March 1, 2016 Shinnston, West Virginia: We are all set for 2016. Last Wednesday the newest coffees arrived. Wednesday evening we took delivery of the West Virginia Maple Syrup. Today we took delivery of West Virginia honey. And we will soon be arranging to pick up another supply of Gillum House mugs.
We get our coffees from Burman Coffee Company. We restocked Maui and Rwanda and now have Zimbabwe and Burundi added to the list of in-house coffees for our guests to choose from. We roast the choices of the guests (IF chosen in advance from the Confirmation Letter with the most current list) which are then fresh-ground and fresh-perked each morning.
Last week was the Small Farms Conference in Charleston, West Virginia as well as the West Virginia Bed and Breakfast Association Conference. While there we met up with the good folks from Family Roots Farm in Wellsburg (Brooke County – my home County) to get 6 quarts of West Virginia Maple Syrup to serve with our homemade “from scratch” pancakes. We also bought 6 lbs. of bacon from the Hampshire County High School FFA at the Small Farms Conference Farmer’s Market. (Since we serve generous portions, that will not last very long)
Today we took delivery of 6 quarts of honey (3 each of Black Locust and Spring Flower) from Rimfire’s Apiary of Clarksburg – very local honey.
And very soon we will arrange a meeting with Larry Riffle (when we are certain the snows are done – Cowen is snow country) of Riffle Pottery to pick up the latest order of Gillum House mugs. Larry throws each one separately so no 2 are exactly alike and he signs each one.
The rooms are ready, supplies are stocked. The only thing missing – is YOU!
Tags: Brooke County, coffee, Cowen, Family Roots Farm, fresh-perked coffee, fresh-roasted coffee, Gillum House, Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Hampshire County High School FFA, Honey, Larry Riffle, maple syrup, Riffle Pottery, Rimfire's Apiary, Wellsburg, West Virginia
December 20, 2015 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: We have been playing with our fruit course again. Serving the “same old” gets boring even though it is new to the guests, delicious, and different fruits – it is still served the same way.
Yesterday we once again got the itch to “play” – so we did. Unfortunately we did not have a star fruit in-house to I resorted to a red raspberry. I was still pleased with the result. What do you think?
October 22, 2015 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston: I wanted to have a bit of time pass to let the sadness work its way out before I wrote about the St. Margaret y Castillo Chapel of Perpetual Adoration. As of October 1, 2015 it is no longer 24/7.
For 15 years, people of many Faiths have filled the hours 24/7 for 362 days a year. The missing 3 days were due to closing on Maundy Thursday until Midnight 12:00 AM Easter morning as Father Karl and now Father Dagle opened the Chapel door declaring – “HE is Risen!!”
The Chapel is now open 18 hours per day, 7 days a week from 6:00 AM to Midnight to anyone who wishes to come pray, meditate, or just sit for a few minutes to suck in a dose of peace (my description). For many years now, this Presbyterian who attends the Methodist Church (no Presbyterian in Shinnston and I am not going out of town to go to Church) has kept an hour – 11:00 PM to Midnight – on Saturday night.
Shinnston has never, in its history, had “religious wars” as all the religions have always, since the beginning of the City, worked together. The Council of Churches which began the Lord’s Pantry Food Bank was ALL the Churches working together. And that is how the hours at the Chapel were filled – ALL Faiths taking hours.
Unfortunately, age has crept in. With deaths and infirmities, filling the hours 24/7 has become very difficult. For years hours were extended by those keeping the vigils with many taking extra hours on several days.
Now, for me, it is 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM. I DO miss MY hour but I will keep that new hour as long as I am mobile and the Chapel is open. Shinnston is blessed. The hours may have been cut back, but we DO still have our Chapel of Perpetual Adoration open to everyone.
Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, West Virginia: Gillum House Bed & Breakfast had a lovely visit today from Gene and Barry Jeffrey of Brymbo B & B in Chipping-Campden. They are on a Morgan Across America Tour. They were in Lewisburg, West Virginia last night and are in Cumberland, Maryland tonight. Since Shinnston is “sort of” in the middle of those places, Gene stopped in to see the B & B AND to collect our dues as we are now members of BedPosts.org.uk, the first from “across the Pond” to join them.
BedPosts is a B & B Association (Club in the UK) that lists availability of its members so one can contact the B & B with availability directly – avoiding the fees charged to the guest by “booking services” so the guest gets the best price.
Before they went on their way (after having a cuppa of course),
we took them to tour the circa 1778 Levi Shinn 2-story log house. Gene and Barry agreed that although something 237 years old was rather “new” in the UK, it most likely would not have survived there because it is a log structure.
It was wonderful to meet in person, someone I have been talking to on the Internet for almost 2 years. Safe travels, Gene and Barry. It was lovely getting to meet both of you.
Tags: Barry Jeffrey, BedPosts, Brymbo B & B, City of Shinnston, Gene Jeffrey, Gillum House, Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Levi Shinn Log House, Morgan car, org.uk, Shinnston, Shinnston Historical Association, West Virginia
Shinnstonm West Virginia, Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: This week is Frontier Days in Shinnston, West Virginia. Development Director Reuben Perdue has done a wonderful thing this year. This year he brought in a new carnival company – and it has made a WORLD of difference!
Usually, the Sunday of Frontier Days week, the carnival rides start rolling in and setting up. For the last 4 years game trailers were parked in front of the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast (would have been butt up to the porch if it were not for having a good sidewalk). All one could see from the porch, which was now a cave, was the back of the Skee Ball trailer and my side yard was littered with trash and cigarette butts.
This year the rides rolled in, were not set up in a loud clanging frenzy of loud, uncouth speech, and there was no trash. We still put up cones at City Hall (1/2 block away) for guest parking should we actually have guests for Frontier Days, one must admit we are where the action is. Promptly at 10 PM week nights and 11 PM on Saturday – ALL rides shut down and quiet descends. It is a wonderful Wednesday thru Saturday in Shinnston. Only one more day to go. The Grand Parade Saturday starts at 11 AM. The Bands (several) and the carnival start at 1 PM. APWA Wrestling at School Square at 7 PM (free admission).
It is lovely to see entire extended families come out for the fun and fellowship for food, rides, entertainment (Wednesday night was the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band and Saturday will be APWA Wrestling (all free by the way)), and to support all the local organizations with their fundraising efforts.
The following photos were taken from my front porch last evening and I could have taken those same photos tonight –
But the best, most heart-warming sight is our side yard wall :
Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, West Virginia: It is well-known that the innkeeper at Gillum House used to ride motorcycles and the B & B also has a resident artist of Classic Vintage motorcycles. He, in fact, was the owner/tuner of a 1960 BSA Gold Star racer (his friend Larry Cameron was the racer because he could not race due to polio) and did street ride Triumphs and BSAs for years. The paintings by John Panek adorn walls in almost every room in the house. There is an article about John Panek in the July 2015 Antique Motorcycle magazine.
The innkeeper has ridden in a small airplane, a prop airplane, jets, a glider (that was awesome), on the back of motorcycles, as the rider of motorcycles, and on a trike. This week, the innkeeper gets to do something new. IF all goes well, the innkeeper will be taking a road ride in a sidecar attached to a 1954 Harley Davidson Panhead. In the luggage going to McKee’s Sky Ranch All-Brands Motorcycle Event will be one (under-used for years) Shoei motorcycle helmet.
As the song says, “I’m so excited…”
The photo came…..
Tags: BSA, Gillum House, Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, glider, Harley, Harley Davidson, Jarvis Photography, McKee Sky Ranch, motorcycle swap meet, motorcycles, Panhead, sidecar, trike, Triumph, West Virginia
Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, West Virginia: I am sitting at my desk, awaiting the arrival of tonight’s guests, and can for the first time in almost a month see beyond my porch. FedEx came a few minutes ago to ship the 2 boxes of posts from here to a location in Florida.
Them being here was my doing, I admit, but I had no idea they were so large.
You see, Tesla Motors is creating charging destinations across the Country. If you have a car, you want to go places in it. So in addition to the Super-Charger Stations along Interstates, there are now bed & breakfasts, inns, and hotels around the United States with Tesla Chargers. So Gillum House Bed & Breakfast can now provide 58 miles of travel for each hour the Tesla is plugged in to our charger as an amenity for our guests with electric cars.
When Tesla asked if I wanted the posts, I said sure. Thinking they were posts – you know, the kind you take a posthole digger and dig a hole, slap in some cement to hold it, and voila, you have a post to hold a charger. These were so big, they would not fit where we planned to put the chargers. So the post went back in the box and back on the porch. The boxes were 51.5 inches high, 14.5 inches wide, and 13.5 inches deep. Tesla was kind enough to find someone else that needed them and sent FedEx to get them today.
What happened to the Chargers (one is Tesla only and the other is for all other electric cars)? They are mounted on the side of the house and look really nice. We will park our car on the street and park our electric car guests in the driveway, accessible to the chargers.
And we have not forgotten that the fastest stock motorcycle today is the Lightning, an electric motorcycle – we have an outlet for them also.
Gillum House Bed & Breakfast is located just under 7 miles from I-79 Exit #124 (Jerry Dove Drive).
Shinnston, West Virginia, Gillum House Bed & Breakfast – July 6, 2015: We at the Gillum House believe in being “on the leading edge”. So when Tesla offered us chargers for Tesla cars and a Universal Charger for all other electric cars (yes, we went online and applied for it and they said yes), we jumped on it.
We got a proposal from Elkview Builders in Mount Clare, West Virginia to do the installation, got the equipment, and the building permit. On July 1, the electricians arrived. (We thank Paul and Anne for being understanding when the gentlemen came in to check out the breaker box while they were at breakfast. And we also thank the 2 gentlemen for being so caring about trying not to disrupt our guests.) They opened the first box containing a post to hang the charger on. We expected a post – use posthole digger, pour concrete to hold it, and mount charger. It was a huge square post that would not fit where we planned for them. So now I am waiting to hear about returning them.
In just a few hours, the electricians had the 2 chargers installed. So now Gillum House Bed & Breakfast is ready to get their guests “charged up” (pun intended) with their Tesla cars and all other electric or hybrid cars AND electric motorcycles. We are just under 7 miles west of Exit #124 (Jerry Dove Drive) on I-79, halfway between Pittsburgh and Charleston, West Virginia.
Isn’t this a thing of beauty? On the left is the Tesla Charger, the rectangle under and to the right of the meter is our 110 outlet for motorcycles, and to the right of the meter is the Universal Charger. This amenity is free for registered guests.
June 16, 2015 Gillum House: Last weekend was the annual Biker Bash in Charleston, West Virginia. Booths and vendors were setting up on Thursday, June 11. We are Charter members of the Mountain State Chapter of Antique Motorcycle Clubs of America and the Club was setting up a booth soooooo, since I had business at the Capitol that HAD to be done before June 30, I suggested we go help staff the booth on Thursday. We turned it into a total multitask day by also taking 3 paintings by John Panek to the Cultural Center for an Art Contest.
Set up next to the Mountain State Chapter was a new business in West Virginia. Ride On Adventures has sport bikes to touring, Spiders, and more for rent. We are talking 2015 models of Indians, Harleys, and more.
Do you want to ride the wonderful roads of West Virginia but you live in California – your vacation time would be eaten up just getting here. No problem. Go to Ride On Adventures and choose the bike you want, then reserve it (deposit is 1/3 of total rental).
Want to see how that motorcycle you are thinking about handles? Rent it from Ride On Adventures to get the real feel of it, not just a 10 mile ride.
Motorcycle endorsement on your license is also a requirement.
April 29, 2015 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: Our youngest daughter was here for 4 days. She had planned what she was going to accomplish while she was here. Since her sister and nephews (and our now future granddaughter-in-law) had painted the kitchen during their 2-days here but did not get the floor, she finished the kitchen. BUT she also planned to redecorate our wonderful front porch. What do you think? Did she succeed?
Can you see yourself enjoying the glider or sitting in that chair with a cold beverage on a warm evening?
April 20, 2015, Gillum House, Shinnston: For the last few weeks, Shinnston’s Lee Reger, Mater Gardener, has been working with the Master Gardener volunteers, Mayor DeMarco, Pastor Cindy Murphy, and community volunteers to plan and plant the Shinnston Community Garden 2015.
In 2014, using land owned by the First United Methodist Church and funding from part of a grant from West Virginia DHHR’s Growing Healthy Communities, the Shinnston Community Garden was born. As per stated in the grant application, ALL produce raised would go to the Lord’s Pantry Food Bank. Over 800 pounds of produce was raised and donated in 2014. The plan for 2015 is MORE. An expanded Garden raising more produce for the Lord’s Pantry is planned.
Since the beginning of April, the work has been on-going. April 11 was a big work day with planting potatoes, spinach, cabbage, and lettuce. Garlic and green onions had already been planted and were up. Flowers were planted in the flower boxes on the fence to beautify as well as feed.
On the 18th, Lee Reger brought out the tiller so more potatoes, bush beans, and corn could be planted next week. He will have more compost put over potatoes that were planted too shallow due to the hardness of the ground.
A big thank you goes to the City of Clarksburg for donating a ton of compost to our Community Garden.
Come visit Shinnston and see how our Garden Grows in 2015.
April 18, 2015, Gillum House, Shinnston: We have been among the missing for a while. Medical issues with himself, coupled with the Winter Doldrums, and with visits from children and grandchildren (aka willing slaves to fixer up) are part of the reason. Have you ever felt like just doing nothing? You know there is a To Do list a mile long, but you just cannot muster the oomph to do anything.
We have been getting the Shinnston Community Garden ready. The sun has broken through and the temperature is warm enough to go out without a jacket. RAMPS signs are appearing next to trucks parked along the road. SPRING is here!!
Today after taking some photos at the Community Garden (all produce goes to the Lord’s Pantry Food Bank), I actually noticed MY yard. The flower garden one of the twins planted a couple years ago survived and I got out the puller (they actually make a device to pull dandelions) and removed some of the dandelions. The tulips at the shed by the clothesline were blooming, the parsley planted 10 years ago is still coming up, the sage and other herbs are getting ready to be used, and the garlic chives survived the winter. Almost time to plant basil.
So the herbs are ready to be used for breakfasts, the online reservation system is ready for entries, the A/C units are being put in, and with luck, the custom-made headboard for the new king bed will be here soon. The Ellis Drive-in is now open weekends, the Ellis Flea Market opened today. The hills are greening up and the rail-trail is ready for you to enjoy. Our Wild & Wonderful West Virginia is waiting to give you relaxation and pleasure.
January 5, 2015 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast Shinnston, West Virginia: Wow! I just looked at the calendar – Valentine’s Day is a 3-Day Weekend! That means, in addition to a romantic weekend (covered bridges, wineries, a hike on the rail-trail in the countryside), the 3rd night would be at our 2015 Third Night Special. Three nights in a quiet setting (downtown but as quiet a country) with restaurants nearby – walk to some and some within a mile – and 3 great breakfasts served at your time.
Or make it an Elopement and Honeymoon and never have to try to remember your anniversary.
January 01, 2015 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, West Virginia: We served our first breakfast of 2015 this morning. My Mother always told us to stop playing with our food. Well who ever listened to their Mom? We all know that playing with our food was FUN. Well, xx years later, nothing has changed here. Seeing different ways to present things – and then trying to replicate it is fun and keeps things interesting.
We even varied the menu a bit from the usual for our vegetarian guests this morning. No muffins. WHAT? No muffins! Yep. We had orange juice and mango nectar as our juices of the day. The entrée consisted of basil with sour cream and cheddar egg bake, fried potatoes, our homemade bean burger, and Gillum House cloverleaf rolls. And the coffee was Honduran.
Oh, yes. I did say we did a bit of playing with our food, didn’t I. In case you cannot tell what it is supposed to be as happened with the resident dishwasher, it is a butterfly.
December 26, 2014 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, WV: Each year for the last few years, Gillum House Bed & Breakfast has had a Special for reservations of 3 or more nights based on something happening in that year. 2015 is a significant year for the Innkeeper. This year is the 40th wedding anniversary of the evening that friend, family, and 6 children gathered in the living room of a house in Carpentersville, Illinois to witness Rev. William Clark perform a wedding ceremony.
Our oldest son (13) was Best Man and the youngest (16 months) walked around dragging a throw rug (that photo has disappeared darn it – it was cute). Four of the others are sitting with family while the middle son is out of this photo with his aunt.
Therefore, in honor of that event, the 3rd night rate for 2015 will be $40.00 + tax for any room (of course with breakfast). We hope you come visit as there is so much to see and do in West Virginia and Shinnston is in the heart of it.