Out and About

An Odd celebration

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Virginia Lodge No. 1, located on Fillmore Street in Harpers Ferry, will celebrate its 180th anniversary this week.

Saturday at 2 p.m., lodge members will dedicate a new wayside exhibit, which depicts the history of the Odd Fellows in America, with emphasis on Harpers Ferry and the lodge building in particular.

Prior to the event, the Rebekahs of Lodge No. 1 will host a pancake breakfast from 8 until 10 a.m. Food and drinks will be available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. A nominal fee will be charged for both meals.

Additionally, numerous uniformed Civil War re-enactors have been invited to partake in the festivities. The historic lodge will be open for tours.


Music from the Big Easy

The Bavarian Inn on Friday again hosts Tuxedo Junction, a Shepherd University Friends of Music fundraiser that brings music from the Big Easy to Shepherdstown.

The sixth-annual event will include New Orleans-style jazz from Kurtis Adams’ Shepherd Hot Ten, plenty of room for dancing and culinary stations with jambalaya, seafood gumbo and other Louisiana favorites.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with champagne and cocktails as well as a silent auction with the chance to win a weeklong getaway to Pompano Beach, Fla., a gift pack from Bloomery Plantation Distillery, tickets to the Contemporary American Theater Festival, a gift certificate from Christian Caine, season tickets to Maryland Symphony Orchestra, a handmade quilt and many other donations.

Tickets cost $100 and may be reserved by going to sufom.org/tickets.html.


Photography exhibit

Jefferson County photographers’ arresting black-and-white images remain on display at Charles Town’s Fire Hall Gallery through month’s end.

The Jefferson County Photography Project may be seen from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at the gallery at 108 N. George St.

Organized by Shepherd University professor Benita Keller, the exhibit includes her work as well as pieces from Deborah Westphal, Kristian Thacker, Sue Silver, Heidi Geraci ,Amanda Hamlin-Lewis, Stephen Schaefer, Carl Schultz and Krista Healey-Schaefer. The exhibit is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County and the Washington Street Artists Cooperative. 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 is located inside Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St.


Historic Shepherdtown site

History lovers can tour Shepherdstown’s restored Mecklenburg Tobacco Warehouse, built on the banks of the Potomac River at the north end of Princess Street in 1788.

Officials with the Friends of the Shepherdstown Riverfront host an open house with docent-led tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

For details, go to shepherdstownriverfront.org or contact Friends’ vice president Keith D. Alexander, also the coordinator of Shepherd University’s Historic Preservation Program, at 304-876-5668 or kalexand@shepherd.edu.


Antique edibles: Carol Anderson, an expert in 19th horticulture, will lead a workshop on organic care for heirloom plants from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park’s Historic Paymaster Garden. Tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and other plants and seeds will be on sale. For details, call 304-535-6063.


Harpers Ferry tea

Enjoy an old-fashioned tea party Saturday at Charmadoah, the Victorian-era Harpers Ferry home that overlooks the Shenandoah.

With seatings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., the tea raises funds for repairs and renovations at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Harpers Ferry.

This marks the third year that longtime St. John’s member Shirley Caniford has hosted the event. Located on Cliff Street, Charmadoah has been in her family since the 1920s.

To get details or reserve a seat, contact Caniford (304-535-6922 or via charmadoah.com).


Garden tour

Shepherdstown’s Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea happens this weekend, giving visitors a once-a-year chance to leisurely examine many of the town’s lovely, intricate garden spaces.

The fundraiser benefits the upkeep of the town’s community center, the War Memorial Building.

The $25 admission includes the self-guided tour along with tea at the War Memorial Building at 102 E. German St. Guests will select from a variety of black or floral hot or iced tea along with a plate of dessert samples and other appetizers served on fine china on loan from the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation.

Tours start at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Tea is served starting at noon both days. The event concludes at 4 p.m. both days. Visitors who prefer may pay $15 just for the tour or $15 for just the tea.

Tickets are on sale now at the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop, Village Florist and Bistro 112 as well as this weekend at the War Memorial Building. More information is available at



New kids’ history museum

For the kids, by George – West Virginia’s newest children’s museum – is now open on Saturdays at the historic Caperton Train Station at 229 E. Martin St. in Martinsburg

For ticket information or other details, call 304-264-9977 or visit forthekidsbygeorge.org.


CASA River Century

It’s not too late to sign up for Saturday’s CASA River Century, a fundraiser that benefits the local chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates.

CASA provides volunteers to aid children have been removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect.

Cyclists who sign up for Saturday’s self-paced ride 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.


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