Upcoming Events


SANTA CLUB ($1,000)

Shanholtzer’s Collision






















Slanesville Ruritan

Capon Valley Bank

The Grace Family in memory of Richard Grace



The Moreland Family in memory of Lynwood Moreland

Scott and Becky Heavener

Amy, Travis, Deacon, and Elliott Delaplain

FNB Bank

Capon Bridge Ruritan


Lambert Drug Store


Milleson’s Walnut Grove Campground


REINDEER CLUB (up to $100)

Fred and Sandra Spaid


Tim Nichols, DDS


Peter Wood


Stanley and Deborah Gower


Matthew Gebert


Mountaineer Audiology


S&W Auto


Jill and Andrea Stout


Thomas and Brenda High  

Cookman Insurance Group


Springfield Ruritan Club


Capon Valley Ruritan


Joyce and Russell Saville


Vickie Medlin


Jerlene Combs


Ryan and Holly Dante


Buck and Debbie Tyree


Bill and Debbie Umstot and Grandkids


Thomas Creech


Wanda McCulley


Bonnie Long


Diana Temple and Gary Pazzaglia


We’ve had several questions concerning the Christmas Festival of Lights, so I thought this would be a good time to try to provide some answers.

  1. Why does Central Hampshire Park have to be closed so long for the Festival? If you’ve been to the Festival this year, you are aware that there are a lot of Christmas lights at the park. We contacted Santa and his elves about helping with the installation, but they seem to be quite busy this time of year. Kenny McBride, Jack Flinn, Randy Raigner, and John Flynn do a fantastic job of putting up all the displays and running electricity to each one, but they are not miracle workers. In fact, Kenny was out at the park the afternoon that the Festival opened, just checking to make sure that everything was ready to go. We are sorry for any inconvenience the park’s closing may cause, but we feel that the results are worth the inconvenience.

  2. Why are some lights not on when I drive through? The displays are set on timers so somebody doesn’t have to go out there and turn each display on every night. The Festival runs from 5:30 until 10:00 each night, but we often go out early and open the gate. So, if you happen to drive through at 5:15, even though the gate is open, some of the displays may not have turned on yet. All are on by 5:30, and most turn off promptly at 10:00.

  3. Why isn’t Santa there more than once? As I said before, Santa is very busy this time of year, so we could only book him for one night.

  4. Why are some of my favorite displays missing this year? This is our ninth year of the Festival. Some displays, especially those that are animated, are beginning to wear out. We have been able to fix some of them and replace others, but some of your favorites may be out of stock now. If Christmas Done Bright doesn’t make them, we can’t purchase replacements. We understand that you miss some of your favorites, and we do as well, so we will keep buying new displays each year, like the big train and the new welcome sign that we purchased this year.

  5. Why don’t you have a donation box at the Festival? We are pleased to offer this service to our community free of charge. We don’t want anyone to feel obligated in any way to give a donation in order to see the lights. If you want to contribute, the Christmas Festival of Lights Fund Drive runs the entire month of January, and we will be happy to accept any donations you feel moved to contribute at that time, no matter how big or how small.

The Christmas Festival of Lights is open every day from 5:30 until 10:00 pm through January 1. If you have any other questions regarding the Festival, please call us at (304) 822-7300 any weekday between 9:00 and 1:00, or you can email us at parks@hampshirewv.com anytime.

Skiing/Tubing Trip to Canaan Valley Resort

This week we were informed by Canaan Resort that their tubing park will not be open by January 17 due to unusually warm and wet conditions. Therefore, we will have to cancel our tubing trip for that date. Anyone who has reserved tickets and paid in advance can get a refund by contacting the HCP&R Office at 90 North High Street in Romney any weekday between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm at (304) 822-7300, or via email at parks@hampshirewv.com. We regret the cancellation, but weather is the one thing we can’t control.

However, we will be able to hold our skiing outing that day since Canaan is able to make enough snow for the slopes. The skiing is open from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm, and the special group rate for that day is as follows: Ski Lift Ticket Only- $25; Ski Lift Ticket Plus Ski or Snowboard Rental- $35. In order to get the skiing group rate, just tell the clerk at the ticket window that you are with the Hampshire County Parks and Recreation group. Don’t miss this opportunity to hit the slopes with your friends while enjoying a great rate.

Jump Start Basketball Clinic

Plans are complete for our eighth annual Jump Start Basketball Clinic. Jump Start is open to all boys and girls in grades two-through-seven. The boys’ clinic is scheduled for Saturday, November 6, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at Romney Middle School. The girls’ clinic will be held on Saturday, November 13, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at the HHS gym.

The registration fee for Jump Start will be $10, with all proceeds going to the HHS boys’ and girls’ basketball programs.

Jump Start will focus on individual and team skills and fundamentals. Julieanne Buckley, girls’ head basketball coach at HHS, will run the girls’ session, and Dan Alkire, head boys’ basketball coach at HHS, will run the boys’ clinics.

To register for the clinics, log onto the HCP&R website, hampshirecountyparks.com, and fill out and then send the Program Registration Form, which is located at the bottom of the home page. The registration fee may then be mailed to HCP&R at P.O. Box 213, Romney, WV 26757, or you may bring the fee with you the day of the clinic. You may also register in person at the HCP&R office at 90 North High Street in Romney any weekday between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Registrations will also be accepted the day of the clinic.