This is the most wonderful time of the year. I know what you are thinking. Really? Soggy yards, gray skies, and weather that even a groundhog could not predict. But, yes, this is truly the most wonderful time of the year.

Let me explain. Salty waters pool on the sides of the road and splash up onto your car. No matter how many times you visit the car wash, you just cannot keep your vehicle clean. You dress for winter and are pleasantly surprised by the warm day. So the next day, you dress for warm weather and are swiftly corrected by bitterly cold winds. You just cannot win.

But what you fail to notice is on the bare branches of the trees around you. As you slosh through damp grounds that your feet sink into, you fail to think about something deeper, literally. Just under the surface of the ground is a beautiful thing. It is new life. On the branches of the trees, if you look very closely, you’ll see buds of blossoms. They are unhatched. They are waiting. And similarly to the new life under the ground, they are a symbol of hope.

Despite the hard frosts and the cold winds and the 50 shades of gray skies, these unnoticed seeds sit and wait. It will not be long before they begin to peep up from the ground. Soon after, they will blossom and come to fruition. And whether or not you enjoy gardening or have pollen allergies, the world collectively hold its breath and waits. Because these are not just plants. They are not just decorative greenery. These are symbols of hope. Because if a small seed can last the winter, so can we. And if a seed that has gone through such frosts can blossom, so can we. And when this flower sprouts up from the dirt, we will know without doubt that warmer, brighter days are on the horizon.

So look at the bare trees. Look at the browned grass. See beyond the gray skies. For there are golden sun rays in our future. And with this in mind, we continue. Just as the seeds and buds sit and wait patiently, we too wait with a seed of hope in our hearts. A seed that is small but strong. No matter how bleak or drawn out this winter’s end is, spring waits knowingly just around the corner. And so do we.

– Bailey Pace, HashtagWV #87. March 2017.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Submit a Comment


Good Southern Barbeque + WIN Lunch for 2! w/ HashtagWV City Paper!

Good Southern BBQ w/ HashtagWV City Paper this June! - You can never go wrong with good southern barbeque! On the cover features Hog Wild BBQ in Fairlea, an excellent choice when you’re craving a smoked flavor that fits the bill + WIN lunch for two. Pick us up to enter! And hip hip huzzah! The WV Renaissance Festival is back! Nestled in the breathtaking […]

Local Resources


Stay Updated w/ HashtagWV!

Want to stay updated with the paper or thinking about advertising? Sign up today for the latest HASHTAGWV monthly newsletter!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Best Things to Do in Lewisburg, WV

Best Things to Do in Lewisburg WV! - Spending a day in Lewisburg? Here are a few of the best things to do while you’re visiting. Start your day at the Wild Bean coffee shop.  Located downtown, this cafe offers premium coffee, tea, veggie cuisine, wi-fi, entertainment, and more! The breakfast menu consisting of breakfast burritos, egg scrambles, breakfast sandwiches and granola w/ […]
"Over the last 10 years, we have tried several avenues for advertising. Beyond a doubt, our greatest return has been through HASHTAGWV. Whether it be in the HASHTAGWV print edition, or online, our customers, both locals and tourists, really do look for this media form to be in tune with what’s going on in the area and for destination shopping. Advertising with LBSPY (now HASHTAG) has unequivocally been a great asset for our business!" - Craig Miller w/ Serenity Now Outfitters. Ad rates start at just $20! Click here for MEDIA KIT  

Patrick4CMPLTshrp "Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper is the best thing that has happened in Greenbrier County since I have been here for seven years. Maybe the whole state.... a first class operation and a lot of hard work," Patrick O'Flaherty (pictured above), The Irish Pub, Lewisburg, WV
Adam DeGraff "HashtagWV always has their finger on the pulse of this community!" - Adam Degraff (pictured above), (The Weight/ The Dueling Fiddlers / Pianafiddle)

Wonder How HashtagWV Remains Free?

WONDER HOW HASHTAG LEWISBURG CITY PAPER REMAINS FREE? - Wondering how Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper gets published and distributed FREE every month in-print and online? Do we have wealthy parents or did one of us seduce a millionaire? No. Are we financed by bank loans or grant money? Nope, not that either. Until we hit it BIG in the lotto, every issue of HASHTAGWV comes […]


P.O. Box 744
Lewisburg, West Virginia 24901


"Here at WHEN PIGS FLY BBQ, we get the most return advertising with Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper. New customers tell us all the time how they see our ad. They then come see us!" - Mike and Kellen, owners of When Pigs Fly BBQ, Lewisburg, WV.
"Christina, Thank you so much for the cover and the ARTICLE. Your HASHTAGWV is fantastic! We hope to grow this ride and other sports events in our area. Your magazine will do this. Again thank you from everyone in the GVBike club. Come ride with us sometime." - Janice Centa


Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper is a free, full color arts and entertainment tabloid dedicated to providing useful information in the areas of Greenbrier County, Pocahontas County, parts of Alleghany County, and more. We distribute 7,000, full color issues every month.


We are engaged in promoting local music, arts, events, dining, and shopping. We reach our audience where they live, eat, shop, drink, play, and fill up their gas tank. BEHIND HASHTAG

Donating = Loving

Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper remains D.I.Y. in nature and it takes hundreds of hours a month to research and write, and thousands of dollars to sustain. If you find any joy and value in it, please consider making a one time or recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup of coffee at The Wild Bean and a good dinner at The Asylum