Blairs Place, Hillsboro, WV October 13, 2016. Site of Friends of the Monument Friends Fall Fling.
Brandon Richardson won the grand door prize, a Marmot Day Pack donated by the Friends of the Monument.
Partiers writing letters of support to President Obama.
The Friends Fall Fling event was held Thursday evening October 13, 2016 in Hillsboro, WV at Blair’s Place, formerly known as the Pretty Penny. More than 60 people attended the event organized by Friends of the Monument, local citizens supporting the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument initiative.
Attendees enjoyed the beautiful October evening along with a selection of 6 local West Virginia beers from Greenbrier Valley Brewing in Lewisburg, WV, and Mountain State Brewing of Thomas, WV. Dinner included Blair Campbell’s amazing pork barbecue sandwiches with slaw, pasta salad, roasted root vegetable medley, and brownies.
Musical entertainment was provided by Jacox’s own accomplished Paolo, Erica & Friends.
Each Fall Fling attendee hand wrote a letter asking President Obama to declare the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument.
The President’s right to do so is granted by the Antiquities Act, passed by the United States Congress and signed into law under Republican Theodore Roosevelt on June 8, 1906.
Long time Lobelia resident Danette Brandy-Condon wrote, “I have lived here for over 30 years…. “President Obama, please protect the headwaters of several rivers for my grandchildren to enjoy.”
Nearby Williamsburg, West Virginia resident Cassandra Williams wrote, “Please, Mr. President, protect our land and ensure the future of our upcoming generations.”
The letters written at the event will be hand delivered to the White House by a West Virginia delegation within the next several weeks.
Door prizes were awarded including copies of Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber’s book “Pure Orange Sunshine”, stainless steel “Live Monumental” cups courtesy of Keen (the shoe company), and the grand prize of a Marmot daypack won by Brandon Richardson of Hillsboro.
The Birthplace of Rivers National Monument proposal seeks to protect the land so future generations of local citizens and visitors may enjoy the land in the same ways we do today; hunting, fishing, hiking, herb gathering, biking, cruising the Highland Scenic Highway while maintaining and enhancing the natural scenic beauty of our Yew Mountains.