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Fall Arts & Crafts Bonanza

There may be a national supply shortage to your favorite retailer, but fear not! It’s arts and crafts season in North Central West Virginia, along with many opportunities for some early Christmas shopping in our own backyard.

Mylan Park Holiday Craft Show

Mark your calendar for Mylan Park’s big, annual craft vendor show, coming this Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23, starting at 10 a.m at 500 Mylan Park Ln, Morgantown.

The Barn at 7268 Herring Road, Masontown, is a working farm transformed into a four-day vintage Christmas village. Shop, browse, eat, relax and enjoy the beauty and beginning of the holiday season! November 4, 12-8 p.m. thru November 7, 12-8 p.m.

Fairmont Armory Craft Show

Bring a friend and shop for Christmas at the Fairmont Armory Craft Show. November 5-6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by A&K Clothing, a locally owned business specializing in trendy bleached and distressed tees and crews. The National Guard Armory’s address is 201 Artillery Drive.

Mountaineer Week Arts & Crafts Fair

The Fair is coming to the Mountainlair Student Union on November 5-7 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., showcasing hand-made crafts from Appalachian artisans. The items range from fine arts and crafts to edible items and beverages.

Pawliday Craft & Vendor Fair

Homeward Bound WV, Inc.’s Pawliday Craft & Vendor Fair is coming to Chestnut Ridge Church, Cheat Lake Road in Morgantown, on November 6 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This year’s fair features artisans, crafters, vendors, food trucks, raffles, and kittens! Homeward Bound, formerly “Friends of the Four-Legged and Furry,” is a unique, non-profit organization sponsored by the WVU Center for Community Engagement. It is a 100% foster organization dedicated to saving dogs and cats whose lives are in jeopardy while enriching people’s lives in Preston and Monongalia Counties. Their mission:

Rescuing dogs and cats in need at local kill facilities, rehabilitation of sick and un-socialized animals, and retrieval of orphaned and abandoned pets for ultimate adoption into permanent, responsible, loving homes.

Providing a low-cost spay/neuter program (through the generosity of the Peterman Foundation and reduced fees at local veterinary clinics) for the people of Preston and Monongalia Counties to reduce unwanted births and unfortunate deaths of animal offspring.

Providing nurturing foster homes where cats and dogs receive an enormous amount of love and any necessary medical attention that to ensure they are in good health before adoption. When time permits, our dogs are also house-trained and taught basic obedience.

Evaluating all of our cats and dogs for temperament and personality and helping to place them in homes that are well suited to their needs and the needs of their future owners.

Educating prospective adopters about the responsibilities and costs of bringing a dog or cat into their homes and lives.

Educating school-aged children about stray, homeless, and feral animals and how they can help treat these animals in their neighborhoods.

Working with area shelters and other rescue/humane organizations to develop a network of supporters and volunteers to create a better world for homeless pets.

Facilitating the relocation and transport of homeless pets from kill shelters to other rescue organizations.

If you plan to attend the upcoming Fair, Homeward Bound welcomes donations of pet food and supplies. Send monetary donations to Homeward Bound WV, P.O. Box 4592, Morgantown, WV 26504. For more information, go online at

Tygart Lake Spook-Tacular

The Tygart Lake State Foundation’s Spook-Tacular Drive-Thru begins at the Tygart Lake Marina this Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23, from 6-9 p.m. The Spook-Tacular is a family-friendly event, and the cost is a $5 minimum donation per vehicle. Please remain in your vehicle at all times and use low beam headlights.

October is waning, but we’re not yet ready to say goodbye to the lovely fall season. There’s still a little time for a scenic drive and a final farewell to 2021’s fall color. This year, at least in north-central WV, the trees seem reluctant to release the green of summer (as am I!). Gary D. and I are planning a drive into the Grantsville, Maryland area and — of course — a leisurely lunch at Penn Alps, followed by a stroll around the craft shop and artisan village. Get out and enjoy the crisp days of fall, ‘cause winter’s coming!

“The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.” (Henry Adams)