The Old Opera House Theater offers up its latest, “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel,” starting Friday at the theater in Charles Town. The show continues next weekend at the theater at 204 N. George St.
The play, written by Mitch Albom of “Tuesdays With Morrie” fame, tells the story of two bumbling Alabama brothers who believe they’ve accidentally gunned down a celestial being.
Described as a comedy with a heartfelt message, the play promises everything from guilt-ridden duck hunters and a depressed tabloid reporter to a half-man/half-alligator and ghost.
Seeing the play also brings the chance to see paintings by Paul Berryhill of Glengary in the historic theater’s downstairs art gallery. For more on Berryhill – a former president of ArtBerkeley, the non-profit dedicated to supporting local artists – find “PaulBerryhillsGallery” on Facebook.
This week’s shows start at 8 p.m. Friday or Saturday or at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and then again March 22, 23 and 24. For tickets, call the Old Opera House box office at 304-725-4420.
“Lincoln and Liberty” talk
Jim Addy, an African-American history expert who served as Harpers Ferry’s mayor for a decade starting in 2001 and now teaches U.S. history at a community college in Baltimore County, Md., will speak tonight as part of the Harpers Ferry Civil War Roundtable.
Addy’s talk will focus on President Abraham Lincoln’s attitude on slavery before 1861 and how he managed the issue in the White House.
The free program begins at 8 p.m. at Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 601 W. Washington St. in Harpers Ferry. For more information, call 301-639-8855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jefferson County Museum to reopen
The Jefferson County Museum at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town on Friday reopens for the season – and debuts its new exhibit on Frank Buckles, the Charles Town farmer who was the United States’ last surviving World War I veteran when he died two years ago.
The museum, located on the ground floor of Charles Town Library, includes artifacts, archives and photos that tell the history of the county from prehistoric days until the mid-20th century. It closes every winter.
Beyond the showcase with Buckles’ Army uniform, overcoat, ID disc, photos and more that will be on display until year’s end, other museum highlights include a 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, antique children’s toys 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.
Everclear at Hollywood Casino
Oregon-based rock band Everclear, best known for Top Ten radio hits “Wonderful,” “Santa Monica
(Watch the World Die),” “AM Radio,” “One Hit Wonder” and “Volvo Driving Soccer Mom,” stage a free
show Saturday at the H Lounge inside Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Southern rock in Ranson
Ranson hosts a special music event Saturday, with the Baltimore-based country/Southern rock band Dean Crawford & The Dunn’s River performing at the Ranson Civic Center at 431 W. Second Ave. from 7 to 11 p.m.
Tickets cost $20, and beer will be available by donation. The event is a fundraiser for the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic and Jefferson County Community Ministries. For more information, call organizer Jessica Palencar at 304-724-3862.
Civil War event
A new book by Dennis Frye, chief historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, will be
the focus of a special talk and dinner Saturday in Shepherdstown.
Frye, who wrote “September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril,” will be in the spotlight
along with Tom Clemens, the Hagerstown Community College professor behind a second volume of Ezra Carmen’s “The Maryland Campaign of September 1862.”
Clemens is president of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, the group co-sponsoring the event at the War Memorial Building at 102 E. German St. The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. also is a co-sponsor.
A cocktail hour and book signing begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, an auction of Civil War-related items and then a discussion period with the two authors. Tickets cost $45.
For details or to make reservations, go to battleofshepherdstown.org or call 732-930-3132.
Charles Town’s the Tap House now offers First Tuesdays, a new open-mic event.
Open to bands or individuals, including musicians of any ability or age, performers will enjoy the bar’s big stage and state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. It’s also possible to get a recording of any live performance.
Besides being a hub for music, the Tap House is known for its wide selection of draft beers, more than 50 at last count and still growing. No other bar in the Mountain State has so many varieties on tap.
The venue, which offers bowling on site as well, is smoke-free and family-friendly. To learn more, stop by 107 Keyes Ferry Road just west of Gold’s Gym and the Somerset Plaza Shopping Center or call the Tap House at 304-728-1001.