John Brown play just part of Heritage Festival lineup

[cleeng_content id="632876114" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]CHARLES TOWN – Time flies when you’re having fun, they say, and organizers of the Charles Town Heritage Festival have all kinds of fun planned as the 227-year-old city celebrates its past this weekend.

Besides the chance to see “The Anvil,” festival-goers can enjoy live music, food, shopping, workshops, a scavenger hunt, a pie bakeoff, games and activities for kids, and more. Actors portraying Charles and George Washington also will be on hand. Charles Town is named for Charles, the first president’s youngest full brother, who founded the city in 1786.

The day’s musical lineup begins at 10:30 a.m. with a performance from the historic Wainwright Baptist Church’s mass choir.

History lovers can get their photos taken with an actor portraying George Washington downtown Saturday during the annual Charles Town Heritage Festival.

History lovers can get their photos taken with an actor portraying George Washington downtown Saturday during the annual Charles Town Heritage Festival.

The Acoustic Blues Revue performs at 11:45 a.m. and Gina Desimone and the Moaners take the stage at 1 p.m. Rounding out the day will be Billy Thompson at 2:15 p.m. and then bluegrass from the Back Creek Valley Boys starting at 3:30 p.m.

A supersized Charles Town Farmers Market also is part of the festival lineup. Instead of the market’s normal arrangement along the 100 block of Samuel Street from 8 a.m. to noon, vendors will be selling fresh produce, baked goods, plants and other wares all along Washington Street throughout the entire festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Booths selling food and other goods also will be set up on Washington Street. Community groups such as the Potomac Valley Audubon Society and Animal Welfare of Jefferson County also will man displays during the festival. A Farm to Fork workshop is on tap as well, along with a Jefferson County History Tent.

The special events continue on Sunday, with the annual Parade of Horses set to begin at 2 p.m. on Washington Street with horse-drawn carriages, horses, donkeys, ponies and mules. Organizers did cancel a festival kickoff concert that had been set for Friday evening at Jefferson Memorial Park.

A full schedule of events and other information can be found online at

– Christine Miller Ford


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