January 2024 Community Briefs

Elkfest Meeting Jan. 11

The next Elkfest Committee meeting is 6pm on January 11, at the Elkins Public Library unless otherwise announced on social media. Do you have a program or event you would like to have as part of Elkfest? The event is 9am to 3pm, Saturday, April 20. So far, we have Jeff and Teresa Graves in charge of vendors, Nichole Williams and Jamie Smith in charge of marketing the event, Kathy Hall is recruiting bands and other musicians to play throughout the day, and RainaLee Frederick is hosting the Miss Elkfest Pageant on April 6 as a preview for the event. Please contact Jamie Smith at jsmith@elkinsar.org if you and your organization would like to participate with an event. 


Dances Continue in January

The community dances will continue in January at the Elkins Community Center with Country XPress performing both January 12 and 26. Tickets are $10. 


Terra Studios Jan. Events

Terra Studios is kicking off the new year with a full calendar of events. 

Artist Demos include: 

10:30am Jan. 4 with Wren of Talisman Hall

10:30am Jan. 11 with Wren of Talisman Hall 

11:30am Jan. 13 with Holly Freeburg

11:30am Jan. 18 with Stephanie Yates

11:30am Jan. 21 with Makayla Long

11:30am Jan. 25 with Stephanie Yates

11:30am Jan. 27 with Holly Reman


Art Demonstrations: 

11:30am Jan. 6 with Allison Bailey

11:30am Jan. 20 with Allison Bailey



10:30am Jan. 6 Dragon Class

10:30am Jan 20 Numerology 101

1:30pm Jan 20 Tarot Readings 


Sunday Music will be 12noon Jan. 7 with Woven 

Art Lab will be 11:30am Jan. 21 where they will make Fuzzy Yetis

Seed Swaps Planned


The Friends of Elkins Public Library is hosting a seed swap and education session with Karen Hanna-Towne on January 27 at the Elkins Public Library. The classes are at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.


The Goshen Farmers Market will host a seed swap 10am to noon on Jan. 27, at the Goshen Community Building. 


Writing Class Jan. 13

The writing classes with Author Linda Rigsbee return in 2024 with the first monthly session Jan. 13. All the events, unless otherwise noted, are 10am to noon on the second Saturday of each month at the Elkins Public Library. The format will return to its original form where writers are encouraged to bring works in progress or other samples of their work to read outloud for the group. 


Local Business News

Below are some local business news highlights: 

  • Maggie West Photography and Magnolia Maiden Salon are teaming up to offer a professional headshot session for women that includes professional hair and makeup, and headshots. It will also include business networking with other women. Contact either business for more details. The event is $150 per person and is Jan. 27. 
  • Wish List Travel will host its next Passports to Pastries on Jan. 27 at Nellie B’s with time TBD. 
  • Shear Madness Salon recently announced it is closing and Madalyn will be serving clients in Fayetteville. 
  • Mayfield Mercantile recently announced it is expanding to a larger space in Elkins. It will be moving to the former location of Shear Madness.
  • Several businesses have announced expanded services including Magnolia Maiden Salon, Angel Nails & Spa, and Faith Clothing, Co. 


Water/Sewer Rates 

As was announced in a letter sent  in November to all City of Elkins Water/Sewer customers, the rates for both water and sewer will increase effective Jan. 1, 2024. This is due to a large increase from Fayetteville, which is where Elkins gets its water. Questions about your individual bills should be directed to the water department. 


4-H Cooking Class

Washington County 4-H is offering a 4-H Cooking Club for students age 9-18 at the Washington County Extension office. The club starts in January and a form that is available through the office must be completed to participate. This club will meet at 5:00 on the first Thursday of the month starting in January.

Join the Remind for this club by texting @wc4hcooks to 81010 and register your youth by filling out this form! https://forms.gle/4VHefrM4LbGPE8BX8


RMCC DIY Night Jan. 16

Round Mountain Community Church will continue its monthly Crafters for Christ nights every third Tuesday at the church. All supplies are included and each session begins at 6:30pm. The next DIY Crafters Night is Jan. 16. 


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 jculpepper@elkinsdistrict.org


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.


Winter Market Continues

Elkins Farmers Market will continue to host its Winter Market at Harris Baptist Church every first and third Friday. The dates are: January 5th &19th, Feb 2nd & 16th, and March 1st & 15th. The markets are 3pm to 6pm.