During their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, members gathered to discuss business as well as several happenings that will take place in the area.
The first takes place this Friday at the Point Pleasant River Museum.
The fifth annual Shanty Boat Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. It features a catered dinner, entertainment, Bingo, and prizes. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the river museum at 304-674-0144.
Coming up during April 13 and 14, the Mason County Youth Expo will be held at the National Guard Armory. The Tourism Center will have a booth set up during both days, handing out a schedule of events and other tourism info for 2011 to children, teachers and parents who attend.
A Easter Egg Hunt also has been scheduled for April 23 at 11 a.m. The event will take place at Harmon Park and those parties interested in participating must arrive at least 15 minutes early. This hunt is put on by the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, and Bellamy added that it only lasts about 10 minutes, so parents need to bring their children early so they can have a chance at finding the Golden Egg.
The Easter Egg Hunt takes place in an enclosed ballfield. There will be several age divisions, with those finding a Golden Egg getting an Easter basket. The Easter Bunny also will be in attendance.
In other news:
Denny Bellamy, CVB Executive Director, updated those present on the Citywide Clean-Up that took place Saturday.
“We had several 4-H groups, many individuals, and those with the Day Report Center show up to clean,” Bellamy said. “They (Day Report Center) already do a great job picking up trash every week in the parks which helps a lot. This also enabled up to clean up the entire town.”
During the Treasurer’s report provided by Roger Clark, the Tourism Center announced that the Mason County Commissioners donated $6,000 in January. This is up $1,000 up from previous years.
In other announcements:
• The new Mason County Visitors Guide is currently available and according to Bellamy, over 9,000 have already been distributed throughout the state. The Tourism Center also carries guides from area states, and is a great place to stop in to pick up guides from other welcome centers. “We have had a great response on the guides,” Bellamy said.
• Bellamy also spoke about the Mason County Quilt Trail project. By the end of the year, nearly 30 quilts will be apart of the trail that connects into many surrounding counties. The Resource Conservation & Development also granted $1,500 for bus tours that will start later on in the year as part of the trail.
• The Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail also was discussed. This is through the Scenic Byway. The trail begins in Point Pleasant and trailed down Rt. 2 all the way into Nitro. Bellamy said this project is “coming along” and that Point Pleasant is featured in the Midland Trail, which is similar to the trail Mason County soon will have.
• Secretary Twila Clark gave February Web site statistics saying that there were 2,202 visits, and during the month of March, the number of visits jumped to 2,741 visits.
• New brochures are available for Fort Randolph.
• The Tourism Center will visit sixth graders at Beale Elementary to give a presentation on local attractions.
• A four-page spread on Bob’s Market of Mason was featured in the WV Living Magazine.
• Main Street is currently selling Easter candy to raise money for a mailbox for Santa letters to be placed at Krodel Park for the Christmas light show.
• Point Pleasant in Bloom is selling gallon flower pots.