Wine and Arts Festival: This weekend brings the chance to taste excellent West Virginia wines, see outstanding local artists’ works and enjoy live music at the beautiful, historic Boydville estate in Martinsburg. The Wine and Arts Festival is a Memorial Day weekend staple on the home’s grounds on South Queen Street. The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday and runs until 6 p.m. both days.

Those 21 and older pay $20 for admission and a commemorative wine glass (or $15 for those with a military ID). Admission costs $10 for those 13 to 20 and anyone 12 and younger gets in free.

Among the wineries set to offer samples: Roane County’s VuJaDe, Forks of Cheat in Morgantown, Fisher’s West Whitehill, Kirkwood of Summersville, Keyser’s Potomac Highland, Wood County’s Wine Tree Vineyards, Kenco in Sutton, Lamberts of Weston, Salem’s Cascarelli and the state’s newest vitner, Cox Family Winery in Bunker Hill.

Among the bands on the lineup: the Acoustic Blues Revue, Christian Lopez & Joe Taxi, Paul Pfau, the CassieRaye Band, the Luke Johnson Band, The Gypsy Ramblers, Don O’s Pioneer Landfill, TarabRaqs and The Flashbacks. For details, call 304-263-0224.


Clara Barton program: Susan Rosenvold, the superintendent and historian of the D.C.’s newest museum-in the-works, Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office, will be in Shepherdstown tonight to lecture on the surgical care given to soldiers wounded in the Battle of Antietam.

Rosenvold’s talk – sponsored by the Historic Shepherdstown Commission and the Jefferson County Historical Society – will highlight Shepherdstown’s role in caring for the wounded.

Historic Shepherdstown also will host two other presentations this year: Shepherd University history professor emeritus Jerry Thomas on “How Shepherdstown saved the Entler from the Wrecking Ball” (Sept. 4) and Robbye Horowicz on early Shepherdstown history (Oct. 24).

All three presentations begin at 7 p.m. at the Entler Hotel at 129 E. German St. To learn more, call 304-876-0910, email: hsc86@citilink.netor go online to historicshepherdstown.com.


History hike: Hikers and history lovers are asked to sign up now for the second-annual African-American History Hike, a free event put on by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park .

The June 1 event is free and open to anyone. The one-mile walk – also a trip back in time to learn about John Brown, Storer College, the Niagara Movement and other aspects of African-American history along the Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry – begins at 10 a.m. in the ATC’s Visitor Center at 799 Washington St.

Scheduled on National Trails Day, the hike will be led by national park service rangers and historians. Space is limited and pre-registration is required; RSVP by May 30 to Claire Hobbs at chobbs@appalachiantrail.org.

The event also includes lunch and a special craft session for children led by Kweli Kitwana of Art Shack Baby! Learn more at appalachiantrail.org.


Wild food workshop: Early-bird discounts are available for herbalist Kristen Dorsey’s latest wild food workshop coming up next month.

During the weekend-long event, Dorsey – owner of Divine Journeys in Martinsburg – will offer lessons on how to ID edible wild plants, including how to harvest them as well as a how-to on preparing meals and beverages with wild ingredients (even without access to electricity).

The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. June 8 and wraps up at 4 p.m. June 9 at the North American Bushcraft School in Hedgesville. Overnight camping is available.

The $180 fee includes overnight camping, a community bonfire, a lunch and dinner. Discounts also are available to couples and small groups. The deadline to register is June 3.

To get more information or to sign up, email kristen@divine-journeys.com or go to divine-journeys.com.


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.


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.


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.

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