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Films, walks and concerts abound

By Staff | Aug 20, 2010

Film Society announces lineup

SHEPHERDSTOWN – The Shepherdstown Film Society, in partnership with Shepherd University’s Scarborough Society, announces its fall 2010 season, which focuses on train films in celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Station at Shepherdstown.

The movies listed below will be screened at 7 p.m. on Fridays in Shepherd University’s Reynolds Hall, with the exception of a special film 7 p.m. on Sept. 27. All films are primarily in English, with brief subtitle usage, as needed. All films are followed by a post-film discussion. Admission is free.

Aug. 27, “Brief Encounter” (1945) by David Lean; 86 minutes and preceded by opening reception at 5:30 p.m. at The Station at Shepherdstown.

Sept. 17, “3:10 to Yuma” (1957) by Delmer Daves; 92 minutes.

Sept. 27, “In Country” (1989) by Norman Jewison; 120 minutes and presented in conjunction with Shepherd University’s Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence program. The discussion will be led by David Hostetter.

Oct. 8, “The Train” (1964) by John Frankenheimer; 133 minutes with discussion led by Phil Bufithis.

Oct. 29, “Runaway Train” (1985) by Andrei Konchalovsky; 111 minutes and sponsored by The Station at Shepherdstown.

Nov. 19, “The Lady Vanishes” (1938) by Alfred Hitchcock; 96 minutes with discussion led by Rachel Ritterbusch.

The Shepherdstown Film Society is a coalition of interested individuals and organizations dedicated to bringing more quality films to Shepherdstown.

The fall film series is made possible though a partnership with Shepherd University’s Scarborough Society, and it also is supported by The Station at Shepherdstown as well as the Friends of the Shepherdstown Library.

For further information on these and other films or to volunteer, please visit www.shepherdstownfilmsociety.org or contact Lisa Welch at 304-876-1837 or lmwelch@frontiernet.net or Mina Goodrich at 304-876-2159 or LarryMina@aol.com.

Canal ‘insect walk’ is planned

SHEPHERDSTOWN – The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor an evening “insect walk” along the C&O Canal across from Shepherdstown on Aug. 28.

The walk will be led by local insect expert Wil Hershberger, who is co-author of “The Songs of Insects,” a book and audio CD published by Houghton-Mifflin Co.

These walks are family oriented events that are especially popular with young children, but anyone with an interest is welcome to participate. There is no fee.

However, space will be limited, so those who would like to participate should make a reservation as soon as soon as possible by contacting Peter Smith at the following e-mail address: pvsmith@frontiernet.net or 304-876-1139.

The walking group will assemble at 7 p.m. in the large C& O Canal parking lot on Canal Road, three-tenths of a mile south of the Shepherdstown bridge.

From there, Hershberger will lead an exploration of fields and roadsides near the canal. Insects likely to be encountered include tree crickets, several species of meadow katydids, perhaps one or two species of round-winged katydids, northern true katydids, oblong-wing katydids and perhaps some bush katydids.

Those who wish to participate should bring a flash light. They also should be prepared to walk through high grass and weeds.

Tucking pants legs into socks and spraying them with a DEET-based insect repellent is recommended.

The walk will not take place if it is raining.

Hershberger, who lives in Hedgesville, has been a naturalist all his life. He has been photographing and recording the natural world for more than a decade and his work has been published in magazines, calendars and books.

His recordings of birds, frogs and insects are archived at the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

His website can be found at www.natureimagesandsounds.com.

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a member of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Combined Federal Campaign.

For further info contact Peter Smith at 304-876-1139 or pvsmith@frontiernet.net.

Audobon offering free concerts

SHEPHERDSTOWN – The Potomac Valley Audubon Society again offerS a series of free, outdoor concerts this summer at its Yankauer Nature Preserve north of Shepherdstown.

The Society’s 7th Annual “Music in the Cedars” concert series consists of nine concerts in all. The concerts are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday evening in August and September.

The concerts are held rain or shine in the Preserve’s covered pavilion. There is no fee and anyone is welcome to attend.

Teh following concerts are scheduled:

Aug. 31: The Outpatients. Come enjoy an evening of “‘Toe Tappin’ Acoustic Mayhem.” Three part harmonies, blazing instrumental, and all around “newgrass” jamming.

Sept. 7: Daryl Bryarly. Go back in time with Daryl as he performs folk, Civil War, Celtic and original songs on the hammered dulcimer.

Sept. 14: Rolling Coyotes. A blend of country-tinged folk with diverse instrumentation and vocals describing unique places, characters and themes (779music.com/rollingcoyotes).

Sept. 21: Betty Jo and Scott Rockwell will be joined by their daughter Gena for a family trio performing songs about love, nature and the nature of love.

Sept. 28: Steve Cifala. Close out the summer season with this dynamic performer who is influenced by rhythm & blues, Little Feat and Eric Clapton.

Those who attend the concerts are welcome to bring their own picnic suppers, but the preserve does not have trash pickup so everyone is asked to carry out everything they bring in. Picnic tables will be available in the pavilion on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attendees may also bring their own chairs or picnic blankets for their comfort.

Please leave pets at home.

Directions to the nature preserve are posted on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org. For more information, contact the society by e-mail at PVASmail@aol.com or telephone at 304-676-3397.

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a United Way of the Eastern Panhandle partner agency and a member of the Combined Federal Campaign.