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Coming ‘Crisis’ has new venue

By Staff | Aug 5, 2016

Submitted photo Gray Cliff house, The Cove, will serve as the new home of the Identity Crisis kick off party.

A new location will serve as the venue to kickoff the immensely popular Identity Crisis, an annual fundraising event held in Shepherdstown.

The Cove is an elegantly appointed residence overlooking the Potomac, located off Scrabble Road. The home has been graciously offered as the opening spot for food, drinks and music by owners, Leonard and Julia Frenkil.

The Frenkils have been working to have their home, called Gray Cliff, serve as a retreat center for seminars in the future.

“We are licensed to have groups here,” said Julia Frenkil. “We want this house to be a place for people to have fun and relax. That’s what it’s here for.”

In a written statement, event organizer, Tara Sanders Lowe said, “We found out our regular venue, Wild Goose, had changed hands in Mid July of this year and we had to find a new place in less than a week. We had a challenge. We needed an indoor/outdoor venue big enough to hold 150 attendees with a unique setup allowing our police escorted motorcade (which boasts over 20 cars, limousines, party buses, vintage vehicles, etc) to get in and out. Our previous venue and hosts had been amazing for so many years, I was at first nervous we wouldn’t be able to find anything so perfect. I had been introduced to the owners of Shepherd’s Cove, a new business retreat center off of Scrabble Road in Shepherdstown, WV by a friend last year. I reached out to Shepherd’s Cove and the owners graciously agreed to host our VIP pre-party. The venue is beautiful and we are so grateful to our hosts for their charitable support to this community event.”

Identity Crisis started as a fun girl’s night out and has evolved into something much bigger with a noble cause. Proceeds from this event will go to support an organization called Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley. This group offers support and assistance to cancer patients at no cost, serving the eastern panhandle counties of Jefferson, Morgan and Berkeley and select counties in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The mission of BCA-CV is to strive through community involvement to make understood the impact of breast cancer and ensure that no one faces breast cancer alone. For more information about this organization, visit www.bcacv.org.

With a long history of creative costuming, year seven of Identity Crisis celebrates the power of head decor with this year’s theme, “Head Games: 7th Annual Identity Crisis Fundraiser.” Head gear has long held a place in history, distinguishing eras, echelon, rank and culture. Whether utilitarian in nature, for fun, sport, fashion, protection or adornment, humans have traditionally been compelled to dress up their heads. Masks and even war paint have been used to disguise, for entertainment purposes, job needs and as a means of self-expression.

The event will take place in historic downtown Shepherdstown on Aug. 13 from 6 p.m. – midnight and includes VIP pre-party, red carpet arrival with motorcade, discounts at participating businesses, photo booth fun, dance party and more. For tickets to the event, identitycrisiswv.com.