Out & about

Jim Lehrer in Shepherdstown: Newsman-author Jim Lehrer joins the Shepherdstown 250 Celebration May 22, taking part in a reception and lecture on the Shepherd University campus. His novel, “No Certain Rest” is a fictionalized account of the Battle of Antietam and has been selected as the official Shepherdstown 250 book and now is being read by dozens of book clubs around the county.

The main event on May 22 – a 7:30 p.m. lecture by Lehrer in Reynolds Hall at 109 N. King St. – is open to anyone. The $10 tickets may be purchased at the Shepherdstown Public Library, Four Seasons Books and Dickenson and Wait Craft Gallery. Proceeds will go to the Friends of Shepherdstown Library.

Hours before the lecture, members of book clubs in the Shepherdstown area and others connected with nearby libraries will join Lehrer at a tea and reception at 4 p.m. in the Shepherd Room of McMurran Hall, 101 E. German St.

Book club members will have a chance to meet Lehrer and get his signature on their books. Book clubs that would like to be included in the event may contact Edwinna Bernat at 304-876-8444.

At both events, Michael Raubertas of Shepherdstown’s Four Seasons Books will be on hand to sell a selection of Lehrer’s books, including his latest, “Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain.”

Gone country: Shepherdstown’s Opera House Live! hosts a band that draws comparisons to pure, Hank Williams-, George Jones-style country: JP Harris and the Tough Choices. Tickets for the 9 p.m. Friday show cost $5. For details, go to www.operahouselive.com.

Photos on display: The Old Opera House at 240 N. George St. in Charles Town and the Jefferson County Photography Club are teaming up to offer a photography exhibit at the theater’s Jean Heiler Art Gallery during the run of “Fox on the Fairway” Friday through Sunday. Works from 14 photographers may be viewed just before each performance and during the play’s intermissions. The gallery is in the basement of the Old Opera House, where refreshments will be offered on play nights. For more on the photo club, contact Mary LeMont (304-724-1511 or larrylemont@yahoo.com) or Ellen Hardesty (ellenhardesty@comcast.net).

Tours at Peter Burr: The Peter Burr House in Kearneysville Saturday offers free tours of the historic site from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 176 E. Burr Blvd. The Burr home, built around 1786, is the oldest wood-frame house in West Virginia.

Adults and children 5 and older can pay $5 to take part in an “In the Buttery” workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and learn how to make butter with a reproduction 18th century churn, use a period recipe to create a quick cheese and employ fresh buttermilk to bake a batch of cornbread. Anyone is invited to watch the workshop at no charge.

Hungry for more history? Bakers will put dough in the outdoor oven and offer up a limited number of loaves for sale. All are welcome to watch the demonstration free of charge. To sign up to make butter or to learn more on the event – a partnership between Reliving History and the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission – contact Deborah Rochefort (ballata@comcast.net or 304-876-3061). For directions, go to www.relivinghistoryinc.org or call 304-876-3061.

Thyme to shop: Last-minute Mother’s Day shoppers, plant lovers, fans of sweets and others will want to head to the Harpers Ferry Gazebo Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for the 27th annual Herb Fair and Bake Sale, the yearly fundraiser put on by the Woman’s Club of Harpers Ferry, part of the International General Federation of Woman’s Clubs.

Among the items that will be for sale: Chocolate mint, lavender, lemon grass, several types of basils and more herbs; herb baskets; flowering plants; heirloom tomato and other plants; baked treats, soups and other homemade goods; herb vinegars; and more. For details, call 304-579-7913 or email Cathy Burcham at cburcham@frontier.com.

Harpers Ferry Half: Saturday not only brings the second-annual Harpers Ferry Half Marathon, but it’s also Run a Mile Day, a promotion sponsored by the American Medical Athletic Association. To entice young people to give running a try, race organizers invite anyone 10 and younger to take part in the Harpers Ferry Half’s one-mile fun run at no cost. Young people ages 10 to 18 can get free entry into the event’s 4-mile trail run/walk through the School House Ridge trails of Harpers Ferry National Park. To register or get details, go to www.harpersferryhalf.org or contact the race headquarters, Shepherdstown’s Two Rivers Treads Center for Natural Running and Walking (www.tworiverstreads.com or 304-876-1100).

Music, tastings: Dig into Italian-style limoncello and dig great live music every Friday and Saturday at Bloomery Plantation Distillery at 16357 Charles Town Road. The music starts at 6 p.m. each night and are free, as are the ’cello samples. Tours and tastings go on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more details, go to www.bloomeryplantation.com or call 304-725-3036.

Ranson Festival: It’s almost time for the annual Ranson Festival. In its 11th year, the free May 19 festival happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will offer live music, children’s activities, food and other vendors and much more. For more, call 304-724-3862 or email Cheryl Mills at cmills@cityofransonwv.net.

Charles Town theater: Catch “The Fox on the Fairway” at Charles Town’s Old Opera House Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. For details or to reserve tickets, call 304-725-4420 or visit www.oldoperahouse.org.

Park celebration: May 19 brings the chance to see new playground equipment at Jefferson Memorial Park and celebrate national Kids to Parks Day. Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith will take part in the ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. After the ribbon-cutting, the park will auction a pair of large, metal slides that may be sentimental finds for those who spent time at the park as kids. Money raised through the sale will go toward additional park improvements. Questions? Call Leslie Stover at 304-724-6920.

More Martin Delany: Join in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of acclaimed African-American inventor/physician/journalist Martin Delany. Delany, born in Charles Town two centuries ago this month, returns to life May 18 with a 7 p.m. History Alive! presentation at Fishermen’s Hall at Southwest and Academy streets in downtown Charles Town. Joe Bundy steps into the role of Delany and also hosts a question and answer session. For details, contact James Tolbert at 304-725-7852.

Heritage Day: Saturday’s daylong Heritage Day in Martinsburg will bring the chance to tour several historic homes and other locations with significance, including the Berkeley County Museum at the Belle Boyd House, the B&O Railroad Roundhouse, the Adam Stephen House, the Ramer/Sumner School and Boydville. For details, go to www.bchs.org.

Art exhibit: The “Art and Earth: My Art, My World” exhibit continues, offering the chance to see more than 50 creations from 36 artists. The show in the gallery of The Arts Centre at 300 W. King St. in Martinsburg may be seen from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through May 19. Featured local artists include S.J. Brown, Joe Fairbanks, Barbara Keech, Mike Pulsifer, Mary-Jo Bennett, Kimberly Bickett, Daniel Peck, Gary Bergel, Curt Mason, Tiffany Fritts, Jim Koenig and Earl Mills. For details, go to www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Doug Kinnett art: Visit the South Jefferson Public Library at 49 Church St. in Summit Point through June to see a free art exhibit featuring the work of Shepherdstown artist Doug Kinnett. The exhibit is in the library’s Meeting Room, which is open whenever the space isn’t in use. For details, contact Sue Floyd at the library (304-725-6227 or sue.floyd@martin.lib.wv.us).

Learn to belly dance: Expert Kristen Dorsey offers women who take her eight-week session, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the chance to “release physical and emotional stiffness while opening a connection to the Divine.” The hour-long classes cost $8 per week and are held at Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg. To sign up or for details, go to www.divine-journeys.com or call Dorsey at 304-261-8157.

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