New book: Chat with Lyn Widmyer and learn about her humor-filled memoir, “Chasing Cows: I’m Not in the Suburbs Anymore,” at Sunday’s book signing, happening from 2 to 4 p.m. at Jumpin’ Java at 109 W. Washington St. in Charles Town. Widmyer, a member of the Jefferson County Commission, tells the story of her life, which took a turn when she “married a West Virginia dairy farmer in 1981. Until then, my only contact with beef was the meat section of the grocery store.” Learn more at www.lynwidmyer.net or by calling 304-279-3201.
Contemporary American Theater Festival: Just five days of performances are left before the end of the 2012 season of the Contemporary American Theater Festival. Among this year’s favorites: Johanna Day and Joey Collins in Neil LaBute’s “In a Forest Dark and Deep.” The festival wraps up after matinees on Sunday.
World-class theater in Shepherdstown: The plays at this year’s Contemporary American Theater Festival have won praise from critics as “smart,” “engrossing” and “eloquent,” but they won’t be around much longer.
Your final chance to see performances of “In a Forest Dark and Deep,” “Gidion’s Knot,” “The Exceptionals,” “Captors,” and “Barcelona,” comes this week, with performances starting at 2 p.m. this afternoon and continuing afternoons and evenings through Sunday.
In its 22nd year in Shepherdstown, the festival draws visitors from across the Panhandle as well as from D.C., Baltimore and beyond. West Virginia residents can get a discount on tickets, as can seniors, students and others. For more details or to reserve your seats, call 800-999-2283 or go to www.catf.org.
Hedgesville resident Michael Wilcoxen’s elaborate carved eggs and work from seven other local artists will be on display next weekend in Charles Town as the Old Opera House holds its sixth-annual Summertime Art Soirée.
Art on the lineup: It’s time to make plans to attend the sixth-annual Old Opera House Summertime Art Soirée, happening next weekend in Charles Town.
There are two ways to see the displays of more than a half-dozen top artists from the area at the Old Opera House at 204 N. George St. – one which requires a ticket and the other which is free and open to anyone.
The event kicks off Aug. 3 with the Opening Night Gala. The party, which begins at 6:30 p.m., costs $37.50 and includes live music and the chance to enjoy fine wine and hors d’oeuvres.
No ticket is required to come to the Public Art Show and Sale, which happens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 4.
Eight outstanding local artists are featured in the event, including egg carvings from Michael Wilcoxen, photographs by Earl Mill, Scott Tatina’s wood turning, Denise O’Brien’s glass work, and paintings from Tom Nebel, Patricia Perry, Jon Schuhart and Robin Tatina.
Martin Distributing of Martinsburg is a sponsor of the gala. To reserve a spot, call the Old Opera House at 304-725-4420. For additional details on the event or upcoming performances at the Old Opera House, go online to www.oldoperahouse.org.
Children’s author event: Margarette Reid, the author of “Lots and Lots of Coins,” will be in Shepherdstown for a special story hour and craft time Saturday.
Reid, a former schoolteacher, will be at Four Seasons Books at 116 W. German St. for the free 11 a.m. event.
Reid’s upbeat book about a boy who picks up a love of coin-collecting from his dad also works in a plethora of interesting facts about coins and money. For more information, call the bookstore at 304-876-3486.
And through July 31, Four Seasons is offering the chance to save 22 percent off any purchase when you mention the 22nd year of Shepherdstown’s Contemporary American Theater Festival.