Fab Five’ heads to Shepherdstown


The piano quintet dubbed the “Fab Five” by People magazine is set to perform next week as the Shepherd University’s Friends of Music season feature. The 5 Browns’ concert starts at 8 p.m. April 10 in the Frank Arts Center.

The Browns – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – all attended New York’s Juilliard School, the first time five siblings ever were accepted simultaneously.

The quintet enjoyed its first wave of critical attention in 2002, with the People mention as well as appearances on “Oprah” and “60 Minutes.” Each of their three CDs have hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Album chart.

The Browns’ stated goal: to wake up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest and most excited audiences they can find.

Tickets cost $45 and may be reserved by contacting the Friends of Music (304-876-5765 or sufom.org).

Organizers note that next week’s concert is made possible thanks to sponsorships from Steinway & Sons of Bethesda, Md., Scott Beard and Alan Gibson; and Alice and Neal Barkus.


Free jazz tonight


Jazz lovers can head to W. H. Shipley Recital Hall in the Frank Center at Shepherd University at 7 tonight for a free concert featuring the school’s Mark Cook, Kurtis Adams, Sawyer Gaydon and Dan Dunn.

The concert is sponsored by the Lifelong Learning Program, Shepherd’s Department of Music and the Contemporary American Theater Festival.


Highlands images take center stage


“My Mountain Highland,” Frank Ceravalo’s striking photos of West Virginia’s highlands, debuts today at the Fire Hall Gallery at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town.

An opening reception with the artist – free and open to the public – happens from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Ceravalo’s works will remain on view through April 28. The gallery’s regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

There’s no cost to view the exhibit, which is put on by the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County and the Washington Street Artists Cooperative.

To find out more, go to washingtonstreetartistscooperative.org.


Free recital Saturday

Shepherd University’s Friends of Music will hold its annual Friends Fellows Benefit Recital at 4 p.m. Saturday in W.H. Shipley Recital Hall.

The recital will feature eight Shepherd students who have won Friends of Music fellowships: athan Arch, Tyler Arnold, Allyson Bayer, Alana Gondeck, Ian Karraker, Justin Loizos, Christina Oliver and Eduardo Rivera.

The fellows will perform works by Abe, Debussy, Faurè, Ewazen, Mozart and Vivaldi as well as student compositions by Loizos and Karraker.

Said recital coordinator Yu-Hsuan Liao: “The fellows recital is a wonderful opportunity for the community to hear the achievements of Shepherd University’s Department of Music students. It is a celebration and chance to thank the supporters of the community and FOM.”

Admission to the recital is free and open to anyone; donations to FOM will be accepted.


Sunday means Brain Games

There’s still time to sign up your team of three to six trivia lovers to compete in this year’s Brain Games, the friendly showdown organized by the Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle.

Brain Games XVI starts at 1 p.m. Sunday at James Rumsey Technical Institute at 3274 Hedgesville Road, just off W.Va. 9 in Hedgesville.

The cost is $30 per team member. Questions? 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” on Facebook.


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.


Miana Stewart 5K

Signups continue for the April 13 Miana Stewart Scholarship 5K run/walk in South Berkeley. The second-annual event is held in memory of the 14-year-old athlete slain seven years ago.

Randy and Mary Stewart of Gerrardstown organize the event to add funds to the scholarship they created in memory of their only child, killed Oct. 13, 2005, when she came home from Musselman High School and interrupted a burglary at the family’s hilltop home.

So far, the Stewarts have awarded some $19,000 in scholarships.

Athletes can sign up at

active.com, find an application and other details on the “In Memory of Miana R. Stewart” Facebook page or request a registration form by calling the Stewarts at 304-229-5299.


Race is for the Birds!

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s 12th annual “This Race is for the Birds!” happens April 20.

The race happens on the 538-acre campus of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center just outside Shepherdstown.

Participants may choose from two professionally time races, one 4.9 miles long and the other 7.7 miles long. Both take runners along trails that wind through the forests and fields of the NCTC campus that normally aren’t open to the public.

There’s also a two-mile community jog/walk designed for families or anyone who desires a slower pace. The nonprofit also will offer a mile-long “fun run” for children 10 and younger.

Audubon officials say the fun run is free to enter while fees for the other “Birds!” courses range from $15 to $25. Registration info and other details are on the race website, raceforthebirds.org or may be obtained by contacting Kristin Alexander (kristin@potomacaudubon.org or 304-676-3397).

Money raised during the event will go to the local Audubon’s programs for children.


Free Earth Day fest

This month’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 at Morgan’s Grove Park happens April 27.

The park is 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 a picnic lunch if they’d like, as well as lawn chairs, blankets and other comforts.

Musicians on the lineup so far include 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).

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