country Store is located in the Peacock Building, on Thomas, WVs downtown mainstreet. The building was purchased by the Vandalia Heritage Foundation in 2002 and renovated to its current condition.

The MountainMade Country Store is located in the Peacock Building, on Thomas, WV's downtown mainstreet. The building was purchased by the Vandalia Heritage Foundation in 2002 and renovated to its current condition.

MountainMade’s Country Store is located in the renovated Peacock Building, right on Thomas, WV’s historic Main Street. Some of the historic uses of the Peacock Building include residential apartments, saloons and retail shops.

The Peacock Building is typical of the commercial architecture of the downtown Thomas area. Architecturally and historically, the Peacock Building helps to evoke the days when downtown Thomas was a bustling center of commerce.  After fires struck Thomas in 1890 and then again in 1893, the town built new commercial structures from masonry to prevent future fires. Beautiful hotels, bars and an opera house lined the streets and many of those structures still stand today.

In 2002, the Vandalia Heritage Foundation purchased the building which was in need of major repairs. Vandalia gutted and renovated the building to include the retail area on the first floor where the MountainMade Country Store is located. The Peacock Building was originally known as the Bible Building, having at one time been owned by the Bible family. Vandalia re-named the building after the Foundation’s logo which features a peacock.

MountainMades Country Store has a Christmas Shop all year!

MountainMade's Country Store has a Christmas Shop all year!

MountainMade’s Country Store brings back the feel of an old-time general store. It features West Virginian gourmet foods, toys, pottery and other small gift items. It also maintains a year-round Christmas shop beside the vintage potbelly stove. A pottery studio exists in the rear of the store where customers can watch artisans create their products which are often for sale at MountainMade.

The next time you are in Thomas, stop in to shop and to see the full sized saloon bar that is currently displayed in our Country Store.

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The History and Secrets about MountainMade’s Buxton & Landstreet Gallery http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-history-and-secrets-about-mountainmade%e2%80%99s-buxton-landstreet-gallery http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-history-and-secrets-about-mountainmade%e2%80%99s-buxton-landstreet-gallery#comments Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:07:47 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=468 The Historic Buxton and Landstreet Building house MountainMades Fine Art Gallery and Studio Art Classes

The Historic Buxton and Landstreet Building house MountainMade's Fine Art Gallery and Studio Art Classes

The MountainMade Fine Art Gallery and Studio Art Classes are housed by the historic Buxton and Landstreet Building of Thomas, WV. Placing our MountainMade’s Artisan Gallery in this building brings the Buxton & Landstreet Building back to its mercantile roots and provides an ideal display setting for fine art.

Constructed in 1901, Buxton & Landstreet Building served as company store for the Davis Coal and Coke Company. Company employees were paid in script, which they spent in the company store.* Today, the MountainMade Gallery prefers you pay for fine art in legitimate US currency, but we may be willing to bargain.In its day, the building was considered the finest building in the county. Its size is approximately 27,000 square feet and features glazed bricks, ornamental tin ceilings, hardwood floors, graceful support columns and electric lights.

     The Buxton and Landstreet Buildings high ceilings and tall windows allow the art displayed in our fine art gallery to be flooded with natural lighting. Its an ideal setting to view the variety of art, furniture, pottery, glass, and all that MountainMade carries.

The Buxton and Landstreet Building's high ceilings and tall windows allow the art displayed in our fine art gallery to be flooded with natural lighting. It's an ideal setting to view the variety of art, furniture, pottery, glass, and all that MountainMade carries.

Besides a beautiful building, the Buxton and Landstreet Building also holds some mystery. The building is located across the street from the Davis Coal and Coke Administration Building. A local story has a tunnel running between the two buildings, and as legend has it, that’s how the mine workers’ script was returned to the Administrative Building. Although I’m not totally sold on the currency transportation uses for a tunnel and have never gotten to explore this said tunnel, based on the winters here in Thomas, I believe there is a high likelihood that this legend is true.

While its life as a store ended in 1953, thee B&L continued being used as a woodworking shop, a warehouse for a beer distributor, and a mini-mall, then sat empty for approximately ten years. From 1985-1997 the B&L was used as offices for Power Construction and Maintenance. The Vandalia Heritage Foundation purchased it in 2000 and restored the building to its current codition. The hardwood floors and tin ceilings are original, and the large windows bring in natural light which enhances the artisan products showcased. Also located in the B&L Building are MountainMade’s studios where classes are taught and artisans can work.

The Buxton and Landstreet Buildings high ceilings and tall windows allow the art displayed in our fine art gallery to be flooded with natural lighting. Its an ideal setting to view the variety of art, furniture, pottery, glass, and all that MountainMade carries.

We are lucky to have access to such an ideal building in our Thomas, WV location.

By its location in this restored and renovated building, MountainMade is helping to protect our environment. Instead of building a new building for our artisan displays, we are utilizing the embodied energy of this historic building. Please stop in and let us know what you think about the MountainMade Fine Art Gallery housed in Thomas’s Historic Buxton and Landstreet Building.

*If you want to learn more about Appalachian Coal Towns, you should check out this wonderful documentary: The Appalachians. It’s a three hour DVD that explores Appalachian coal culture, cultural roots, and music. Also, it includes an exclusive extended interview with the late Johnny Cash.

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