New kids’ history museum
For the kids, by George – West Virginia’s newest children’s museum in Martinsburg – opens its doors at 10 a.m. Saturday at the historic Martinsburg Roundhouse. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for children, and $1 for children ages 1-5. Tickets include brunch, a walking tour of the museum, and free museum admission at a later date. Call 304-264-9977 or visit www.forthekidsbygeorge.org.
Longtime World Wildlife Fund scientist Eric Dinerstein will talk about his new book, “The Kingdom of Rarities,” in Shepherdstown this week.
The free event begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Shepherd University’s Reynolds Hall at 109 N. King St.
Dinerstein’s latest work focuses on the ecological importance of all types of life, both the uncommon and the abundant. The Potomac Valley Audubon Society and Shepherd University are co-sponsoring the discussion.
Pottery open house
Award-winning potters Ren and Pam Parziale of Pottery Sycamore Pottery will host a three-day open house weekend at their Kearneysville studio.
The couple’s annual Open Studio event at 5210 Paynes Ford Road happens from 10 am. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Since 1972, the Parziales’ Sycamore Pottery has been home to stoneware and salt-glazed pottery including classical shaped bowls, pitchers and platters made on the potter’s wheel and then fired at high temperature.
To get to the couple’s studio from the intersection of W.Va. 9 and W.Va. 480 in Kearneysville, head south on Route 1 toward Leetown. After 3 miles, turn onto Paynes Ford Road at the historical marker for “The Bower” and then travel another mile to 5210 Paynes Ford Road. Turn there, head uphill and follow the signs to Sycamore Pottery.
To find out more about the Parziales, their works or the open house, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-725-4251.
Harpers Ferry Half Marathon
Saturday’s Harpers Ferry Half Marathon includes not only a 13-mile race, a four-mile trail run and a free kids’ run. The course begins at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, the nationally known marathoner and running expert, came up with the event to highlight the area’s national parks, engage the local community in healthy outdoor activities and to make Eastern West Virginia a destination for those interested in pursuing fitness.
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.
For details, go to harpersferryhalf.org or contact race headquarters at 304-876-1100 or trtreads.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.
CASA River Century
Next weekend brings the 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. The nationwide program has 10 organizations in West Virginia; The Panhandle’s CASA began in 2003.
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 May 18 bike 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. 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.