Crafts festival: The Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival happens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Held at Sam Michaels Park, midway between Charles Town and Harpers Ferry, the festival costs $7 for adults or $4 for children ages 6 to 17. Younger children get in free. For a look at the 200 or so vetted vendors taking part, go online to http://www.jeffersoncountywvchamber.org/festival (you can also print a coupon for a $1 off regular admission) or call 800-624-0577.
Book bonanza: Get used books for a bargain when the Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St. holds is annual fall book sale Friday (10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. to noon). For more on pricing or other details, visit www.ctlibrary.org/octl or call the library at 304-725-2208.
Band showcase: Washington High will host the first-ever Marching Band Classic at 3 p.m. Saturday at the school at 300 Washington Patriot Drive. Besides Don Showen’s band of Patriots, five other schools’ marching bands are set to compete. The Shepherd University marching band also will perform an exhibition. For details on the Patriots’ fundraiser, send an email to email@example.com.
‘Secret’ revealed: See the world premiere of “Walt Whitman’s Secret,” the latest work by award-winning local playwright Sean O’Leary this weekend at Full Circle Theatre in Shepherdstown. O’Leary, a Wheeling native who lives in Harpers Ferry, was asked to create a stage version of George Fetherling’s acclaimed 2010 novel that examined the life of the complex literary giant. Performances at the playhouse at 113 S. Princess St. start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. To reserve tickets ($15 or $8 for students) or get details, call 304-268-7798 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get out: Saturday is Family Hiking Day and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is inviting those near Harpers Ferry or other trail towns to come out and hike. Organizers say the idea is to entice “people of all ages and hiking abilities to get outside and experience the adventure of being active on the Trail. Studies show that children are spending less time outside each year, and ATC is working to reverse that trend.”
Art and ice cream: Organizers of the arts mecca CraftWorks at Cool Spring want the public to join them for Saturday’s Friends and Neighbors Ice Cream Social and Concert . The event – to celebrate the nonprofit’s first year at its new green studio – happens from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1469 Lloyd Road in Charles Town. To reserve a spot, call 304-728-6233.