October is for homecomings. I love all the activities in our area that bring folks back home. College and high school homecomings bring friends from near and far together, if only for a weekend. Festivals and community family fun days where all can gather on a beautiful fall day. October is also a special month to bake all those yummy fall foods, make caramel apples, roast pumpkin seeds, take a scenic drive. There are so many things that need to be jammed into such a small time frame before we head to cooler weather. So, grab one of your favorite sweaters and find some leaves to jump in, build a bonfire, make s’mores and enjoy the wonders of fall.
Here is what happening around town … Be safe, keep washing your hands and wear a mask if it makes you more comfortable.
Now through Oct. 23 will be fall cleanup for Mt. Carmel Cemetery and Holy Cross Cemetery. Those who have family or loved ones buried there are asked to remove anything you wish to keep. All non-seasonal flowers and decorations will be removed from the cemeteries during the cleanup. To maintain the beauty of the cemeteries, please place any memorials as close to the monument/markers as possible. During mowing season, it is extremely difficult to trim around them and avoid any damage. For safety reasons, glass and all other breakable items are prohibited to be placed on or left near the monuments or markers.
Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. noon, St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1660 Mary Lou Retton Drive, Fairmont, will have a drive-by Fried Bread Dough Sale. For pre-orders, call Becky Carvillano at 304-363-8354.
Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., Marion County Public Library, 321 Monroe St., Fairmont. Have you ever wondered how the unsheltered think and deal with their situation? Do you ponder how you can best assist those who are unsheltered? Presenter Bill Bradley, a Franciscan brother, will speak both as one who has lived that way and as one who has the confidence of those currently in that situation. His presentation will give a unique perspective on the situation and will dispel several myths about the unsheltered community.
On Oct. 18 from 6-8 p.m., a new session of Grief Share will begin at LIFE United Methodist Church, 3000 Technology Drive Fairmont. Grief Share helps with the healing journey following the loss of a loved one. Register or get additional information, 304-363-2104 or 363-4486.
White Hall will be presenting a music event on Saturday, Oct, 16, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Four local bands will be performing: The Davisson Brothers Band, Empty, New Diesel Trio, System Buckers. Food vendors on site.
White Hall will be hosting a corn hole tournament on Saturday, Oct. 16, starting at 2 p.m., at the town’s Public Safety Building Pavilion. Teams can register by calling 304-367-1687. $30 entry fee per team. Double elimination; winner takes all. Food vendors and music on site.
Fairmont State University will hold Maroon & White Day — Campus Open House on Saturday, Oct. 16, starting at 10 a.m. This information-filled day will begin in the Feaster Center and will allow future students to explore the campus. The event is open to all prospective students, both traditional and non-traditional, along with their families. Register at www.fairmontstate.edu/MWVisitation
Roasted Chicken Drive-Thru
The Fairmont Senior Lady Polar Bear Boosters will be hosting the second annual Roasted Chicken Dinner Drive-Thru in the FSHS cafeteria parking lot on October 23. $12 per ticket donation includes chicken, macaroni salad, chips, cookie and drink.
The Mountaineer Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry will hold a food giveaway on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. while supplies last on Everest Drive (Palatine Park) in Fairmont.
Thursday, Oct. 14, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 1640 Big Tree Drive, Fairmont. Cost per person, $10. Ages 13 and up. Register by calling Sensei Eagle at 304-502-2545.
A Family Fun Halloween Event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, on Monroe Street in Fairmont. Sponsored by Marion County Public Library and Main Street Fairmont. Fairmont. Puppet show, kid-friendly haunted house, prizes, games and trunk or treat.
Hometown Christmas Market
This year’s Christmas Hometown Market, sponsored by Main Street Fairmont as part of the Feast of the Seven Fishes celebration, will be Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11.
- Oct. 15: Way to Go ticket winners announced
- Oct. 29: PBIS Celebration
- Oct. 15 — Robert C. Byrd (H)
- Oct. 29 — Elkins (H)
- Nov. 5 — East Fairmont (A)
Connecting Link is collecting items for Teen Angels this year. All donations should be turned in to Connecting Link or one of the Marion County schools by Monday, Nov. 29. Learn more at https://connectinglinkwv.com/.
The 2021-22 Concert Season will be held at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, 407 Jackson St. in downtown Fairmont. Subscriptions available: Adults, $30; seniors and students, $18. Regular admission: Adults, $10; seniors and students, $6. All concerts begin at 3 p.m.
“Ensemble Schumann” — Nov. 14 (oboe, violin, piano)
“Corina Marti” — Feb. 27, 2022 (harpsichord)
“Trio Confero” — March 27, 2022 (clarinet, cello, piano)
All proceeds will be donated to West Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Inc. (Sagebrush Round-up.) Nov. 7 at Knights of Columbus, 1529 Mary Lou Retton Drive, Fairmont. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; regular games start at 20 p.m.(20 regular games (include in ticket price); two Mystery Games; and 21st Game is coverall. Pre-sale tickets: $25; at the door: $30. Call 304-695-0897 with questions and to purchase tickets.
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I leave you with: “Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.” — Anonymous
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