Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend - 7 October 2018

  Noon - 2:00 pm  Szilagyi Center - 2nd Floor  

  Meeting of the WV Chapter of

  The American Chestnut Foundation

   Mark Double, President

  Robert Sypolt, Vice-President

Public is Welcome!


  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Szilagyi Center - 2nd Floor  

  Chestnut Scientific Program

  Mark Double

WVU Research Associate & Festival Scientific Chair

together with

Dr. N. Joseph Nassif

will welcome prominent speakers

Dr. Jeffrey Skousen

"Growth of American, Chinese and Hybrid Chestnut on Reclaimed Surface Mines"

Amy Metheny

WVU Graduate Student

Topic TBA


Continuous play between 3:00 - 4:00 pm

American Chestnut

Video Documentary by Thomas H. Nassif

Noon - 5:00 pm  

Events @ Scenic Rowlesburg Park

   - Welcome Table: many things to see and purchase

   - Roasted Chestnuts on-the-grill (or raw)

   - Display Booth: WV Chapter TACF - Robert Sypolt

    - National Boy Scouts Jamboree Display - Sam Muncy

   - Jared Chestnuts in Honey - tentative

   - Throwing Chestnuts-in-the-well (prizes for children)

   - Chestnut Furniture - Charles & Randall Wotring

   - Chestnut Collectibles - Allegheny Treenware

   - Chestnut Tree Saplings for sale

   - Ox Roast Sandwiches at Concession Stand in Park

   - Music, Food and Beverages at the Park Consession Stand


Visit the Szilagyi Center

   - River City Cafe Luncheon & Desserts  - B&O Bridge Exhibit

   - Emporium Antiques & Collectibles -  World War II Museum

   - Country Quilts Display Room - Preston Arts Classroom

   - Preston County Sports Museum - Carolann Hooton Library

 Honoring the Great American Chestnut Tree: "Exploring our Roots"

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Szilagyi Center Auditorium


Opening song "O Chestnut Tree"

Preston High Madrigal Singers in Period Dress


Chestnut-Vino Novello Ritual:

"Welcoming the Chestnut Season and

Testing the New Wine"

Shirley Cook Hartley, Festival Director


Dinner Featuring

Savory Chestnut-flavored Dishes

Salad - Main Course - Dessert - Drinks


Welcome and Introduction

of Distinguished Guests


Shirley Cook Hartley, Festival Director


Mark Double, Festival Scientific Chair


11th Annual Crowning of

Mr. & Mrs. Chestnut

Dr. Don Kines & Sheryl Kines

Assisted by Central Preston Middle School

Junior Prince and Princess


Keynote Speaker:

Dr. William MacDonald

WVU Professor Emeritus

Topic TBA



Deborah Westbrook, Pianist


Auction or Silent Auction (tentative)

Spirit of the Mountains

On Trac Community Since 2009.

11th Annual West Virginia  American Chestnut Festival 


  10:30 am - Noon   

   Full Breakfast @ River City Cafe

($5.00 donation welcome)

   Meet distinguished guests including

     Lisa Thompson, CEO

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF)

Tom Saielli

Regional Science Coordinator

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

  The WV Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation

WV Community Partnership - On Trac Rowlesburg

Greater Morgantown Convention & Visitors Bureau

West Virginia Fairs & Festivals - Clear Mountain Bank

The Hazel Ruby McQuain Foundation

WV Division of Culture & History - Duane Wadell

Information & Banquet Tickets

Shirley Hartley -  304-698-5305

Anna Nassif

Joseph Nassif, DDS -

Vendor Space

George Nassif  - 703-300-2554

Websites of interest

American Chestnut Foundation