WESTON— What is better for a Valentine’s celebration than chocolate … lots of chocolate? And the WV Glass Museum in Weston will have lots of it, in all forms at this weekend’s Chocolate Lover’s Feast planned for Saturday, February 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Museum, located on Main Avenue in Weston.
Sheila Sayre and Fay Bell know how important chocolate is for a great Valentine’s Day Celebration…they have been helping create the Chocolate Lover’s Feast for years at the Museum. Sheila and Fay are no strangers to donating their time to help revitalize Weston. They are members of the Weston Fairs and Festivals Committee. They also headed up the annual Christmas and spring decorating in downtown Weston.
Chocolate-covered peanuts, chocolate cookies, chocolate cakes, chocolate cheesecakes, and even chocolate wines will be available for the chocolate lovers. Each contributor is bringing at least two items, which will be more than enough for the visitors who only need to pay $10 to indulge. Advance tickets are available at the New Image Beauty Salon on Second Street in Weston or the Glass Museum at 304-269-5006. Interested parties can call 304-269-4761 for information or to donate items.
Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand. Most everyone loves chocolate, but it is actually good for one’s health…especially one’s heart. That is because cocoa which is the main ingredient in chocolate is rich in antioxidant polyphenols, similar to the chemicals found in foods such as red wine and tea.
There are many compounds in chocolate which act upon the brain to produce a sense of delight unlike anything else. Chocolate also has caffeine in it which can be beneficial to one’s health and is the most widely consumed stimulant on earth. It stimulates the central nervous system, stimulates the flow of blood in the brain, and increases the very important neurotransmitter serotonin. Caffeine enhances alertness, facilitates thought formation and decreases fatigue. It also improves mood overall, lifts the spirits, and enhances both cardiovascular function and respiration. Modest amounts of caffeine in chocolate provide a healthy stimulant effect and is usually suitable for consumption by all adults and children. All that chocolate at the Extravaganza sounds like it is good for the winter blues.
The Glass Museum is an undiscovered gem right in the middle of Weston. It is a museum dedicated to the region and nation’s rich glass heritage. There are examples of thousands of products that can be viewed and compared and the stories of people and processes come to life. Presently there are 15,000 pieces on display with another 15,000 in storage.
The Museum was established in Weston, West Virginia, in 1993 as a non-profit organization with a goal to discover, publish and preserve whatever may relate to the glass industry in West Virginia, the United States of America or where ever else glass has been manufactured. There are several focuses for the Museum including the people, the factories, and the products.
The People... The Museum focuses on the time of 1900-1940, when production of American handmade glass boomed and pieces graced millions of tables WVMAG, Ltd. includes all glass products, from bottles to lightning rod balls, from telegraph insulators to glass used in automobiles, from pressed to blown tableware. It preserves the history of the places and people who made these products.
The Factories..... The Museum examines the rich history of some of America’s most famous glass factories, while at the same time carefully understanding the impact that the hundreds of smaller and often time forgotten glass houses made on the history of the glass industry.
The Product..... The WVMAG displays many of the diverse and beautiful objects produced by factories during this century. The museum attempts to compare and contrast similar pieces produced by once competing companies. No other public collection offers such contrasts on a large scale.