Unique ‘Shepherdstown Stories’ slated for next week

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Jay Hurley, Clifford Branson, Joe Matthews and Carlos Niederhauser are among the storytellers set for next week’s much-anticipated “Left of the Bank” library fundraiser, which this year has a special theme.

Explains Vicki Smith, the publicity chairwoman for the event: “Usually in April, the Friends of Shepherdstown Library puts on a ‘Left of the Bank’ poetry night, but this year we changed it to ‘Left of the Bank: Shepherdstown Stories’ in honor of Shepherdstown’s 250th birthday.”

Jay Hurley (left) joins Clifford Branson, Joe Matthews and Carlos Niederhauser to build a set for next week’s much-anticipated “Left of the Bank” fundraiser for the Shepherdstown Library. The quartet also will be among the featured storytellers at the April 13 event.

To accommodate a bigger audience, organizers Edwinna Bernat and Larry Blash moved the April 13 event to the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building at the corner of German and Princess streets.

In earlier years, “Left of the Bank” has been held in private homes in Shepherdstown. The event dates to 2004.

Smith said the building’s second floor will be transformed into “Shepherdstown’s front porch,” where accomplished local storytellers will recount their experiences of Shepherdstown.

Other storytellers slated for the night will include Laura First, Hali Taylor and Randall Tremba. Ed Zahniser again will serve as master of ceremonies.

“Left of the Bank” also will feature music from Don Oehser and Friends and an array of appetizers, drinks and desserts.

“It’ll be such an interesting evening,” Smith said. “The storytellers are well known for being entertaining, the music is always great and the food is excellent.”

Tickets, which cost $35 per person, are on sale at the Shepherdstown Library at 101 E. German St.

Want to go?

What: “Left of the Bank: Shepherdstown Stories” to benefit the Shepherdstown Library

When: 7 p.m. on April 13

Where: Shepherdstown War Memorial Building (the corner of German and Princess streets)

How much: The $35 ticket includes wine and refreshments, and all proceeds go to the Shepherdstown Library’s programs. Buy your ticket at the library at 101 E. German St. Because seating is limited, organizers say tickets should be purchased early.

For more details: Contact organizer Edwinna Bernat at 304-876-8444 or by email at edwinnab@citlink.net.

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