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Street Fest a big draw for artisans, spectators

By Staff | Jun 4, 2011

Regional artists, artisans and craftspeople are invited to apply to participate in the 6th Shepherdstown Street Fest, scheduled for June 25 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. The event will take place in the heart of downtown Shepherdstown.

Street Fest attendees will be able to view and purchase items at the booths of artists, craftspeople and local businesses. Shepherdstown restaurants and service organizations will provide a variety of foods, and local regional musicians will entertain event-goers from a central stage throughout the day and into the night.

“Several thousand people came to the last Street Fest and had a remarkable time,” said Lori Roberston, president of Shepherdstown WV Street Fest, Inc., in a press release. “It will be even better this year! We’ve already got a great line-up of musicians and a group of vendors that have reserved spaces. However, space is, of course, limited, so we encourage local artists, businesses and craftspeople to contact us soon to become a part of Shepherdstown Street Fest.”

Shepherdstown is vibrant with cultural life created and nurtured by the partnership and cooperation between local artists, residents, business people, Shepherd University and the town government.

The oldest town in West Virginia, Shepherdstown has a long historical legacy, which is readily apparent in the historic buildings of the town. Visitors can browse through the selection of quaint downtown shops and enjoy a full day of art and cultural activities in a beautiful small town nestled next to the Potomac River and the Blue Ridge Mountains and located only 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md.

Shepherdstown Street Fest is a juried festival. Applicants are asked to provide a brief description of their art or craft medium that is suitable for an event program and four photos representative of the work that they will present in their booth.

Applications for vendor space at Street Fest are available at www.shepherdstownstreetfest.org, by calling 855-787-3383 or by emailing vendors@shepherdstownstreetfest.org. Applications must be postmarked by June 15.

Cohen recieves BA?from Drew

Gordon Cronin Cohen of Shepherdstown received a bachelor of arts degree from Drew University on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the university’s 143rd commencement.

Founded in 1867, Drew is a selective independent, coeducational university with a total enrollment of more than 2,500 students in its college of Liberal Arts, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and Theological School.

Delegates to hold redistricting meeting

CHARLES TOWN – West Virginia House of Delegates members, Delegate Tiffany Lawrence, D-58th District, Delegate John Doyle, D-57th District, and Delegate Eric Householder, R-56th District, will host two public Redistricting Meetings for all interested Jefferson County residents on June 8 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St.

The meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. The meeting will focus on the Jefferson County House Districts where legislators will seek citizen feedback and discuss the upcoming state redistricting process that will occur later this summer.

Shepherd Players to hold auditions

Shepherd University’s Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players will hold auditions for Sophocles’ Antigone on Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9 from 8 to 10 p.m. All auditions will be held in Reynolds Hall.

Performances will be held July 15, 16 and 17. Roles for male and female actors, musicians and dancers, as well as tech crew, costume designers and set designers are needed. Auditions are open to anyone 16 or older. Shepherd students have the option of earning three credits.

For more information, contact Betty Ellzey at 304-876-5208 or bellzey@shepherd.edu.

Shepherdstown plans for Fourth

Planning for this year’s Shepherdstown Fourth of July parade and community picnic is under way, and all interested groups and organizations are encouraged to sign up now to march in the parade.

Musicians also are being sought to perform at the picnic.

If you would like to sign up to march or perform, please contact David Miljour at miljour@frontiernet.net or 304-876-2230.

As in past years, the parade will step off at 3 p.m. at the top of German Street and proceed to the Rumsey Memorial Park on Mill Street.

The picnic will be held right afterwards at the Park, and last until dusk.

The parade and picnic are sponsored by the Shepherdstown Rotary Club.

Camp openings still available

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society still has some openings in some of its summer camp sessions for local children, and invites families to register their children now.

The camp sessions will be held in June and July, and most will be held at the Society’s Yankauer Nature Preserve on Whiting’s Neck, in the northeast corner of Berkeley County.

The sessions held at the preserve are for children entering grades 1 through 8, and fees range from $100 to $150 per week.

There will also be some special “adventure” camp sessions that involve field trips to other locations. These sessions are designed for children entering grades 5 through 7, and fees range from $180 to $250 per week.

The society’s camp is entering its ninth year. All of its sessions are aimed at helping children gain a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world. All of them offer hands-on experiential learning led and supervised by experienced instructors.

Session sizes are kept very small to ensure an excellent instructor/child ratio of 1:10. Full information about session details, dates and availability can be found on the society’s website at www.potomacaudubon.org, along with easy online registration. A valid credit card is required for registration.

Or contact the camp director, Ellen Murphy at 304-676-3397 or pvasprograms@comcast.net.

PVAS sponsors birding trip

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a birding trip to various Shenandoah River sites in Jefferson County on Tuesday, June 21.

The trip is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along.

Participants should plan to meet at 7 a.m. in the parking lot in front of the Martin’s Supermarket in the Jefferson Crossroads.

This trip will offer good opportunities to see Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Bald Eagles, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles and several warbler species.

It will mostly involve driving from place to place by car, with not much walking.

Everyone should plan to bring along water and, as necessary, a hat, sunscreen or rain gear. Binoculars will be available for those who do not own any.

For more information, contact trip leader Sandy Sagalkin at monsansagalkin@myactv.net or 240-291-6465. In case of inclement weather, contact him to see if the trip is still on.

Various details of the trip could change depending on weather and recent bird sightings.

Documentary to debut June 10

After two years of intensive work to learn from women who worked “on the home front” during World War II, Thanks!, a West Virginia nonprofit, will hold the first showing of a documentary film that will kick-off a national “Rosie the Riveter movement.”

The film, “We Pull Together: Rosie the Riveters, Then and Now,” includes woman who worked in many states to perform many jobs, from building airplanes, ships and rockets to helping train pilots. It includes a 2009 event at Shepherd University where the Belgian government thanked American Rosies for their contribution during World War II. It is sponsored, in part, by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

A reception will take place Friday, June 10 at 5 p.m. at Shepherd’s Erma Ora Byrd Center with the film following at 6:30 p.m.

Rumble in Valley to be held June 23-26

MARTINSBURG – Martinsburg will welcome bikers from across the country June 23 through 26, as the first WV Rumble in the Valley takes place. The rally will be held off Novak Drive in Martinsburg and feature live entertainment, contests, vendors, camping and more.

WV Rumble in the Valley is an adults-only event and will feature national recording artists Blackfoot. Other bands to include Citizens Band Radio, the No. 1 Led Zepplin tribute band Kashmir, Surreal, Crossbonz, Defyance, Stoked and more.

In addition to live music, the rally will host contests, scenic rides, wrestling, a bike rodeo and much more. For more information about the event, visit www.RumbleInTheValley.com.

WV Rumble in the Valley is sponsored by Harley Construction; MasterDry; Monumental Life Insurance Co.; Evel Speed; Budweiser; Around the Panhandle; Weatherholtz Bonding; State Line Exxon; Center for Orthopedic Excellence; Dirty Dawg Saloon; Rick Boswell-Century 21; J&T’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill; Ours, Lawyer, Lewis & Co. PLLC; Outdoor Express RV; Legz Club; Pill & Pill, PLLC; Potomac Portables and Jefferson Rentals.

Contact Dawn McBrearty at 304-229-5288 for more information.