Out&about

 

“Arts Alive” in Charleston: Student artists and musicians from Jefferson County and elsewhere in the state will be featured at the West Virginia Department of Education’s sixth-annual Arts Alive in Charleston on Friday. The Jefferson High School Symphonic Band will perform in the free showcase, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston. Art created by students at South Jefferson Elementary and Washington High School will be on display in the center. For more information on Arts Alive, contact John Deskins, arts coordinator for the state Department of Education, at 304-558-5325 or jdeskins@access.k12.wv.us.

Civil War history: Today and every Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon, anyone can check out the new special exhibition, “An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia,” at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va. – for free. The museum, which features historical objects from West Virginia and Virginia, is located at 901 Amherst St. and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The standard $10 admission fee includes the museum and gardens; seniors and youth pay $8. For more information, go online to www.ShenandoahMuseum.org or call 540-662-1473, Ext. 235.

Free movie: See the 1993 film that won Academy Awards for Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin when the Shepherdstown Film Society shows “The Piano” Friday. The free screening at Reynolds Hall on the campus of Shepherd University begins at 7 p.m. The showing is part of the film society’s “Almost Oscar” series that highlights films nominated for “Best Picture” Academy Awards. Also starring Sam Neill and Harvey Keitel, “The Piano,” tells the story of a mute woman’s arranged marriage in mid-19th century New Zealand; it lost out to “Schindler’s List.” For details, go to www.shepherdstownfilmsociety.org.

“Art and Earth” opens: See 52 creations from artists from West Virginia and eight other states starting this week when the Berkeley Arts Council’s new “Art and Earth: My Art, My World,” goes on display in the gallery of The Arts Centre at 300 W. King St. in Martinsburg.

The exhibit opens Friday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and visitors also are welcome from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through May 19. Laura Amussen, director of exhibitions at Goucher College in Baltimore, served as juror for the exhibition. Selected for the exhibition are works from a number of local artists, including SJ Brown, Joe Fairbanks, Barbara Keech and Mike Pulsifer, all of Martinsburg; Mary-Jo Bennett and Kimberly Bickett, both of Hedgesville; Daniel Peck of Shepherdstown; Gary Bergel and Curt Mason, both of Charles Town; and Tiffany Fritts, Jim Koenig and Earl Mills, all of Harpers Ferry. For a full list of the works, go to the Berkeley Arts Council website at www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Free movie: See the 1993 film that won Academy Awards for Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin when the Shepherdstown Film Society shows “The Piano” Friday. The free screening at Reynolds Hall on the campus of Shepherd University begins at 7 p.m. The showing is part of the film society’s “Almost Oscar” series that highlights films nominated for “Best Picture” Academy Awards. Also starring Sam Neill and Harvey Keitel, “The Piano,” tells the story of a mute woman’s arranged marriage in mid-19th century New Zealand; it lost out to “Schindler’s List.” For details, go to www.shepherdstownfilmsociety.org.

Poet in Martinsburg: Award-winning author Diane Gilliam, whose poetry collection entitled “Kettle Bottom” focuses on West Virginia’s deadly mine wars of the 1920s, will speak in Martinsburg Saturday. The free talk at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library begins at 2 p.m. at 101 W. King St. The work of Gilliam, who lives with her family in Brimfield, Ohio, has been praised as some of “the very best contemporary verse.” For details, call the library at 304-267-8933.

Free food-wine fest: The chance to learn first-hand from chef Scott Collinash of Berkeley Springs’ famed Panorama at the Peak as he cooks up pasta Florentine, drunken mushrooms and other delights will be among the highlights Saturday at the free Uniquely West Virginia wine and food festival. The 19th-annual event put on by Travel Berkeley Springs happens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the north end of the Old Factory Antique Mall at 282 Williams St. in downtown Berkeley Springs. The free event offers the chance to sample and buy dozens of state-grown products, including dairy products, honey, hydroponic lettuce, chocolates, mustards, sauces, morel mushrooms, trout croquettes, homemade peach ice cream and more. Another draw: dozens of vintages of wine from eight West Virginia wineries. For a free guide on festival vendors and related activities throughout the county this weekend, call 800-447-8797 or go online at www.berkeleysprings.com.

History showcase: Among the artifacts at the Jefferson County Museum are a bit of rope used in the 1859 hanging of abolitionist John Brown as well as the wagon used to transport him to the gallows. 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.

Stories for kids: Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown is the place to be Saturday as Crystal Brown hosts a story hour that starts at 11 a.m., with stories, songs and merry-making in the upstairs children’s section at the store at 116 W. German St. To know more, email 4seasons@citlink.net, call 304-876-3486 or see the store’s website at www.fourseasonsbooks.com.

Shepherdstown 5K: This Race Is For The Birds happens Saturday at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown. The event includes two professionally timed trail races: one 4.9 miles long and another that covers 7.7 miles. A self-timed, two-mile run/walk for families and a free, one-mile fun run for children also are offered.  Proceeds benefit the Potomac Valley Audubon’s programs for children. For more on the race, which begins at 9 a.m., go to www.raceforthebirds.org.

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