Patton met Becky and Kenny at the Fairplain Jamboree in Kenna and invited them to play at the center.
"They were a little hesitant at first but once they came, they never looked back," Patton said. "They have been coming here for years now."
"People here in Elkview appreciate true country music and that is what we do," Becky said. "This venue is important to these people. We are all like family and we enjoy putting a smile on these faces."
Becky and Kenny are accompanied by a drummer and usually invite someone from the audience to join them in a song, whether that person is another guitarist or harmonica player.
Laura Lee Jarrett, 85, of Pinch, joins the bands each week with her harmonica. She has been at every Friday night jam.
Jarrett sits in the back of the room with a bag full of harmonicas — one in every key. At the start of each song, she pulls out a harmonica and plays along to the music.
"I've been playing for many years and no one has asked me to stop," Jarrett laughed. "I have to sit out a song every now and then to catch my breath but I attempt to play along with each song."
Jarrett began playing the harmonica as a toddler and her father bought her a new harmonica each Christmas. She used to play for Hardy's Gospel Group but now plays for the gospel group at the assisted living home where she currently resides.
Harold Sears of Charleston can also boast that he's been to every Friday night jam since the event commenced. In fact, he was part of the first band that performed at the center — the Elk River Boys. He played with the group for six years.
"I did vocals and guitar," Sears said. "I come here every Friday and enjoy the camaraderie. I don't dance but I sure do love the music."
Those that work at the center do so on a volunteer basis. The center is self-supporting and the money that patrons pay to attend events and use the facilities go back into paying for the center's utility costs.
Freda Taylor, 83, of Elkview, has been the secretary for the center since it was purchased from the board of education in 2002. Up until then, the community center had been leasing the property.
The center is also home to a GED classroom and the Elkview paramedics.
Although Taylor says she is too old to dance, she comes to the Friday night jams with her daughter because she finds it fun.
"I love the bands, especially the Country Swingers," Taylor said. "I like to mingle with others. These people have become good friends to me. This center has brought our community together and it cheers me up when I see all these smiling faces."
The Friday night jams take place each week beginning at 7 p.m. The cost for entry is $5 and students get in for free. Food and refreshments are provided.
Contact writer John C. Gibb at john.g...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4834.