Athens-Concord Town Social a Success
Athens, W.Va. - For the second year in a row, Georgia Kelley, serving as chair, and her Athens-Concord Town Social (ACTS) Committee pulled off a successful event—without rain! The skies were a little overcast but cleared up as the carillon played before the start of the annual town social, which is traditionally held on the front lawn of the Concord College campus the second Sunday in August.
Concord President Jerry Beasley organized the first town social, which was held in 1988; official bylaws were adopted in 1992. The ACTS committee is comprised of volunteers from the Town of Athens and Concord College.
The ACTS Committee gave several awards to townspeople for their contributions to the community. Mayor Robert Richardson received the Total Community Involvement Award, Clark Butler received the Committee’s Elder Citizen Award, and Pipestem Drive-Inn Theatre received the Business Longevity Award.
High school students and Athens residents Tiffany Adkins and Aaron Gunter received $500 scholarships from the ACTS Committee to pay toward their tuition at Concord College.
Athens Woman’s Club representative Mary Lu Geiger awarded the 30th Annual Citizen of the Year Award to Buddy Poff, owner of Poff’s Garage in Athens.
Rebecca Payton, president of the Athens Women’s Club, presented the Beautification Award on behalf of the ACTS committee to Mt. Jackson Baptist Church.
Mrs. Kelley thanked Sarcus and The Midnight Ramblers—the bands who performed for the Town Social guests—as well as the Concord College grounds crew, the Town of Athens maintenance department, the Town Social committee members, the media, and the numerous volunteers and local businesses who contributed to the event’s success.
“I especially want to thank James Hardin who was there when I needed him, stated Ms. Kelley. “And, Anne O’Sullivan did an outstanding job managing the 36 vendors who participated! In addition, ARAMARK did a marvelous job serving our guests,” stated Kelley.
“We had a good variety of crafts represented by our vendors—from weaving to pottery,” stated Ms. O’Sullivan. “The vendors were happy with the layout and some have already asked about reserving space for next year.”
Approximately 1,400 people attended the event with guests from as far away as Georgia in attendance.
Photo: Concord President Jerry Beasley and Athens-Concord Town Social Committee Chair Georgia Kelley