Cut ups: A watermelon carving contest highlights this week’s Third Thursday, happening from 5 to 9 p.m. throughout downtown Charles Town. Sponsored by Discover Downtown Charles Town, the contest is open to anyone and gift bags worth $50 each will be given in three categories: Those ages 7-12, teens and adults. Other watermelon-themed happenings on the lineup: a seed spitting competition, a watermelon roll and watermelon-related business specials, plus live music from 7th Son, a free children’s craft and more. Details may be found on the Facebook page of Discover Downtown Charles Town.
Free ‘Last Mountain’: See “The Last Mountain,” the acclaimed 2011 Robert Kennedy Jr. film on West Virginians fighting against mountaintop removal mining, for free Saturday night in Shepherdstown.
With the 10th anniversary of the American Conservation Film Festival nearing, the festival has partnered with
Shepherdstown Opera House and Sustainable Shepherdstown to celebrate each month by offering a free showing of a standout film from past festivals. The 6 p.m. showing happens at the theater at 131 W.
German St. For more on the film, go to www.thelastmountainmovie.com
Day of the Dead: Homegrown historian Kevin “Skip” Breeden brings Charles Town history to life starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at Edge Hill Cemetery.
During the new, 75-minute tour, visitors will take in 12 gravesites of locals who played roles in history, including William Lyne Wilson (onetime West Virginia University president and Congressman who in 1896 introduced Rural Free Delivery as U.S. Postmaster General) and Charles Conklyn, the jailer who carried the recovering John Brown from his cell to the Jefferson County Courthouse for his 1859 treason trail.
The tour costs just $5. Visitors can pay at the cemetery’s main entrance at the corner of Congress and Seminary streets in Charles Town. Breeden plans to offer the tours again in August, September and October and is working on new tours that spotlight others in area history. For more information, call Breeden at 304-725-7256.
Contemporary American Theater Festival: Joey Parsons and Robin Walsh star in “Gidion’s Knot,” an immersive production (and world premiere) directed by Ed Herendeen, one of five plays to be seen this month at Shepherdstown’s Contemporary American Theater Festival.
‘Smart’ theater in Shepherdstown: This year’s Contemporary American Theater Festival – described by the Washington Post as “smart, engrossing, eloquent” –continues in Shepherdstown Wednesdays through Sundays through July 29. Discounts available for West Virginia residents, seniors, students and others. For details or to reserve seats, call 800-999-2283 or go to www.catf.org.