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Hundreds Enjoy Festivities at 24th Annual Athens-Concord Town Social
ATHENS - Small town hospitality – and sunny skies - reigned on the front lawn of Concord University Sunday afternoon, Aug. 8 for the 24th Annual Athens-Concord Town Social. Hundreds turned out for this popular yearly gathering that features live music, craft vendors, free picnic food and children’s games.
The event’s theme, “Athens-Concord: Cleaner and Greener,” spotlighted recycling and other green initiatives undertaken by the Town of Athens and Concord University.
In keeping with the theme, attendees received live, ready to be planted Douglas firs and white pines through The Arbor Day Foundation’s Gift Tree program.
As a special prelude to the festivities, Concord University carillonneur Jesse Ratcliffe performed a live concert on the Marsh Memorial Carillon. Ratcliffe premiered a medley of Concord songs which he arranged especially for the town social.
The Marsh Memorial Carillon is West Virginia’s only true carillon with 48 bells and a four-octave musical range. The late Joseph F. Marsh, Jr., president emeritus of Concord who passed away in Dec. 2009, donated the world-class instrument to the university.
Marsh and the late Senator Donald Caruth, both Athens residents and supporters of the town social, were remembered with a 30-second tolling of the bells prior to the official start of the event. Caruth passed away in May of this year.
Two popular area bands took the stage during the afternoon. The Midnight Ramblers String Band, an old-time group, and bluegrass band Ridgeline entertained the crowd in separate performances.
Individuals, along with a local business, who have enhanced community and campus life, were honored during the festivities.
The Athens Lions Club presented its Outstanding Citizen of the Year honor to Tim Pike and the Beautification Award to Stanley and Evonne Harvey.
The Athens-Concord Town Social Committee presented four awards. Ninety-one-year-old Eva B. Alvis received the Elder Citizen Award. The Total Community Involvement Award went to Anne Kessinger; the Extra Miler Award was presented to Marilyn Beatty; and, the Business Longevity Award was given to Cole Nurseries, Incorporated, based in Pipestem.
Rising Concord University freshman Albert Barbery of Athens received a town social scholarship.