James and Angela Shanholtzer

James and Angela Shanholtzer from Shanholtzer’s Collision became the 1st members of the 2021 Santa Club when they contributed $1,000 to the Christmas Festival of Lights Fund Drive last week. The Drive now stands at $4,250. 

James and Angela Shanholtzer from Shanholtzer’s Collision became the 1st members of the 2021 Santa Club when they contributed $1,000 to the Fund Drive. The Drive now stands at $4,250 and in addition to Shanholtzer’s Collision, we would like to thank Capon Valley Bank, Capon Bridge Ruritan and Ryan and Holly Dante for their generous donations last week. 

We now have received enough donations to purchase 2 new large displays for the interior ring of the park and to repair those displays that need attention, and we are working toward an additional 4-foot section for our giant Christmas tree in the field above the amphitheater.

The Hampshire County Commission and the Parks and Recreation Board have made significant contributions, both monetary and maintenance, in support of the Festival, and both are committed to supporting it in the future. But we also want to give the individual citizens and the business community of Hampshire County the opportunity to show their support for the project so we can truly make the Festival something that we can all be proud of. 

In that vein, we are conducting our 8th annual Christmas Festival of Lights Fund Drive. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to purchase additional displays so we can light up the area in the middle of the park, to add an additional 4-foot section to our giant Christmas tree and to make necessary repairs to the existing displays. Contributors will be listed in the following categories:

Santa Club - This category will include all individuals and businesses that contribute $1,000 or more. Their names will be listed on professionally prepared placards on a lighted board that will be displayed on the back of the amphitheater where everyone visiting the Festival will see it. We will also put an individual picture of each Santa Club member in the Hampshire Review. 

Santa’s Helpers - This category will include those who contribute $500. Their names will be listed on professionally prepared placards on another lighted board on the back of the amphitheater. 

Elves - These will include those who contribute $250. They will be listed on smaller placards farther down the 2nd lighted board. 

Reindeer- This category will include all those who contribute up to $100. They will be listed on smaller placards farther down the 2nd lighted board.

Donations of any size are appreciated. If you just want to send in $5 or $10, every contribution helps make the Festival that much better in 2020. And we’ll list every contributor, no matter how big or how small the contribution, on our website hampshirecountyparks.com

We are conducting our Fund Drive during Jan. and Feb. so we can take advantage of the after-Christmas sales that most dealers offer. Don’t miss out on your chance to help make the Christmas Festival of Lights an event that our entire county can cherish for years to come.   

Contributions may be mailed to HCP&R, P.O. Box 213, Romney, WV 26757, or delivered to the HCP&R Office at 90 North High Street any weekday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. If you’d like us to pick up your contribution, give us a call at 304-822-7300, or email us at hampshirecoparks@hotmail.com, and we’ll make the necessary arrangements to pick up your donation at your home or place of business. Thank you for your support of this project!

Pavilion and Park Reservations

On Monday, Jan. 4, HCP&R began taking pavilion and park reservations for the 2021 season. The rental season extends from April 15 through Oct. 15. Before and after those dates, running water will not be available in any of our parks. 

Pavilions for picnics, family reunions or any other outdoor gathering may be rented at either Hampshire Park or Afton and Pauline Malick Central Hampshire Park. Prices for the entire day run from $35 to $45, depending on the size of the pavilion rented. You may also rent the amphitheater at Central Hampshire for only $55 per day.  

If you have a larger gathering, you may want to rent an entire park, either at Green Spring Park ($40 to $95, depending on facilities desired) or Camp Walker ($75 for the whole park the entire day, including the disc golf course). All our parks now have electric outlets, running water and restroom facilities.

To rent a pavilion or park, or just to get more information, call the HCP&R office any weekday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 304-822-7300. We will also accept reservations via our email at hampshirecoparks@hotmail.com. Don’t forget to get your reservations in early so you don’t miss out on that special place for your picnic or outing.

New Conference Center at Hampshire Park

Work is progressing nicely on the new Conference Center at Hampshire Park. L&T Electric and D&D Plumbing have completed their preliminary work, and Blue Ridge Concrete Services poured and finished the concrete on the front porch and the interior of the building. Mark Roomsburg from Roomsburg Homes, LLC, completed the framing, and Dave Watts finished the preliminary work on the HVAC system. 

Thomas Lear from Mountaineer Insulation installed the insulation in the walls and the ceiling, and Dan Sweitzer from 3 D’s Drywall put up the drywall and finished it. The interior painting is completed, and work on the interior trim and the drop ceilings in the main dining hall, the kitchen, and the conference room will begin shortly.

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 4-H camp, weddings, wedding receptions, baby showers, business meetings, business conferences, family reunions, birthday parties, retreats, camps for organizations, anniversary celebrations, craft shows, class reunions and picnics.

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 hampshirecoparks@hotmail.com.ο

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