Painter of the Forest

The Inter-Mountain phot by Edgar Kelley Taelynn Grace Harlan will serve as Woodly the Elf during the 84th Mountain State Forest Festival, which begins Saturday.

Harlan to serve as Woodly the Elf

ELKINS — Taelynn Grace Harlan has waited a long time to fulfill her role as Woodly the Elf, the spritely painter of the forest scene for the 84th Mountain State Forest Festival.

The costume for Woodly the Elf features an A-line modest trapeze dress in the color of Forest Moss velvet, with a high-low hemline just above the knee, according to Miss Connie Linger, the MSFF costume designer.

“Her simple neckline is adorned by a garland of seven leaves of maple and one oak, with an embroidered acorn at the center front,” Linger said. “The leaves serve to anchor her capelet collar made from a layer of sheer mesh glittering with streams of metallic copper. It falls around her shoulders and splits behind her into two long trailing pointed back drapes.

“Her dress features classic puffed sleeves in the Forest Moss velvet, finished at the wrist with long fitted and embroidered taffeta cuffs in dark fern green. Taelynn’s dress is cinched with a wide belt of the matching embroidered taffeta.

“Chocolate brown leggings barely peek out from under her dress before you are amazed by her stand out leatherette elf boots,” she said. “The boots are knee high and make quite a statement as they feature a larger than usual curl at the toe and a lightly ruched glittery copper mesh cuff at the top of the boot.

“Woodly’s classic pointed elf hat is created from the Forest Moss velvet and is accented by embroidered leaves and a trail of metallic gold braid which twirls around the hat to end at the point with two embroidered acorns. Embroidered leaves peek out from under her turned-up cuff in a matching cotton batik print.

“Taelynn will be the envy of all who admire the magic represented by Woodly the Elf,”Linger said. “Her personality, charm and enthusiasm prepare us for all the excitement of the 84th Mountain State Forest Festival ‘A Mountain Mosaic.”’

“Many thanks to Lola Collier for her amazing skill in bringing my Woodly sketch to life,”Linger added.

Harlan is a fifth-grader at Midland Elementary School. Her parents are Brandon and Trenna Robinson and George and Brittany Harlan.

4-H selling MSFF sidewalk leaves

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Edgar Kelley – Staff Writer

ELKINS — In an effort to raise money for its organization and make Elkins look more festive during the 2022 Mountain State Forest Festival, Randolph County 4-H will be painting festival leaves on the sidewalks of local businesses.

Leaves can be repainted if they remain from a previous Forest Festival year or new leaves can be designed in front of area businesses. As they have in the past, the Randolph County 4-H and Teen Leaders will paint the leaves as part of a yearly fundraiser for the organization.

This will be the first time since 2019 that the organization will be painting the leaves for those attending the Mountain State Forest Festival, because the last two festivals were canceled due to COVID-19. Despite last year’s cancellation, the group was able to paint leaves at several locations throughout downtown Elkins.

Leaves can be painted in a variety of different fall colors and the cost for each one is $20. The leaves will be painted after business hours on or before Oct. 1.

“We are so excited for the return of the Mountain State Forest Festival,” Hannah Fincham, Extension Agent and Family & Community Development with the WVU Extension Office, told The Inter-Mountain. “It’s time to spruce up the maple leaves on your sidewalk or get one painted for the first time to help make Elkins look festive.”

For more information call Gladys at the WVU Extension office at 304-636-2455. Businesses can choose to have an invoice sent via email or pre-pay. Checks can be made payable to Randolph County 4-H Leaders Association and mailed to WVU Extension Service, 32 Randolph Ave, Suite 102, Elkins, 26241.

The Mountain State Forest Festival, which is one of the oldest and largest festivals in West Virginia, will make its return on Oct. 1. The festival will run throughout the first week of October and conclude on Oct. 9.

Quilted Beauty

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Forest Festival to feature Log Cabin Quilters Guild Show

Edgar Kelly – Staff Writer

ELKINS — For three consecutive days during the Mountain State Forest Festival, the annual Log Cabin Quilters Guild Quilt Show will be offered at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA.

This marks the seventh year for the show, and the first since 2019, as the MSFF was canceled the last two years due to COVID-19. Admission to the event is free and the show will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the first two days — Saturday and Sunday — of the festival, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the final day, Sunday, Oct. 8.

In addition to the traditional show displays, West Virginia quilt artist Amy Pabst will have a collection of her 23 log cabin quilts on exhibit. Pabst’s quilts have been entered in quilt shows both nationally and internationally, and she has been awarded many blue ribbons for her work.

Pabst also recently had her first book published in France by Quiltmania Magazine called “Log Cabin: The 100,000 Piece Project.”She was flown to France courtesy of Quiltmania so that she could teach her technique to quilters in that country.

Pabst will continue her teachings when she travels to the Netherlands next spring. She lives in the town of LeRoy in Jackson County and was recently certified by the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges. She has been a professional quilt judge since 2014.

“Life can be confusing, unpredictable and overwhelming, but quilting gives me purpose and structure, and sets things in an order that I can make sense of,” Pabst said.

As in past years, the 2022 event will showcase quilts made at Kids-Teens Summer Quilt Camps at the Elkins Sewing Center, and a Featured Quilter, which will be Marlinton resident Diana Beverage, who has been quilting and making artwork for 33 years.

Beverage is the owner of the quilting and art company Artcents, and will have a collection of her own work on display at the show. Some of her pictorial quilts were purchased by the West Virginia Cultural Center in Charleston and are part of its permanent collection.

Once again the Quilt Show’s boutique will offer an abundance of handmade items for the close to 2,000 visitors who walk through the show each year. Proceeds taken from the boutique will benefit the Guild’s community projects, that include quilts for patients on dialysis at the Fresenius Kidney Care in Elkins, and the annual Quilt of Valor, that is given to a local veteran each year.

The theme for this year’s show will be the traditional “Log Cabin Block” quilt pattern. The design made its debut in the United States during the Civil War and is a favorite of many quilters. Many Log Cabin quilts made by Guild members will be on display at the show.

Submitted photos several different quilts will be on display during the annual Log Cabin Quilters Guild Quilt Show 

Workers from Applied Construction Solutions, Inc. used various equipment, including a crane, to install steel roof trusses at the Citizens Bank of West Virginia Amphitheatre at Davis & Elkins College.

Steel Placement at Amphitheatre Tops off Preparations for Mountain State Forest Festival

 

 

 

 

Elkins – A large crane hoisted steel roof trusses Tuesday for placement at the Citizens Bank of West Virginia Amphitheatre at Davis & Elkins College. The near-end phase of construction topped off preparations for the 84th Mountain State Forest Festival and began a new era for a facility that will serve the local community.

Renovations to the amphitheatre began in July with Applied Construction Solutions, Inc. (ACS) agreeing to perform the work within the nearly $275,000 budget as a community partner. Citizens Bank of West Virginia offered lead funding for the project while the city of Elkins allocated $43,746 and the Randolph County Commission voted to contribute $50,000, both sourced from their American Rescue Plan Act fund.

“The opportunity for Applied Construction Solutions, Inc. and its team members to offer our services for this project has been very exciting,” said ACS President David Alvarez. “Many of our coworkers, Kenny Shaffer, Derek and Jeff Pritt, Greg Teter, Mike Elmore and Gary Muhlestein, among others are from Randolph County. They were able to contribute their professional talents and heartfelt efforts in making this project a success.”

The newly designed amphitheatre will eventually feature a roof to allow for performances in inclement weather and lighting for nighttime events. In addition, the structure will have capabilities for a variety of production equipment. The concrete platform and steps were enhanced and an accessibility ramp was installed.

The structure will serve the community in multiple ways as an entertainment and event venue for locals as well as visitors.

For decades, the amphitheatre also has served as the site of the coronation of Queen Silvia. Alvarez’s daughter, Kara, served as Queen Silvia LXXX when Davis & Elkins College Vice President for Institutional Advancement Scott Goddard was director general in 2016.

“The Mountain State Forest Festival has always had a special place in our hearts as it has for many West Virginians,” “My daughter, Kara Alvarez, along with our friend Joyce Allen and our son-in-law, Clint Bennett, inspired my wife, Kim, and I to get involved in the Mountain State Forest Festival. Davis & Elkins plays such an integral part in the Elkins community and to the success of the Forest Festival. The building of this amphitheatre is a proud milestone for all involved and will touch the lives of many for years to come.”

In addition to the coronation, several Forest Festival events are planned at the amphitheatre this year including the Highland Dance Competition, the Lumberjack Contest and the Country Music Show: Country on Campus Tour.

Plans for a dedication ceremony will be announced in the future.

84th Mountain State Forest Festival Princess Abigail Lynnlee Hannan

Abigail Lynnlee Hannan

Mountain State Forest Festival Director Robbie Morris has announced that Abigail Lynnlee Hannan will serve as a Princess to the Royal Court of Maid Silvia LXXXIV, Caroline Marie Fluke.

Princess Abigail Lynnlee Hannan was appointed by Mountain State Forest Festival President Ben Shaffer. She is the daughter of Steve and Connie Hannan of Elkins. She is the granddaughter of Terry and Dorothy Biller of Elkins and the late Raymond “Red” and Mildred Hannan of Elkins.

Abigail is a 2021 graduate of Elkins High School, where she was an Honor Roll student and a member of the National Spanish Honor Society. She also served as the Vice President of the National Honor Society and President of the Elkins FFA. Princess Abigail is a sophomore at West Virginia Wesleyan College where she is majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Honors. She was named a WV Scholar finalist, recipient of the WVWC Presidential Scholarship and a WVWC service scholar. She is also a member of the Honors Program, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, SURE summer research student, and has been named to the Presidents List.

Please join Abigail Lynnlee Hannan and the other Royal Princesses as they descend Coronation Hill at the crowning of Maid Silvia LXXXIV, Caroline Marie Fluke, during the Coronation Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022 at the Outdoor Amphitheatre of Davis & Elkins College.

The 84th edition of the Mountain State Forest Festival with the theme “A Mountain Mosaic” will take place Saturday, October 1, 2022 -Sunday, October 9, 2022. For more information, please visit the Mountain State Forest Festival website at www.forestfestival.com or call 304-636-1824

84th Mountain State Forest Festival Princess Emily Ann Bibey

Emily Ann Bibey

Mountain State Forest Festival Director Robbie Morris has announced that Emily Ann Bibey will serve as a Princess to the Royal Court of Maid Silvia LXXXIV, Caroline Marie Fluke.

Princess Emily Ann Bibey was appointed by Mountain State Forest Festival Director General Robbie Morris. She is the daughter of James and Kelly Bibey of Elkins. She is the granddaughter of Tom and Barbara Binns of Elkins and the late Kenneth and Willa Mae Bibey of Belington. Princess Emily has one brother, Justin Bibey, and one sister, Angela Bibey.

Emily is a 2021 Graduate of Elkins High School, where she graduated top 10% of her class and was in the Spanish Honor Society. She has also danced for 11 years at Dance By Farrah. Princess Emily is a sophomore at Fairmont State University where she is a member of the Fairmont State Dance Team and was on the Presidents List her first semester.

Please join Emily Ann Bibey and the other Royal Princesses as they descend Coronation Hill at the crowning of Maid Silvia LXXXIV, Caroline Marie Fluke, during the Coronation Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022 at the Outdoor Amphitheatre of Davis & Elkins College.

The 84th edition of the Mountain State Forest Festival with the theme “A Mountain Mosaic” will take place Saturday, October 1, 2022 -Sunday, October 9, 2022. For more information, please visit the Mountain State Forest Festival website at www.forestfestival.com or call 304-636-1824

 

84th Mountain State Forest Festival Princess Madison Frances Holland

Madison Frances Holland

Mountain State Forest Festival Director Robbie Morris has announced that Madison Frances Holland will serve as a Princess to the Royal Court of Maid Silvia LXXXIV, Caroline Marie Fluke.

Holland was appointed by Mountain State Forest Festival Board President Ben Shaffer. She is the daughter of Richard and Angela Holland of Elkins and Marisa and Kent Downey of Elkins. She is the granddaughter of the late Lunsford and Xenada Holland of Elkins and Connie Pingley and the late Ralph Pingley of Beverly.

She has two brothers, Matthew and Brock Holland, and three sisters, Bethany and Mackenzie Holland and Emma Downey.

Holland is a 2020 graduate of Elkins High School, where she graduated top 10% of her class and participated in class council and student council. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She also lettered in varsity soccer and basketball and was a member of the homecoming court.

In the fall, Holland will be a sophomore in the WVU Honors College, where she is majoring in Biology/Pre-Med. She is also a Private First Class in the United States Army Reserve.

 

 

2022 Mountain State Forest Festival Princess Anastasia Jones-Burdick

Anastasia Jones – Burdick

Mountain State Forest Festival Director Robbie Morris has announced Anastasia Jones-Burdick will serve as a Princess to the Royal Court of Maid Silvia LXXXIV, Caroline Marie Fluke.

Jones-Burdick was appointed by U.S. Congressman Carol Miller and is the daughter of Hoyt and Amy Burdick of Huntington. She is the granddaughter of Robert and Mary Jones of Huntington.

Jones-Burdick is a 2019 graduate of Huntington High School, where she was salutatorian, Student Body President, Distinguished Young Woman of WV, and participated in WV Rhododendron Girls State. She was the President of Key Club, Latin Club and Spin Club. Awards included Distinguished Honors Program graduate, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Miss Highlander.

In the fall, she will be a senior at University of Mississippi Honors College majoring in public policy leadership, psychology and minoring in journalism. She is a Doris Raymond Scholarship recipient, Associated Student Body Liberal Arts Senator, Chairman of Inclusion & Cross-Cultural Engagement, Director of External Affairs of Grover Grocery (UM food bank), VP of Community Program for Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Legislative Intern for Sen. Joe Manchin. She is a member of Delta Gamma, Omicron Delta Kappa and Lambda Sigma honor societies.

Please join Anastasia Jones-Burdick and the other Royal Princesses as they descend Coronation Hill at the crowning of Maid Silvia LXXXIV, Caroline Marie Fluke, during the Coronation Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 at the Outdoor Amphitheatre of Davis & Elkins College.

 

2022 Mountain State Forest Festival Princess Haleigh Marie Riggleman

Haleigh Marie Riggleman

Mountain State Forest Festival Director Robbie Morris has announced that Haleigh Marie Riggleman will serve as a Princess to the Royal Court of Maid Silvia LXXXIV, Caroline Marie Fluke.

Riggleman was appointed Secretary of State Mac Warner and is the daughter of Larry and Brenda Riggleman of Beverly. She is the granddaughter of Floyd Riggleman and the late Sylvia Riggleman of Beverly, and Raymond Hamrick and the late Virginia Hamrick of Elkins. She has one sister, Sarah Riggleman.

Riggleman is a 2021 graduate of Elkins High School, where she was in the National Honor Society, Student Government and was in the top 10% of her class. She lettered three years in basketball and one year in volleyball. She was an honor roll student and was a homecoming princess her senior year.

She is a teller at Citizens Bank of West Virginia and is a member of Landmark Baptist Church

 

 

 

 

2022 Mountain State Forest Festival Princess Taylee Tiera Tallman

Taylee Tiera Tallman

Mountain State Forest Festival Director Robbie Morris has announced Taylee Tiera Tallman will serve as a Princess to the Royal Court of Maid Silvia LXXXIV, Caroline Marie Fluke.

Princess Taylee Tiera Tallman was appointed by Mountain State Forest Festival President Ben Shaffer and is the daughter of Lawrence “L.J.” and Tammy Tallman of Belington. She is the granddaughter of Jimmy and Jeanie Coontz of Belington, and the late Gene and Rita Tallman of Belington. She has one brother, Trent Tallman.
Tallman is a 2020 graduate of Philip Barbour High School, where she graduated summa cum laude, was a member of the National Honor Society, and attended 2019 Rhododendron Girls State. She participated in band, twirling, basketball and tennis as well as being an honor roll student throughout high school.
In the fall, she will be a junior at Alderson Broaddus University, where she will be continuing her nursing major. She has also upheld the dean’s list status.