Celebrating “Black Friday” in Calhoun County was
something I never imagined!
When I woke up on Friday morning, the house was quiet,
so I assumed everyone was sleeping late. By 9 a.m., the place was back
to the “normal” state of laughter and giggling.
Daughters Sarah and Kendi left early to go Black Friday
shopping in Grantsville. They did not even take time to put on makeup or
comb their hair. They did not want the rest of us to miss the fun, so
they came back to get the granddaughters and me.
We went first to the Country Corner Christmas Shop,
where everyone found a special interest. Becca, Rachel and Sally were
fascinated by the ceramic masks.
We found “Friendly Faces” while talking to Frank and
Nikki Jones of Dunedin, Fla. They own property in Calhoun and are
looking forward to living here full time. They bought a century-old
house and want to furnish it with heritage furniture and local crafts.
Judy Morris Jarvis and daughters Kathy and Kelly arrived
with their little poodle, Alley, which was found in a Martinsburg alley
by Kelly, who is a dog lover. They are descendants of the early
McDonalds of Calhoun.
Dawn Fox and her daughter-in-law, Sarah, were our next
en-counters. Sarah is married to Russ Fox and lives near Huntington.
They showed an interest in the primitive furniture.
Our group finished shopping for jewelry, country decor
and knit caps, so we moved on to J&B Drug Store, where the WVU items
were of special interest to our Mountaineer fans. The highlight of this
stop was the miniature camo jeep, driven by a deer, with a hunter on the
hood. We bought the last one, but they have ordered more.
After this excitement, we moved on to Dollar General,
where the big find was Christmas decorations. We also found another
former Calhouner, John Wilson, who has an accounting firm in the
We were pushing our departure deadline, so the shopping
trip was called a success. We found unique gifts and many friendly faces
in our town.
The last group of Black Friday shoppers were the deer
hunters from North Carolina, who returned to my house two hours late for
dinner. They appreciated potato cakes and berry crisp. Brian Krause
provided entertainment for Levi by giving him a “coffee grinder” ride on
the kitchen floor.
This adventurous day proved that a good time can be
experienced, even in a small town. Thank you, Calhouners, for being so
hospitable to our visitors. They all want to come back.