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Harpers Ferry egg hunt begins series of town spring events

By Staff | Apr 26, 2019

Good weather and good crowd made Harpers Ferry’s Easter Egg Hunt an enjoyable beginning to the town’s spring festivities. Toni Milbourne

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Beautiful weather inspired youngsters to bring their parents to the gazebo on Washington Street in Harpers Ferry on Saturday to enjoy the annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Harpers Ferry Parks and Recreation.

The egg hunt drew about 25 local children who had fun hunting eggs that had been hidden early that morning by members of the parks commission.

“It’s always a fun event, especially when the weather cooperates,” said Patty Morse, chair of the commission.

In addition to the eggs filled with treats, each child also received a stuffed bunny to take home.

The egg hunt was just one event of many scheduled for the spring in Harpers Ferry. At the same location on Saturday, April 27, the Parks Commission will host its second annual Craft Beer and Wine Festival.

The event is will offer beer and wine tasting courtesy of three local distributors, Martin Distributing Company, Mountain State Beveridge and North Central Distributors.

Morse shared, “The first event we held last year was a huge success, so we are bringing it back this year. In fact, we are expanding it to include wine,” she added.

For an admission fee of $10, those 21 and older can receive a souvenir tasting glass and four pours.

Additional tickets for drinks may be purchased separately.

Along with the tasting, food products will be offered for sale by Mena’s Pizza and the Jefferson High Gridiron Club. The Gridiron Club is raising funds for new football helmets, Morse noted.

Live music will be provided by Furnace Mountain and Minks throughout the afternoon. The two bands will rotate playing time to provide a stream of steady listening.

While this event is happening, there are multiple other events taking place within the neighboring towns of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar.

The fifth annual Flipflop Festival, a two-day community event sponsored by the Harpers Ferry Town Foundation Trail and Town Alliance, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and both towns.

The festival, which encompasses two days, begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and runs through 9:30 p.m. Sunday, featuring multiple workshops, most of which focus on hiking.

The workshops will be held at the Curtis Freewill Church Conference Room throughout both days.

Saturday will feature entertainment at what is labeled as Festival Central, the lawn of the International Order of Odd Fellows lawn on Fillmore Street. Featured bands will include The Mailbox, Keel and Hill Duo and Copper Canyon.

Special activities will include games on Mather Lawn and a hike along the Appalachian Trail on Saturday. Sunday will see a bicycle ride along the C&O Canal as well as other activities.

The National Park Service will host a bird watching event on Virginius Island as well the third segment of their summer series celebrating 75 years of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

The Machine in the Garden will be the featured lecture event at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mather Training Center.

For complete details on the weekend festivities, visit www.flipflopfestival.org.

The website includes events sponsored by all entities, not just those that are part of the festival itself.