CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Craik-Patton
The Craik-Patton House will have a Holiday Open House 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 from 10-4 and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.
Area floral designers will decorate the historic house with holiday decorations. Santa will visit the children from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.
James Craik, whose grandfather was George Washington's friend and personal physician, owned the Craik-Patton House. It was built in 1834 in the Greek revival style. Col. George Patton, grandfather of the well-known WWII general, later owned the home. The house originally was located on Virginia Street, but moved to its present site near Daniel Boone Park in 1973 to save it from demolition. It was restored and preserved for the public by the Colonial Dames of America and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
Craik-Patton House, 2809 Kanawha Blvd. E. Call 304-925-5341.
Holiday Open House
The West Virginia Humanities Council will host a Holiday Open House in honor of the 175th birthday of its headquarters, the MacFarland Hubbard House, from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9. The house is located at 1310 Kanawha Blvd.E., and the reception is open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served. Call 304-346-8500.
Kanawha United Presbyterian Church will host its annual Choral Scholarship Benefit on Thursday.
Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall and will include a silent auction of art works by Roger Lucas, Betsy Johnson, Lynn Payne and Steve Payne. The concert, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, features Shauna McQuerrey and Madeline Southall, sopranos, Dakota Burdette, tenor, and Adam Fisher, baritone.
A $20 donation is requested for both the dinner and the concert; $10 concert only.
Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St.E. Call 304-342-6558 for reservations or purchase tickets in advance at the church office.
River Arts Show
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation will hold the annual River Arts Sale and Showcase 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at 520 Kanawha Blvd.W.
The juried show features fine art by leading edge artists from throughout West Virginia, as well as jewelry, greeting cards, Christmas wreaths and other unique and affordable handmade gifts.
There will be live music and a raffle of donated art pieces. A gourmet lunch is available Saturday, and gift certificates are available.
Visit http://myplace.frontier .com/~amy.weintraub/riverarts/ index.htm or call 304-345-5042. Admission is free.
"Reflections: Homage to Dunkard Creek" will be shown Dec. 15 through Jan. 25, 2012, at the University of Charleston's Frankenberger Art Gallery.
The traveling exhibition, two years in the making, features 90 artists from eight states who express their personal experiences and connections to Dunkard Creek. On Sept. 20, 2009, Dunkard Creek, a 43-mile Pennsylvania and West Virginia creek that flows into the Monongahela Watershed, suffered a large scale Golden Algae bloom that devastated the area and its animal life.
After witnessing this event firsthand, Ann Payne, an alumnus of Morris Harvey (UC), felt the need to express what she saw and experienced that day. Over the next two years, she invited other artists who shared a tie to the Dunkard Creek area to collaborate in this exhibition. Each artist was assigned one of the 90 species lost during the algae bloom and given a panel to create a work about that specific species. This exhibition is the product of their collaboration.
An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and is free and open to the public.
University of Charleston, Frankenberger Art Gallery, second floor of the Student Union building, 2300 MacCorkle Ave., S.E. Charleston. Call Ray Yeager at 304-357-4387.
Shop-to-stop lung disease
By crafts, jewelry and beauty products at Shop-to-Stop Lung Disease from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 Shop-to-Stop Lung Disease American Legion Post #20, 415 Dickinson St.