BECKLEY — 5 Easy Ways to Benefit Your Community this Season
1. Eat local. “We support local agriculture and farmers,” explains The Dish Café co-owner Michelle Rotellini of the importance of supporting homegrown restaurants. “We answered the call of the community. People said they wanted more local non-chain restaurants and a place comfortable for parents and children.” Specializing in farm-to-table food, The Dish offers locals another benefit for the holidays: a private room for meetings or holiday parties (18-25 people) at no extra charge with purchased meals.
Another local business, Instant Karma Cupcakes on Second Avenue in Beckley, stresses quality ingredients as an enticement to eat locally. “(Owner Elise Dixon) makes everything from scratch, every day. Nothing here is mass-produced,” manager Katherine Hendrix explains. To attest to local creativity, the cupcakery’s upcoming flavors will include candy cane red velvet with peppermint white chocolate swirl frosting and cookies and milk cupcakes.
Among many Raleigh County food options: Greenbrier Nurseries’ Farm-To-Table Market and McBee’s Irish Pub.
2. Buy an ornament. Supporting local charities and artists is as easy as adding a new decoration to the Christmas tree. 2013 Coal Country Christmas Ornaments by coal jewelry artist Carol Dameron ($12 each) are available at Little Brick House, Harper Road. Dameron will donate part of the proceeds from this year’s ornament, titled “Hope,” to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.
Glass dancer ornaments by Kathy Hanby, in memory of Cyan Maroney, are on display and for sale at Tamarack (a portion of proceeds to be donated by Hanby to the Remembering Cyan memorial dance scholarship fund - www.rememberingcyan.com )
Beckley-Raleigh Chamber of Commerce ornaments depicting historic and current area landmarks are collector’s items for purchase in limited supply ($10 each). This year’s edition is a Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine two-ornament set including the Superintendent’s House. The BRCCC uses profits from its ornament sales to support its yearly community programs.
Local artist Cyndi Moss’ handpainted tree-bark Santa ornaments add rustic charm to any indoor tree and range from $5-$12, with a portion of proceeds going to the School of Harmony Music Scholarship Fund.