Out & About

New play: Charles Town’s Old Opera House presents the comedy/drama “Home Games” by Tom Ziegler at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Shows continue next weekend at the theater at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Tickets: $8; $17 for evening shows; $15 for matinees. For more information, go to www.oldoperahouse.org. To reserve tickets, call 304-725-4420.

Wine dinner: Shepherdstown’s Bavarian Inn hosts a benefit for the Shepherdstown Rotary Foundation at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Open to the public, the evening costs $65 and includes selections such as oysters, halibut with lobster mousse, pheasant breast, champagne kraut, lamb and a dessert of apple strudel with Tahitian vanilla sauce plus two wines with each course. For more information or to make reservations, call the Bavarian at 304-876-2551.

Eggs as art: Martinsburg will be home to a Pysanki workshop Saturday. Expert Sasha Williams will talk about the centuries-old tradition of crafting vividly hued, intricately adorned eggs (a tradition still strong in Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe) and work with attendees to decorate raw eggs with a wax-resist method, where the design is created with melted wax using a copper funnel heated over a candle flame.

The class happens from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Divine Journeys studio, Divine Drive, Martinsburg. The $10 fee includes all supplies. The class is limited to 20. To register or get details, email Williams at sashawilliamsart@hotmail.com.

Salon Series: Shepherd University’s Music Salon Series continues Tuesday with two faculty members from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette: flutist Andrea Kapell Loewy and Yuling Huang-Davie, who earned a master’s in piano performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va. The pair will interpret works by Eldin Burton and Philippe Gaubert at 8 p.m. in the W.H. Shipley Recital Hall of Frank Center. The performance is free and open to the public.

Beat goes on: Blaine Gibson presents his senior percussion recital at 5 p.m. Friday in the McCoy Rehearsal Hall of Shepherd University’s Frank Center. The performance is free and open to the public.

‘Blue’ on view: Ellen Hardesty’s photo exhibit, “The Color Blue,” begins with an opening reception at 6 p.m. March 23 at downstairs in the Jean Heiler Gallery of the Old Opera House, 240 N. George St. in Charles Town. The artist will be on hand until the reception ends just before 8 p.m., when the play “Home Games” debuts. The exhibit also can be seen starting at 7 p.m. on the nights the play is performed and during intermissions on March 24, 25, 30, 31 and April 1.

Free showing: There’s no charge to see the award-winning documentary “Waste Land,” which chronicles artist Vik Muniz’s time in the world’s largest landfill near Rio de Janeiro, Saturday at the Shepherdstown Opera House at 131 W. German St. Sustainable Shepherdstown organized the 3 p.m. showing. For more information, email info@sustainable.shepherdstown.org.

Hit the heights: As part of the Shepherdstown 250 celebration, the Potomac Valley Audubon Society hosts a hike to Jefferson Rock Sunday. Veteran trail hiker Dave Michener will meet participants at the Harpers Ferry train station at 9 a.m.

There is no fee for the hike but parking in the train station lot costs $5.

On the way back to the train station, the group will hike along part of the Appalachian Trail.

Organizers say the hour-long hike will happen rain or shine and will be “relatively easy” but with steep steps. To pre-register or get details, contact Mechener (DaveMichener@msn.com or 703-973-6435).

Young artists: Students’ pencil drawings, watercolors, pastels and collages are part of “A Celebration of West Virginia Youth Art Month in Jefferson County,” which continues through March 31 at the Fire Hall Gallery, 108 N. George St. in Charles Town. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more, check out the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County at www.ahajc.org.

Hello, cello: Jorge Alvarez-Marron presents his senior cello recital at 3 p.m. Sunday in the W.H. Shipley Recital Hall in the Frank Center of Shepherd University. The performance is free and and open to the public.

Feeling blue: The Bluegrass Music Alliance’s free Tuesday jams are open to musicians of all levels as well as to anyone who wants to listen to bluegrass. Jams happen from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Caperton Train Station, 229 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. For details, see www.BluegrassMusicAlliance.org or contact Jenn Jensen (Jenn@TravelWV.com or 304-264-8801).

Georgetown in Charles Town: Shepherdstown artist Douglas Kinnett’s Georgetown paintings can be seen through March 31 at the Fire Hall Gallery, 108 N. George St. in Charles Town. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more, check out the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County at www.ahajc.org or the Washington Street Artists Cooperative at wstreetgallery.com.

Discounts for going out: Taking in a show at the Old Opera House in Charles Town can get you a 10 percent discount at select restaurants and on select works at the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative Gallery at 235 W. Washington St. in Charles Town. The gallery will be open until 7 p.m. Friday. For details, call the gallery at 304-724-2090 or see www.wstreetgallery.com.

Remembering steamboat pioneer: History lovers can learn about James Rumsey’s ties to Shepherdstown at 7 p.m. March 29 when the president of the Rumseian Society delivers a lecture at the Entler Hotel, 129 E. German St. in Shepherdstown. Part of the Shepherdstown 250th anniversary, the talk is entitled, “Stubborn Advocates: How Shepherdstown Came to Carry a Torch for James Rumsey.” A Maryland native, Rumsey was living in Berkeley Springs when he crossed paths with George Washington. Though Robert Fulton is widely credited with developing the steamboat, it was Rumsey who gave a public demonstration of his steam-powered boat on the Potomac on Dec. 3, 1787 – decades before Fulton’s Claremont began ferrying passengers between New York and Albany.

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