December 2023 Community Briefs

Elkfest updates

A committee is working to bring back Elkfest in 2024 with a tentative date of April 20 at Bunch Park and the Elkins Community Center. The earlier date will allow student orgranizations to be more involved, as well as be cooler weather. The next planning meeting is 6pm December 14, at the Elkins Public Library. Email for more information. 

Dance Dates 

The current plan for December is to have Country XPress play Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 30 for the regular dance. According to organizers, the band will play on Dec. 9 or 16 after the City’s Christmas Parade. The dances start at 7pm at the Elkins Community Center. Tickets are $10 but it is free the night of the Christmas Parade. 


Friends of EPL Holiday Party Dec. 16

Join Friends of Elkins Public Library as we give you the gift of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! There will also be crafts and games! We hope you join us for some holiday and Harry Potter fun on Saturday, December 16, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m at the Elkins Community Center.


Writing Class on December 9

The December writing class with Author Linda Rigsbee will include a discussion over a potential new venue and a time for encouraging critique of each other's work. The class is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, at Elkins Public Library. 

Seed Swap Planned

The Friends of the Elkins Library are planning a “Seed Swap” for January 27, 2023.  In addition, there will be a presentation by the Washington County Master Gardeners on growing vegetables from seed.  Mark your calendars for January 27, 2024.


Master Gardeners Busy at Work 

The Master Gardeners continue to work to keep areas around Elkins beautiful. Here is some of their latest projects, as submitted by the organization. 


Plant Labels 

The Washington County Master Gardeners (WCMG) has embarked on a program of labeling plants at their sanctioned projects.  That includes the Elkins Community Center, the Flagpole at Bunch Park, and the Elkins Public Library.  The volunteers have made these projects places for education and beauty.  Over the years the WCMG have expanded the plantings to include flowering ornamentals, stately trees and native plants that support wildlife.  Now they have added an educational component: plant labels.  


At both the Community Center and the Library, plants will be labeled in border beds as well as in the specialty beds such as the Pollinator Garden and the Rain Garden.  Signs will include a map at these two sites indicating the bed numbers.  There will be a QR code that will link to a chart showing where the various labeled plants are located, by bed number.  The Master Gardeners are doing this to spark interest in learning the scientific names of plants, which in turn leads the curious gardener to a wealth of online information about horticultural requirements and the benefits of each type of plant.


Bunch Park 

After a couple of years of Covid neglect, the garden at Bunch Park had fallen into a jumbled mass of weeds and invasive vines with the vines had completely covered the flagpole. 

Then, the Master Gardeners took over. From March 2022 until present, Elkins Master Gardeners completely removed the weeds and vines, amended the soil, and planted lovely arrays of roses, spring bulbs, and summer and fall blooming beauties.

The Master Gardeners decided to dedicate the garden to our military veterans. The plan was to

showcase red, white and blue flowers and complement them with other colors such as yellow

daylilies. Soon after, they designed and erected a metal sign to designate the garden in

gratitude for our veterans.

Then along came Maggie America, a figure pushing a wheelbarrow loaded with blooms...wearing pearls, of course. Gardens are never really “finished,” it seems. For the 4th of July, small flags ringed the entire

garden. On this Veterans Day, most of the flowers were dormant from the chilly weather; however, this

spring will herald more seasons of work for the garden in Bunch Park. 

Daddy Daughter Dance

Elkins Softball will host its 3rd Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance at 5pm-8pm, on Jan. 13 at the Elkins Community Center. If you have any questions, please reach out to Coach Culpepper at


Christmas Treasures/Senior Secret Santa

Local organizations in our community are making sure that the young and senior citizens have a Merry Christmas. 

Christmas Treasures

The Elkins School District continues its Christmas Treasures tradition and several local businesses and organizations have gotten involved. In December, there will be one more fundraiser. G’s Meaty Buns will host a fundraiser 6pm December 1. Contact the schools for more information about how to donate. 


Senior Secret Santa

This year, the Elkins Farmers Market is hosting Senior Secret Santa. Similar to the Angel Tree for children, the "Senior Secret Santa" functions to brighten the holidays for seniors in the Elkins community by providing them with items they want or need as indicated by their completed questionnaire. Several businesses around town have trees with seniors to “adopt.” Gifts will be returned to the Elkins Farmers Market for market managers to deliver. All gifts will need to be returned by Dec. 15 to ensure timely delivery.

For more information please contact the Elkins Farmers Market via email at or call Jennifer Howard at 479-287-2551.


No More AMI Days

With the passing of the LEARNS Act, AMI days are no longer allowed. There was a provision that tied LEARNS Act funding to having 178 days of onsite instruction which prevents any type of AMI day. Elkins Public Schools will go back to the way snow days were handled before, which is that if a snow day is declared, school is cancelled and that day will be made up later in the school year.


First Saturday Dec. 2

The last First Saturday of 2023 is 10am to 2pm, Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Elkins Community Center. There will be lots of vendors, food and fun! First Saturdays will resume this Spring.  

Band Fundraiser Dec. 7

The Elkins High School Band Winter Concert will also include a chili supper, dessert auction, and silent auction. Items are being accepted for the silent auction. The event is 5:30pm, Thursday, Dec. 7, at the high school cafeteria. The chili supper is $7 per person and includes chili, cornbread, and a drink. Music starts at 6:30pm. 


Winter Market Begins Dec. 1

The Elkins Farmers Market begins its Winter Market at Harris Baptist Church on December 1. The market will be 3pm to 6pm every first and third Friday of the month from December through March.


Goshen Holiday Market Dec. 9

The Goshen Farmers Market is bringing back Holiday Market 9am to 12pm, Saturday, December 9, at the Goshen Community Building. It will include local farmers, artisans, and other holiday wares.