ELKINS – After COVID-19 forced most social events to be canceled in 2020, Our Town, Inc. is committed to ensuring residents of Elkins can enjoy public events in 2021.
“I think we achieved everything we wanted and maybe surprisingly more positive things happened than we initially thought”, Our city volunteer, Bobbi Trimboli, told The Inter-Mountain this week. “We’re already talking about plans for next year and maybe making a few twists and changes to what we’ve done in the past.”
It all started in the spring when Our Town hosted the Sprout into Spring event. Residents were given materials to paint flowers which were placed along the city streets. And the citizens of Elkins have responded in style, designing more than 90 flowers to brighten up the downtown area.
The organization then built on the momentum of the flower’s success and planned a comprehensive program of celebrations for the summer, which included an 11-date concert series at the Rotary Amphitheater in Elkins Town Square. The concerts were presented in conjunction with the Mountain State Street Machines Cruise-Ins and ran from May through September.
The celebration of summer – which has been tabulated “Our nation, our people, our city” – also featured 12 showcases reflecting national holidays and are scattered throughout the city center. There was a parade and dedication ceremony with Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco to kick off the summer celebrations.
“I think we want to keep looking to do things downtown with the decoration of the windows”, said Trimboli. âWe want these windows to stay beautiful and it was great to have all of the people we helped with them last summer. “
Our town was also to cap off the summer festivities with a Labor Day celebration in honor of local Rosie the Riveters from across the region. Sadly, the Labor Day celebration fell victim to COVID-19 and had to be canceled.
Our town, however, hosted a special ceremony at the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library in which remarkable women were honored and received Congressional Special Recognition Certificates signed by Senator Shelley Moore Capito.
“We couldn’t celebrate Labor Day because of COVID, but I was extremely happy we did what we did at the library” said Trimboli. âWe were happy to be able to do something for all of these women. “
Then, as fall rolled around, the ever-popular scarecrows returned to the downtown streets thanks to Our Town, who also decided to distribute leaves to residents so they could paint and join the scarecrows in the Autumn celebration frame.
“The scarecrows were fun to do again this year and we had a huge turnout with the leaves” said Trimboli. âThey really helped us celebrate the fall season on our downtown streets. “
Our town followed that up by bringing the evergreen gnomes back for the holiday season. As part of her holiday decorating project, materials were distributed to those who wanted to participate in the painting of two-foot-tall Christmas trees.
“Christmas trees were something new and we were surprised at the number of people interested in making them” said Trimboli. “We ended up giving 69 and we actually could have given more because more people inquired.”
Our Town organization, which currently has 16 members, was recently one of three local winners of the Extra Mile Hero Awards presented by Marco.
Our Town is currently looking for unwanted artificial Christmas trees that are not pre-lit. Donated trees are intended for an upcoming project and can be dropped off on the Delmonte porch on the Railroad Avenue side.