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, Follow Your Bliss Festival, Swiss National Day, Helvetia Fair, and monthly Square Dances. Businesses include the Hutte Restaurant, Beekeeper Bed and Breakfast, 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.
Saturday, June 1. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Star Band (Red) Hall.
Sunday, June 9. Helvetia Cemetery Decoration.
Monday, June 10. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 4:00 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Sunday, June 16. Pickens Cemetery Decoration.
Wednesday, June 19. Farm Women's Club Meeting. 1:00 p.m.
Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23. Follow Your Bliss Festival. http://followyourblissfest.helvetiawv.com/.
Wednesday, June 26. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 29. Cookout and Covered Dish Dinner. This is to welcome the Southern Tier Library System researchers who will work with the Helvetia Public Library to answer how much of a component libraries are to rural geographic areas. The Helvetia Public Library has been chosen as one of eight libraries nationally to participate in the study. 5:00 p.m. at the Red Hall.
Sunday, June 30. Interviews at the Helvetia Public Library. Staff of the Southern Tier Library System will conduct short interviews about Helvetia, the community, and the library. If you are interested in talking with the researchers, please contact Jerianne at 304-924-5063 or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, July 6. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Star Band (Red) Hall.
Monday, July 8. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 4:00 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Wednesday, July 17. Farm Women's Club Meeting. 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 24. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.