Public dedication planned for solar panel installment

September 19, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Harmony House will dedicate its solar panel system during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the Vanity Fair Courtyard at 621 4th Ave. in Huntington.

The event will include a celebration of history for the Vanity Fair and Harmony House facilities, which date back to 1915 and were home to Marshall basketball, the Chamber of Commerce, retail and diners, and radio and television stations. It was also used as an enlistment station during World War II and for concerts, wrestling and dance competitions.

“If we’re going to celebrate and dedicate the largest solar panel system in Huntington, we should also celebrate the building it sets on,” said Harmony House Director of Development Bill Rosenberger in a news release. “This system on the Vanity Fair roof will provide energy savings in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for at least the next 25 years. It will become part of the storied history of this building the way Cam Henderson and WHTN are.”

Bob Smith, who served as a weatherman, reporter and anchor for WHTN and WOWK during the “Vanity Fair era,” will provide the keynote speech, while retired journalist and author Jim Casto will read from his Lost Huntington-Vanity Fair feature.

The public is invited to attend, but seating will be limited. Anyone with connections to past uses of Vanity Fair who has a story to share can call Rosenberger at 304-523-2764, ext. 102.

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