Morgantown CVB interested in All Aboard Grafton’s efforts

GRAFTON—As always, the Thursday All Aboard Grafton meeting was jam-packed with information. 

An update on the All Aboard Manos fundraising Gala showed that about 40 more tickets need to be sold. 

The Gilligan’s Island themed Gala will be held on the Tygart Lake Princess July 14 from 6:00-10:00p.m.  There will be dancing under the stars with a DJ, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and tons of fun. 

Tickets can be purchased on or at Espresso Yourself Coffee House.  All Aboard Grafton is a nonprofit 501(c). 

Plans for the July First Friday were discussed.  Weather permitting, there will be an outdoor movie, Chris Rucker will be at Espresso Yourself Coffee House, Gallery 62 will debut their 6X6 exhibit and many other activities are still coming in. 

If you are looking for activities to excite or entertain you in June, Bryan Smith said that they will continue to have Bingo at the Senior Center the second and fourth Friday of each month. 

Additionally, Smith shared that The Lazy River is now open and so far, has been a great success.  And, on June 23, there will be a poker run to benefit Adventure Fest and a golf tournament on the June 30.  All proceeds will go to help fund the 2018 Adventure Fest. 

All Aboard Chairman Tom Hart announced that electric is currently being installed in the Manos.  Once the electric is in, the addition of a new HVAC system would allow them to start having events in the theater.

The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia AmeriCorps Group also did a complete seat inventory, listing the condition of seat and what needs to be replaced first. 

There will be a community update meeting scheduled in the Manos in the future. 

In other news, the full-page ad that All Aboard Grafton organized came out in the latest issue of Morgantown Magazine. 

All Aboard Grafton got local businesses together to promote Grafton in the magazine, with the tag line “Only 25.4 miles from downtown Morgantown.”  If your business would like to join in on the next ad, contact Tom Hart at Espresso Yourself Coffee House.

Bryan Smith told the group that the Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to get involved with the improvements that Grafton is doing and share updates on their website.  He said that it also helps their economy to have a place that folks can visit on day trips. 

Speaking of day trips, planning is in progress for the Third Annual Artstock.  Hart said that many of Grafton High School’s students are interested in being vendors. 

“The Artstock planning committee is coming up with a way to work with the students to give them a reduced rate or sponsors.  We want to encourage their art and their entrepreneurship,” said Hart. 

Kevin Stead shared with everyone that all testing is completed on the Freight Depot, that the city is purchasing from CSX.  The hope is that the Freight Station can be used as an indoor Farmers Market and Christmas Market. 

Stead also said that applications for $2,000 grants for businesses on Mainstreet to do façade work are available at the City office or on their website.  The grants require a 50/50 match.

If you would like to get involved with All Aboard Grafton, they meet the second Thursday at noon and the fourth Thursday at 6:00 p.m., at All Aboard Headquarters, located at 121 West Main Street, Grafton.