Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 12, 2013

Blue Holly Day: Holiday fun in Bluefield

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — Looking for something fun and different to do this weekend? How about ice skating and a full day of holiday fun in the city of Bluefield on Saturday. The celebration is part of the city’s first Blue Holly Day, a unique and welcomed endeavor made possible by members of the Bluefield Preservation Society.

Activities on Saturday will include an ice skating rink in a vacant lot on Raleigh Street; a Christmas parade; a holiday photo village; a “Pinch the Grinch” promotion; and even milk and cookies with Santa Claus. Members of the preservation society are to be applauded for their efforts in scheduling these Blue Holly Day events. This is a great way to bring people back into downtown Bluefield while also supporting local merchants in the downtown area.

The fun gets underway Saturday at 11 a.m. with the opening of the ice rink in a vacant lot on Raleigh Street. All children under the age of 18 will be admitted to the skating rink at no charge, and students 18 years old or older will be admitted to skate for half price, according to Bluefield City Manager Jim Ferguson. All other adults can skate for 30 minutes at a cost of $10. All skates will be provided free of charge.

We haven’t had an outside ice skating rink in Bluefield for years. We would encourage all residents to check this out — even if you aren’t a good skater, or have never even skated before. Now would certainly be a good time to try.

The fun will continue with the start of the annual Bluefield Christmas Parade at 1 p.m.  The parade is sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. A Craft Beer Brawl will also be held from noon to 5 p.m., along with the holiday photo village and special appearances by both the Grinch and Santa Claus.

“I think Saturday will be a great day for people to look around and see some of the improvements that have been taking place in Bluefield that are nearing completion,” Ferguson said. “The Depot District project on Commerce Street is really starting to take shape. The look of that part of the downtown has really changed. The street lights are up in the historic district and it all looks beautiful with the holiday lights. The sidewalk project on Bland Street is done with some minor touch-up work left to do. A lot of things are coming together right now.”

We agree. And we encourage everyone to come to downtown Bluefield Saturday and join in the holiday festivities. Have fun. Support the local downtown merchants. Help make the first Blue Holly Day a success. If it is successful, then there is a good chance that it could become an annual event for the city.

And before the day is done don’t forget to check out the Holiday of Lights display at city park. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the holidays without having to travel far from home.