2023 Holiday Open House
“Musical Moments” at Glenwood
The Historic Glenwood mansion welcomed a bevy of curious visitors to our annual holiday open house on Saturday, December 8, 2023.
As usual, the grand home was beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Natural materials, many gathered from the grounds at Glenwood, were emphasized in this year’s festive décor.
The seasonal atmosphere of the house was enhanced by four different musical performances taking place throughout the day. Marjie Foster began the day at 10am by once again gracing Glenwood’s antique piano. She played a variety of holiday favorites, much to the appreciation of the earliest visitors.
At 11am, Glenwood was filled with the rich elegance of the violin. The Biehle Siblings presented an absolutely stunning performance to an appreciative audience. Hannah, Sophia, Isaiah, Victoria & Lydia are gifted musicians who play with the West Virginia Youth Symphony.
While the Biehles were a tough act to follow, three student vocalists from South Charleston High School kept the festivities going. Izzy, Mackenzie & David sang traditional favorites as well as fun, seasonal numbers.
Rounding out the day’s performances from 1-2pm was guitarist Steve Plantz. He gathered quite an audience in the library as he played & sang holiday favorites.
This delightful day, enriched by our accomplished musicians, could only happen through the dedication of our faithful volunteers. Our gratitude is extended to Darrell Cadle, Larry Tucker & Tiffany Egnor for the beautiful decorations. Monitoring rooms in the mansion & assisting our guests are very important functions which were graciously filled by Ashley Clark, Mike & Dot Gioulis, James Griffith, Megan Sharp, Dwayne Bartley & Bella Winfree. A noted guest for this event was Nathan Jones, Executive Director of the Craik-Patton House, who volunteered to assist us on our special day during his first ever visit to Glenwood.
Many thanks to all!
Enjoy “Musical Moments” presented by:
Glenwood is happy to have Marjie Foster return to our antique grand piano for another event. True to her love of music, she has played in a country band and a classic rock band. She worked with a community volunteer theatre group, the Landmark Studio for the Arts, for 30 years. She plays for weddings, dinners, and special occasions, including several of Glenwood’s previous open houses. Visitors to the Sutton area may hear her playing at the Elk Hotel Cafe during special seasons. She teaches music in her Gassaway studio through the week.
The Biehle Siblings
Glenwood is pleased to present the Biehle Siblings as part of this year’s Holiday Open House. Hannah, Sophia, Isaiah, Victoria & Lydia currently reside with their parents in South Charleston. These gifted musicians, members of the West Virginia Youth Symphony, have enjoyed playing violin & singing for church events & retirement homes for ten years.
Glenwood is delighted to present Steve Plantz. He grew up in Whitesville, Boone County. Like many teenaged boys in 1964, he saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show & had to have a guitar. Now a husband, father & grandfather, he plays guitar most Sundays with the Holy Fish Praise Band at Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist Church.
The South Charleston HS Chorale Trio
These talented teens are choir students of Mr. Billy Burdette at South Charleston High School. Glenwood is fortunate to share their music with our open house visitors.