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:

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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kpanek on May 24th, 2013
Play Day 2 in the pool

Air Temp = 45 degrees


May 24, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, WV: Today was Big Elm Play Day 2 – VERY different from yesterday, Big Elm Play Day 1. It was not that today was grades 3-5 rather than K-2, not that there were (or seemed to be) fewer children, nor that there was a breeze. It was the difference between sunny and warm and 45 degrees with gray skies. The photographer wimped out – took some photos and went home to warmth!

Thanks go out to Shinnston  Community Development Director Reuben Perdue and his Park Staff, Mike Book, Director of Harrison County Parks & Rec and his staff, and the Lincoln High School Key Club led by Johnna Akers for putting this 2-day event together and staffing it (in heat AND cold) so the students of Big Elm Elementary could have a great day in the Great Outdoors.

One thing that was NOT different – ALL the kids were having a grand time at each activity station.

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kpanek on May 23rd, 2013

May 23, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, West Virginia: Shinnston, West Virginia was the first City in our Wild & Wonderful State to be named a Playful City  by KaBoom. In 2013, Shinnston achieved this designation for the third year. It is not an easy designation to get – many hoops must be jumped through to get this.

One of the many things Shinnston does, is Big Elm Play Day the last two days of school before Memorial Day. Today, grades K-2 were bused to Ferguson Memorial Park where The City of Shinnston had the pool ready, bounce houses set up, and Harrison County Parks & Recreation, and Lincoln High School Key Club members ready for the buses to arrive. (Friday, May 24 will be a repeat with grades 3-5.)

The buses took the children up to the large pavilion to unload and return to Big Elm Elementary for the 2nd grade. The teachers lead the kids down the road to the pool and grassy areas.

Big Elm Students walk down to the pool

Walking to Play Day











Passing the Ball

One of the games – Pass the Ball

Games were played in several areas in the Park. The games were organized and monitored by Lincoln High School Key Club members and employees of Harrison County Parks and Recreation.











And the Bounce Houses were quite popular! Mazes, slides, and how high can he jump? Will he reach the palm frond?

Jumping in the Bounce House

How High Can I Jump?


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kpanek on May 19th, 2013

May 19, 2013 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, WV: The new bridge work is progressing – mostly in a good way. Last week a water line was broken and the West Side of town was without water until it could be fixed (quickly thanks to Shinnston’s great Public Works Dept.). The piers on the east side of the West Fork River are well on their way. The west side piers are started

East side of West Fork River piers

Bridge piers – East Side


AND the West Fork River Rail-Trail is OPEN!! They have done a nice job of keeping the rail-trail open with the construction materials cordoned off. The whole construction area is less than a city block and trail users are into the rural setting of the trail.

Rail-Trail with construction

West Fork River Rail-Trail OPEN!


Come ride the West Fork Rail-Trail and while you are here, visit the shops and restaurants of Shinnston. The Gillum House Bed & Breakfast is within blocks of rail-trail, shopping, and restaurants of Shinnston, West Virginia.

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kpanek on April 29th, 2013
West Virginia Ramps

West Virginia Ramps










April 29, 2013 by Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: It is RAMP season in West Virginia and ramp dinners. Ramp dinners and festivals have been held all over the State. Come to Shinnston Friday, May 3, 2013 For the Ramp Buffet at Jimmy’s Diner. Jimmy’s is located on Hood Avenue (US Rte. 19 North on the west side of Shinnston) just 1 mile from the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast. Come on in to Shinnston, an easy ride from I-79, for the best ramp buffet in West Virginia.

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kpanek on April 19th, 2013

April 19, 2013 by Kathleen Panek: Shinnston is getting a NEW “new” bridge across the West Fork River!!  What was referred to as the “old” bridge was still standing when we arrived in 1995. It had been built in the 1880s and was finally removed several years after we arrived. I have no idea how long the “new” bridge had been there, but we were told of a local man getting in trouble for flying his plane under the bridge after coming home from WWII . There has been talk of replacing the “new” bridge since 1997!

It is our plan to show the progression of the bridge being built. These photos are after about two months of work and were taken from the “new” bridge.

Looking at the West Side


View of the rail-trail from old "new" bridge

From the old “new” bridge, looking at West Fork Rail-Trail










We are told thre will be a flagman on the rail-trail when construction takes place over the trail.

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kpanek on April 14th, 2013
by Kathleen Panek – April 14, 2013: Photos will be posted at a later date – when our new computer is reloaded with all the “STUFF” and installed in the Library/Office here at the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast. Soon! PLEASE let it be soon! Thank you, Kevin, for the loaner but I cannot do photos, etc. yet.
Deer visit the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast

First time visitors to the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast

OK, now that I have my whining out of my system, I saw something this morning from the kitchen window that I have never seen before in all our 18 years in Shinnston. I happened to glance out and there, just standing perfectly still were two yearling deer. They were yearlings because they no longer had the spotted rumps of fauns and were larger than fauns.

I promised photos when the computer was up and running – well today, April 19, 2013 I was finally able to get the photos.
They stood there, occasionally twitching their ears or looking around, then moved a few steps toward the side yard (enjoying those long blades of grass that had yet to be cut), then moved into the neighbor’s yard. The last time I looked, about a half hour later, I saw the rump of the second one going down the alley toward City Hall in the direction of either the trailhead of the West For River Rail-Trail or into another area of woods by the Little League Field. I think they just came in from the north on the Rail-Trail and into our yard  since we are so close to the rail-trail.  Got lots of photos – but cannot download them to this “loaner”. Be patient with me – photos to follow.

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kpanek on April 5th, 2013

A West Virginia delicacy! Ramps


In West Virginia you know when Spring is finally here when they start talking about Ramps. No, we are not talking about an angled entrance – we are talking about something ONLY available in the Spring and a delicacy(?) that is either loved or hated. I personally think GOD took the worst of a green onion and the worst of garlic and married them to get a ramp. But I make a great ramp potato soup! They are eaten raw or cooked with just about any main or side dish that would have onions.

Ramps (I am told) only grown in the wild and are found at roadside sales and in some produce stores in West Virginia. I have only know about them in West Virginia (not in any other State I have lived in).

Today I received an e-mail announcing the Feast of the Ramson in Richwood, West Virginia on April 20, 2013. Spring is here!!!!!! At last!!!

Feast of the Ramson

See more details, access video clips of the Feast from previous years, learn more about the entertainers, get Ramp recipes, and more online @

Richwooders – Ramps Site

Richwood Chamber of Commerce Site

Contact: Richwood WV Area Chamber of Commerce, Phone: 304-846-6790 for the most accurate information and date.

Ramps are the first green things to show their heads in spring in the Appalachian rich woodlands. They taste somewhat like an onion with a strong odor. They add a little life to Richwood and Nicholas County after a long winter. Richwood, West Virginia is the Ramp Capital of the World! Check out their Feast of the Ramson .
This good old fashioned Richwood Ramp Festival in West Virginia is held in middle of April and all food will be prepared by locals Richwooders, especially the ramps, the “little stinkers” will be served with ham, bacon, fried potatoes, brown beans, cornbread, and drinks, (Sassafras Tea, coffee, and cold drink). Hope you can make it to the Rampfest!

Come taste Spring in West Virginia – find a Ramp Dinner!

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