Timber Frame houses- a comparison between houses then and houses now!

Timber frame houses are very popular these days but do you know that they have existed since millennia? Timber framing goes back to 70’s and since then people have felt attracted towards this form of handcrafted home. Time changed and so did the designing and prices. The timber frame homes which existed back in conventional times have taken a different touch, actually a chic style and the price has also gone up with more number of resources and technology being used in their construction.

The major difference between the timber framed homes that existed 30 years ago and the ones that exist now is that now designing is done through software such as CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CNC (Computer Numeric Control). This has enabled the present day houses to be more precise and almost perfect. Besides, use of modernized technology and software has enabled the builders to take the production task swiftly.

Another distinction that you would notice these days is that the entire timber frame of your house is cut and prepared at the factory. The builders then make use of woods and similar materials to assemble and prepare the final product. Once the assembling task is done, the lightening and similar work requires less time and you will have your timber frame home prepared rather too quickly. Timber framing has a sort of beauty and precision about it. It is growing popular because of its strength and beauty, a rare combination!

The price is not too low and not too high as well. Initially, back in 70’s the timber frame houses were not very expensive but today, the use of technology and software as well as several other resources has made the cost shoot up. The distinction is however remarkable and it has only rendered phenomenal benefits to people. So it is definitely appreciated.


We discuss the National Lottery Education Aid Campaign

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The National Lottery has already handed over £25 billion to Good Causes euro millions results. The exact amount allocated depends on sales, combination of sales, sum of unclaimed prizes and the value of great interest on money waiting to be claimed but approximately 28% of the total revenue is predicted to go to theCharitable Events and a few of the most popular are acknowledged at the National Lottery Awards party. Over 50% of the total earnings is paid out in prizes with the government taking 12% in Lottery Duty dailyplay numbers. Outlets are paid 5% in sales commission payment on the Draw-Based games and 6% on each Scratchcard meaning gain approximately £8,531 annually and operating costs add up to around 4%.

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Festival Music and Oral Tradition

From dulcimers to washtub bases, you will always hear a variety of instruments raising their voices at the festival. Fiddles will certainly be heard at the festival, and they are one of the most commonly played instruments in the old-time style and kept alive by the West Virginia State Folk Festival. Next to the fiddle, banjos are also one of the most commonly played instruments in the old-time style at the West Virginia State Folk Festival. Old-time fiddle playing and banjo playing may be heard at the Square Dances, in the jams about town, in the concerts, and especially at the Fiddle Contests.

Fiddle & Banjo Contests are held in the GSC Fine Arts Center at the corner of Court and High Streets. Contests for contestants 50 and older are held on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Contests for contestants under 50 years old are held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Contestants should show up back stage to register before the 2 p.m. contest. Each contestant will be expected to perform two pieces of old-time music. They will be allowed one accompanist, such as a guitar, etc. Contestants will announce the name of each song just prior to playing it.

Old time ballad singing, story telling, and shape note singing are also at the heart of the festival. For a great heritage experience, be certain to attend the evening concerts. Concerts are held Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center at the corner of Court and High Streets.

There is also an unaccompanied gospel sing at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the Methodist Church located on Main Street. Heavenly Highway Hymnals will be passed out. The 2007 gospel sing was led by Jane Law, Jesse Marks, Jack Lowther, and Bob Carpenter.

In addition, Bob Cain conducts a shape note singing workshop at the Church of Christ located on Powell Street. There are fiddle and banjo workshops and a special square dance workshop.
An oral traditions tent always showcases old time singing and music, poetry, and story telling. The Gilmer County Historical Society sponsors Living History Presentations. The 2007 presentations included William Hunt who took on the identity of Andrew Montour, Indian Scout. (1710-1774) The second presentation was Patty Cooper’s presentaion of Betsy Ross.

There is a special session entitled Papa Gainer’s Favorite Songs. Molly Gainer Walters and Mary Catherine Calame, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Dr. Patrick Gainer, our festival founder, sings his favorite folk songs and tells his favorite stories.

One of the best things about the Folk Festival is that music and oral traditions can happen anytime of the day or night, just about anywhere. Some of the best sessions tend to happen after the sun goes down and temperatures cool a little. Inside or out, day or night, the music is always great at the festival.


Folk Festival Food

Food vendors at the West Virginia State Folk Festival are West Virginia non-profit organizations, mostly from Gilmer County. These organizations raise money annually to do good things in our community. The Folk Festival Committee is proud to support all of our local organizations by integrating their fund-raisers into our festival.

Here are a few examples of our food vendors.

The members of the Cedarville Chatty Ladies Club work on projects in our community. We purchase Veterans flags for cemeteries and maintain old graves. After there is a death in the community, the club sees that food is served to family and friends. We make sure that all local children
have a good Christmas. During this past Festival, we served buckwheat and regular pancakes, sausage links, sloppy joes, chips, and a variety of drinks.

The Cedar Creek Community Club has served beans and corn bread at the Glenville Town Hall. The proceeds from their sales are used for the upkeep of their World War II army surplus building. The first priority was to make the building safe with rewiring, new steps, and a handicapped ramp – then insulation and lots of paint. With the new water line in place, the club is now working on bathrooms and upgrading the kitchen. The building is now an active senior outreach center.

The Knights and Sisters of Pythias do considerable local charitable work. Proceeds help with
the annual contributions to Special Olympics, Relay for Life, and the Heart Fund. We also distribute Thanksgiving baskets in the community

The Gilmer County Farm Bureau has been a part of the Folk Festival for many years. This past year we served barbeque chicken dinners and roast beef sandwiches. Our location was directly behind the square dance platform. Our proceeds from these sales go to help defray expenses incurred at the annual Gilmer County Farm Show. Also, we buy food items for the Ronald McDonald House; aid in the operation of the Rosenbaum House at Ruby Memorial Hospital; sponsor a Kid’s Safety Day; and support local 4- H and FFA programs.

One vendor that is an old favorite at the Folk Festival and epitomizes communty support is the Lion’s Club . The Lions Club trailer has traditional American hot dogs for sale, each year, at the festival. Throughout the years they have supported the festival by organizing the parade, antique car show, and purchasing new equipment for the Festival. The Lions replaced the sound system on the streets of Glenville this year.

Other vendors include Todd Jones (Pork), Future Farmers of America (strawberry shortcake and ice cream), Ritchie County Lion’s Club (ice cream), and Glenville State College Athletics (Zules and spiral potatoes).


Thimbles and Treads Quilt Show

Thimbles and Threads Quilt Guild of Glenville hosted its Tenth Annual Quilt Show. “Patchwork Gathering” during the 2007 West Virginia Folk Festival. The display of quilts, wall hangings, pillows, clothing, and other decorative items are displayed in the sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church on Main Street.

The primary goal of the guild is to promote the joy of quilting, and to help members learn new techniques and tackle new projects. Some meetings are work sessions devoted to a special project, Quilts for Kids.

Members make cuddle quilts for children who have illnesses or who are suffering from a traumatic experience such as the loss of a parent or loss of a home. The first Kid’s Quilt was presented to a child in 1999, and the project continues with over 80 quilts having been given so far to comfort children. Dina Bush, owner of Stitching Post, has generously donated embroidered labels for all the Kid’s Quilts.


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The Historic Little Kanawha Valley Bank

On July 12, 1901, the Little Kanawha Valley Bank was incorporated in Glenville. That same year the bank was constructed with wood coming from a local plaining mill, and the decorative metal work being brought in on river packet boats. In 1906, two Glenville banks merged – the First National Bank and the Little Kanawha Valley Bank forming the Kanawha Union Bank, which is now United National Bank.

It was in the historic Little Kanawha Valley Bank that the WV State Folk Festival first established a Country Store in 1960. Volunteers were Starling and Nelson Wells, Nellie Engelke, Myra Mick, and Festival president, Fern Rollyson. Around 1970, the Country Store and Museum was relocated to the old Ruddell General Store, which was built in 1890 on Court Street.

The Little Kanawha Valley Bank needed to be moved because Kanawha Union Bank wanted to expand their property. In March of 1977, the president of Kanawha Union Bank, Jack Stalnaker, offered the historic bank to the West Virginia State Folk Festival if the organization would preserve it as a landmark. In addition, Kanawha Union Bank donated $500.00 toward the moving fee. Folk Festival volunteers met on Monday, March 21st, 1977, and voted to accept the offer. Nelson Wells was appointed a committee of one to seek donations, contact movers and builders for the foundation, and to direct the restoration of the building. On Monday, March 28, 1977, the move was completed within one week, and the bank set up on the corner of Fern Rollyson’s property on Howard Street, where it still stands.

In 1991, the Little Kanawha Valley Bank was listed on the National Register of Historic Places through the efforts of the West Virginia State Folk Festival and the General Federated Woman’s Club of Glenville. At that time Mack Samples was president of the WV State Folk Festival, Pearl Moore was president of the Glenville Woman’s Club, and Virginia Grottendieck was the Festival Board Member who conducted the correspondence with the WV Division of Culture and History.

During the Folk Festival, you can visit the Little Kanawha Valley Bank which will be the site of the Kemper Family Bird Carvings. The late Claude Kemper’s son Ron and his wife Lynne will have some of Mr. Kempers’s birds on display, and Lynne will demonstrate carving and painting birds.

Inside the bank, you will see the oak framing and marble counters and the original metal grillwork around the two bank work stations, one for the cashier and one for the bookkeeper. Several old cash registers are also there. An old bank safe stands open in the back room of the bank. Photographs on the walls tell the history of the bank, including its move from the original site to Howard Street.

If any readers know of the whereabouts of any original fixtures or equipment that were in the Little Kanawha Valley Bank, the West Virginia State Folk Festival would be very happy to have those items returned to this important structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

WV State Folk Festival volunteers are still in the process of preserving and restoring this local landmark, which, of course, requires more funds. A donation box is located in the bank where visitors may help in the Festival’s efforts to preserve and restore the Little Kanawha Valley Bank as a unique part of West Virginia history.