Street Fest: With performances by Christian Lopez and Joe Taxi (shown performing in Martinsburg earlier this month) plus dozens of musicians, free kids’ activities, special shopping deals, raffles and much more throughout downtown, Shepherdstown Street Fest may be the most anticipated event of the summer. The fun starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and continues till 9 p.m. For the complete schedule, information on where to park and pick up the free shuttle and other details, see www.shepherdstownstreetfest.org.
Remembering Redman: Saturday brings world-class jazz as the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park hosts the 11th annual Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert. The free concert featuring master jazz alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, legendary bassist Ben Tucker and the Howard Burns Quartet begins at 6 p.m. on the lawn behind the Mather Training Center, on the former Storer College campus in Harpers Ferry.
Redmond, known as the “Little Giant of Jazz,” was born in Mineral County, W.Va., in 1900 to a music teacher and a vocalist. He took up the trumpet at 3 and came to Storer at 16. After graduation, Redman made a name for himself in New York, eventually becoming music director for Pearl Bailey and continuing to play jazz until his death in 1964.
The Don Redman Heritage Award is presented each year by the Harpers Ferry Historical Association, the Jefferson County NAACP and the Don Redman Heritage Society to “legends of jazz whose musicianship, humanity and dignity serve as an asset to jazz in the tradition of Don Redman, and whose work in music and education illuminate his spirit.”
Bold new theater: The Contemporary American Theater Festival starts in Shepherdstown July 6, but for those who can’t wait to see the five plays in this year’s repertoire, make plans to attend the “Pay What You Can” preview shows on July 4 and 5. For details or to reserve seats, call 800-999-2283 or go to www.catf.org.
Market, concert: The music starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Morgan’s Grove Market on W.Va. 480 outside Shepherdstown.
Morgan’s Grove Market is offering a summer-long concert series to benefit Jefferson County non-profits. The market is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and organizer Peter Corum continues to welcome vendors, who may come for the morning market and the concert, without a fee.
Concert tickets cost $8 in advance (and are on sale at Morgan’s Grove Market and the Blue Moon eatery in Shepherdstown) or $10 at the door. Anyone 21 or younger gets in free. For details, visit www.morgansgrovemarket.com.
See the Baltimore orioles: Bird lovers are invited to join in a free birding trip starting at 7 a.m. July 7 sponsored by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. Stauffer’s Marsh Nature Preserve in Back Creek Valley west of Inwood is home to Baltimore and Orchard orioles, warblers, vireo and flycatcher species, catbirds, sparrows and raptors.
To sign up or to get directions, go to www.potomacaudubon.org, call 240-291-6465 or email email@example.com
Formerly marshy farmland, the preserve was restored as a wetland by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the 1990s – the first such restoration project in West Virginia – and was donated to the Potomac Valley Audubon Society last year by Stauffer and Elinor Miller of Charlottesville, Va.
New exhibit: The Shepherdstown Museum, at the corner of German and Princess Streets, is open weekends, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. A new exhibit, “Voices from the Storm: The War as Shepherdstown Saw It,” is part of Shepherdstown’s 250th anniversary celebration. The museum is located in the Entler Hotel at the corner of German and Princess streets. Suggested admission is $4; children and other students are admitted free. To know more, call Vicki Smith (304-876-1139 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belly dancing: Expert Kristen Dorsey offers sessions each Thursday to “release physical and emotional stiffness while opening a connection to the Divine.” To sign up or for details, go to www.divine-journeys.com or call Dorsey at 304-261-8157.
New on the C&O: Visitors to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park can enjoy a free canal launch boat interpretive tour. The tours leave from Cushwa Basin to Lock 44 in Williamsport, Md., at 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the summer. Until the program’s start this spring, no such boats had traveled that route since March 1924.
Trips are weather-dependent. Seats available first come, first served. For details, call the C&O Canal’s Williamsport Visitor Center at 301-582-0813.
Night swimming: The cool of the evening offers the perfect time for a dip at Jefferson Memorial Pool on Mildred Street in Charles Town. When weather permits on Fridays through the summer, the pool will be open from 7 to 10 p.m. The cost is $3 per person or $8 per family. For details, call 304-725-8313 or go online to www.jmpark.org.
Local history: See the wagon that took abolitionist John Brown to the gallows in Charles Town in 1859 as well as bits of history with ties to President James Buchanan, Charles Washington (and his famous older brother George) and much more at the Jefferson County Museum, 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town. Visit between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission costs $3 or free to anyone with a Charles Town Library card. For details, call 304-725-8628 or go to www.jeffctywvmuseum.org.