Out & About

First Friday Coffeehouse: The Twangtown Paramours will perform Friday at the First Friday Coffeehouse at the Trinity Church Orchard House, midway between Shepherdstown and Martinsburg. The duo from Nashville, Tenn., is known for its sophisticated, contemporary country-influenced songwriting and first-rate musicianship.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for a social time and for musicians to sign up for the hour-long open mic portion of the evening. A donation of $5 to $10 is suggested for the evening, which includes refreshments. The venue is at 4599 Shepherdstown Road. For more information, contact Steve Warner at 304-676-4422.

History showcase: See hundreds of artifacts related to local history at the Jefferson County Museum, including a display on the life of Martin Delany, born in Charles Town 200 years ago this year. Delany went on to become the highest-ranking black soldier during the Civil War as well as a physician, inventor and newspaper publisher. The museum at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $3 or free to anyone with a Charles Town Library card. For more information, call 304-725-8628 or go to www.jeffctywvmuseum.org.

Spring Bash: The Appalachian Trail Community Spring Bash happens Saturday. Put on by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the local Friends of the Appalachian Trail, the free bash will include kids’ activities, food, a mini hike, the opportunity to win prizes and more.

 The event happens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bolivar Community Center at 60 Panama St. in Harpers Ferry. For details on the bash, contact Claire Hobbs atchobbs@appalachiantrail.org or call 304-535-2200, Ext. 134. For information on the Friends of the Appalachian Trail, contact Laurie Potteiger atlpotteiger@appalachiantrail.org or Kweli Kitwana atkkitwana@gmail.com.

Titanic-themed fundraiser: Next week’s dinner/dance with menu items inspired by foods served on the Titanic will offer Panhandle residents a unique way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the luxury ship’s demise. A benefit for Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic, “A Night to Remember” starts at 6:45 p.m. April 13 at The Purple Iris, 1956 Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg. Dancing is set for 8 to 11 p.m. “Our focus isn’t on the disaster itself but on the lives that were saved that night,” explains organizer Stacie Rohn. “For so many people, the clinic is a lifeboat. That’s how the theme ties in.” To get tickets ($50 per person) or more information, call the clinic at 304-724-6091, Ext. 224.

“Making Art”: Starting next week, top local artists will share how they create their amazing works as the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative launches its “Making Art” series. The workshops, which kick off with a 2 to 5 p.m. session with painter Sue Parker on April 14, will highlight member artists one Saturday a month through September, offering insight into drawing, painting, photography, furniture decoration, wood working and porcelain carving.

The monthly sessions are informal and gallery visitors are invited to sit and watch each artist and ask questions about materials or technique or how an artist makes decisions as he or she works.

The Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative gallery, showing juried work by 30 local member artists and artisans, is located at 235 W. Washington St. in downtown Charles Town. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. For more, call 304-294-2090 or visit www.wstreetgallery.com.

“Coach Mike” fundraiser: An event to raise money for Coach Mike Grant, the assistant Washington High football coach who has been fighting cancer since late 2011, is next week. The April 14 event happens from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Ranson Civic Center. Up for grabs: $6,500 in cash prizes, including a grand prize of $2,500. Buy tickets or drop off items for the silent auction at Studio M, 132 W. Washington St., Charles Town; Jefferson Asphalt, 9390 Middleway Pike, Charles Town; or the Spirit of Jefferson, 210 N. George St., Charles Town. Questions? Call Ronda Lehman at 304-261-8070.

Help out a river: Volunteers are asked to come out from 9 a.m. to noon April 14 to clean up the shoreline of the Potomac River. The cleanup, to be held rain or shine, is being organized by the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and River and Trail Outfitters, BTI Whitewater and River Riders. Trash bags will be provided, but volunteers should be prepared to get dirty. Long pants and work gloves are suggested attire. For details, email Samantha_Zurbuch@nps.gov or call 304-535-5017. 

Aaron Burr expert: David O. Stewart will talk about his new book on Aaron Burr in nearby Frederick, Md., on April 12. Stewart, a lawyer by training, says there’s much more to Burr than his duel with Alexander Hamilton. “ At one time or another, he was considered a man of great integrity, a shoo-in for the presidency, a murderer and a traitor,” says Stewart, the author of  “American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America.”  His free lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at 15 W. Patrick St. 

Driven to help: Car lovers and history buffs alike may want to make plans to attend an April 21 fundraiser in Inwood. The event, which begins at 4 p.m. at Heritage Hall, will raise money to help pay down the debt incurred when the Friends of Norwalk bought the 1913 Norwalk Underslung – a luxury automobile manufactured in Martinsburg. Four years ago, the non-profit group spent $300,000 on the car, believed to be the last of its kind. For tickets or to get more information on the event, go to www.NorwalkMotorcar.com.

Get scared: Charles Town Ghost Tours start at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 E. Washington St., Charles Town. Admission costs $10 for those 12 and older or $5 for younger children. For details, call 304-724-6741.

Bluegrass jams: 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 at Jenn@TravelWV.com or 304-264-8801.

Earth Day extravaganza: Mark your calendar for April 28 and the fourth-annual Panhandle Earth Day Celebration at Morgan’s Grove Park on the corner of Kearneysville Pike and Morgan Grove Road just outside of Shepherdstown.

The family-friendly event, happening from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., is free to those who walk or bicycle to the park or $10 per car. The fun includes art, crafts, kids’ activities, demonstrations from environmental and conservation groups, vendors, a farmers market and more. Musicians performing will include Paul Pfau Trio, Acoustic Burgoo, Zion Hearts, Bob Keel & Chelsea McBee and Todd C. Walker.

To donate time or money toward the event, call 304-702-2620. More information is available a www.pedc.earthvibeproductions.com.

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