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, April 7. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 8:00 p.m. Star Band (Red) Hall.
Tuesday, April 10. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 2:00 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Wednesday, April 18. Farm Women's Club Meeting. 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 21. Pickens Ramp Supper. Ramps, ham, cornbread, beans, fried potatoes, applesauce, cole slaw, and dessert. 2:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. American Legion Hall. $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12. 304-924-5813. Sponsored by Pickens Post 122 American Legion.
Wednesday, April 25. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28. Helvetia Ramp Supper. Enjoy ramps, ham, fried potatoes, soup beans, coleslaw, applesauce, and cornbread with desserts and beverages. $15 adult, $7 ages 5 - 12, 4 and under are free. Starts at 2 p.m. A square dance with music by the Helvetia Star Band follows 8:00 - 11:00. $5. Community Hall.
There will be no First Saturday Dance in May.
Tuesday, May 8. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 2:00 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Saturday, May 12. Pickens School Alumni/Senior Banquet.
Wednesday, May 16. Farm Women's Club Meeting. 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 29. Pickens School Graduation.