Handmade Crafts » holidays 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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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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The West Virginia History Of Father’s Day http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-west-virginia-history-of-fathers-day http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-west-virginia-history-of-fathers-day#comments Tue, 25 May 2010 22:00:30 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=870 Father's Day Church / Monongah Mine Disaster

While Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., is given credit for Father’s Day, history shows that the first Father’s Day celebration occurred in Fairmont, W.Va., on July 5, 1908.

The seeds of a Father’s Day Service were planted on Dec. 6, 1907, when a horrible mine explosion at Monongah, near Fairmont, killed more than 360 men, 210 of whom were fathers, leaving 250 widows and more than 1,000 children grieving.

Thoughts of these lonely people touched local resident Grace Clayton deeply. “It was partly the explosion that got me to thinking how important and loved most fathers are. All those lonely children and those heart-broken wives and mothers, made orphans and widows in a matter of a few minutes.”

She suggested to her pastor, at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South, that it would be wonderful if fathers were given a special day to be honored and remembered.

 Mrs. Clayton suggested the Sunday closest to her father’s birthday, which would be July 5, 1908. Her father had been a Methodist minister.

Mother’s Day may have had a small influence, which had originated some 20 miles away in Grafton. The event was set for July 5, 1908.

Unfortunately due to other events within the Fairmont community, no one felt the desire to follow through to convince the city or the State of West Virginia to issue a proclamation establishing an annual Father’s Day.

In the next several years, a number of people in different states made an effort to found a Father’s Day with a national observance. Finally such a bill was signed into law in 1972 by President Nixon.

But one church member who attended, remembered, “I recall the occasion very distinctly as the pulpit was decorated by having ripened sheaves of wheat placed about it. Many favorable comments by the individuals and the press were made concerning the service at that time.”

The church is now called Central United Methodist Church and Father’s Day is celebrated there each year. Highway signs were erected at city entrances proclaiming ‘Welcome to Fairmont – the Friendly City – Home of the First Father’s Day Service, July 5, 1908.”

A plaque was placed on an outside church wall in 1984, and in 1985 a historical marker was erected in front of the church by the West Virginia Department of Archives and History.

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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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