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, 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.
Tuesday, November 3. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 2 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Saturday, November 7. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 7:00 p.m. Star Band (Red) Hall.
Tuesday, November 10. Kultur Haus Helvetia Community Meeting. We warmly invite all interested folks and community organization members to attend, share ideas, and discuss the future of Kultur Haus Helvetia. At the Kultur Haus. 6:30 pm.
Friday, November 13. Death Loves Life. A special showing of the animated short film produced by Coat of Arms in Helvetia. The film is being shown at festivals internationally. Lascaux Micro-Theater in Buckhannon (across from Dairy Queen and next to the 3/4 Cafe). 7:30 p.m. $10 admission also includes a showing of The End of the Tour.
Saturday November 14. Beech Mountain Sportsman Club Thanksgiving Dinner. 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18. Farm Women's Club Meeting.
Wednesday, November 25. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 26. Thanksgiving Dinner. Everyone is invited. Turkey and trimmings are supplied and a covered dish from each family will be appreciated. This is a gathering of the community and has been going on for many, many years. 6 p.m. at the Community Hall.
Saturday, December 5. Feast of Saint Nicholas. Bring the kids for some Christmas fun and participation in an old Swiss tradition. Baking Swiss grittibanz, games, refreshments, reading of the traditional Saint Nicholas story, and a visit from Saint Nicholas himself who will bring treats for the children. All events are at the Community Hall.
Saturday, December 5. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 7:00 p.m. Community Hall.
Tuesday, December 8. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 2 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Wednesday, December 16. Farm Women's Club Meeting.
Wednesday, December 23. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.