Out&about

Swim time: It’s almost Labor Day, and the swimming season at Jefferson Memorial Pool in Charles Town is nearly over. Just three poolside opportunities await at the park at 801 S. Mildred St: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and then from 1 to 5 p.m. both Sunday and Monday.

For prices and other information, call Charles Town Parks and Rec at 304-820-2735 or send an email to charlestownparks.rec@gmail.com.

Irish road bowling: Try the sport that’s been winning fans in Ireland for more than 300 years when an Irish road bowling tournament comes to Shepherdstown Sept. 8.

The free fest starts at 1:30 and involves throwing cannonballs on historic Trough Road. Anyone 9 and older may register for free on site. For other details, contact Mary Wolfe at mwolfe4@frontier.com or go online wvirishroadbowling.com.

 

“Legally Blonde,” the musical: Charles Town’s Old Opera House offers up the fun musical comedy that was a hit on Broadway. Based on Amanda Brown’s novel – and known for the 2001 film interpretation with Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, the sorority girl who heads off to Harvard Law hoping to win back her beau – debuts Sept. 5.

Other performances happen Sept. 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 and 15 at the historic theater at 204 N. George St. To reserve tickets or get more information, go online to oldoperahouse.org or call the box office at 304-725-4420.

 

Middle school dance: Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 get their own night of music and dancing thanks to Jefferson County Parks and Rec.

The Sept. 6 event, happening from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Jefferson County Community Center in Shenandoah Junction, costs $8 and includes snacks.

Students must bring along their school ID to attend. For details, call 304-728-3207 or go online to jcprc.org.

 

Art show: See photographs, paintings, woodwork and other amazing art crafted by local artists at the Fire Hall Gallery

at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town. For times and other information about the gallery, call 304-724-2090.

 

Book Club: The Charles Town Library Book Club meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, with new members always welcome.

The club meets at the library at 200 E. Washington St. In September, members will discuss “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou and then “March” by Geraldine Brooks in November. To learn more, email octllibarian@frontier.com or call the library at 304-725-2208.

 

Arts fest: Dozens of the region’s top-notch artists bring their best to the Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27, 28 and 29 at Sam Michaels Park on Job Corps Road in Shenandoah Junction. The festival also brings artist demonstrations, live bluegrass, food vendors, a kids’ activities tent, wine tasting and more.

Admission costs $7 for adults or $4 for children 6 to 17. Parking and entertainment are included. More information and a coupon for $1 off admission are available at jeffersoncountywvchamber.org/festival.

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