Out&about

A History Alive! presentation at Fishermen’s Hall at Southwest and Academy streets in downtown Charles Town begins at 7 p.m. Friday. 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.

At 7 p.m. Monday, a forum on Delany’s life between the time he left Charles Town and the start of the Civil War and his contacts with Frederick Douglass and John Brown is held at the Charles Town Public Library. For details, call James Surkamp at 304-261-7911.

“Drawing Nature”: Artist Judy Bradshaw leads a one-day workshop Saturday at Charles Town’s CraftWorks at Cool Spring. The workshop will include nature still life, drawing trees, drawing from photographs for better composition, and how to keep a nature journal. Learn more at www.craftworksatcoolspring.org or call 304-728-6233.

Art exhibit: Saturday brings your final chance to see 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 daily from noon to 4 p.m. through Saturday. For details, go to www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Park celebration: New playground equipment will be formally unveiled at Jefferson Memorial Park with a ribbon-cutting Saturday at 10 a.m. It’s also national Kids to Parks Day.

“Back” to Shepherdstown: This weekend brings the annual Shepherdstown Back Alley Tour, a walking tour of gardens, businesses and various points of interest. Sponsored by the Shepherdstown Community Club, the event – happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday – also features a local art show and tea party at the War Memorial Building downtown. The $20 tickets may be purchased at the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery, the Village Florist or Bistro 112. (Children 12 and under get in free, but must be accompanied by an adult.) For details, call 304-876-3323 or go to www.backalleygarden.org.

Yesteryear baking: Loaves of bread will come out of an authentic stone oven Saturday at the Peter Burr House at 176 E. Burr Blvd. in Kearneysville. For purchasing information or to learn more about the Burr House, contact Deborah Rochefort (ballata@comcast.net or 304-876-3061) or go to www.relivinghistoryinc.org. The Burr home, built around 1786, is the oldest wood-frame house in West Virginia.

Ranson Festival: In its 11th year, free Ranson Festival happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Come for live music, children’s activities, food and other vendors and much more. For details, call 304-724-3862 or email Cheryl Mills at cmills@cityofransonwv.net.

Visitors Center unveiled: Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith will officially unveil the city’s expanded Visitors Center at a ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. Saturday at 108 N. George St. The Visitors Center now is home to the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative as well as the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County – what officials describe as “a new cornerstone in the city’s emerging arts corridor.”

Delany brought to life: Join in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of acclaimed African-American inventor/physician/journalist (and Charles Town native) Martin Delany. First up: the first-ever Martin R. Delany Scholarship Golf Tournament starts at 8 a.m. Friday at Locust Hill Golf Club in Charles Town. For details, call Maurice Ballard 304-820-6236.

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