Closing Cedar Lakes would be a big loss
It's disheartening to see that the West Virginia Department of Education plans to close Cedar Lakes, including the Cedar Lakes Crafts Center, in a few months.
Over the past 50 years, Cedar Lakes has earned a well-deserved national reputation as a learning center for traditional crafts. More than 1,000 people, about half of them Rhodes Scholars, study crafts at Cedar Lakes Crafts Center annually. This is a successful program by any measure and should be continued.
Moreover, Cedar Lakes Crafts Center is one of West Virginia's best ambassadors. People come from all over the world, as well as from all over West Virginia, to spend a week or more studying crafts with skilled instructors. Almost invariably, they leave with an enhanced impression of our state. Visitor by visitor, Cedar Lakes Crafts Center does much to dispel hurtful stereotypes of West Virginia.
I urge those who value Cedar Lakes or the Mountain State Arts and Crafts Fair to contact our governor, state and U.S. congressional members, as well as the West Virginia Board of Education. Join the Facebook group "Save Cedar Lakes." Tell your friends.
Please help save this West Virginia treasure.