Helvetia, West Virginia is a small Swiss village in a high mountain valley. The original Swiss and German settlers arrived in 1869 and their descendants remain. Due to the isolation of the area, the traditions of dance, music, food, and holidays have survived through the generations. Popular events include: Fasnacht, Ramp Supper, Swiss National Day, Helvetia Fair, Helvetia Day, and monthly Square Dances. Businesses include the Hutte Restaurant, Beekeeper Bed and Breakfast, Honey Haus, and Kultur Haus Helvetia which contains the Helvetia Mask Museum, the Helvetia General Store, the Helvetia Post Office, the Alpen Lodge, and the Helvetia Research Center. Helvetia: The History of a Swiss Village in the Mountains of West Virginia details the background of the community and its people.
This Web site provides information on activities in the Helvetia area. It is updated as information is received and a monthly E-mail newsletter, Helvetia Highlights, is sent to those who sign up.
New Event: Dare to Be Square. May 30 - June 1. http://mountaindancetrail.org/364-2/
Saturday, April 5. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 8:00 p.m. Community Hall.
Tuesday, April 8. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 6 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Saturday, April 19. Pickens Ramp Supper. Ramps, ham, cornbread, beans, fried potatoes, applesauce, cole slaw, and dessert. 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. American Legion Hall. $12 for adults, $5 for children under 12. 304-924-5813. Sponsored by Pickens Post 122 American Legion.
Wednesday, April 23. Farm Women's Club Meeting.
Wednesday, April 23. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 26. Helvetia Ramp Supper. Enjoy ramps, ham, fried potatoes, soup beans, coleslaw, applesauce, and cornbread with desserts and beverages. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. or when the food is gone. Adults: $14, children ages 4-12: $7, children under 4 eat for free. A square dance with music by the Helvetia Star Band follows at 9:00. Admission: $5.00.
Saturday, May 3. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 8:00 p.m. Community Hall.
Saturday, May 10. Pickens School Alumni/Senior Banquet. In the school gym at 6:00. Cost is $15.00.
Tuesday, May 13. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 6 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Saturday, May 24. Pickens School Class of 2014 Graduation. 1:00 p.m. School Gymnasium.
Wednesday, May 28. Farm Women's Club Meeting.
Wednesday, May 28. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 30 - Sunday, June 1. Dare to Be Square. A weekend for aspiring and advanced callers, dancers and musicians. http://mountaindancetrail.org/364-2/