News & Announcements

The latest news and announcements from Friends of Happy Retreat.

Preview of Wines at the 2018 Happy Retreat Wine & Jazz Festival

Preview of Wines at the 2018 Happy Retreat Wine & Jazz Festival

Who is ready for some warmer and drier weather? We are DEFINITELY ready to kick off summer with some good food, good friends, and good wine! Here is a sampling of what you’ll find at the Wine and Jazz Festival NEXT Saturday ... read more

The Max Kool Quintet

The Max Kool Quintet

More great music is on tap for the festival next weekend!  Join us as we welcome The Max Kool Quintet!  Assembled specifically for the Happy Retreat Wine and Jazz Festival, the Max Kool Quintet is comprised of some of the finest ... read more

Happy Retreat Wine & Jazz Festival on WEPM on Panhandle Live

Happy Retreat Wine & Jazz Festival on WEPM on Panhandle Live

In case you missed the live version of it, catch Fiona Harrison and Richard Seckinger’s interview on WEPM on Panhandle Live with Hans Fogle. It was recorded on Tuesday, May 29th, and our segment starts at about 1:12:12. Listen to read more

The Happy Retreat Wine and Jazz Festival receives sponsorship from Kilmer’s Farm Market

The Happy Retreat Wine and Jazz Festival receives sponsorship from Kilmer’s Farm Market

A HUGE shoutout to Kilmer’s Farm Market for sponsoring the Wine and Jazz Fest with their generous donation of a refrigerated truck that we will use to chill the white wines, as well as the sparkling wines! For those of you ... read more

WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS! (Updated)

WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS! (Updated)

THANK YOU to all the community members and friends who stepped up to help with this festival! We have enough volunteers to fill all the positions so if you were thinking about volunteering, please feel free to enjoy the festival as an ... read more

The Happy Retreat Wine and Jazz Festival receives sponsorship from The Spirit of Jefferson

The Happy Retreat Wine and Jazz Festival receives sponsorship from The Spirit of Jefferson

The Friends of Happy Retreat and the Happy Retreat Wine and Jazz Festival would like to thank The Spirit of Jefferson newspaper for sponsoring the festival this year! The Spirit of Jefferson continues to be one of the largest sponsors ... read more

April 2018 Rising Sun Newsletter

April 2018 Rising Sun Newsletter

The inaugural concert of the Charles Washington Chamber Music Society on Sunday, February 25, was thrilling. We are indebted to Gary Stewart for organizing the event and for bringing such a group of extraordinary musicians to Happy ... read more

SHPO Archaeology Grant

SHPO Archaeology Grant

Friends of Happy Retreat (FOHR) has received an $11,000 grant from the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to undertake a detailed archaeological survey of the Happy Retreat property. When FOHR was first organized ... read more

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! (Updated)

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! (Updated)

THANK YOU to all the community members and friends who stepped up to help with this festival! We have enough volunteers to fill all the positions so if you were thinking about volunteering, please feel free to enjoy the festival as an ... read more

April 2018 Restoration Update

April 2018 Restoration Update

We are completing plans on two important restoration projects. The first is the plan for the restoration of the smokehouse and stone kitchen. The restoration plan is being developed by architect Kevin Lee Sarring, who is working with ... read more