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July 21, 2012

For Immediate Release

Elk River Gathering 2012

Sutton WV- The Elk River Gathering is excited to present the history of the people from around the Elk River basin.  There will be two scholarly presentations,  two dramatic portrayals, 18th century music and interpretation, interactive living history presentations on historic American Indian life skills and Euro-American life skills of both men and women,  hiking, and living history interpretation of Civil War events in and around Sutton.  The gathering will take place as a complementary historic educational component of the Mountain Lakes Festival scheduled for July 21, 2012.

Ronald McAllister of Alderson will perform interpretation of historical figure Jeremiah Carpenter, a Shawnee captive from the age of 9 to 18. Jeremiah fought at the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774 before being the first settler of European decent in what became the Braxton County area.

Jerry Milnes of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College will tell about the origins and perform Appalachian traditional music played by Jeremiah Carpenter from the early settlement era 1750-1799 and other unique West Virginia songs.

Dr. Robert Maslowski, US Army Corps of Engineers retired, from Milton WV will present  “An Archeological Survey of West Virginia People” about the central WV region’s archeology from 10.500 BC to 1900 AD.  His presentation will include discussion of West Virginia excavations including St. Albans, Buffalo, Green Bottom and Bull Town and their interpretations.

Siege of Fort Randolph

Doug Wood of Nitro WV,  will show-n-tell the history of Sutton area peoples from 1730 up to 1865.  He will conduct interactive living history life skill demonstrations of 18th century American Indian males, including construction and demonstration of a fish weir in Elk River. Doug will also perform Ostenaco, funded separately by the History Alive! program of the WV Humanities Council.

Dianne Anestis of Nitro WV will conduct interactive living history life skill demonstrations of 18th century Euro-American and American Indian females with particular focus on plant uses and fishing techniques.

Gwendolyn McAllister of Alderson WV,  will conduct interactive living history life skill demonstrations of 18th century American Indian females with particular focus on cooking and childcare (she will have her 8 month old baby to assist).

Chris Martin of Daniels WV, will conduct interactive living history life skill demonstrations of 18th century Euro-American males with focus on log house

construction and bridle path establishment.

Aaron Bosnick of Fairmont will conduct interactive living history life skill demonstrations of Civil War soldiers with particular focus on the similarities between 19th century bushwhacking techniques and 18th century American Indian guerilla tactics.

The  Jeremiah Carpenter Trail near Sutton Dam is open during day light hours and will be used in part of the extreme 5k “That Dam Race.”. Visitors to the event may wish to cool off in the Elk River or in Sutton Lake and enjoy the many other events of the Mountain Lakes Festival ( see for more information.

Funding in part is provided by The West Virginia Humanities Council, USDA- Mountain Recourse Conservation and Development Committee, Sutton CDC, Michael Gioulis Historic Preservation Consultant, and the Elk Hotel.

The event is hosted by The Landmark Studio for the Arts, Sutton CDC, Town of Sutton, Braxton County Commission, Café Cimino Country Inn and the Braxton County CVB.

For more information contact Kevin Carpenter, (304) 377- 7495,

Schedule of events Saturday July 21, 2012

10AM  Ostenaco- History Alive! Program plus Water Conservation and Fish Weir demonstration-Café Cimino & Elk River

12PM  An Archeological Survey of West Virginia People- Landmark Studio for the Arts

1PM-6PM 18th century life skill demonstrations (male and female)- Braxton County Court House Lawn:

American Indian skills of cooking, hunting, fishing, plant use and childcare.

Euro-American  skills of log house construction, hunting,  plant use and bridle path establishment.

A Civil War soldier will focus on 19th century bushwhacking techniques  derived from 18th century derived from  American Indian guerilla tactics.

3PM Walk through History 1730-1865 – Braxton County Court House Lawn

6PM  Jeremiah Carpenter, Shawnee Captive &  Pioneer- Braxton County Court House Lawn

7PM Gerry Milnes Traditional Appalachian Music- Braxton County Court House Lawn

Events will be held at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in case of inclement weather.

Kevin Carpenter Director, Elk River Gathering

92. S Stonewall St. Sutton WV 26601. (304) 377 7495 c, (304) 765 5960 h


How is everyone?

It’s been a crazy year, hasn’t it?  I was able to get my old desktop up and running, albeit a bit slow but I don’t need much for writing and it cuts down on net-surfing.  The laptop is in its case, waiting for the price on motherboards to drop;P

I finished up the living history events for the year.  I’ve been teaching boy scouts and many curious people about gathering edible foods from the Northeast in the US. Including; time of year, what part of the plant is edible, how to prepare it. and how to cook without pots and pans.  I’m a wee bit bushed now.  Oh, and I’ve been working in the vegetable garden and have been canning for the past month now on any open days.

Now for the baby update;)  Everything is textbook even with my back being messed up.  The doctor said I’m one of the healthiest women he’s seen in a while.  That kind of scares me, actually, that really scares me.  How bad off are these other ladies?  *shrugs*  I use to, well, still, get in trouble for doing too much.  The ultrasound tech said we’re having a girl and we are thinking about naming her Roslyn, my hubby is going to pick the middle name.   She’s been using me as a romper room and doesn’t like to stay still for very long.  I guess we all came from a padded room at some point, huh? *cheesy grin*  Oh and I’m due around November 9th.

I’m happy this is happening during the summer, even though from the knees down I look like the Michelin man.  I have major problems during the winter with my back going out and arthritis pain. I’m having back problems that are worse than during winter now, so I can only imagine what this could have been like. So yea for good timing and summer!

I think nappy head describes this perfectly, Prue.  I’ve been giving my husband two or more choices on different things like what vegetables he wants for dinner,  because I honestly cannot decide.  It’s too much to think about. XP

However, the mood swings have slacked off.  I still cry and laugh at the drop of a hat, but it’s not as intense and a little more controllable.  So I’ve found between 3 to 6 months my emotions are a 9.8 on the Richter scale.  I wonder if it’s the same time period for other women?

Oh, something a bit funny.  That cat has been bringing me presents lately.  At least once a day I’ll open the door to find a new gift.  So far I’ve received; birds, rabbits, chipmunks, mice, shrews, moles, and a butterfly.  He has been very proud of himself.  He stalks the garden with our dog.  They’re very good hunting companions.  The dog actually trained him 😉 But the cat will go hunting with my husband while the dog stays on the porch or inside watching over me.

How are things going with you?  Any stories?  Breakthroughs?  Family fun? Headdesk moments?  Just need to talk?

It has been a bit nuts around here for the past several months and it is likely to continue. I will not be posting for quite a while in addition to the length of time that has already elapsed.
The motherboard in my laptop fried a month after the warranty expired. So I’m writing everything long hand which works better for me any way. I’ll type and edit at the same time.  I can’t afford $400.00 right now.
I have more 1700 and 1800’s era American Indian women life ways and cooking demonstrations coming up than I know what to do with. Yep that includes sleeping under the stars. Fun stuff with pay. *waggles eyebrows*
Last and definitely not least, I’m 17 weeks pregnant. He or she will be our first non furry child, not a dog or a cat. We don’t know what we’re having yet. My husband is having daily panic attacks and worrying about everything. I’m pretty much calm and collected. Every now and again I have massive mood swings but when that happens I can feel it so I warn him and lock myself in a room and try not to turn into the Hulk. *grin* But also the reason the motherboard can wait. 😉
Seriously, if this is what bi-polar people go through then it’s really crappy. I know it’s hormones on my end, hmm…. I wonder if that is the reason on there’s too. I know it’s levels of serotonin and norepinephrine but . . . Then again I have this weird thought that maybe kids need the mom’s to cycle through emotions so they can begin to develop emotionally by using the hormones as well. I know odd thoughts.
That is the shoddily spelled quasi-quick update and I will do another in the distant future.

A Magic Called Hope

I was sitting here thinking about my childhood.  About how everything seemed to hold magic and wonder.

I loved making up long stories about things with my little sister.  We’d build houses for wee folk in the woods, we’d dig a good-sized hole and fill it with water so they could take a swim and cool off from the heat of the day.  We’d watch birds fly, deer graze and hop in the fields.  Cows and horses would wander around and Toby the yellow lab would be on our heels keeping us out of trouble.  That dog would tell on us in a heartbeat.  😀

Everything held a kind of magic, the way the sun would stream through branches in the woods and leave patterns on the ground.  The  musty tang of leaves and the shush-shush as you walk through them.  The sharp scent of pine mingling with the mellow scent of oak, the mediciney smell of juniper, and the homey aroma of cedar.  The way snowflakes would almost dance in the air.  The indentations a rain drop makes in dry dusty soil.  The way it feels when it pours down on you after a long hot day.  Watching the water collect and run in rivulets and helping it get to bigger places by scratching a line in the ground with a stick.

I enjoyed catching honey bees in a mason jar so I could look at them and how they carried pollen around.  It always reminded me of saddlebags.  I’d catch lizards, frogs, toads, worms, fish, snakes (the non-venomous ones), birds, turtles, pretty much anything not nailed down.  I was a silent and quick little booger.  I’d catch these things and bring them home to my little sister and then we’d release them around the house, usually near the barn, creek,  woods, or pond depending on what it was.

What I’m trying to get at is, that everyday life held that little spark of excitement, of new things to explore and find out.  As I grew older the more science and theory I learned the more jaded I became.  The magic began to die for me.  What is life without magic?  Without something you cannot explain?  Something you just feel or have faith in?

Then I learned, scientists couldn’t explain how a bumblebee could fly because it was impossible.  The ruins of Plato’s Troy were uncovered, and two days ago I found a news article saying Atlantis may have been discovered in Spain near the Straits of Gibraltar, where Plato said it was, Fox News Report and MSNBC.  MSNBC has the better report 😉

This, in its self, has renewed my faith in magic.

1) Because for how many years have people said,  “Plato made up Troy, and Plato made up Atlantis.”?  The so call “experts” who thumb there nose at history and the past because it is not written in a way they can understand it.  It is built upon what the people of that time can understand.

2) Believing in something despite what all the skeptics say, fuels your inner child.  It keeps happiness in your life.  Because if you take all of the dirty facts and live on those alone, you grind away any hope of the future.



Nuclear Holocaust

Solar Storms (EMPs from solar flares)







Rudeness from other people

If you take all of these negativities and many more, and dwell upon them, you are going to eat yourself up with worry and stress.  These are real and just thinking and being afraid of them can cripple your spirit.  How do you get past fears?  With a little bit of magic, called hope.


A better paying job.

Going to the Beach

Helping someone who’s down and out

Taking walks

Appreciating what you have around you

Being thankful to be alive.

Being able to change a bad situation into a good one.  (By opening a door for someone who is having a rough day, you may have stopped verbal or physical violence.  Just by showing kindness.)

Hope is the magic that keeps us going.  It is the positive “What if?” and the acting upon it that gives our lives meaning.  So take the time to build wee folk houses and watch the pattern the rain makes in the dust and enjoy life.  Then take that joy and spread it through kindness and hope.

My Muse Is Evil

I’ve been working on the most horrible things I can inflict upon humanity and it is excellent stuff.  It makes me wonder why this aspect comes so easily.  The last story I wrote, I melted a screaming- slowly-dying-horse, ripped people apart, by way of having them eaten alive by a horde , and sent humanity back to the stone-age via brimstone and fire.  Among *cough* other things.  I can’t count how many times I came out of the office crying because of the horrid stuff I had just written and visualized.  Heart wrenching as it was, I was thrilled at the same time.  Ugh.

It came out again as I went through Week 2 Part 1 of HTWAS,  a couple of minutes ago.  So I continue with the dual state of being horrified yet excited about what is coming in this novel.