Out and About

Celebrate Earth Day

Saturday’s Panhandle Earth Day Celebration will include live bands, craft projects and other activities for kids, a farmers market, demonstrations and information booths from a slew of green-minded vendors and activists, and more.

The free event begins at noon at Morgan’s Grove Park, located along W.Va. 480 on the corner of Kearneysville Pike and Morgan Grove Road just outside of Shepherdstown.

Food will be for sale during the festival, but attendees may bring along picnic fare if they’d like, as well as lawn chairs, blankets and other comforts.

Musicians on the day’s lineup: The Boatmen, The Woodshedders, Billy Thompson Band, Moogatu, Handsome Sonic Bongo Band, LowBrau Highballers, Acoustic Blues Revue, Flowers & Birds, Rick Hall, Captain Obvious and the Moot Points, and the Wainwright Baptist Church Choir.

For more information, go to pedc.earthvibeproductions.com or contact Todd Coyle (304-728-9725 or mail@earthvibeproductions.com).


‘Wonderful’ production

Charles Town native Devan Whitacre’s adaptation of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” continues this weekend at Shepherdstown’s Full Circle Theater.

Whitacre, the 25-year-old director of Full Circle Theater Co.’s Young Actors Theater, drew on the “Oz” novels written by New York native L. Frank Baum starting in 1900.

The play may be seen at 8 p.m. Friday at the theater at 113 S. Princess St., with additional performances set for 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, $8 for students or $5 for kids 10 and younger. Make reservations by emailing info@fullcircletheaterco.org or calling 304-268-6095.


‘Art and Earth’ continues

Creations by local artists as well as those from as far away as Oklahoma, Georgia and Tennessee are on display in the “Art and Earth” juried exhibit at The Arts Centre 300 W. King St. in Martinsburg through May 11.

Jefferson County artists featured include Curt Mason and Gary Bergel of Charles Town; Ralph Scorza and Monica Wilkins of Shepherdstown; and Nancy Kautz, Earl Mills, Jim Koenig and Cathy Wilkin, all of Harpers Ferry.

The exhibit may be seen from 2 to 6 p.m. Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Geraldine Kiefer, associate professor of art history at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., served as the juror for the Berkeley County Art Council’s third-annual exhibition. For more on all the works included in the exhibit, go to berkeleyartswv.org.


Photography exhibit

“My Mountain Highland,” Frank Ceravalo’s striking photos of West Virginia’s highlands, continues at Charles Town’s Fire Hall Gallery through this weekend.

The exhibit, put on by the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County and the Washington Street Artists Cooperative, may be seen at the gallery at 108 N. George St. from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

To find out more, go to washingtonstreetartistscooperative.org.


Harpers Ferry Half Marathon

Another Jefferson County running event happens May 11. The fourth annual Harpers Ferry Half Marathon includes not only a 13-mile race but also a four-mile trail run and a free kids’ run.

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, the nationally known marathoner and running expert, is the man behind the Harpers Ferry event.

The hilly, challenging course begins at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

The idea, Cucuzzella has said, is to highlight the area’s national parks, engage the local community in healthy outdoor activities and to make Eastern West Virginia a destination anyone interested in pursuing fitness in an area known for its natural beauty.

The race is part of the Two Rivers Heritage Partnership. Proceeds from the race will go to FLOC’s outdoor school and to Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children.

Details on the Harpers Ferry Half can be found at harpersferryhalf.org or by calling race headquarters at 304-876-1100. That’s also the way to reach Two Rivers Treads, Cucuzzella’s running outfitters in Shepherdstown. His website is trtreads.org.

Want help getting geared up for a 5K or longer race? Cucuzzella offers free monthly running clinics at The Wellness Center at City Hospital.

The sessions are aimed at promoting proper form, preventing injuries and helping runners improve performance.

The clinics, geared to runners of all levels, happen on the first Friday of each month. A 4 p.m. session covers training tips, stability, mobility and strength. The 5 p.m. workshop is focused on running form.

Anyone may attend one or both, but pre-registration is required. Those interested may call 304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or email ddejarnett@cityhospital.org.


CASA River Century

May brings the CASA River Century – a fundraiser that benefits the local chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates, which provides volunteers to aid children have been removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect.

The nationwide program has 10 organizations in West Virginia; volunteers established the Panhandle’s CASA in 2003.

CASA volunteer Samantha Muncy is again coordinating the event. She notes River Century offers riders full support with breakfast, lunch and swag. Aid stations also will be offered, along with a sag wagon for those who sag behind and need a lift to get back to the starting line.

Cyclists who sign up for the self-paced bike ride on May 18 can choose a 25-mile route, 50-mile courses that wind through Jefferson County or through Berkeley, or the full 100-mile “century” that encompasses both the Jefferson and Berkeley options.

To sign up or find out more about the race, go to casarivercentury.org.


History on display

The Jefferson County Museum in Charles Town now includes an 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.

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.

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