The Times West Virginian

December 12, 2013

Tea with a Twist and More Saturday

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — On Saturday, the GFWC Woman’s Club of Fairmont will be hosting a Tea with a Twist and More during which guests will have an opportunity to tour the Thomas and Annie Fleming Mansion as well as view various exhibits and pieces of artwork.

As people tour the mansion, Nancy Bickerstaff, president of the Woman’s Club, said that several speakers will be on hand to talk about the exhibits that will be on display.

Dr. Raymond Alvarez will be at the event to talk about his book, “Art and Architecture of Fairmont: Exploring the works of Andrew C. Lyons and Raymond Stoker.”

The works of Lyons, who was the architect of several buildings in Fairmont, and Stoker, an artist and photographer, will be displayed throughout the mansion.

Alvarez’s book, which details the lives and legacies of Lyons and Stoker, will be on sale for $5 at the event.

Throughout the day, other speakers including James Blackwood, of Blackwood Associates, Inc., and Michael R. Ridderbusch, of the West Virginia University Library’s West Virginia and Regional History Collection, will also be available to provide information.

According to Bickerstaff, the event will be informal, and guests will be able to interact with the speakers and ask questions.

“It’s going to be very casual,” she said. “It will be kind of a question-and-answer format.”

Bickerstaff said refreshments will also be available.

“Everyone can come eat cookies, drink tea and tour the house,” she said. “There will be people on every floor to give them information, and they will be able to ask questions about the house.”

Bickerstaff said Diane Hutchinson Parker will also be at the event to sell and sign copies of her book, “Daddy’s Ledger.”

Tea with a Twist and More will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Thomas and Annie Fleming Mansion, 300 First St., Fairmont. Due to restoration projects, Bickerstaff said only the first two floors of the mansion will be shown.

The cost to attend the event is $5, which can be paid at the door. Bickerstaff did request that those who know in advance that they will be attending call 304-363-9414 so the Woman’s Club can prepare plenty of refreshments.

Bickerstaff said she hopes people in the community and surrounding areas will stop by and enjoy the event.

“It’s going to be an exciting day for history,” she said. “And with the Feast of the Seven Fishes going on, there will be a lot of people in town. You can come to the Feast of the Seven Fishes as well as the Woman’s Club and enjoy the day.”

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