New photography exhibit

Black-and-white images taken by Jefferson County photographers will go on display this weekend as the latest exhibit debuts at Charles Town’s Fire Hall Gallery.

A kickoff reception for the Jefferson County Photography Project, organized by Shepherd University professor Benita Keller, happens from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the gallery at 108 N. George St.

The exhibit, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County and the Washington Street Artists Cooperative, may be seen during the gallery’s regular hours from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

In addition to Keller, other artists taking part include Deborah Westphal, Kristian Thacker, Sue Silver, Heidi Geraci, Amanda Hamlin-Lewis, Stephen Schaefer, Carl Schultz and Krista Healey-Schaefer.

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.


‘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 next weekend.

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 through May 11 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.


Harpers Ferry Half Marathon

Another Jefferson County running event is entering its fourth year. Next weekend’s 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 May 11 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 For the Love of Children’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. 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.


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