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Things to do in West Virginia!

Wake-Robin Gallery Open House

Near the border between Summers and Monroe Counties in West Virginia, sits the village of Forest Hill and Wake Robin Gallery.  The gallery is a pottery shop which sits next to a church where two future Presidents of the United States camped during the Civil War. It doesn’t appear that much has changed in this small mountain community.

 

On December 3rd the Wake Robin Gallery is having an open house from 10 to 4 along with demonstrations, refreshments, live music and door prizes.

I remember my first visit to Forest Hill and Wake Robin Gallery.  It seemed to be the perfect store in perfect community.  It’s the kind of place a traveler through the state calls a gem.  The gallery appears to be in an old store or post office, which lends to its charm.  Upon entering you discover a delightful array of treasures which seem to sparkle from the natural light and the display is a reflection of the artist who created it.

wakerobingarlic-keepers_1Marcia Springston is a kind, generous and talented potter, who also happens to have been blind from birth.  Biblical stories of blind potters come to mind as this gentle woman greets her customers whom she always seems to happy to see.

Marcia recently created her own website which shows off some of her treasures.  You may want to go to www.WakeRobinGallery.com and discover some of those treasures for yourself.

If you’re planning on coming by to enjoy this great event and meet this talented artist, you can find other things to do while in Forest Hill and Summers County by going to www.Hinton.WVyourWay.com and searching all the things you’re interested in under our “Tourism” heading.  Be sure to narrow your search to Summers County, or you may search everything in Forest Hill or Summers County by clicking the “Select All” button before narrowing your search to the specific location.

You can find even more events on the www.Hinton.WVyourWay.com Event page.

November 20, 2016 Posted by | Tourism | , , , | Leave a comment

Blind Art & A Country Store

What’s better than a scenic drive through the mountains of West Virginia?  Thank you for asking!  I’ll be happy to answer that little question.  The answer:  Finding treasures along that beautiful scenic drive.  Theres a highway between Hinton and Peterstown (State Route 12) that has two fabulous little treasures along the way.  I drove through there last week and stopped in to see Marcia at Wake-Robin Gallery and Emma Jean at Emma Jean’s Country Store.  This is a case where the people are just as interesting as their art and store.  And that’s saying something, since both are outstanding.

Wake-Robin is a pottery and gift gallery located in Forest Hill, and Emma Jean’s Country Store is a turn of the century country store located in Marie.  (One of these days I’ll  have to be sure people understand I mean the early 1900’s when I say turn of the century.)  The gallery can be found under the Tourism heading and the following keywords:  Art – > Gift Shop – > Pottery.

Wake-Robin Gallery

Marcia’s gallery is elegant in its presentation and reminds me of a museum.  However, you can buy the pieces in this museum, and they’re worth the money!  You see, Marcia is a potter of renown who uses her hands to shape functional pottery.  What makes her different is Marica has been blind since birth!  I love a quote she has that goes, “My hands remember how the pots grew, and my heart is gratified.”  When a person realizes she has only seen her pots with her hands, being gratified takes on a whole new meaning.

While I was there some people came in  and bought some gifts.  When they paid I was able to observe Marcia as she typed on a brail typewriter, which I had never seen before, and folded her bills a certain way so she would know which denomination they were.  The gallery had much more than pottery, though.  She had creations by other local artists ranging from jewelry and candles, to iron working and wooden utensils.  There were also woven items, some of which are provided by blind students of Berean College.

Inside Wake-Robin

Emma Jean’s Country Store is exactly that, a real country store that is like going back in time.  There are plenty of things to see and buy, or you may just want to talk to Emma Jean.  While I was there a few people came in and the talk was of neighbors and people helping each other out.  Just what comes to mind when someone thinks of how things are done in the country.  Since I was in a country store, I had to buy a bottle of grape Nehi.  I mean, what is a visit to a country store without buying something from my childhood?

Inside Emma Jean's

If you look at the photo that goes with Emma Jean’s listing for her store on www.WVyourWay.com, you may think you are looking at a painting.  I know that a lot of people, including myself, thought it was a painting when they first saw it.  So, if you like the idea of walking into, not only history, but a painting, you may want to visit her and talk awhile.  Oh yeah, and you just might show up the day The History Channel will be filming a story about her store.  I know they’re coming, we just don’t when yet.  Her store can be found on WVyourWay under the heading Tourism and the following keywords:  Antiques – > Collectibles – > Country Store – > Groceries – > Primitives – > Wine Store.

Emma Jean's Country Store

So take a drive down Rt. 12 and stop and see two very nice ladies.  The trip is worth it and it’s an experiance you won’t soon be forgetting.

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Tourism | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment