kpanek on November 23rd, 2013

November 23, 2013 – Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: An oft-visiting guest recently became a Grandmother of a preemie. She knows I teach a basic (emphasis on basic) knitting class. So she e-mails that her daughter cannot find booties small enough, would I knit some. So I went online looking for a pattern. I found one for preemie tube socks. Now I admit, the instructions saying to put 13 stitches on each needle and knit in the round confused me. 26 stitches, even on a 12 inch circular needle would be difficult. So I just did 26 stitches on a regular 305 knitting needle and proceeded. Getting near the bottom with the first attempt, I get down to the 5 stitches and then realize – it is 5 stitches PER NEEDLE. So the first attempt is pointy toes.

Preemie Tube Socks

Preemie Tube Socks – Do not LAUGH!

 

 

 

 

 

Then I tried again and stopped at 10 stitches. It still does not look like the picture that went with the instructions. But I will be trying again until I get it right. Meanwhile, these will be sent to Grandma to forward to the new Mommy. I hope they help.

A former guest has told me I should call them “Elf Socks”. I like that!!

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kpanek on November 17th, 2013

Gillum House Bed & Breakfast November 17, 2013: A group of concerned citizens of the area were troubled when it was realized how bad was the condition of the old Shinn Cemetery behind the old Shinnston High School. The cemetery holds a lot of memories for the former students of the high school. Although it is now owned by the Shinnston Historical Association, there is neither manpower nor dollars available in the organization to do the upkeep needed. It was suggested that the people who were concerned about it, take on the upkeep. And that is just what they decided to do. However, upkeep requires money so a novel way to raise funds was decided upon.

Seeing how it is nearing the Christmas Season, Christmas trees could be decorated, donated, and raffled off.

Shabby Chic Sisters have decorated a tree that is on display in their store on Pike Street in Shinnston. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each Tuesdays thru Saturday until 5 P.M. December 13, 2013.

Tree decorated by Shabby Chic Sisters

Shabby Chic Sisters Tree

 

 

 

 

 

Gillum House Bed & Breakfast has also decorated and donated a tree. The Gillum House Tree can be seen at the Shinnston Administrative Building (Water Office) on Main Street Monday thru Friday 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. where raffle tickets may be purchased for $1 each. The drawing for this tree will also take place at Shabby Chic Sisters 5:00 P.M. December 13, 2013.

Christmas Tree

Gillum House Donated Tree

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kpanek on October 11th, 2013

October is a Special month at Gillum House. This is what our guests will find in the morning:

Pumpkin at breakfast

Charming?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Pumpkin

Happy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast pumpkin

Scary?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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kpanek on September 18th, 2013

September 18, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: Today your innkeeper at Gillum House Bed & Breakfast had an awesome experience. She had her own private concert by the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band. All it cost was fixing them a dinner. It is amazing what brats, slaw, beans, cider, and very special homemade molasses cookies will get you!

Diner in Council Chambers

Dinner is served – brats, slaw, & beans

 

Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia was the first college to offer a degree program in Bluegrass. Megan Darby is the Director of Bluegrass Program, Fine Arts Department. She brought 5 of her students to perform at Shinnston’s Frontier Days. She stated there are 23 in the program currently.

Bluegrass Band

Glenville State College Bluegrass Band

 

First your innkeeper set up the meal in Shinnston’s City Council Chambers. Then she got to watch the warm-up session (could not join the jam because they do not have bari sax in a bluegrass band AND nowhere near good enough to try) before they went on stage.

 

 

Bluegrass Band on stage

Glenville State Bluegrass Band on Stage

 

 

 

 

 

Glenville State College Bluegrass Band will be performing A Tribute to THE FLATT AND SCRUGGS SHOW on October 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Admission for Adults – $5.50; Children – $5.00. Beginning at Noon there will be an opportunity to tour the Martha White Bluegrass Bus (Flatt & Scruggs bus) – a free tour. Call 304-462-6340 for tickets and information (after October 1).

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kpanek on September 16th, 2013

September 16, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: This Was Sunday – the Carnival starts arriving –

Carnival starts arriving

First truck in Sunday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Carnival Rides

Fire Dept. Lot fills with Carnival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday, assembly starts:

View of Gillum House 9-16-13

View of Gillum House Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiddie rides across Davis Court in the Orioles Club parking lot:

 

Kiddie Rides get set up in Orioles lot

Kiddie Rides arrive Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Carnival and Frontier Days opens Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM. Kick-off entertainment is the wonderful Glenville State Bluegrass Band! Great time – and it is FREE!!!!!  Come on down!

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kpanek on September 6th, 2013

September 6, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: Remember wash day when you were a kid. All the laundry flapping on the clothesline. Remember getting into bed with those sheets dried in the fresh air? How fresh they smelled?

Sheets on Clothesline

Fresh Air Sheets

 

 

This is how we dry sheets at Gillum House Bed & Breakfast. We invite you to Shinnston to come back to those memories.

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kpanek on August 15th, 2013

August 15, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: Our eldest son and his family have been here for a visit.

Panek girls make rolls

The girls made Pepperoni rolls

 

Tuesday we (the girls and Granny) made a batch of Gillum House Rolls for Pepperoni Rolls. Tonight after dinner, the girls made the pepperoni rolls – Granny showed how to make one and the girls made the rest.

 

Pepperoni Rolls Baked

Pepperoni Rolls Done

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pepperoni Rolls made by Ce-Ce

Ce-Ce’s Pepperoni Rolls

 

Cierra's Pepperoni Rolls

Cierra made these

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kpanek on July 26th, 2013

July 26, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: The third weekend in July is a great time for motorcycle enthusiasts, especially if they are looking for a “family” event. To share one’s interest (and history) of motorcycles and motorcycle racing one needs only to go to Terra Alta, West Virginia.

McKee Poster

Poster for Sky Ranch Event

Tom and Debbie McKee open McKee’s Sky Ranch (McKee’s Wings & Wheels deals in vintage airplanes and motorcycles) to the vintage motorcycle world for riding and racing. This second annual event is alcohol-free so it is an excellent place to bring your children to see vintage motorcycles and talk to people who were racing with Gary Nixon and Dick Mann. This event is sponsored by WV Motorcycle Safety and American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association.

WV Culture & History poster

John Panek works in oil

Saturday, July 27 will be racing day. There are two tracks – one laid out by the great Dick Mann and a one mile track. Talk to people who were involved with motorcycle racing – “back in the day”. See paintings by renowned motorcycle artist John Panek whose paintings of vintage motorcycles are found Coast-to-Coast. West Virginia Culture and History has created a display about Panek.

Come to Terra Alta to McKee Sky Ranch! WV Rt. 7 east through Terra Alta and left on Sanders Road.

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kpanek on July 6th, 2013

July 6, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: How many have heard the litany, “Nothing ever happens in _____” Name the City. OK, maybe not in New York City because no one would ever intimate nothing happens there. Well they cannot say that in Shinnston either.

Shinnston Community Band in new Performance Center

July 6, 2013: Bice-Ferguson Museum Program  6:00 P.M.  “Early Car Racing in the Shinnston Area” with Steve Sharp. Social Hour to follow.

July 11, 2013: Girl’s Night Out in Shinnston 6 to 9 P.M. Where? Shop at Shabby Chic Sisters, The Treasure Chest, Sacred Heart Christian Book & Gift Shoppe, Home Style, Like New Upscale Resale Shop, and Team Time Designs

July 12, 2013: Theater in the Park at the Performance Center 6:00 P.M. Bring lawn chairs

July 20, 2013: Shinnston Police Community Picnic at Ferguson Memorial Park

July 22, 2013: Family Night at the Park $1 admission to the Pool 6:30 to 8:30 PM Followed by Movies in the Park (FREE) Bring Lawn Chairs

July 26, 2013: Theater in the Park at the Performance Center 6:00 P.M. Bring lawn chairs

July 30, 2013: History Hitting the Road – Ferguson Park Noon to 6 PM

July 31, 2013: History Hitting the Road – Ferguson Park 10 AM to 4 PM

August 3, 2013: Shinnston Citywide Yard Sale

August 10, 2013: Theater in the Park at the Performance Center 6:00 P.M. Bring lawn chairs

August 12, 2013: Family Night at the Park $1 admission to the Pool 6:30 to 8:30 PM Followed by Movies in the Park (FREE) Bring Lawn Chairs

August 10, 2013: Italian Heritage Festival Bocce Tournament

August 17, 2013: Italian Heritage Festival Bocce Tournament

September 15, 2013: Frontier Days Car Show – Lincoln High School Parking Lot

September 18 – 21, 2013: Frontier Days Downtown Shinnston

October 31, 2013: Halloween Trick or Treat

November TBA: Veterans Day Parade and Program

November 28, 2013: Annual Turkey Trot for Marie Gaston Memorial Scholarship Fund – starts just south of the Sue Ann Miller Trailhead

December 7, 2013: Annual Shinnston Christmas Parade followed by the Shinnston Community Band Christmas Concert

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kpanek on June 26th, 2013

June 26, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: Many places will have festivities on Thursday, July 4. Shinnston prefers to be the first in celebrating our Nation’s Birthday!

The Shinnston Community Band performs an annual Independence Concert at Ferguson Park. In 2013 it will be different!

Crowd at the Park for Concert

Early arrivals for Concert

Grab your lawn chairs or blankets and come to Ferguson Park as usual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But this year instead of the band setting up on the apron of the bath house, the new Performance Center will be inaugurated!

Performance Center

Shinnston Performance Center

 

 

 

Please tell Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, Delegate Richard Iaquinta, and the other dignitaries a huge thank you for helping Shinnston acquire this wonderful structure in our Park.

Come out for a wonderful evening (Dedication starts approx. 8 P.M.) of music followed immediately by Fireworks. Come early and spend the day swimming and picnicking.  (Psst! look for the host of Gillum House Bed & Breakfast in the band – hint: buried between tubas and baritones playing baritone sax)

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June 13, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: I was recently made aware of an event for the Wounded Warrior Project called TOUGH MUDDER that is taking place near the Hickory Ridge House Bed & Breakfast Inn in Putney, Vermont. She is giving $25 to the Wounded Warrior Project for every 2-night reservation she has for that event.

Vet from 2011 watches Veterans Parade

Our 2011 Vet was a Wounded Warrior

Gillum House Bed & Breakfast is interested in anything having to do with our military as the B & Bs For Vets Program started here in 2008.

I am a Firm believer in everything has a reason and there is a reason for everything. THIS very afternoon – since I did the original post here – I had an e-mail from Sara Moriarty, the wife of the warrior Eric (they are watching the Veterans Parade in the photo). She is now an intern for Operation Second Chance, an organization that helped them when Eric was at Walter Reed.

Therefore, from now until November 8, 2013, anyone who books the Gillum Room for 1 or more nights AND mentions the Wounded Warrior Project when making the reservation  OR mentions Operation Second Chance, the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast will donate $25 to the Wounded Warrior Project or Operation Second Chance. Book online and enter Wounded Warrior or Operation Second Chance in the comments or call us at 888-592-0177 for your reservations.

 

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kpanek on June 12th, 2013

June 12, 2013: Gillum House Bed & Breakfast:       

Taking a trike ride on US Rte. 50

Just the beginning…

 

 

 

 

Do we know the roads motorcyclists love?  This is just one of the several routes we have mapped turn-by-turn.  I recently was blessed to experience a trike on this route – I have done it on my motorcycle and it is great both ways! Enjoy the ride!

Twisty road

Going down the first hill

 

 

 

Going around the Horseshoe

Just the Horseshoe – it gets better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lead trike approaches the Hairpin turn.

Approaching “The Hairpin” – we have more…..

 

Off-street Parking for motorcycles. Like to talk about the “old days of motorcycle racing”? Our resident artist was the owner/tuner of a BSA Gold Star racing bike in the era of Dick Mann. Come on down to the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast!! Spend the day riding and the evening talking about it!

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kpanek on June 7th, 2013

June 7, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: John Panek from the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast did the painting that is the logo for McKee’s Wings & Wheels. It is also the image for the posters and T-shirts for McKee’s Sky Ranch Motorcycle Event. Gillum House Bed & Breakfast is a sponsor.

Stearman races a Harley on the beach

July 25 – 28, 2013

It you enjoy classic motorcycles, Vintage Cross Country riding, Vintage Moto Cross, or Post-Vintage Moto Cross go to McKee’s Sky Ranch in Terra Alta, West Virginia July 25-25, 2013. They have it all!!

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kpanek on May 29th, 2013

May 29, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast Shinnston, WV: In May of 2012, Fred Worcester arrived at the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast with his dear friend, Brunehilde Giesler to explore West Virginia for a few days.

One year ago today, May 29, 2012, your host of the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast accompanied her guests from Schweinfurt, Germany to the Harrison County Courthouse. They were applying for a marriage license.

They returned to the Gillum House, license in hand, to don their wedding clothes while the innkeepers also changed so they could serve as attendants.

A Methodist minister married them in the yard of the Gillum House as it was filmed and photos taken. Paperwork was filled out and “hand-carried” to the Courthouse where certified copies of the marriage certificate were issued.

Herr Worcester left with his Frau!

 

This could be you!

 

The new Mr & Mrs Worcester

Herr und Frau Worcester relax on the porch

 

 

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kpanek on May 28th, 2013

 

 

Johnna Akers - Volunteer

Meet Johnna Akers – Candidate for WV Scholar Scholarship

May 28, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast Shinnston, West Virginia: Each year WV Metro News works with many sponsors to create a WV Scholar Scholarship – a 4-year ALL-Expenses PAID scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College.

This year, Johnna Akers of Shinnston’s Lincoln High School has made the Finalists. She needs YOUR help. You can vote once PER e-mail address until June 9, 2013.

Please got to:   http://www.wvscholar.com/vote.cfm

Choose Johnna Akers from the drop-down menu

Enter your e-mail address (you can vote once per e-mail address)

Click vote

Then Go to your e-mail and confirm your vote

 

Thank you for helping Johnna Akers try to win a Full ALL expenses paid scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan

 

 

 

 

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