Culture & Heritage Festival: Next weekend brings Charles Town’s 20th annual African-American Culture & Heritage Festival, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 with a descendants rally in the Jefferson County Commission parking lot.
The festival continues Aug. 18 with a parade at noon, pony rides and a moon bounce for kids, a Jefferson County Black History Exhibition at Fisherman Hall (South West and Academy streets), gospel music, a marching band demo and more.
Then on Aug. 19: a John Brown memorial walk, from the Murphy Farm to the abolitionist’s fort, starting at 8 a.m. and at 10 a.m. an ecumenical service at Curtis Freewill Baptist Church in Harpers Ferry.
For more information on the festival, email the local NAACP at jcwvnaacp.org or call Warren Stewart (304-229-7248) or George Rutherford (304-725-9610).
Artist reception: Art lovers can check out paintings and photographs by 78-year-old former cattle rancher W.S. “Bill” McGinnis, the featured artist at the South Jefferson Public Library through September.
His image “Daylight’s Burning” was featured on the cover of Western Horseman and he’s also created fired clay scuptures, found object sculptures and more. The library is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For details, call the library at 304-725-6227 or go to www.sojeffersonlibrary.com/home.
On Saturday afternoon, anyone’s welcome to attend a reception with refreshments in McGinnis’ honor from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library in Summit Point.
‘Oz’ comes to Sam Michaels: Movie lovers will want to head to Sam Michaels Park Saturday night for the second-annual Big Screen Movie Night sponsored by Jefferson County Parks and Rec. The free showing of the 1939 classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” begins at dusk; gates will open at 7:30 p.m. Visitors should bring a lawn chair or blanket, but they can buy popcorn, candy and soda at the park concession stand.