This Saturday is Helvetia Day, a celebration of the day the first settlers arrived in Helvetia - a small village in Randolph County that has retained its Swiss heritage.
Events will occur all evening, starting off with a historical walk at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., there will be a presentation on Helvetia history, and at 7 p.m., there will be a demonstration of folk songs and dances. All events are set to take place at the Star Band (Red) Hall.
Helvetia Day will conclude with an 8 p.m. square dance and cakewalk. Local square dance callers will guide everyone through West Virginia circle dances. The dance is beginner friendly, and waltzes, polkas and square dances will be played.
The Helvetia Star Band headed by Joe McEnroy will provide live music. Admission is $5 for adults, and children 12 and younger get in for $2.
Visitors will find fresh bread, peach cobbler and delicious Swiss cuisine at the Hutte Restaurant located at the intersection in Helvetia. Folks are encouraged to call ahead and make a reservation for dinner at 304-925-6435.
Helvetia is part of the Mountain Dance Trail, a project organized by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. Square dances take place on the first saturday of the month in Helvetia. The next square dance is scheduled for Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. in the Community Hall.
A full schedule of square dances within West Virginia is available online at www.mountaindancetrail.org or in the Mountain Dance Trail brochure. Information also is available by calling 304-637-1349.
To learn more about events in Helvetia, anyone interested can visit HelvetiaWV.com.