BUCKHANNON – CREATE Buckhannon met on Thursday to discuss several initiatives they are currently working to accomplish. The community-minded group has been meeting weekly for the last 10 years and currently gathers every Thursday during the lunch hour from 12-1 p.m. at The Opera House on Main Street. The meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend and contribute ideas to the group. CJ Rylands stated “Yes is the answer. What is the question?” CREATE Buckhannon prides themselves on being open to suggestions, then spearheading ideas into action and finding cooperative ways to bring those ideas to fruition.
Festival Fridays continues to be one of the most successful initiatives that has come out of the forward-thinking group. The festival currently has 54 vendors signed up and as of last week, there were only five empty spots open. Buck Edward’s amazing chicken dinners have been a big hit with festival goers and you better arrive early if you’d like to try them because they sell out within an hour.
CREATE Buckhannon is currently seeking more contributors for their historical building plaque project. The plaque project is open to anyone who would like to have an informative historical plaque placed on their building. CREATE envisions offering a self-guided tour of downtown Buckhannon through strategic placement of the plaques.
Currently, Create Buckhannon is working on branding Buckhannon with the established foundation in 1816 on an entrance sign that will be located on Route 151 near Woody’s Bowling Alley. This will allow patrons entering Buckhannon via Route 151 to have a visual welcoming upon entering the city, as well as information on when the town was founded. As discussed at the meeting, the new entrance display will probably cost several thousand dollars and the group will likely fundraise to pay for the sign. There was a welcome to Buckhannon sign placed there back in the 1980’s but it fell apart. The group discussed the general idea of modifying the theme of the notorious strawberry festival to a more historical branding emphasizing the founded or established date of 1816 as well.
The community garden located in Buckhannon is thriving. Members of the garden are already reportedly picking tomatoes. The garden is a community effort that allows those interested in participating the ability to plant and care for the garden and share the crop with everyone involved in the community garden. Everything done at the community garden is a shared group effort and it is another of the group’s wonderful ideas that has come to fruition.
Artistry on Main is offering art camps this summer. The camps are only $20.00 per week offered Monday through Friday and are open to children ages six through 12. This is a great opportunity for children interested in learning more about art and for caregivers to facilitate growth in that interest. Anyone interested in more information should call 304-460-2505.
The vinyl is reportedly ready for the Charlie Harper mural at Trader’s Alley. The mural will be located on the side of the Chapman Technical Group building on the long white wall. The estate gave Create Buckhannon permission to use any images they want, so several were picked. The mural will follow suit in the impressionistic type art that is already completed downtown.
The Colonial Theatre now has all the framing up and the transformation is really unbelievable. CJ Rylands told the group it was very well thought out by Mr. VanNostrand. Once completed, it is going to be a really functional place and will impact the community on many levels. Contact City Hall if you are interested in a tour or would like to contribute to the ongoing restoration.