Theater: See the latest works by Sam Shepard, Mark St. Germain, Liz Duffy Adams, Jon Kern and Jane Martin as the 23rd season of the Contemporary American Theater Festival continues in Shepherdstown through July 28.

On Saturday, a free festival “extra” – the scholarly “CATF in Context” – begins at 10 a.m. at the Center for Contemporary Arts II. Seats must be reserved by calling 800-999-2283.
Festival attendees who live in West Virginia can get a discount on tickets, as can seniors, students and others. For more details or to reserve a ticket, call 800-999-2283 or go to catf.org.

Bluegrass concert: Martinsburg’s Fridays At Five concert series continues with bluegrass from the Back Creek Valley Boys from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Town Square.

Third Thursday: This week brings another Discover Downtown Charles Town’s Third Thursday event. The free fun, centered on the hundred blocks of North and South Charles Street from 5 to 9 p.m. has the theme, “Stars and Stripes.” For details, go online to charlestownwv.us.


“Charlotte’s Web”: Make plans now to see children 8 to 18 starring in the’s “Charlotte’s Web” later this month.

Performances happen at 7:30 p.m. July 26 and 27 and at 2:30 p.m. July 28 at Old Opera House Theater at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Tickets cost $15 for adults or $10 for students.

Christine Brewer directs the adaptation of E.B. White’s classic novel, with young performers including Madison Malin, Katie Cisar, Addison Jackson, Lindsey Jennings, Jenna Kennedy, Abbey Lesznar, Ethan Mason, Charles Casey, Brianna Rinaldi, Daniel McGrath, Ethan Gottlieb, Claire Mason, Adam Venham-Carter, Tyler Panzarella, Grace Rish, Daisy Mason, Nikki Zuleger, Gianna Montagliani, Jami Hartman, Olivia Kilbane, Loren Coles, Baylee Carmickle, Hannah Lee, Cassidy Rucker, Mason Harner, Gabrielle Koller, Trystyn Koller, Abigale Evers, Ryan George, Christian Gottlieb, Savannah Harner, Helena Radford, Eli Viands, Alecia Fishman, Natalia Rushinsky, Caroline  Brewer and Madison Lavigne.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 304-725-4420 or go online to oldoperahouse.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.

Among the other highlights: a touching 1799 letter written by George Washington following the death of his younger brother Charles, the wagon that carried John Brown to his hanging in 1859, Civil War weapons and bullets, 19th-century farm tools, children’s toys and household items, and more.

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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