Upcoming events include a new round of belly dancing classes led by Kristen Dorsey (below), a fresh take on “The Wizard of Oz” at Shepherdstown’s Full Circle Theater (right) and, starting next weekend, the play, “Honus and Me” at Old Opera House in Charles Town about Pittsburgh Pirates Honus Wagner (below, right). For details, see Page B3.


Survivor slated for H Lounge

Survivor, the Chicago-based hard rock band best known for its 1982 double-platinum hit “Eye of the Tiger,” will take the stage Friday at the H Lounge, the upscale bar inside Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

The free performance begins at 9 p.m.

“Eye of the Tiger” was the theme song for Rocky III. Survivor’s other mid-1980s hits included “The Search Is Over,” “High on You,” “Is This Love” and “I Can’t Hold Back.”


‘Wonderful’ production

Charles Town native Devan Whitacre’s adaptation of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” takes the stage this week at Shepherdstown’s Full Circle Theater.

For the play, Whitacre – the 25-year-old director of Full Circle Theater Co.’s Young Actors Theater – chose to hue closely to the charming series of “Oz” novels that New York native L. Frank Baum began churning out in 1900.

The play debuts 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. “Oz” continues with three more performances next weekend.

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 exhibit debuts

Creations by 28 artists from the region as well as from as far away as Oklahoma, Georgia and Tennessee have been selected for the nonprofit Berkeley Arts Council’s “Art and Earth” juried exhibit at The Arts Centre 300 W. King St. in Martinsburg.

This year’s display of 41 works debuts at the Arts Centre gallery Saturday. A free reception, open to the public, is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m.

A number of the featured works are by Jefferson County artists, including Curt Mason and Gary Bergel, both of Charles Town; Ralph Scorza and Monica Wilkins, both of Shepherdstown; and Nancy Kautz, Earl Mills, Jim Koenig and Cathy Wilkin, all of Harpers Ferry.

The exhibit will continue through May 11 during the gallery’s regular hours 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 third-annual exhibition. For more on all the works included in the exhibit, go to berkeleyartswv.org.


Saturday is ‘for the Birds!’

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


‘Honus’ on the horizon

“Honus and Me” will debut at Charles Town’s Old Opera House April 26 with five additional performances slated through May 5.

Playwright Steven Dietz’s family-friendly comedy centers on a 12-year-old who adores baseball but isn’t great at it – until he finds a coveted 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card while cleaning out a neighbor’s attic – and then finds himself face-to-face with legendary Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop himself.

Wagner, who died at 81 in 1955, has been in the spotlight lately after a rare baseball card featuring his image sold at an April 6 auction for $2.1 million.

Then last week, news hit that an Illinois auction house owner had admitted in federal court that he doctored a similar T206 Wagner card before selling it for a record $2.8 million in a private sale in 2007.

The OOH’s “Honus” cast includes Zachary Little, Jennifer George, Homer Speaker, Martha Louden, Jack Brennan, John-Michael Rolnick, Robert Allen, Jeff Marcum, Ed Conn, Nichole Kay Turner and Bruce Olson.

The historic theater is located at 204 N. George St. To reserve tickets or get more information, call the Old Opera House box office at 304-725-4420.


Belly dancing

Kristen Dorsey of Divine Journeys is again offering lessons in what she calls “the most fun exercise ever.”

The Martinsburg herbalist and healer says the dance class environment is supportive and open to women 18 or older of all shapes and sizes.

The cost: $8 per class for eight sessions. For details on what to wear and how to register, find “dance classes” at Divine-journeys.com.


Earth Day fest

Next weekend’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 happens from noon to 9 p.m. April 27 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 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).


Highland images on display

“My Mountain Highland,” Frank Ceravalo’s striking photos of West Virginia’s highlands, continues at Charles Town’s Fire Hall Gallery through April 28.

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.


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.

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.


Harpers Ferry Half Marathon

Another Jefferson County running event is entering its fourth year. The May 11 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 may 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.


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.

The event raises money through sponsorships and fees paid by riders. To sign up or find out more about the race, go to casarivercentury.org.


Free running clinics

Want help getting geared up for a 5k or longer race? Cucuzzella will offer free running clinics this week 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.



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