Out&about

Arts, crafts festival: Visitors can see how 200 of the East Coast’s top crafters and artists work during the 42nd annual Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival.

The festival happens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Sam Michaels Park at 1330 Job Corps Road in Shenandoah Junction.

Put on each spring and fall by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the festival also features live bluegrass throughout each day. Also featured: wine and food samples, food vendors, kids’ activities and more.

For hours and to get ticket information and to get an online coupon, go to jeffersoncountywvchamber.org or call 304-725-2055.

 

Middleway history event: The Middleway Conservancy Association hosts an expert discussion on the Battle of Smithfield Crossing on Friday.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Middleway Community Center, 112 E. St.

Kristen McMaster of the National Park Service and archaeologist and historian Matt Borders will discuss the three-day battle, which began Aug. 26, 1864.

Some 300 soldiers were hurt or killed in the battle, which is considered a draw; Union troops retained control of the village and the Opequon crossing.

The Jefferson County Historical Society is co-sponsoring the event. For more on the Middleway Conservancy, find the community group on Facebook or at MiddlewayConservancy.org.

 

Farm tours: Anyone can be part of the free, self-guided Jefferson County Farm Tour, happening 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. This year’s tours include stops at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station, Dubble ‘R’ Farm, Mount View Polo and Randy Funkhouser’s racehorses at O’Sullivan Farm.

West Virginia Extension Service’s Jane Tabb organizes the event. For more information, call Tabb at 304-725-4325 or go online to jeffersonfarms.org.

 

Bread class: Wayne Braunstein, coordinator of the Peter Burr Bread Bakers’ Guild at the Historic Peter Burr Farm in Bardane, will lead a two-part class in artisan bread baking this month.

The sessions, held Friday and Saturday, will include how to start and maintain a sourdough starter and traditional kneading and rising techniques. Students will make a loaf that will be baked on site and take home sourdough starter so they can make bread at home.

The $35 includes all ingredients. Proceeds from the class benefits the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission and will go toward improvements at the Burr Farm. All ingredients are included.

Space is limited. To sign up, email wbraun@frontiernet.net.

 

Puppet show: “Cinderella’s Soc Hop,” the new summer show at Martinsburg’s Wonderment Puppet Theater, kicks off Saturday. Weekend shows begin at 1 p.m. at the cozy theater at 412 W. King St.

After the show, puppeteer Joe Santaro hosts a free Sock Hop Dance Party with balloons, animal cracker, drinks and more. For ticket info and other details, go online to wondermentpuppets.com.

 

Third Thursday: Discover Downtown Charles Town’s Third Thursday fun coincides with West Virginia’s big 150th birthday. The free June 20 event on the hundred blocks of North and South Charles Street and at other participating downtown businesses happens from 5 to 9 p.m.

June’s theme, “Mountaineer Mania,” includes a Mountaineer look-alike contest. For more information, go online to charlestownwv.us.

 

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