First Tuesdays

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.


Civil War talk

Newspaper columnist and author Tim Rowland asks, “What if the North’s response to the War Between the States had involved solely economic sanctions rather than an all-out military offensive?” in a lecture set for Thursday night.

Rowland’s “Why the Anaconda Plan Would Have Worked” examines a proposal to surround the Confederacy like a snake and slowly suffocate it to death. The talk begins at 7 p.m. Thursday 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.


Poetry fundraiser

This year’s Left of the Bank poetry fundraiser happens April 12. The Friends of the Shepherdstown Library hosts the event each year. This year’s gathering happens at the Shepherdstown home of Carlos Niederhauser and Elizabeth Wheeler.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will begin at 7 p.m., and the program of music, poetry and readings begins at 7:30 p.m. To reserve tickets and get other information, call 304-876-8444.

Organizers note that all proceeds go to the library.


Art exhibit wrapping up

This week brings your last chance to see Rhonda Smith’s “Journey’s Home” exhibit at the Fire Hall Gallery, located at 108 N. George St. in Charleston. The display, put on by the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County and the Washington Street Artists Cooperative, continues through Friday.

Admission is free. The gallery’s regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

To find out more, go to washingtonstreetartists cooperative.org.



Brain Games coming up

Teams of three to six trivia lovers compete each year in this friendly showdown organized by the Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle. Brain Games XVI starts at 1 p.m. April 7 at James Rumsey Technical Institute at 3274, Hedgesville Road, just off W.Va. 9 in Hedgesville.

Teams that mail in registration forms by Friday save $5 per person; those registering later must pay $30 per team member.

Questions about Brain Games? Contact the LVEP’s Judy Malone (304-264-0298 or LVEPBrainGames@aol.com).



History on display

Visit the Jefferson County Museum in Charles Town for a new exhibit on the life of longtime Charles Town resident Frank Buckles, who was the United States’ last living World War I veteran when he died in 2011.

Another new display in the museum’s exterior hallway focuses on Charles Town’s Wainwright Baptist Church, established in 1868 as a place of worship for African-Americans.

The museum, located on the ground floor of Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St., 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”

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