Happy birthday, Sweet Shop!

Saturday brings a birthday celebration at the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop as the bakery at 100 W. German St. marks its 30th year. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., owners Pam and Rusty Berry will serve free cake and ice cream along with our freshly brewed coffee. Manager Teresa McBee says the idea is “to thank our longtime customers and welcome new customers.” Visitors also can register for a door prize. For more on the bakery, call 304-876-2432 or go online to wv.bakery.com.

‘Asylum’ as art

Art lovers (below) turned out Saturday for the opening reception for “Asylum,” a collection of images of the onetime state mental hospital in Weston (above) taken by Martinsburg photographer Rip Smith. The art will be on display through Oct. 28 in the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative’s Old Firehouse Gallery at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town. It’s open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. To learn more, call 304-724-2090 or go online to wstreetgallery.com. For more on Smith’s work, see his website, sterlingimages.com.

Free country

Friday night brings a chance to see country star Keith Anderson (“I Still Miss You,” “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” “Tight White Wife Beater”) in a free show at the H Lounge, inside Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.The 44-year-old Oklahoma native’s show happens from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. at the casino at 750 Hollywood Drive in Charles Town. For more on the show, call 800-795-7001.

Another world

See “The Sugar Bean Sisters,” a saga about a pair of Florida sisters who interact with space aliens, when it debuts next week at the Old Opera House at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Will Heyser directs the comedy/drama that stars Amy Hebb, Shari Shrewsberry Martin, Karen Paone, Rene Farabaugh and Keith Shifflett. To reserve tickets ($15 or $8 for students) for the shows set for Oct. 19, 20 and 21 and 26, 27 and 28 or to get other details, call the OOH box office at 304-725-4420.

Authors on stage

Historians Johnny Allen Jr. and Jim Price, poet Ed Zahaniser and photographer Hali Taylor – all of whom have published major projects with ties to Shepherdstown’s 250th anniversary celebration – will highlight Saturday’s public forum at Reynolds Hall on the campus of Shepherd University.

Free and open to the public, “The Journey from Inspiration to Publication: a Conversation with Shepherdstown Artists” begins at 7:30 p.m. AHA!, the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County is sponsoring the event, along with Shepherdstown 250.


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