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'Smash'-ing event in East Huntington toasts West Overton Village's return to distilling

Dawn Law
| Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
From left: Louise Bates, Westmoreland Heritage Marketing Coordinator, John Faith, West Overton Museums board member, Jessica Kadie-Barclay, West Overton Museums Director, and Renee Seifert, President/CEO of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, gather for a photo at the 'Whiskey Smash', held at West Overton Museums on Thursday evening, November 19, 2015.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
From left: Louise Bates, Westmoreland Heritage Marketing Coordinator, John Faith, West Overton Museums board member, Jessica Kadie-Barclay, West Overton Museums Director, and Renee Seifert, President/CEO of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, gather for a photo at the 'Whiskey Smash', held at West Overton Museums on Thursday evening, November 19, 2015.

TheWhiskey Smash at West Overton Village and Museums in East Huntington on Nov. 19 was a sellout success.

Guests sampled whiskey and moonshine made by Black Draft Distillery in Martinsburg, W.Va., Christian W. Klay Winery and Ridge Runners Distillery in Chalk Hill, Disobedient Spirits in Homer City and Wigle Whiskey in Pittsburgh.

Entertainment was by Briar Rose and Friends, and appetizers and a pasta bar were from Carson's Premier Catering.

A toast was made to West Overton's return to distilling with an announcement by board president Rob Ferguson.

West Overton will begin making Old Farm Pennsylvania Pure Rye next year.

Rye grown on the property will be used in the distillation process on the old homestead, just as was done in the 1800s by Abraham Overholt.

Each attendee got a souvenir rocks glass bearing the Old Farm Pennsylvania Rye label.

Seen: West Overton director Jessica Kadie-Barclay, Jim Clayton and Mary Catherine Motchar, Barbara Ferrier, Lisa Hays, Joanna Moyar, Bill and Gretchen Robinson, Amy and John Faith, Louise Tilzey-Bates, David and Marie Gallatin andTheresa Gay Rohall.

— Dawn Law

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