ADULT BASKETBALL OPEN GYM
For those of you who want to show off your basketball skills, check out our Sunday night Open Gyms on both ends of the county. Shane Hawkins is in charge of the program at the old Capon Bridge Middle School, and they play there from 5:00 until 8:00 every Sunday evening. Logan Hill and Joe Clower run the program at Romney Middle School, and they go from 6:00 until 8:00 each Sunday night. If you’re eighteen and over and out of school, drop by this Sunday and run with the big dogs!
HCP&R is offering Kettlebell classes four days a week, on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 until 4:00, and on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights from 6:00 until 7:00. All classes are now being held at Warrior Fitness, which is located at 60 East Sioux Lane in Romney. Kettlebells are cast iron weights shaped like a ball with a handle for easy gripping. Kettlebells offer a different kind of training using dynamic moves targeting almost every aspect of fitness – endurance, strength, balance, agility and cardio endurance. People love it because it’s challenging, efficient, and you only need one piece of equipment. Kettlebell classes are taught by certified instructors Kaleena Wilfong and Camilla Fout. The cost for Kettlebell classes is $5 per session, or for $20 you may purchase a punch card that is good for five sessions. Also, we are now selling a monthly card for $50. Even if you’ve never tried Kettlebell before, come on out and see what it’s all about. Mark your calendars today so you don’t miss a chance to get some exercise while having a great time with your friends.
New Conference Center
at Hampshire Park
Work is steadily progressing on the new Conference Center at Hampshire Park. FNB Bank is busy working on the loan process, and the financing should be in order in the next week to ten days. Kline Construction of Augusta is drawing the blueprints for the interior, and they should be completed by the middle of December. Once we have the blueprints in hand, work will begin in earnest on the interior of the building.
The 6,600-square-foot conference center will be heated and air conditioned for year-round use and will be available for a variety of functions, including:
Camps for Organizations
If you have questions about the project, or if you are interested in contributing to it, call HCP&R at (304) 822-7300, or email us at email@example.com.
DISC GOLF COURSE AT CAMP WALKER
The conditions at the Camp Walker Disc Golf Course are ideal. The trees are out, the weather is starting to warm up, and the course is in great shape. We re-painted the tee marker posts for each hole and cleared some fallen branches that had accumulated over the winter and spring. We also re-stocked the scorecards, pencils, and course maps, all of which can be found in the mailbox beside the first tee. The first tee is located on the flat ground out past the pavilion, where the road turns to the left and starts down over the hill toward the exit to the park. If you’re looking for a disc to play at Camp Walker, then we have several options for you. We have Skeeters, which are all-purpose discs that are suitable for every shot, for sale in the HCP&R office for just $7.00 each. We also have commemorative glow-in-the-dark drivers and putters that have the official Camp Walker logo on them for $15.00 each. All proceeds from the sale of these discs go for improvements to the course. If you haven’t been out to Camp Walker to play the course, you really need to take an hour or so and try it. I feel certain that you will find disc golf both physically and mentally challenging. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to spend some time in one of the prettiest spots in Hampshire County. And it’s free to play. How can you pass that up?
THE HAMPSHIRE STRIDERS
The Hampshire Striders, a new athletic club designed to promote cross country and track and field, is currently holding membership registrations. The club will be a member of the United States Track and Field organization, and members will have the opportunity to compete in local, state, and national USATF events. The club is open to all males and females from third grade through adults, and members will practice at least once a week during the winter months, depending on weather conditions, and two to three times per week the rest of the year. In order to compete with the Striders, you must be a member of the USATF. To register for the USATF, log onto the HCP&R website and click on the Upcoming Events tab. Then click on the USATF Registration tab, which will link you to the registration form. For more information about the Striders, contact Coach Bill Lipps at (304) 822-3724 or HCP&R at (304) 822-7300.
Christmas Festival of Lights
Our seventh annual Christmas Festival of Lights kicked off with the Lighting Ceremony, which was held last Saturday evening at the amphitheater at Afton and Pauline Malick Central Hampshire Park in Augusta. Despite the cool, damp conditions, a big crowd showed up to enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee, and to greet Santa and his helpers. Special thanks go out to Four B’s for supplying the cookies and hot chocolate, to Denzil and Shirley Davis for their special contribution, and to all who helped serve the refreshments and greet the kids. And a very special thanks goes out to all the kids who made the event so special by infusing their enthusiasm and excitement into all the proceedings. A total of 477 cars toured the displays on the first night, a record for any night in the seven-year history of the program.
The Festival would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the Hampshire County Maintenance Department. They have been at the park nearly every day for the past two months making sure that every detail is covered. The next time you see Kenny McBride, Eric Sions, Jack Flynn, Charlie Corbin, or Kevin Combs, be sure to tell them how much you appreciate all their hard work.
Through the generosity of the Hampshire County Commission, the HCP&R Board, and many businesses and individuals throughout the area, the Festival has exploded over the past six years. We have grown from 24 light displays in 2013 to over 200 displays this year. New features for 2019 include a big reindeer catapult display in the middle of the park and a four-foot extension to our giant Christmas tree in the field above the amphitheater, making it an 18-foot tree this year.
Also, don't forget about our great musical display. When you enter the park, simply tune your car or truck radio to a specific frequency and then watch our musical display flash to the beat of some of your favorite Christmas tunes, which will be playing through your radio. And the best part is that you can enjoy the lights from the warmth and comfort of your own vehicle free of charge. The Festival is open every night from 5:30 until 10:00 pm.