Something ‘Good for Barnesville’

BEING “the new kid on the block” didn’t stop a Barnesville area woman from using her ingenuity to spearhead an innovative Christmas project known as “Good for You, Good for Barnesville!”

What’s more, the project, planned Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is “a wellness-based, interactive gift event” with proceeds to benefit the Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library, Coats for Barnesville Kids and St. Vincent de Paul’s food pantry.

Apples, homemade goats’ milk soap and lip balm, woolens, gift baskets with certificates from many of the participants are only some of the offerings at the event, slated at the Library Annex, 611 N. Chestnut St. in Barnesville.

Brenda Barkeloo, a physical therapist who organized the project, said the idea for it popped into her head when she was attending the October meeting of the Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce. Barkeloo, who has lived in the Barnesville area for a year, said she is “the new kid on the block.”

Mentioning the lack of money because of the economy, she thought such a project would be “good all-around” indicating it would be good for the person buying, good for the vendor and good locally.

She described it as a way to “discover desirable, healthy and beneficial gifts produced locally.”

In addition to Barkeloo, vendors include Buckeye Grove Farm Cheese LLC, Beallsville; Pleasant Home Woolen Co., Jacobsburg area; Three Sisters Fiber Factory, Bellaire; and Barnesville area businesses including Corner Fitness, Fruits of Life, licensed massage therapist Kari McGee, Morning Mist Farms, Rockwell Orchards, Ryman & Terrett, South Central Power and Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Food and drink samples will be available, and discounts will be offered on some items. Spinning and weaving demonstrations will be ongoing, and those attending will be able to view zumba and yoga demonstrations and to participate in mini-classes.

The zumba demonstrations/mini-classes will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the yoga demonstrations/mini-classes are slated for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Zumba is “a group fitness class with Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system.” It also is described a a fun way to burn calories.

Yoga is equally beneficial for men and women, and its poses incorporate breathing, stretching, balancing, weight-bearing exercise and relaxation to promote greater health, mental awareness, balance and energy.

Homemade goats’ milk soaps and lip balms will be available from Morning Mist Soaps, and it was noted that goats’ milk is soothing to the skin, and the bars available retain the natural glycerin created during the soap-making process. Minimal chemicals are involved.

Gift certificates will be available at many of the businesses, according to Barkeloo.

As a physical therapist, she specializes in myofascial release, a hands-on technique to eliminate pain and to restore motion.

A number of gift baskets, donated by vendors, will be awarded during a fund-raising project, and tickets may be purchased for this part of the event. A canned goods donation results in a free ticket.

The Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce will have Barnesville Gold Certificates for use at any Barnesville business.

Barkeloo said creative gift ideas will be on display as inspirations for make-at-home gifts.

Although the “Good for You, Good for Barnesville!” organizer moved to the Barnesville area only a year ago, she is quite familiar with the area as the Barkeloo family when living in Columbus visited her grandparents every four or five weeks. Her mother is the former Mary Ellen Jefferis.

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