AFHA 2014 Stakeholders Meeting, Darden Mill Grand Opening
     Are you interested in learning more about the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area and how you, your business, and your community can become involved? Attend our annual Spring Stakeholders Meet, Wednesday, April 30th through Thursday, May 1st, to find out how you can become a part of this regional asset. (Full schedule below.) Come for the entire two-day meet, or come when you can. Just don't miss the Stakeholders Meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday! Call Phyllis (304) 642-7427 or Dawn (240) 321-1146 at any point if you have trouble finding the group.
     Your RSVP is requested to help with our planning. Please let us know which tours you plan to attend on Wednesday, and/or if you plan on attending the meeting on Thursday. Send your RSVP to or call 304-636-6182. Note the reservation cut-off date of April 18th for room block price at Wisp. 
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, April 30th (Tours):
Thursday, May 1st (Meeting):
Friday, April 25th, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
     C-HOPE is proud to announce that the Darden Mill, located on the corner of Railroad Avenue and First Street in Elkins, will be opening its doors to the public. Celebrations kick off with a Grand Opening of the building on Friday, April 25th, from 5pm to 8pm.
          Restoration, preservation, and renovation work at the Darden Mill has occurred over several years, with funding from a USDA Rural Development grant, and with some labor provided by the AFHA AmeriCorps hands-on team members. Today the building stands as a tribute to Elkins' industrial past, but also as a new and hopeful enterprise in downtown Elkins.
     The Grand Opening will feature a new exhibit by the West Virginia Railroad Museum titled "Innovation & Impact: Railroads in the Mountain State." The building is also already home to the AFHA exhibit, "Discovering the Appalachian Forest," which is still on display. The Grand Opening will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony through the Elkins Chamber of Commerce, as well as appetizers, and live music performed by Gerry Milnes. We hope to see you there

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