23rd annual Sleighbell Ball to return, funding Main Street projects

By Beth Sergent and Miranda Wood

POINT PLEASANT — The 23nd annual Sleighbell Ball returns Saturday, Jan. 28 for a night of music, fun, food and supporting the Main Street Point Pleasant organization.

The annual event starts at 8 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. Music will be provided by the Gary Stewart Quintet. Main Street Point Pleasant’s Sleighbell Ball is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year with around 200-300 people who attend. According to Charles Humphreys, director Main Street Point Pleasant, “guests come from Parkersburg, Charleston, and Chillicothe.”

“We use the money to run our program,” Darlene Haer, treasurer and member of the economic restructuring committee for Main Street Point Pleasant, previously said to the Register.

“The Ball is a delightful evening which serves to help the community and an evening in which people can get out, have a good time,” Humphreys said.

Despite being founded in the late 1980s, some people are still unclear on all of what Main Street Point Pleasant does.

The organization developed Riverfront Park at a cost of $6 million, with an additional $1 million for the sound system and murals. The park is home to multiple festivals, concerts and events throughout the year. Also, each of the stainless steel statues at the park and the Mothman Statue, which the group purchased, cost around $10,000 each.

Then there is the restoration of the historic Kisar House which will one day be a museum for the county and open for tourists. Most recently, Main Street Point Pleasant received a grant to replace windows in the home, to restore them to their original appearance. This grant is just a small drop in the bucket compared to the money that has been spent on the home’s restoration in recent years. The slate roof was replaced, as were the gutters. The exterior brick was cleaned and filled where needed. The exterior stucco was painted, a handicapped-accessible ramp was built and masonry work was done on the side and front entrances. An addition was removed, exposing the original front entrance with the porch rebuilt around that entrance and the original front door was restored. Railing has been placed along the front entrance and ramp.

Then there was the streetscape project downtown, a grant for paving Main Street, creating the annual Krodel Park Christmas Light Show, trams to transport tourists around downtown, matching grants for facades and awnings for downtown business owners, and more. Humphreys has also been working on developing a “town square” which got a big boost earlier this month when a town clock was placed on the edge of Gunn Park with the intersection at Fourth Street eventually being bricked, thanks to a donation from the Hartley Family. This donation will help fund “Hartley Square.”

It’s estimated, since Main Street Point Pleasant was founded, it has poured at least $10 million back into the city with its projects funded through a relentless pursuit of grants.

Tickets to the Sleighbell Ball are $40 per person, $350 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at Main Street Point Pleasant’s office at 305 Main St. or from any of the directors of the organization.

By Beth Sergent and Miranda Wood