Out&about

Art for ‘Angel’

As theater lovers head to Charles Town’s Old Opera House next week for the debut of “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel,” they’ll also have the chance to see paintings by Paul Berryhill of Glengary.

During the play’s two-week run, Berryhill’s work will be on display in the downstairs art gallery of the historic theater at 204 N. George St.

For more on Berryhill – a former president of ArtBerkeley, the nonprofit dedicated to supporting local artists – find “PaulBerryhillsGallery” on Facebook.

‘Anaconda Plan’ talk

What if the North’s response to the War Between the States had involved solely economic sanctions rather than an all-out military offensive?

Newspaper columnist and author Tim Rowland will deliver his lecture, “Why the Anaconda Plan Would Have Worked” on the strategy to surround the Confederacy like a snake and slowly suffocate it to death, at 7 p.m. March 28 at the Bowman Concert Gallery in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Md.

Rowland, who grew up in Berkeley Springs and holds a degree in journalism and history from West Virginia University, is the latest speaker in the museum’s year-long Civil War Lecture Series, which concludes in July.

Tickets to the lecture are free to museum members or $5 for non-members. Another option starts with dinner under the evening sky in the Museum’s Kaylor Atrium at 6 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and lecture cost $25 for non-members or $20 for museum members.

Rowland’s latest book is “Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War.” For more information on the lecture event at 401 Museum Drive or to reserve a seat, visit wcmfa.org or call 301-739-5727.

Jefferson County Museum to reopen March 15

Next week brings the start of another season at the Jefferson County Museum 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town.

The museum, located on the ground floor of Charles Town Library, reopens March 15. It includes artifacts, archives and photos that tell the history of the county from prehistoric days until the mid-20th century.

Among the highlights to be seen: a touching 1799 letter written by George Washington following the death of his younger brother Charles, the wagon that carried John Brown to his hanging in 1859, Civil War weapons and bullets, 19th-century farm tools, children’s toys and household items, and more.

The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission costs $3 for adults while children, students and Charles Town Library patrons get in free. For details, call 304-725-8628, go to jeffctywvmuseum.org or find “Jefferson County Museum” on Facebook.

Up close with pirate queen O’Malley

West Virginia storyteller, actress and writer Karen Vuranch will bring to life the Irish “Pirate Queen” Grace O’Malley during a free living history event Friday at the Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Library.

O’Malley was the 16th-century nemesis of the Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. To reserve a seat for the event at the library at 151 Polk St. in Harpers Ferry, call 304-535-2301.

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