For some people, September brings with it a time to begin anew and a time to settle into routine. Adaland Mansion in Philippi will be doing both this month. We are excited to be starting something brand new while we continue with the routine of some of our now established events.
What's new? Adaland Mansion is hosting its first autumn retreat. On Sept. 21-22, we will be welcoming women from around the state into our beautifully restored 1870 mansion to enjoy activities designed to develop appreciation and pride in life in West Virginia, all part of Celebrate West Virginia Women.
The two day event kicks off on Sept. 21 with guest speaker Nikki Bowman, editor of WV Living Magazine, the immensely popular and shamelessly boastful magazine that highlights the beauty that is West Virginia. Nikki knows how to key in on the positive aspects of life in the Mountain State and shows off its nooks and crannies with a loving eye and pen.
Prior to a light lunch, a panel of successful women will discuss "Follow Your Passion! Hidden Jewels in West Virginia." Panelists are Lara Lawrence, JoAnn Peterson, Susie Hickle, Beverly Sexton, Susan Gouer Ball and Mary M. Poling. Field trips and a Royal Tea with harp music by Karen Skidmore wrap up day one.
On Sept. 22, guests will be treated to relaxing morning activities, a buffet lunch, and readings of poetry and prose by West Virginia writers. Writers who will be reading their own creations are Cheryl Denise, Devon McNamara, Colleen Anderson, Barbara Smith, Kate Long and Jessie VanEerden.
For information about the costs of the weekend retreat, times of the activities and more details about the invited guests, call 304-457-2415. Registration is limited to this first-time event, so we encourage everyone to call early.
Events that seem to have become routine at Adaland run throughout the month of September. The first is Heritage Day at the Barn which returns to Sept. 15. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., adults and children alike will enjoy weaving, spinning and other activities at the red barn at the foot of the hill. Local produce will be on sale at the barn, and the entire day is open and free to the public. This is a great event for those wanting to get outside and enjoy the approaching fall weather. Adaland is beautiful in the autumn with rays of sunlight peaking around the trees, crisp air, and the crunch of leaves underfoot.
Celebrate Local! An Adaland Dinner Series continues, as the fourth dinner in this very well-received dinner series will be Sept. 15. Local chef Susan Gouer Ball will bring her culinary skills to the Adaland kitchen and dining rooms for the enjoyment of area diners. Ball, a local businesswoman and caterer, is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute and has worked at The Greenbrier.
For reservations at either the 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. seating for this dinner, call 304-457-2415. Watch the local media for further information about what promises to be yet another delicious dinner that celebrates local foods and the chefs who prepare them.
The rest of September is filled with five bus tours, a wedding reception and a class reunion. Philippi's hill top treasure continues to draw in people from the surrounding states and communities. They come to enjoy the house and to celebrate important events in their lives.
All of us at Adaland Mansion hope that those readers who have not visited this elegant Victorian home situated on a hill top overlooking Rt. 76 will join us for our September events. We know that many of our veteran visitors will continue to enjoy the varied events that have come to distinguish Adaland as a favorite tourist spot and a favorite spot for local citizens as well.
For more information about Adaland Mansion, visit www.adaland.org and keep track of our events on Facebook.