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Calendar of Events for Aug. 19

By Staff | Aug 19, 2011


We continue planning for our new library and everyone is welcome to attend the meetings of the Shepherdstown Library Project’s Steering Committee, which is held the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Art Room at Shepherdstown Elementary at 4 p.m. Call Library Director Hali Taylor at (304) 876-2783 if you would like to volunteer.

There will be no fines for overdue library books and other items returned the week of Aug. 21 through 27. Receive amnesty for prior overdue fines if you visit the Shepherdstown Library Aug. 22 through 27.

Through Sept. 17, children may bring in a completed Summer Reading log and receive a packet of 15 prize coupons from generous Shepherdstown businesses. For more information, email spl “mailto:child@martin.lib.wv.us”>child@martin.lib.wv.us.


The Shepherdstown Museum, near the corner of German and Princess Streets is open on weekends from April through October: Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Special times can be arranged. Please call the Historic Shepherdstown office, which is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 304-876-0910.The Museum tells the history of Shepherdstown and of the Entler Hotel, in which it is located. On display are 18th and 19th century crafts, other early artifacts, and a half-scale replica, made by local craftsmen, of James Rumsey’s early steamboat.

AUG. 20 and 27

The Elmwood Cemetery Board of Directors is pleased to announce the annual “Testimony of the Rocks” Tour. This year the board is offering two tours. The first tour is scheduled for Saturday, August 20 at 6:30 p.m. The second tour is scheduled for Saturday, August 27 at 10:30 a.m. The same information will be offered at each tour. Both tours will be led by Shepherdstown Historian Laureate Dr. Jim Price. He will be assisted by local historian Doug Perks. The cost of the tour is $10 per person. All proceeds will go toward the restoration of tombstones in Elmwood Cemetery. The tour will take place in one location this year.

AUG. 21

HARPERS FERRY – Harpers Ferry National Historic Park invites the public to retrace the 1906 steps of men and women of the Niagara Movement during the commemorative walk to the 1906 site of the John Brown fort. Following the pilgrimage, a nondenominational memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church. Those wishing to participate should drive directly to the Murphy Farm and then to the church. For more information, call the park at 304-535-6029.

AUG. 23 and 24

CHARLES TOWN – The Old Opera House Theatre Company will be holding auditions for “Unnecessary Farce” at 7 p.m. at the Old Opera House in Charles Town. Cast includes four men and three women, ages 20 to 70. This play will be presented at the Old Opera House Oct. 21-30.

AUG. 24 and 25

The Shepherd University Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players will hold auditions for Shakespeare’s Macbeth each day from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. Actors (for major and minor roles), dancers, musicians, and costume and set designers are needed. Shepherd students will earn three credits. Community members 16 and older are encouraged to audition. For more information, contact Betty Ellzey at 304-876-5208 or bellzey@shepherd.edu.

AUG. 25

The Shepherdstown Opera House will host a selection of comedians which will have everyone belly-over laughing. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available online prior to the show or at the doors on the night of. Comedians include host Mike Diesel, Mark Matusof and Sonya King.

AUG. 26

Free Runners’ Stretch Clinic 6 to 7 p.m. Learn several essential stretches for runners during this free clinic sponsored by Two Rivers Treads and Harmony Healing Arts Center. The instructor, JiJi Russell, will also offer a Q&A period for participants to ask questions about their own areas of muscle tension or limited range of movement. The clinic facilitator is a yoga instructor and nutrition coach who credits her long-time practice of yoga and meditation for the prevention of injury and discomfortfrom running. No registration necessary; open to runners of all levels. Two Rivers Treads is located at

AUG. 29

The American Red Cross will be at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall from 2 to 7 p.m. for those wishing to donate blood. To be eligible to donate, you must be 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in reasonably good health. A person can give every 56 days. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate. Sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org.


Chick-fil-A in Ranson will be hosting a Spirit Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Give this notice to the cashier, and 15 percent of your purchase will be donated to Good Shepherd Caregivers, in support of the agency’s free services to seniors and disabled residents of Jefferson County.


Trinity Episcopal Church’s Thrift Shop, 104 S. Church St., is having a sale on all summer clothing or fill a grocery bag with clothing for just $5. Fall clothing will become available Sept. 6. Hours are Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. To 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. Please call the church office at 304-876-6990 with questions.


First Friday Coffeehouse will kickoff it’s sixth season with The Big Open Mic at Trinity Church Orchard House on Route 45, four miles from the four-way stop in Shepherdstown Doors open for social time and sign-up at 7:30 p.m. Snacks and refreshments served. Trinity Church Orchard House is located at 4599 Shepherdstown Rd. (Rt. 45/north side), midway between Martinsburg and Shepherdstown. A $5 to $10 donation is requested. For more information, contact Steve Warner at 304-676-4422 or 304-876-2915. Also check www.myspace.com/firstfridaycoffeehouse.


Join us for our Rubber Ducky Race down the Town Run, starting behind the Post Office and finishing at Blue Moon at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Run, Shepherdstown. Proceeds support Good Shepherd’s Fix-It Team. Projects include home safety, minor repairs and handicap ramps for senior or disabled citizens of Jefferson County. Cash prizes for the top three finishers. To enter the race – One Ducky: $10, Family: 5 for $40, Flock: 10 for $75. To purchase tickets, please call 304-876-3325.

SEPT. 17

To commemorate the 149th Anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown, the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. (SBPA) is sponsoring a tour of the battlefield, including a wading of the Potomac River at Boteler’s (Blackford’s) Ford and a BBQ. Historians Tom Clemens and Tom McGrath will be the tour guides. Two tours are scheduled; the first tour will begin at 2:30 p.m. followed by the second tour at 3:30 p.m. After each tour, the participants will walk to 132 Trough Bend Lane to enjoy a barbecue, beer, wine and soft drinks. We ask for a donation of $30 per person. To make a reservation, visit battleofshepherdstown.org/Hats.html.

SEPT. 18

CHARLES TOWN – Briggs Animal Adoption Center and Spay Today present “Whiskers and Wags Woof It Up” dinner and silent auction. The event will take place at the Skyline Ballroom at Hollywood Casino at 6 p.m. For tickets, call 304-724-6558 or visit www.baacs.org.