WEBSTER—In a small house in Webster lived a girl with big dreams that would not be stopped by anyone or anything. In true Anna Jarvis fashion, the folks at the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum would not let their annual celebration of Jarvis and mothers everywhere be stopped.
“Typically, the observance is held in the pavilion across the street in Pearl Felton Park,” said Museum Curator Olive Ricketts. “I would have assumed approximately 200 people, due to the amount of phone calls she had received, would have been in attendance on Saturday, if we held the celebration as normal.”
In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the annual celebration’s fate was left in the balance. Ricketts was faced with a couple different options for hosting the special annual ceremony, and after some consideration, it was decided to hold the annual service virtually.
“We decided that we still wanted to find a way to celebrate mother and Polly, who is a wonderful, wonderful lady, and I thought what better place that at the Anna Jarvis House,” said Pastor Casey Lineman. “It is a beautiful, wonderful house. I thought that this was an opportunity and chance in the midst of this pandemic, to do something creative to continue the celebration.”
On Thursday, Ricketts, Mayor Peggy Barney and Pastor Lineman made their way to the historic home of Mrs. Anna Jarvis, the founder of the international holiday, Mother’s Day, for a recording of the annual observance.
In addition, 2020 Mother of the Year Polly Forman and her two daughters, Cheryl Snider and Linda Moran were in attendance at the special event.
After some careful though and much deliberation, it was decided that the ceremony would be held in the parlor of the Jarvis homestead, and guests, who wore masks and practiced social distancing, were seated in the room.
Inside the room, which is decorated as it might have been during the family’s time in the home, Pastor Lineman presented the annual Mother’s Day Service, complete with a reading from Snider.
Although the music choices had already been carried out at the Church of the Covenant, recorded there and would be added to the video, the remainder of the service was carried out by the small group of ladies and Lineman.
During the afternoon, Forman was recognized for her outstanding achievements and was presented with special tokens of appreciation from the Anna Jarvis Museum’s committee.
“It has been a beautiful day, and we had a wonderful mother to honor, as well as all the other mothers. Pastor Casey delivered a wonderful message,” voiced Barney. “It was different, but I think it went off very nicely, and I am excited to see the finished product on the air.”
To watch the program in its entirety on Sunday, May 10, beginning at 11:00 a.m., please log on to covenantgrafton.com or the church’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/covenantgrafton.
The observance will also be available on the Anna Jarvis Museum Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Anna-Jarvis-Museum-269391093129394/, as well as the Mountain Statesman’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MountainStatesman.